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'Mother!': Oh, Brother!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:22PM / Saturday, September 23, 2017
Fearing that I might be scarred for life after seeing Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" I am happy to relate that slowly but surely the grotesque concepts and visions of this postmodern horror film are dissipating from my fragile and offended psyche. I mean, I am safe, aren't I? Hopefully it's not part of a grander trick.    This is sinister stuff, intentionally as well as through the error of its haughty self-indulgence. Oh, dear reader be cautious. It starts out with intriguing eeriness ... even a bit Hitchcockian. No offense, Master. But that's just to suck you into its ugly movie Hell.   For sure there will be a cult following by virtue of its violent


Annual Vigil, Walk Making Substance Abuse Recovery Visible
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Organizers of Saturday's Voices of Recovery are hoping to "flip the script on what addiction looks like."   Begun as a vigil in 2013 mourning those lost to addiction, the event has grown over the years to focus more strongly on recovery by adding a gathering and walk. It runs from 1 to 3:30 on Saturday at Colegrove Park with the    "You think of death, you think of arrests, you think of broken homes, and that's all part of it," Colin Woods, a former addict now working with Berkshire Transition Network in Great Barrington. "For a young person in recovery it's a scary step to take ... [we need] to show there is


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

Registered Nurses Notify BMC of One-Day Strike
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01:54PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered a 10-day notice to hospital management on Friday notifying it of the local bargaining unit's intent to hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and running until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4.   Berkshire Medical Center, however, is characterizing this as a five-day work stoppage because any substitute nurses brought in are contracted for that period of time and will fill the shifts normally worked by union members.   The nurses' union and Berkshire Health Systems have been at an impasse in contract negotiations after nearly a year of talks, with the major


Local Lawyer Named Fellow at National Association
12:21PM / Friday, September 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Chris S. Dodig has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Dodig became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 900 persons during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the College in Montréal, Québec.

Dodig is a longtime partner in the firm of Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, with offices in North Adams and Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington, Vt. He has been practicing with the same firm for 27 years, after graduating from Albany Law School in 1990.  His primary area of practice is serious personal injury litigation, with a focus on


North Adams Airport to Use Vacant Doctors Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 22, 2017

The Airport Commission meets Tuesday at City Hall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are plans to move the vacant medical building next to Harriman-West Airport for use as a new administrative building.   "We are going to physically pick it up off of the slab and move it to the fence line," Chairman Jeff Naughton said Tuesday at an Airport Commission meeting. "We are going to put it on a slab or foundation. We are still in the process."    The city's Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the commission had planned to use a $200,000 gift from real estate developer and Turboprop East director Harry S. Patten Jr. to fund the city's


Democratic House Candidates Sound Similar Themes at Williamstown Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:18AM / Friday, September 22, 2017

A large crowd packs the Meeting Room at Williamstown Town Hall on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in three days, the four Democratic candidates for the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives sat on the same stage to discuss the issues.   This time around, it was the Williamstown League of Women Voters hosting a forum for the candidates on the ballot for the Oct. 10 primary to face presumptive Republican nominee Christine Canning.   And as it was 48 hours earlier in Lanesborough, the four Democrats tended to agree on far more than they disagreed. There were some differences in approach and, of course, very different backgrounds


MCLA Women's Tennis Falls to Russell Sage
08:59PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
TROY, N.Y. -- The Sage Colleges' women's tennis team Thursday defeated MCLA and posted, 9-0 victory, to extend the Gator's win streak to five matches.   With the win, Sage stands at 7-1 overall, while MCLA dropped to 2-4.   The Trailblazers host Johnson State in an NAC match on Saturday.


North Adams Health Inspector to Step Down
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:43PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health Inspector Valerie Bird has officially stepped down from her post to serve in a part-time capacity.   Before delving into her report Wednesday, Bird said because of health concerns she must leave the full-time position.   "I have severe arthritis, which requires me to go the doctor, who isn’t in the area," she said. "In order for me to do that I have to take whole days off and it doesn’t really make sense for me to stay on full time."      Bird said she would stay on part time to help train a new inspector.   "I am going back to a part-time position and I am going to stay on to help train


Bosley Issues Statement on Local Economy
06:16PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Below is a statement issued by the campaign of Stephanie Bosley, candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Berkshire District:    Bosley issued the press release pointing to the Sept. 15 article in the Boston Globe on the Berkshire County economy.    The article, titled "In Berkshire County, Locals Struggle as Tourism Booms," reported on the struggles local county residents face when looking for employment while the tourism economy continues to grow.   Bosley said she has been pointing this out on the campaign trail and has issued policy papers in reaction to this.   "Anyone who talks to people in Berkshire


The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Insurance Policies
By Bill Schmick,
03:35PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
With hurricanes to the left and right of us, maybe a review of your home owner's insurance policy makes sense. You may find out that at today's real estate values, you are underinsured.   If you are like me, the last time you visited the insurance subject was during the Katrina/Sandy hurricanes. Since then, houses in some areas have appreciated by more than 30 percent. If so, a devastating event such as the widespread destruction recently caused by Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida could really decimate what is probably your most valuable asset.   Given the fact that hurricanes seem to be sprouting up all over the place, if you have been spared thus far doesn't mean


Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter
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02:11PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017

HD Reynolds in Cheshire carries a full line ot Ariens snowblowers.

If you're like most of us, you probably used your snow thrower a lot last winter. But then, winter finally came to an end, and you could put your snow thrower away.

If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you want to use it again.

Unless you used a fuel stabilizer that is specifically formulated to deal with the ethanol in today's gasoline, or drained the fuel tank and carburetor completely, your snow thrower may not start when you need it this winter. Today's gasoline tends to go stale fairly quickly.

To check your


North Adams Ambulance, Village Ambulance Plan Merger
By Stephen Dravis,
11:32AM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The leaders of North Adams Ambulance Service and Village Ambulance Service on Thursday characterized their pending merger as a win-win for both agencies and the residents they serve.

And while it was precipitated by a financial crisis at the Williamstown-based VAS, the move is consistent with a broader trend toward regionalization in the emergency management services industry, the officials said.

"This is so beneficial that even with two agencies that are financially successful, this model would still make sense," Amalio Jusino of NAAS said. "That's why the rumors and the talk have gone on for years and years and years.

"We could be


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