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McCann Passes $12.1M Budget for Fiscal 2025
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:37PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Regional School District is looking at a 5 percent increase for fiscal 2025.    The total budget is $12,092,886, up $593,820 over this year. Superintendent James Brosnan noted that the net school spending for the communities in the regional district has also increased, putting the total over minimum assessment at 1.9 percent.    "I want you to notice at the very bottom it says the budget is gone up $593,000, or it's up by 5.16 percent," Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday. "But I want you to look at the next one, the net school spending was up $340,331. The delta between those two is

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Update: North Adams Liquor Store to Refund Gift Cards after Closure
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11:06AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Steeple City Liquors announced via social media on Tuesday how customers holding gift cards can obtain refunds.   Last week, the store, also known as V&V, closed when the downtown plaza it occupies was sold.   Many holders of gift cards took to Facebook to ask how they could be compensated for the now unusable cards.   According to the store's Tuesday Facebook post, gift card holders will need to send an email a photo of the card and the name and address where they want the refund sent to Steeple City's corporate office at giftcards@firsthartford.com.   "We truly appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved,"

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North Adams Man Sentenced on Illegal Firearm Charge
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04:21AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— On Feb. 6, Varian Lefebvre, 30 of North Adams, pleaded guilty to three charges in Berkshire Superior Court.    The Defendant pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced on, the following charges:  

Count

Charge

Sentence

1

Possession of Ammunition Without a Firearm Identification Card

2 years in the House of Corrections, concurrent with count 3

2

Possession of a Firearm without and Firearm Identification Card

2 years in the House of Corrections, concurrent with count

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Clarksburg Select Board OKs Municipal Proposals, Paint Stewardship Bill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:21PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board last week endorsed several proposals by the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts and a paint stewardship program making its way through the Legislature.    STAM is part of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which shares many of its priorities.    "We're hoping to lobby, the Legislature for legislation promoting the the agenda of small and rural communities," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney, a member of STAM. "So like the Chapter 90 formula, which  gives us currently about $75,000 per year for road repairs, that we adjust it in favor of rural communities."   The formula for the

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Youth Baseball Registration Underway for 2024 Season
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10:20AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is underway for the newly restructured Pittsfield Little League for the 2024 season.   In the offseason, the Pittsfield Little League National Division and American Division merged to form a single league.   The youth program is encouraging all returning and new players eligible for the 2024 campaign to register at www.pittsfieldll.com.   Registration for the Adams-Cheshire Little League is available here. Dalton-Hinsdale Little League registration is here. Sign up for the Great Barrington Little League here.   Northern Berkshire NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League is looking for players aged 7 to 16 to

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MCLA Professor Releases Book On African Concept of Justice: 'Ubuntu'
08:05AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Philosophy Professor Paul Nnodim has released his sixth book, "Ubuntu," A Comparative Study of an African Concept, with co-editor Austin Okigbo, associate professor of ethnomusicology, African Studies, and global health at the University of Colorado Boulder.   The book was published by Leuven University Press earlier this month and contains contributions from other scholars. "Ubuntu" will be made open access within three years of publication thanks to Path to Open, a program developed in partnership between JSTOR, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the University of Michigan Press, and

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BAAMS Presents Live at Studio 9
11:58AM / Monday, February 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Feb. 24 is the second in a series of monthly live music concerts at Studio 9 from Richard Boulger and the BAAMS' Faculty Band.   Doors open: 6:30pm. The actual show will run from 7 to 9 pm.   Studio 9 is located at the Porches Inn located at 231 River St.   All proceeds will help support music education at BAAMS, which provides after-school and Saturday music study, as well as a summer jazz-band day camp for students ages 10-18, of all experience levels.    The performance will feature: Richard Boulger, trumpet and flugelhorn, with Alex Blake, bass, Dario Boente, piano and keyboards, and Tony Lewis, drums and percussion, along with

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Gittens Scores 28 in Loss for MCLA Men
06:59PM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Sam Dion scored 25 points Saturday to lead the Worcester State men's basketball team to a 100-76 win over MCLA.   Quentin Gittens scored a game-high 28 points for the Trailblazers (13-11, 7-5 MASCAC), who host Salem State on Tuesday in the first round of the league tournament.   Women's Basketball NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Katie Hurynowicz scored 16 points to lead Worcester State to a 77-35 win over MCLA.   Zaylee Ramos scored 15 to lead MCLA, which finishes the season 4-21 overall and 1-11 in the MASCAC.   Women's Hockey NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brianna Parent scored midway through the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give Rivier a 3-2 win

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FEMA Awards Funds to Massachusetts for COVID School Testing Costs
11:42AM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $13.5 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse it for the cost of providing testing at public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $13,450,826 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for contracting with Trans Med USA Inc. and Merrow Medical to provide test kits at schools between July 2022 and May 2023.   The department purchased and distributed 1,089,354 COVID-19 antigen tests to students, faculty and staff at schools statewide during that time period.   "FEMA is pleased to be able to assist

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Clarksburg to Consider Community Preservation Act
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board on Thursday voted to place the adoption of the state Community Preservation Act on the town meeting warrant at the request of the Historical Commission.   The state law allows for towns to add up to a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes to fund historical preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing that can be matched by state monies.   "We've become as a Historical Commission aware of the Community Preservation Act for us in the way of raising funds for historic preservation," Commissioner Susan Brandon told the Select Board. "But there's also other things that these funds can be used for 

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Cardboard Box Races, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend in the Berkshires including festivals, Valentine's Day themed events, and more.   Editor's Pick    10×10 Festival Pittsfield Time: various   Berkshire County business and organizations join forces with Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development for the annual 10x10 Festival, a week of events to celebrate the winter season beginning Thursday.   This weekend's festivities include the inaugural Clapp Park Winter Festival, Hancock Shaker Village's The Big Chill, art exhibits, live music, and more.    More information here.   Saturday    WinterFest Various venues, North

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Berkshire Fire Departments Awarded Safety Equipment Grants
10:39AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
STOW, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced $5 million in awards to 321 Massachusetts fire departments through the state’s Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program.   "Every single day, firefighters across Massachusetts put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities," said Governor Maura Healey. "They deserve our thanks and our support. The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program is just one way we can express our appreciation for that selfless dedication."    Fire departments across Massachusetts were invited to apply to the Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program, which provides reimbursement on

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