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Consider family meeting to discuss estate plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:59AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
At some point, you'll want to share your estate plans with your loved ones — and the first step in this process may be to hold a family meeting.   The best time to hold this meeting is when you're still in good mental and physical shape, and the enactment of your estate plans may well be years away. But what topics should you cover?   Consider these main areas:   Your wishes — and those of your family. Use this meeting to introduce your estate plans and, in a basic sense, what you hope to accomplish with them ­— leave money to your family, support charitable groups and so on. You'll want to emphasize that you want to be equitable in what

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Berkshire Organizations, Schools Awarded Mass Cultural Council Grants
08:53AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mass Cultural Council announced the 299 recipients of the Fiscal Year 2024 STARS Residencies grants.    This $1,502,450 investment will place teaching artists, scientists, and humanists, into schools, bringing cultural enrichment to more than 32,000 Massachusetts students.   "Connecting young people to creativity and a broad range of cultural experiences helps students develop essential skills that set them up for future success," said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. "The academic enrichment provided through STARS does exactly that by challenging students in new ways and encouraging them to tap into their

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North Adams Marks Martin Luther King Jr. With Service and Honors
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Monday, January 15, 2024

The Rev. Mary Frances Curns of All Saints Episcopal Church urges the gathering to plant 'seeds of light.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's recipient of the Peacemaker Award urged the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service gathering to plant seeds of light and seeds of love.   "My friends I'm so glad to be here on this day and to be honored and I'm humbled. But this award is not about just today. This award is about our lives, being the light to those that live in darkness, who have no hope, have no peace and let us be seedlings of light," said the Rev. Mary Frances Curns of All Saints Episcopal Church. "Let us be planters every

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Figuring Out Fevers in Kids
11:34AM / Monday, January 15, 2024

Few things make a parent feel more helpless than when their child has a fever. The good news is most fevers are harmless. In fact, they’re a signal that your child’s immune system is working to fight infection. Nonetheless, it can be distressing when your child is unwell. There are so many questions: How high a fever is too high? What medication—if any—should I give them? When should I call a doctor?

Before we dive into those questions, let’s explore what a fever is and how to recognize it.

To begin with, a fever is not an illness. Rather, it’s a symptom of an illness. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a body temperature at

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Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant in North Adams Changes Hands
04:47PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant has changed hands but there is so far no plans to change the name or significantly alter menu.    The Wangs have been a mainstay in the Berkshire Plaza on Main Street for 21 years, first as the China Buffet and then as Meng's since 2017.    Owners Meng Wu "Jason" Wang and Yaling "Joy" Wang put the business up for sale recently and closed a deal with a couple from New York on Jan. 7.    Jason Wang was classically trained as a chef in China. He and his wife moved to North Adams 21 years ago to raise their children and serve this community. They worked at other restaurants before

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National Grid Prepared for a Third Winter Storm of the Week
04:00PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
WALTHAM, MA – National Grid is prepared for a third winter storm of the week to impact Massachusetts Friday evening through Saturday, bringing hazardous wind gusts and heavy rains into the region.   The primary concerns associated with this storm include heavy rains, the potential for flooding in coastal and low-lying areas, and significant sustained wind, including the possibility of hazardous peak wind gusts of up to 60 mph in coastal areas. Saturated grounds from heavy rainfall and recent snow melting along with gusting winds can damage trees and knock down power wires, causing power outages in impacted locations. The storm will arrive late Friday and is predicted to depart

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Friday, January 12, 2024

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 15. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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Drury High School to Host End-of-Semester Showcase
10:42AM / Friday, January 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On behalf of the Drury Portrait of a Graduate Student Team and Drury staff, North Adams Public Schools families and community members are invited to attend Drury High School's first annual End of Semester Showcase.   The showcase takes place on Jan. 23 from 11:30AM–2:00PM at the school.   The showcase will offer audiences an understanding of what Drury students have learned during their Project-Based Learning courses, and the types of academic content they've explored.    End-of-semester work from Project-Based Learning classes will be presented and displayed by Drury students.   Students will also share a video presentation

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Clarksburg Has Finance Committee in Place After 2 Years
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:17AM / Friday, January 12, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town finally has a Finance Committee in place after nearly two years.    Moderator Ronald Boucher informed the Select Board on Thursday that he had appointed Carla Fosser and Charles "Chuck" Lewitt for terms ending on Jan. 11 in 2025 and 2026, respectively.   "They play a very, very important role here in the town," said Boucher, whose position is authorized to appoint the three-person committee. "I understand the Select Board can oversee [the finances] but really those guys are the checks and balances to make sure we're set up correctly and moving forward."   He expected to have a third person soon to fill

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Weekend Outlook: Music, Comedy, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:41PM / Thursday, January 11, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, museum tours, and more.   Editor's Pick   
Zainab Johnson Zainab Johnson Comedy Performance  Mass MoCA, North Adams Time: Saturday, 8 p.m.    Standup comedian, actor and writer Zainab Johnson will share her perspective that was shaped by growing up as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family.    She is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York and the Comedy Store and Improv in Los  Angeles. She hosts Netflix's "100 Humans" and can be seen on the Amazon series "Upload."   Tickets cost $22 in

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Gittens' 31 Lead MCLA in Narrow Road Win
08:47AM / Thursday, January 11, 2024
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Taconic High graduate Quentin Gittens scored a career-high 31 points Wednesday to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to an 80-76 win over Bridgewater State.   Hayden Morris-Gray made a layup with just less than two minutes left in regulation to give the Trailblazers a 78-71 lead.   After the Bears got within two points on a 3-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock, Jojo Garcia drew a foul with 1 second remaining and made both his free throws to secure the win.   MCLA (7-7, 2-1 MASCAC) hosts Salem State on Saturday.   Women's Basketball BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Kylie Grassi scored 18 points to lead Bridgewater State to a 71-33 win over

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North Adams Council OKs Reappointments
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday confirmed a number of reappointments to commissions and boards and reviewed Rules of Order for the new term.   This was the first regular meeting of the newly sworn in council and its President Bryan Sapienza. However, Tuesday night's sleet and snow kept some councilors home but enough for a quorum for the half-hour meeting. Attending were Sapienza and Councilors Lisa Blackmer, Keith Bona, Andrew Fitch and Peter Oleskiewicz.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey put forward the following reappointments:   Reappointment of Edward Marino to the Cemetery Commission for a term to expire Jan. 1, 2027; Julie Hanify, Patricia Flaherty,

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