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Letter: Towle Deserves Our Vote
Letters to the Editor,
09:12PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
To the Editor:

Kevin Towle has earned and deserves our vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10, as the nextstate representative for the 1st Berkshire District.

Kevin Towle has continued the great work of the Honorable Gailanne Cariddi whom we lost in June.

If you stopped by the office in recent months, you would see every bill she sponsored listed on the wall. He explained to me that he was going to work to see every one of those bills passed. To do that, he has worked diligently and effectively with the commonwealth legislators and Western Massachusetts delegation.

This summer Kevin assisted me with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to have my Senior Circuit Breaker funds released. For low-income


Letter: Bosley Understands Community Issues
Letters to the Editor,
09:00PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, voters of the 1st Berkshire District will head to the polls to vote in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the recent passing of state Rep. Gail Cariddi.

Gail was a strong, compassionate, hardworking advocate for the people of Berkshire County. Her death is a loss to her family, community and state. Hers are a very large pair of shoes to fill! We are fortunate to have a candidate whom I believe is ready and capable of doing just that.

Stephanie Bosley, a native of North Adams, has my vote. She is an intelligent, articulate woman with knowledge of the issues which our community faces. More important, Stephanie has a plan to address these


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

Letter: Stephanie Bosley Has Best Attributes in a Candidate
Letters to the Editor,
07:05PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the editor:

This month, I will vote for the first time in the United States. After living in the Williamstown area for over 16 years, I finally became a U.S. citizen in January 2017. I am so pleased that my first vote will go to a candidate that I can wholeheartedly support. Stephanie Bosley exhibits all the attribute I want in a candidate. She is intelligent, thoughtful, creative, energetic, a good listener.

Since I wanted to participate as fully as possible in my first election, I attended a "meet the candidates" session at the Williamstown Youth Center. I went with an open mind, eager to hear and see how our potential candidates represent themselves. I wanted to get a


Letter: Blackmer Right Choice for 1st Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the Editor:

The 1st Berkshire district needs a strong advocate in Boston. This person needs to be willing to make the trips to the State House and still have the energy to visit each community that is represented. This person needs experience in state and local government and also needs to employ the tenacity to stand up and fight for our district.

It is tough to find all of these qualities in one person but Lisa Blackmer has all of them.

Lisa has proven her willingness to go to Boston for us, because she has done it for the last six years. I know she has the energy to be in every community because she tirelessly attends events and forums across the district.

I have had the pleasure of


Consider Multiple Factors When Creating Retirement Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:24PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement?

Consider the following:

Age at retirement: Not surprisingly, your retirement date likely will be heavily influenced by your financial situation – so, if you have to keep working, that's what you'll do. But if you have a choice in the matter, your decision could have a big impact on your investment strategy. For example, if you want to retire early, you may need to save and invest more aggressively than you would if you plan


Area artists rally to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center
11:43AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 area artists are joining their creative forces to make 100 hand-painted ceramic mugs in support of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The project, Vessels for Change, will culminate in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m.

For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center donors will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website.

Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 4-10
11:32AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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North Adams School Committee Member Objects to Student Dress, Phone Use
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

School Superintendent Barbara Malkas reviewed the legal reasoning behind the district's dress code.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School Committee member Mark Moulton says he's been approached by nearly two dozen citizens critical about cellphone use and attire of students at Drury High School.     "People have a perception of Drury ... Drury is doing great. My two daughters went there and got an excellent education," he said. "I don't have a problem with the educational process there, I have a problem with some of these things we're too lax on."   Moulton, who is ending his service on the committee this year, asked that both


Alibozek Wins MASCAC Golf Title; MCLA Hosts, Finishes Third
10:05PM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Salem State University golf team swept both the team and individual honors this afternoon in the 2017 MASCAC Championship hosted by MCLA and Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The Vikings turned in a team score of 305 to outdistance Westfield State by seven shots. Viking senior Chad Alibozek of Adams took home medalist honors with a one over par score of 73.     Alibozek led all five Vikings, who all shot 79 or better. The long hitting senior went out in two over par 37 before heating up on the back nine. Alibozek parred the first two holes on the inward nine before birdieing the par 4, 12th hole. He bogeyed the 13th hole, but then got that shot back


Norad Mill Continues to Fill Up in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Norad Mill continues to fill up with businesses, with owner David Moresi calculating the 100,000 square-foot building will be three-quarters full by the beginning of next  year.   "We're getting there," Moresi told the Planning Board on Monday after it approved six businesses and a site plan. "Honestly, our goal, and we're on target, is by Jan. 1 is to be about 75-80 percent."   The local real estate developer purchased the former Excelsior Mill from Crane & Co. this past spring for $47,500 with the object of revamping the mill to service small and medium-sized businesses that need room to grow. He expected to


Letter: Bosley Endorses Daughter for State Representative
11:00PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

To the Editor:

During this election to succeed Gail Cariddi in the 1st Berkshire District, I have heard and read about everyone's experience and how that makes them uniquely qualified to be the next state representative. After serving for 24 years in this position, I am the only one who has actually been in this position at the State House. That is why I am voting for Stephanie Bosley.

Yes, it is natural to endorse your own daughter for this position, but I would vote for her if her name was Stephanie Smith. I truly believe that she is the best person for this job. There are many reasons for this.

First and foremost, the most important quality for the next representative is that they

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Blackmer Releases Economic Development Plan
10:45PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lisa Blackmer, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Berkshire District, outlines below her goals for economic development in Northern Berkshire:   In 2001, I traveled to Belgium and Luxembourg as part of a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program, a program focused on cultural and vocational interactions. I had recently worked for North Adams' Downtown Development Inc. so my vocation was described as economic development or développement économique in French. When I arrived, they had me visiting nursing homes and hospitals.   They thought I was a social worker.     Isn't that really what economic


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