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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

@theMarket: Danger Zone
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

Something new is happening to the stock market, it has actually had two negative days in a row. That doesn't mean much after weeks of gains, but it just may signal a temporary halt to the Trump Rally.

My short-term target in this Trump-inspired rally was achieved this week. The benchmark index, the S&P 500, not only reached 2,330 (my target) this week, but went beyond it. The S&P 500 kept on climbing, reaching an intra-day, record-setting high of 2,351.31 on both Wednesday and Thursday. The index has subsequently fallen back but not by much.

The Dow, NASDAQ, the small-cap Russell 2000 Index, plus a slew of other averages also reached record highs. Make no mistake,


Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 14 - Feb. 16
Staff Reports,
01:36PM / Friday, February 17, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 14.   George Chapman, 31, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 66 Angeli Street in North Adams on August 6, 2015.   Derrick King, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two


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

North Adams Will Know Small Business Voting Results Next Week
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:21AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's all over but the counting for five communities hoping to become this year's Small Business Revolution - Main Street winner.   The city's weeklong push to collect as many votes as possible toward the $500,000 economic development boost ended at midnight on Thursday.   Five municipalities across the nation were trying their best to reach out to every resident, visitor, celebrity, official and sympathizer they could find to get as much support as possible.    Next Wednesday, Deluxe Corp. will announce the winner of the second season of the Small Business Revolution — and which community will get technical aid,


Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
BOSTON — State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.   Newly elected State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.    He is also a member of the Joint Committees on Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery; Municipalities and Regional Government; and Intergovernmental Affairs. Hinds is also the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus


The Independent Investor: 'Watch the Gap Please'
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

If you haven't realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of "gaps" in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Bare-bones Medicare coverage can leave you with some steep medical bills. As we discussed in our last column, if you are admitted to the hospital, for example, your first bill will tally $1,216 or more, which is the deductible you pay just for being admitted. After that, you pay 20 percent of the fee for every doctor visit, lab test, MRI, X-Ray and on and on. Remember, too, that there is no yearly limit for what you may have to pay beyond your basic Medicare


Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shakes Windsor Selectman Doug McNally's hand. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It is difficult for small towns to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.    Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner.   In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but don't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful strategy.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday joined officials both towns to sign Community Compact agreements that will bring in consultants to help those


North Adams May Seek Funds For Library Repair
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:41PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti met with the library trustees last week after concerns surfaced about the condition of the historic building. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayor told the library trustees last week that the city is aware of the public library's maintenance needs.   Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti attended the trustees meeting last Wednesday to quell concerns about deferred building maintenance.   "I got a sense ... that there is a certain amount of angst on the board over what we might call deferred maintenance that is currently here and angst that the administration is really not


North Adams Planners OK Tiny House Builder
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The newest permutation of the Redwood project that adds a restaurant and spa on the east end. The planners have asked the developers to submit permitting plans instead of updates to ensure the public also is kept abreast of the project.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board approved permits for a tiny house manufacturer that is moving into the Windsor Mill.

B&B Precision Builders has been operating out of the former Berkshire Gas building on Old Columbia St. in Adams and is expected to move into a large section of the city-owned mill in the coming months.

The locally owned company was founded as a home builder by the late Michael Bresett of Adams and was re-established by


Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams
02:08PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

Due to safety concerns and requirements at the venue, the amount of tickets for sale this year has been reduced. Once you purchase your tickets please print your name on the back of each one as you can enter them in a drawing to win the door prize.

All proceeds of our dance go directly to supporting a local organization in our community. Details on Facebook.



North Adams Hosts Winterfest Celebration for 20th Year
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams invites everyone downtown for WinterFest on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sledding, snow building, hot chocolate, the annual Chowder Cook-off, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, a community camp fire, and the second annual WinterFest Farm & Artisan Marketplace.

This family-friendly, day-long, event wraps up at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink with free skate rentals and rink access from 2 to 4 p.m.

Weather permitting, the fun will continue on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Windsor Lake for a day of sledding, snowshoe hiking, snowman making, and wrapping up the day with a bonfire with hot cocoa and cookies in


What's Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:26AM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you're just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way – but here's one that's not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.

Under what circumstances might you receive some "found" money? You could get a year-end bonus from your employer, or a sizable tax refund, or even an inheritance. However the money comes to you, don't let it "slip through your fingers." Instead, consider these two moves: investing

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 15-21
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