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North Adams Happenings: June 14-20
12:55PM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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The Cassical Beat: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music Prepare to Open
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:25PM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Finally! It's that longed-for time again: the summer "high season" of classical music is about to begin. After an arduous winter, the summer's musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

This week, I'll focus on the three "T"s - Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Taconic Music. Together, they make the region a cultural capital, drawing thousands to hear great music – chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, film music, contemporary classical, pop, rock, jazz- to experience masterworks within the verdant hills and dales we call


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

Financial Gifts Can Help Dad for Years to Come
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:25AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day is almost here. Dad will probably like any gift you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving.

For starters, how about a back-to-school gift for Dad? If you have children, you may already be familiar with 529 plans, which many parents use to help their children pay for college. But 529 plans have no age limits, so there’s nothing stopping you from reversing the usual formula and opening an account for your father. While 529 plans are commonly used to pay for four-year colleges, the money can also go toward most two-year


Anastasio, Hall Lead Team to Giorgi League Win
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Marco Anastasio scored 15 points and Avery Hall added 14 to lead Timeless Training to a 52-44 win over Moonlight Diner on Tuesday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   For Moonlight, Kahlil Paul scored 14, and Anthony Sims had 11 points and nine rebounds.   In Tuesday's other game, Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli defeated Frank Field Contracting, 80-50, behind 16 points from Dave Wellington.   Lawrence Carrier and Sedale Jones each scored 14, and Carrier had 12 rebounds.   For Frank Field, Nick Aitken scored a game-high 22 points, and Paul Oparowski had 14 points and nine boards.   Play continues Wednesday at Noel


North Adams Passes $40M Budget for Fiscal 2018
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Members of the Finance Committee had a little trouble keeping track of their place as they read off the budget items being approved.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $40 million budget for fiscal 2018.    The spending plan, at $39,955,755, is up $501,072, or 1.27 percent, over this year. The main increases are in the school budget, health insurance premiums, pensions and the Community Development Office, and three new hires, including filling vacant posts in Wire & Alarm and inspection.    Mayor Richard Alcombright said the budget was built on anticipated revenues.   "We have spent hours trying to project local


Errors Doom SteepleCats in Loss to Blue Sox
07:14AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The North Adams SteepleCats suffered a home defeat for the first time in 2017 on Monday night, coming up two runs short in an 8-6 loss to the Valley Blue Sox at Joe Wolfe Field.   Three errors doomed the 'Cats, who also were outhit 14-7 by the visiting Blue Sox.   North Adams got off to a promising start, posting two runs in the bottom of the first. Eddie Haus (St. Mary's) started the SteepleCat offense with a walk and a stolen base, and JJ Shimko (South Carolina Upstate) followed with a single and a stolen base of his own. Tyler Walters (Slippery Rock) ripped his fourth double of the season to give North Adams the initial 2-0 lead.   Valley got a run back in the top


Former Eagle Street Army-Navy Store to Become Design Studio
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Planning Board continued two cases to the next meeting.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Boston-area graphic designer and artist is renovating 47-49 Eagle St. into a professional office, gallery and studio apartment.    The Planning Board on Monday approved plans by Anna Farrington to revamp the two-story building, part of a triptych of connected structures that includes the Pizza House and the Friendship Center Food Pantry and the teen center..    "I'm in the process of purchasing the property with the intent of opening a second office for my graphic arts office," Harrington told the board.    Farrington has been working in


McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of the gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk" on Monday, ready for a life-changing career.   Boucher had first earned a cosmetology diploma from McCann and has been working as a hair stylist for years. On Monday night, she was pinned and presented a diploma in dental assisting.   "I am 45 years old and decided in this past year that I needed to make a


Berkshires Beat: YMCA Opening Childcare Center at Mountain Brook School in Lenox
02:42PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Making a change: The Berkshire Family YMCA will establish a new childcare center at the location of the current Mountain Brook School at 6 Holmes Road in Lenox, effective June 19. Susan Burt, owner and administrator of Mountain Brook School for the last year, has decided to pass the reigns to the Berkshire Family YMCA. Mountain Brook School is in good standing with its license.

“Mountain Brook School opened to provide high quality early childhood education in our community.  As we close at the end of this school year, the need for programs continues to grow and change. I believe the Berkshire Family YMCA's pursuit of additional programing to meet those needs are a positive


Biz Briefs: Beacon Cinema Getting $500,000 Facelift
01:12PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Cinema facelift: Developer and owner Richard Stanley is investing about $500,000 into the Beacon Cinema beginning this July. The renovation includes the removal of all the existing stadium seating and replacing them with Power Recliners complete with adjustable arm rests. "Our patrons will experience seating for the 21st century," Stanley said.

The renovation will run from mid-July to mid-October. Three theaters will closed at a time. To kick off the new project, the Beacon will be offering a number of promotions and contests throughout the entire renovation period. "We want people to be as excited as we are," said Lydia Shulman, Beacon manager. "We're

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North Adams' Giorgi League Tips Off 36th Year
09:03AM / Monday, June 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Steve Bopp scored 17 points, and Clayton Palmer added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Bopp's Home Improvement defeated the Celtics, 58-43, on Sunday's opening night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Palmer also blocked four shots for Bopp's, which got 10 points and four rebounds from Mel Robinson.   Moe Mays scored seven for the Celtics.   Moresi & Associates opened the season with a 54-40 win over Maselli & Tanzman behind 15 points from Justin Girard and 14 points and 11 rebounds from Jamal Warren.   Brandon Mauer scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.   Greg Vreeland led Pete's with 13


North Adams City Council Will Seek Candidates for Vacant Seat
Staff Reports,
01:34AM / Monday, June 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council intends to fill the vacancy being left by the resignation of Councilor Nancy Bullett.    In a communication to the full council, President Benjamin Lamb wrote, "it is our responsibility to select and appoint an individual to fill the seat she is vacating for the remainder of the current term to expire January 2018."   He intends to open up a submission period for letters of interest from citizens interested in serving out the final six months of Bullett's two-year term.    Bullett tendered her resignation effective July 1 because she has purchased a home outside of Massachusetts. She had wanted to give the


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