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Coalition Introduces Idea of 'Trauma-Informed' Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09PM / Monday, November 26, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's usually a lot of talking at Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forums.

At the most recent forum, however, there was more listening.

The group of about 60 guests -- meeting for the first time in The Green's new space at 85 Main St. -- gathered on Friday, Nov. 16, to watch "Resilience," James Redford's film that chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists and educators who are using cutting-edge brain science to develop trauma-informed communities.

The film lays out the science behind a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood that can trigger stress hormones that in turn


McCann Tech Hoop Shoot to Benefit Santa Fund
02:40PM / Monday, November 26, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The McCann Tech basketball team will host its second annual Hoop Shoot on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.   The free throw competition is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 with three age group divisions.   The entry fee is $5 per child with all proceeds going to the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund.   The winners will be recognized at midcourt before a McCann Tech varsity game and receive a trophy.


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

Biz Briefs: Pine Cobble School, Northshire Bookstore to Host Book Fair
12:13PM / Monday, November 26, 2018
By the book

Pine Cobble School and Northshire Bookstore will host their second annual collaborative book fair on the Pine Cobble campus from Nov. 28-30 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily. The fair is open to the community.

This event includes a specially curated selection of books for all ages. Books are thoughtfully chosen by Cynthia Quinones, Pine Cobble's literature ambassador, and the Northshire staff. Northshire Bookstore has won national awards for their quality selection and service.  

Books will be sorted into categories, with selections for very young children, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, young adult, adult fiction, and a few


North Adams' Commercial Tax Rate Likely to Break $40
Staff Reports,
02:39AM / Monday, November 26, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard is recommending the City Council reverse last year's shift in the commercial rate in an effort keep the residential rate from rising higher.    The council will vote on the tax classification for fiscal 2019 on Tuesday. Should the council approve, the commercial, industrial and personal property shift will go from 1.71 back to 1.73, where it had been for several years.   The rate was shifted more toward the residential side last year to prevent CIP taxes from exceeding $40 per $1,000 valuation. If approved, the CIP rate would rise from $39.85 to $42.10 per $1,000 valuation.   Four communities, all in Western


Rural Policy Advisory Commission Plans Dec. 6 Meeting in Pittsfield
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, November 26, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commonwealth's rural towns have older populations, smaller tax bases and poorer infrastructure than the rest of Massachusetts.   They also have greater numbers than a lot of people realize.   According to one definition of "rural," i.e. communities with population density of less than 500 people per square mile, nearly half of all Massachusetts municipalities are rural — including all but two, North Adams and Pittsfield, in Berkshire County.   In 2015, an act of the Legislature created the commonwealth's Rural Policy Advisory Commission, which began formal study of the problems facing low-density towns in June of this


Good Science at Work Inside Butterfly Magical Wings
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:57PM / Sunday, November 25, 2018

A male Argema mittrei, a Malagasy Moon moth, spreads its wings after just emerging from a silken cocoon. At right, two pupae in cocoons spun for climate control.  the   I walked down the road on Mount Greylock that leads to a parking lot for trekkers who want to traverse trails through the deciduous woodlands where the manifold wonders of nature unfold.   All around me were untold numbers of buds about to burst from their winter dormancy. Trilliums at ground level were showing tiny green leaves, not yet revealing their triad flowers so deep red or white, remindful of the three-cornered hats worn during Colonial days. Spring beauties were carpeting the forest


@theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street
By Bill Schmick,
11:11AM / Saturday, November 24, 2018
Black Friday sales are in full swing. Normally, today is all about the retail trade. Consumers spend the day waiting in line, picking up heavily discounted "door buster" deals, and generally starting their holiday gift shopping. This year, it appears traders are also holding their own Black Friday sales.   The day after Thanksgiving, the stock and bond markets are open for a half day. Few turn up for work, so trading desks are usually manned by a skeleton crew, volumes are light and the indexes meander about the center line. As such, what happens on Black Friday has little consequence in the grand scheme of things.   The real action is before a holiday, especially one


Birdsong Gallery Shoots for 'Feel Good' Vibe in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, November 23, 2018

In addition to merchandise and art at Birdsong, Brindel also has a selection of guitars from his collection. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After losing everything in a hurricane, partners Christian Brindel and Juliet Jones have made North Adams their home — and a place to start over.    They've poured their hopes into Birdsong Gallery on Eagle Street, a place they envision as a hub for artists, crafters, and musicians as well as another option for local shoppers.   "We were shooting from the hip and we had no idea what to expect but North Adams has a such a good vibe," Jones said. "We wanted this to be a feel-good place and it is


The Independent Investor: The Origin of Black Friday
By Bill Schmick,
05:58PM / Thursday, November 22, 2018
As you finish your turkey and prepare to get an early start on Black Friday shopping, you might wonder how shopping became such an integral part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The term has followed a circuitous route through our financial history.   Although the term "Black Friday" is a new phenomenon, its origins date back to the late 19th century. The term was first associated with a stock market crash on Sept. 24, 1869.   Two speculators, Jay Gould and James Fisk, tried to corner the gold market. This created a boom-and-bust atmosphere in gold prices. That volatility spilled over into stocks. Before it was all said and done, stocks lost 20 percent of their value, while


Abbott School Dessert Auction Raises Funds for Charity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Thursday, November 22, 2018

The pie auction began to include more different desserts a few years ago. This year, there seemed to be more cakes and cookies than pies.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Cakes, cookies, bars and, of course, pies were scooped in spirited bidding on Tuesday at the American Legion hall.    The annual Oh Be Thankful Pie & Dessert Auction hosted by Gabriel Abbot Memorial School is an annual event that benefits local charities and has become a tradition for many to bring home a dessert for Thanksgiving.   "I think it's wonderful because we have a school of 90 students they run a three-week food drive," said Principal Hiedi Dugal. "Last year, we raised


Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Thursday, November 22, 2018

Plymouth's state of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival. Image via Massasoit Community College.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 22. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Plantation continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate.

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a national holiday until 1941 when President Roosevelt signed a law setting it as


Frigid, Blustery Weather on Tap for Thanksgiving 2018
11:00AM / Wednesday, November 21, 2018

People spending time outdoors during Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday may face some of the coldest conditions on record in the Northeast for late November:

— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) November 20, 2018 Mother Nature is preparing a one-two punch for the Thanksgiving holiday.   Intense snow squalls will move through the region Wednesday afternoon and wind-chill factors could make Thanksgiving Day one of the coldest on record.    Snow squalls are currently moving across New York State and will enter the Berkshires around mid-afternoon. The National Weather Service is warning of "rapidly changing weather and


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