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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Boys & Girls Club Advances to Giorgi League Final in Double OT
01:47PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Shaq Ardrey scored 23 points, including 21 on 3-pointers, to lead Boys & Girls Club to a 84-80, double overtime victory over Troiano & Sons Building on Sunday evening in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Joe Wiggins scored 21 points, Tank Roberson added 19, and Keiland Cross had 15 points and 11 rebounds on a night when league play was moved to the North Adams Armory.   Lawrence Carrier scored a game-high 29 and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Sedale Jones scord 22 with 11 boards for Dagnoli. Jamual Warren scored 19, and Ron Kelly had 12 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in the loss.   In Sunday's other semi-final, Geoff Kondel scored


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Bank Offers Free Admission to Hancock Shaker Village for Children
01:02PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

Free for kids: For the fourth consecutive year, Berkshire Bank is sponsoring Hancock Shaker Village's "Be Our Guest" program, a cultural access program that provides children ages 12 and under with free admission with a paid adult throughout its 2016 season. The museum is open daily through October and for an abbreviated schedule in November and December.

Through support from the bank’s charitable Foundation, the "Be Our Guest" program offers youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in an expansive, authentic, historic site and actively engage in the practices, culture, and values of the Shaker community. Kids learn about issues that are relevant in


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

Biz Briefs: Goodwill Leases Space in Great Barrington for New Retail Store, Donation Center
12:27PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

Growing again: Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont is expanding again, having leased 2,000 square feet of retail space on Route 7 in Great Barrington, where it plans to open a new thrift store next month. This will be the second retail enterprise the Pittsfield-based non-profit organization has launched in 2016, following the opening of a Goodwill store in Rutland, Vt., in March.

The site, at 396 Stockbridge Road, is located next to Laramee Cleaners in the building that once housed the Caffrey Ford car dealership.

A grand opening of the Great Barrington retail outlet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. The site also has a donation center where people are encouraged to drop


Community Supporting North Adams Man With Cancer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Monday, August 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Josh Sargent's world quickly changed last May when, at the age of 27, he was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer.

"The doctors were shocked because they don't look for that in a young person," his mother, Lisa Sargent, said. "There was genetic testing, we have been to Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] and he started chemo but it spread to his lungs and his bones very quickly. This was just in May."

She said there are about 2,000 cases of cholangiocarcinoma a year in the United States and there is little to no treatment available.

Sargent said Josh showed incredible strength after the diagnosis and took that bad news in stride.



Hancock Resident Having Fun With Politics, Launches Mock Presidential Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Monday, August 15, 2016
HANCOCK, Mass. — A Polish proverb reads, "not my monkeys, not my circus" to essentially mean, it's not my problem.   For years that's how Hancock resident Barry Grauman has felt about politics. He's been an active voter, intent to make it to the polls every time. But, he's never liked his choices. He says he was voting out of hate, voting against a candidate and not for one he likes. He's sick of that, though, and he is trying to make it his circus.   Grauman has launched a mock presidential campaign. It is one of humor where his stance on gun control is "I feel that whenever I am around guns, I prefer they are under


@theMarket: Three in One
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, August 12, 2016

On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages — the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don't want to know what happened the last time this happened.

That was in 1999. The year after ushered in the Dotcom boom and bust where some averages lost 20-30 percent and sent the markets on a roller coaster that did not end until 2003. Am I saying that will happen again? No, but I am expecting a pull-back soon in all three averages.

It is not something that most investors need to worry about. As I mentioned in my last few columns, stocks are overbought and valuations are being stretched higher and higher.


Building Your Image
By Chad Bolotin, Sponsored Content
12:24PM / Friday, August 12, 2016

While Maya Angelou may not have been referring to the image of a sign or branding of a company, what she said about the impression of a feeling on someone sure does.

When it comes to any successful company, we as consumers immediately can picture their logos. I say Nike and you instantly think of a swoosh appearing in your mind. When I say Audi you think of four circles bound together creating a chain link. Now think about a Nike commercial: The swoosh isn't the main message; however, it is what they stand for and that is athleticism. When I ask about Audi commercials, you don't say it's four circles linked together; instead it's a luxury yet thrilling automobile usually


Common Folk Arts & Music Festival Takes Place Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Friday, August 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place this Saturday to benefit the new Roots Teen Center.   Common Folk, the North Adams-based artist collective, has rapidly gained momentum during its short existence, hosting galleries and concert events with local talent. Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the group has built up a solid roster of bands and artists and thought the next logical step was to organize a full-on music festival.     "I think that we have always really enjoyed doing these larger projects, and … we really wanted to start something annually so that we could share our artists


Clarksburg Planning Board Rejects Cell Tower Plans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, August 12, 2016

Attorneys Ellen Freyman and Michael A. Fenton review Verizon's application with the Planning Board.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Planning Board marked the application for the proposed Verizon cellular tower at the defuct golf course as incomplete on Thursday and told the applicants to go back to the drawing board.

The board voted to not accept Verizon's request for a setback variance for the 125-foot monopole.

Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., doing business as Verizon, has applied for a special permit under the town's new wireless communications bylaw to install a cellular tower on the 641 River Road property, formerly the North Adams Country Club.

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North Adams Commission Approves Dog Park
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Thursday, August 11, 2016

The park will give dogs a place to run and play safely.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A dog park is finally becoming a reality in the city after several years of work.

The Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday unanimously approved locating the park at the Houghton Street playground.

The North Adams park appears to be only the second in the county, with the first being French Park Dog Park in Egremont.

It's been under discussion for four or five years and, during that time, it's proposed location has shifted around the city. More recently, the North Adams Community Dog Park group spearheaded by Tara Jacobs and Christa Abel has been advocating for not just a park but a more


The Independent Investor: Why the Nation's Productivity Matters
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Thursday, August 11, 2016

The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this country.

Labor productivity has declined for nine straight months and fallen 0.4 percent over the last year. There is nothing complex about productivity statistics. Output per worker, according to the numbers, is drifting down when it should be going up. The last time this happened was in the 1970s, just before a nasty double-dip recession.

Increases in productivity are what makes America's middle-class


Vidal Scores 26 to Lead Team to Giorgi League Playoff Win
09:35PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Central Radio and Dagnoli/Troiano & Sons Building advanced to the semi-finals of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league on Wednesday night.   David Vidal scored 26 points to lead Central Radio to a 56-49 win over Moresi & Associates/Mingo’s in the first of two playoff games as the post-season got under way in the Open Division.   Dave Wellington scored 12, and Nick Dabrowski added 10 for Central Radio.   Mingo’s was led by Todd Hunt with 18 points and nine rebounds and Vern Cross with 10 points.   Jumual Warren scored 19 to lead four players in double figures for Dagnoli/Troiano, which defeated Frame All/Preite Oil,


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