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North Adams School Panel Recommends $20M Budget That Cuts 26 Jobs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, May 01, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee will be presented next week with a $20 million spending plan for fiscal 2025 that includes closing Greylock School and a reduction of 26 full-time positions.    The Finance and Facilities committee is recommending the budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. This is funded by $16,418,826 in state Chapter 70 education funds, local funding of $3,938,270 (up $100,000 over this year) and a drawdown of school funds of $575,237.    The budget is up overall because of rising contractural costs, inflation and a hike in the cost of out-of-district tuition.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the

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MCLA's Tax Assistance Program Helped Return Over $1M to Community
08:00AM / Tuesday, April 30, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) celebrates its five-year anniversary, marking a half-decade of service to the community.

In that time, students helped return more than $1 million in refunds to taxpayers. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has continued to thrive, offering assistance to individuals and families in need.

According to MCLA Professor of Accounting Tara Barboza, an enrolled agent with the United States Department of the Treasury and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the students in the Department of Business Administration, who participate in

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Clarksburg Holds Information Session CPA Warrant Article
07:33PM / Monday, April 29, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational meeting on the Community Preservation Act will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at the Clarksburg Elementary School.   Voters at the annual town meeting on May 29 will be asked to approve adoption of the state law which will allow the town to collect a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes for use for affordable housing, open space and recreation, and historic preservation. A percentage of the funds collected by the town are matched by the state.   The Historical Commission requested the question be placed on the town meeting warrant. Passage at town meeting would put the CPA on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.    The

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North Adams Helmet Giveaway A Success
By Daniel Matz, iBerkshires correspondent
05:30PM / Monday, April 29, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey with Sebastyn Donovan, who let her ride his scooter.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On a bright, hazy Saturday afternoon, three North Adams institutions joined forces to bring a little safety to the community.   Representatives of the North Adams Police Department, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC), and North Adams School Public Schools set up shop at the Noel Field playground to give away bike helmets to citizens of all ages, and to raffle off bicycles and scooters to a few lucky children in the neighborhood.   The initiative was sparked by the Police Department's acquisition of bike helmets as part of a Municipal Road Safety

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MCLA in Talks With Anonymous Donor for Art Museum, Art Lab
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Monday, April 29, 2024

Andre Lynch, the new vice provost for institutional equity and belonging, introduces himself to the trustees, some of whom were participating remotely. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts may be in line for up to a $10 million donation that will include a campus art museum.    President Jamie Birge told the board of trustees on Thursday that  the college has been in discussions for the last couple years with a donor who wishes at this point to remain anonymous.   "It's a donor that has a history of working with public liberal arts institutions to advance the arts that those institutions," he said.  "This donor

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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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