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MCLA Announces Diverse Incoming Class of 2020
03:11PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Next week, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome the Class of 2020, more than a third of whom will come to the campus from states other than Massachusetts. Together, they represent 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, Texas and Illinois. Others will arrive on campus from other countries, such as the Bahamas, Mexico and India.

"We are eager to welcome all students back to campus this fall, when they will be engaged in a number of exciting opportunities as they further their education on our campus," MCLA President James F. Birge said. "We also are pleased to welcome our incoming freshmen, 27 percent of whom self-identify as


'Playing With Fire' Merges Music, Mystery With Flair
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:43PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Often, when we think of our greatest musicians – performers who spend countless hours practicing their instrument, and leading up to that, years perfecting their craft to attain the highest levels of virtuosic and interpretive artistry - we may assume that their lives are fully taken up by mastering their art.

So, it may come as a surprise that occasionally, a maestro ("master") can find the time and passion to dedicate her/himself to a completely different art form – and to, over the years, excel equally at that "secondary" activity. Such is the case with Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias.

A graduate of Yale University, Elias has been a Boston


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


Make the Most of Gifts to Grandchildren
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:23PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Did you know that National Grandparents Day is only a couple weeks ago, on Sept. 11, 2016? While this "day" is not as widely known as Mother's Day or Father's Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play.

If you are a grandparent yourself, you might expect some cards or phone calls or emails from your own grandchildren – but you will probably experience even greater enjoyment in the gifts you can give them. If you're thinking of making a financial gift, consider your options carefully.

To begin with, don't forget about your own needs. As much as you love your grandchildren, you can't afford to provide


Democratic Senate Candidate Participate in Pittsfield Gazette Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the second of back-to-back debates for the Democratic state Senate candidates on Monday, the three spent an hour handling questions posed by David Cachat, coordinator of PCTV's CityLink channel.   Not only was the debate, which kicked off at 8:30 p.m. the second that night for the senatorial candidates, but it was also back to back for Berkshire Community College. The three candidates had debated at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington before heading to BCC for the Pittsfield Gazette's debate. The Gazette had put on a few hours earlier a debate among the two Democrats seeking the nomination for the House seat in the 3rd Berkshire


North Adams Public Works Buildings in Bad Shape
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:21PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dirty, dank, deteriorating, demoralizing.

That pretty much sums up the conditions for the city's Department of Public Works employees.

"The working conditions for our public services people are not good," said Mayor Richard Alcombright. "It's dark, it's dirty, in some cases, I would almost call it unsafe ...

"We wouldn't put our teachers in that environment, we wouldn't put our City Hall workers in that environment."

The City Council toured the several facilities used by highway, cemetery and water department workers on Monday night by Mayor Richard Alcombright and Public Services Commissioner Timothy


North Adams Council Balks on Property Purchase
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Wire & Alarm division has been on Ashland Street for years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council agrees that something has to be done about the Department of Public Works' aged and dilapidated structures.

But councilors aren't ready to give a green light to Mayor Richard Alcombright's proposal to buy a former anodizing plant as a solution.

At a special meeting of the council on Monday, the vote was 7-0 to postpone a vote on authorizing a purchase-and-sales agreement. Instead, the matter was referred to the Finance Committee, expected to meet on Monday, Sept. 12.

Alcombright and his staff spent more than two hours fielding a stream of questions about a deal


Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park
03:42PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Up in the trees: Berkshire East has expanded its outdoor adventures with the building of the Berkshire East Children's Aerial Adventure Park .

Seeing the need to provide an exciting and green recreational activity for younger children, Berkshire East hired Tree-Mendous Forest Adventure Parks, an industry leader, to design and build two separate parks for various ages and abilities.

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all


Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
03:35PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.

The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.

The procession at St. Elizabeth's begins Saturday, Sept. 10, after the 4 p.m. Mass and the vigil continues through the night until the 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 11.

After Mass at 10:45 a.m. on that Sunday, around noontime, the statue will be carried by firefighters to the city's Veterans Memorial, where a bell will be run for each of the airplanes involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


North Adams Public School Bus Routes 2016
03:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools open Friday, Sept. 2; the first three days will be half-days.

More information can be found here.

Colegrove Park Elementary

Blue        Bus 432
8:00        Church at Quincy
8:02        Church at Washington
8:03        Church at Elmwood
8:05        Church at Bradley
8:05        Church at Davenport
8:06        473 Church Street
8:07        650 Church Street

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Berkshires Beat: Youth Works Summer Program Recognizes Teens
02:43PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Congrats: The 12th annual Youth Works Summer Program held its closing ceremony on Aug. 26 at Pittsfield City Hall with the city’s director of Administrative Services, Roberta McCulloch-Dews,  recognizing the achievements of youth workers who successfully completed a summer of employment throughout Berkshire County.

Event speakers included Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, current youth participants Raven Basinger, Garrett Haywood, Gabe Shultheis, and Youth Works alum Nolan Stout. They praised the 35 program graduates for their diligence and presented them with certificates.

Youth Works participants included: Zaniyah Adams; Trisann Alexander; Emma Borden; Tylor Bourne; Roy Brauski;


North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.

School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31
Bus Routes
BArT Charter School
School opens Monday, Aug. 22
Bus Routes North Adams Public Schools
School begins Friday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes McCann Technical
School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes
Mount Greylock Regional
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Williamstown Elementary School
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Lanesborough Elementary School
School opens


Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Rarely in this region do we find ourselves at such an important change in our regional leaders as we look to elect our next state senator. Challenges, successes, and dreams alike all speak to a need for strong, knowledgeable leadership and advocacy both locally and in Boston.

Locally we are faced with challenges impacting many places: decreasing population, needed infrastructure improvements, challenges with opioid addiction and abuse, and gaps in our economy that magnify socioeconomic difficulties and unemployment rates. These issues are ones that permeate the lives of everyone in the region. To tackle these issues, we need someone with a strong voice and significant,


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