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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

BRPC Weighs in on State's Plan to Overhaul Land Use Regs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC supports the state's push to overhaul land use regulations. But, the specifics in the bills from the House and Senate have raised some concern.   For months, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's regional issues committee has been pouring over the details of the massive omnibus bills. Two bills are going through the legislative process now — one from the House and one from the Senate — with similar changes to zoning and other land use regulations.   "This topic of land use legislation in Massachusetts, this very antiquated state, has been a legislative topic for almost as long as I've been here," Executive


Blackmer Kicks Off Campaign for Legislature
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, July 28, 2017

Blackmer is one of five candidates so far announced for the 1st Berkshire seat. ADAMS, Mass. — It was not quite Christmas in July, but it was a tale of Yuletide sacrifice and hope that Lisa Blackmer used to kick off her campaign in the special election to fill the vacant 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives.   Before a group of about 30 well-wishers at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant, Blackmer on Thursday recalled how as a child growing up in Williamsburg, she was stunned when her classmates started to believe there was no Santa Claus.   "I said, 'My parents don't have any money. My dad's not working. My mom's taking care of us.


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

Brayton Students Take On North Adams Police in Kickball
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Thursday, July 27, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 40 Brayton Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade Summer Science Camp students swarmed the softball diamond Tuesday to face off against the Police Department in the Cops vs Kids Kick Ball game.

"The kids love it," Lt. Jason Wood said. "They really get into it."

Wood, who organized the game with retired teacher James Holmes at Brayton Field, said the game was an extension of the Running With the Law program in which students jogged with a convoy of police officers.

"We did a kickball game with the Running With the Law kids here before ... and we thought it would be fun to play with the summer camp kids and have a picnic


North Adams Airport Commission to Discuss Alleged Conflict of Interest
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, July 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission will sit down with city representatives and airport users to discuss an alleged conflict of interest on the commission.   Attorney Leonard Cohen, of Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook of Pittsfield, attended the commission's Tuesday meeting representing airport users Michael Milazzo, Brian Doyle and Bruce Goff and requested the meeting.    "I am not here for the purpose of fighting World War III and ... I would rather handle this situation working with you than against you," Cohen said. "I am here to meet with you and to come with an open mind and hear what it is you have to say."   The


Downstreet Art July Event Features Performances, Exhibits, Bike Ride
02:42AM / Thursday, July 27, 2017

Like Riding a Bicycle Library, photo by Brett Hunter. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art returns on Thursday for its July events.    A program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, the arts fest will feature a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, and a community bike ride.   Thread Ensemble of Boston is the convergence of three musicians: Abigale Reisman and Rachel Panitch on violins, and Andria Nicodemou on vibraphone and percussion. Thread formed via an Ensemble Fellowship at New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships Department in 2012. They will perform original,

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North Adams Arts Commission Urges Bridge Artists Work Together
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Public Arts Commission is urging the community arts group that created the mill children murals to work with the museum.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Arts Commission is asking both sets of artists whose work is under the Veterans Memorial Bridge to find some kind of compromise.    Two months ago, community-sponsored murals on the bridge's pillars were painted over by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to restore a previous work, "Harmonic Bridge."   Both pieces predate the establishment of the commission and neither had more than a verbal agreement with city. Nor did the museum approach the commission for permission to paint over


Bicycle Project Offers Events at North Adams' Downstreet Art
11:26PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art and the local bicycle culture will come together on Thursday at 5 p.m.    "Like Riding a Bicycle" is a project created by Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter that celebrates the skills North Adams residents have, how they learn those skills and how they share what they know with others.    Between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, community members can stop in at the Design Lab, 49 Main St., to participate in recorded interviews to share their skills, what they know, and what things they would like to learn. There will also be the opportunity to do this during the week of July 24 at the Design Lab.    Also at the Design


Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.


Girard, Wiggins Lead Teams to Giorgi League Wins
10:57PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Justin Girard scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday to lead Moresi & Associates to a 68-41 win over the NA Celtics in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Rick Harrington scored 16, and Chris Piscioneri had a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards in the win.   Billy Galipeau scored 13, and Ethan Sheldon added 10 for the NA Celtics.   In Wednesday's other game, Joe Wiggins scored 15 to lead four players in double figures as Yard Work by Dan defeated Frank Field Contracting, 66-33.   Lavonte Wiggins had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Shaq Ardrey and Tank Roberson scored 13 and 11, respectively for


Valley Claims Doubleheader Sweep from North Adams
10:46PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats were swept in a doubleheader on Wednesday night, dropping a 2-1 decision in nine innings in the opener before losing 5-3 in the nightcap at Mackenzie Stadium.   Valley clinched a playoff spot with the victory in the second game of the night.   In the opening game of the doubleheader, the SteepleCats allowed just one hit to the Blue Sox, but suffered a 2-1 loss in nine innings. The SteepleCats took a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning between the efforts of Blake Whitney (South Carolina Upstate) and Braxton Wilks (Abilene Christian).   Valley scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, an unearned run


BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over what they say is chronic understaffing.   By Wednesday, more than two-thirds of nurses eligible to vote had said "yes" to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike should it feel one is necessary. The vote was taken over two days, this week and last week. Should a strike be called, the hospital would have a 10-day notice.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses are standing up together for our patients, our colleagues, and our community because we care," reads a statement from Alex Neary, co-chair of the local bargaining committee for


Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our


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