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Alcombright, Barrett Rehash Old Battles, Spar Over Priorities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayors — past and present — traded jabs during a 90-minute debate on Tuesday night that touched on crime, economic development and infrastructure in North Adams.

Richard Alcombright and John Barrett III took to the stage at Drury High School before a packed auditorium in their first one-on-one debate since clearing the preliminary election four weeks ago.

The word war became heated at times, as the crowd cheered, jeered or applauded. Barrett's supporters gave him standing ovation in the end.

 "I'm getting nervous sitting in the middle," joked moderator Paul Hutchinson as the debate wound down.

There were few surprises as

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Letter: Barrett Most Qualified to be Mayor
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2015

To the Editor:

In less than two weeks, the voters of North Adams will be going to the polls to elect the next mayor of North Adams. As a voter in the city I have always based my decision a candidate's record of success and not on political rhetoric.

I am voting for John Barrett III because of his proven leadership. I also have confidence in John Barrett making North Adams successful once again.

Having lived in North Adams for all of Mayor Barrett's tenure, I knew he would
always do what was in the best interest of the people. He always made sure we had quality services, good schools, an economy which was growing and a city which was affordable.

John Barrett is the most

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
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
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Letter: North Adams, My Favorite Hat
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2015

To the Editor:

I wear a plethora of "hats" on a daily basis. Husband, dog owner, higher-ed professional, business owner, city councilor, Ph.D. student, the list goes on; but the one I thing I'm most proud of is my status as a resident of North Adams.

I adore this place, its people, its past, and its potential more than I can possibly emphasize in a single letter. Look at where we've come from and where we are today.

One hundred and forty years ago, we became home to one of the greatest feats of modern engineering when the Hoosac Tunnel opened. Flash forward: mills and factories in this city contributed key historical game-changers; metal for one of the first ironclad

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Letter: My Vote For Alcombright
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2015

To the Editor:

Most of you probably don't know me. I tend to not be the "face" of any group or organization, more of a background doer myself. That said, I am a homeowner in North Adams, a member of the Northern Berkshire YMCA board, a business owner in the city, and someone who whole-heartedly loves and dreams for our little corner of the world here in North Adams.

When I first moved to this area in 2007, I was coming from a community that had gone through many similar changes to those that North Adams had encountered. Similar to my love for North Adams now, I loved that place, and loved what the people and leaders had done to make dreams a reality. At the time of my

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Drury High Career Readiness Program Recognized
Community Submission,
11:05AM / Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Efforts at Drury High School to prepare students for working world were recently recognized by the Massachusetts Workforce Professionals Association.

The school's College and Career Readiness Program received the Youth Workforce Program of the Year Award for its strong local collaboration and active engagement with the community, its 2015 Summer Youth Works program and for its student access to career awareness software and career activities.

Career specialist Michele Boyer-Vivori was on hand to receive the award at the 2015 Job Summit at Fort Devens on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

"Drury High School's College/Career Readiness Program was selected as the

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Berkshire Tidbits: Wine Dinners & Return of MadJack's
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:56PM / Monday, October 19, 2015
Homemade mac & cheese will be served up at the annual Sheffield Senior Center cookoff.

'Cooking at The Chef's Shop' Series
Upcoming Cooking Classes

Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m.

Two or three times a month, from now through the middle of June, Julie Gale, chef and owner of At the Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N.Y., will be teaching a series of timely holiday and seasonal cooking classes at The Chef's Shop, 31 Railroad St., in Great Barrington, on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Gale's classes are fun, free-flowing and very much hands on. She will co-teach some of the classes with well-known local guest chefs.

This Thursday's

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North Adams Council Candidates Talk Priorities, Economic Development
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:05PM / Monday, October 19, 2015
The candidates set up prior to the debate at MCLA's Church Street Center on Monday night. Kate Merrigan and Nancy Bullett, right, are at the end of the table.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There was a lot more agreement than disagreement at Monday night's City Council candidate forum at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.

Still, nine of the candidates running for council broached a broad range of questions during the 75-minute forum.

Seven of the incumbents appeared — Eric Buddington, Wayne Wilkinson, Lisa Blackmer, Joshua Moran, Benjamin Lamb, Kate Hanley Merrigan and Nancy Bullett — as did challengers Robert Moulton Jr. and Joseph P.

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Downing Launches Second Holiday Card Contest
09:31PM / Monday, October 19, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Each December, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing mails approximately 3,500 holiday greeting cards to friends, family, supporters and colleagues across Massachusetts. As he prepares for this annual tradition, he is bringing back his Holiday Greeting Card Contest, which he began in 2014, and asking local students to design his card for him.

“Last year 250 students from across western Massachusetts participated in my contest,” Downing said. “It was a fun way to connect with my youngest constituents, and it helped spread holiday cheer.  I can’t wait to see the creativity that I know our students will submit for this year’s

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Letter: Benching
Letters to the Editor,
11:40AM / Monday, October 19, 2015

To the Editor:

Benchmark: The first mayor of North Adams was my stepgreat-great-grandfather, A.C. Houghton. My great-grandfather, Arthur Gallup, was treasurer of Arnold Print Works, and my grandfather, George B. Flood, was treasurer of Sprague Electric Company — the two biggest employers in North Adams history. Philanthropy and community service were my family's legacy as well as their love and commitment to North Adams.

Mayor Richard J. Alcombright shares my love and commitment to North Adams.

Benchmark: When I returned to North Adams in 2000 to care for my mother until she died, my eyes filled at the condition of my beloved hometown.

Benchmark: Vin Melito told me about the

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Letter: Past, Present, Future
Letters to the Editor,
11:00AM / Monday, October 19, 2015

To the Editor:

The voters in North Adams have a relatively uncomplicated decision to make in their selection for mayor. We can return to the turmoil and regression of the Barrett administration or, we can look for the positive and progressive leadership of the Alcombright administration. The choice is rather simple but crucial as your vote will determine the present and as importantly, it will determine the course of our future as a community.

Vincent Melito

 

 

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McCann Students Score High On MCAS
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:24AM / Monday, October 19, 2015

Principal Justin Kratz presented the results to the School Committee Thursday night.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann students have yet again increased performance on the MCAS test.

McCann Principal Justin Kratz reported another successful year of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores to the School Committee Thursday night.

He said last year 94.6 percent of sophomores scored proficient or advanced in English language The amount of students that scored advanced increased 8.7 percent.

He added math scores also trended upwards and although scores went slightly down in advanced, they jumped 17 percent in proficient. This created a 6 percent increase

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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