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Haddad Subaru Wins National Love Promise Award
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023

General manager Chris Kramek, Strong Little Souls founder Madison Quinn and Haddad Marketing Director Beth Maturevich with national award presented to the dealership by Subaru.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Haddad Auto Group has become an integral part of the community through more than 90 years of donations and initiatives.    Haddad Subaru's most recent collaboration was a family day with local non-profit for pediatric cancer Strong Little Souls, which earned it a National Love Promise award. This is the first time this dealership has won the national recognition given by Subaru of America.    Subaru of America awards two out of its 630 retailers in the

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MountainOne Hires VP Community Engagement Officer
08:00AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne announceD the appointment of Jennifer Meehan as Vice President, Community Engagement Officer.    In her role, Meehan will drive MountainOne's community engagement efforts throughout MountainOne's footprint in the Berkshires and the South Shore.   Meehan's primary focus is on cultivating relationships with strategic community and nonprofit partners; directing MountainOne's community dividend giving program; coordinating community financial education initiatives; and organizing volunteerism opportunities for Mountaineers within the local communities that MountainOne serves.   Through these efforts and in collaboration

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Guest Column: Help Someone Take First Step Toward a Nicotine-Free Life
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16 — a great day to remind friends, co-workers and family about quitting smoking or vaping.

Developed by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout is a day for people who use tobacco and nicotine to start their journey toward a nicotine-free life. It is a perfect opportunity to think about quitting and its many benefits — physically, mentally, and financially, and maybe even plan a quit attempt.

Remember, quitting can take many tries and help is always available for anyone who uses tobacco or nicotine and who wants to quit, whether on November 16 or at any other time.

Stopping smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco

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MCLA Theatre Program, MOSAIC Presents: Fornés Festival
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and MOSAIC, in partnership with the Fine and Performing Arts Department Theatre Program, presents Fornés Festival – a year-long series of events dedicated to honoring the life and legacy of Cuban American playwright, Maria Irene Fornés (1930-2018).      The festival is part of the Fornés Institute's national initiative, "Celebrando Fornés / Celebrating  Fornés," part of their "Decade of Fornés (2021-2030)" events designed to increase the visibility of Fornés's work. For more information, see the Fornes Institute at

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Younger workers face financial gaps
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:00AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
If you're starting out in your career, you have many of the same financial needs as older workers — but you might be lacking some of their resources. How big of a concern is this?   It could be significant. While you have the advantage of time, you'll want to avoid falling into one or more of the "gaps" faced by people in your age group. Consider some of the findings of a study of 18-to-34-year-olds from Edward Jones and research groups NEXT360 Partners and MarketCast: Only 31 percent currently have a retirement account. Just 57 percent have health insurance. Less than a third have life insurance. Just 12 percent go to a financial advisor to discuss

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BArT Theatre Presents 'Tracks'
08:00AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School Theatre announced its production of "Tracks."   The show will run on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm, with additional performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.   "Tracks" was written by Peter Tarsi. This production is directed by BArT Senior Jace Ziarnik and stage-managed by BART Senior M Schrade.   According to a press release:   A group of strangers meet in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings. Their watches have stopped. They all claim to be in different cities. But they soon learn there is no way out of the station. And

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North Adams Planners Recommend Overlay District for New Hospital
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023

BHS President Darlene Rodowicz says the zoning overlay would allow for multiple medical and health entities to operate on the hospital campus.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday voted to recommend the creation of a hospital overlay district to the City Council.    The vote came after a joint public hearing with the council on the proposal. The City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance Tuesday night.    The new zoning overlay would pave the way for the resurrection of North Adams Regional Hospital as a critical access hospital, codify the current building configurations and allow for the existence of several medical entities on the

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North Adams Man Seriously Injured in State Road Fire
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:04PM / Monday, November 13, 2023

The police Detective Bureau is investigating the fire, described by some as an 'explosion.'  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city man was seriously injured in what was described as an "explosion" in his State Road apartment.    The cause is unknown at this time and the incident is under investigation by North Adams Police and Fire and the State Fire Marshal's Office.    Fire Chief Brent Lefebvre said the individual was pulled out through the back window of a bedroom in his first-floor apartment with "significant burns to the lower extremities."   "He's been taken to the appropriate facility but at this time, we

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Savoy Students Learn About the Magic of Writing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12PM / Monday, November 13, 2023

English author Natasha Lowe now lives in Deerfield. She visited the school as part of a monthly reading program.  SAVOY, Mass. — Emma L Miller Elementary School students had a sit-down with author Natasha Lowe who gave them a glimpse of the magic that goes into writing a book.   "Today we are going to talk about books and magic. I love magic," Lowe told the students last Tuesday. "We are going to talk about where ideas come from and how you take that idea and turn it into a story."   The Deerfield-based author, originally from London, penned "The Power of Poppy Pendle," which tells of a young girl born with magical powers who instead

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NBCC to Host the Annual Neighborlies
08:08AM / Monday, November 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) will host the Neighborlies, an annual community recognition celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the MCLA Church Street Center.   This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and light refreshments will be available.   Throughout the year, NBCC welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. This year over 100 individuals will be recognized with an award.    Anyone may recognize individuals or groups in one or more of the following

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Adams Ambulance to Close
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:01AM / Monday, November 13, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Ambulance Service will cease operations on Dec. 31 after nearly 50 years.   The service had indicated in September that a deficit of more than $200,000 was endangering its ability to continue. Numerous social media posts were made by employees on Friday that they been informed of the closure. The ambulance board had reportedly met on Thursday night.   In a statement following the news, Adams officials said all three communities have been talking and "have been coordinating with Northern Berkshire EMS to assume EMS operations in our communities. A transition plan is underway to ensure continuity of emergency medical services."   Northern

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Award-winning Journalist to Give MCLA Hardman Lecture
04:35PM / Sunday, November 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Caleb Gayle will present the 2023 MCLA Hardman Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in MCLA's Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation Atrium.    Gayle is an award-winning journalist who writes about race and identity and is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. His book "We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power" was published in 2022. He is a professor of Journalism and Africana Studies at Northeastern University.    Gayle's writing has been recognized by the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, the Center for

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