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Figment Brings Art, Music Back to Windsor Lake
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:30AM / Thursday, April 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Figment North Adams returns this Saturday, April 29 from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Windsor Lake.    Organizer Krystal Henriquez updated the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission  on Tuesday about the plans for the art-focused community that will include a children's climate quilt project, stone embellishing, fabric art, dancing, music and a magician.   "We have 38 projects and submissions," she said. "It was 45 last year but a lot of them ended up dropping out and some people didn't show up and this is our number that's absolutely coming ... we're looking pretty good to have a similar outcome of last year."   Last

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Clarksburg Opens Bids for Horrigan Road Repairs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, April 27, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town has received five bids for the reconstruction of Horrigan Road.   The Select Board on Wednesday night opened five bids for paving and work on the mile-long road that runs from Middle Road to the Vermont State Line.    Town meeting in 2015 had overwhelmingly approved borrowing up to $235,000 for the project as well as an immediate borrowing of $65,000 to address culvert issues.    The lowest bidders were Delsignore of Troy, N.Y., at $209,984 and L.B. Corp. of Lee at $211,407.50. The other three bids were $266,497.70 by HMA Contracting Corp. of Scaghticoke, N.Y.; $276,165 by Warner Bros. of Sunderland and $289,730 by Lane


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

North Adams Adopts 'Age-Friendly' Strategy
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57PM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is keeping the needs of its senior citizens in mind as it develops projects and programs.    The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted an "age-friendly community strategy" that commits the city to improving the physical and social environment for the city's elderly.   "We have been looking to create a proclamation that when adopted will allow us to work more closely with the Age Friendly Community Strategic Plan set by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission," wrote Mayor Richard Alcombright in his letter to the council. "The plan is comprehensive with 8 domains of livabililty, including but


Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29
01:43PM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host a Rx Round Up at three locations on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles will also be accepted in puncture-proof plastic containers. The process of dropping off medication is anonymous, takes only a minute, is better for the environment, and could end up saving lives.

The Rx Round Up will take place at the following locations: North Adams Police Station, 11 Summer St.; 510 North Street in Pittsfield,


MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service
12:57PM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its 25th annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at worksites throughout North Adams and the greater community.  

Everyone is invited to join in this effort, which will kick off at 9 a.m. at MCLA's Venable Gym in the Amsler Campus Center, with registration and a welcome by MCLA President James F. Birge, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright and Spencer Moser, director of MCLA's Center for Service and Citizenship.

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the

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Can You Free Yourself of Some Investment-related Taxes?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:31AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tax Freedom Day generally falls around this time each year. This is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year, according to the calculations made by the Tax Foundation. So you may want to use Tax Freedom Day to think about ways you can liberate yourself from some of the investment-related taxes you may incur.

Of course, 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 – law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education,


North Adams Happenings: April 26-May 2
11:09AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Richardello, Gaspardi-Febles Honored With Quinn Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:47AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MountainOne's Vice President for Business Insurance Linda Gaspardi-Febles was given her award from Award Committee Chairman Mick Callahan. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Esther Quinn died in 1998, the local business community lost someone who, after working a full day, would put in countless volunteer hours.    But others are following in her footsteps. This year 1Berkshire honored both Linda Gaspardi-Febles of MountainOne and Denise Richardello of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with the 18th annual Esther Quinn Award, recognizing those same type of efforts.   "Esther Quinn was a pioneer and as passionate advocate for causes that she believed in. She

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Cages Baseball Club Offers Youth Camps
08:29AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill collegiate baseball team will hold four summer baseball camps in Williamstown and Bennington, Vt., this summer.   The morning camps are open to players ages 6 to 13 and will be taught by members of the Cages' under-22 collegiate team.   The fundamentals of the game will be covered, including throwing, hitting, fielding and bunting. Age groups will be split up during the camp for certain activities.   The dates are: July 3, 5 and 7 at the Bennington Little League Complex; July 17, 19 and 21 at the Williamstown Youth Center; July 31, Aug. 2 and 4 at the Bennington Little League Complex; and Aug. 14, 16 and 18 at the Williamstown


North Adams City Council Refers Zoning Proposal, Adopts Resolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Map showing the Veazie properties to the left in the R3 zone.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night referred a proposed zoning change that would allow the Porches Inn to expand northward along Veazie Street.    The petition, submitted on behalf of Berkshire Hills Development LLC by City Council President Benjamin Lamb, asks that four parcels on the south end of Veazie to be rezoned as CC2, heavy business district. The properties are currently in a Residental 3 zone.    "We respectfully request the City Council and the Planning Board hold their required meetings on this Petition togetehr so as to expedite action on the


North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief, Engineering
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has a fairly good idea what the increase in its fiscal 2018 budget will be: 1.12 percent, largely driven by health insurance increases, pensions, the school budget and two new positions.    But it doesn't yet know how much revenue will come in this year as it pursues some $2.6 million in liens, taxes and interest outstanding. The hope is to use some of those gains to offset taxes and prepare engineering for projects in anticipation of a debt drop-off in 2020.   "The budget is balanced that you received ... it will remain balanced," Mayor Richard Alcombright said at Thursday's Finance Committee meeting, in reviewing what

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Compass Rose to Be Painted at North Adams Airport In May
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:54PM / Monday, April 24, 2017

A compass rose marking directions.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Ninety-Nines, an international women's pilot group, will be flying in next month to paint a rose compass on the tarmac of Harriman & West Airport.    Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the Airport Commission last week that volunteers with the Ninety-Nines group are set to start painting on Saturday, May 20.   "That is going to happen and, hopefully, we can get people to help us out," he said. "We are going to get the crew out there and the Ninety-Nines are in the process of organizing the paint."    The Ninety-Nines were scheduled to paint the compass last year


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