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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 22 - Feb. 23
Staff Reports,
01:34PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 22.   Damien Armstrong, 18, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of home invasion, and assault in a dwelling house with a dangerous weapon.   He was released on $5,000 bail. Armstrong is accused of breaking into a house on Onota Street in Pittsfield on December 16, 2016 and assaulting a 27-year-old man inside.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Feb. 23.   Riley Nolan, 22, of Clarksburg had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of cocaine, and

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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting to Fix Budget Gap
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, February 24, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has set a special town meeting for Wednesday, March 15, to address a $250,000 budget gap for fiscal 2017.   The error in budgeting for this year was discovered by the state Department of Revenue in December. Some $200,000 in school choice revenue had been placed twice and other state charges on the town came in higher than initially proposed.   Voters will be asked to cut a total of $93,916 out of the town budget with four months left in the fiscal year. Another $71,000 will be taken from an line item approved last year to pay off the library construction loan and $85,000 will be taken from the stabilization account.    The

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No Trial Date Set in 2015 Adams Terrorism Case
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — It likely will be at least mid-June before there is any talk of a trial date in the case of the United States vs. Alexander Ciccolo.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson set June 20 for the next hearing in the case, which has dragged on for more than 18 months while the Adams man accused of federal terrorism offenses is held in a Rhode Island detention facility.

Robertson also ordered the exclusion of the time between Wednesday and June 20 from the speedy trial rules while Ciccolo's counsel and the U.S. Attorney's Office continue to discuss what evidence needs to be turned over to the defense.

On Wednesday, Assistant U.S.

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North Adams Misses Out on Downtown Funding
by Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Julie Gordon, director of marketing partnerships at Deluxe, speaks at the Small Business Revolution announcement.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A groan filled Club B10 on Wednesday afternoon as Bristol Borough, Pa., was announced as the winner of this year's The Small Business Revolution - Main Street.

The crowd at the Massachusetts Musem of Contemporary Art had hoped for North Adams to be the recipient of a $500,000 boost to the city's downtown and help for at least five of its small businesses.

"It was an absolute honor to be nominated," said City Councilor Benjamin Lamb, one of the leaders of the local effort. "It was an absolute pleasure to see everyone come

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Donates $5,000 to Berkshire Dream Center
12:43PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great dream: Stop & Shop North Adams store presented a check for $5,000 to the Berkshire Dream Center. Stop & Shop associate Karen Britten and store manager Dan Jowett presented the check to Dream Center founder and executive director Katelynn Miner.

The Berkshire Dream Center began from the vision that Miner received during her trip to the Los Angeles Dream Center in 2007. The LA Dream Center was founded by Pastor Matthew and Tommy Barnett in 1994 and is a volunteer driven organization that has more than 273 different types of outreaches. In the summer of 2011, the Berkshire Dream Center was founded and found its home in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsfield. Shortly after

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Boston Seafood Defends Chowder Cook-off Title
11:02AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 18.

More than 4,000 samples were served from noon to 2 p.m., resulting in 456 ballots cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award. Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first place mark, two points for each second place mark and one point for every third place mark.

Coming in first place with 464 points was Boston Seafood

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Use Your Tax Refund Wisely
10:49AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's tax time again – which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you're going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage?

Of course, it's always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund could be sizable – the average amount in 2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS – so putting this money to work could help boost your progress toward your financial goals.

Here are some possibilities for using your refund:

* Help fund your IRA. If you were to receive a tax refund of $2,857, you'd have slightly more than half of the $5,500 annual IRA contribution limit for 2017,

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 22-28
10:20AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
February 22-28
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$30 Million Expansion Project Planned for Tanglewood
Staff Reports,
09:01PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

An artist rendering of the exterior of the new campus. LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is planning to build a $30 million complex to enhance its offerings.   The orchestra announced the investment on Tuesday night. The four-building complex is being designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and will be the focus point of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute.   The complex is expected to open in summer 2019 and is being designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which designed the Seiji Ozawa Hall. It will be the largest building project at the site since the 1994

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Clarksburg School Project Can Keep Original Well
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Superintendent Jonathan Lev speaks at Thursday's School Building Committee meeting.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The state Department of Environmental Protection says Clarksburg School can continue to use its original well as long as its meet specifications during any renovation.  

Officials have been unsure about the continued use of the well since an initial school survey done a decade ago.

Architect Kristian Whitsett of Jones Whitsett Architects told the School Building Committee last week that DEP had informed him that the project could utilize the original well near the administrative wing of the building — as long as any work stays within the footprint of the original

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AAU Girls Basketball Team Seeks Players
10:00AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Team "Squad" is looking for seventh- and eighth-grade girls interested in playing limited AAU Basketball from March to June 2017.   The emphasis will be on basketball skills, and the team will face teams out of Berkshire County, including from Albany, Saratoga, Springfield and Hartford area.   Please contact Michael Balcom at (413) 446-5370 or email at MKFB397@gmail.com for more information.

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