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Redwood Motel Developers Expand To Blackinton Mill And Beyond
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
Redwood Motel lead developer Benjamin Svenson explains his team's vision of a hospitality and recreational area around the Hoosic River.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Redwood Motel developers are planning to buy and eventually redevelop the historic Blackinton Mill.

For now, the mill and some 30 more acres will expand upon the original plans to transform the dated State Road motel into a more contemporary and nature-attuned development.

Project Manager Eric Kerns, lead developer Benjamin Svenson, and architect Simeon Bruner on Thursday unveiled at City Hall a continuation of their redevelopment of the State Road motel that will extend 30 acres around the river to the Blackinton


Letter: Choose Mayor Alcombright on Nov. 3
Letters to the Editor,
09:00AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

This election season has brought about much discussion about the history of North Adams and our future direction. I am proud to have lived in North Adams my entire life and to now be raising my family here. With pride we should understand where we have come from. With greater pride we must know where our future is and work together to move toward that future.

The path to that future must be guided by a leader who is willing to listen to new ideas and be receptive to other views on how to get there. The future prosperity of North Adams will require all of us to look at ourselves in new and inventive ways. Just because we have always done it that way does not mean we can or

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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

Letter: Transparency & Citizen Participation
Letters to the Editor,
08:00AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

Mayor Dick Alcombright has embraced transparency during his six years as our leader.

He has made information about the workings of city government more easily and fully available to the citizens of North Adams.

The mayor uses cable access television, the Internet and social media to share information, to keep people informed and to build a culture of shared accountability between city government and the citizens of North Adams. He has welcomed citizen participation in local government and provided the citizen volunteers who serve on boards and commissions the autonomy and independence they need to carry out their civic service with integrity.
Mayor Alcombright supported

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Letter: Social Security Recipients Need COLA
Letters to the Editor,
07:13AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

This letter is for those heartless people in Washington who don't believe we people on Social Security need a cost of living increase.

I say for two months, let's have you try to live on what I make per month. That's $93 a month in SNAP and $868 in cash. Even though I'm on housing, I still have bills to pay. By the time that happens, I barely had enough for food. Now with the holidays just around the corner, it's going to be even tougher.

Congress keeps saying that they're concerned about us poor people, then why not give those who can no longer work enough to live on? If you can't , then maybe it's time to elect people who can and

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Letter: Is North Adams Afraid of Progress?
Letters to the Editor,
07:00AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

North Adams is a more vibrant, engaged community today than it was in 2009, when Mayor Alcombright first took office. Mass MoCA has become a better partner, serving its interests in ways that bring more benefit to the economy outside its gates. We have begun to embody the vision of becoming a cultural hub in the northern Berkshires — something we could only glimpse, dimly, a decade ago.

The danger we face now is a strange nostalgia, on the part of a significant few, for bleaker times. It leads me to wonder: Is North Adams afraid of progress? Afraid of moving forward with a comprehensive plan, a state-of-the art education system, a skate park that embraces the healthy

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North Adams Unveils New Branding Scheme, Signage
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
The city's new marketing logo features some of its most important natural, historical and architectural elements. This image show the river to the left but the newest version puts it right in front.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Prominent "gateway" signs with the city's new marketing logo will be installed on the east, west and south entrances in the coming month.

The project by the Partnership for North Adams is the culmination of sessions with stakeholders and the community — which made it clear earlier this year that the Hoosac Tunnel, Hoosic River and Route 2 should be integral to any design.

"There's a lot added to this that wasn't there


UNO's Shirley Davis Honored by Northern Berkshire Professional Women
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:13AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
Shirley Davis is honored as the Northern Berkshire Professional Women's Woman of Achievement on Wednesday night.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Shirley Davis was anxious Wednesday night — not about the award she was about to receive but that there was someone in need.

A man, outside the banquet hall at Holiday Inn.

"He's crying he's so hungry," she said. "We have to feed him."

And so she did, to the gratitude of the gentleman who was thrilled with his dinner of chicken marsala and brussels sprouts.

"I can't see anyone go without," Davis said. "I have to feed them."

And that's just one reason why Davis was being honored as


Wednesday Power Outage Darkens North Adams
Staff Reports,
07:41PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
It isn't clear if the windy weather caused the outage. Above, a tree dropped onto power lines on Orchard Hill Road shortly before the power went out.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  At least 5,000 customers of National Grid were without power for nearly three hours on Wednesday.

The region was buffeted by rain and high winds hampering efforts to get the electrical network back online.   Power went out around 6:30 in the downtown; that had been preceded by a reports of a tree that had fallen on wires on the Orchard Hill Road.   Mayor Richard Alcombright reported shortly after that that National Grid was investigating the cause of the outage.    Alcombright

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ABC Clothing Sale Donates $20,000 to Five Local Charities
02:44PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The ABC Clothing Sale Steering Committee is distributing $20,000 in unrestricted grants from the proceeds of the annual ABC Clothing Sale on Sept. 26 to five local organizations.

“ABC” stands for “A Better Community,” echoing the sale’s commitment to recycling clothing and household linens, and their mission to benefit local charitable organizations that serve at-risk families and youth and address hunger, poverty and inequality in Northern Berkshire communities.

Each October the Steering Committee - in collaboration with the Outreach Ministry Team of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, which has a long history of

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Berkshire Taconic Announces New President
12:34PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass.— The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have appointed Peter Taylor as president.

Taylor, who was selected after a national search, will be the fourth president in the foundation’s nearly 30-year history.

Taylor comes to Berkshire Taconic from the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide community foundation with $400 million in assets and 1,500 funds, where he currently serves as vice president of program development and grantmaking services.

“We are thrilled that Peter Taylor will join us to lead Berkshire Taconic into the future,” said Bill Dunlaevy, chair of the board of directors. “His track record of fostering

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 28-Nov. 3
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
North Adams Happenings:
October 28 - November 3
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Letter: Moving the City Forward
Letters to the Editor,
12:00PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To the Editor:

As we come to a close on this tightly contested campaign, what this election is really about is Mayor Alcombright's six years in office, what has he accomplished in that time, and are those of you who live here better off than you were six years ago? The mayor says we have a vibrant downtown. We don't. Our family has been there for over three generation, and I can tell you our city's downtown is dying! Remember The Transcript, Nasiffs, Gateway Chevrolet, Haddad Ford, Staples, McClellands, Friendly's, Goodyear, Sleepys, Shima, I Got Goodies,and many more, and lets not forget the Mohawk. The key to our downtown, a diamond in the rough,six years of nothing


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