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NAPS Holds Forum on School Closure, New Grade Configuration
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:37AM / Friday, March 22, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent Barbara Malkas answered questions and corrected misinformation in a community forum regarding the closing of Greylock Elementary School.   Malkas took the first half hour of the forum Wednesday to present some facts about the budget and financial realities moving the district toward closing Greylock.   "I want to start by saying no superintendent, no school committee members, nobody wants to be in this position," she said in Brayton Elementary's Welcome Center. "This is not something we elect to do, it is something we have to do because we need to be financially responsible to our community."   Malkas said the

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North Adams Plans to Release an Improved RFP for Airport Restaurant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:36PM / Thursday, March 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission voted to re-release the request for proposals (RFP) for the airport restaurant space but only after the city formed a new and improved document.   Chairman Marc Morandi said Tuesday that instead of re-releasing the same RFP, he wants to work with people in the restaurant business to form an improved packet that may be more enticing to restaurateurs.    "I know we have put out a couple of RFPs in the past that have not faired well when they hit the streets," he said. "Instead of releasing the same one, I think we should go through more thoughtfully and talk to some restaurant people to see what will work and what

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Mass MoCA Shifts Hours After Union Rejects Offer
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
11:27AM / Thursday, March 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will close an extra day a week after striking workers rejected the latest offer.    The museum will close Monday "to allow managers covering shifts during this period to rest," according to an update on the museum's website. The museum is closed on Tuesdays normally and beginning next week, will also close on Wednesdays through April.    Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers went out on strike March 6 after months of negotiations over wages broke down with museum administration. The union is seeking to raise the hourly minimum rate to $18.25 back to October 2023 and a minimum 4.5

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Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study Information Meeting
08:00AM / Thursday, March 21, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public information meeting for the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study on Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.    

The study is examining the potential benefits, costs, and investments necessary to implement passenger rail service from North Adams to Greenfield and Boston, with the speed, frequency, and reliability necessary to be a competitive option for travel along this corridor.   

At this meeting, the study team will share an overview of the study's background, review the study alternatives, outline issues and opportunities to consider, present draft

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Select Board Seat Open in Clarksburg Election
03:39PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — There are no candidates yet for the Select Board with one week to go before nomination papers are due.    Jeffrey Levanos, who was the only candidate in a special election in 2021, will not run for another term.    Levanos had previously said he was done with public service after serving three terms on the School Committee and two on the Select Board, including being chairman of each at the same time for a period. But vacancies on the board twice had him running again.    He ran as a write-in in 2019 to complete a term when no one stepped forward and on the ballot in the December 2021 election to complete a three-year term ending this

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Authorities Search in Williamstown for Missing Eastern Mass Resident
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:05AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are asking anyone with information about a missing eastern Massachusetts resident to contact the dispatch center at 413-458-5733.   On Tuesday morning, Williamstown Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the end of Berlin Road, a hiking area near the New York State Line, according to a news release from the WPD on Wednesday.   Police determined the vehicle was registered to Fae Morgana Barbone, a missing person from the Abington/Hanson area on the South Shore, the release said.    "This person had been reported as missing several days earlier with unconfirmed sightings in North Adams and the Carolinas and a

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Why Every Berkshire Entrepreneur Needs a Strong Domain Name
08:29AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
In the digital age, a strong domain name is the cornerstone of any successful online business. This is especially true for entrepreneurs in Berkshire County, a region known for its vibrant arts scene and innovative business community. A domain name is not just a URL or an address for your website; it's a powerful component of your brand's identity and online presence. In this blog post, we'll explore why every Berkshire County entrepreneur needs a strong domain name, delving into aspects of brand identity, marketing effectiveness, customer engagement, and long-term business growth.   The Foundation of Your Online Identity For Berkshire County entrepreneurs, a strong domain

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MCLA Announces Tamar Sarai as 2024 Hardman Journalist in Residence
08:02AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Writer and journalist Tamar Sarai will deliver the Hardman Journalist in Residence Lecture on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m., in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation Atrium.    The lecture is free and open to the public.   "Tamar Sarai represents a refreshing journalistic practice which our Beacon and Beacon Web News journalism students will find energizing and modern," said MCLA Professor Michael Birch. "Her writing will offer new topics and focus for their learning, as will her emphasis on the power and value of good writing in the service of exceptional storytelling. This will be an excellent learning opportunity for our

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Geothermal System Recommended for New Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new Greylock School may get a geothermal system that could significantly reduce operating costs in the years to come.    Jessie Saylor of the project's designer, TSKP Studios, updated the School Building Committee on Tuesday of some of the working group's findings regarding energy efficiencies.   Installing a geothermal system, which uses water heated by the earth, is estimated at $2.7 million. But, system could be largely offset by some $2.4 million in federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.    "The IRA definition of geothermal systems is broad," said Saylor. "It includes incentives for the pumps in

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North Adams Holding Forum on Greylock Closure
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:50PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are holding a forum on the closing of Greylock School and the resulting grade configuration for Brayton and Colegrove Park elementary schools.    The forum will be held in person on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Brayton Welcome Center and via Zoom link here. Parents and guardians are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback.   School officials are considering an accelerated consolidation of two of the three elementary schools. The School Committee last fall had approved a grade configuration of a prekindergarten through Grade 2 early education program, a Grades 3-6 upper elementary program and a Grades 7-12 middle and high

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Summer Course Registration Now Available at MCLA
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced that registration for summer class sessions is now open.    Registration is open to MCLA students, interested community members, high school students, those pursuing a master's degree, and college students wishing to transfer credits back to their home institution.    MCLA is offering two summer sessions, held in-person and online. Session A runs May 20 through June 28, 2024, and Session B runs July 8 through August 16, 2024. The College has more than 50 online courses to accommodate the schedules of working adults, undergraduates, and high school students.    Summer classes are

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Macksey Updates on Eagle Street Demo and Myriad City Projects
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Saturday, March 16, 2024

The back of Moderne Studio in late January. The mayor said the city had begun planning for its removal if the owner could not address the problems.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Moderne Studio building is coming down brick by brick on Eagle Street on the city's dime.    Concerns over the failing structure's proximity to its neighbor — just a few feet — means the demolition underway is taking far longer than usual. It's also been delayed somewhat because of recent high winds and weather.    The city had been making plans for the demolition a month ago because of the deterioration of the building, Mayor Jennifer Macksey told the City

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