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North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.    The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.    The contract balances out the wage and step schedule in year one and has 1.5 percent increases in years one and two.    The negotiations were done as interest based bargaining, where the two sides worked together in mutually beneficial talks rather than each side coming in with separate positions.    "When you don't have a


Letter: Local History Destroyed
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

To the Editor:

Driving to work on Tuesday, I went a different route than usual. As I approached downtown north Adams I thought I was seeing things, The Arnold Printworks Dolls and Mill Children columns in front of Mass MoCA under the Route 2 overpass were gone.

They were a depiction of the essence of this city 120 years ago. When I arrived at Greylock Elementary School, I rushed to my computer to contact fellow artist and co-facilitator on the column project, William Oberst to inquire if he knew anything about their destruction. He answered immediately that he was as surprised as I. As the two artists that planned, led and completed these columns, we remain absolutely stunned.

So many


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

State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.    State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.    "When we are trying to improvement out economy and address population loss, getting our infrastructure right is a key part of that," the Pittsfield Democrat said on Thursday. "This was identified as an important first step."   Some four years ago, former Gov. Deval Patrick had pushed a plan to purchase and


'Alien: Covenant': All's Lousy That Ends Lousy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:59PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," the sixth in the franchise with no relief in sight, has spawned a horror in and of itself. We now might press for escape to another planet not because good old Earth can no longer sustain human life, but because we simply don't want to live in a society that normalizes the mean-spiritedness epitomized by such so-called entertainment.   This gratuitous study in ugly presentiments provides us with a test of our tolerance, challenging us to rightfully recognize its deplorably regressive degeneracy as a 1st Amendment Right.   Like the similarly hostile, outer-space gambit, "Life" (2017), this tale of a colonizing


The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent Correction?
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought.

Hope burns brightly in the equity markets right now. Many on Wall Street believe that the Republican-dominated Congress, led by Donald Trump, "The working man's president," will usher in a golden era of strong economic growth and robust financial markets. The problem is that politics and investments make for strange bedfellows.

At some point, I expect that the two will part ways and when they do, look


Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ellen Sutherland is flanked by Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Christa Collier, left, and North Adams Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When it comes to asking people to give to a good cause, you can talk about the benefit to the community, and you can appeal to folks' better natures.   But a little shame can't hurt.   "This little school in Cheshire, this beleaguered school that's going to close now, came about and accepted my challenge to reach 100 percent participation," Adams-Cheshire Regional School District United Way coordinator Starr Baker recalled on Thursday morning. "On opening day, the


Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jay Anderson of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank noted the closing of St. Joe PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.    Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, introduced the winners of the Robert "Boog" Powell Awards, and opened by noting the closing of St. Joseph's Central High School and acknowledging girls swimmer Jessie Tobin, who will be the last St. Joe athlete to be presented with a Caravan award.     "What I

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Clarksburg OKs Warrant Articles, Passes $4.2M Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:57PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Town Clerk Carol Jammalo swears in officials elected on Tuesday.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters approved all 18 articles on the annual town warrant on Wednesday night, including a town budget of $1,434,771.80.

It took about an hour go work through the warrant but all articles passed unanimously or nearly so, with few comments.

The full warrant can be seen here.

The articles included a school budget of $2,448,000; a McCann Technical School assessment of $341,939; and several requiring two-thirds votes — $38,000 from stabilization to lower the tax rate, $26,500 from the Department of Public Works stabilization account to complete the roof replacement on the town garage approved


Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Holding Meet & Greet Event in North Adams
03:27PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, will hold a special meet and greet community event in North Adams, for the North Berkshire public to have the opportunity to speak with the specialists about comprehensive orthopaedic care, joint replacement and sports medicine services.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA, and will feature the surgeons of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates and members of the Berkshire Health Systems orthopaedic care team. This free event will showcase the most advanced care and surgical and non-surgical techniques keeping people of all ages living life pain free and


On '529 Day,' Think About College Savings Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:39AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or "529 Day" for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education.

And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:
* College prices keep moving up. College costs just keep rising. For the 2016–2017 school year, the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) was about $20,000 for in-state students at public universities and more than $45,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. These costs are


North Adams Council Accepts Bullett Resignation, Mulls Replacement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The City Council approved a classification plan and declaring an abandoned home a public nuisance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When City Councilor Nancy Bullett's letter of resignation came up at Tuesday's meeting, the immediate response was negative.    "No," said Councilor Keith Bona.    No, as in don't go. But Bullett said it was time — she was moving on July 1.   After the meeting, Bullett said she felt strongly that her seat should be filled now, and not wait until the November election.   "The council should not be at eight members," she said. "I'm resigning now so someone who wants to be there can take


Clarksburg Elects New Select Board, Planning Board
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:27PM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town has a new Select Board with the election on Tuesday of Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. and Kimberly Goodell.    Goodell and Chesbro join Jeffrey Levanos on the three-member board. Chesbro was elected to fill the final two years of the three-year term of Williams Schrade Jr., who resigned when he took a job in Pittsfield. Goodell won in a write-in campaign to replace Linda Reardon, who chose not to run for a another three-year term.    In an odd coincidence, it was three years ago that a similar situation occurred. Then it was Reardon, newly retired as Clarksburg School principal, who won in a write-in for a vacant three-year seat


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