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Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings for job seekers and employers.    Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same page.   Rivers has been hired as Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Berkshire recruiter -- or as state Sen. Adam Hinds has dubbed it, the "workforce czar." The position was created through state funding and is intended to help tackle the issue of there being some 2,000 jobs available at any given time and an equal number of job seekers who just

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SteepleCats Fall To Blue Sox Amid Pitching Struggles
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:17AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass —While the rain held off in North Adams, the Valley Blue Sox offense came to Joe Wolfe Field with a full head of steam.

Pitching blunders and a struggling offense led to an 11-0 loss Wednesday night for the North Adams SteepleCats courtesy of the visiting Valley Blue Sox.

SteepleCats starting pitcher Stanley Vargas’ night ended quite early in the 2nd after the right-hander allowed six runs to cross the plate off of four hits and four walks. Harvard’s Grant Stone then took the mound for North Adams, pitching 2.2 innings where the Blue Sox extended their lead to 8-0. Two-way player Jackson Coutts of Rhode Island also saw the mound, tossing two innings


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

Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Grace and I will be your guide each week this summer to the best in pop concerts, jazz and musical theater throughout the Berkshires.

I'm a lover and student of all genres of music and a Berkshires regular. My background is as a news and feature reporter for The New York Times. I've written and/or collaborated on six books and my work has appeared in numerous magazines. Most importantly, in recent years I have specialized in writing about music, books and culture.

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert


Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:00PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires, Franklin County and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music. Call it a reward for enduring a long, hard winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters.
Whatever the reason, the classical canon, including a full summer's festival within a festival celebrating the wonderful music of Leonard Bernstein (it's his 100th birthday), will nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place - the Berkshires and environs.

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing


SteepleCats Hosting Youth Baseball Clinics
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:32PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The North Adams SteepleCats are hosting youth player clinics on Sundays through the months of June and July.

These Baseball Clinics are for boys and girls ages 6-12 and are led by our coaching staff and players every Sunday through July 15th from 11 to 12:30.

Our 2018 Manager, Justin Sumner will lead each clinic and will be assisted by a crew of our own SteepleCats players. This will be a great chance to meet and interact with the SteepleCats along with learning some baseball fundamentals and getting the chance to play ball at historic Joe Wolfe Field.

For sign-ups, head


Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children
11:46AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons.

These lessons can include the following:

Setting goals: If you are contributing to an IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan, explain how you build these accounts now, while you are working, so you'll have enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement someday. And you can bring your children into the picture, too, by telling them that another financial goal is saving enough to help send them to college or to further


North Adams Council OKs $41 Million Budget for Fiscal 2019
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mayor Thomas Bernard says there is not much investment in this budget but more revenue from property sales could come in later this year and next fiscal year will see $1 million in debt fall off the books.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday adopted a fiscal 2019 spending plan of $40,721,358, up just under 2 percent from this year.    The budget for city operations, salaries, debt payments, the School Department, capital costs, and the assessment to the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District represents a 1.92 percent increase or $765,603 more than this year. It uses no reserves and does not rely on increases in rates for the transfer station,


Former SteepleCat named Ivy League Player Of The Year
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:23PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The honors keep rolling in for former SteepleCats. After leading North Adams to its 13th playoff appearance in 2016, Dartmouth College senior Dustin Shirley has been named the 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Shirley, the fourth Dartmouth player to earn the award since its establishment in 1993, was the lone member of his squad to also make the All-Ivy League First Team in the outfield, as his first three seasons he found a home at second base. The senior co-captain hit .314/.365/.497 while leading the Ivy League in doubles with 14, ranking third in slugging percentage and fourth in RBIs with 32.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the Dartmouth star


State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts
04:43PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The state is also launching a pilot passenger service between Greenfield and Springfield next year, from the Olver Transit Center. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The state is launching the first step in determining the feasibility of east/west passenger rail between Pittsfield and Boston.    Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to


College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.


Annie Wenger-Schulman of Pittsfield, a graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, recently traveled to Mongolia with the program's Project Dragonfly. Wenger-Schulman studied the ecology of steppe ecosystems, with a focus on the Pallas' cat, Przewalski's horse and participatory conservation media. Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses offers firsthand educational and scientific research at


North Adams Planners Approve Plans for Eagle Street Hotel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Planners also approved two new businesses in Norad Mill and a new eatery on Marshall Street in the former Brew-HaHa. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Expressing deep concern about the lack of dedicated curbside parking, the Planning Board on Monday night approved the first phase of plans to turn a historic Eagle Street building into a boutique hotel.   The vote to give Michael Gazal and Veso Buntic of Long Island, N.Y., operating as Eagle Street Holding LLC, a special permit for a change of use to convert the building into a contemporary 27-room hotel was unanimous, but it came with one contingency: that the hotel be responsible for preventing guests from double-parking while checking


North Adams School Committee Approves FY2019 Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Monday approved a $17.7 million budget for fiscal 2019 that is up just under 2 percent from this year.   The City Council is expected to approve the school budget Tuesday night as part of the city's overall spending plan for fiscal 2019.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas said the spending plan represents a "level service budget." The School Committee was also recommended to use $250,000 out of school choice funds to offset the budget.    The committee had been scheduled to approve the budget on May 29 in time for it to be presented to the Finance Committee but Vice Chairwoman Heather Boulger questioned


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