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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: Will We race to the Bottom?
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
Financial markets are in turmoil. President Trump's trade war is escalating, and with it, fears that both China and the U.S. will employ a new weapon, currency devaluation, to win the war. Is that a wise move?   The last time the country devalued the dollar outright was on Dec. 18, 1971, when President Nixon took the country off the gold standard. Since then, there have been times when various administrations have nudged the dollar down, but most American presidents have maintained a strong-dollar policy.   However, over the course of the last two years, President Trump has increasingly complained that the United States is at an unfair advantage versus other countries that are


'The Farewell': And a Fond One at That
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:24PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
Every so often, some philosophically inclined sort seeks a window into your soul by asking, "If you could spend time with anyone now deceased, who would it be, pray tell?"    Akin in hypocrisy to first wishing for world peace or a cure for cancer before asking for a Ferrari whence blowing out my birthday candles, I perfunctorily answer, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Ben Franklin. However, after seeing the delightfully heartwarming, bittersweet and often hilarious "The Farewell," about a Chinese family who throws a wedding as pretense for gathering to say goodbye to their terminally ill matriarch, I thought of the grandmother I never knew.   Anna


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

Cross' 50 Points Lift Team in Giorgi League
08:58AM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keiland Cross scored 50 points on Wednesday night, and his team needed every one of them in an 89-88 win in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Cross connected on nine 3-pointers and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Lifting Standards to the one-point win over Pizza House at the Armory.   Quentin Gittens backed up Cross with 14 points.   Deshaun Hamlett scored 31 to lead Pizza House, which got 21 points from Khalil Paul and 13 from David Vidal.   In Wednesday's other game, Dave Wellington scored 18 points and Lavante Wiggins added 14 to lead Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread to a 68-58 win over Yard Work by DAn.   Mohammed Sanogo scored


Ashland Street Improvements Next Big Project in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Thursday, August 08, 2019

The 'quintessential project' for fiscal 2018's block grant program was the splash park at Noel Field.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's next major improvement project will be rejuvenating the Ashland Street corridor from Davenport to Summer Street.    The street's seen significant improvements over the past decade with public/private investment such as building renovations, the Clark Biscuit residential project and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' new facilities building.     A Downtown Initiative grant from MassDevelopment in fiscal 2015 of about $15,000 was used for a "visionary study" of the entire street,


Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
09:02PM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Tanglewood this week will be very rewarding and diverse, with spectacular musical riches across the centuries, representing the progressive continuum of styles: music that’s both time-honored and new, and everything in-between.

Tanglewood continues its classical programming with an all-Beethoven piano recital on Aug. 7 by the fabulous soloist Yefim Bronfman; more Beethoven awaits with the beloved "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 and the lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring the magnificent pianist Inon Barnaton on Aug. 11 – the BSO led by composer/pianist/conductor Thomas Adès; also, a program of three of the Viennese master’s violin/piano sonatas, performed


North Adams Police Investigating Feces Vandalism
Staff Reports,
05:12PM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Authorities are investigating a disturbing incident that occurred early Wednesday morning at Brayton Hill Apartments.   According to Facebook posts made by friends and neighbors of the victim, someone smeared feces over her door and air conditioner and left a pile on her deck.    The victim, a single black woman with small children who is not being named, told friends that there had been a loud party in the apartment next door on Tuesday night and a racial slur could be heard repeatedly. That has lead some to believe that it could be a hate crime.   The perpetrator was reportedly caught on video by security cameras at the housing complex


Drury, Hoosac Valley Roll into Giorgi League Playoffs with Wins
02:20PM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Drury and Hoosac Valley boys basketball teams Tuesday wrapped up regular season play with a pair of victories in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Scott McGuire Jr. scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 67-40 win over Mount Greylock.   Tim Brazeau also had a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards while blocking a pair of shots. And Anthony Pettingill scored 15 in the win.   Mount Greylock got 14 points from Pablo Santos and 10 points and eight rebounds from Derek Paris.   In Tuesday's other game, Hoosac Valley edged McCann Tech, 51-45, behind 22 points from Izaha Stubbs.   Sean Sumner scored


Eclectic Headliners: Savion Glover, Lou Reed Drones, Indigenous Dancers
By Grace Lichtenstein , Guest Column
02:00PM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The week for eclectic music lovers includes both Tanglewood’s important Festival of Contemporary Music and the tap icon Savion Glover, with a Laurie Anderson presentation at Mass MoCa to boot.


Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center are the venues for the series of concerts beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, that comprise the Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of the prodigious British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Ades. The centerpiece is the 2005 opera “The Cricket Recovers” by British composer Richard Ayres on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Ozawa. It’s a chamber opera based on a story by children’s author Toon Tellegen.

Other FCM concerts that


Bernard, Tyer Join With 1,000 Mayors Against Gun Violence
Staff Reports,
02:13AM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard has joined Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer in signing onto to the principles of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition following the deadly shootings that killed more than 30 people.   "In the wake of what happened in El Paso (Texas) and Dayton (Ohio) this weekend, she and I talked, and I had been familiar with it and hadn't signed on," Bernard said on Tuesday. "So I suggested that we both look at it — it turns out that Pittsfield had done it previously, and they just hadn't gotten updated on the website."   Mayors Against Illegal Guns, now part of Everytown for Gun Safety, was established by


North Adams Happenings: Aug. 7-13
06:55PM / Tuesday, August 06, 2019


North Adams Happenings August 7 - 13, 2019 SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 14th - 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration
JOIN US! The  23rd Annual Downtown Celebration will take over downtown North Adams on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 – 9 PM.  
RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 15th
BUSINESSES AND VENDORS: Application still available.
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AUGUST 24th - Motorama Presents Whiskey


Vt., Mass. Merger Committee Begins Planning Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Tuesday, August 06, 2019

STAMFORD, Vt. — With two successful votes in hand, the Interstate Merger Committee's next step is to hire a consultant to work with educational agencies and lawmakers to shape a school district shared with Clarksburg, Mass.

A special town meeting in Clarksburg last week and another on July 8 in Stamford gave the OK for process on creating a merged school district to continue.

For the committee on Monday night, the goal was to craft a request for proposals for a part-time consultant to work over the next seven months.

A first draft was made off the RFP used last year to hire Public Consulting Group, which did the research to get the process to this point.

"I think


Biz Briefs: Catherine's Chocolates Changes Name to Mielke Confections
11:30AM / Monday, August 05, 2019
Chocolate changes

Steve and Trent Kinney, the new owners of the Great Barrington landmark store Catherine's Chocolates, have announced a new name, look and logo. The original Catherine's Chocolates Store was named for the grandmother of the former owner, Kathy Sinico, and operated for 40 years under that name. The Kinneys are continuing the tradition of a family-owned local business, creating handmade quality chocolates in the same location, as well as their choice of the new name, which is Trent Kinney’s family name.

The logo, designed by Trent, has a simple upscale look in ivory, chocolate and gold and features a modernist allusion to a chocolate bean. The familiar


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