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Neal Rallies Support For Clinton Campaign in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Saturday, February 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is hoping the Democratic presidential primary is "put to bed" on Super Tuesday with Hillary Clinton sealing up the nomination.   The congressman joined local supporters in Clinton's Pittsfield campaign field office Saturday to rally support for the former secretary of state. Clinton is going up against Vermont's U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in seeking the nomination.   "We have a change to elect one of the most accomplished women in the world. I've known her forever and I've known Bill Clinton. A reminder: 23 million jobs, four balanced budgets, economic growth that surpassed 100 percent in some quarters,


Cheshire Author Uncovers Ancient Goliaths
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:17AM / Saturday, February 27, 2016

CHESHIRE, Mass. — A new book by a local author guides readers to some of the more mammoth and interesting boulders in Massachusetts, many of which sit in Berkshire County.

"There are some big rocks out there," said Christy Butler, coauthor and photographer of "Rockachusetts" a hiking guide focused on notable boulders in the state.

The Lynn native and Cheshire resident rambled throughout Massachusetts mapping and researching more than 150 boulders. One third of these are in Berkshire County.

Butler, a visual artist who has been involved in publishing, photography, and filmmaking, teamed up once again with writer and licensed hiking guide Russell Dunn, but


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

North Adams Police Arrest Two Local Men on Drug Charges
09:03PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Wednesday Feb. 24, detectives and officers of the North Adams Police Department conducted a probable cause motor vehicle stop on a white 2012 Honda Ridgeline bearing Massachusetts registration #154VW5.

The vehicle was stopped based on a several month investigation conducted by Detectives into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the North Adams area. The motor vehicle stop resulted in the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine, and prescription medication all pre-packaged for sale and distribution.

The operator, Matthew Schilling, and the passenger, Scott Kastner, were both arrested by the North Adams Police Department. Schilling was charged with Possession of a


'Race': Takes the Silver
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:04PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

If only we were as proficient at correcting our social sins as we are at chronicling them. My case in point is director Stephen Hopkins' "Race," a dutiful but dramatically average telling of the heroic odyssey that made Jesse Owens a worldwide sports legend. We, in the more enlightened nooks and hollers, are properly abashed at the stumbling blocks  Owens had to hurdle on his way to glory in the 1936 Berlin Olympiad.

Yet, beneath our conceit, we shiver in the knowledge that there are still cave dwellers in those intolerant areas loath to celebrate humanity's égalité. So we watch respectfully, basking in this one victory, a steppingstone that etched


The Independent Investor: Social Security Update & Other Tidbits
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

Over the past few months there have been some changes to social security rules as well as an on-going effort to provide increased protection from brokers managing your IRAs. Here is an update to those topics.

Readers may recall a column I wrote as a result of last November's budget. Several changes were instituted to shut down some social security loopholes that could impact certain retirees. Prior to the new budget changes, a growing number of couples, 66 and older, could delay claiming benefits based on their own earnings record, while collecting a spousal benefit based on your spouse's earnings. This was costing the taxpayer millions and generating lifetime benefits for some


Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 22 - Feb. 24
Staff Reports,
01:18PM / Friday, February 26, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 22.   Nicholas Konton, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone in relation to incidents in Pittsfield between May 12, 2015 and May 23, 2015.   He also pleaded guilty to three counts of drug violation in a school zone, two counts of distribution of heroin, and a single count of conspiracy to violate drugs laws in connection to his arrest in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015.   Konton was ordered to serve two to two and a half years at the


Mass MoCA Hosts Multimedia Project 'The Aging Magician'
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
02:21AM / Friday, February 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Coming to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for a residency and premiere of "The Aging Magician," composer Paola Prestini says multimedia productions are necessarily intimate and lengthy collaborations, children of multiple-parentage that reflect their genes seamlessly.

"I've been working on it with the same team for many, many years," she said. "Believe it or not, is really, really a collaboration where all the elements, we couldn't do one without the other."

The idea for the show began with Prestini hoping to reimagine the classic tale of Charon crossing the River Styx, in her version a journey to Coney Island that


North Adams Health Department Condemns Apartment Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, February 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Twenty-one people are currently without a home after city officials condemned an eight-unit apartment house for "life safety issues."

The three-decker structure at 35-37 High St. was abruptly evacuated on Wednesday evening because of fears the electrical load was so high it could have caused a fire.

"It could have burned the whole house down," said Administrative Officer Michael Canales on Thursday.

Canales said the problem was caused by an undersized electrical heating system. Tenants in the six occupied apartments were backing up the insufficient baseboards by turning on their electrical stoves, further putting strain on the electrical


High Winds Take Down Trees in Williamstown & North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:03PM / Thursday, February 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A possible microburst blew through North Adams and Williamstown early Thursday morning, uprooting trees and cutting power.

"I was sure my windows were going to blow out," said Wendy Champney, who tracked the damage from a plastic fence that blew in her back yard on State Road from a home on Hamel Avenue in Williamstown.

The National Weather Service had issued a several severe thunderstorm warning just before midnight on Wednesday for Western Massachusetts, with wind gusts of up to 60 mph.

Thunderstorms hit the area around midnight.

"We had heavy rain at quarter after midnight and 13 minutes later was our first call," Fire Director Stephen

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Not All North Adams Councilors Happy With Commenting Rules
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:40PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two city councilors are concerned that keeping a forum for audience members to speak will cause problems.

The new Rules of Order restore hearing of visitors at the beginning of City Council's meeting, allowing vistors to speak for up to two minutes on agenda items or matters of municipal concern. It also allows the audience to speak on agenda items after the council has debated.

The rules, as amended at a General Government Committee early this month, were passed to a second reading.

Councilor Keith Bona said his concern is that visitors may refer to individuals or businesses who would not be able to respond and that changes in Open Meeting Law limit


North Adams Mayor Joins Statewide Anti-Stigma Campaign
02:34PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Richard Alcombright is a passionate advocate for people with mental health and substance use issues. 

Now, the mayor of North Adams is taking his advocacy a step further, signing on to CEOs Against Stigma, the statewide workplace campaign created by the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mass). Alcombright is the first municipal leader in the commonwealth to join the campaign.

"The impact of mental illness on those who suffer and their families, in my opinion, makes this the loneliest illness," Alcombright said. "The fear of stigma by those affected can many times be eliminated by sharing with those who care and by

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How Should You Respond to Market 'Correction'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:45PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you?

A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10 percent from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and has historically happened fairly regularly – about once a year. However, over the past several years, we’ve experienced fewer corrections, so when we have one now, it seems particularly jarring to investors.

How should you respond to a market correction? The answer may depend, to some extent, on your stage of life.

If you’re still


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