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Youth Soccer Officials Course Offered
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03:42PM / Monday, January 13, 2020
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Referee Committee will offer a new soccer referee course in our area for anyone interested in becoming a USSF Soccer Official.   The Berkshire County Youth Soccer League will provide a stipend toward the new offical's kit of $50, once a new official completes 10 games in a calendar year. The referee is responsible for submitting their game count.    The course will be offered Sunday, Jan.  19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 445 Pittsfield Road, Lenox.   To register, go to, click on the class for Lenox.   Pre-payment of $115 made out to MSRC is required to


Harrington Receives McCann Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Monday, January 13, 2020

The McCann School Committee, with new member Peter Breen, meets last week.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School senior Vanessa Harrington has been presented with the Superintendent's Award for 2019.   "You will lead the rest of the world," Superintendent James Brosnon said Thursday in front of Harrington's family and the School Committee. "You have that innate piece."   Each year, superintendents across the state award one student with a Certificate of Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.   Typically the award is given out in December, however, the multi-talented


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 School Officials Talk Next Steps in Greylock Project
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, January 13, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While Greylock School has been accepted into the first steps of a school renovation program, it will take years for the process to play out.   "There are lots of considerations and documentation to complete along the way that ultimately will inform our feasibility and design," Superintendent Barbara Malkas said. "We are looking at a seven-year time window from entering into eligibility to actually completing the process."   Malkas had been asked to update the School Committee last Tuesday on the status of the feasibility study with Massachusetts School Building Authority.   The MSBA Board of Directors voted to invite the


Four Freedoms March Again Draws Large Crowd to Pittsfield
By Jeff Snoonian, Special to iBerkshires
12:47AM / Monday, January 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker at Sunday's Four Freedoms Coalition rally. He attended a fundraiser for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's campaign prior to the march.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of people marched Sunday afternoon under a brilliant sky from City Hall to the Colonial Theatre, chanting "No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here!"   The Four Freedoms March was held to acknowledge the four freedoms that were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a State of the Union address nearly 80 years ago.   He described them as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Four


New Owners Take Over Williamstown's Nature's Closet
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Sunday, January 12, 2020

Amy Jeschawitz, left, and Beth McLean purchased Nature's Closet on Spring Street on Jan. 2. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From boots to berries and from sweaters to smoothies, Nature's Closet has been a fixture on Spring Street for 10 years.   It started this year under new — but very familiar — management.   Longtime store manager Beth McLean and friend Amy Jeschawitz bought the combination outdoor store/smoothie shop on Jan. 2 from founder Steve Hinchcliffe.   In between greeting the familiar faces of longtime customers and chasing after a rambunctious puppy who has taken up residence in one of the store's front windows, McLean last week


MCLA Men Open MASCAC Play with Win
11:56PM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The MCLA men's basketball team opened Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 74-68 victory over host Bridgewater State University on Saturday afternoon at the Tinsley Center.   The Trailblazers improve to 8-4 on the season with their fifth straight win. The Bears, who were playing without leading scorer Ryan Carney (Easton, Mass.), fall to 3-10 with the setback.   Junior forward Mike DeMartinis scored 20 points and added four rebounds and five assists to lead the way for MCLA. Junior guard Noah Yearsley added 14 points, five boards and three assists for the Trailblazers (8-4), while junior forward Hayden Bird (North Adams) and


Boston Bruins Alumni Prevail Over Northern Berkshire Alums
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires Sports
10:57PM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Justin Kruszyna began skating again after 16 years off the ice when his two young sons first started playing hockey two years ago. So it was only fitting that sons Tyler and Bradley were there on Saturday afternoon to watch their dad play with the rest of the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Alumni against the Boston Bruins Alumni.   The Kruszyna family is just one example of all the magic that was created at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on Saturday, as a packed house enjoyed a friendly battle between their local hockey heroes and notorious members of the Boston Bruins Alumni. Things were close at the break, before the Bruins

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Colegrove Teachers & Students Provide School Committee With Update
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:54AM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary teachers and students showcased some new interdisciplinary programming at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.   The principals have been asked to present programming and initiatives to the committee, with Greylock taking the lead last month with its successful solution to reducing behavioral problems.    Colegrove showcased its STEM Week and Spacial Temporal Math (ST Math) program.   "These two programs show the dedication and work our employees, not only in the fifth grade but teachers K through 6, truly stepping up to the plate, collaborating, and improving their proactive special support to students,"


@theMarket: The Teflon Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
It was another up week for the stock market. As we hit record high after record high, investors want more and expect to get it. Forecasts are getting even rosier for this year and, if all goes well, we can expect the signing of the long-awaited Phase One China trade deal next week. What's not to like?   Geopolitics for one thing. As I wrote last week, investors should expect a response after the killing of Iran's No. 2 guy, Gen. Qasem Soleimani. I expressed hope that it would be sooner rather than later since the market hates the unknown. That turned out to be the case.   The Iranian response, however, was largely symbolic. Several rockets that did little damage and took


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
01:00PM / Friday, January 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chesterfield on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Great Barrington on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Chesterfield Town Offices, 422 Main Road (Jan. 15) ​Westhampton Town Hall, 1 South Road (Jan. 22)

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for


North Adams Library Parlor Closed For Renovations
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, January 10, 2020

The parlor is a favorite place for library patrons to sit and read. The wallpaper will be blue and 'less busy.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's "front parlor" is getting a makeover next week.    The reading room at the public library will be closed for wallpapering work that will begin Monday.   Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees Wednesday that they have already begun removing books to accommodate the update to the parlor in the historic mansion.   "We plan to remove all of the books and put them in various places on the first and second floors," she said. "We don't think we will have to put anything


Four Berkshire Co-Working Centers Get MassDevelopment Grants
01:01AM / Friday, January 10, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Four organizations in the Berkshires are getting a boost from MassDevelopment to help their entrepreneurial endeavors.   The Old Stone Mill, the Stationery Factory in Dalton, Lever Inc. in North Adams and Frameworks in Pittsfield received a total of $206,000‬ through MassDevelopment's Collaborative Workspace Program. The awards were announced on Thursday at the Worcester CleanTech Incubator as some $1,892,910 in grants were made to 31 organizations throughout the state.    "Massachusetts' economy thrives when local entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners have the space and resources they need to be successful," said Gov.


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