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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
11:36AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Popping up: 350Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities, including a last stop this week in Bennington County. The pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmers Market (Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found online.

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a


Breda Family Reunion Celebrates Patriarch's 90th year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Breda, his wife, Dorothy, and their daughters from a video shown at the reunion.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four generations of Bredas gathered at the family home this weekend for a family reunion with a special celebration: the 90th birthday of paterfamilias Genesio Breda.

Breda, retired city engineer, was getting his birthday party nearly a month early — he'll be 90 on Sept. 18 — to conincide with what's become an anual gathering of far-flung Breda clan.

"We're expecting close to 70 or 80 people," his daughter Barbara Breda Bolte said on Saturday. "We have them coming from Florida, Connecticut, Lanesborough ... Virginia ... My son is coming from


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

Adams' Dancecapade 20 Years Strong
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Jaclyn Grabicki knew she wanted to start a dance school before she graduated college. ADAMS, Mass. — After 20 years, Dancecapade School of Dance is still educating students from throughout North County.   "It's been an interesting road and I don't know if I ever imagined it would be this successful," school owner Jaclyn Grabicki said. "I love it and it is so rewarding to teach these kids something so important to me."   Bookended in the Midtown Plaza on Spring Street, Dancecapade School of Dance has taught thousands of students since its opening in 1997.    Grabicki said she started dancing at the age of 6 and soon after knew her


North Adams Council Looks at Borrowing for Water System Upgrades
Staff Reports,
01:54AM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday will be asked to authorize a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoirs.    "This borrowing will allow for the necessary upgrades at the water facility and watershed and I don't think it will suprise anyone that the city is in desperate need of a new street sweeper," Mayor Richard Alcombright wrote in his communication to the council detailing the funding allocations.    The money will be used for:  An upgrade of the computer system used to operate the water treatment facility ($255,100) New media filters for the treatment


Potential Candidates for North Adams Mayor at 6; Council at 19
Staff Reports,
04:56PM / Friday, August 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The race for mayor is now up to six, although only two candidates have so far returned the required signatures.    Peter J. Oleskiewicz of Massachusetts Avenue pulled papers on Wednesday, joining Thomas W. Bernard, Ronald A. Boucher, Rachel I. Branch, Robert R. Moulton Jr., and Robert M. Martelle. Bernard and Branch are the only candidates to have returned signatures and have them verified.    One more candidate will have to return nomination papers for a preliminary election to take place.    The deadline for all candidates to get 50 signatures to be on the ballot is Monday at 5 p.m. City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau said her office will be


Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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Blackmer: Why I Am Running for State Representative
Campaign Statement,
11:00PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Last week, I kicked off my campaign for state representative. I am running to make sure those who reside in the 1st Berkshire District have the opportunities they need to prosper in their lives, their work and raising their families.     A Berkshire native, I have spent the last 30 years in the 1st Berkshire District and my commitment to its future success is evident both in my personal and professional life. My first priority will be to advocate and push through the legislation that my friend and colleague Gail Cariddi proposed on behalf of those in our district.    I know first hand the impact that government can have. There are good programs available to help folks in


Sapienza Makes Ballot for North Adams City Council
10:49PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bryan Sapienza is running for a seat on the North Adams City Council this fall.    Sapienza, a city native, has returned his papers, which have been certified so he will appear on the November ballot.   He is a parts manager for K-M Toyota and previously was a quality assurance technician at Specialty Minerals and an instrument technician for the now closed Yankee Atomic. He also worked as a substitute teacher for both the North Adams Public Schools and Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.    Sapienza attended both Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, holding an associate's degree in engineering


Clarksburg Bridge Reduced to One-Lane for Structural Issues
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:13PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Travelers along Cross Road will have to deal with a one-lane bridge for awhile.    The span over the Hudson Brook was sectioned off Thursday to only allow traffic on the southern side. The state Department of Transportation informed town officials last month that the deteriorating structure was no longer safe enough to carry loads on the north side.    "The change will remain in place until funding can be obtained to replace the structure in its entirety," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney in release announcing the traffic advisory. "Our engineers have reviewed the bridge and have proposed several replacement options going

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"


BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources


MCLA Receives Mellon Planning Grant
03:39PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to establish a Berkshire Humanities Council.

The council will create regional collaborations and extend best and emerging humanities practices in teaching, learning and community engagement by utilizing new and deeper ways to connect the resources in our region.

The planning for a Berkshire Humanities Council will begin on Aug. 1, and extend through June 30, 2018. It will focus on three main items: creating the model for a digital asset map; defining experiential-based learning and formalizing undergraduate research opportunities; and outlining a


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