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No Trial Date Set in 2015 Adams Terrorism Case
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — It likely will be at least mid-June before there is any talk of a trial date in the case of the United States vs. Alexander Ciccolo.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson set June 20 for the next hearing in the case, which has dragged on for more than 18 months while the Adams man accused of federal terrorism offenses is held in a Rhode Island detention facility.

Robertson also ordered the exclusion of the time between Wednesday and June 20 from the speedy trial rules while Ciccolo's counsel and the U.S. Attorney's Office continue to discuss what evidence needs to be turned over to the defense.

On Wednesday, Assistant U.S.


North Adams Misses Out on Downtown Funding
by Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Julie Gordon, director of marketing partnerships at Deluxe, speaks at the Small Business Revolution announcement.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A groan filled Club B10 on Wednesday afternoon as Bristol Borough, Pa., was announced as the winner of this year's The Small Business Revolution - Main Street.

The crowd at the Massachusetts Musem of Contemporary Art had hoped for North Adams to be the recipient of a $500,000 boost to the city's downtown and help for at least five of its small businesses.

"It was an absolute honor to be nominated," said City Councilor Benjamin Lamb, one of the leaders of the local effort. "It was an absolute pleasure to see everyone come


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

Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Donates $5,000 to Berkshire Dream Center
12:43PM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great dream: Stop & Shop North Adams store presented a check for $5,000 to the Berkshire Dream Center. Stop & Shop associate Karen Britten and store manager Dan Jowett presented the check to Dream Center founder and executive director Katelynn Miner.

The Berkshire Dream Center began from the vision that Miner received during her trip to the Los Angeles Dream Center in 2007. The LA Dream Center was founded by Pastor Matthew and Tommy Barnett in 1994 and is a volunteer driven organization that has more than 273 different types of outreaches. In the summer of 2011, the Berkshire Dream Center was founded and found its home in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsfield. Shortly after


Boston Seafood Defends Chowder Cook-off Title
11:02AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 18.

More than 4,000 samples were served from noon to 2 p.m., resulting in 456 ballots cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award. Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first place mark, two points for each second place mark and one point for every third place mark.

Coming in first place with 464 points was Boston Seafood


Use Your Tax Refund Wisely
10:49AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's tax time again – which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you're going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage?

Of course, it's always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund could be sizable – the average amount in 2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS – so putting this money to work could help boost your progress toward your financial goals.

Here are some possibilities for using your refund:

* Help fund your IRA. If you were to receive a tax refund of $2,857, you'd have slightly more than half of the $5,500 annual IRA contribution limit for 2017,


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10:20AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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$30 Million Expansion Project Planned for Tanglewood
Staff Reports,
09:01PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

An artist rendering of the exterior of the new campus. LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is planning to build a $30 million complex to enhance its offerings.   The orchestra announced the investment on Tuesday night. The four-building complex is being designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and will be the focus point of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute.   The complex is expected to open in summer 2019 and is being designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which designed the Seiji Ozawa Hall. It will be the largest building project at the site since the 1994


Clarksburg School Project Can Keep Original Well
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Superintendent Jonathan Lev speaks at Thursday's School Building Committee meeting.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The state Department of Environmental Protection says Clarksburg School can continue to use its original well as long as its meet specifications during any renovation.  

Officials have been unsure about the continued use of the well since an initial school survey done a decade ago.

Architect Kristian Whitsett of Jones Whitsett Architects told the School Building Committee last week that DEP had informed him that the project could utilize the original well near the administrative wing of the building — as long as any work stays within the footprint of the original


AAU Girls Basketball Team Seeks Players
10:00AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Team "Squad" is looking for seventh- and eighth-grade girls interested in playing limited AAU Basketball from March to June 2017.   The emphasis will be on basketball skills, and the team will face teams out of Berkshire County, including from Albany, Saratoga, Springfield and Hartford area.   Please contact Michael Balcom at (413) 446-5370 or email at for more information.


Housatonic Boys Strong at North Adams Youth Basketball Tourney Sports,
09:15AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Housatonic took home two titles from this weekend's John Gaudreau Memorial Youth Basketball Tournament.   Housatonic beat the Boys Club in the boys third- and fourth-grade final and topped Adams in the boys seventh/eigth grade final.   The South County program also reached the title game in the fifth/sixth grade bracket, where the Dalton Blue team prevailed to take the title.   In the third/fourth grade girls competition, host North Adams defeated the Girls Club in Monday's championship game.   The Greylock seventh/eighth team advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were edged by Adams, 54-52, in a game where Carson Meczywor scored 33


Adams, North Adams Softball Leagues Partner Up
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:29AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A partnership between two North County youth softball leagues will open up competitive opportunities for their “house” leagues and a world of opportunities beyond.   The Adams Lassie League and Northern Berkshire Softball have entered an agreement that will allow teams from each league to play against one another this spring. And Adams’ charter with Babe Ruth Softball will allow the leagues to contribute players to newly formed teams eligible to compete for chances to play in the Babe Ruth World Series.   The new partnership in part revives an old arrangement that saw North Adams and Adams teams play against one another, Lassie League board member Gary Puppolo


North Adams Looks at Shorter Bike Trail Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is still hoping to hook up to the planned bike path that will run through Williamstown, albeit in a truncated fashion.

"What we're kind of doing here is replacing the whole idea of designing a portion of the bike path from the Spruces to MoCA," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council last week. "That kind of fell by the wayside over the last year."

North Adams had been working with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to develop a trail that would run from the Williamstown line through Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to Western Gateway Heritage State Park. The trail was part of a much larger vision of


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