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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams Hires Away NBSU Business Administrator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:15PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The current part-time business administrator will become full-time in July at the expiration of a contract with the North Berkshire School Union.    Carrie Burnett, who was hired last year as part of a one-year shared services agreement with the union, will take over all budgeting and finance office for the North Adams Public Schools.    The School Committee on Tuesday voted to retain Burnett and authorized a contract based on the agreement approved last year but updated to reflect Burnett's full-time position that includes a $1,000 stipend from NBSU as salary; a 1.5 percent contractual increase, based on the teachers' negotiated rate.


BHS Awarded Grant to Support Low-cost Spaying & Neutering
02:48PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant for $18,000 from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's License Plate Program to continue providing low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in Berkshire County.    This grant, which was funded in the fall of 2018, made BHS's successful "100 Cats for Christmas" program possible. A portion of the grant has been awarded to Animal DREAMS for its feral and community cat spay/neuter efforts, and the remaining funds will support the Humane Society's Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog.   Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog serves dog owners who are Berkshire residents and are in financial need. The


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

'They Shall Not Grow Old': When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old," a haunting documentary commissioned by Britain's Imperial War Museum to commemorate the centennial of the conclusion of World War I is a brilliant homage, an artistic accomplishment and a must-see for film students, history buffs and cineastes alike.   While director Peter Jackson's numerous "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fantasies have long established him as a box office juggernaut, this 99-minute paean to all who found themselves engulfed, devastated, changed forever or killed in the war that was supposed to end all wars compellingly adds "groundbreaking" to the adjectives describing his filmmaking


Pingelski Leads MCLA Women to Road Win
07:15AM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Courtney Pingelski scored a career-high 31 points Wednesday to lead the the MCLA women's basketball team to a 74-56 win over Fitchburg State.   Pingelski also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.   Kylah Langston added 17 points, and Erika Ryan dished out three assists.   MCLA (5-16, 1-9 MASCAC) hosts Curry College on Monday.   Men's Basketball FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Charles Doss scored 17 points, and Fitchburg State shot 55 percent from the floor to beat MCLA, 94-73.   Mike Dimartinis scored a game-high 18 for the Trailblazers (6-16, 2-8).   MCLA hosts Salem State on Wednesday.


Bamba, BArT Pull Out Narrow Victory
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:28PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT basketball team Tuesday closed its regular season in style, earning a 69-64 win over Westfield’s White Oaks Charter in a back-and-forth game at the Armory.   Isaac Bamba scored 29 points to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which trailed by as many as four points in the second half and was down, 62-61, with two minutes left to play.   Brandon Bamba backed up Isaac with 16 points, and Owen Brady added 18 as BArT wrapped up its home slate and final tune-up before next week’s River Valley Athletic League playoffs.   The turning point came with 43 seconds left, when White Oaks was whistled for a bench technical


Weather Advisory: Sleet, Freezing Rain to Fall on the Berkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
You could get whiplash trying to keep up with weather in the Berkshires: from minus temperatures last week to glorious temperatures 60s on Monday, it's hard to figure out what to wear.    So, after a few nice, bright mild days, it's time for a turnover. Starting this evening, freezing rain and sleet will cover the Berkshires with ice and slush.    The National Weather Service is forecasting that a mainly freezing rain event with some sleet mixed-in will develop starting between 6 and 9 p.m. and the freezing rain will continue through Thursday morning before tapering off and transitioning to drizzle by midday Thursday. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice accretion


Drury High Graduate's Bequest Establishes Scholarship Fund
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Albert Chenail  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Drury High School graduate has left half of his $1.1 million estate to endow a scholarship fund at his alma mater.    Albert Harvey Chenail, who died in April 2017 at the age of 96, bequeathed an initial $400,000 to establish the Frederick L. Chenail and Jessie M. Chenail Scholarship Fund in honor of his parents.    His will states "the total amount of such Fund shall be invested and reinvested by Drury High School and that the income from such Fund shall be rewarded annually as a scholarship to a student at Drury High School for the purpose of furthering his or her college or vocational school


Letter: TEDx Talks on Community Exclude Community
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, February 05, 2019

To the Editor:

Once again 100 of the Berkshires wealthiest and best-connected elites telling us (whoops I guess not "us" only 100 expensive tickets available sorry poor citizens of Berkshire country) how they know how to fix our ills.
One percenterism at it's finest!

Brian Hunt




North Adams Parks Commission Considers Practice Board for Brayton
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:53PM / Tuesday, February 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Park commissioners are hoping to squeeze a multi-sport practice board into the plans being developed for Brayton Park.   Commissioner David Willette has been advocating for the practice board, an idea he brought forward more than a year ago prior to be appointed to the commission. The initial idea had been to install the board at Kemp Park but commissioners noted that funding has been obtained for renovating Brayton.    The city recently was awarded a $318,500 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant to overhaul the park and athletic field.    "We got grant money for Brayton and that way we can be sure that the


Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again
04:14PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program


Dog-Walking Pedestrian Struck by Car on Main Street
Staff Reports,
03:12PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A man walking his two dogs across the top of Main Street was struck by a small sedan early Monday afternoon.    Although the man was standing and talking with emergency medical technicians and police officers, he was eventually taken by Northern Berkshire EMS for treatment of a shoulder injury. The two dogs, medium-to-large animals, were taken to Greylock Animal Hospital by the animal control officer to be checked out.    The pedestrian was apparently crossing where a crosswalk had been taken out years ago on the eastern side of the Main, Eagle and Ashland streets intersection.   "They were walking across the street and the car came


Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with


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