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North Adams School Building Committee Looks Forward to Design Details
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Wednesday, December 20, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The "fun part" of designing a new school is about to start at the first of the year for the Greylock School project.   The Massachusetts School Building Authority's board unanimously approved the school district's preliminary plans on Dec. 13 and has invited it into the next module: preferred schematic design.   The proposed project would replace the existing Greylock Elementary School and Brayton Elementary School with a new consolidated facility for 240 students in kindergarten through Grade 2, plus pre-kindergarten, at the existing Greylock site.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Building Committee that they

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Avoid tapping into retirement savings early
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:04AM / Tuesday, December 19, 2023
If you want to make a big purchase, such as a new car or a piece of property, or you were faced with a large, unexpected expense, such as a major home or auto repair, would you have the funds readily available? If not, you might look at what may be your biggest pool of money — your 401(k) or IRA. But should you tap into these accounts well before you retire?   Maybe not — and here's why: Less money in retirement – The more money you invest in your retirement accounts, and the longer you keep it invested, the more you'll probably have when you need it most — when you're retired. Consequently, taking out sizable amounts from these accounts before you

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North Adams Regional Opening Moves Forward With State Approval
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:49AM / Tuesday, December 19, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state's Public Health Council approved the determination of need for North Adams Regional Hospital, and the hospital is now preparing to move forward with renovations.   The request by Berkshire Health Systems for a determination of need license was approved by the council last Wednesday; BHS received the official letter that the determination of need was awarded on Friday.    "So in my mind, it was really official on Friday," said BHS President and CEO Darlene Rodowicz. "An hour after we got that approval, we got the letter from the state authorizing us to move forward with completing the inpatient unit

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Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants
10:37AM / Monday, December 18, 2023
Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants    BOSTON - The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that it is delivering a total of $100 million to the state's 351 cities and towns to support local infrastructure.    The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment.     In Berkshire County:   Adams: $164,272  Becket: $152,417  Cheshire: $122,439  Clarksburg: $44,745  Dalton: $120,797 Egremont: $97,200   Florida: $106,215 Great Barrington: $229,932 Hancock: $41,765  Hinsdale: $97,435 Lanesborough: $132,353 Lee: $162,458  Lenox: $154,189 Monterey: $128,942  Mount Washington

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North Adams Hires Past Legion Commander as Veterans Services Officer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:01PM / Friday, December 15, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mitchell Keil has been hired at the new veterans services officer for the city of North Adams and district director for the additional communities of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Florida, Lanesborough, Savoy and Williamstown.   He was confirmed in his position at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. He replaces Air Force veteran Stephen Roy, who has resigned effective Dec. 22.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey thanked Roy for his service and that she wished him well in his future endeavors. She told the council that she believed Keil should be his successor.    Keil, past commander of American Legion Post 125, is a Marine veteran who served

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BArT Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines
08:08AM / Friday, December 15, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2023-2024 school year and the 2024-2025 school year.   The first enrollment deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is Thursday, Feb. 29 at noon. The easiest way to apply is to visit https://bartcharter.schoolmint.com/. Use the teal button in the top right corner of the webpage to toggle to 2024-2025 (it will then appear orange).   Interested families should note that the best way to secure a seat or a desirable waitlist spot for the 2024-2025 school year is to apply before the Feb. 29 deadline.   The final enrollment

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McCann's Harrington Selected for Superintendent's Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33AM / Friday, December 15, 2023

Principal Justin Kratz tells the School Committee about Harrington's academic achievements.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz joked that Amy Harrington had a report card even a toddler could read.   "Because you only need to know the letter A," he said. "You can read this report card at 2 years old because literally every single grade is A."   Harrington was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Certificate of Academic Excellence at the McCann School Committee on Thursday night.    She has a grade-point average of 4.41 and is hoping to study software

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Media & Technology Company Moving Headquarters to Mass MoCA
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:18PM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A media and technology company is moving to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts.   The Mass MoCA Commission on Monday approved a tenant agreement for Kinetek Inc., which will relocate its headquarters from Montpelier, Vt., to Building 1.       Principals Hugh and Debra McGrory and their new business partner Eyal Rimmon were introduced by Morgan Everett, head of public initiatives and real estate for MoCA.    "Kinetic is generative media company, working at the intersection of film, art and emerging technologies. They do a lot of amazing work," he said. "We're incredibly excited to welcome them to the Mass

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BIC Receives Collaborative Workspace Program Grant
10:56AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration joined state and local officials in Fitchburg to celebrate awards through the state's Community One Stop for Growth, including $950,000 in grants from the Collaborative Workspace Program.      In October, the Administration announced $164 million for 338 grant awards through the One Stop to support local economic development projects in 161 communities across the state.    "One of the things that makes Massachusetts special is our talent for innovation and entrepreneurship," said Governor Maura Healey. "These grants through the Collaborative Workspace Program will help turn that energy

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Know the key benefits of Roth IRA
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:02AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
As you save for retirement, you'll want to take full advantage of the investment vehicles available to you — and one of the best is a Roth IRA. But what sets it apart from other accounts?   Three key factors distinguish the Roth IRA: Tax-free earnings – When you invest in a Roth IRA, your earnings can grow tax free, provided you don't begin taking withdrawals until you're 59½ and you've had your account at least five years. If you don't meet these criteria, withdrawals of earnings will be subject to taxes and a possible 10% penalty. No penalties on withdrawals of contributions – You fund a Roth IRA with after-tax dollars, which means you

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North Adams American Legion 'Be Our Guest' Christmas Dinner
08:00AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the 68th year, Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 will be hosting its annual "Be Our Guest" Christmas dinner.    This is a free dinner for veterans’ and community members takes place on Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The dinner can be enjoyed in the American Legion, located at 91 American Legion Drive, or delivered throughout North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Williamstown, or Pownal, Readsboro, and Stamford, Vt.    The meal will consist of ham, potatoes, vegetables, a dinner roll, and a dessert. The post will open its doors for diners from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Delivery and Takeout will be available from 11:00 am

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North Adams Recognizes Work of Disability Awareness Advocates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mayor Jennifer Macksey reads a proclamation recognizing December as Disability Awareness Month.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A commission that has been working hard to make the city more accessible was recognized at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   Members of the Commission on Disabilities, friends and family were in Council Chambers to hear Mayor Jennifer Macksey read a proclamation declaring December as Disability Awareness Month.   Macksey also singled out two citizens — Jenna Thomas and Randall Kemp — for their work on awareness and advocacy.   "Our current commission has been very busy working hard on awareness rights and access.

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