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Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant in North Adams Changes Hands
04:47PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant has changed hands but there is so far no plans to change the name or significantly alter menu.    The Wangs have been a mainstay in the Berkshire Plaza on Main Street for 21 years, first as the China Buffet and then as Meng's since 2017.    Owners Meng Wu "Jason" Wang and Yaling "Joy" Wang put the business up for sale recently and closed a deal with a couple from New York on Jan. 7.    Jason Wang was classically trained as a chef in China. He and his wife moved to North Adams 21 years ago to raise their children and serve this community. They worked at other restaurants before

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National Grid Prepared for a Third Winter Storm of the Week
04:00PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
WALTHAM, MA – National Grid is prepared for a third winter storm of the week to impact Massachusetts Friday evening through Saturday, bringing hazardous wind gusts and heavy rains into the region.   The primary concerns associated with this storm include heavy rains, the potential for flooding in coastal and low-lying areas, and significant sustained wind, including the possibility of hazardous peak wind gusts of up to 60 mph in coastal areas. Saturated grounds from heavy rainfall and recent snow melting along with gusting winds can damage trees and knock down power wires, causing power outages in impacted locations. The storm will arrive late Friday and is predicted to depart

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Friday, January 12, 2024

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 15. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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Drury High School to Host End-of-Semester Showcase
10:42AM / Friday, January 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On behalf of the Drury Portrait of a Graduate Student Team and Drury staff, North Adams Public Schools families and community members are invited to attend Drury High School's first annual End of Semester Showcase.   The showcase takes place on Jan. 23 from 11:30AM–2:00PM at the school.   The showcase will offer audiences an understanding of what Drury students have learned during their Project-Based Learning courses, and the types of academic content they've explored.    End-of-semester work from Project-Based Learning classes will be presented and displayed by Drury students.   Students will also share a video presentation

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Clarksburg Has Finance Committee in Place After 2 Years
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:17AM / Friday, January 12, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town finally has a Finance Committee in place after nearly two years.    Moderator Ronald Boucher informed the Select Board on Thursday that he had appointed Carla Fosser and Charles "Chuck" Lewitt for terms ending on Jan. 11 in 2025 and 2026, respectively.   "They play a very, very important role here in the town," said Boucher, whose position is authorized to appoint the three-person committee. "I understand the Select Board can oversee [the finances] but really those guys are the checks and balances to make sure we're set up correctly and moving forward."   He expected to have a third person soon to fill

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Weekend Outlook: Music, Comedy, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:41PM / Thursday, January 11, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, museum tours, and more.   Editor's Pick   
Zainab Johnson Zainab Johnson Comedy Performance  Mass MoCA, North Adams Time: Saturday, 8 p.m.    Standup comedian, actor and writer Zainab Johnson will share her perspective that was shaped by growing up as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family.    She is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York and the Comedy Store and Improv in Los  Angeles. She hosts Netflix's "100 Humans" and can be seen on the Amazon series "Upload."   Tickets cost $22 in

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Gittens' 31 Lead MCLA in Narrow Road Win
08:47AM / Thursday, January 11, 2024
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Taconic High graduate Quentin Gittens scored a career-high 31 points Wednesday to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to an 80-76 win over Bridgewater State.   Hayden Morris-Gray made a layup with just less than two minutes left in regulation to give the Trailblazers a 78-71 lead.   After the Bears got within two points on a 3-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock, Jojo Garcia drew a foul with 1 second remaining and made both his free throws to secure the win.   MCLA (7-7, 2-1 MASCAC) hosts Salem State on Saturday.   Women's Basketball BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Kylie Grassi scored 18 points to lead Bridgewater State to a 71-33 win over

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North Adams Council OKs Reappointments
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday confirmed a number of reappointments to commissions and boards and reviewed Rules of Order for the new term.   This was the first regular meeting of the newly sworn in council and its President Bryan Sapienza. However, Tuesday night's sleet and snow kept some councilors home but enough for a quorum for the half-hour meeting. Attending were Sapienza and Councilors Lisa Blackmer, Keith Bona, Andrew Fitch and Peter Oleskiewicz.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey put forward the following reappointments:   Reappointment of Edward Marino to the Cemetery Commission for a term to expire Jan. 1, 2027; Julie Hanify, Patricia Flaherty,

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Man Pleads Guilty to North Adams Home Invasion, Assualt
10:33AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Tuesday, Jan 9, Arthur McCowan, 35 of Springfield, pleaded guilty to three charges in Berkshire Superior Court.    The Commonwealth requested 2.5 years in the House of Corrections for both counts of Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon and 2 years' probation on and after time served for Home Invasion.   McCowan was sentenced by Judge Duncan:    2.5 years in the house of corrections for Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Knife) 2 years' probation on and after sentence for ABDW 2.5 years in House of Corrections for Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Shod Foot) 2 years' probation on and after sentence for ABDW

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High Winds, Flooding Expected in Berkshire County
01:40PM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
There is a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 9 to midnight in Northern Berkshire County.   Expect 2 to 5 inches of wet snow and a light glaze of ice. Snow will start falling mid to late afternoon changing into a wintery mix. Precipitation will turn into rain by midnight.   There is also a flood watch in place from 7 pm Tuesday to 1 pm Wednesday, Jan 10.  Temperatures on Tuesday will top out in the high 30s, but temperatures will warm overnight.  Melting snow and rain is expected to cause flooding.    Also, the National Weather Service has a high wind warning in place from 4 pm Tuesday to 7 am Wednesday.   Expect Southeast winds

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Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Committee invites the public to the annual Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual day of volunteering. 

Gather Monday, Jan. 15, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles, and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service." A celebratory luncheon will follow.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA's Church Street Center with coffee and pastries. Volunteer site service will take place from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon. 

This is a family-friendly event

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How are your investments taxed?
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
As we begin the new year, you may be receiving various tax statements from your financial services provider — so it's a good time to consider how your investments are taxed. This type of knowledge is useful when you're doing your taxes, and, perhaps just as important, knowing the type of taxes you generate can help you evaluate your overall investment strategy.   To understand the tax issues associated with investing, it's important to understand that investments typically generate either capital gains or ordinary income. This distinction is meaningful because different tax rates may apply, and taxes may be due at different times.    So, when do you pay

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