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Man Pleads Guilty to North Adams Home Invasion, Assualt
10:33AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Tuesday, Jan 9, Arthur McCowan, 35 of Springfield, pleaded guilty to three charges in Berkshire Superior Court.    The Commonwealth requested 2.5 years in the House of Corrections for both counts of Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon and 2 years' probation on and after time served for Home Invasion.   McCowan was sentenced by Judge Duncan:    2.5 years in the house of corrections for Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Knife) 2 years' probation on and after sentence for ABDW 2.5 years in House of Corrections for Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Shod Foot) 2 years' probation on and after sentence for ABDW

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High Winds, Flooding Expected in Berkshire County
01:40PM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
There is a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 9 to midnight in Northern Berkshire County.   Expect 2 to 5 inches of wet snow and a light glaze of ice. Snow will start falling mid to late afternoon changing into a wintery mix. Precipitation will turn into rain by midnight.   There is also a flood watch in place from 7 pm Tuesday to 1 pm Wednesday, Jan 10.  Temperatures on Tuesday will top out in the high 30s, but temperatures will warm overnight.  Melting snow and rain is expected to cause flooding.    Also, the National Weather Service has a high wind warning in place from 4 pm Tuesday to 7 am Wednesday.   Expect Southeast winds

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Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Committee invites the public to the annual Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual day of volunteering. 

Gather Monday, Jan. 15, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles, and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service." A celebratory luncheon will follow.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA's Church Street Center with coffee and pastries. Volunteer site service will take place from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon. 

This is a family-friendly event

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How are your investments taxed?
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
As we begin the new year, you may be receiving various tax statements from your financial services provider — so it's a good time to consider how your investments are taxed. This type of knowledge is useful when you're doing your taxes, and, perhaps just as important, knowing the type of taxes you generate can help you evaluate your overall investment strategy.   To understand the tax issues associated with investing, it's important to understand that investments typically generate either capital gains or ordinary income. This distinction is meaningful because different tax rates may apply, and taxes may be due at different times.    So, when do you pay

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No Paws Left Behind Seeking to Continue Sonsini's Mission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:04PM / Monday, January 08, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter is gearing up to relaunch under a new name once it secures a location.

No Paws Left Behind hopes to open in North Adams, carrying on the no-kill shelter's legacy of homing cats and dogs. The Sonsini shelter announced its closing last summer and manager Noelle Howland saved it by taking leadership.

"We're pretty much ready to go but I just don't have a location yet," Howland said.

The municipal shelter in North Adam's Department of Public Works building is a possible location, she said, but it is a multi-step process that has not yet been set in stone. She added that there are "so many

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National Grid Continues Restoration from Weekend Winter Storm
12:35PM / Monday, January 08, 2024
WALTHAM, Mass. — National Grid crews worked through the overnight hours, continuing their efforts to fully restore service from a powerful weekend storm that dumped up to 18 inches of snow across parts of Massachusetts.   Since the storm's arrival Saturday night, National Grid has restored service to more than 54,000 customers, working around the clock through conditions that included poor visibility, snow-filled streets and roads, falling temperatures, and downed wires, branches, and trees.   "Our crews are back in the field today, working to restore power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible," said Tim Moore, Vice President for Electric

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Capt. Carter Hunt
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:39PM / Sunday, January 07, 2024
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Carter Hunt served his country with bravery and distinction in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. He retired as a captain.    Growing up in Leominster, he attended Boston College, where he was a starting defensive end on the BC football team, graduating in 1968. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., then attended Basic School.   He was sent to Vietnam in October 1969 and described it as, "a busy place … we were scrambling to headquarters to get our assignment."    His first assignment would be commanding a rifle platoon with Echo Company, 5th Marine Division. His first day entailed a truck ride out to

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Have Hope Peer Recovery Center Preparing for Grand Opening
By Kim McMann, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Saturday, January 06, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the past six months, a growing community has been meeting weekly to create a safe haven for people in recovery.     And now, that community is able to meet in its own space, the Have Hope Peer Recovery Center located at 37 Main St.   Director Rebecca Dodge on Wednesday pointed out a change from the previous week, the first week the gathering met inside the new center: no borrowed chairs.   "We are sitting on our own chairs," she said to a round of applause.   The organization's mission is peer support recovery rooted in dignity and respect. It was made possible by a five-year state Bureau of Substance and Addiction

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Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Live Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:42PM / Friday, January 05, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including a First Friday event, live music, and last chance holiday light experiences.     Editor's Pick   North Adams First Friday  Downtown North Adams Time: 5 to 9 p.m.    Just because the holidays are over does not mean you can't celebrate the winter season. This month the First Friday event will have a "Cozy" theme.    Downtown North Adams will be lit up with the LumiNAMA holiday lights festival. Gather with fellow community members to explore downtown businesses that have extended hours.    There will also be events including art receptions, a Pajama

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2024 Starting With Snow Storm
11:21AM / Friday, January 05, 2024
The Berkshires could see its first major winter snow event this weekend with some outlets predicting over 10 inches to fall starting Saturday night.   iBerkshires has its first cancellation: The take-and-eat meal ministry this Sunday at All Saints Church in North Adams. We will update this listing if we receive more cancellations.    Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency and reminds residents that if they do not have off-street parking to park on the even side from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday and on the odd side from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday. The McKay Street parking garage is open for free overnight parking for the duration of the emergency. Residents are also

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North Adams Reverend Recipient of the 2024 Peacemaker Award
10:52AM / Friday, January 05, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year the MLK Jr. Day of Service Committee announced that the Rev. Mary Frances Curns has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Peacemaker Award.   The Peacemaker Award is given annually to an individual or group in Northern Berkshire. The award, which originated as part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, is made to persons who have contributed substantially to peace in our region. In general, the Peacemaker Award recognizes persons who have a history of working with people and/or neighborhoods and communities to provide for greater tolerance, understanding, and caring.    This year the MLK Jr. Day of Service Committee

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Adams Selectmen Sign 25-Year Agreement With Campground Developer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:40PM / Thursday, January 04, 2024

An initial plan for the camping area that could include cabins, tents and Airstreams. ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams has signed a 25-year development agreement with Shared Estates Asset Fund to construct a camping venue at the Greylock Glen.    The company will pay the town at least $74,400 annually; up to 7 percent of its gross profits; and real estate and property taxes.    The 3-1 vote by the Selectmen came after nearly three hours of reviewing the agreement in executive session with attorneys on Wednesday night. Selectman Joseph Novak vote no; Selectman Richard Blanchard was absent.    The agreement lays out a roadmap as Shared Estates begins

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