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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Schools to Stay Remote
11:58AM / Friday, February 05, 2021
CHESHIRE, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools and the Hoosac Valley Regional School District will remain fully remote with hopes of returning to a hybrid learning model after winter break.    Superintendents from the two school districts released letters to families and staff Friday morning indicating that their respective schools will remain in mostly fully remote learning models.   In North Adams, Superintendent Barbara Malkas reported that the community has hit public health benchmarks that justified moving to remote learning through Feb. 12. This would be the last day of school before winter break.   "The number of positive cases statewide and


North Adams Council to Review Housing Proposal for Sullivan School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, February 05, 2021

Sullivan School has been vacant and a target for vandalism since its closure in 2016. The proposal before the council sees the large classrooms as ideal for transforming into apartments.

NORTH ADAMS,  Mass. — The City Council will weigh in next week on a bid to turn the former Sullivan Elementary School property into 75 units of housing, most of which will be affordable. 

Xenolith Partners LLC of Bedford, N.Y., and SanoRubin Construction Services LLC of Albany, N.Y., are offering $10,000, well below the assessed value of $2,333,350 and requiring council to approval to proceed. It was the only bid on the property.   The bids were reviewed by the Proposer Selection


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

McCann's Stephen Perreault Receives Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, February 05, 2021

Superintendent James Brosnan makes a socially distanced presentation of the award at the school on Thursday to Stephen Perrault. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School senior Stephen Perreault was recognized Thursday during a small socially distanced award ceremony and given the Superintendent's Award.   "It is nice to have a tribute in this room for one of our No. 1 students," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "We have a great deal of pride that we are able to present this award to you."    Each year, superintendents across the state award one student with a Certificate of Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Massachusetts


North Adams Police Union Details Deficiencies, Health Risks in Police Station
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Friday, February 05, 2021

The original windows in the 1955 building are sealed around the edges with duct tape to keep out the drafts.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A decade ago, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown held his hand over a duct-taped original 1955 window in the police station to feel the cold draft coming through.    Brown's long gone but the tape is still on that window.    So are the water-stained ceilings, cramped quarters, missing and crumbling tiles, one frightening bathroom, broken cells, mildewed carpets and outdated heating system.    The deficiencies of the 66-year-old public safety building are well documented. Tours of the building over the years by the


North Adams Man Arrested in Capitol Riot
07:02PM / Thursday, February 04, 2021

This man, with the glasses and mask, is Brian McCreary, my coworker from Domino’s Pizza. #CapitolRiot

— Brian’s Coworker ⁷ (@ppkidiot) January 10, 2021 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A second Berkshire County man has been arrested in relation to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.    Brian McCreary, 33, of North Adams was arrested near Springfield on Thursday by agents from the FBI's Boston bureau.    McCreary is facing initial charges of two counts of entering a restricted building or grounds, and three counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct. A number of those arrested have had further charges


The Retired Investor: The Business of Space
By Bill Schmick,
06:11PM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
Space! It holds the promise of riches beyond our wildest dreams -- solar systems bursting with precious resources ripe for the taking. Just the idea of such prizes has set off a frenzied rush by global business entrepreneurs to claim stakes in this new frontier.   The private sector has increasingly pushed aside governments and their contractors in a frenzied bid to develop commercial space exploration. At the same time, using all their cost-cutting prowess to reduce the cost of putting people and objects into orbit, and that is only the first step.   This year, for example, there are three separate missions to Mars, which are scheduled to arrive in February. The Emirates


State Raises Occupancy Levels for Restaurants, Personal Services
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:58PM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
BOSTON — Occupancy levels for restaurants will be raised to 40 percent beginning Monday, Feb. 8, but informal gathering limits will remain in place for now.   The stay-at-home advisory and early closures regulation was lifted two weeks ago as cases and hospitalizations had trended downward. Gov. Charlie Baker said the restrictions put in place over the past couple months had helped to reduce the spike in cases seen over the holiday season.   "Since the start of 2021, the commonwealth has seen positive trends emerge as hospitalizations have decreased, and the percent of positive cases has declined at a steady rate, the same time our administration has continued to ramp

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MCLA Receives $20K From Berkshire Bank Foundation For Summer STEM Academy
11:56AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Bank Foundation has awarded MCLA $20,000 to fund the Berkshire Bank STEM Academy, which accepts up to 20 incoming first-year students enrolled in a STEM major or who have expressed interest in STEM fields.     According to a press release, the five day program is designed to introduce incoming students to careers in STEM. Students will network with STEM faculty, students, and staff in the interest of developing a deeper relationship with those involved in STEM careers in the Berkshires. The program's ultimate goal is to encourage more students to secure jobs in the Berkshires and remain here after graduation.    The


BRTA Releases New Mask Requirements
08:03AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Berkshire Regional Planning Authority will enforce new mask regulations per the Center for Disease Control and federal law.

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will: board only people who wear masks; instruct people that wearing a mask is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law; monitor for any person who is not wearing a mask and seek compliance from such a person; at the earliest safe opportunity, disembark any person who refuses to comply; and notify people of the requirement to make sure they aware of and comply with the requirement to wear a mask. People are


State Fire Marshal Announces Burn Awareness Week
04:06AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
STOW,Mass. —National Burn Awareness week is Feb. 7-13, 2021.   "Burn Awareness Week is an opportunity for fire, health, and medical professionals to review some simple safety steps people can take to prevent burn injuries at home, at work, and outdoors," State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said.   This year's theme from the American Burn Association is "Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!" While most electrical burn injuries occur in the work environment 48 percent over the past ten years, in 2019 an 11-year old suffered an electrical burn.   Electrical fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts. Using major


North Adams Arts Commission Seeking Input on Placemaking Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Public space for art — and where that art may have the most impact — are among the priorities being laid out in the city's public arts master plan.   The Public Arts Commission began the process last year of developing a plan that aligns with the city's master plan. The vision sees public art as part of the community's identity as an "arts destination and center for creativity" in terms of culture, community, economy and design.    The commission recently completed a section prioritizing placement of public art and is seeking feedback from the community. The draft can be found on the city's website.   Last


Baker: No Apologies for Prioritizing Vulnerable Populations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday once again defended his administration COVID-19 track record while saying that it has been open to responding to criticism throughout the pandemic.   In an appearance at Fenway Park to herald one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites, Baker was asked about those who continue to question the state's strategy to roll out vaccines by targeting specific populations on a phased basis.   Baker said he himself was not satisfied with all aspects of the state's response to COVID-19, but he was not going to apologize for the phased approach to vaccine distribution.   "The first thing I would say is I get how unhappy


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