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North Adams City Council Sets Fiscal 2024 Tax Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:26AM / Wednesday, November 29, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The average residential property tax bill will go up by $103.85 for fiscal year 2024 under a tax distribution plan OK'd by the City Council on Tuesday.   On a vote of 6-2, the eight members in attendance chose to follow the path recommended by the Board of Assessors and use a 1.715 shift differential from the residential to the commercial class of real estate.   That is the same differential the council authorized last year for FY23 after lengthy debate that stretched over two meetings and a 5-4 vote.   This time around, Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Peter Oleskiewicz, who voted in the minority a year ago, joined four of the councilors who

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Clarksburg VFW Welcomes Santa, Presents Donations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The VFW gave out donations to local groups including the Clarksburg Fire Department. See more photos here.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9144 played Santa Claus on Sunday (with a little help from the jolly old elf) at the town's tree lighting.    The post handed out nearly $10,000 in donations to worthy organizations.    Santa arrived on a fire truck with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department and was greeted with cheers but a large crowd of children. He helped VFW members Joseph Bushika and Edward Denault in lighting the young tree, which replaced an older permanent tree.   The crowd headed to the pavilion for

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BHS Announces North Adams Regional Hospital Leadership
02:00PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has recently announced the newly appointed leadership team of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH).   Long-time BHS employee Laurie Lamarre, MHA, will lead the team in the role of Vice President of NARH. Lamarre will be joined by fellow members of the NARH leadership team: Senior Director of Clinical Operations Robert Boebert, MBA, BSN RN, Operational Manager of the Emergency Room and Medical/Surgical Inpatient Care Jennifer Dowling, BSN, RN, and Operational Manager for Perioperative Services Lynsey Wilk, DPN, RN.   "I'm thrilled that Laurie, Bob, Jennifer, and Lynsey have accepted these new roles, knowing they are

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Can You Make Charitable Giving Less 'Taxing?'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:15PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Once again, it's the season of generosity. In addition to considering gifts for your loved ones, you might want to think about charitable gifts as well. But what should you know before making gifts to charities? And what impact might these gifts have on your financial and tax situation?   First, you may want to create a gift budget by deciding just how much you will give to charitable organizations over the rest of the year.   Next, look closely at the groups to whom you wish to contribute. You can find many reputable charities, but some others may be less worthy of your support. One of the red flags of a questionable organization is the amount of money it spends on

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MCLA Receives Grant to Fund Mental Health Support
10:47AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced it has received the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention Grant for $306,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).    Over the next three years, this funding will launch the MCLA Cares Project, an initiative to build campus-wide infrastructure to support student mental health.     The MCLA Cares Project will utilize a multi-pronged approach to address mental health support deficits across campus. This project will engage a Health Promotion Coordinator, a new position designed to plan and implement the grant’s activities as well as

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North Adams' Costs Drop for Greylock School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The estimated cost of a new Greylock School to the city has dropped by millions of dollars.   Jesse Saylor of TSKP Studio, the project designer, said the Massachusetts School Building Authority had dramatically increased the amount of funding available for projects.   "Now, we could see it at $19 [million] and our range is $19 [million] to $23 [million]," he told the School Building Committee last week. "Whereas before it went all the way up to near $29 [million].   The committee had been shocked at the cost projections presented last spring: the options had been estimated at up to $90 million and the city's share 

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'Unsilent Night' Returns to North Adams
08:00AM / Monday, November 27, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — New York composer Phil Kline returns to North Adams, with his walking symphony 'Unsilent Night' as part of First Fridays North Adams on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.    This free, family-friendly, community event begins promptly at 6 p.m. at Martin Puryear's Big Bling Installation at 4 Marshall St., weaves through downtown, and ends at Hotel Downstreet. http://northadams.unsilentnight.com/   Community members of all ages are invited to gather at the Big Bling starting at 5:30 p.m. and encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight or lantern, and think creatively about sound amplification: using boomboxes,

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Veteran Spotlight: Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Valley
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:40PM / Sunday, November 26, 2023

Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Valley FALMOUTH, Mass. — Steve Valley served his country in the Army from 1985 to 2015, retiring as a command sergeant major.    He grew up in Brockton and graduated from what was then North Adams State College, getting his first taste of the military with the 104th Infantry Division while in college.   He did his basic at Fort Benning, Ga., in Advanced Infantry Training.    "I like to be challenged physically, I knew I could do it as I played sports in high school," he said. "I don't think anyone can prepare you for the intense mental aspect, where you have three people yelling at you at the same time ... They

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National Grid Submits Comprehensive Performance Investment Plan
11:29AM / Sunday, November 26, 2023
WALTHAM, Mass. – Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, which are part of National Grid, filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) a Comprehensive Performance and Investment (CPI) plan, as part of its required Rate Review filing, designed to deliver the fair, affordable and clean energy transition, reinforce the local energy grid, and hold the company accountable to achieving a smarter, stronger, cleaner and more equitable energy future for the 1.3 million customers the company serves across the Commonwealth.   "The proposal we've filed today, coupled with our electric sector modernization plan, Future Grid, will deliver

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Florida School's Pie Auction Raises $1,500 for Local Charities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Saturday, November 25, 2023

The benefit auction raises funds for the Berkshire Humane Society,  the local food pantry and the American Legion's Christmas dinner.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gabriel Abbott Memorial School's 351 Project has raised just under $1,500 for charity.    Students in the community service learning project held their annual Oh Be Thankful Pie Auction on Tuesday at the American Legion along with a chinese auction of donated gifts from local businesses and individuals and a 50/50 raffle.    The pie auction included other goodies, such as award-winning peanut butter and chocolate balls  and a pumpkin roll, and goods were produced by teachers, staff,

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Local Athletes Earn League Honors with College Teams
iBerkshires.com Sports,
11:08AM / Saturday, November 25, 2023
Lee High School graduate Elizabeth Brown was named to the all-Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference first team this fall.   Brown, a sophomore at MCLA, led the Trailblazers in digs, with 3.27 per set, and was third on the team in kills with 2.29 per set.   She played in all 26 of MCLA's matches, starting 25, and had a season-high 18 kills in a five-set loss to Westfield State.   Brown was named second-team all-league last fall after her first season at MCLA.   Her former Lee teammate and current MCLA teammate MaKayla Schuerer appeared in 15 matches for MCLA (21-5) in her first year on the squad. Schuerer finished with 23 digs.   For the MCLA men's

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North Adams Police Hold Suspect on Firearms Charges
07:44PM / Friday, November 24, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The discharge of a firearm in the wee hours of Thanksgiving landed a man in custody over the holiday.    Police say they responded to a "large fight in progress" at about 12:40 a.m. on Thursday at State Street Tavern. Officers were told one of the men involved had firearm and, once they arrived, learned that he had fired off a round into the air during the altercation.   He was arrested at the scene. The Detective Unit also responded and seized the suspect's vehicle pending the application of a search warrant.   According a public post by the Police Department, a loaded Ruger .22 caliber handgun was recovered upon executing the

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