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Large Scale Power Outage Impacting North County
11:55AM / Friday, July 12, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — National Grid are attending to a substation after a large scale power outage through Northern Berkshire County.

According to National Grid, Nearly 3,000 customers have been impacted in North Adams and Clarksburg and over 4,000 have been impacted in Williamstown and Hancock on Friday.

Power went out around 11 am. In North Adams outages have been reported on Veazie Street, River Street, Mass Ave., Bracewll Ave, and State Road.

In North Adams Police are directing traffic where traffic lights are out.

National Grid estimates that power will be restored by between 1 and 2 pm.

Williamstown and North Adams Police took to social media asking residents to avoid calling

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SteepleCats Fall at Keene, N.H.
10:06PM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024
KEENE, N.H. – Ripken Reese went 3-for-5 Wednesday to lead the Swamp Bats to a 9-6 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Monument Mountain grad Jayder Raifstanger, Mount Greylock’s Derek Paris and Taconic’s Sam Sherman each had a hit for North Adams.   The SteepleCats (12-15) are home on Friday for a doulbe-header against Newport, R.I.  

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Community Contra Dance
03:26PM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS — On Saturday, July 13 there will be a community contra dance.   North Berkshire Community Dance will hold its monthly contra dance with calling by Fern Bradley, and live music provided by local musicians.   All are welcome. New dancers and families with children are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 for instruction in the basics.   Fern Bradley will call all dances, starting the evening with easy dances friendly to newcomers and families with children. The caller teaches new moves and skills as needed, so that beginners can dance with everyone right from the start.  Music will be live, by local musicians in varied small ensembles, organized by Eric

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MCLA to Host Saturday Preview Days, Campus Tours
10:35AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA invites prospective students to tour the College campus and learn about the admission and financial aid process during four Saturday preview days in July and August.   Preview days and campus tours are scheduled for July 13 and 27 and August 3 and 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2024 semester is Thursday, August 15 with enrollment beginning on August 22.   Daily campus tours and information sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon are open for registration through August 17. Tours of the Nursing and/or Radiologic Technology learning spaces are available on select Wednesdays at 1:15 pm. If interested in touring these spaces,

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North Adams Council Sets Vote on New School Borrowing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024

New Administrative Officer Marya Kozik with Councilors Andrew Fitch and Lisa Blackmer. Kozik was introduced to the council on Tuesday night. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. to authorize borrowing for the Greylock School project.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey said she had asked for the special meeting to allow for more time for presentation and discussion.   "I knew your agenda would be full on the 23rd," she told the council on Tuesday. "But we specifically want to have enough time for the council in the beginning of our outreach for the public to be read in about the Greylock

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North Adams Planners OK 10 Short-Term Rentals
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:30AM / Tuesday, July 09, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board approved 10 special permits for short-term rentals during a brief meeting on Monday night.    The City Council last year had set fees and permitting regulations for short-term rentals in the city after more than four years of debate.    Special permits are required for rentals in buildings in which the owners do not live, according to the ordinance. Inspection fees for non-owner are $350, and the annual fee is also $350.   The Planning Board has already approved several special permits but Monday night had the highest number so far. No other matters were on the agenda.    Approved were:    Harding

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Win Western Mass Title
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:04PM / Monday, July 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Brendan Merwin threw five innings on the mound and went 2-for-4 with a double at the plate Monday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-and-under All-Stars to an 8-3 win over Westfield and a Western Massachusetts State Championship.   Pittsfield swept the best two-out-three series, 2-0, to carry the Western Mass banner into the New England Regional Championships, scheduled for next week in Newtown, Conn.   On Tuesday, Merwin scattered five hits and allowed one run before giving the ball to Sebastien Herrera, who struck out five over the last two innings.   Jason Fields went 2-for-3, and Mario Zerbato doubled in a seven-hit attack for the home

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North Adams' Downtown Shopping Plaza Sold Again
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Monday, July 08, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former Kmart shopping plaza has changed hands again and the new owners are seeking tenants as "Parkade Plaza."   The 127,626 square-foot retail center was sold on June 4 for $2.6 million to Guru Realty LLC of Mendon, with listed managers Nitant Raval of Mendon and Chirag Patel of Dalton.    KeyPoint Partners of Burlington is handling property management and leasing, according to a press release received on Monday.    "There are number of opportunities in various sizes for a variety of uses: retail, entertainment, medical and health, personal service, and others," states Rob Grady, vice president of retail brokerage

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North County's First Animal Shelter Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:47AM / Monday, July 08, 2024

Four kittens born at the shelter that will be up for adoption once they're old enough.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The nonprofit No Paws Left Behind animal shelter was overflowing visitors, balloons and donated supplies at Saturday's open house.    North County's first animal shelter is operating out of the city's municipal shelter on Hodges Cross Road.    "We're very excited for this to open," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "It's been a very underutilized space."   The space — office, supply room, kennels for cats and dogs and a secure transport entrance — was created inside the

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North Shore Navs Edge SteepleCats
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:29PM / Sunday, July 07, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Matthew Chatelle went 3-for-4 with three doubles Sunday to lead the North Shore Navigators to a 4-2 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   David McCann hit a solo home run and drove in both runs for the SteepleCats.   Pittsfield High graduate Cam Sime was tagged with the loss for North Adams, allowing two runs in three innings of work. He struck out five and walked one.   North Adams (11-13) is at Martha’s Vineyard on Monday.  

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Veteran Spotlight: Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Ponti
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:36PM / Sunday, July 07, 2024
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Joseph Ponti served his country in the Coast Guard from 1961 to 1965, and was discharged as a lieutenant.    He grew up in Lawrence and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as an ensign. His first assignment would take him aboard a weather ship, the USCG Casco.    "We went on five-week patrols, carried meteorologists onboard and did search and rescue missions," he recalled.   His other roles would include 1 1/2 years as a deck watch officer, six months as a student engineer as well as an engineering watch officer. He would also serve as a marine inspector, inspecting any American ship that carried people.   Lt. Ponti

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Weekend Outlook: First Fridays, a Festival, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:08PM / Friday, July 05, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend, including a festival, ice cream train rides, First Fridays, and more.    Editor's Pick    Common Ground Festival  The Common, Pittsfield Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m.    The Mill Town Foundation will be having a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, dance, art-making, over 40 vendors, a bounce house, and more.    More information here.    Multiple Days   Ice Cream Train Rides 4 Hoosac St., Adams July 5 and 6, Departure times: 1:30 and 3 p.m.   Take a journey on a train and have ice cream. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $15 for children 3 to 13 years of age, and are free for

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