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Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County Student Passport Program
02:51PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum has begun the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes.

Supported by the contributions of friends of Norman Rockwell Museum, the Passport Program was created for students and families in


Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Author Feted at State House Ceremony
01:52PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

Good job: The 16th annual Massachusetts Book Awards Ceremony took place at the State House on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Among the honored authors was Ali Benjamin of Williamstown, who received the top award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader division for the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist "The Thing About Jellyfish."

The award states: "In a remarkable debut novel, Ali Benjamin seamlessly infuses realistic fiction with well-researched factual information to produce a masterful and honest look at how one young person deals with the feelings of grief and guilt that follow a tragedy." Rep. Gailanne Cariddi presented the award to Benjamin, who spoke


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

@theMarket: Has Santa Claus Come & Gone?
By Bill Schmick,
02:02PM / Saturday, December 10, 2016

The rally continued in the stock market as investors abandoned bonds and bought stocks hand over fist. Many think the best is yet to come, since the traditional end-of-year Santa Claus rally is still ahead of us.

However, between now and then, we have the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next Wednesday. The bond market is betting on the following: that the Fed Funds rate is raised by one quarter of one percent, and the FOMC meeting minutes indicate that the Fed may raise rates two more times in 2017. Anything more than that would be hawkish and most likely cause the stock market to correct. That happened last year and cut short the Santa rally.

If the Fed's actions, on the other


Wilco's 2017 Solid Sound Festival Tickets Now on Sale
02:00PM / Friday, December 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three-day tickets for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, which returns to Mass MoCA from June 23-25, 2017, are now on sale through, and the Mass MoCA box office.

For a limited time, tickets will be offered at a reduced early-bird rate of $134. Children's three-day tickets (ages 6-10) will be available for $50, and children under 6 are free. Friday also marks the opening of campsite reservations for the official festival campground Solid Ground. Campsite reservations can be made only by calling the Mass MoCA box office at 413-662-2111.

Conceived by Wilco and inaugurated in 2010, Solid Sound will again present Wilco as hosts


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 7-13
01:28PM / Friday, December 09, 2016
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This survey is part of a student research study exploring the relationship between public art and civic engagement in North Adams, MA. Please take a few moments to respond to this short survey to increase understanding of public art's role in our community.

Your responses will be shared with an Arts


Hoosic River Revival Collaborates with the Schools to Offer 'Hoosic River Ranger' Program
12:51PM / Friday, December 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Hoosic River Revival has collaborated with the North Adams Public School System in the creation of an outdoor education curriculum that focuses on the historical and environmental learning opportunities along the Hoosic River levees at Noel Field in North Adams.  

This new offering, called "The Hoosic River Ranger" program, is an inter-active, interpretive walking tour for elementary school children.
With the advice of Lindsay Osterhoudt, a K-12 science teacher in the North Adams Schools, the River Revival summer intern, Johanna Wasserman, developed a detailed outline for River Ranger guides that includes facts, figures, pictures, and


'Rules Don't Apply': The Politics of Entitlement
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:23AM / Friday, December 09, 2016

Maybe it's because I've recently had my fill of bragging billionaires that I was slow to build interest in director-writer-actor Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply." The partially fantasized biographical sketch about the much mythologized Howard Hughes also starts off sluggishly and is a mite jagged. It isn't until about the midpoint, when Beatty's eccentric caricature begins to gel, that the mélange of loony and philosophical almost compensates for what then, alas, devolves into a run-of-the-mill romance.

In the opening scene we are welcomed into the opulently celebrated tarnish that is Hollywood just before the death knell sounds on the studio


North Adams Council to Vote Tax Classification on Tuesday
Staff Reports,
12:54AM / Friday, December 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The administration is proposing to raise the property tax rate about 2 percent for fiscal 2017.

Mayor Richard Alcombright is recommending the City Council continue the commercial shift at 1.71, which pushes more of the tax burden onto commercial, industrial and personal property taxes.

That would mean an increase of 31 cents per $1,000 valuation, or a rate of $17.70 for residential, and 61 cents more for the commercial rate, or $38.54.

The average single-family home valued at $136,900, would see a property tax bill of $2,423.13, up about $83 because last year's home value was more than $1,300 less.

If the council were to prefer a single rate at next


Time for a Year-end Investment Review
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:40PM / Thursday, December 08, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals.

So, as you look back at 2016, pay close attention to these elements of your investment picture: 

Performance: Reviewing your investment performance over time is important in helping you determine if you’re on track to achieve your financial goals. So, in evaluating how your investments did in 2016, ask yourself some key questions: How did your investments do relative to their


North Adams Schools Find Taps With Elevated Levels of Lead, Copper
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:43AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An extensive testing of water delivery points in the city's schools has turned up elevated levels of lead and copper.

Some 353 bubblers, faucets and other water taps were tested in September through a state grant through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The results were received this week, with about 50 points identified as exceeding state levels for lead and copper.

Only a handful drinking water taps tested high and those were immediately shut off and warning signs put up, said school officials.

The city has also been in discussions with the state's Departments of Health and Environmental Protection on next steps.

"The results are not


North Adams' E3 Academy Creates Mini-Pantry
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The students at E3 Academy saw a problem with hunger and came up with a solution: a mini-food pantry.

Inspired by the proliferation of Little Lending Libraries in the region, the Give Food Take Food pantry box outside the Vietnam Veterans Post 54 is stocked with canned goods with the idea that people who need it will use it.

"We were doing, 'what are problems in the community?' and we found one of them is people in North Adams don't know where to get food or are struggling to get food," said student Joey Butler. "So we decided to make it easier by putting this out here and putting food in it."

The academy, an

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High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
12:23AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016

John Martin, left, and Major League shortstop Nick Ahmed speak to Berkshire County high school athletes on Tuesday morning at the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead.

But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered — if just for one day.

"When you have a chance to speak this morning in your breakout sessions, I want you to get a little bit selfish in your role as a leader," said Martin, a guidance counselor and coach


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