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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. John Magnarelli
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:12PM / Sunday, April 28, 2024
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — John Magnarelli served his country in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam from May 4, 1969, to April 10, 1970, as a sergeant.    He grew up in North Quincy and was drafted into the Army on Aug. 12, 1968.    "I had been working in a factory, Mathewson Machine Works, as a drill press operator since I graduated high school. It was a solid job and I had fallen into a comfortable routine," he said. "That morning, I left home with my dad, who drove me to the South Boston Army Base, where all new recruits were processed into service. There was no big send off — he just dropped me off

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Call For Nominations for the Teacher of the Month Series
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Saturday, April 27, 2024
The Teacher of the Month series has been renewed for another 12 months, and we need nominations. The 12-month series is in partnership with Berkshire Community College.    Throughout the first season, we met some of the outstanding teachers in Berkshire County who have influenced and inspired the next generation, and we know there are more. Submit a nomination for a teacher who deserves the spotlight here.    "Teachers are an integral part of a community and often go underappreciated despite their impact," iBerkshires Publisher Osmin Alvarez said. "A good teacher not only teaches the curriculum to the students but does so in a way that inspires them to

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MCLA Gallery 51 Introduces Senior Art Project
09:22AM / Saturday, April 27, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) presents its 2024 senior art project showcasing the work of students Skylah Zayas, Hailey Rolon, and Matt Flanagan.    "Synthesis: Sluts, Beasts, and Synths" is an inquiry into themes of love, imaginative beasts, and post-punk/industrial music, according to a press release.   The exhibition is open for viewing until May 11 at Gallery 51, located at 51 Main St. in North Adams.   Zayas' project explores themes of love and sexuality using reclaimed wooden pallets fashioned into a bed. The fabric upholstery and bedding incorporate quotes gathered from participants' relationship

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MassDOT Warns of Toll-fee Smishing Scam
03:06PM / Friday, April 26, 2024

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation was alerted that a text message-based scam, also known as smishing, is fraudulently claiming to represent tolling agencies from across the country. The scammers are claiming to represent the tolling agency and requesting payment for unpaid tolls.

The targeted phone numbers seem to be chosen at random and are not uniquely associated with an account or usage of toll roads.

Customers who receive an unsolicited text, email, or similar message suggesting it is from EZDriveMA or another toll agency should not click on the link.

EZDriveMA customers can verify a valid text notification in several ways:

EZDriveMA will never request

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Weekend Outlook: Fundraisers, Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:01PM / Friday, April 26, 2024
This weekend, the Berkshires will have events including music, fundraisers, screenings, and more.    Friday   Music At The Manton The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown  Time: 7 p.m.    Folk singer Myriam Gendron will perform in both English and French as she interprets and revives century-old Quebecois, French, and American ballads and traditional works. Northeast folk performer P.G. Six, the stage name of Pat Gubler, will be opening for Gendron.    Tickets range from $5 to $10. More information here.    Friday Night Dance Party  Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield  Time: 9 p.m.    DJ Pup Daddy will spin tunes that will

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Cost, Access to NBCTC High Among Concerns North Berkshire Residents
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Thursday, April 25, 2024

Adams Select Chair Christine Hoyt, NBCTC Executive Director David Fabiano and William Solomon, the attorney representing the four communities, talk after the session.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Public access channels should be supported and made more available to the public — and not be subject to a charge.   More than three dozen community members in-person and online attended the public hearing  Wednesday on public access and service from Spectrum/Charter Communications. The session at City Hall was held for residents in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg and North Adams to express their concerns to Spectrum ahead of another 10-year contract that starts in

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North Adams Council Gives Initial OK to Zoning Change
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:46AM / Thursday, April 25, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council wrapped up business in about 30 minutes on Tuesday, moving several ordinance changes forward.    A zoning change that would add a residential property to the commercial zone on State Road was adopted to a second reading but met with some pushback. The Planning Board recommended the change.   The vote was 5-2, with two other councilors abstaining, indicating there may be difficulty reaching a supermajority vote of six for final passage.   Centerville Sticks LLC (Tourists resort) had requested the extension of the Business 2 zone to cover 935 State Road. Centerville had purchased the large single-family home adjacent the resort

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McCann Technical School Announce Tea Room Schedule
04:00PM / Wednesday, April 24, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The tea room located within McCann Technical School has released its schedule for upcoming service.   The Tea Room operates from 10:45 AM to noon. Buffet on Thursday, April 25. Closed on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3. Buffet on Thursday, May 9. Buffet on Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17. Buffet on Thursday, May 23. Buffet on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31. For any changes or additional information, visitors are encouraged to check updates on mccanntech.org. 

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North Adams Public Schools To Host Grade Configuration Forum
10:50AM / Wednesday, April 24, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools will host a community forum to discuss updates on grade configurations and logistics for the 2024-2025 school year.   The forum will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 PM. The forum will take place in a hybrid format at the Welcome Center at Brayton Elementary School and via Zoom which can be accessed by going to napsk12.org/ZoomLinkMay15.   Forums are open to anyone interested in learning more about the logistics planned for the upcoming school year, including, transportation, arrival and dismissal times, class sizes, and school choice updates. The forum will also allow participants to ask questions and provide

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Spectrum Cable Hearing Set in North Adams
03:12PM / Tuesday, April 23, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A public hearing for the renewal of the cable television contract for four North Berkshire communities will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.    The 10-year contract with Spectrum/Charter Communications will cover the city of North Adams and the towns of Adams, Cheshire and Clarksburg.    The hearing in Council Chambers is open to residents of all four communities. In-person attendance is encouraged but a remote option is available here via Zoom.    Topics covered during the hearing will include the future of cable-related community needs and interests (community television) and performance of the operator under

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North Adams Farmers Market Moving to Main Street
01:42PM / Tuesday, April 23, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Farmers Market is set to start its outdoor summer season on May 18, 2024, at a new location.   This year, the market will be hosted at a new location on Main Street in North Adams sharing space with Touchy Coffee, a pop coffee shop that will be at 90 Main Street for the month of May.   There will be over a dozen vendors at the kickoff market and organizers expect early-season produce and flowers, local meats, fish fresh from the coast, preserves, baked goods, eggs, honey, syrup, and prepared foods like sandwiches and coffee. Composting will be back this season every other weekend and there will be an array of local crafters each

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NAPL: Understanding Artificial Intelligence Presentation
04:00PM / Monday, April 22, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Wednesday, April 24, at 6:00 PM, the North Adams Public Library will host a presentation titled "Understanding Artificial Intelligence."    The event aims to explore various facets of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, catering to those fascinated, anxious, or simply curious about these technologies.   Williams College professors Mark Hopkins and Rohit Bhattacharya will lead the seminar, delving into topics such as the differences in reasoning between humans and AI, the evolving human-computer relationship as AI advances, language acquisition by computers, and potential challenges as AI becomes more prevalent.   The

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