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Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds
Staff Reports,
05:11AM / Saturday, June 08, 2019

BOSTON  — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

  About ‭$7,820,310 of that will be heading to the Berkshires with the largest amount — $1.4 million — going to Pittsfield and its nearly 200 miles of roads. The second largest amount  of $435,324 goes to the county's other city, North Adams, which has just over 70 miles of road. Berkshire County total has about ‭1,598.63‬ miles of locally governed roads.    Boston, not surprisingly, gets the

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'Rocketman': Godzilla vs. Elton John
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:25PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
I actually wanted to see the new "Godzilla." Not that I'm a big fan of the franchise. Maybe it's the kid in me or perhaps because the early stuff was so hokey and so terribly dubbed that it was entertaining. Composed of poorly constructed miniatures and the barest of plots, it was probably the hypersuspension of disbelief engendered in us moppets that stirred our imaginations more than the calamitous perpetrations themselves. My curiosity was up.    Hence, as the time approached to decide if it'd be "Rocketman" or "Godzilla" this week, the Japanese nomenclature became my recurring word of the day. "Gojira! Gojira!" I repeated in

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

Jobs
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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Sunshine, Warm Temps Finally Arrive in the Berkshires
06:01PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
After a rainy spring, this weekend might finally feel like summer in the Berkshires.   By the way, the feeling that it was raining all the time was not in your head: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reports that "the last time Albany had three days or more of dry weather without a minimally a trace of precipitation was March 24-27." And preliminary data for Pittsfield shows that there was measurable rainfall nearly every day of the month of May.   But that's in the past.   The Weather Channel — which has ironically changed its logo to say "The Water Channel" because of all the rain and flooding in the South and Midwest —

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@theMarket: When Bad News Is Good News
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
You would think that a non-farm payroll report that was way below expectations would give investors pause. After all, when the pace of employment slows, it usually means that the economy is slowing as well. So why did the stock market spike higher?   It comes down to what the Fed may do. Contrary to many investors' belief that tariffs (or the lack thereof) are the critical element in the stock market's fortunes, I believe the actions of the U.S. central bank trump Trump's antics on the trade front.    A look back to the last quarter of 2018 reveals why I believe this is so. While the press gave plenty of space to the on again, off again China/U.S. trade

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Roots Teen Center Names New Executive Director
10:19AM / Friday, June 07, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Paula Buxbaum has been named executive director of the Roots Northern Berkshire Teen Center.  

The board of directors selected her to lead the organization as it begins its third year with a new strategic plan, new programming, and new goals in recruiting youth attendees, volunteers and fundraising goals. 

Buxbaum comes to Roots with 30 years of experience managing volunteers, program management and youth services. She most recently was the director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Pittsfield, which trained volunteers to provide advocacy for children in the juvenile court system. Before joining CASA, a program of Berkshire

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Drury High Class of 2019 Offers Inspiration to Future Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, June 07, 2019

Vincienza Alicandri tells the that Drury has given them the tools to face the challenges ahead. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vincienza Alicandri in her valedictory address on Thursday night lauded Drury High School and its teachers for setting the class of 2019 on the road to success.    "Drury is an excellent school. We have a great community here," she told the gathering of family and friends in the high school gym. "I believe Drury has all the tools to push out good students for competitive colleges. It's all up to us to use those tools."   Alicandri recalled the craziness of junior year testing and the worry about

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Planning Is Crucial to Caregiving
By Bill Schmick,
05:37PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
The family is headed toward a crisis in caring for the elderly. It will impact all of us, so if you have aging parents, don't think you can just close your eyes and hope for the best. You are likely setting yourself up for a world of hurt.    All too often, the adult children of aging parents are blind-sided when presented with the realities of taking care of parents in need. This is usually precipitated by some sort of health crisis. In my own business, I see it time and time again. What follows is pure chaos, anxiety and hard feelings. There is no way to stop the inevitable, because aging and declining health are part of living, so what can you do?   "It is

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Drury High School Scholarships & Awards for 2019
04:50PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented during Awards Night at Drury High School on Wednesday, June 5.    Valedictorian: Vincienza Alicandri   Salutatorian: Kelby LeSage   Bernadino Ocampo Memorial Scholarship: Jenah Janz   Jocelyn E. Leclair Memorial Scholarship: Maya Giron, Laura Thomas, Hayley Shook and Obilio Rodriguez   Richard 'Buckwheat' Lefave Scholarship: Jude Collins, Helen Lawson and Reece Racette   Anna Yan Ji Arabia Scholarship: Kelsey Haley   Shayley Estes Memorial Scholarship: Erin Marceau   Crew of '02 : Yvonne Koperek;Hayley Shook   North Adams Youth Basketball League

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Mass MoCA Director Facing Charges in Fatal Crash
Staff Reports,
03:26PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is being charged in the fatal accident last year that killed an Adams man.    According to reports in The Berkshire Eagle on Thursday, Joseph Thompson is scheduled to be arraigned on June 19 on a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in Northern Berkshire District Court.    A 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Steven Fortier, 49, of Adams collided with Thompson's 2015 Audi on Church Street near the intersection with Ashland. Fortier was heading south and Thompson north the evening of July 20, 2018.    A show-cause hearing was held on May 9.

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SteepleCats Open Season with Win
06:35AM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Two pitchers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday as the North Adams SteepleCats opened the season with a 13-0, rain-shortened win over Sanford, Maine, at Joe Wolfe Field.   Tyler Hayes started and went 5-1/3 innings, striking out 10, before handing the ball to Jacob Abbott, who struck out one in 2/3 of an inning of relief.   And then came the rain, which was the only thing that could stop the North Adams offense on Wednesday night.   Sam Punzi went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, and Brian Picone was 3-for-3 in a nine-hit North Adams attack.   The SteepleCats stole three bases as they opened New England Collegiate Baseball League play with a

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McCann Tech Class of 2019 Holds 'Golden Key' to Unlock Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's class of 2019 is filled with firsts and achievements: state vocational championships in baseball and softball, the first individual gold medal for carpentry in SkillsUSA, gold for 3D animation. The first student in 30 years to win a state Herter Memorial Scholarship. Second place in TIG welding from among 75 competitors from all over New England. And the best youth oxen driver at the 2017 Cummington Fair.    Not to mention all the other gold, silver and bronze medals in business and skills competitions, scholarships and awards.    "They go on and on and I could list many, many more and if I left you out

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North Adams School Committee Renews Contract With Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

MASC District VI Chairwoman Andrea Wadsworth of Lee talks with the School Committee on Tuesday about upcoming events.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday signed a new three-year contract with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas.    Malkas was hired three years ago in May to take over the public school district after the retirement of longtime administrator James Montepare.    There was little discussion as the committee voted to approve the contract negotiated in executive session. The administrative letter of employment states Malkas will be paid a salary of $141,166 beginning July 1 and $143,283 in the second dependent on her

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