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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned
11:16PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.   Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he continue to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or surety bail.   It is alleged that Perras stabbed Charles Sauer on July 14 at about at about 11:30 p.m. near Perras' Union Street


OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:33PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials asked the Dalton players whether they wanted to play eight-on-eight or field 10 players against a short-handed opponent.   Without hesitation, the Dalton players replied, “eight-on-eight.”   That is what the summer league is all about: love of the sport and friendly competition.   “It's a great opportunity for them to learn and play more and


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

'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will


Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'
04:50PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Aug. 21, 1781, in Sheffield, slavery began to crumble in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

Preceding the afternoon performance, the public is invited to follow in the footsteps of

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:15PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pianist Emanuel Ax comes to Tanglewood on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and vocal music by Bach, Dvořák, Schubert and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a


Stay Calm on the Investment 'Roller Coaster'
11:33AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn't know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?

Here are some suggestions:

* Know what's in front of you. If you've ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark, you may find it scarier than if you boarded it in daylight – after all, it can be unsettling not to know where you're going. The same can be said about investing: If you have no idea what's in front of you, you might find the journey unnerving – and if that


North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22
10:39AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
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North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All three members of the committee agreed to the importance of combating climate change but member Keith Bona thought the resolution too political and outside the council's purview. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services Committee last week approved a draft resolution to support of the Paris Climate Accord. 

  The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting


Letter: Ways to Protest Safely
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

To the Editor:

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

I fear we're heading toward more intense violence at protests in the U.S. and even possibly civil war (sounds far-fetched, I know, but it wouldn't take much).

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a guide titled "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide."

To reduce the chance of violence:

"Do not attend a hate rally. As much as you might like to physically

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SteepleCats' Whitney Named All-NECBL
11:19AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- North Adams SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney was named to the All-New England Collegiate Baseball League First Team on Tuesday morning.   Whitney is one of four pitchers on the all-league first team: three starters plus closer Tyler Smith of VAlley.   Whitney, a rising senior at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, finished the summer with a 2.07 earned run average and struck out a league-leading 80 in 52 innings pitched.   His ERA was sixth in the league.   Eleven of the league's 13 teams were represented on the All-NECBL Teams, while both Newport and Keene led the pack with four selections apiece. Regular season division champions Upper


North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast.    The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.    Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp of Grinnell Partners LLC, representing the inn, said 10 and 18-20 Veazie St. would be razed and parking spaces will be relocated. The ZBA approved waivers for the project, including for parking so the inn would not have to add more for the new building.    "The side of the building


North Adams Downtown Celebration Set for Wednesday
03:17PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 21st annual Downtown Celebration will fill downtown North Adams on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5:30  to 9 p.m.    Downtown Celebration is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, and the city of North Adams. This event is free and open to the public. In the case of inclement weather, there will be an announcement on Wednesday morning to use the rain date of Thursday, Aug. 17.   The evening will be filled with music, food, vendors and booths with local organizations and businesses.    Points of interest:  JP Murphy will be performing at the Berkshire Bank Plaza starting at 6. Terry A La Berry  and Friends

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