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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Community Radio Station Powering Up in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:55AM / Monday, January 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new low-power public FM station in the city will sport a well-known set of call letters: WMNB.

Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp. has added WMNB-lp (for "low power") on 107.1-FM to its public access lineup. The station is expected to debut in early February.

NBCTV board President Michael Putnam said the impetus for adding the radio station is "providing local information for people, not just music ... anybody can play music.

"We're hoping to have people come in and do live shows maybe call-ins or request music."

The station had planned to be operating much earlier but NBCTV's relocation to Union Street —


Common Folk Find New Home in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Monday, January 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At last, the roving artist's collective Common Folk may have found a permanent home at 18 Holden St.

Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the collective has been in flux after losing its temporary Main Street location. The group had occupied the former McClelland's space at 85 Main as part of the summer's DownStreet Art. Even though they were still very active in the community, they missed having a headquarters.

She said luckily the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at Massachusetts College of LIberal Arts stepped in and once again championed the collective, made up of more than 30 artists. And after conversations with building owner


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Our Neighbors: The Thousand Dollar Challenge
By Paul W. Marino, iBerkshires Columnist
10:44PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Our subject for today was a local businessman who really did issue a $1,000 challenge — a fortune at the time — secure in the knowledge that no one would ever collect on it.  

As it happened, he was absolutely correct, though perhaps this was due to the wording of the challenge rather than the superior quality of his product. Nevertheless, like all great advertising schemes, it brought him success on a grand scale ... for a while, anyway.  His end was tragic and his legacy is limited to North Adams.  

Who was he? His name was Harry R. Hamer.

The Hamer 'Perfect Washer' that was once produced in the city.

Hamer was born in


North Adams Youth Baseball Transitions to Cal Ripken
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
02:48PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Little League is no more, but rather than let it go away completely, its leaders decided to take the city's youth baseball program in a different direction.   And they found a new home in Cal Ripken Baseball.   The newly formed North Adams Cal Ripken League will play its inaugural season this spring. Moving from Little League to Baltimore-based Cal Ripken Baseball has a couple of advantages for local ballplayers, according to league President Marc Field.   But the chief advantage is that it allows North Adams youth baseball to survive and rebuild at a time when membership numbers are not high enough to sustain membership in


MCLA Men, Women Fall at Westfield State
10:46PM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Westfield State Owls placed four players in double figures led by Jill Valley's 18 points as they cruised past the MCLA Trailblazers women's basketball team 90-69 in MASCAC action in the Woodward Center.   After one quarter, the Owls (9-4, 2-0) led 26-22 but put some separation between the teams with a stong second quarter surge. They outscored MCLA 25-13 in the period to snag a commanding 51-35 halftime lead.   MCLA's Ashley Clawson would pull the Trailblazers (8-5, 0-2)  within 14 points at 58-44, but Westfield responded with a Kierra McCarthy triple and they were never threatened the rest of the way.   Mount Greylock graduate and


Volunteers Needed for 23rd Annual MLK Day of Service
01:52PM / Friday, January 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition encourage all community members to participate in volunteer service projects for the 23rd annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Youth and youth groups, in particular this year, are encouraged to participate. All volunteers are urged to register for the service task they would like to take part in.

In addition to the volunteer service projects, a free community lunch and celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center. The program will include the presentation of this


Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 22 - Jan. 4
Staff Reports,
09:39AM / Friday, January 08, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, Dec. 22.   Peter Campbell, 19, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness or other person.   He was released on $100 bail as he is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charges. Campbell is accused of intimidating a witness in a pending matter between October 16, 2015 and November 2, 2015.    Charles Moore, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within


North Adams Mill Owners Requesting Five-Year 'Increasing' Tax Exemption
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Friday, January 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of the Greylock Mill are asking for a tax break as they invest $18 million into the massive building over the next five years.

The City Council on Tuesday will decide on a special tax agreement that will raise the property tax on the more than 240,000 square foot building from zero to 100 percent over five years.

In his communication to the council, Mayor Richard Alcombright wrote that "the STA has been drafted in compliance with all state regulations and provides for tax benefit to Greylock for the significant investment and eventual job creation while fully protecting the City should certain milestones within the agreement not be


'The Hateful Eight': Guiltily Affable
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:21PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016

You laugh in conflicted appreciation of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," a throwback Western contemporized with the director's signature nihilism. Yep, it's plenty violent, pardner ... permeated with it, you might even say. You can't watch this latest example of the filmmaker's brutality beyond the pale without contemplating the curious niche he has carved for himself, a strange world of ironic justice and topsy-turvy morality full of guilty thrills.

But while iterating similar sensibilities in most of his films, the auteur has honed his style to the point where he can surprise and abash us nonetheless. Any sentimentality exhibited is to the notion of


The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Chinas
By Bill Schmick,
05:40PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened?

Times have changed. Back in the late 1970s when China first opened its fledgling economy to foreign investment, manufacturing became the chief driver of economic growth, which led to increased exports, more foreign investment and double digit growth rates. The powerful Communist government controlled the process through its sponsorship of state-owned enterprises. These mammoth companies became the symbols of a new "Chinese Authoritarian


MCLA Men, Women Both Edged in League Openers
07:46AM / Thursday, January 07, 2016
WORCESTER, Mass. - In a game that featured a pair of big second half runs, Worcester State reeled off a 31-10 spurt over the final 8 minutes, 48 seconds to pull away from a stubborn MCLA men's basketball team in a 77-61 victory in the MASCAC opener for both teams.   The game was played at Clark University and the Lancers improve to 9-5 overall (1-0 MASCAC) while the Trailblazers drop to 4-8 (0-1 MASCAC).   For the Trailblazers (4-8, 0-1), Paul Maurice scored a team best 15 points off the bench on 6-13 shooting.  Ki-Shawn Monroe had his best game of his young career logging 11 points and dishing off four assists. Khalil Paul added 12 points for MCLA.   The


Citizens Bank Offers Financial Literacy Funding for Non-Profits
04:24PM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – As part of an ongoing commitment to give people the confidence and tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy, Citizens Bank is now accepting applications from nonprofits for crucial financial literacy services that help consumers manage their money better.

From Jan. 4 through Jan. 29, organizations throughout the bank's 11-state footprint are invited to submit an application for up to $50,000 in funding as part of the bank's Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. Eligible financial literacy activities include:

• Basics of banking and asset building

• Budgeting

• Homeownership


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