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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Letter: Statement of the Lenox Democrats Regarding Smear Job on Alex Morse
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, August 24, 2020

To the Editor:

We, the Lenox Democratic Town Committee, condemn the Massachusetts Democrats and the Massachusetts College Democrats for their deplorable conduct with respect to candidate Alex Morse for Congress. The public may not know that the Massachusetts College Democrats are actually a branch of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and not a separate organization. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is supposed to be neutral regarding Democratic candidates battling it out in primaries. Rather than maintaining this neutrality, the state party allowed the Massachusetts College Democrats to issue a scathing and slanderous rebuke of candidate Alex Morse. Compounding the matter, they allowed


COVID-19 State Briefs: Jobless Benefits Continue, Wifi Hotspots Extended
06:43PM / Monday, August 24, 2020
BOSTON – Massachusetts' application to receive grant funding to pay an additional weekly unemployment benefit to claimants under the federal Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance program has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The application was submitted late last week by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Department of Unemployment Assistance.   Per FEMA's authorization, the grant will fund an additional $300 weekly payment to those who are eligible for the three weeks ending 8/1/20, 8/8/20, and 8/15/20. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has already begun work on the technology


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

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Nearing Fundraising Goal
09:41AM / Monday, August 24, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is nearing its Opening Doors to Nature capital campaign goal of $1.2 million to address the sanctuary's aging facilities   Through donations, Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is now within $200,000 of its $1.12 million goal to fund the program barn expansion project.   The capital campaign was created to help ensure the sanctuary's aging facilities are brought up to date, with a focus on accessibility and related amenities.   The centerpiece will be an energy-efficient addition to the 18th-century program barn that includes modern restrooms, expanded lobby area, expansive decking,


IMPROMPTU: Six Artists in the Time of COVID
08:27AM / Monday, August 24, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— For the first time in its history, the Eclipse Mill Gallery is presenting an online-only exhibition featuring six artists working with diverse mediums.

Artists Dawn Nelson, Linda O'Brien, Opie O'Brien, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Sutro, and Betty Vera are featured in Impromptu that not only reflects the artists' impulse to show their work together, but also their individual responses to materials and techniques, modes of artistic expression, and the challenges of making art while coping with dramatic, unpredictable events amid a rapidly expanding global pandemic and widespread social unrest.

Pursuing new directions in her large abstract paintings, Dawn


Letter: Neal for Congress
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Sunday, August 23, 2020

To the Editor:

I am urging voters to vote for Richie Neal on Sept. 1. I have known Richie for many years and know that he cares deeply about Western Mass and his constituents. I also know that he has delivered for us time and again.

For those of us who remember what it was like to lose General Electric or Sprague Electric, we remember the shock and the pain that rippled through our community. The Berkshires cannot afford to neglect our major employers or lose jobs again. And make no mistake, jobs in the Berkshires are on the ballot this year.

On one hand, we have Richie Neal who has brought millions of dollars to Berkshire Medical and our health-care systems. On the other hand, we have


MCLA Welcomes Six New Faculty Members
10:37AM / Sunday, August 23, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Six new faculty members will be joining the MCLA community for the college's fall semester: Lisa Arrastia, Thomas Burton, Whitney Gecker, Sharon Head, Sudipto Sarkar, and J. Antonio Templanza. 

• Dr. Lisa Arrastia joins MCLA's Education Department as assistant professor of education. Her fields of concentration are audioethnography, critical childhood studies, and critical race theory. Her scholarship investigates the pedagogies of culture, racial capitalism, masculinity, and the intersections of race, social class, place, and school. 

Originally from New York City, Dr. Arrastria has a Ph.D. in American Studies from University of Minnesota,


Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Donating Personal Protective Equipment for Schools
10:20AM / Sunday, August 23, 2020
'Round-up for the Schools'

Carr Hardware, a family-owned business for more than 90 years, has launched “Round-up for the Schools” to benefit the local Berkshire County school districts. Carr Hardware is offering all their customers the option to round-up the final cost of their purchases to the nearest dollar. Carr Hardware will then match those donations and purchase needed personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, sanitizer and other needs they can secure, to donate to our local schools. Carr Hardware also will have collection jars stationed at all locations for customers to donate.

"If there is a chance at defeating this pandemic and have students


Air Purifying System Helps Business Owners Keep Customers, Employees Safe
08:15AM / Sunday, August 23, 2020

Business owners have an important tool to help keep their customers and employees safe during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Beyond Guardian Air is a smart solution for any business, purifying air and reducing viruses and bacteria 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is proven to reduce airborne and surface contaminants, enhances health and quality of life, purifies the air and surfaces and reduces odor, removes harmful gasses, protects from recontamination as people enter and move around the area, and delivers measurable and proven results.

The system uses a revolutionary technology called "photocatalytic oxidation" (PCO), which uses a combination of UV light and titanium


Summer Jazz Camp Brought Music to Bowe Field
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Saturday, August 22, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Day Camp was in full swing at Bowe Field this past week.   Playing a musical instrument with others has topped the list of things not allowed during the pandemic, but musical director Richard Boulger found a way to make it happen.   "I thought let's go for it," Boulger said. "So we have been very ambitious...what better time than now to celebrate life with music."   Wind instruments require the player to blow air through the instrument creating spit. It is also impossible to play while wearing a mask. This is not optimal during a pandemic so the camp, that is typically held at Hoosac Valley High


Thompson Stepping Down as Director of Mass MoCA
Staff Reports,
06:44PM / Friday, August 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's first — and so far only — director is stepping down after leading the nation's largest contemporary museum for more than three decades.   Joseph Thompson, who has been at Mass MoCA's helm since its founding in 1988, announced Friday his plans to step down as director. He will stay on for the next 12 months as special counsel to the Board of Trustees. In this new role, Thompson said he will focus on institutional advancement and special projects. The Board of Trustees plans to conduct a search for a new permanent director considering both internal and external candidates.    Deputy


@theMarket: Market's Window Getting Smaller
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, August 21, 2020
This week the benchmark S&P 500 Index made a minor new high for the year. While that is cause to celebrate, the question to ask is how much further can we climb in the face of a slowing economy before suffering a meaningful pullback?   Over the last few months, investors have been warned by just about every economist worth their salt that the country needs another jolt of federal stimulus. It has not happened. You can cast blame on whomever you want for that failure, but none of that matters to the over one million American workers who lost their jobs in the past week.    Even the Federal Reserve Bank, in releasing its July 28-29 Federal Open Market Committee meeting


North Adams RMV Reopening for Drop-Off Services
11:52AM / Friday, August 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Registry of Motor Vehicles office will reopen on Monday, Aug. 24, for drop-off registration and title services.    The local branch of the RMV has been closed since March as the state shifted operations online and postponed or extended deadlines during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The North Adams branch is one of eight locations being used for drop-off paperwork that can be completed within several business days.   Because of capacity, safety and public health limitations for maintaining social distancing, general appointments will not yet be available for customers at the North Adams Service Center.   Registration Drop Off Centers are

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