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BArT 'Harvests' Hundredth Graduate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The "A" in BArT stands for "Arts."   But for a few moments at Saturday morning's commencement exercises, it sounded like the charter public school was an aggie school.   Assistant Principal and science teacher Miles Wheat picked just the right metaphor for the day.   "Gardening," Wheat said to the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School. "There is something magical to me about watching a garden grow. I never get over the wonder of the harvest. It amazes me and humbles me every time."   Even though, as a biology teacher, he can explain to his students how plants


North Adams Police Investigate Report of Stabbing
Staff Reports,
02:44PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Police shut down a portion of Church Street on Saturday morning to investigate an apparent stabbing incident.

North Adams Police answered a call around 1 a.m. from a woman near Church Street reporting that someone had been stabbed.

Nearly half an hour later, police received another call that there was a stabbing and the victim was at 181 Church St. and had sustained serious injuries. The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

State Police investigators tapped off 185-187 Church St. and 181 Church St. and investigated outside and inside of the properties throughout Saturday morning.

The street finally opened again at 1:20 p.m.



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

BCC Grads Told Future May Be Murky But to Keep Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

Sen. Benjamin Downing gives the commencement address at Tanglewood. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Laura Forero thought she wanted to go into computer programming.   But one semester in at Berkshire Community College, she realized it wasn't for her. She finished up her classes and tried to figure out what to do instead.    "I realized that I did not see programming in my future. I realized this was not after all something I wanted to do. However, I did not see my decision as a failure. Instead I learned that I did not want to do something so it was kind of a success," Forero said.    The next semester she changed majors to


Structure Fire Closes Park Street in Adams; Four Families Homeless
By Tammy Daniels,
01:51PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters from around Northern Berkshire County spent Friday afternoon battling a stubborn structure fire at 72 Park St.

Flames could be seen shooting out from under the roof of the building, which houses Carolyn's Tax Service on the first floor and four apartments on the top two floors, where several young children lived.

It took several dozen firefighters more than an hour to contain the blaze that started in a kitchen on the third floor. Fire Chief Paul Goyette described the smokey blaze as "95 percent contained" about 4 p.m., nearly three hours after it was first reported.

No one was injured in the fire but an Adams firefighter was overcome by


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Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.


Excelsior Owner Sees Future In Printing, North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

Joseph E. La Valla sees growth in the printing business.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Integrity Graphics is fulfilling a promise made a year ago: That the name "Excelsior" will remain in the city.

"Since Excelsior [Printing] was a big part of the past in North Adams, I'm hoping it becomes a big part of the future of North Adams," said Joseph E. La Valla, president and CEO of Integrity Graphics, which took over the printing company in a deal almost exactly a year ago.

The comments came during Excelsior's open house on Thursday evening that also saw a ribbon cutting to celebrate the company's new offices in Building One on the Massachusetts Museum of


Clarksburg PTG Donates Money For Laptops
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Parent-Teacher Group has raised $8,000 to purchase new laptops for the elementary school.

Cindy Brule, a PTG member, told the School Committee on Thursday that through many fundraising efforts, has raised enough to buy Chromebook laptops this school year.

Superintendent Jonathan Lev thanked the PTG for its donation and said the school was able to appropriate money last year for 34 laptops, however the recently passed budget could not afford such a purchase.

"This is a huge help, and this will make a major impact," Lev said. "This is wonderful. I knew this was the goal but I never expected this, and I'm blow away by it."

Brule said the


School Safety Patrol Graduates Thank First Responders
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:42PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Safety Patrol program graduates recognized paramedics John Meaney Jr. and Amalio Jusino for volunteering and assisting in the program.

The program teaches children safety and emergency response tactics. The participating pupils enjoyed a morning of bowling and pizza from Mingo's at their graduation pinning at Mount Greylock Bowl & Golf.

Before the students received their certificates MaryAnn King, of the North Adams Police Department, presented Meaney and Jusino with certificates of appreciation for their involvement in the program.

"They have been a big part of this program, and every year they have taken time out of their very busy days


'Love & Friendship': A Comedy of Manners & Manors
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:50PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

I think it was because I was a sleepy little kid in grammar school who didn't appreciate the advantage of a good education that I didn't fully enjoy writer-director Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship." I also blame that era, wherein I spent most of my classroom time drawing sketches of cars and baseball stadiums, for not really learning the times table past 8. Only the pocket calculator has saved me from financial ruin.

Yep, I hold that those years of foggy reverie, while doubtless a proving ground for creativity and idealistic wandering, denied me a certain cerebral software necessary to the conventional learning process. Hence, even though Stillman's


North Adams School Budget of $16.7M Holds Few Surprises
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee's finance committee is recommending a $16,744,198 budget for fiscal 2017.

Members Chairman Mark Moulton, Tara Jacobs and Nicholas Fahey motioned the budget after reviewing it with Superintendent James Montepare. The School Committee will hold its public hearing on the budget on Tuesday, June 7.

The proposed budget constitutes a 2 percent increase on the city side, with an additional contribution of $328,318 over this year. The total budget is actually up 3.52 percent but is being reduced through using $250,000 in school choice funds for salaries.

"This is a very true picture of the North Adams Public Schools spending protocol and

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Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:32PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Quintessential, a local Berkshires all-male a cappella/without instrumental accompaniment quintet — tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy and bass/baritones Steve Dahlin and David Anderegg — will be new to the Lodge.

However, "the men are all veteran performers who have appeared with other local musical groups, including the Berkshire Bach Society, the Berkshire Concert


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