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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


Macy's at the Berkshire Mall Will Close
Staff Reports,
03:42PM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall is about to take another hit with the closure of Macy's in the next couple months.

Employees were reportedly told on Wednesday that the store would close after nine years. A formal announcement is expected Thursday. Macy's reported the closure in a release on its website on Wednesday afternoon.

iBerkshires also has reached out to the mall's owners and Macy's for confirmation.

Macy's, with nearly 800 locations, is the largest department store by sales in the nation. But it's been battered over the last year by dropping sales and declining foot traffic at malls. It has closed 52 stores in the past five years, although


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 Happenings: Jan. 6-12
11:29AM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016
North Adams Happenings: January 6 - 12
  Congratulations!   We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Levitt AMP Grant Awards winners. Each made a compelling case for how the Levitt AMP Music Series will activate a public space and strengthen the social and economic fibers of their communities," says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the


Retirees Need 'Longevity Strategy'
11:25AM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The late, great Yogi Berra supposedly said it: “The future ain’t what it used to be.” And the same could be said of retirement.

Due to several factors, such as advances in health care, today’s retirees are living longer, more active lives than their predecessors. In fact, you could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement – which means you need a “longevity strategy.”

Such a strategy needs to be part of your overall retirement income strategy, but here are five key areas you’ll need to address:

* Lifestyle: What do you plan to do during your retirement years? Travel the world? Stay close to home and pursue your hobbies? Volunteer?


North Adams Arts Commission Learning Responsibilities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Wednesday, January 06, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The newly established Public Arts Commission is feeling out its role as advocate and arbiter for public art displays.

The commission held its first meeting recently to review its establishing language and consider its next steps. Erica Manville was elected as chairman, Julia Dixon as vice chairman and Cynthia Quinones as secretary. The other commissioners are William Blackmer, Nancy Ziter, Eric Kerns and Gail Sellers.

The commission was created by the City Council at the request of Mayor Richard Alcombright, who had found himself making decisions on public art displays.

"While I've certainly in the last 10 years found a new appreciation for art and

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Berkshire County 4-H Holds Awards & Recognition Event
Community Submission,
09:52PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 100 people gathered at the  Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires on Dec. 6 for the Berkshire County 4-H Community's annual awards and recognition event.  

The candy factory-themed night was to celebrate achievements by 4-H members. Opening remarks were given by Linda Horn, assistant director of the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program, University of Massachusetts Extension in Amherst.

The highest award given in Berkshire County 4-H is the Top H Award, which can only be won by a 4-H'er once as a junior member and once as a senior member. The nominees are selected by a judging committee using their 4-H records; those nominated

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Montepare Retires in April; North Adams Searching for New Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:13PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools James Montepare will retire at the end of March after more than 40 years in the school district and a dozen as superintendent.

School officials are planning an aggressive search for his replacement with hopes to have someone starting July 1.

"It's a great place to work," Montepare told the School Committee at Tuesday's meeting. "I've loved every single moment. It's really hard to leave but sometimes it's time."

He later said that the completion of Colegrove Park Elementary School had influenced his timing. "I wanted to make sure it was done," he said.

Mayor Richard Alcombright


North Adams Selected for Levitt Amp Music Series
Staff Reports,
03:14PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wilco may not be in the city this summer, but there will still be music in the downtown.

A $25,000 grant from Levitt Pavilions, which will have to be matched with another $20,000, will bring 10 free professional public concerts to Colegrove Park.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center applied for the grant, one of 15 awarded this year to communities across the nation.

This is the second year of the Levitt Foundation's music series that seeks to bring communities together through musical performances and to reinvigorate the neglected public spaces where they occur.

In its grant application, BCRC stated "The

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North Adams School Building Committee's Mission Fulfilled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After more than three years, the School Building Committee adjourned Monday evening from what may have been its final meeting.

It's charge had been to shepherd an elementary school project, a mission essentially completed with the opening on Monday morning of Colegrove Park Elementary School."

"This is probably our last official meeting ... It's been a long process we've been at this almost three years," said Mayor Richard Alcombright, acknowledging the full project had been even longer. "It hasn't been easy at times and we had to make a lot of tough decisions."

The process really began in 2009 with the closure of Conte

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Berkshire Tidbits: Food Pantry Donations Sought, Farmer's Market Returns
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:54PM / Monday, January 04, 2016

CHP Family Services Pantry
Needs Nutritious Food Donations

  At Christmastime, a nice size ad in the Southern Berkshire Shopper's Guide with the words, "PLEASE HELP US" inside a festive green ribbon caught my attention. I saw, "Help the Family Services Food Pantry at CHP" in much smaller type.   Community Health Program provides high-quality health care to more than 16,000 Berkshire residents of all ages and economic levels. They are best-known for their Women, Infants and Children/WIC programs of nutrition services and access to healthy food.   There was a photo of packaged food and a

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OLLIís Winter Semester Begins Jan. 12
01:34PM / Monday, January 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, offers over a dozen courses this winter, ranging from photography to illuminated manuscripts, in Pittsfield, Lenox and Great Barrington.

“Our winter semester is one of our busiest. The new year is the perfect time to enjoy learning something new and interesting while meeting new people," OLLI Director Megan Whilden said.  "And there's no tests, no grades, and no formal educational requirements for taking our courses, just learning for the joy of learning!"

OLLI is a member-run organization that offers educational, social and volunteer opportunities designed

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Colegrove Park Elementary School Opens for the New Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:46AM / Monday, January 04, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Children flooded into the new Colegrove Park Elementary School on Monday morning, finally laying claim to classrooms and lockers after months of delay.

They were lined up in front of the doors in the chilly morning air, eager to start off the new year in their new school.

"It feels like the first day of school but in January," said math coach Lindsay Osterhoudt. "There's so much enthusiasm. ... It really feels like the first day of school."

The move from Sullivan School brought back memories of her own time at the former Conte Middle School as a student, as she assured the youngsters they would be able to find their way in their new


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