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Northern Berkshire EMS Debuts at Ambulance Service's 40th Anniversary
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

The North Adams Ambulance Service gets its license around 1978 with longtime President Barbara Wagner in the middle.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Ambulance Service was created in 1978 to fill a void in emergency care in the city.   The closure of the private Mohawk Ambulance Service prompted a dedicated group of directors and about a dozen emergency medical technicians to form a new nonprofit to service the city and its environs.    Some 40 years later, its workforce is closer to 100 and it covers most of North Berkshire and a wide swath of Southern Vermont. It merged with Village Ambulance and it's ready to embark on its next chapter with a new name

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Harrington Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shirley Edgerton said Harrington has a better sense of the power of the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County.   "It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.   The local attorney said North Adams has the highest crime rate per capita in the state and Pittsfield ranks ninth.The district attorney's office, which had been occupied by David Capeless for the last 14 years, can do much more in a preventative manner than it has been doing, she said.   Harrington is now running

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

Jobs
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
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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   Curry College in Milton awarded

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Spirit of Caring and Celebration
03:16PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mary-Kay Senecal and Cindy Brightly of Crane Stationery received the Outstanding Campaign Coordinators of the Year Award.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way held its first annual Spirit of Caring Awards & Celebration on Thursday, May 17, recognizing three individuals in the community for their length and breadth of service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network, and the overall Northern Berkshire community: Alan Nelson, Richard Alcombright, and Christine Hoyt.

With more than150 guests in attendance to celebrate, James Birge, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason

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North Adams Happenings: May 23-29
12:42PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
North Adams Happenings: May 23 - 29   Save the

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You Can Still Gain Tax Benefits from Charitable Donations
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:34PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you've made charitable donations, it's been a win-win: You were able to provide support to a worthy organization and you received some valuable tax benefits.

But with the passage of the new tax laws, things may have changed considerably for many people. Are there still tax benefits to making a charitable donation?

Here's some background: Previously, you may have been able to deduct your charitable donations if you itemized deductions on your income tax return. So, for example, if you were in the 25

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Great Barrington, Berkshire Thunder Start Strong in BABL
08:11AM / Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Great Barrington Millers and Berkshire Thunder are off to fast starts in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League this season.   Each team has gone 2-0 to lead, respectively, the 20-year-old and over-35 divisions in the 13-team league.   Last week, the Thunder defeated the Outlaws, 14-0, behind three hits and three stolen bases from Bruce Blake. Rob Yeaton had two hits for the outlaws.   The Millers edged Lenox, 7-5. Scot McFarland hit a home run, and Chris Walker earned the win on the mound. Justin Hopkins had a double and an RBI for Lenox.   In last week’s other game, the Adams Aces won their opener, 8-0, over Tunnel City. Corey Swistak had a triple, and Jeremy

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North Adams Airs Concerns About Charter Spectrum
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mayor Thomas Bernard accused Spectrum of breaching its contract with the city. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Charter Spectrum representatives were lambasted by city officials and residents who aired some of their grievances with cable service and support.   Around 50 residents filed into the American Legion Post 125 Monday to ask questions, give testimony and bluntly complain to four spectrum representatives Brandon Roberts, George Doin, Anna Lucey and John Fogarty during a two-hour public hearing.   "This is a very important issue for our community and it is one that I have heard a great deal about," Mayor Thomas Bernard said. "I invite you to share your

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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
03:32PM / Monday, May 21, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

High Honors

Grade 12: Boucher, Noah; Chesbro, Benjamin; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gallagher, Teyah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kittler, Benn; Lemaire, Jacqueline; Reinhardt, Javen; Sartori, Nathan; Serrano, Joseph; Shepard, Paige; Smith, Zachary; Wojtaszek, Michael.

Grade 11: Bednarz, Ryan; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Bostwick, Christopher; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Fink, Elissa; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goyette, Megan; Harrington, Madison; Koch, Andrew; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Romaniak,

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Breaking: Adams Man Accused in Terror Plot Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 20-Year Sentence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
02:36PM / Monday, May 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Adams man accused by the government of plotting a terror attack and providing material support to the Islamic State pleaded guilty to all charges in federal court on Monday afternoon.

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, admitted to supporting ISIS, planning a terror attack at an unnamed college campus outside Massachusetts, illegally possessing firearms and assaulting a nurse at the Franklin County Jail on the first night of his incarceration during a 50-minute hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.   According to a plea agreement negotiated between Ciccolo’s lawyers and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ciccolo would be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a

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Berkshires Beat: Roots Rising Enters New Phase
01:40PM / Monday, May 21, 2018
Rise up

Roots Rising, Pittsfield's farm-based youth development program, was developed in collaboration by Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden, and launched in 2017. Now that the program is in operation, the two organizations have agreed to shift to a single managing organization. This will ensure the most efficient oversight of the program’s continued growth and success. Effective immediately, Roots Rising will become a program of Alchemy Initiative, with Berkshire Botanical Garden stepping aside as a program partner.

Both Alchemy Initiative and Berkshire Botanical Garden are extremely proud of Roots Rising's achievements in its first year of operation. In

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, May 21, 2018

Keith Bona checks out his piano at Memorial School.  ADAMS, Mass. — More than a dozen pianos are being transformed into singular artworks to evoke the county's musical and artistic heritage.    Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.    Sue MacVeety of Sheffield had come prepared with primer, covering her selection with its first base coat of white. Keith Bona of North Adams picked a large upright and was planning out a celestial concept and figuring how he might use the frame-like back.   "This

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