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Clarksburg School Holding Off on School Choice Slots
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Thursday, April 14, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is holding off on opening any school choice slots until next fall.    The committee made the decision last week after reviewing enrollment numbers that show most grades are at or near the preferred number of 18 students for the upper grades and 16 for the lower.    The only grades without school choice students are pre-kindergarten through one, and Principal Tara Barnes cautioned that those grades may see an increase in resident children.    "This is such a shift from when I started here," said Barnes, who joined Clarksburg in 2015. "If you look down [at a graph she provided] you can see seventh to

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North Adams Public Library Book Sale Returns
11:33AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Friends of the Public Library plan to hold their annual book sale fundraiser this fall after a two-year hiatus.   The sale is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17, but the Friends are now accepting donations.   The Friends will accept items that are clean, odor-free, and in good condition.   Textbooks, magazines, periodicals, VHS tapes, abridged editions, or items that smell of smoke or mildew will not be accepted.   Those who would like to donate a large number of items, please contact library staff to arrange a drop-off time to avoid overwhelming the circulation staff.   Otherwise, all donations can be brought to the library during hours of

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Easter Events in the Berkshires
10:23AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way this April 17 ... and so are family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, April 16

CLARKSBURG: The Veterans of Foreign Wars annual egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Peter Cooke Memorial Town Field. 

  DALTON: Dalton Community Recreation Association hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn with the first hunt beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a busy weekend for the bunny because there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and candy donated by the Benefit Association.   LENOX: The Lenox Community Center hosts its annual Easter egg

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MCLA to Hold Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
08:04AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— On Thursday April 21, 2022, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) to recognize students for their work and dedication in producing academic projects.    This all-day event will feature a student poster session, individual presentations, and group work that encompasses the time and dedication MCLA's students have put into their academic endeavors in the past academic year.    The undergraduate research experience at MCLA encompasses a wide range of activities, from formal clinical studies to managing a publication like the MCLA Beacon, to artistic works and beyond.

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Clarksburg Sees Races for Select Board But No Candidates for 5 Offices
Staff Reports,
05:54PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has the only races on the ballot this year but five elected positions have no candidates.    Voters will select a Select Board member for a full three-year term and member for a one-year term, which will complete the term of Allen Arnold who quit the board last fall.    Danielle Luchi, who stepped down last month to apply for the town treasurer/tax collector position, returned signatures to run for a second three-year term. Challenging her is Robert Norcross of Conti Heights, a former member of the board and a current member of the Recreation Committee.    Luchi has to wait until she is off the board for 30 days before

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Adams and North Adams Receive Green Community Grants
04:12PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
LAWRENCE, Mass.  Both Adams and North Adams were among the 64 municipalities  in the Commonwealth that were awarded Green Community Grants to fund clean energy projects.   During an event Wednesday in the City of Lawrence, Governor Charlie Baker, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Patrick Woodcock announced the awarding of $8,291,629 in Green Communities Competitive Grants.   "Ongoing collaboration with public sector leaders at the state and local level significantly contributes to our Administration's goal of a cleaner, more reliable, and equitable energy

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New Funding Helps CHP Complete Phase 1 of Dental Expansion Project
01:08PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With the addition of clinical space in North Adams, Community Health Programs (chp) has completed the first phase of its countywide dental expansion project, and design work is now under way for a new dental practice facility in Adams.   These steps are part of CHP's multi-year plan to improve dental care access in the Berkshires who rely on MassHealth. Due to low reimbursement rates, fewer dental practices accept MassHealth. CHP intends to fill this widening gap.   A $60,000 award from the Gilson Family Foundation is supporting the dental expansion in Northern Berkshire, along with a $25,000 gift from the William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund

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North Adams Council, School Committee Support Fair Share Amendment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:49AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Both the City Council and School Committee have endorsed the Fair Share Amendment, a ballot initiative that would impose a 4 percent surtax on earned income past the first $1 million.     Proponents of the amendment say it will generate $2 billion a year for infrastructure and education.     The School Committee last week voted unanimously to support the amendment.   The approval on the City Council side was not unanimous — at 5-4 — with Councilors Peter Oleskiewicz, Brian Sapienza, Ashley Shade and Wayne Wilkinson voting in opposition.   Shade had aired her concerns after the presentation on the amendment last

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Should you make extra mortgage payments?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:22PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
You might enjoy owning your home – but the mortgage? Not so much. In fact, you might want to do everything you can to pay it off as quickly as possible. But is that always the best strategy?   In one sense, your mortgage can be considered a "good" debt because it's backed by a tangible asset – your home – that has real value and may even gain further value. Furthermore, by historical standards, you're probably paying a pretty low interest rate on your mortgage, so you're getting a lot of benefit  – a place to live and a potentially appreciating asset. And if you itemize on your taxes, you can possibly deduct some, or maybe all, of your

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Spring Temperatures, Rain This Easter Week
12:08PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
This week we should have a consistent run of mild spring-like temperatures in the Berkshires accompanied by steady rainfall.   Today, Tuesday, April 12, expect morning showers with clouds giving way to sun according to Accuweather. Expect a high around 67.   Similar conditions are expected Wednesday with the possibility of thunderstorms in the evening.   Thursday, April 14, should be warmer with a high of 75. Although, there will be heavy cloud cover and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Accuweather predicts that half an inch of rain should fall throughout the day.    Friday, April 15, will be cooler with temperatures in the mid-60s, but the skies should be sunnier

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North Adams Panel Tosses 'Unworkable' Airbnb Ordinance to Mayor's Office
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:20AM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee declared the proposed short-term rental ordinance as "unworkable" and is recommending it go back to the mayor's office.    The so-called "Airbnb ordinance" has been under development for nearly two years and was approved with amendments by the Planning Board last month.    But the City Council two weeks ago decided that the amendments were unclear and decided a review by the General Government Committee was in order.     "I had questions about where we should be going with this," said General Government Chair Wayne Wilkinson. "So I had a meeting with the

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350 Children to Participate in North Adams Schools' Summer Programs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Monday, April 11, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools will be offering five summer programs this July for more than 300 children in kindergarten through Grade 12.    The programming runs from July 5 to 29, between 8:30 to 3 for 19 weekdays, with some programs half time.   The programs are funded largely through grant funding, including 21st Century and special education grants. The high school's credit recovery program in self-funded through fees for participation on a sliding scale. NAPS students are also charged a lower rate that those out of district.   "We plan to serve 80 to 140 students across North County in our credit recovery program,"

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