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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Berkshire Task Force Plans For Aging Demographics
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Monday, June 01, 2015
Roberta Orsi outlined the changes in populations as predicted for the next 15 years. The task force is hoping the county can become more 'age-friendly.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County was built out significantly to accommodate young families following World War 2.   The "baby boomer" generation took jobs at General Electric, Sprague Electric, and the many mills throughout the Berkshires. Economic and social service policies were built around the population assessments at the time.    Now, the country as a whole is having fewer babies and people are living longer. There are already more people older than 65 than under the age of


McCann Names Top Students for 2015
02:59PM / Monday, June 01, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Laura Lynn Netti and Zoe Angela Loughman have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the McCann Technical School class of 2015, according to Principal Justin Kratz.

Netti, daughter of Paula Benoni and David Netti, is a senior in the Information Technology Program. She is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence.

She is a member of the pre-engineering program and enrolled in Advanced Placement biology and calculus courses. She also particpated in Project Lead The Way, National Honor Society, Yearbook, SkillsUSA, Ski Club and is captain


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

North Adams School Committee OKs $16.4M Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:57AM / Monday, June 01, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee last week passed a fiscal 2016 budget of $16,415,800 that affects more than a dozen positions.

Overall, the budget is up $321,880, or about 2 percent, over this year. But Chapter 70 funding only increased by $30,900 over this year. The city is "hovering" around the minimum contribution required by law.

"As we went through this budget, I think we are able to provide adequate, appropriate services to all students," Superintendent James Montepare told the committee at Wednesday's public hearing. "We had to make some hard decisions and hard choices ... the budget is indicative to those cuts."

The budget will


'Tomorrowland': Mediocre Expectations
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:56PM / Saturday, May 30, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
A pin offers a peak into a possible future for a selective group, but the reality isn't as wonderful as it should be.

Filmmaker Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland," although considerably high-minded, is a convoluted and rambling adventure-mystery bereft of truly enchanting vision and long on sermon. A Disney production, it also reminds of the Mouse's self-appointed role as keeper of our civilization. Average performances by talented actors doubtlessly hampered by stilted writing compound the disappointment. Yet the film's noble mission can't help but earn a modicum of our


The Independent Investor: Man's Most Expensive Friend
By Bill Schmick,
04:37PM / Friday, May 29, 2015

The pet business is booming. Last year, we spent $58.5 billion on our animal buddies and will plunk down an additional 4-5 percent more this year. The lion's share of that increase, after food, is going toward health care.

One reason for this growth is that a record numbers of Americans have pets today. The ASPCA estimates that there are 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats that are homesteading in our houses. That means that approximately 37-47 percent of all American households own either a dog or cat. If you throw in birds, fish, rabbits and other small pets, nearly 70 percent of Americans own pets today.

There was a time when the experts could just tell you how much that pet


Northern Berkshire United Way Drive Hits Half-Million Mark
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18PM / Friday, May 29, 2015
The Joy to Dance dance team from UCP, led by Susan Jameson, of Bobby Sartori, Ryan Boesse, Lisa Myers, Britney Dorwin and Laura Hawke performs for Northern Berkshire United Way members.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carrie Piaggi wanted the nearly 160 staff and supporters of the Northern Berkshire United Way to know their time and money was being well spent.

Speaking at the annual campaign roundup at the Williams Inn on Friday morning, Piaggi explained how this year had been a busy one for her.

"I took hold of my independence and made changes I needed to make," she said. "I moved into a new home, entered college, started making my own medical decisions, and working on

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North Adams Police Investigating Theft of Veteran's ATV
02:39PM / Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are searching for an all-terrain vehicle stolen from a local World War II veteran.

The theft was reported by the 99-year-old veteran on Friday morning.

The 1987 Suzuki 4-Wheeler, orange in color and with a plow attached, was taken from a residence on lower Furnace Street. The theft occurred sometime in the past two weeks.

Police declined to expand on the theft, saying the incident is under investigation.

However, the department's posting on Facebook seeking information on the incident stated the 4-wheeler was very important to the victim. Though it hadn't been used in a while, "itt was an symbol of independence to him as the victim no


BHS, Medicaid Insurers Set Enrollment Fairs
11:12AM / Friday, May 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems, in conjunction with several Medicaid insurance providers, will hold special insurance enrollment assistance fairs throughout the Berkshires on Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2.

These fairs are designed to aid local residents currently enrolled with Boston Medical Center HealthNet (BMC HealthNet) to choose another insurer if they wish, in order to be covered in-network for Berkshire Health Systems hospitals and physician practice health services.

BMC HealthNet has terminated its contract with Berkshire Health Systems, including services provided by Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the Berkshire VNA & Hospice and BMC and


Adams Community Bank Celebrates Staff
05:18PM / Thursday, May 28, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank recently hosted its annual Retirement and Service Award Celebration at Zucchini's Restaurant in Pittsfield.  

It was a special evening honoring staff members who have reached important service milestones in their careers.

Donna Tatro has dedicated the last 27 years to her customers in the Williamstown branch and is preparing for retirement.

"I look back on my career fondly and have built many long lasting relationships. I will miss my customers and coworkers but look forward to enjoying my retirement," she said. "I've especially enjoyed visiting with customers, and their pets, while taking care of their banking needs


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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