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Can You Make Your Investments Less 'Taxing'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if you can liberate yourself from some investment-related taxes in the future.

Actually, Tax Freedom Day is something of a fiction, in practical terms, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year via payroll deductions. Also, you may not mind paying your share of taxes, because your tax dollars are used in many ways – such as law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education, and so on – that, taken


North Adams Happenings: April 27-May 3
11:47AM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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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

Malkas Offered Superintendent Post in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:21PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Barbara Malkas has been selected to lead the North Adams Public Schools.

The School Committee made the unanimous decision on Monday night after some 40 minutes of discussion.

Malkas, a Clarksburg resident who is currently superintendent for the Webster Public Schools, is expected to start this summer, pending contract negotiations.

Mayor Richard Alcombright, chairman of the School Committee, said the two finalists were both very obviously hard working, capable, knowledgeable, and committed to their districts, students and community.

"We are very lucky to have top-tier superintendents wanting to lead our schools," he said.

But the tie-breaker, in


Berkshire Tidbits: Spring Cleaning, Mushroom Cultivation
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Mariette and James Rickard show other gardeners at Canoe Meadows community gardens one of their prized 'peanut' pumpkins at the annual end-of-season garden picnic celebration in 2010.

Last Saturday, April 23, was an Earth Day celebration and inauguration of the new community gardens at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds. This Saturday, April 30, from 9 to noon, will be a day to prepare the community gardens at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries during Massachusetts Audubon's Statewide Volunteer Day, for spring — for the 40th year!

Before that, Pittsfield's community gardens were near the old Burgner's turkey farm,


Countywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30
02:34PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

This spring, community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host the biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at eight locations within Berkshire County.

The process of dropping off medication is anonymous and quick, and it has potential life-saving benefits. Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles are also accepted in puncture proof plastic containers. Please note that the following items will not be accepted: thermometers, IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers and oxygen tanks.

Locations include:



Colegrove Park Elementary School Wins Preservation Award
Staff Reports,
02:33PM / Monday, April 25, 2016
The exterior of the Drury Academy wall was uncovered as part of the restoration. See more photos of the building here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School is now an award-winning project.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission is presenting the renovation project with its annual Preservation Award at a ceremony set for May 19 at the state archives building.

In a letter informing Mayor Richard Alcombright about the award, Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin wrote that "the careful restoration of the Drury Academy demonstrates a strong commitment to historic preservation that goes well beyond what is normally expected."

The school


Berkshires Beat: Crafters Needed, Pittsfield Hydrants Being Flushed
01:13PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Vendors are being sought for the popular Otis Craft Fair.

Call for vendors: The Otis Library Summer Crafts and Country Fair seeks artists, craftsmen and other non-food vendors for their annual fair on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (rain or shine).

The fair is held on the lawn in front of the Otis Town Hall on Route 8 in Otis center. The popular event attracts tourists, second homeowners, Berkshire county residents and their guests.  The fair features about 55 quality vendors from throughout the nNortheast.  

Space is available on a first come-first served basis and sells out fast.  The cost is $40/space (bring your own table) before June 1 and $45 after if


Biz Briefs: Berkshire United Way Celebrates Volunteers
12:50PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Local leaders and award recipients gather following the Berkshire United Way Live United Community Celebration, incuding Perri Petricca, CEO of Petricca Industries; Kristine Hazzard, president & CEO Berkshire United Way; C. Jeffrey Cook, the Robert K Agar Jr. Volunteerism award recipient; Susan Driscoll, the JC Penney Employee Campaign Coordinator award recipient; Brenda Petell, the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart award recipient; and Christopher Mathews, chairman of Berkshire United Way Board of Directors.

Volunteer shout-outs: Berkshire United Way’s LIVE UNITED Community Celebration was held on Tuesday, April 12, at Berkshire Hills Country Club, where 300 members

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Figment Project Promises Busy Day of Artmaking This Saturday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Clarksburg School students are creating a giant Candy Land game for Figment.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Sometimes it just takes a kernel of an idea to get a community imagining up all kinds of possibilities.

On Saturday, one of those ideas will sprout into Figment North Adams, bringing community and arts together at Windsor Lake.

From stage readings and bands, to blacklight face-painting and plastic bag weaving, to yoga and wishing maps, the 6 1/2-hour event will be part arts festival, part block party, part family fun.

Figment is now an international movement that started in 2007 with a free event in New York. Its mission is to forge social and peronal interactions through


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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