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MCLA Men's Soccer Wins in OT
08:45AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Romeo Grey outraced the Cobleskill defense to a loose ball with just 19 seconds left in double overtime and scored to complete a 2-1 comeback victory for the MCLA Trailblazers over the visiting Tigers at Shewcraft Field.   The goal was Grey's second this season and improves MCLA's record to 2-3 while Cobleskill drops to 1-4 on the season.   With time ticking down, the game appeared headed to a draw. MCLA's Khalil Kareh (Hoosac Valley) sent a ball forward hoping to connect with a streaking Grey. Cobleskill keeper Josh Mazur collided with his teammate leaving Grey all alone to punch it in. He calmly potted the shot giving MCLA the comeback victory

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North Adams Welcomes New Police Officers, Firefighter Lieutenant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:54AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Joe and Kathy Arabia speak about Children's Cancer Month. Mass MoCA has lit the upside-down trees with gold lights to recognize the month, said the Arabias.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three new officers were sworn in as permanent members of the police force and a firefighter was promoted at Tuesday's City Council meeting.    Mayor Richard Alcombright has made it a practice to bring the city's public safety personnel into council chambers to be sworn in so that the community can see them on the local access channel, Northern Berkshire Community Television.    On Tuesday, family, friends and colleagues packed into the chambers to see Officers

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

Jobs
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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Coalition Brainstorms Needs of Northern Berkshire Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Michael Obasohan, coordinator of the MCLA Multicultural Education Resource Center, makes a point about the importance of encouraging diversity and acceptance in the community.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some familiar topics made the list of concerns that were articulated at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's annual "needs assessment" forum: transportation, addiction, health care and poverty.

But on Friday, at the first monthly forum of the year, the 70 or so participants had a bit of a different kind of conversation about the community's needs: namely, how to shape how Northern Berkshire County wants to define itself going forward.

The subject was broached by

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Northern Berkshire Habitat Presents Keys to Latest Homeowner
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bordeau cuts the cake at Sunday's celebration with co-President Elizabeth Goodman. In the back is board member Jenny Dunning. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A few years ago, Kelly Bordeau didn't think she had a chance at getting a new home.    But her friend Alison Rice encouraged her to apply to Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.    And on Sunday, Bordeau and her daughter Danni, 11, took possession of a three-bedroom house, becoming Rice's neighbor and the final owner in the cluster of Habitat houses built or renovated on West Shaft Road.    "It's nice being on my own. It's nice having the home my responsibility," she

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County Curtains Board Recommends Closure: 175 Jobs Could Be Lost
Staff Reports,
05:19PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LEE, Mass. — County Curtains is likely to close, putting 175 local workers out of a job.   On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying that after several years of effort to sell it or improve sales, the board of directors is recommending a liquidation of the bedding and home decor supplier and related operations. That liquidation process needs to be approved by the more than 300 company shareholders on Oct. 4.   "This has been a heartbreaking decision, but the board is confident that it is in the best interests of our shareholders –including our ESOP and our employee participants," said CEO Celia Clancy in a prepared statement.   "The

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North Adams' Norad Mill Gaining Tenants; Approvals Delayed a Month
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A signage plan using wood from the 150-year-old mill to indicate businesses located at 60 Roberts Drive.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday had to put on hold approvals for new businesses moving into the Norad Mill.    Developer David Moresi, who purchased the 150-year-old Excelsior Mill earlier this year and resurrected its original name, came with plans for some of the exterior changes and two new tenants.    But while detailing some of the newest tenants, he revealed that Berkshire Health Systems was renting space for storage — which meant that three of the planners could not vote on the site plan to avoid any conflict of

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Blackmer Calls for School Funding Changes, Higher Ed Investment
03:56PM / Monday, September 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Blackmer, candidate for the Democratic nomination in the race for the 1st Berkshire District has released her education platform below:   This week finds me a little nostalgic. I remember the building excitement of my children in the weeks leading up to the start of school — the new school supplies, new clothes and sneakers, how could they have grown out of them already — the anticipation of a new teacher and as my children got older, new subjects …   For many complicated reasons, not every child has this experience. Massachusetts, considered by many sources to be the birthplace of public education in America, must maintain

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Vermont Man Wanted for Attempted Murder
03:39PM / Monday, September 11, 2017

  READSBORO, Vt. — A Readsboro man who allegedly assaulted someone with a 2x4 is wanted on charges of first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault.    Law enforcement authorities have been unable to locate Craven since the incident was reported last Monday.   State police say Alfred Craven, 48, beat a 53-year-old Searsburg man so badly he suffered a skull and multiple facial fractures and a broken jaw.    According to Detective Sgt. James Wright, the victim walked into the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 4.    The victim, whose name is being witheld because of the

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Towle Gains Endorsement of Former State Representative
03:34PM / Monday, September 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Towle has been endorsed in his run for the state representative by former state Rep. Rosemary Sandlin.    Towle was an intern in the Agawam Democrat's office while in high school.    "I had many interns in my office during my many years in the State House, but by and large, Kevin was the youngest and the brightest. Kevin had a passion for all aspects of the duties and responsibilities that are required to be a successful state representative," Sandlin said in a release from the Towle campaign. "Kevin was and is trustworthy, confidential, and knowledgeable to what constituent service was paramount to the district.

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Berkshires Beat: New Art Exhibit Now Open in SVHC Corridor Gallery
01:15PM / Monday, September 11, 2017

Art in the halls: Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Corridor Gallery welcomes a new exhibit by Dr. Stuart DuBoff and his wife Shelli DuBoff. The show features paintings by Ms. DuBoff and photographs by Dr. DuBoff. Dr. DuBoff is an ophthalmologist at Advanced Eye Care. He has been practicing medicine for 45 years and is affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Both artists concentrate on subjects related to Cuba and Latin America.

The pieces in this exhibit are for sale. Proceeds benefit the artists and the SVHC Auxiliary, which has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC over the past 20 years.

In addition to the Corridor Gallery,

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Biz Briefs: Greylock App Connects Members With Local Discounts, Perks
12:23PM / Monday, September 11, 2017

ChaChing: Greylock Federal Credit Union has introduiced its new ChaChing app. The new free app works on Greylock members' smartphones alerting them to a variety of perks, benefits and discounts available at a range of merchants around Berkshire County. Using the GPS on member's phones, ChaChing sends mobile alerts off­ering instant discounts whenever they are near participating merchants.

Here's an example of how ChaChing works: If a Greylock Member with the app on their phone walks by a participating coffee shop, they might get a pop up notice on their phone saying they can save on their next coffee. Or, if they are near a participating restaurant, they may get a pop up

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MCLA Volleyball Earns First Win of Year
07:19PM / Saturday, September 09, 2017
LONGMEADOW, Mass. --  The MCLA volleyball team Saturday earned its first win of 2017 with a 3-0 win over Bay Path.   Brooke Queripel led the Trailblazers with 10 kills and 4 aces in the win.   The Trailblazers (1-5) took the match 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 over the Wildcats (2-2)   Queripel collected her 10 kills on 25 attacks. She also added 7 digs in the win.     Maggie Allen ended with 8 kills as did fellow senior Melissa Hopkins. Tessa Sestito and Natasha Stewart each collected 9 assists, both season bests.     Mele Enomoto led the defense with a team high 15 digs.   MCLA faced Castleton (Vt.) later on Saturday.   MEN'S CROSS

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