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North Adams Housing Supports Louison House Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority on Monday gave the go-ahead for Family Life Support Center to apply for funding for the Flood House.

The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.

"Thank you guys, I really appreciate that you let Louison House in," said Executive Director Kathy Keeser. "If we wouldn't have had a home for our shelter it would hae been horrible, we really do appreciate."

Keeser was there to present plans


McCann Pinning Ceremony Launches 15 on Nursing Career
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was very much a passing of the torch — or really the lamp — on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings.

"The pin signifies the end of all your formal studies and the beginning of your nursing career," main speaker Lorraine Mancuso told the graduates at McCann Technical School. "There are technical skills to master and work environments to adapt to, but the most important application of your skill set will not be the expertise with which you apply them but with the sensitivity and the compassion you show patients under your care."

Mancuso, a

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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

Drury to Perform Manilow's 'Copacabana'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Performing Arts Center will bring Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" to the Drury auditorium this week.   More than 65 students in the Drury arts wing will take their audience to where "music and passion were always the fashion" when they perform the musical based on Manilow's 1978 hit song this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   "No one around here has really done 'Copacabana.' It is unique and is one of the first jukebox musicals," Technical Director Jamie Choquette said. "Also, it fits well with the groups of students that we have … we could visualize the parts right


McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:33PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

High Honors

Seniors: Butler, Evan; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Foley, Alexis; Gardner, Makenzie; Gero, Christopher; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kipp, William; Klammer, Claire; Lampro, Tyler; Leab, Joshua; Mears, Kevin; Milner, Erica; Moreno, Nico; Pandell, Blaize; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Juniors: Boucher, Noah; Brown, Marley; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan;


North Adams Happenings: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
12:04PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:27AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

To begin with, you'll want to make sure you are giving to a reputable charity. That means you'll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? Is it devoting as much of its contributions as possible to the actual work of the organization, or is it spending too much money on administrative costs?


Ciccolo Adds Attorney With Experience Defending Terror Suspects
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man facing federal terrorism charges has a new member of his legal team.   Alexander Ciccolo was back before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson on Tuesday for a procedural hearing in the case of U.S. v Ciccolo.   Northampton defense attorney David Hoose earlier informed the court that Ramzi Kassem, a professor at the City University of New York, has joined as co-counsel for Ciccolo, who was arrested on July 4, 2015, on a federal weapons charge. In August, a superseding indictment was handed down charging Ciccolo with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use


Common Folk Host Play Examining Gun Violence
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The production will take place in four different venues during its run this week. The play is adult-oriented; children ages 12 to 16 should attend with an adult. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Common Folk will host the play "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence" followed by a conversation in hopes to disarm the difficult discussion about gun violence in schools.   The local artist's collective production of the three-act play this week examines gun violence in the classroom, why it occurs and how it can be prevented.    "This is really an attempt to dig a little bit deeper and have a healthy and safe conversation around a very unsafe topic but also


North County Group Seeks 'Ambassadors' as Relocation Resource
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new volunteer initiative is hoping to attract young people to the area by connecting them with like-minded residents.

Two Degrees of NoCo (North County) is a take off on 2 Degrees Portland, part of the city of Portland, Maine's efforts to grow its economy and culture. The idea is that tight-knit communities have less than "6 degrees of separation" and so become a well-connected resource for anyone considering relocating or moving a business there.

"This is a volunteer organization that is being run so that we have a bunch of 'ambassadors' to North County from Williamstown, North Adams and Adams that are willing to volunteer their

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North Adams Housing Group Seeking Clarity on Asset Transfer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The years-long effort to dissolve Housing Opportunities Inc. and hand off its assets to the city may have hit another roadblock.

The HOI board, comprised of members the Housing Authority board of directors, had hoped to begin finalizing the transfer on Monday. But the news from its attorney, Elisabeth Goodman of Cain Hibbard & Myers was that the path was still not clear.

"We had been proceeding along a path where the properties would be transferred to the city," Goodman told the board, later saying she was ready to be put on the City Council agenda to explain the transfer and ask for a vote. "That's where I got stopped."



MCLA's Delta Mu Delta Inducts 10 Into Zeta Zeta Chapter
02:46PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently recognized the achievements of 10 business administration students when they were inducted into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The following students were recognized in a ceremony held in the MCLA Church Street Center’s social hall; Rosine Manzan Ahoba Anwobor ’16, Selena A. Barber ’17, Michael Sean Connors ’18, Stefania Coppola ’16, Trevor Daniels ’16, Nicholas DiSanti ’18, Melanie G. Herzig ’17, Keslie P. Lewis ’17, Jessica Amanda Lovellette ’17 and Ellen Marie Rufo ’17.



BArT Announces First Trimester Honor Roll
02:43PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are


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