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Alcombright Cruises to Fourth Term in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels & Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:13PM / Tuesday, November 03, 2015


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Incumbent Richard Alcombright handily bested challenger John Barrett III on Tuesday night.  

Alcombright, winning his fourth term in office, bested the former 13-term mayor by by 376 votes, although by less than half the margin when he first beat him 2009.

The results were obvious as the results came in, with Alcombright sweeping all five wards earning 2,430 votes to Barrett's 2,054.

The general election was a flip of September's preliminary election when the former dean of mayor found strong support to take all five wards to get on the ballot. Unofficial preliminary numbers were 1,240 for Barrett and 974 for Alcombright; Eric


MCLA Men Drop Heart-Breaker in Conference Tourney
05:31PM / Tuesday, November 03, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Worcester State men's soccer defeated MCLA in penalty kicks on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the MASCAC tournament.   The Trailblazers (5-9-3) rallied from a 1-0 half-time deficit to tie the game in the 63rd minute when Anthony Basile scored his 10th goal of the season on an assist from Edward Boateng.   The score remained 1-1 through the final 27 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.   In the shootout, the Lancers (6-9-2) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after three rounds thanks to a pair of saves by keeper Jason Barrett.   But MCLA stayed in it thanks to back-to-back stops by Kamron Anderson, who also had eight saves


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 Election 2015: Updates & Polling Information
Staff Reports,
01:34PM / Tuesday, November 03, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Voters returned Richard Alcombright to the mayor's office for a fourth two-year term. Alcombright bested John Barrett III,former 13-term mayor, by 376 votes, less than half the margin when he first beat him 2009.

Voting is also heavy in Ward 4 at Greylock School, with 627 votes cast shortly after 2 p.m. The number of registered voters is 8,691, almost a 150 more new voters than in September's preliminary. BCAC vans has been providing rides to the polls in a number of neighborhoods.

Voting has been heavy in the city, which opened its polls at 7 a.m. today, giving voters more time to cast ballots.

Shortly after noon, the numbers were at or ahead of total votes


Downing Answers Brayton Pupils' Questions
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:15AM / Tuesday, November 03, 2015
State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing answers questions about politics at Brayton School on Monday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Pupils in in Grades 5-7 at Brayton School had a chance to ask state Sen. Benjamin Downing questions about his position, leadership, future plans, and life.

Downing made the rounds at Brayton on Monday afternoon and fielded a plethora of questions from what his favorite course was in to school, hobbies, and if he ever gets sick of driving so much.

However, Downing made sure to echo with each grade level the importance of following dreams but having the option to accomplish those dreams in Berkshire County.

"When I grew up around here our whole generation was told


North Adams to Decide on Former or Current Mayor
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
12:36AM / Tuesday, November 03, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's unlikely that any voter in North Adams is on the fence in this year's mayoral election.

Most probably made their minds up six years ago when Richard Alcombright and John Barrett III first went head to head for the corner office.

This latest election round has been nearly as divisive, one that's been fought with particular vigor among the candidates' supporters on Facebook.

The themes from that first matchup — and the two elections in between — remain familiar: taxes and fees, jobs, crime, vacant Main Street storefronts and what to do with the Mohawk Theater. They've been joined this year with disagreement over the handling


Election 2015: North Adams Council Candidate Profiles
05:57PM / Monday, November 02, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are a dozen candidates running for nine seats on the City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The nine highest vote-getters will be elected.
Eight of the incumbments are running for re-election: Lisa Blackmer, current City Council president, is running for a fifth term, Keith Bona a fourth consecutive term, and Nancy Bullett a third term; Eric Buddington, Benjamin B. Lamb, Kate Hanley Merrigan and Joshua Moran - all part of the "young wave" of 2013 - are seeking their second terms, along with Wayne Wilkinson, a former longtime Planning Board member.

They are joined on the ballot by former councilors and mayoral candidates Ronald A. Boucher and


Williams College Seeks Home for Winter Blitz Weatherization
02:02PM / Monday, November 02, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal and Bennington in Vermont, who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter.

The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, during the college’s eighth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs or who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate.

During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams


Berkshire Tidbits: Beard Dinner & Cooking Classes
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:54PM / Monday, November 02, 2015
Red Lion Inn chef Brian Alberg and his Berkshire cohorts will be bringing the best of the Berkshires once again to the James Beard House in New York.

Local Chefs Travel to NYC
For Berkshire Pilgrimage Dinner

Reception at 7, seated 6-course tasting menu dinner at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday evening, Berkshire fine dining activist Brian Alberg, executive chef of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge and Eat on North in Hotel on North in Pittsfield, will be taking six Berkshire chefs and a sommelier to New York to present the best the Berkshires has to offer in farm-to-table dining.

The chefs are Alberg; Adam Brassard, chef de cuisine of The Red Lion Inn; Sean Corcoran, chef de cuisine of Eat on


Letter: Skatepark Should Not Be Political Football
Letters to the Editor,
11:00AM / Monday, November 02, 2015

To the Editor:

It's time to stop treating the North Adams skate park project as a political football. Because it's not. It's a long-term project that was initiated by young people in our community who invested a lot of heart and time. I know. I was there.

From 2005 to 2014, I ran UNITY youth programs at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. At the core of our offerings was our Youth Leadership Program, which engaged high school students in community mapping and needs assessment. Every year, the same strong theme: a powerful desire for public spaces in which young people can feel welcome and valued.

In the fall of 2009, our group of YLP participants zeroed in on the

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City Council Candidate: Eric Buddington
10:11AM / Monday, November 02, 2015

Why are you running for City Council?

I would like to continue my work in making city information more accessible.

If elected, what issue in particular would you push the council to address?

The city should organize the Board of Health regulations, and start the practice of putting all new minutes, contracts, finances, and other records online.

The council should relax some ordinances that are now redundant or in conflict with the city's new employee handbook. This issue was brought up a year ago, but the promised formation of an ad-hoc committee to address this never happened.

What experience or perspective would you bring to the council?

I have decades of experience with

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City Council Candidate: Benjamin Lamb
09:29AM / Monday, November 02, 2015

Why are you running for City Council?

Having now been on council for two years, I have gained a lot of insight, good, bad and ugly, into the workings of municipal government. There are amazing things happening, and much more hard work to be done. These things take time, and two years is by no means enough time to engage in the meaningful game-changing work I hope to do with, and for our city. This is the place that myself and many others have chosen to call home. It has its ups and downs, successes and challenges, and I love being able to represent the community in my capacity as a councilor as we navigate our way ahead.

It's not all about the work we do in chambers on camera;

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Adams Could Have A Future In Small Manufacturing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 02, 2015
Steve Melito addresses the latest session on economic growth sponsored by the Adams Anthony Center. The center has also held sessions on creative workspaces and general economic prospects.

ADAMS, Mass. – Adams may be focused on developing a cultural and recreational base, but its future still holds a place for manufacturing.

It's just that scale may be far different than the massive textile mills that once dominated the town.

"Large integrated facilities, large plants, people working in shifts ... various looms and machines; this model is dead for this area," startup consultant Richard Tavelli said at last week's presenation. "The big factories are not coming


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