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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 23-29
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

North Adams Happenings:
November 23 - November

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North Adams Council Hears Presentation on Education Report
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The council's meeting was brief on Tuesday. Councilor Nancy Bullett was absent.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday got an abbreviated reading on the 77-page report detailing the challenges facing the county's school districts.

The Berkshire County Education Task Force is briefing dozens of school committees and select boards around the county to update them on the conclusions of the first phase of the task force's work.

"We've been meeting every three weeks for almost two years now to really explore this question of what's happening in our schools, how to try to respond to the financial pressures," task force member H. Jake Eberwein

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

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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
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Letter: Thanks for Quitting Smoking
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, November 21, 2016

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving season, I'd like to remind readers to thank a co-worker, friend or family member who has quit smoking. Many smokers say quitting is the hardest thing they have ever done. Most smokers have to try a few times before they quit for good, and any amount of recognition can help someone stay quit.

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts. Nicotine is a very addictive drug and, on average, it takes a smoker several tries to quit for good. So reach out to smokers or ex-smokers. Let them know you are proud of how hard they're working to better their well-being. Thank them for improving their health and the health of

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Biz Briefs: Jeweler, Health Food Store Open in Lee Outlets
03:32PM / Monday, November 21, 2016

Prime additions: Jewelry retailer Kay Jewelers Outlet and GNC are now open at Lee Premium Outlets in Lee, Mass., just in time for Black Friday and the busy holiday shopping season.

Kay Jewelers Outlet ensures that every diamond is hand-selected to be of the highest quality and is well-matched to one another in a beautiful piece of jewelry. Because Kay Jewelers import more diamonds than any other company in the United States, they can offer the largest and finest diamond selection at the best price. For the fitness buffs and health nuts, GNC is open and offers vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements, health and beauty items, sports nutrition and weight loss products, as well as nutrition

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Cook Safely This Holiday Season
02:56PM / Monday, November 21, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — As Thanksgiving approaches, Chief Charles Burger and the Great Barrington Fire Department remind residents to use caution as they cook over the holidays.

"Kitchens can be chaotic - especially when full of people or family members who are not familiar with where everything is or where everything goes," Burger said. "Please pay attention to the small things, like what's in the oven and what kinds of oil you're using at certain temperatures. These details are crucial in preventing fires."

Great Barrington Fire has responded to multiple fires caused by holiday cooking over the past several years.

According to the Massachusetts

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat Seeks Decorated Trees for Holiday Walk Showcase
12:05PM / Monday, November 21, 2016

Treeing off: Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Christmas Tree Showcase at the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Williamstown on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m., as part of the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk.
 
Members of the community, schools, churches, local businesses and community organizations are invited to purchase miniature artificial trees for $7 each to decorate and contribute to the showcase and raffle or for personal use. Trees may be purchased in Williamstown at St. John’s Church (church school entrance), 35 Park St.; First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.; Harsch Associate, 311 Main St.; Alton and Westall, 77 Water

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Coalition Forum Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic
By Rebecca Dravis, Iberkshires.com Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A film of a different kind was showing Friday morning at the North Adams MoviePlex.

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition sponsored a screening of "Faces: Five Voices from One Community — Addiction and Recovery in North Berkshire" by local videographer Joe Aidonidis at the theater in place of its usual monthly forum in the First Baptist Church.

The film, which features five local stories related to addiction and recovery, grabbed the attention of the more than 100 people from all walks of life who attended the forum — from concerned citizens to representatives of local addiction recovery services to law enforcement officials to

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Carpenter Earns All-America Honor at Georgetown
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:53AM / Monday, November 21, 2016
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lenox Memorial graduate Scott Carpenter earned all-America recognition with a 10th place finish on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.   Carpenter covered the 10-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 3 seconds to become the 11th runner in Georgetown history -- and the second in two years -- to finish in the top 10 at nationals.   His eight points helped the Hoyas finish 21st in the nation.   “Scott Carpenter stole the show today," Georgetown coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He has developed from a guy who few schools recruited out of high school into one of the best distance runners in Georgetown history. He saw what Jon

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North Adams Food Drive Donates 960 Pounds
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Sunday, November 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's city and school food drive raised nearly 960 pounds of food to donate to the Friendship Center.   City workers gathered the donation boxes on Friday morning to deliver to the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative's food pantry on Eagle Street.   "It is awesome that we are able to do this and the city of North Adams employees are just a great bunch of folks," Mayor Richard Alcombright said. "People really do chip in this time of year and they realize the needs of our community."   Donation boxes were left in City Hall, the police and fire stations, the public schools, the Spitzer Center and the

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Begin MSBA Process
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:48AM / Sunday, November 20, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee has officially begun the planning process with the Massachusetts School Building Authority and looks to go out to bid the summer of 2018.

Brian Laroche of owner's project manager Potomac Capital Advisors and architect Margo Jones told the committee Thursday they were recently on the phone with the MSBA setting up their timeline and submission dates and are aiming to have everything ready for a town meeting approval next fall.

"By that time, we have all the information we want to get out to the community like the cost, what we recommend and what has been approved by the MSBA," Superintendent Jonathan Lev said.

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BRPC Advocates for Investment in High-Speed Broadband
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:20AM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reliable high-speed broadband is critical to the county's economic competitiveness in the coming years.

That's the point the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is stressing in an eight-page letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and more than 15 state and local officials detailing the challenges and goals facing communities in this rural area.

"As a region that has struggled economically for forty-five years, and is increasingly reliant on entrepreneurs and sole-proprietors, who are often home-based and can be located anywhere, having full, future proof broadband available across the region is critical to our economic rebuilding and sustainability,"

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New Nonprofit Gives Expectant Moms Early Bundle of Joy
By Rebecca Dravis, Iberkshires.com Staff
01:06AM / Friday, November 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a way, expectant mothers in Berkshire County owe some thanks to Donald Trump.

During the long presidential campaign, South Egremont resident Hinda Bodinger was feeling sad about the tone of the campaign, particularly in regards to inflammatory remarks about minorities and women. Not one just to sit back, Bodinger decided she had to do something.

"I really felt very strongly that I wanted to counteract that, at least in my community," she said. "If there was something I could do to counterbalance that, I wanted to do it."

What she ended up doing was conceiving an new nonprofit organization called Berkshire Baby Box. During an afternoon

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