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North Adams Commission OKs Beer & Wine for Concerts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The License Commission on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for selling adult beverages at two upcoming music festivals.

The first is for Bright Ideas Brewing to serve beer at the upcoming Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series at Colegrove Park. The concerts, underwritten largely by the Levitt Foundation, bring well-known musicians to play for free in selected communities.

Eric Kerns, representing the brewery located on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, had appeared before the commission last month with the city's Director of Community Events Suzy Helme. But the commissioners were concerned that an abuttor to the concert venue — First Baptist


Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.



• Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Due to


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

Free Turnpike Transponders to be Handed Out at Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:34PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Jessica Vecchia of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market have collaborated to bring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s E-ZPass Van to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, on The Common on First Street, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to distriubute free transponders for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
MassDOT is currently in the process of transitioning to All Electronic Tolling (AET) for I-90, both directions. MassDOT intends to test AET software during the summer of 2016 and to activate AET by the end of the year. A previously scheduled "go live" date in the month of October


Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:27PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and adjust your investment strategy from "offense" to "defense"?

Actually, it’s not quite that simple. To begin with, even while you are working, you don’t want your portfolio to be completely filled with growth-oriented investments, such as stocks. If it were, you would likely be taking on a degree of investment risk that’s too high, because, as you may know, stocks will fluctuate in price –


Teddy's Pizza Tops WPT in Giorgi League
08:34AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hollie Steinman scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds Tuesday to lead Teddy’s Pizza to a 53-37 win over Williamstown Physical Therapy in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League at Noel Field.   Lucy Barrett scored a game-high 27 for WPT.   Play resumes Wednesday night with a double-header starting at 6:30.  


Williamstown Volunteers Help Make Trail Improvements
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A crew of volunteers spent Tuesday installing new trail markers in and around Stone Hill as part of an ongoing project to make town and privately owned hiking trails more accessible and user-friendly.

Scott Lewis from the Williams College Outing Club, three Williams students, members of the town's Conservation Commission and Dustin Griffin from the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation were among those installing 4-by-4 posts at key locations and hanging color-coded metal markers on posts and trees to direct hikers through a network of trails.

The paths cover property owned by the Clark Art Institute, the town, Williams College, WRLF, the Buxton School and


National Night Out in North Adams Draws Hundreds for Fun
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Games and music were featured at the event, which drew hundreds to Noel Field. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Noel Field was turned into a community festival on Tuesday night for a mega-National Night Out celebration.

Children shrieked as they played in the bouncy house, or munched on hamburgers off the grill. Music blasted over the field and a group of young girls gave the "Macarena" a try.

Officer David Lemieux jumped in to lead them through the moves of a song that came out when they were just babes. And the burgers were being tossed by John Morocco, the city's retired public safety commissioner. Helping out were members of the Police Department and


Williamstown Motorcyclist Struck by Dump Truck
By Stephen Dravis,
10:49PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Williamstown man was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield on Tuesday evening after a two-vehicle collision on Curran Highway (Route 8) near Hodges Cross Road, police said.

Matthew Wilson, 24, was taken by North Adams Ambulance Service to Pittsfield after his motorcycle was struck by a dump truck driven by a New York man, according to Police Sgt. Jason Wood.

Wilson, who was aboard a 2015 Honda CBR, was traveling south, as was the 2000 Ford F450 driven by John Williams Jr. of Troy, N.Y., Wood said.

"[Williams] stated that he was looking to turn into Walmart," Wood said. "He missed that [right hand turn] and then made an abrupt


North Adams Library Furniture Purchased in Teacher's Memory
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016

A table with a plaque dedicating it to the late Joan Ellen Rivers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Readers in the Children's Library will now be able to sit on a bench in a sunny window, curl up in a comfy chair or study with friends around a table.    Spending time in the library was important to longtime teacher Joan Ellen Rivers. And now future generations of North Adams Public Library patrons will be able to enjoy their stay a little bit better because of furniture purchased in her memory.   Friends of the North Adams Public Library members Ellen Smachetti and Judy Noel said in the past there wasn't really any place to sit in the Children's


Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.   The region truly has it all ... almost.   Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.   "Absolutely, the Berkshires are the most culturally rich place in the country," Loy said recently. "For there not to be opera here is unfortunate and maybe even a problem.   "Opera is an art form that deserves to be heard and seen and supported. By bringing fully produced opera back, what

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Ace of Seasons, Central Radio Win in Giorgi League
10:42PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Richard Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 20 points, and Collin Parrott added 19 Monday to lead Ace of Seasons to a 61-50 win over Atlas Private Wealth Management in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Jeff Sprague scored 16, and Cam Lesure added 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlas.   In Monday's other game, David Vidal led three players in double figures for Central Radio in a 67-44 win over Drury.   Vidal scored 20. Travis Severs and Nick Dabrowski added 16 and nine respectively, in the win.   Reece Racette scored 20 for Drury.   Play continues on Tuesday at Noel Field with one game in the league's Women's


North Adams Airport Hiring New Engineering Firm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has voted to hire Stantec as its new engineering firm after airport construction is complete.   Chairman Jeff Naughton recommended last week that the commission vote to bring on Stantec, ending an 18-year relationship with Gale Associates.    "We have had a very long, 18-year relationship with Gale and it has been a very positive relationship, but we just thought it was time to take a look," Naughton said at Tuesday's meeting. "We thought there were different strengths that Stantec brought to the table."   Naughton said a subcommittee was created comprised of commissioners, the airport manager and


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