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Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood for the Fourth of July holiday.

For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance


SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

'Dare to Jump' was the second place winner in the People's Choice.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has announced the winners of the SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest. Awards were presented before a crowd of 100 attendees at an SVMC Orthopedics Open House the evening of June 22.

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine


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

Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:08PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 47 local students among the 135 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 31.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Jenna Crosier, Pittsfield; Rachel Freedman, East Chatham, N.Y.; Grace Guachione, Pittsfield; Gabriela Keator,

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Declare Your Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:43AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach your long-term goals?

For starters, always work to build your resources. Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer's matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t take advantage of this match, you are essentially leaving money on the table.

While how


North Adams Council Bids Farewell to Departing Bullett
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:36AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bullett's name was removed from her desk plate, making way for her replacement. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Nancy Bullett made her last motion on Tuesday night: the motion to adjourn, ending her tenure. 

Bullett had submitted her letter of resignation, effective July 1, just over a month ago because of her plans to move out of state. The council will interview candidates to fill the remainder of her term on July 11.     Knowing Bullett's fondness for golf, the council eschewed the usual card to present her with a bucket of personalized golf balls with messages of farewell from her council colleagues, clerks and Mayor Richard


North Adams City Council OKs Free Cash Appropriations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The City Council approved more than a quarter million in free cash transfers on Tuesday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved the transfer of $264,288.38 in certified free cash to various accounts, including $62,686.53 toward the purchase of a building on Furnace Street.   In a communication to the council, Mayor Richard Alcombright said the property at 110-112 Furnace St. cannot be occupied because the road and retaining wall owned by the city is pushing against the building and damaging the porches.    "We were made aware of this situation some time ago by the owner," he wrote. "As a result, the owner is unable to obtain

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SteepleCats Drop Rain-Shortened Game in Sanford
08:43PM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The North Adams SteepleCats found themselves in an early hole, and were not able to recover in a 6-1 loss to the Sanford Mainers at Goodall Park on Tuesday night.   The Sanford win evened the season series after the SteepleCats won in walk-off fashion on Opening Night at Joe Wolfe Field. The game was called after six innings due to inclement weather in southern Maine.   Sanford jumped on the SteepleCats with four runs in the bottom of the first, all of which reached base with two outs. Shaine Hughes (Monmouth) and Ryan Hogan (St. John's) singled, leading to a two-run triple from Riley Pittman (Arkansas Little Rock). Pittman then scored on a Brock Keener (Michigan) singled, and


Cats Win Wild One with Walk-Off
07:50AM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats Monday walked off with a a 4-3 victory over the visiting Winnipesaukee Muskrats at Joe Wolfe Field.   The game featured an hour rain delay before first pitch, multiple misplayed balls due to the notoriously difficult lights at Joe Wolfe, and a ninth inning that was played in heavy rain.   After the game was pushed back an hour due to adverse weather in North Adams, the SteepleCats struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Eddie Haus (St. Mary's) singled with one out, and walks to Dillon Paulson (USC) and Ryan Schalch (Pacific) loaded the bases. JJ Shimko (South Carolina Upstate) drove in the game's opening run on


Housing Organization Transfers Bracewell Property to Louison House
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Housing Opportunities Inc. plans to transfer 111-113 Bracewell Ave. to Louison House, the family support and shelter organization.   This leaves the housing program with only the former Sun Cleaners property on River Street to dispose of so it can dissolve.   North Adams Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said Monday that the Family Life Support Center is expected to close on the property June 27.   Louison House had already been operating the apartment house for its permanent supportive housing; it was earlier transferred the Flood House on Church Street, which it has been using in the aftermath of a fire at the original shelter


Ardrey Scores 22 in Giorgi League Victory
11:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Shaq Ardrey scored 22 points Monday to lead Yard Work by Dan to victory in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Tank Roberson scored 17, and Joe Wiggins added 10 in a 74-52 win over the Celtics.   Keith Czubryt scored 17, and Jermaine Gomes had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards for the Celtics, who got 12 points from Moe Mayes.   Monday's action at the North Adams Armory included three games.   Geoff Kondel scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots to lead Moonlight Diner to a 58-37 win over Moresi & Associates.   Kahlil Paul scored 16, and Anthony Sims added 14 for Moonlight Diner.   Moresi


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately


Special Election Set to Fill Late Rep. Cariddi's Seat
02:02PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.   The secretary of state's office set the dates for the special election on Monday.    The 1st Berkshire Seat represents Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams and Williamstown.   Candidates must be registered voters of at least 18 years of age and have resided in the district for at least one year preceding the election. They are required to submit the signatures of at least 150 registered voters in the district by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.   If more than one candidate for any party


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