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Mass MoCA Commission Approves Mental Health Practices as Tenants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mass MoCA Commission on Thursday approved three new tenants for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.    Kimma Stark, project manager at the museum, gave the commission the rundown on each of the new tenants.    Eric Beeman is a licensed mental health counselor who uses art in his therapy. He holds a master's degree in expressive arts and arts therapy from Lesley University, where he's also taught graduate-level practices and principles of expressive art therapy.   He integrates creative arts based interventions into his clinical work including drawing painting, poetry, writing, brief drama and roleplay, movement and sound.

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BAAMS Receives $10K Donation from Noel Family
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Sunday, May 19, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies Inc. (BAAMS) has recently garnered significant support from the family of the late Edward J. Noel Jr. 

This backing came in the form of a $10,000 donation awarded in April, facilitated by Kirby Noel, son of the late North Adams educator, through NexPoint Philanthropies of Dallas, Texas, an auxiliary of the Dallas Foundation.

"We were thrilled and delighted, and it came as a pleasant shock that the Noel family would choose to donate that level of sponsorship. In the world of nonprofit arts education fundraising, we hear a lot of nos and our requests may even be ignored — so when you have a

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North Adams Finance Committee Endorses Additional Positions in $49M Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Friday, May 17, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $49 million fiscal 2025 budget proposed by Mayor Jennifer Macksey restores some positions at City Hall lost during leaner years.    But not enough for Finance Committee member Andrew Fitch, who voted against the compensation and classification plan because it did not include a city planner.    He was quick to say he wouldn't vote against the budget, but rather wanted to stress how important he thought the Community Development Office is.    "I just I really want to advocate for strengthening that department. I just see so many things connected to it and is able to get ourselves out of a fairly impoverished state if we

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Neal Secures $700,000 for North Adams Flood Chutes Project
12:13PM / Friday, May 17, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey at last August's signing of an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has secured $700,000 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget to complete a feasibility study of the Hoosic River flood chutes.     The Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a three-year, $3 million study of the aging concrete flood chutes that control the passage of the river through the city.    North Adams has ponied up $500,000 as part of its share of the study and another $1.5 million is expected to come from state and federal coffers. Neal previously secured $200,000 in the fiscal 2023

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Letter: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024

To the Editor:

The Board of Directors of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams wishes to thank the North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida Mountain community for their generation donations to the May 11 Letter Carrier Food Drive.

We received a total of 3,595 pounds of food and personal care items.

We equally want to thank our Letter Carriers who work out of the North Adams Post Office. They again went above and beyond in collecting the donations and bringing them to the collection and sorting site. They are always a pleasure to work with.

We also want to thank the Northern Berkshire United Way, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and the Berkshire United Way

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North Adams Draft Ordinance Allows More Retail Cannabis
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayor is asking the City Council to take up a revamp of the cannabis ordinance that will allow more establishments to licensed.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey provided the draft language on Tuesday night and said she's asked City Solicitor Nicole Constanza of KP Law to work with the General Government Committee.    "As an administration, we were focused on the new legislation that I believe came out in November and we've been kind of holding off as we've been hoping to get more information from the Cannabis Control Commission, which is very slow coming out," said the mayor.    "But we wanted to get the

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Weekend Outlook: ArtWeek Berkshires, Springtoberfest & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:48AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
This weekend, the Berkshires and surrounding areas will have a variety of events, including concerts, comedy, farmers' markets, and more.    Editor's Pick   ArtWeek Berkshires Various Venues in the Berkshires  May 17 to 27   The five Cultural Districts of Berkshire County will kick off its celebration of local creativity on Friday.    More than 100 hands-on or behind-the-scenes events and open studios across Berkshire will be held, including gallery shows, live performances, poetry readings, painting demos, and more.    More information here.   Friday   Live Comedy Bounti-Fare Restaurant, Adams Time: 8 p.m.    Los

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
08:00AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2024-2025 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.   All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Central Berkshire Regional School District

Kindergarten registration and preschool screening is now open and available online. To register for

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North Adams Liquor Store Has New Owner; Vegan Eatery Gets Alcohol License
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former V&V liquor store is expected to reopen under new management.    The License Board on Tuesday approved two license transfers including one for V&V and a license for a restaurant in the former BrewHaHa on West Main Street.    Tracy Rackauskas and Benjamin Dinsmore, owners of Migration Taco truck, purchased the old West End Market for $253,500 in December. They applied for an-alcohol license for their newest venture.    "We are hoping to have a small vegetable-forward restaurant there that will serve dinner from Thursday through Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.," said Rackauskas. "We're focusing on scratch-made

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Andrews, Brule Win Seats in Clarksburg
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:56AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town saw a tepid turnout for Tuesday's annual election despite races for Select Board and School Committee.    Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau said about 22 percent of the town's registered voters, or 273 out of 1,254, cast ballots.    Colton Andrews, a union executive, took first place with 137 votes in the three-way race for Select Board; Bryana Malloy garnered 70 votes and Seth Alexander 64.    Alexander also lost his challenge to School Committee incumbent Cynthia Brule, 191-78. However, he earned 199 votes unopposed for a one-year term as moderator and 198 for a five-year seat on the Planning Board.    Re-elected

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BAAMS Brass and Vocals Workshop
11:16AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) will hold trombone and brass, and vocals workshop featuring Steve Davis and Abena Koomson-Davis.    This opportunity will take place at the BAAMS academy in North Adams, MA, located at Building 6 in the Heritage State Park on Saturday, May 18, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.   Register here.   Steve Davis is a highly esteemed trombonist known for his exceptional contributions to jazz music. With a background that includes graduating from The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in '89, Davis has made significant waves in the music scene. He has collaborated with jazz

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BFAIR Recognizes Staff, Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:45PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Christine Mieklejohn, right, poses with award presenter Sally Hart Petersen and BFAIR Director of Development Tara Jacobsen. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Peter Johnson's starred in a film, hobnobbed with sports celebrities, lobbied on Beacon and Capitol Hill and won a gold medal in tennis.
An ambassador for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, he was the keynote speaker at Tuesday's annual meeting of Berkshire Family and Individual Resources and a potent example of what President and CEO Rich Weisenflue described as "self-advocacy, employment opportunities and inclusion."

"I want to say thank you to be here, most

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