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Wiggins, Carrier Double-Doubles Lead Teams to Giorgi League Wins
09:50AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Sunday to help Yard Work by Dan earn a 78-69 win over Moonlight Diner in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Tank Roberson and Keiland Cross each scored a team-high 13 to lead Yard Work, which got 10 poitns apiece from Lavante Wiggins and Nolan Bird.   Brendan Kordana scored a game-high 25, and Treyvon Sims and Anthony Sims each scored in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively, for Moonlight Diner. Anthony Sims grabbed seven rebounds.   In Sunday's other game, Lawrence Carrier scored 28 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 71-58

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Thieves Tamper With North Adams Library Gutter System
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After a structural inspection of the library, the city found that someone has attempted to steal the copper gutter system.   "Someone has been working on stealing our copper drainage over on the East Main Street side," Library Director Mindy Hackner said at Wednesday's trustee's meeting. "I noticed damage to the porch railing and it looks like someone has worked things loose but now the city knows about it."   Although no copper was actually stolen, rivets were missing and it appeared as though someone was preparing to tear away the drainage.   Acting Chairman Rich Remsberg asked if anything was being done to make sure no

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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SteepleCats Lose Fourth Straight
09:08AM / Sunday, June 18, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The North Adams SteepleCats could not overcome five errors on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to the Ocean State Waves at Old Mountain Field.   It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the SteepleCats, including the second straight away from home.   Ocean State took the initial lead in the bottom of the first inning. North Adams starter Ryan Tapp (UNC-Asheville) retired the first two Waves, but Randell Kanemaru (Columbia) hit his second home run of the season over the right field fence to give Ocean State a 1-0 advantage.   A home run for the SteepleCats tied the game in the top of the fourth. The leadoff hitter in the frame, Dillon Paulson (USC) clubbed

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Representative Gailanne Cariddi Dies at 63
Staff Reports,
11:39AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cariddi with supporters after being sworn in at the State House in 2011.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi died early Saturday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Cariddi, 63, had represented the 1st Berkshire District since 2010. Prior to that, she had served as a city councilor, including as City Council president, for more than 20 years.

According to Mayor Richard Alcombright, Cariddi died peacefully after a brief illness.

"I had the honor and pleasure of working with Gail over the past 18 years both on the North Adams City Council and most recently in her role as our representative," he said. "Gail certainly loved politics

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Congressman Neal Delivers $750K in Grants to North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:02AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017

Meranti said the grant will allow the department to buy 73 breathing apparatus and seven intervention packs.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal presented the North Adams Fire Department with a $452,900 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant and a $300,000 EPA Brownfields communitywide assessment grant.

The city was the last stop on Neal's Berkshire County tour, after Great Barrington and Williamstown, where he discussed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants of $300,000 and $200,000 for those communities.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant will be used to purchase 73 breathing apparatus and seven intervention

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National Advocacy Group Weighs in on Mascot Ban Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even as the Turners Falls Indians softball team, Grafton Memorial Indians boys lacrosse team and Taconic Braves baseball team vie for state championships on Saturday, there is a move afoot in Boston to make sure that those teams never take the field again … at least, not with those nicknames.   A longtime national discussion about the appropriateness of Native American-themed nicknames and mascots has reverberated this spring in the Bay State, where a bill on Beacon Hill would prohibit "the use of any Native American mascot by a public school in the Commonwealth."   The Pittsfield School Committee is considering taking action at the local

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@theMarket: Markets in Pullback Mode
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
Technology stocks continued to consolidate while the Dow made new highs and the S&P 500 Index hovered just below historical highs. Throw in the fact that the markets are notoriously slow and biased to the downside during the summer months, and you have a recipe for further consolidation.   That does not necessarily mean that we will see some sharp and painful correction in stocks. My regular readers understand that the averages could simply move sideways for a month or two before resuming their upward climb. However, within those averages, individual stocks and sectors could experience much deeper declines.   Take the present decline in the technology-laden NASDAQ market, or

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Head-On Collision North Adams Leaves One in Critical Condition
Staff Reports,
04:40PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

A GoFundMe has been set up for Kaileigh Lewis, the young mother who was a passenger in the Honda and who is in critical condition at BMC. The driver of the Dodge Durango involved in Friday's head-on collision is expected to face "numerous motor vehicle charges," according to police.    Robert Matte Jr., 43, of North Adams, has been identified as the owner and driver of the northbound Durango that apparently veered into the opposite lane and hit a Honda CRV with five people in it, including two very young children.   Kaileigh Lewis, 23, of North Adams, a passenger in the back seat of the Honda, was severely injured in the crash. Also injured was

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MountainOne Provides Funding for Scholarships for MCLA Camps
03:29PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MountainOne has granted $8,000 to Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest in support of a new collaboration to provide Northern Berkshire youth ages 9-17 with experiential, summer learning based programs on the MCLA campus.

NBUW and WCC will work closely with area youth agencies to refer young people into the summer programs and coordinate transportation when needed.

"We are pleased to support this innovative and collaborative community program developed by high-quality organizations in support of opportunities for our local youth," Kelli Kozak, AVP Community Engagement officer at MountainOne, said.

Scholarships or

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Nurse Practitioners Join CHP in North Adams, Great Barrington
01:47PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

Community Health Programs has added two nurse practitioners to its practices in North Adams and Great Barrington.

At CHP Northern Adams Family Medicine, family nurse practitioner Donna Tew has joined the staff as a primary care provider for the practice. At CHP Barrington OB-GYN, Molly Rivest has joined the staff with a special focus in obstetrics and gynecology care.

Tew, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S Air Force Reserves, is certified as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and earned national certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She has worked as a primary care provider in community health centers and private

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Berkshire Bank Promotes Two to Branch Manager Roles
01:28PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has promoted two retail banking employees to the positions of assistant vice presidents/branch manager.

Dana Robb serves as the branch manager of the Allendale branch in Pittsfield and Samantha Tanner serves as branch manager of the North Adams branch.
 
"It's exciting to see motivated people take on increased responsibilities," said Deanna Markham, VP/regional manager. "Both Dana and Samantha have a proven track record in the retail banking environment and are dedicated and committed members of our community. They are a valuable asset to the Berkshire Bank family."
 
Robb began his career with Berkshire Bank in

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Camp Ashmere Hires New Camp Director
12:40PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

HINSDALE, Mass. — Camp Ashmere in Hinsdale is opening for its 102nd season and has hired  Donald Padrick of New Lebanon, N.Y., to be the camp director this year.

Padrick comes with a wealth of camping experience and working with youth. He will be teamed up with Terri Braman, who will be the day camp director once again this year.

The camp is owned and operated by the First Baptist Church in North Adams and is offering five weeks of Day Camp sessions for children entering grades one through six, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 11. The Day Camp program has bus transportation from North Adams, through Adams, Pittsfield and Dalton to the camp daily. Day campers receive

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