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Cariddi's 'Mysterious' Gift Has North Adams Library Looking Up
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Library Director Mindy Hackner says the library will develop programming and materials on astronomy with Cariddi's gift.  ​NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — No one's quite sure why state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's left a "mysterious and magical gift" to the library in support of astronomy.    But the city is "very, very grateful for this gift," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council as it voted to accept the amount of $7,465.47.   The check came to the library from the late representative's account at the North Adams Municipal Employees Credit Union and is designated specifically for "Learning Materials on Astronomy


North Adams Councilors Vote Wilkinson to Fill Vacant Seat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:36PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wayne Wilkinson was returned to the City Council on Tuesday night by an unanimous vote of the councilors.    Wilkinson, a one-term councilor who came in 10th place in the last election, was one of four citizens who had submitted letters of interest to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Nancy Bullett on July 1.   The main reasoning from the six councilors present (Ronald Boucher and Kate Merrigan were absent) was that Wilkinson could "hit the ground running" in serving out the last six months of Bullett's term and that voters had come close to re-electing him last time. He had come in 10th by only 51

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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

Central Radio Earns Narrow Win in Giorgi League
09:33PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Todd Hunt scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Central Radio to a 61-60 win over Bopp's Home Improvement on Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Vernon Cross scored 13, and Mitch Scace added 10 in the win.   For Bopp's, Steven Bopp scored 18, and David Vidal and Glenn Davis scored 13 apiece.   In Monday's other game, the Celtics defeated Moresi & Associates, 59-39, behind 16 points from MOe Mays and 10 from Keith Czubryt.   Justin Girard scored 10 for Moresi.


SteepleCats Fall to Muskrat Onslaught
09:23PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
LACONIA, N.H. -- The North Adams SteepleCats fell victim to an offensive onslaught by the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on Tuesday night, falling 18-3 at Robbie Mills Memorial Sports Complex.   The Muskrats tied a franchise record in runs with their offensive production.   Winnipesaukee took total control of the game in the bottom of the second, scoring eight runs on only one hit. Three walks, three hit batsmen, and a two-run single from Jared Brescia gave the Muskrats an 8-0 lead.   Newly signed lefthander Zach Reid (West Virginia) gave the 'Cats two solid innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one run with three strikeouts in his North Adams debut. Reid was followed by


Ciccolo Attorneys Seek Access to Witnesses' Identities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Tuesday, July 11, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A U.S. District Court judge will decide by early September whether to compel the government to disclose classified information to the attorneys for an Adams man accused of terrorism.   Alexander Ciccolo was in court on Tuesday for a hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on whether the government must reveal the identities of six "confidential human sources" and two "under cover employees" referenced in the government's filings in the 2-year-old case.   The government argued Tuesday that the defense has no "need to know" the classified information and it can be dealt with "in camera" as part of ex parte


Cohen Running for North Adams City Council
04:59PM / Monday, July 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Rebbecca Ann Cohen, a longtime city resident, says she will be running for seat on the City Council this fall, and is applying for the current seat left vacant by Nancy Bullet.

Bullet resigned effective July 1 and the City Council has solicited letters of interest to fill the vacancy until the next election.

Cohen, the director of human resources and compliance for her family's businesses, Tunnel City Transport and Cariddi Auto, has been an active North Adams resident since returning to the city in 2012 following her pursuit of a master's degree.   

Since then, Cohen has formed personal and professional relationships in the Berkshires and


Letter: Skate Park's Sign of the Times
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, July 10, 2017

To the Editor:

One of the first things that John Barrett did when he became mayor was to change the road signs from "Entering No. Adams" to "Entering North Adams." He felt that because Williamstown that had more letters than North Adams, but it wasn't abbreviated, then North Adams shouldn't be abbreviated either. And he's right.

In speaking with Dan Bosley about this recently, he said that a mindset like this instills pride in a community when it has an identity

This is relevant today because North Adams just opened the coolest skate park in Western Massachusetts and right in front, in capitol letters, it reads N ADAMS. That's not even an abbreviation

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North Adams Building Razed Years After Demolition Delay
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, July 10, 2017

The Historic Commission attempted to save the structure by enacting a demolition delay three years ago.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The building at 11-15 Furnace St. was demolished Friday, nearly three years after the city first sought to take down the vacant structure.    The apartment building was one of several given the thumbs up for razing by the Historical Commission last month. The commission in 2014 twice voted against taking down the building, hoping that it could be saved.    "Those two buildings are in every old photo of North Adams taken looking that way," commission Chairwoman Justyna Carlson said at a meeting in late June. "We said


Paul, Roberson Lead Teams to Giorgi League Wins
09:55PM / Sunday, July 09, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kahlil Paul and Tank Roberson each scored 26 points to lead his team to victory in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League on Sunday.   Paul's 26 helped Moonlight Diner down the NA Celtics, 83-42.   Geoff Kondel had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards for Moonlight, which got 11 from Trayvon Sims.   Wayne Lavigne led the NA Celtics with 14 points.   Roberson scored 26 and grabbed six rebounds to lead Yard Work by Dan to an 82-64 win over Timeless Training.   Lavonte Wiggins scored 13, and Joe Wiggins added 12 for Yard Work by Dan, which got 10 points and 11 boards from Nolan Bird.   Keshawn Monroe had a double-double with 26


SteepleCats Steal Sunday Shootout with Sanford
07:48PM / Sunday, July 09, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The North Adams SteepleCats needed all of the ten runs they plated on Sunday evening, as the 'Cats won a shootout, 10-9, over the Sanford Mainers at Joe Wolfe Field.   It was just the second time this season the SteepleCats had scored 10 runs in a game, and gave North Adams a second home win over the Mainers this season.   Three Sanford runs in the first two innings put the SteepleCats in an early hole. The Mainers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, courtesy of back-to-back RBI singles from Riley Pittman (Arkansas Little Rock) and Logan Wyatt (Louisville). Harrison Ray (Vanderbilt) expanded the advantage to 3-0 in the second when he singled


Neal Talks Health Care In Recent Berkshire Visit
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Sunday, July 09, 2017

Neal spent time discussing various issues, though health care was the top, with reporters after announcing a grant for Fairview Hospital on Thursday. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A single payer health care policy has been picking up steam and support among Democrats locally and nationally.    It had been a key part of Bernie Sander's presidential platform. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth recently called for such a program to be considered. And Massachusetts state legislatures have put forth a bill to study on moving to one.   But U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is somewhat more reserved about bringing such a program to the federal level. He says he'd like to see Massachusetts


Berkshire Arts & Tech Says Goodbye to Founding Director
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:32AM / Sunday, July 09, 2017

Julia Bowen, center, flanked by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Richard Alcombright on Saturday after receiving a certificate of recognition from the senator. Her husband, Brad Svrluga, is at left. ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every educational leader who gets a bridge, or two, named after them. But that's exactly how Julia Bowen will be remembered.    Bowen shepherded the Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School over the past 14 years, bridging its beginnings as a three-grade school in rented rooms to a middle and high school in its own renovated and expanded building.    Her legacy as executive director at BArT was cemented in


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