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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

MCLA Police Investigating Harassment Of Student
08:17AM / Monday, November 09, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating the alleged harassment of an MCLA student by three men on Ashland Street.   The MCLA Department of Public Safety released a safety alert Saturday, Nov. 7 noting that they are assisting the North Adams Police Department in an investigation of three men who allegedly harassed a female student this weekend.     The statement reports that on Nov. 6 around noon a female MCLA student was walking on Ashland Street where she was approached by three men. According to the alert, the men surrounded her and made derogatory and intimidating comments.   Suspect 1 was described as a white man in his early 20s with brown hair


North Adams Schools to Go Remote on 'Snow Days'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Monday, November 09, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The switch to virtual learning means snow days may be a thing of the past for the North Adams Public Schools.    The arrival of snow over the Berkshires last weekend had the School Committee questioning how the school system would handle the coming winter. Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Roberts-Morandi said the schools would switch to remote learning.   "In the event of inclement weather that would force the closing of schools, we shift to a fully remote learning though, and students will have both their synchronous and asynchronous instruction following their usual schedule," she told the School Committee last week. "This has been


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

County Democrats Celebrate Biden-Harris Presidential Win
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:44PM / Sunday, November 08, 2020

Mayor Linda Tyer speaks of Berkshires native Susan B. Anthony's efforts on voting rights that helped lead to the election of Kamala Harris as the first woman vice president.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was a day late, but county Democrats rallied on Sunday to celebrate the election of their presidential ticket.    Spontaneous celebrations broke out around the country — and in cities overseas — on Saturday afternoon when Joseph Biden was projected to become the nation's 46th president. His running mate, Kamala Harris was set to make history as the first woman elected vice president as well as breaking barriers as the first Black woman and first


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Sunday, November 08, 2020

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11:
Some federal and local

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Naumkeag Announces Third Annual Winterlights Event
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Saturday, November 07, 2020

STOCKBIRDGE, Mass. — Winterlights, an immersive holiday light display, will be returning for its third year at properties of the Trustees of Reservations beginning Thanksgiving weekend.

This event has attracted tens of thousands of people and is a tradition for many.

Winterlights will be held at two of the Trustees' beloved properties:Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton.

Naumkeag, the former mansion and gardens of Mabel Choate, is also celebrating their 60th anniversary as a museum this year.

The displays will run Tuesdays through Sundays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Jan. 2, at both locations. Naumkeag will be


@theMarket: Markets Enjoy a 'Biden Bounce'
By Bill Schmick,
05:30PM / Friday, November 06, 2020
The nation spent most of the week wondering who won the presidential elections. While lawsuits, protests, and dueling press conferences occupied the airwaves and internet, global stock markets spent the time discounting the results. Have markets already picked the winner?   A Joe Biden win, with a Democrat House, and a GOP-controlled Senate was the conclusion reached by the markets on Tuesday. The "blue wave" that investors had expected and believed would unleash trillions of dollars' worth of stimulus, run up the national debt, and cause long-term interest rates to rise, was off the table. Instead, we would face at least two, if not four, years of political inertia. As I


State Changes COVID Color Codes to Reflect Test Positivity Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Friday, November 06, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker Administration is changing the way it decides how municipalities are categorized as red, yellow or green for COVID-19 transmission and continuing its push to have public schools prioritize in-person instruction.   On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders announced what Baker called a "more nuanced" color coding system that takes into account test positivity rates instead of just incidence of COVID-19 per 100,000 of population.   And Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley joined Baker at his news conference to reinforce the idea that


North Adams Installs Christmas Trees for 2020
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:53PM / Friday, November 06, 2020

The sun shines through the tree donated by Debbie Sullivan as the crane swings it over to the trailer bed for the ride to Main Street.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The temperatures were in the 70s on Friday but signs the holiday season is close at hand were apparent with the delivery of this year's city Christmas trees.    "I look forward to this every year," Assistant Wire and Alarm Inspector Mitchell Meranti said. "We all do."   The first tree was delivered and installed at the top of Main Street a little after 9 Friday morning. It came from Windsor and was donated by Beth and Marcus Webb.   Meranti said it is the larger of the two


The Retired Investor: Polling Business Takes a Body Blow
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
There has been one clear loser thus far in the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections and it is not the candidates. The polling industry has gotten it wrong twice in a row. Can the industry survive that kind of mistake?   As votes across the nation continue to be counted, the pollsters and the media, which count on those polling results, are asking how Vice President Joe Biden's 10-point lead nationwide could have evaporated in the blink of an eye.    Political polling is a type of public opinion polling, which in the past (when done right), is a fairly accurate social science with established rules about sample size, random selection and margin of error. The top


'Planes, Trains and Automobiles': Conveys Friendship
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:21PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. 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


Berkshire Conservation District Receives State Grant
02:45PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
BOSTON — The Berkshire Conservation District received $25,000 from the state for phase 2 of their Nutrient Management Initiative program.    The Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $8.7 million in grant awards to municipalities and land trusts to support the acquisition and conservation of over 676 acres of land throughout the Commonwealth.    "Massachusetts' open spaces are a significant asset to our state, providing recreational opportunities to residents across the Commonwealth while also helping to build resiliency to the impacts of climate change," Governor Charlie Baker said.  "Our administration is proud to fund these


Mini Heatwave Warming Up the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
After a brief flirtation with winter, the Berkshires will see sunny skies and warming temperatures as a mini heatwave heads our way.    The jet stream will move north to allow a warmer air to flow through the Midwest and Northeast that could mean record high temperatures for this time of the year.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., describes Thursday as a "fairly quite, albeit atypical November day" with the biggest story being the "heat." Some communities have already reached into the 70s with more expected to follow over the next few days.    "The overall message being a prolonged period of well-above-average


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