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Letter: Vote for Bernard
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

To the Editor:

The momentum and excitement in the Northern Berkshires, specifically North Adams, is presently at an all-time high. Not only are people discovering the hidden gem that North Adams is, but they are moving and investing here.

Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed some exciting new developments that have brought businesses, jobs and new life to the city. The best part is there is, so much more to come. With that being said, I ask the residents of North Adams to support Mayor Thomas Bernard as he runs for his second term in office. Mayor Bernard has been a champion for all of the new growth and forward moving developments that are under way in North Adams.

I have had


Biz Briefs: 'Binka Bear' Wins All-Ideas Pitch Contest
04:47PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019
Entrepreneurship for All

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County ran their first All-Ideas Pitch Contest at the Berkshire Museum, awarding a first prize of $1,000 to Kaitlyn Pierce of Binka Bear, a product that helps wean children off pacifiers. She also won the "Fan Favorite" award of $500.

Second place prize of $750 went to Michelle Latimer and Leia Miller for their idea "413 Bubbly," a mobile prosecco/Champagne business. Third place went to Erin Laundry of Bottomless Bricks, a building-block birthday party business with a storefront in Adams. More than hundred members of the community came to support the new business ideas:  11 individuals were


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012


Don't Change 401(k) Mix During Market Drops
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:26AM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

As you're well aware, we've seen some sudden and sizable drops in the financial markets in 2019. While market volatility is nothing new, the recent plunges happened during a period of general political and economic unease. Still, it can be harmful to overreact to such events – especially if it means making radical changes to your 401(k).

And yet, many people do just that. During market downturns, investors often move money from their 401(k)’s stock accounts into perceived safer accounts, such as those primarily containing bonds or other fixed-income securities. This move may result in reduced volatility on your 401(k) statements, and if that's all you want, you


MCLA Volleyball Team Clinches Post-Season Berth
10:29PM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Reagan Scattergood had 10 kills and four blocks Wednesday to lead the MCLA volleyball team to a three-set win over Worcester State as the Trailblazers clinched a berth in the MASCAC playoffs.   Lee's Ahna Schleafer had five digs for MCLA, which won by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 25-12.   The Trailblazers (16-8, 4-2) go to New Hampshire on Saturday to face Castleton State and Plymouth State.   Men's Soccer KEENE, N.H. -- Connor Downey scored a pair of goals to lead Keene State to a 2-0 win over MCLA.   Sean Bradshaw made four saves for the Trailblazers (3-11), who host Mass Maritime on Friday.


Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt Winners 2019
01:50PM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Committee has announced the conclusion of this year's hunt.  All winners, non-winners and sponsors are thanked for their participation. Colors and trees dominated the 2019 locations.     See the original clues here.   Results are as follows:   1.      Au national symbol: Golden Eagle Clarksburg by Alison Czarnecki, North Adams   2.      Evergreen not golden, Fir Inn: Pine Lodge Trailer Park, Williamstown found but unclaimed   3.      Now favorite fishing hole: The Spruces, Williamstown, by Annette Czarnecki,


2019 Fall Foliage & Children's Parade Float and Band Winners
01:28PM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Drury High band won two trophies — Flaming Leaves and Band Front. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — 1Berkshire along with the city of North Adams presented the 64th annual Fall Foliage Festival Parade on Sunday, Oct. 6, to thousands of attendees from the Berkshires and beyond. This year's parade theme, "There's No Place Like Home in the Berkshires" was a festive theme that yielded some unique, creative floats and certainly brought out the child in all attendees.    With more than a dozen floats and talented musicians, the float and band judging proved to be more challenging than ever. The winners of these


Women's Political Caucus Endorses North Adams, Pittsfield Candidates
12:46PM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee has endorsed a dozen women seeking election for all levels of government in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley, including in North Adams and Pittsfield.    In North Adams, the PAC has again endorsed Lisa Blackmer and Marie T. Harpin, both of whom are running for at-large seats on the North Adams City Council. Harpin is running for a second term and Blackmer for a sixth term, after a two-year break from the council.   In Pittsfield, the PAC is endorsing Linday Tyer in her run for re-election for a second term as Pittsfield mayor. It is endorsing for the second time Helen Moon,


Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
09:17AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
North Adams City Council Forums Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. / HiLo club, 55 Union St.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students in professor Samantha Pettey's "State and Local Politics" are hosting two candidate forums for City Council candidates in conjunction with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce.   The two events were split between the 14 council candidates running for nine seats and the seven candidates running for school committees — five candidates for three seats on the North Adams School Committee and four candidates for three seats on the McCann School Committee.     At each event, candidates will meet


Baseball in the Berkshires Presents 'Batmania' Talk
Community submission,
07:51AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Just in time for Halloween, the Baseball in the Berkshires museum will host "Batmania: The History of Bats" on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.   Educator Jeff Wallace from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will give the presentation on the history of bats.   Participants will be able to see, touch and handle bats from the 1850s to today, including bats used by Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Dave Mattingly, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and Mike Judge.   Admission is free.   The Lichtenstein Center is located at 28 Renne Ave.


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 23-29
11:00AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 2nd - Masquerade at Greylock WORKS
On November 2nd, three weeks before FESTIVE, come to gWorks to dance in disguise at our MASQUERADE Halloween costume party! Doors open at 8pm !
Celebrate your costume ingenuity with DJ BFG spinning seamless upbeat dance music within immersive theatrical lighting choreographed by LJ McZawa.
Whether you're coming out in a dramatic mask + your favorite party clothes or a full-body transformation, our local friends are joining in on the fun to motivate your creativity with Costume Themes and


Two-Vehicle Crash on Mass Ave Injures Four
Staff Reports,
10:26AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Tuesday morning two-car accident sent four to Berkshire Medical Center North's emergency satellite facility with only minor injuries.   Police responded to the accident around 9 a.m. near Church Hill on Massachusetts Avenue, near Blackinton Church.    A gray Nissan Rogue eastbound toward the city center was sideswiped by a red Toyota Venza sedan traveling west, according to police.   This portion of the heavily traveled street is often narrowed by vehicles parked along the side of the road.   An officer conducting preliminary accident reconstruction said the Toyota appears to have left its lane of travel and that the Nissan, after


North Adams Committee Reviewing Mechanism for Legal Opinions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council has a right to counsel — but the General Government Committee is weighing how much is enough.    The council had objected last year when the city switched over to KP Law as city solicitor, limiting council members' access to the Boston law firm. The council members had been used to contacting former City Solicitor John B. DeRosa, who'd been kept on retainer for 35 years before stepping down in March 2018.   Instead, the council had been limited to requesting opinions through the administration, which often provided answers based on state law but not on a legal opinion from the solicitor. Councilors were particularly

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