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New Jersey Earthquake Vibrates Through the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
10:59AM / Friday, April 05, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An earthquake in northern New Jersey this morning could be felt all throughout the Northeast, from Augusta, Maine, to Washington, D.C., to Buffalo, N.Y.   The magnitude 4.8 quake was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey at 10:23 on Friday morning near Tewksbury Township, a town of about 6,000 west of New York City. There are reports the epicenter was in Lebanon, a smaller nearby community.    The vibration in North Berkshire went on for about 20 seconds and was strong enough to shake the leaves on the office plants in the iBerkshires office.    Responses to the USGS were piling in within 15 minutes of the quake, with more than 110,000

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MCLA to Host Virtual Information Session for Graduate Programs
08:11AM / Friday, April 05, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host a virtual graduate information session for Master of Business Administration and Master of Education  on Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.    Prospective students can meet with faculty and staff to learn about graduate education in MCLA's unique and innovative programs designed to support the rising workforce needs in the Berkshires and beyond.    The MBA program offers a broad-based, multidisciplinary education that combines the strengths of MCLA business faculty with those of practicing managers actively involved in day-to-day decision-making in the field. It is a part-time 30-credit

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Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Fundraisers and 'Billy Budd'
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:31PM / Thursday, April 04, 2024
Several events will take place in the Berkshires this weekend, including First Friday festivities, spring walks, comedy, and more.   Editor's Pick    First Friday  Downtown North Adams  Time: 5 to 11 p.m.    It's mud season (somewhere under this snow!), and this month's first Friday is themed "Down & Dirty." The event will feature exhibits, mud thumb wrestling, downtown cleanup, films, dancing, and more.    Information here.    Friday   'Jazz Visions II' Opening Reception Hotel on North, Pittsfield Time: 5 p.m.    In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the hotel will kick off its

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Lazits Leading Lions to First in Ivies
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:01AM / Thursday, April 04, 2024
Taconic High School graduate and Columbia University junior Anton Lazits is hitting .253 for the Lions this spring.   Lazits has six home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs in starting all 22 games for the Lions, who are 10-12 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League heading into this weekend's games at Dartmouth.   He started the year with two home runs and four RBIs in Columbia's 15-6 loss at Florida on Feb. 23.   Saturday's 11:30 Columbia game against the Big Green is scheduled to be telecast on ESPN-plus.   Staying in the Ivies, Taconic graduate Nick Guachione has appeared in seven games at the University of Pennsylvania. He has drawn two walks and been hit by a

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MCLA to Host the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
08:00AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Thursday, April 18, 2024, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold the 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) to recognize students for their work and dedication in producing academic projects.   This year's keynote speaker is MCLA alumnus Deven Philbrick '16 – a poet and PhD Candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Philbrick earned his bachelor's in English/Communications & Philosophy with a double major in Literature and Writing concentrations from MCLA, then received a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Seattle-Washington in 2018. Currently,

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North Adams Schools Set Calendar, Review Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Wednesday, April 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Schoolchildren will have an extra long holiday vacation next year.    The School Committee approved a calendar that has students on break from the end of the school day Friday, Dec. 20, to Thursday, Jan. 2.   The calendar was one of two options recommended by the teachers union. Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas said the only difference was the start date.   The teachers preferred to begin professional development on Monday, Aug. 26, with school starting Thursday, Aug. 29. The other option was to start two days later and end the school year two days later.    "I will say that this an action-packed week because you also have

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April Storm Could Bring Snow, High Winds and Power Outages
01:57PM / Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Several cities previously lacking snowfall this winter are now in line for a late-season snow as Winter Storm #Tormund tracks toward the Great Lakes and Northeast. This system has already prompted winter alerts with the potential for hazardous conditions.@WXMolly has more: pic.twitter.com/cQjW4uHK14

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 2, 2024 We were hoping it was just an April fool or that it would go away if we ignored it. But it looks like we really are getting snow, sleet and rain over the next few days.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter storm watch beginning Wednesday morning through Thursday night.    North

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Drury Performing Arts To Stage 'SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical'
12:01PM / Tuesday, April 02, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury Performing Arts in collaboration with the 21st Century Afterschool Program, announced their 2024 production of Kyle Jarrow's book and musical production of Tina Landau's "SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical".   Performances will be held on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at 3 and 7 p.m.   All performances will take place in the Drury High School auditorium, 1130 South Church St.   Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door.   According to a press release:   "Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini

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Northern Tier Rail Gets Strong Support at Hearing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Tuesday, April 02, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local officials and residents expressed strong support for developing the Northern Tier Passenger Rail proposal that would bring rail transit from North Adams to Boston.    Around 240 people jumped onto a Zoom presentation on Thursday night to provide additional feedback on service alternatives based last year's initial presentations.    The study of west-east passenger rail, including from Pittsfield east, was made possible by an act of the Legislature in 2022 and some $16 billion is being targeted for the Northeast rail corridor by the Biden administration.    "We are certainly in favor of Northern Tier Rail and its

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Protect Your Eyes During the Solar Eclipse
01:02PM / Monday, April 01, 2024

Many people are eagerly awaiting the rare total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8, when the moon will completely block the sun. Starting around 2 pm and lasting for about one hour, the daytime skies of northern Vermont and New Hampshire will slowly darken.

At Dartmouth Health, we want to make sure you keep your eyes safe while you observe the magic of the eclipse. 

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will darken the daytime skies of both Northern Vermont and Northern New Hampshire. The partial eclipse should begin sometime after 2 pm in both states, depending on location. A little more than an hour later, the full eclipse will set in and last for approximately three

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Senator Mark April Office Hours
08:00AM / Monday, April 01, 2024
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in April.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to share ideas on current or potential state legislation, or to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, April 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town

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Community Hero of the Month: Officer Stephanie Mirante
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Sunday, March 31, 2024

Stephanie Mirante has been with the North Adams Police Department since 2017. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School Resource Officer Stephanie Mirante has been selected for the March Community Hero of the Month.    The Community Hero of the Month series runs for the next eight months in partnership with Haddad Auto. Nominated community members and organizations have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their community.    Mirante began her career in 2014 as an intern at the Williamstown Police Department. At the same time, she was completing her senior year at Springfield College, where she studied criminal justice.   Following that, she went to the

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