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'The Lion King': Reigns On
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:19PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
Watching director Jon Favreau's spectacularly buoyant homage to the circle of life, I bemoaned not having had a little niece or nephew on loan to give me the moppet point of view. As Art Linkletter noted, kids say the darnedest things, and a quote from Taylor or Max would have at least facilitated an opening paragraph. Hey, I'd of credited them.    But then, as "The Lion King's" joyous, action-filled and altruistic wisdom unreeled before my consistently amazed eyes, it came to me. It was a Ponce de León of the mind. Blown away by the seamlessly elegant, completely infatuating majesty of the special effects, the eight-year-old in me was, for 118 engaged


The Independent Investor: Make Vietnam Great Again?
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
Funny things happen when our government starts tinkering with the economy in a big way. Unpredictable results, unintended consequences, and confusion often result. U.S. tariffs on China is a case in point.   Now to hear it from the White House, slapping tariffs on imports from China is going to change the entire equation of how companies do business. As it becomes more expensive to import from China, Donald Trump promised that other foreign countries were going to flock to the U.S. creating more jobs, more tax revenues, and generally become a big part of "making the U.S. great again."   So far, the president is half right. Over 50 multinational companies have announced


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

Imagineers Welcome at Brayton Summer Science Camp
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Summer Science Camp at Brayton Elementary School is in full swing with the theme "Imagineering."   Just because school is out doesn't mean learning has to stop so 150 city pupils spent the month of July strengthening their science muscles.   "The theme this year has really lent itself to all sorts of fun and different ways to learn," teacher Susan Oliveri said. "It is not just topic specific ... we have gone in all sorts of directions structurally and with the foundations of science."   The goal of this year's camp, which is run through the 21st Century After-School Program, is to inspire campers to discover

Read More >>, Lifting Standards Earn Giorgi League Wins
09:57PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Justin Girard had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday to help defeat Waterman's Excavating, 52-42, in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Branon Hurst scored a game-high 18 to lead iBerkshires to victory.   Lukas Zelazo led Waterman's with 13 points. Sam Larabee and Nick Waterman added 12 and 11, respectively.   In Wednesday's other game, Lifting Standards beat Yard Work by Dan, 86-36.   Dionte Sandifer scored 20, and Keiland Cross had 14 points and nine rebounds for Lifting Standards.   Javi Osorio and Quentin Gittens scored 14 and 11, respectively, in the win.   Taverick


The Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Summit
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
01:18PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its summit, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Emerson String Quartet joined by Metropolitan Opera soprano Renée Fleming performing a world premiere, "Penelope," by pianist/composer/conductor André Previn; a highly engaging violin/piano recital focusing on the four uniquely captivating violin sonatas of Charles Ives performed by Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw; Maurice Ravel's sonic masterpiece, the "Daphnis et Chloé" ballet with Boston Symphony


Pretenders, Paul Taylor Dancers, Ragtime Among Top Events This Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
12:48PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Pretenders are coming to Mass MoCA on July 26.

If you love classic rock, Christie Hyde and the Pretenders are making a stop at Mass MoCA. If you're into dance, the Paul Taylor troupe visits the Pillow. And musical comedy aficionados can flock to the Mac-Haydn across the state line for "Ragtime."

Mass MoCA

This Friday, July 26, The Pretenders make what's being billed as the band's only North American appearance of the summer at Mass MoCA. It's a benefit, with proceeds from the concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians. Brooklyn-based C. Gibbs is the opening act with guests


Don't Chase Last Year's Mutual Fund Category Winners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The world of mutual funds can be confusing. With more than 9,000 funds on the market, how can you choose the ones that are right for you?

One way to start is by considering the various categories of mutual funds – and there are quite a few of them: Small Cap Growth, Large Cap Growth, Large Cap Value, Diversified Emerging Markets, Foreign Large Cap Blend and more – the list is extensive, and for many people, confusing.

However, with a little study, you can understand why these funds have their names – for example, a Small Cap Growth fund will contain stocks of smaller companies thought to offer growth potential. Once you know the goals of different categories of mutual


Bayliss' No-Hitter Highlights BABL Week
11:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tight races abound in the Berkshire Adult Baseball league, where just one game in the loss column separates the top three teams in the over-35 division and the top two teams in the 20-year-old division.   A key game in the 35s comes on Sunday in Lenox, where the first-place Berkshire Thunder (9-2) takes on the third-place Berkshire Bandits (7-3).   The division's second-place team, the Adams Aces (7-2) has two games in the next five days, playing Tunnel City at Alcombright Field on Wednesday and the Greenridge Gremlins at the Dalton Legion field on Sunday.   Last week in the 35-year-old division, Jarrett Bayliss threw a no-hitter to lead the Dalton Moneymakers past the


North Adams Council Debates Reappointment, OKs Hybrid Cruiser
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The council spent some time debating the reappointment of Paul Hopkins to the Redevelopment Authority. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A normally routine reappointment turned into an extended and sometimes heated debate at Tuesday's City Council meeting.    Mayor Thomas Bernard had recommended City Councilor Paul Hopkins be reappointed to the Redevelopment Authority, of which he has been chairman for at least a decade and a member since 2001.   But Councilor Marie T. Harpin objected that the administration didn't seem to be working to diversify the makeup of its boards and commissions. Two members had been members since 2001 and a third since


Gemini Gymnastics Returns With National Champion
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

McKenna Ferris, Madison Rathbun, and National Champion Sabrina Lakehal. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gemini Gymnastics had a busy season and returned from national competitions in Disney World last month with a championship.   Things are quiet during the summer at gymnastics school and although owner and instructor Amy Garner is enjoying a brief respite, there is always work to be done in preparation for another season of training and competition.   "They are on break now so we are just getting ready to do it all over again," she said. "Ninety percent of the kids moved up to the next level so we are going to teach them those levels and keep


SteepleCats Edge Vermont on the Road
12:34AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Shane Muntz hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the North Adams SteepleCats an 8-5 lead en route to a 10-8 win over Vermont on Tuesday in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   The SteepleCats went on to score two more runs in that inning to build a 10-5 margin that the Mountaineers could not overcome.   Muntz went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and Scout Knotts was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Matt Koperniak had a pair of hits and drove in a run.   Ben Shields earned the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing four earned runs in five innings of work.   Joseph Kemlage struck out six in 2-2/3 innings for a


Berkshires Beat: Clinton Church Restoration Awarded $75,000
01:32PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Clinton AME Zion Church outing (date unknown). Church grant

Clinton Church Restoration is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated to preserving African American history to receive grant support from National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (Action Fund). As part of the second class of Action Fund grantees, Clinton Church Restoration was awarded $75,000 to continue its efforts to restore and repurpose the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington as an African American heritage site and cultural center.

"We are honored to receive this grant and be in the company of so many worthy projects," said Wray Gunn,


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