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Housatonic Earns Upset Win; Adams Aces Stay Perfect
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11:17AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Ryan Shook threw three shutout innings Sunday to lead the Housatonic River Monsters to a 4-2 win over the Great Barrington Millers in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Shook helped his cause with a double and a run batted in at the plate. Jake Simon also drove in a run for Housatonic.   Tyler Spofford went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Spencer Cookson doubled in a run for Great Barrington.   Housatonic improved to 5-4 this summer.   Over-35-League BBA 11, Berkshire Devils 2 Carter Matthews went 4-for-4, and Hunter Potash was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead BBA.   Christian Robitaille was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for BBA, which got eight strikeouts over four innings from

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CHP Names Dr. Yaman Kana as Associate Dental Director
10:26AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Dr. Yaman Kana has been promoted to the position of associate dental director at Community Health Programs.   Kana will continue to practice dentistry as he assists with oversight of CHP's dental practices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and North Adams.   He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree at Ovidius University of Constanta in Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in private practice in Damascus, Syria and in the Syrian military.   On relocating to the Boston area, Kana he worked in private practice and at Boston University's Dental Health Center. He later worked at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then went

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Gallery 51 to Reopen for North Adams First Friday Event
08:01AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Gallery 51 will reopen with a reception for the exhibit "Hostile Terrain" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 2.    The gallery is joining the city of North Adams' First Friday event, when downtown shops and galleries remain open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.     Originally scheduled for September 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, "Hostile Terrain" has been a "year-and-a-half in the making," said Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Erica Wall.     During that time, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students and faculty were able to participate in

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Henry Earns Win on Mound as SteepleCats Win in Extra Innings
11:16PM / Monday, June 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jeremy Lea singled in the bottom of the 10th to drive in the winning run as the North Adams SteepleCats Monday beat the Upper Valley Nighthawks, 9-8, in New England Collegiate Baseball League play.   Monument Mountain graduate Jared Henry earned the win on the mound with four innings of scoreless relief.   Henry, a student at UMass-Amherst, struck out three and lowered his earned run average to 5.14 this summer.   John Marti doubled in a run and scored in a two-run bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Marti went 3-for-3 on the night.   Jon Kozarian went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, and Hayden Gilliland drove in four runs for the

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Great Barrington Little League Hosting District Tournaments
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09:39AM / Monday, June 28, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Little League post-season play gets underway on Friday evening at Olympia Meadows.   The Donald Gleason District 1 8- to 10-year-old tournament is the first of three district all-star tournaments to be hosted by the Great Barrington Little League over the next couple of weeks.   The three tournaments will use fields at Olympian Meadows (578 South Main St., Great Barrington) and the Sheffield Town Park (Frederic Lane).   On Friday, host Great Barrington will take on the Pittsfield National League, and Dalton/Hinsdale will play the Pittsfield American League at 5 p.m. in the first games of round-robin play.   After each team plays

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Man Jumped Off North Adams Bridge Sunday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:32AM / Monday, June 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams man is believed to have jumped from the Veterans Memorial Bridge to his death Sunday evening.   Police Chief Jason Wood said just before 6 p.m. Sunday a man identified as Maarten Pellegrini, age 40, parked his car on the Route 2 bridge.   "Sounds like he parked his car on the bridge ... right next to K-M Toyota," Wood said. "He got out and jumped off the bridge onto the railroad tracks."   Two kids playing near the tracks witnessed the fall and ran home to tell their parents. The police were then notified.   Wood said typically police would have tried to intervene and prevent the suicide, but they did not have

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Berkshire Palate Expands with 413 Bistro & Pittsfield Location
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, June 28, 2021

The Brassards are also opening a restaurant in the Richmond Grill in North Adams.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owners of farm-to-table eatery Berkshire Palate are opening a location in Pittsfield and 413 Bistro in North Adams.

The Pittsfield location will occupy the spacious venue in Hotel on North and 413 Bistro will be in the previously shuttered restaurant attached to the Holiday Inn on Main Street in North Adams.

Berkshire Palate is a family-owned and run operation with a seasonal, rotating menu of food that is sourced locally and prepared on-site.  

"We use a little over 20 local farms and food purveyors, we have a very seasonal menu and craft food, like honest to

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AYJ Fund Event Raises Over $10K for Children With Cancer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Monday, June 28, 2021

Anna Yan Ji Arabia

RICHMOND, Mass. — A local fund for children with cancer raised $10,500 at a winery event about a week ago.

The June 18 fundraiser was held by the AYJ Fund of North Adams at Balderdash Winery. Around 175 people gathered in support of the cause.

"This community is very special," the fund's Executive Director Kathy Arabia said. "And when people understand how great the need is, people, step up to the plate, it makes a huge, major difference in the lives of these kids and their family."

AYJ Fund was founded by Kathy and Joe Arabia in honor of their daughter Anna Yan Ji Arabia, who passed away from a rare brain cancer called gliomatosis

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Veteran Spotlight: Cpl. Adam Gonska
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:26PM / Sunday, June 27, 2021

Gonska served in Kuwait, Qatar and in Afghanistan during a Middle East deployment. Some of his best memories were of the interpreters he met in Afghanistan. OTIS, Mass. — Cpl. Adam Gonska served his country in the Army Reserve as a battalion medic from 2011 to 2019.    He was deployed three times during his service, once in the Middle East and twice to Germany. Growing up in Sandisfield, he was sent to basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.    "I was 22 years old at the time and already had a lot life experiences under my belt. The drill instructors were about my age. I had a great deal of respect for them and [they] pretty much left me alone,"

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Q&A: Guardian, Greylock, and Berkshire Bank Reflect on a Year of Remote Work
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Sunday, June 27, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local employers are seeing increases in productivity with work from home models and will take some aspects of this year into the future.

In the 15 months since Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, many industries were forced to pivot to remote work almost instantaneously. 

To reflect on the positives, negatives, and what will remain from this year of virtual work, iBerkshires corresponded with three Pittsfield corporations whose operations are currently more than 75 percent remote.

President and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union John Bissell spoke on the importance of prioritizing employee well-being and supporting local businesses because

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Middleton's Grand Slam Leads SteepleCats to Home Win
iBerkshires.com Sports,
11:14PM / Saturday, June 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Charles Middleton hit a grand slam to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to an 8-3 win over the North Shore Navigators on Saturday.   Thomas Gavello also homered for North Adams (7-7-2) which scored eight runs on just six hits. It scored seven of those runs in the fifth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.   Richard Alexy earned the win on the mound with two innings of scoreless relief. Jake Cubbler threw three innings of shutout ball, strikin gout five.   North Adams is off on Sunday but home on Monday to take on the Upper Valley Nighthawks.

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North Adams Public Library Seeks Public Input
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, June 25, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees are seeking public input to inform a new strategic plan.   "We are asking what kind of community residents of North Adams want to live in, and we hope to use that information to guide our decision-making as we develop new programs and collections, and assess what we are already doing," Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo said.   Sanfilippo said the trustees actually started the process last March. With the pandemic, the project was put on hold for about a year.    "We thought answers to the questions we wanted to ask would be colored by the pandemic," she said. "We still think the pandemic will affect

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