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North Adams Council to Vote on Greylock School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Friday, July 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council will take up a borrowing authorization for the $65 million Greylock School project at a special meeting on Monday.    If it is approved, there will be a ballot vote for a debt exclusion in September for the city's $20 million portion of the cost.     The committee is planning a full-court press to convince citizens of the need for a new Greylock School to replace the closed 1965 building and the deteriorating Brayton Elementary that needs millions in repairs.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey said it was important for the members of the School Building Committee to attend Monday's meeting to show their support

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Late-Night Crash Takes Out Main Street Tree in North Adams
04:25PM / Friday, July 19, 2024

The truck has front-end damage; the tree is gone.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An errant pickup truck took out one of the trees on Main Street on Thursday night.    Police Lt. Anthony Beverly said dispatch was notified about 10 minutes to midnight that a vehicle was in the median. The incident is still under investigation but the drive is expected to be summonsed on criminal charges.    The driver was apparently headed west on Main Street when they veered into the median in front of the Berkshire Plaza.    The driver was the only occupant and was taken to the hospital. The truck incurred significant front-end damage on the driver's side and was

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Government Briefs: Cape Cod Bridges Funding & More
03:18PM / Friday, July 19, 2024
State Secures $1.72B Toward Cape Cod Bridges Project   The Healey-Driscoll administration is celebrating that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers winning nearly $1 billion in federal funding for the replacement of the Cape Cod bridges. The funding is from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program. This brings the total amount of federal funding secured for the project to nearly $1.72 billion, in addition to the $700 million in state funding pledged by Gov. Maura Healey’s administration.    "This is a game-changing award for Massachusetts. We’ve never been closer to rebuilding the Cape Cod

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MCLA Accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education
02:21PM / Friday, July 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received its decennial accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education.   NECHE is a voluntary, peer-based, non-governmental membership association that promotes educational excellence and quality assurance to its more than 200 members, all of which are degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. NECHE, through its membership, has established Standards for Accreditation to ensure quality, innovation, and student success across the evolving higher education landscape. The commission itself consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions as well as public members who have no

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BFAIR Appoints Director of Employee Development
01:55PM / Friday, July 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources has appointed Noelle Crawford as the new director of learning and employee development.    Crawford brings a wealth of experience in human resources and customer service to the organization, along with a strong educational background.    She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Massachusetts College of Liberat Arts and has built a diverse professional portfolio with roles including customer service representative for 403b plans, marketing specialist, and group benefits coordinator. She is well-versed in training, licensing, onboarding, leadership, human resources coordination, and Human

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Weekend Outlook: Blueberries, Festivals, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:43PM / Friday, July 19, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend, including a festivals, live music, and more.     See a list of Farmer's Markets here.    Editor's Pick    Mountain Day featuring Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield  Time: 1 to 10:30 p.m.   Dance to the rhythm of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and other performers as mountains surround you. The ski resort's Mountain Day festival returns, featuring performances by Bella's Bartok, Vaguely Pagan, Love Crumbs, Jackson Whalan, and, of course, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. Information here.      Multiple Days   Nature of our Mind Exhibit Art

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Sanford Mainers Down SteepleCats
10:47PM / Thursday, July 18, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Thomas Ellisen went four innings on the mound Thursday to lead the Sanford Mainers to a 10-4 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Luke Mistone went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for North Adams.   The SteepleCats (12-21) go to Rhode Island to play Ocean State on Friday.

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Brien Center Announces New President & CEO
02:28PM / Thursday, July 18, 2024

Diana L. Knaebe PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center, the leading provider of behavioral health services in Berkshire County, announces the appointment of Diana L. Knaebe as its new president and CEO effective July 1.   Knaebe brings more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health-care sector, holding key leadership positions across various renowned organizations. Her impressive track record includes leading non-profit and governmental organizations and serving on the board of a national behavioral health networking organization.   She was president of Memorial Behavioral Health and system administrator of Behavioral Health at Memorial Health System in

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Hundreds Still Without Power in North County, Stamford
12:11PM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024

A new pole is in place for a transformer on Main Road in Stamford. 

STAMFORD, Vt. — Nearly 18 hours after severe thunderstorms pummeled the region, hundreds of customers are without power. 

  The latest update estimates is that power will be back on at 2 p.m. in North Berkshire. Green Mountain Power's outage map could not provide an estimate on power restoration.     Many residents woke up to the sounds of chainsaws and generators on Wednesday morning as clean up from the storm continued.   Stamford was hit hard with trees blocking roads and broken utility poles. Some 499 customers in Stamford and Readsboro were without

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Thunderstorms Leave Downed Trees, Wires and Debris Across North County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:07PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A tree limb smashed in the cab on Mark Moulton's truck.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A severe thunderstorm hammered parts of North and Central County on Tuesday night, downing trees and limbs and leaving more than 8,000 customers without power.    The Berkshires, Eastern New York and parts of Southern Vermont were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The storm came through shortly after 6 p.m. with thunder and lightning and torrential rain.    Alerts and calls began streaming into dispatch and fire and police departments began calling in extra help.    When the rain let, the full extent of the damage could be seen —

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National Weather Service Issues T-Storm Watch
05:42PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
The Berkshires, Eastern New York and parts of Southern Vermont are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. on Tuesday.   There is a marginal to slight risk for severe thunderstorms for most of the region Wednesday. Thunderstorms may produce isolated to scattered instances of downed trees, tree limbs and power outages due to damaging wind gusts.   Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to weather.gov for more information about the following hazards.   Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions according to Standard Operating Procedures.  

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BCArc’s Golf Event Raises Funds for Individuals with Disabilities
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11:11AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County Arc raised $45,000 at its 29th annual Golf Classic held this summer at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The funds raised from the event go directly to individuals with disabilities for activities such as art classes, medical equipment, wheelchair swings, concerts, assistive technology, and dream trips to places like Disney, Celtics games, and deep-sea fishing.   The money also goes to scholarships to area high school students planning to pursue human service careers.   The lead supporters of the event this year were Berkshire Bank, Health New England, Greylock Federal Credit Union,  Notch Insurance Group, Synagex Modern IT, and

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