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Challenger Amatul-Wadud Dismisses Neal's Seniority Argument
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A crowd of about 50 or so attended the Indivisible Pittsfield meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday evening. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.   The talk around the sitting congressman is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chairman the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat is currently the ranking member on that committee.   Amatul-Wadud is challenging Neal for the 1st Massachusetts District seat in the Democratic primary.   She says the district wouldn't be seeing anything special happen if he was

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North Adams Ordinance Will Allow Alcohol Production at Greylock Works
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The public hearing for the zoning change required the attendance of the Planning Board and City Council.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday voted to recommend a zoning amendment that would allow Greylock Works to open a distillery in an I-2 (industrial) district.   During a joint City Council and Planning Board session held immediately prior to the board's regular meeting, the board speedily gave its endorsement to an ordinance change in less than four minutes that would allow the manufacturing of alcohol at Greylock Works.   "This is a request made by Greylock Works in order to be able to have the ability to manufacture alcohol on premise

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

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MCLA Baseball Takes Loss, Tie on the Road
09:36PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team rallied from a 9-0 seventh-inning deficit to force extra innings against Fitchburg State, however the Falcons scored twice in the eighth inning to claim an 11-0 win first game of Monday’s double-header.   In the nightcap, the Falcons rallied from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 after six frames before the game was called due to darkness.   With the results of the bizarre doubleheader, the Falcons are now 6-10-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the MASCAC.  MCLA is now 8-7-1 overall and is 1-2-1 in the conference.   The Falcons jumped all over the Trailblazers in the opener as they seemed destined to cruise to a 9-0 win. MCLA did

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North Adams Model Railroad Museum Signs Construction Team
Staff Reports,
05:19PM / Monday, April 09, 2018

The 83,000-square-foot building will house 9.5 miles of track and 150 signature architectural models.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials with the model railroad museum planned for Western Gateway Heritage State Park have signed agreements with Skanska USA and the Gilbane Building Co. to construct the 83,000-square foot building.    Celebrated architect Frank Gehry was named as the building's designer last September. Skanska will function as the project manager, coordinating the activities of the designer, the construction manager, and the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum teams during both the design and construction

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How Important Is Local News to You?
03:15PM / Monday, April 09, 2018

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran's Mortgage for One Year
01:45PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
How exciting

Keith Cosimini of West Springfield, Mass., was the winner of the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind Mortgage Giveaway for veterans. Cosimini spent much of his career as an Army specialist. As the winner, he will be awarded $12,000 to pay his mortgage for the year. The giveaway was extended to active military members and eligible veterans, serving as an extension of the dedication of Berkshire Bank to the servicemen and servicewomen of our country.
 
When asked of how he felt about winning the Exciting Rewind giveaway, Cosimini said, "I couldn't believe that I won when I got the call. I had recently opened an account with Berkshire Bank and saw the contest on

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire OLLI Set to Kick Off Spring Semester
01:16PM / Monday, April 09, 2018
Lifelong learning

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, offers almost two dozen varied courses this spring throughout the Berkshires. With no tests, no grades, and no prerequisites, OLLI classes are designed for those who enjoy learning, meeting interesting new people and exploring the Berkshire and beyond. To register for classes, call 413-236-2190 or go online. OLLI courses are designed especially by and for people 50 years and older, but everyone is invited to join and attend.

Weekly classes are held in Pittsfield, Lenox, Great Barrington and Williamstown this semester. Highlights include:

* The Fight to Vote: Kit Dobelle, former White House Chief

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North Adams Committee Mulling Plastic-Bag Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, April 09, 2018

General Government Committee members Paul Hopkins, left, Rebbecca Cohen and Chairman Eric Buddington were seeking more input before continuing the discussion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee wants more feedback as it considers a ban on single-use plastic bags.    Nearly three dozen people attended last Wednesday's meeting in City Council chambers, and giving views both for and against the proposal. Wide-ranging discussion lasted nearly an hour and led committee members to hold off on any discussion that evening.    "We've heard compelling arguments in several directions," said member Paul Hopkins. "I'm going to

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Steepleview Realty Celebrates 20 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Saturday, April 07, 2018

Segala bought the building at 63 Park St. a year after opening the company. She now has offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown. ADAMS, Mass. — Steepleview Realty celebrated 20 years in the Berkshires on Thursday.   Jennifer Segala started her business venture on April 1, 1998, and ever since has been going strong.   "I was just a young girl with a lot of gumption and I am just as ambitious as I was 20 years ago," Segala said at a small party held at her flagship office at 63 Park St.     Segala started at One Commercial Place but then purchased the Park Street building within a year of starting her business. Now Steepleview

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Police Close Investigation of North Adams Airport Commissioner
Staff Reports,
07:52PM / Friday, April 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A former Airport Commissioner Trevor Gilman has been cleared in an investigation into irregularities in the fuel account at Harriman-West Airport.    Gilman, a longtime flight instructor and volunteer at the airport, was dismissed from the commission in the last days of December by former Mayor Richard Alcombright.    On Friday afternoon, new Mayor Thomas Bernard confirmed that the case has been closed.    "It is safe to say he was cleared of improprieties," Bernard said. There was no expectation of any charges or further investigation. He said he was informed of the case's closure by state police.    Gilman

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Court Ruling Paves Way For Berkshire Museum Art Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Friday, April 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum can proceed with its planned sale of some 40 pieces of art after a Supreme Judicial Court ruling Thursday.   The ruling affirms the agreement the museum had reached with Attorney General Maura Healey in February which includes allowing the museum to sell Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barbershop, provided it remains on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum for 18 months. That agreement allows the art sale to proceed but only until the museum hits $55 million.   The museum is seeking to sell the artwork at auction through Sotheby's and raise some $55 million to reinvest. The museum had been financially struggling and looks

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@theMarket: The Trump Trade Bluff
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, April 06, 2018
This week, our fearless leader upped the ante on the tariff tiff with China. It went like this: Trump announced his list. China announced theirs. And at the end of the week, the president sees them one better. Aside from the volatility, it is causing in the stock markets, not much besides headlines has been accomplished.   Are you seeing the pattern yet? Think back to Trump's schoolyard diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. First, a furious exchange of tweets and name-calling between the two. That was followed by saber-rattling on both sides. More test missiles. Naval ships steaming toward the Peninsula. The media spent days explaining the "what ifs"

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