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Adams Picks Mass Audubon for Glen Educator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Audubon Society has been part of the visioning process of the 1,063-acre Greylock Glen development for well more than a decade.    Now it will be providing environmental educational opportunities at the glen as the first service provider at the soon to open Outdoor Center in the 50 acres being developed.   The Select Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the nature nonprofit to offer year-round programming.    "The Outdoor Center has always been designed to be occupied by two in particular operators, one being the educational programming provider and the restaurant operator," said Town

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North Adams Dealt With Big Projects, Big Challenges in 2023
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:56PM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Gov. Healey came to North Adams to survey the damage caused by torrential rains in July.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is ending a year filled with major projects getting underway, some massive infrastructure challenges and the announced revival of a significant pillar of the community.    In a year of "big" news, the resurrection of North Adams Regional Hospital was a stunner for many in the community.     The hospital closed in 2014 when its owner Northern Berkshire Healthcare went bankrupt and its assets purchased by Berkshire Health Systems. It's demise was a shock to the North County system. More than 500 jobs were affected and

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North Adams Public Schools Art Teacher Wins Award
02:08PM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This fall, the North Adams Public Schools (NAPS) District Arts Integration Specialist, Leslie Appleget, won the 2023 Outstanding Community Arts Education Collaborative Multidisciplinary Award from stateside arts collaborative Arts|Learning.    The award was conferred at Arts|Learning's 36th Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards in November at Boston Renaissance Charter School. Appleget is the only award recipient in the 2023 award cohort to represent arts education work based in Berkshire County.   According to a press release, this award recognizes arts educators who have developed a model of arts education collaborative between

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Roots Teen Center Hires Executive Director
10:47AM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — ROOTS Teen Center has hired Amelia Wood as the new Executive Director.   In this new position, Wood aims to meet the interests and needs of teens by creating partnerships with Northern Berkshire school systems and local organizations, artists, and collaborators.   Wood, a North Adams native, graduated from Drury High School and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she studied Fine & Performing Arts and Sociology. Wood spent the last decade in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her early career was focused on early childhood art and museum education.   Roots Teen Center is located on 51 Ashland St.   Roots Teen Center, founded in 2015, was

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MCLA Women's Basketball Earns Road Win
09:15AM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Kristie Zator had a double-double Tuesday to lead the MCLA women's basketball team to a 45-27 win over Dean College.   Zator finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Trailblazers' first game after their winter break.   Wahconah graduate Eva Eberwein scored 11 points and had three steals in the win.   MCLA (3-9) opens MASCAC play on Wednesday night at home against Fitchburg.

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Gun Safety Resolution OK'd in North Adams Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:20AM / Wednesday, January 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday reorganized for the new term, heard updates on a number of issues and approved a gun safety resolution promoted by the Be SMART campaign.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey is the chair of the committee because of her office but the vice chair is elected by the committee members.   David Sookey was unanimously elected vice chair on the nomination of Richard Alcombright.    Sookey had nominated Alcombright and Emily Daunis nominated herself; all nominations were seconded. Tara Jacobs was absent.   Daunis said she was interested in expanding her role but recognized Sookey was nominated by Alcombright, who has been

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BHS Reinstitutes Masking and Updates Visitor Guidelines
05:31PM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of a significant increase in the incidence of respiratory illness locally, Berkshire Health Systems has resumed mandatory masking for staff, patients and visitors, and has instituted changes in its visitation policy, effective on Wednesday, Jan. 3.   The updated masking and visitation guidelines impact Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the North Adams and Hillcrest Campuses of BMC and BMC and Fairview provider practices across the county.   "The new year has brought with it a new wave of respiratory illness. As always, BHS has been monitoring the infection levels in our region so that we can act promptly and effectively to keep

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New Year's financial resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:39PM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
Now that we've reached 2024, you might be thinking about your goals and hopes for the new year. But in addition to whatever personal resolutions you might make — volunteering, going to the gym more, learning a new language and others — why not make some financial resolutions, too?   Here are a few to consider:   Boost your retirement savings. If you can afford it, try to increase your contributions to your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. The more you put away in these accounts, the greater your chances of reaching your retirement goals. At a minimum, contribute enough to your 401(k) to earn your employer's match, if one is

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North Adams Mayor, Councilor Envision Teamwork, Risk to Tackle Challenges
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:47PM / Monday, January 01, 2024
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey is sworn in for her second term in the corner office.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new government was sworn in on New Year's morning with a call for teamwork and a pledge for a "deep dive" into the city's challenges this new year.    "I will continue to be a forward-thinking leader, a leader that North Adams deserves and we will put plans into action and sustain the future of this community," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey in her second term inaugural address. "The days of kicking the can down the road are done. We need to think outside the box. Take a few risks. Experiment a little bit, as governing like

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North Adams Marks the New Year With First Annual Ball Drop
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:10AM / Monday, January 01, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey, left, and her sister, Libby Macksey, pose with the New Year's ball on Sunday night.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Several hundred people gathered in the Center Street parking lot to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve.    It was hours before midnight and took a double count to make its way down but cheers, whistles and tooting horns filled the air for an early welcome to 2024.   The event was the inspiration of "first sister" Libby Macksey.    "My sister has a lot of crazy ideas," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "She said we need to have our own ball drop ... and ran right to Bud

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Happy New Year From iBerkshires.com
iBerkshires Staff,
07:01AM / Monday, January 01, 2024

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2024.

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OTT Taxi Told to 'Cease Operations'
Staff Reports,
05:37PM / Sunday, December 31, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local taxi company was told by the city to close its doors at 8 a.m. on New Year's Day after failing to find a new office location.    The closure of OTT Taxi was announced as "temporary" through Facebook posts but not on its website.    The company has apparently been operating without a permanent location since at least October. According to the city, owner John Lord has told it of a half-dozen potential sites but none have panned out.   Interim Police Chief Mark Bailey informed Lord in a letter dated Dec. 18 that his request for the latest location, the back room at the Xtra Mart, was rejected because the owner of that

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