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DownStreet Art to Hold Office Hours Ahead of 'Call for Art' Deadline
01:48PM / Friday, April 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will hold DownStreet Art drop-in office hours ahead of this year’s call for proposals deadline on April 15.

DownStreet Art Program Manager Michelle Daly will hold open office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., to answer questions, provide feedback or assist with proposals.

Interested individuals also may contact Daly to schedule a time to meet outside of these hours by calling 413-662-5253 or via e-mail at

“This is the perfect opportunity to talk through an idea, get feedback on a


Clarksburg School Preparing to Hire Project Manager, Architect
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, April 08, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee hopes to have an agreement signed for an owner's project manager by July 11.

The committee, meeting for the first time since it convened last October, were given an update on the progress toward a feasibility study that will guide decisions on renovating Clarksburg School or building new.

A special town meeting in October approved spending up to $250,000 toward the study.

"It's no question the progress has been slow," Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the group gathered Thursday evening at the 60-year-old elementary school.

That's in large part because the Massachusetts School Building Authority has to

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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

E3 Academy Releases New North Adams Merchandise
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, April 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Merchandise that celebrates North Adams got another boost with Thursday's unveiling of a new series of branded caps, beanies, and bandanas.

Students in the E3 Academy rolled out their new NAMApparel line of headgear with the slogan "North Adams: Find it, Love it."

The new merchandise and a promotional video featuring the city were on display at the Lever business incubator space on Main Street.

Kimberly Loring, a student in the Drury High School alternative program, said the promotional was shot in well-known North Adams locations.

"We wanted to make an ad and we wanted to make it fun and short," Loring said. "So we thought we would


The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Crucial to Your Future
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again.

In last week's column I outlined what long-term care insurance is all about and why you might want to consider purchasing some insurance against the possibility of avoiding economic disaster at an advanced age. Assuming you might be interested in this prospect, let's examine some of the ways and questions you need to ask in your search.

First, realize that long-term care insurance is complex. The insurance covers "assisted daily living

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'Hello, My Name Is Doris': Puts the Sex in Sexagenarian
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

In director Michael Showalter's "Hello, My Name Is Doris," Sally Field as the loveably quirky Doris Miller manages, in one fell swoop, to deliver a treatise on individualism, joie de vie, grace in aging and how to battle the challenge of unrequited love. It is a tour de force that entertainingly reminds what a national treasure this now older gal next door has become.

We meet the eccentric, 60-something lady on the sad occasion of her 91-year-old mother's funeral, and soon gather that the title character has spent the better part of her life devotedly caring for Mom. Commuting from Staten Island to her New York City accounting job in some non-descript new age company

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Mayors' Fitness Challenge Returns For Third Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:43PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has a Fitbit measuring her steps. While she hadn't registered many by 9 a.m. Thursday, Tyer knows the few she took matters.   "Every step, even the little ones, will have an impact in our physical fitness," the mayor said.   Those steps she did take before 9 brought her the City Council Chambers to announced another year of the Mayors' Fitness Challenge, a national program aimed to encourage residents to do the little things to become healthier. This year is the second time Pittsfield has run the program with a friendly rivalry with North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright.   "It's just a wonderful idea and a


Bond Auto Donates $1,000 to Friendship Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:26AM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — People love discounts and, in North County, they seem to especially like them when they benefit a local charity.

Bond Auto Parts customers snapped up coupons just before Christmas that would ensure donations to local food banks. And out of the 45 or so stores in the chain, the North Adams location was one of four that exceeded $1,000 in donations.

Shawn Collins, store manager of the location on Curran Highway, delivered the $1,000 gift to the Friendship Center Food Pantry on Wednesday.

The "Good Neighbor Discount" program allows customers to buy food shelf coupons from the end of November through the end of the year at Bond Auto stores and get double

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Empty Bowl Dinner to Raise Funds for Berkshire Food Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The menu sounds like a fancy feast. Red lentil & apricot. Chicken with white bean chili. Potato ramp vichyssoise

Those and a couple dozen other soups are being served this Friday, April 8, not as part of a luxurious extravaganza but as part of the 12th biennial Empty Bowl fundraiser for the Berkshire Food Project.

But no one ever said a fundraiser to fight hunger couldn't tempt and please the palate.

"It's pretty fancy stuff," Valerie Schwarz, executive director of the Berkshire Food Project. 

The soups are donated by eateries as varied as the Williams and MCLA dining services (hearty vegetable and rattlesnake chili, respectively) to


MCLA Women's Lacrosse Rallies to Beat Southern Vermont
10:02PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Natalie Caney scored with 33 seconds left to send the game to overtime, and Erin McNulty netted the game winner, lifting the Trailblazers past Southern Vermont, 14-13, at Shewcraft Field on Wednesday.

The final score was the only time MCLA led in the contest as they improve their record to 3-4.


The game was originally scheduled to be played in Bennington, Vt., but was moved south due to unplayable field conditions.


With 15:49 left in the second half, SVC's Mel Orrell converted a free position shot giving the Mountaineers a 12-9 advantage. From there, MCLA outscored the visitors, 4-1, to send the game into OT. The run was started when


Berkshire Adult Baseball League Schedules Free Agent Tryouts
03:03PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

DALTON, Mass. -- Free agent tryouts for the 2016 season of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League will be Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at the Dalton American Legion on Route 9

If you wish to play there are many openings on teams.

Please tell commissioner Lou Orazio at if you want to try out.


Berkshire Tidbits: Baby Animals, Say Cheese
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:59PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016
A wintry week of wine tastings and dinners, cooking classes, an annual food conference and the last indoor winter farmers' market of the season in downtown Pittsfield — in May it will move back outdoors to the Pittsfield Common. And lots of other tidbits.     The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 4 will be:   Chicken parmesan served with spaghetti and sautéed spinach Shrimp and vegetable curry with basmati rice Balsamic glazed meatloaf served with mashed potatoes green beans and mushrooms   Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for


Golf, Tennis Camp for Kids Offered Week of Spring Break
02:26PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Tennis Community Association and eduKaytion Golf will combine to offer a Spring Break Tennis & Golf Academy from April 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and girls 10 -14 years.

Each day’s session will take place at Greenock County Club and Cranwell Golf Resort & Spa and will include tennis instruction from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch at Fiddleheads Grills and golf instruction from 1 to 3 p.m.  Wilson Tan, PTR tennis professional, provides the tennis instruction and Kay McMahon, LPGA Teaching Hall of Famer, provides the golf instruction.

The cost for the week camp is $250 per junior.

Go to to register for the camp and to see full


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