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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Pittsfield Chief, Citizens Make Commitment to Social Change
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:24PM / Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Rev. Sloan Letman IV describes the efforts for systemic change as part marathon, part marriage: both require years of commitment and mutual support. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When asked if Pittsfield Police were committed to the process of engaging in the hard work of building an equitable society, the simple answer of Police Chief Michael Wynn is "yes."   His response capped a rally and procession on Sunday afternoon, "Together We Breathe," organized by Berkshire Interfaith Organizing to honor Black Lives Matter, from City Hall to Durant Park where the procession also answered in the affirmative to be a partner with police in

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'Eight Men Out': Say It Ain't So, Joe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into 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

Adams Community Bank Taps New VP of Commercial Lending
12:46PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Tracy McConnell joined Adams Community Bank as vice president of commercial lending. 

McConnell, a seasoned veteran in commercial lending, joins ACB with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, having worked in other financial institutions in Berkshire County.

"We are thrilled to have Tracy as part of our Commercial Lending Division. Her extensive lending background and broad knowledge of the commercial industry strengthens our core team as we meet the growing needs of local business owners and commercial borrowers," said Charles O’Brien, President and CEO.

As vice president of commercial lending, McConnell will focus on further


Temple Anshe Amunim Names New Rabbi
11:38AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch has been named the permanent spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Amunim, a congregation serving the Reform Jewish community of Pittsfield, effective July 1.

Rabbi Hirsch has served the congregation in an interim role for the last two years supporting their period of transition.

"In the last two years, Rabbi Hirsch has become a beloved member of our congregational community. In good times and bad, particularly during this pandemic, she has provided our members with wisdom, stability, inspiration and forward thinking," said Joshua M. Cutler, president of Temple Anshe Amunim's Board of Trustees for the last two years. "As we


Greylock Federal Names Chief Administrative Officer
11:11AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — JamieEllen Moncecchi has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Greylock Federal Credit Union. 

Her areas of responsibility now include administration, marketing, community partnerships and support, board governance and human resources.

"JamieEllen has always demonstrated strong and capable leadership and has continued to expand her role through hard work and a long list of achievements," said President/CEO John L. Bissell. "She is one our most trusted employees and I congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

Moncecchi joined Greylock in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in a


@theMarket: Markets Fear New Virus Surge
By Bill Schmick,
09:15AM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
Thursday happened to be one of the worst days for the market all year. Stock indexes dropped between 5-6 percent in the blink of the eye as the number of COVID-19 cases spiked higher in several states. Was that simply an excuse to sell, or should we be worried about a second surge?   As far as a second surge is concerned, I don't know what Wall Street is talking about. We are still in the initial phase of the pandemic. All that has happened is that a number of states are playing catch up with ground zero states like New York, New Jersey and California. Of course, it doesn't help that most states, like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, etc., have all but ignored the

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Drury High Names Top Students for 2020
12:03PM / Friday, June 12, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Francisco Alicandri and Holly Boudreau are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Drury High School class of 2020.    Alicandri, son of Linh Brown of North Adams, the boys vice president of his class, a member of Student Council, and the student representative to the North Adams School Committee. He also is a student ambassador, a volunteer at Berkshire Food Project and the founder and president of Drury's math club.   He has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses as well as dual enrollment courses at both Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams  College and has been inducted into both the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito


The Retired Investor: The Virus & the Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
11:19AM / Friday, June 12, 2020
Once upon a time, the world suffered from a pandemic. The global stock markets collapsed. The world's labor force disappeared, and the economies in every corner of the world plunged. All seemed lost until one day, the virus mysteriously disappeared, and every one lived happily ever after.  If you liked that fairy tale, I also have a bridge I can sell you.   Don't say we were not warned. Every epidemiologist that wasn't on the government's payroll has been sounding the alert to prepare for a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. So why didn't we listen? There are a number of reasons.   Number one, it is an election year. If the economy doesn't show signs


Drury Class of 2020 Ready to Make History
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, June 12, 2020

Valedictorian Francisco Alicandri spoke of the three Rs of respect, responsibility and resilience the school had instilled in them. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was graduation certainly like no other since the first Drury ceremony 144 years before.    Vehicles festooned with balloons and congratulatory messages drove up to "Mother Drury on the hill"; from each a graduate disembarked to walk the blue carpet to collect plaques and diplomas set out on a table as any scholarships and awards were announced, posed for pictures, got back into the vehicle and down the hill.    Above the front steps to the school was this year's class

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Clarksburg Write-in Candidate Wins Seat in Light Turnout
Staff Reports,
10:42PM / Thursday, June 11, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A surprise write-in candidate has won a seat on the Select Board.    Allen M. Arnold garnered 86 write-in votes on Thursday to beat Karin V. Robert, a former board member who had been the only candidates to take out papers. Robert earned 72 votes.    However, she did win a vacant five-year seat on the Planning Board.    Longtime moderator Bryan Tanner was also written in with 23 votes but he had indicated last year, when he was also written in, that he wasn't interested in continuing. It's not clear if he will accept the post.    Ernest Dix was returned as tree warden with eight votes and current School Committee


MassDOT Offering Municipal Grants to Outdoor Dining, Mobility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito explains the $5 million Safe Streets program to provide municipalities aid developing outdoor spaces and routes for the public and businesses. BOSTON — Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.   The grant program, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, is designed to address the Phase 2 reopening that allows restaurants to offer outside seating and other businesses to open their doors to limited access.   The novel coronavirus pandemic has created issues around safe mobility and physical distancing, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday

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Two BCArc Site Managers Promoted to Residential Supervisors
11:32AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County ARC has promoted two site managers to residential supervisers.

Jamie Sigoski was recently promoted to residential supervisor, where she oversees the operations of four group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Previously she supervised a home in Lanesborough. 

Sigoski joins a team of nine supervisors, who, collectively, oversee BCArc's 43 homes across Hampden and Berkshire counties.  

A Pittsfield native and mother, she has worked at several human service agencies, and for a variety of programs at BCArc. 

"Years ago I saw myself in early childhood education, but after I took a job at BCArc, I fell in love with


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