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North Adams Emergency Services To Host Fundraiser
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:41PM / Friday, October 13, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency response agencies are hosting a fundraiser and cookout for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting this Saturday at Noel Field.   Assistant Chief of the North Adams Ambulance Service Amalio Jusino said this Saturday from 10 to 2 local emergency services will host a fundraiser complete with hot dogs, hamburgers and some emergency response presentations to benefit the victims of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month.   "We work closely as EMS, Fire and Police in the past several years to develop our response to an active shooter or hostile Mass Casualty event," Jusino said.   "Our plan came from myself and several


iForum: Girl Scouts Already Doing Great Things in the Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

You might have seen the group of 100 Girl Scouts in the Berkshire Mall last March, coming together to learn about other cultures on World Thinking Day.

I wanted to preserve the moment.

There, in front of me, stood six young ladies from my Girl Scout troop, holding three binders that, on the surface, didn't look all that interesting. But, as with people and programs like the Girl Scout program itself, there was more than meets the eye.

Inside the binders was a brand new curriculum these girls as fifth-graders had developed over the past six months to give to their two schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools, to help teach other fifth-graders the Bill of Rights in a


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

Northern Berkshire United Way Fills Out Board of Directors
12:05PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

Amy Giroux, left, past president of NBUW, is given a plaque commemorating her servive by Christa Collier, executive director, and Jason Dohaney, incoming president.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way has elected one new member and re-elected two to the organization's board of directors.

"Our board of directors consists of some of the smartest, philanthropic and most dedicated individuals in Northern Berkshire," said Northern Berkshire United Way President Jason Dohaney. "I thank the board for their commitment and look forward to working with the incoming members to maintain a strong and effective United Way that helps care for our community. I


Federal Grant Awarded To Bolster Local Arts Education
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Friday, October 13, 2017

North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas said art education is critical to a student's overall success.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  The U.S. Department of Education is helping to strengthen ties between area educators and cultural institutions.   On Thursday, education leaders celebrated the reception of a $740,000 federal grant to support arts-integrated professional development for Berkshire County educators.   "Simply summarized, this grant moves us closer to unleashing the creative potential that I believe is contained in our region," Howard "Jake" Eberwein III, dean of graduate and continuing education at the


BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal


North Adams Enters Agreement To Sell DPW Facility
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:00AM / Thursday, October 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council voted to enter into a purchase and sales agreement with Cumberland Farms for the DPW facility.   Mayor Richard Alcombright asked the Council to approve an agreement Wednesday between the city and Cumberland Farms that would start the process of a $575,000 purchase from the city - $475,000 above the appraised amount.    "Cumberland Farms has been a strong partner in the community, building two new store on Route 2 and 8 and for quite some time they have been interested in a new and more appropriate sized store on Ashland Street," he said. "I respectfully request the approval of this purchase and sale


Clarksburg Officials Accept Citizens' Petition for School Project Revote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, October 12, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project.    Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.   Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos, at a crowded board meeting on Wednesday, said he had problems with the petition but that town counsel's opinion was that it was legal and a date will be set.    "Usually with a petition, the signatures are attached to it so people know what they are signing," he said. "I have just signature sheets ... This is


Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bins of goodies await shoppers on Oct. 14.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great


Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2017 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
01:41PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of four Gold Level award recipients for 2017.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner to develop and implement a wellness program that best addresses the individual company's needs and budget.

"There is no


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 11-17
11:27AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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International Investing: Still a Journey to Consider
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:16AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Columbus Day was observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

So, why should you consider investing internationally? The chief reason is diversification. If you only invest in U.S. companies, you might do well when the U.S. markets are soaring, as has happened in recent years. But when the inevitable


Barrett Runs Away with 1st Berkshire Democratic Primary,
06:24PM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017


  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Claiming a victory on behalf of the forgotten middle class, John Barrett III on Tuesday emerged the winner in a four-person Democratic primary to run in the Nov. 7 special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives.

With the vast majority of the votes counted and seven of the district’s nine municipalities, including the city of North Adams, checking in, Barrett had 2,224 votes, more than 42 percent of the votes cast.

The former North Adams mayor had a 575-vote margin (11 percent of the total balloting) over his next closest rival, Stephanie Bosley, who had 1,649 votes with the towns of Florida and


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