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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Historic Eagle Street Building Eyed for Hotel Conversion
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:06AM / Friday, June 08, 2018

Plans for the second floor.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of the Tower & Porter Block are planning to renovate the 125-year-old structure into a boutique hotel.    Michael Gazal and Veso Buntic of Long Island, N.Y., operating as Eagle Street Holding LLC, have an application before the Planning Board on Monday for a special permit for a change of use to convert the building into a contemporary hotel.    Plans drawn up by Barry Berg Architect of Brooklyn, N.Y., would create 27 double-occupancy rooms of varying size, each with private bath, in the 3,330 square-foot building. The two storefronts are envisioned to become restaurant and bar spaces. The


Drury High Graduates Ready to Make Lemonade Out of Life
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Friday, June 08, 2018

Valedictorian Cady Denning tells the class that Drury has taught them the ingredients they need to make lemonade out of what life throws them. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The class of 2018 first entered Drury High School unsure of what to expect, and perhaps a little disappointed at first.    It wasn't anything like "High School Musical," complained class valedictorian Cady Denning. No one was breaking out in a musical numbers in the hallways, no one was dancing on the tables.    But what the class did get was preparation for the "so-called real world" among the science experiments, math lessons, music 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

MCLA Names Li Full-Time Softball Coach
07:05PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Athletics has announced that Erica Li has been named as the Trailblazers’ full-time head softball coach. Li served as team’s interim coach during the 2018 season.   Li came to MCLA from Williams College two years ago to serve as the College’s coordinator of academic success and diversity under the NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant. She served as the softball team’s assistant coach, before moving into the interim head softball coach position in January.   The Trailblazers wrapped up their season in May. Li earned her first career victory in March


Drury High School Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2018
04:51PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Cady Aileen Denning and Allison Zoito as the top students for the class of 2018. Both will speak at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in the high school's gymnasium.   Denning, daughter of Donna Brule Denning and of Mark Denning, both of North Adams, has been named valedictorian for the Class of 2018. During her time at Drury, she has taken a full honors course load including five Advanced Placement courses as well as a dual enrollment course offered by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has been inducted into both the Nu Sigma and the Pro Merito honor societies and has received several awards

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The Independent Investor: Trump's trade war
By Bill Schmick,
03:52PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
Over the weekend, the G-7 group of nations met to denounce the recent actions of the United States. This coming Friday, these same leaders convene in Quebec. President Trump will attend and seems determined to face them down.   Ever since the Trump administration announced plans to raise tariffs on imported steel and aluminum by 25 percent and 10 percent respectively, our allies have been livid. Some are referring to the upcoming meeting as the G-6, plus the United States. You've got to hand it to the president, he doesn't back off, but given the circumstances, maybe he should.   I doubt that anyone in this country believes the present trade agreements we have signed


SteepleCats Take On The Nighthawks In Home Opener
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:32PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — NECBL Baseball makes its return to Joe Wolfe Field today as the North Adams SteepleCats host the Upper Valley Nighthawks in the North Adams home opener.

North Adams looks to bounce back after a 9-3 loss was handed to them by the Danbury Westerners on Opening Day last Tuesday. However, this will be Upper Valley’s first game of the season as their Opening Night against the Ocean State Waves was postponed due to rain.

Pitcher Christopher Cepeda of St Thomas Aquinas College makes his start on the mound for the Cats, who maintained a 2.96 ERA after pitching 82 innings this season, helping St Thomas Aquinas capture the East Coast Conference Tournament


North Berkshire School Union Offers Superintendent Post to Franzoni
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union Committee took less than five minutes to select John Franzoni as its next superintendent.    Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, was the last of three formal interviews the committee held this week. On Wednesday night, just minutes after he'd left Clarksburg School, the committee voted for him 10-2 on a roll call vote.    "It would be a long-term commitment and I'd really like to emphasize it would be my priority if I was able to get this opportunity," Franzoni said in his closing statement. "I have a good 10 years left in my education career, I have experience,


McCann Graduates Prepared For The World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Valedictorian Aimee Dowling recalls the good times and the bad at McCann Tech's graduation ceremony on Wednesday night. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2018 reflected on memories of the past and were told to go forward with grit and determination.   Just over 100 graduates moved across the stage Wednesday during the school's graduation ceremony held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and valedictorian Aimee Dowling felt it was a good time if any to reminisce.   "Remember those nights where you were up until 2 a.m. cramming for a project and remember the days sitting

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SteepleCats Bring Local Talent Back To The Berkshires
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:31AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While the SteepleCats come into the 2018 season with a new look and all new players, the roster does feature some local talent looking to make their mark at Joe Wolfe Field.

One of these players, Matt Koperniak, has already seen plenty of Joe Wolfe Field, as the Hoosac Valley High School star formerly took to the diamond against rival Drury High School who called the field home. Matt comes to the SteepleCats after his sophomore season at Trinity College, where the infielder led Trinity with 47 hits, 75 total bases, a .620 slugging percentage, a .483 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a .388 batting average. Feeling great about his opportunity to play

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WCVB Pulled From Berkshire TV Lineups; Lawmakers Petition For It Back
Staff Reports,
10:43AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Spectrum is pulling WCVB Boston, Channel 5, from its lineup and Berkshire lawmakers are petitioning to get the station back.   Wednesday morning the station went dark on many televisions across the county. The change follows the removal of WWLP Channel 22 from the lineup last year. Now, state Rep. John Barrett and state Sen. Adam Hinds are calling on the company to bring the stations back.   "I was most disappointed this morning to see that our friends at Spectrum removed WCVB Channel 5 from its Berkshire County lineup. I was still holding out hope that North Adams would determine that Spectrum had breached its contract and would be referring the


SteepleCats Drop Season Opener
By Matt Stewart, North Adams SteepleCats
09:55AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Baserunning errors and a quiet early offense hurt the SteepleCats in their first game. 

The North Adams SteepleCats fell to the Danbury Westerners 9-3 Tuesday night in their first game of the 2018 NECBL season. North Adams stranded some runners on base throughout the innings, but couldn’t keep up with the offense of the Westerners. 

Danbury pitcher Eli Oliphant kept the SteepleCats offense in check for most of the game, going 6 innings while allowing only 1 hit. Oliphant was credited with the win. For North Adams, starter Brandon Alberto was given the loss after going 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.

The SteepleCats had hard-hit balls,


North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ellen Sutherland, right, delivering homemade cupcakes in December for a Northern Berkshire United Way donation. She has been a driving force behind the district's donations and was honored last spring for her efforts. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee said goodbye to longtime administrative assistant Ellen Sutherland, who is to retire.

At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the school year Tuesday, officials gave Sutherland a proper send-off after almost 25 years of service to the district.

"It has really been my privilege to work here but it is time to go," Sutherland said.

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told


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