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Adams Burglary Suspect Dies
Staff Reports,
07:09PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Authorities say a suspect in a burglary last week on Spring Street died the day after the incident.    Mark Bednarz, 56, died on Friday, Feb. 10, while in the hospital, according to the District Attorney's Office, which released the information on Tuesday.   Police had confirmed that there unspecified injuries in the daylight breaking and entering at a home on Spring Street.    Adams Police and State Police had responded to the home of Thomas Granger, 73, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Granger told police he had come home to find Bednarz breaking into his residence and that a struggle had ensued.    Bednarz was injured during


Don't let fear drive investment decisions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:38AM / Tuesday, February 14, 2023
In the past year, we've seen some big swings in the financial markets. This volatility may make you feel as if you have little control over your investment success. But the truth is, you do have more control than you might think — as long as you don't let fear guide your decisions.   Investment-related fear can manifest itself in a few different ways: Fear of loss – Some investors may emphasize avoiding losses more than achieving gains. Consequently, they might build portfolios they consider very low in risk, possibly containing a high percentage of certificates of deposit (CDs) and U.S. Treasury securities. Yet, a highly conservative approach carries its own risk


North Adams Planners Push Off 3 Business Changes to Allow Wider Debate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:18AM / Tuesday, February 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board pushed three communications on their agenda to the next month to give citizens a chance to speak to the proposed business changes.    Stop & Shop and Bro MX both inquired about changing business hours and Ben Crespi is proposing to operate his glamping resort year round.    "All of which I believe ... are far larger than minor changes to their application," said Chair Brian Miksic. "And so, because of that, I want all of you guys to be able to speak to that. But the way the meeting is set up is that it has to be on the public meeting agenda."    Miksic said all three businesses had engendered


BArT Charter Basketball Advances to League Semi-Final
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
06:46PM / Monday, February 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Sawyer Moser Monday scored 20 points to lead the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School basketball team to a 58-40 win over Hadley's Hartsbrook School in the River Valley Athletic League tournament.   The Wolf Pack used a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take control of the game, and the margin never dipped below 12 points the rest of the way.   Corey Lynch scored 15, and Matt Lizzo scored 11 for BArT in a game played at the Armory. Ivan Chen added seven points in a game that doubled as Senior Day for BArT, which saw its regular season finale canceled due to weather.   BArT coach Rob Daugherty said that his team made the most of its


Explore the Unknown at the North Adams Public Library
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Monday, February 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Let your curious side run rampant and explore the unknown with UFO and Bigfoot explorer Ronny LeBlanc on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the North Adams Public Library.    "Einstein said, 'I have no special talent. I'm just really curious' and I think that humans are always curious. We're trying to learn, we're trying to figure things out. Our brain is designed to try to understand and comprehend things," LeBlanc said in a recent interview.    The event provides an opportunity to interact with fellow paranormal enthusiasts, reference librarian Lisa Harding said.    "I think first and foremost,


SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 10
08:23AM / Monday, February 13, 2023

February 10, 2023

Restoring Heart Health After a Cardiac Event

Each year, 805,000 Americans have a heart attack. For 200,000 of those folks, it’s not their first. Learn how cardiac rehab can help prevent a second heart


North Adams Wags its Tail for Roxies Barkery
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:48AM / Monday, February 13, 2023

Jackson's Favorites are peanut butter, blueberry banana and bacon biscuits, named for the family's border collie-Lab mix who died four years ago.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass — When McKenna Burzimati adopted her first dog, a beagle named Roxie, she found it difficult to find quality treats that were not filled with unhealthy ingredients, dyes, or preservatives.   Dogs have long been a part of her life growing up, in part leading to her past work as a veterinary assistant and attending a year of vet technician training.    This struggle to find healthy treats in addition to the allergies and food sensitivities she noticed pets experiencing during her


First Congregational Church 'Share the Love' Returns This Valentine's Day
03:57PM / Sunday, February 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In February 2022, the First Congregational Church North Adams (FCCNA) raised $5,100 to help our neighbors in need at Berkshire Food Project, Louison House, and the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry.    The Valentine's Day, FCCNA invites Berkshire County residents to contribute again.   For every $100 received, FCCNA will donate $25. All proceeds will be split evenly among the three recipient organizations.   Checks should be made payable to First Congregational Church North Adams, with "Share the Love" in the memo line, and sent to Missions Ministry–FCCNA, 134 Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.    Contributions


Recent Grants and Donations to BAAMS
04:17PM / Saturday, February 11, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc., (BAAMS) announced it has recently garnered support from several donors and foundations, all contributing to the expansion of its mission and increasing its ability to serve more young music students from Berkshire County and beyond.   A donation was received from Michelle Daunais and Rick Seto of Weymouth, double matched by Takeda Pharmaceutical, as well as funds raised through Network for Good, and funds were also donated in Memory of John T. "Jack" Gould, of North Adams, who passed away in December, 2022, made possible by the family of Jack Gould and the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral


1Berkshire Receives Regional Economic Development Organization Grant
08:20AM / Friday, February 10, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire announced that it is the recipient of a $295,000 grant award through the Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) grant program.    This funding is made available because of statewide investments made by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) and the support of the Berkshire County Legislative Delegation.   The funding from the REDO grant will help to sustain the ongoing work of the 1Berkshire Economic Development team's support of small businesses, implementation efforts associated with the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, and the ongoing regional efforts to bolster the Berkshire economy. Additionally, as part of


Nominations Sought for North Adams Women's Hall of Fame
03:42PM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Jennifer A. Macksey is seeking nominations from the public for the Women's History Hall of Fame.    The mayor, the first woman to lead the city, established the Hall of Fame last year to recognize women who "have had a positive impact on the community, and have been an overall example of courage, strength and wisdom." The founding members are former City Council President Frances Buckley, former Gov. Jane Swift, women's boxing pioneer Gail Grandchamp and the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.     The woman inducted into the Hall of Fame will have her name added to the plaque hanging inside City Hall.   Forms


SVHC Welcomes Local Midwives to SVMC OB/GYN
10:45AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Certified Nurse Midwives Kim Griffin, CNM, and Amy Kranick, CNM, MSN, to SVMC OB/GYN and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    "Women at every stage of life need expert guidance for managing their health care and understanding their options," said SVMC's Chair of the Department of Obstetrics Kimberley Sampson. "I am delighted to expand our team by welcoming Kim and Amy."   The two had been partners in Women's View Midwifery and Women's Health, which was located in the Medical Office Building on the SVMC campus in Bennington. Their former practice's patients


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