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North Adams Council Gives Final OK on DPW Building Borrowing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:01AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Public Services Commissioner Timothy Lescarbeau answers questions about the purchase of the former anodizing plant with Mayor Richard Alcombright and Administrative Officer Michael Canales.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved the final reading to authorize borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road as a public service building.

The borrowing covers about $1 million for the property outright and another half-million for upgrades and interior construction to make the wide-open plant suitable for different departments.

The council has extensively debated the proposal over a number of meetings,

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Health Connector Launches Insurance Enrollment Drive in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season.

Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts.

The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.

"A lot of time people think there's not an affordable option because they read the press like that, but there actually are very affordable options," Vicki Coates, the state Health Connector's chief operating officer, said. "It's

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

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Senate Candidates Handle Slew of Questions During Debate At BCC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of the questions at Monday's state Senate debate were on the ballot questions, with each of the two candidates taking slightly different views on them.

Republican Christine Canning-Wilson and Democrat Adam Hinds are both seeking election to the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. The two faced off at a debate Monday night sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College and moderator Dan Dillon said while the ballot questions are going to voters, the candidate's answers do reflect where they stand on hot topics in the state.

He started off with the question of expanding charter schools. The ballot question would

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Biz Briefs: Mentors Needed for Financial Literacy Workshop
01:41PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Mentors needed: Miss Hall's School is seeking area professional women to volunteer as mentors for the 17th annual Money Matters financial literacy workshops to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 17, at the school's Holmes Road campus. Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County will attend the program, which provides them with a foundation of financial understanding. This year's program will be facilitated by Dr. Mahnaz Mahdavi, professor of economics at Smith College and faculty director at the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (CIEC) at Smith College.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit to one of the program's two days, which run

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MCLA to Hold Open Houses For MBA, MEd Degrees
12:19PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer open house events in Pittsfield and on the MCLA campus for those interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees, earning their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Master of Education (MEd) degree, and more.

Two open houses will be held: on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the MCLA campus in Bowman Hall, room 217. Both events will begin at 6 p.m.

MCLA’s Degree Completion, MBA and MEd programs are designed to meet the needs of working adult learners. MCLA’s Degree Completion programs, designed to take just over two years to

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State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
12:06PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Other tips for Halloween costumes, decorations and trick-or-treating:

· Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.

· Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

· Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources and

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Berkshires Beat: NBCC Looking for 'Neighborlies' Nominations
11:13AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Feeling neighborly: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown).

Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Anyone may nominate individuals or groups in one or more of the following categories: neighborly acts, young

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12th Annual FODfest Set for Saturday
10:34AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Daniel Pearl

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Sheffield-based nonprofit Music in Common will present its flagship concert event, FODfest (Friends of Danny Festival), at Dewey Hall, located at 91 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 29.

FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl — the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.

The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. Also included in the evening is a screening of the new documentary short about Music in Common,

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PopCares Annual Dinner Draws Hundreds to Bounti-Fare
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski and their daughter, Jordan. Jessica was diagnosed with an uncommon form of blood myeloma five years ago and within days learned she was pregnant. The couple has made it through with support from the community, including help from PopCares.

ADAMS, Mass. — It was a tough Wednesday about a year ago for Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski.

They were struggling with work, taking care of their young daughter, Jordan, and the resurfacing of Jessica's cancer. There was chemotherapy at Berkshire Medical Center and visits to Massachusetts General Hospital, while both were working full time or more at stressful jobs.

It was a day when they'd felt defeated,

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Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs

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'The Accountant': Adds Up Smartly
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

"Why would I want to see Ben Affleck do taxes?"

Thus inquired a friend's wife when he asked if she'd like to see "The Accountant," director Gavin O'Connor's action-packed crime drama starring Affleck in the title role. To which I reply, "exactly." The snazzy, left-handed glorification of the iconically dull profession, often seen as a refuge for the creatively challenged, is here entertainingly perched on its ear and pumped for all of its anomalous surprise, shock and glee.

This is an often captivating, physical and mental road trip through some rather intricate loopholes that'll have you wondering if Humpty can ever be put together at

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
12:40PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it recognized the achievements of past graduates of the college.

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine

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