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Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From Ed Task Force
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Monday, December 05, 2016

The new officers and Police Chief Michael Williams. The officers families attended the meeting.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials welcomed Clarksburg's two newest police officers on Wednesday night.

Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.

Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.

"I believe both candidates would make good officers on this department," he wrote in his letter to the Select Board.

Stant has been employed


North Adams Indoor Sports Facility Marks Third Anniversary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Saturday, December 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Even as the calendar turns to December, in a corner of the Blackinton neighborhood, it is always baseball season.   Or soccer season or lacrosse season if you prefer.   The Cages at the Mill is entering its fourth year of providing indoor practice, training and instruction space for local athletes in the former Blackinton Mill building on Massachusetts Avenue.   To celebrate, the complex will hold an open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.   Owner Rob Livingstone said recently that business is going strong at the facility, which recently inked a deal with Global Premier Soccer Stateline in Pittsfield to run an 18-week development camp


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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 15.   Brian Schaffer, 60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Nov. 16.   Russell Allison, 43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was


MCLA Names Jorge Professor of Education
12:55PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Nick Stroud, associate professor of technology and science education, recently was appointed to the Evelyn H. and Arlindo Jorge Professorship in Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA President James F. Birge said Stroud was nominated to the chair due to his expertise and influence as an educator of science educators, and the promise of his future contributions to the field, and to the local community.

"The achievements and contributions Dr. Stroud has made, and will continue to make, more than support his appointment to the Jorge chair," Birge said. "I look forward to his continued leadership and scholarship as our Jorge


BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death
11:08AM / Friday, December 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families, a social services agency serving Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley since 1887, has appointed Diane Robie to the position of acting executive director, filling the vacancy caused by the recent death of President and CEO Carolyn Mower Burns.

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

"Carolyn had both a vision in identifying the needs of children and their families and the ability to create and administer programs committed


'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such


Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athletes.   "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.   The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a local program that has raised money to pay for local Special Olympic athletes to participate — whether it be for transportation, equipment, uniforms. Locally it started with a Tip a Cop fundraiser and seven years ago

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North Adams Housing Supports Louison House Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority on Monday gave the go-ahead for Family Life Support Center to apply for funding for the Flood House.

The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.

"Thank you guys, I really appreciate that you let Louison House in," said Executive Director Kathy Keeser. "If we wouldn't have had a home for our shelter it would hae been horrible, we really do appreciate."

Keeser was there to present plans


McCann Pinning Ceremony Launches 15 on Nursing Career
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Thursday, December 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was very much a passing of the torch — or really the lamp — on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings.

"The pin signifies the end of all your formal studies and the beginning of your nursing career," main speaker Lorraine Mancuso told the graduates at McCann Technical School. "There are technical skills to master and work environments to adapt to, but the most important application of your skill set will not be the expertise with which you apply them but with the sensitivity and the compassion you show patients under your care."

Mancuso, a

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Drury to Perform Manilow's 'Copacabana'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Performing Arts Center will bring Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" to the Drury auditorium this week.   More than 65 students in the Drury arts wing will take their audience to where "music and passion were always the fashion" when they perform the musical based on Manilow's 1978 hit song this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   "No one around here has really done 'Copacabana.' It is unique and is one of the first jukebox musicals," Technical Director Jamie Choquette said. "Also, it fits well with the groups of students that we have … we could visualize the parts right


McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:33PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

High Honors

Seniors: Butler, Evan; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Foley, Alexis; Gardner, Makenzie; Gero, Christopher; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kipp, William; Klammer, Claire; Lampro, Tyler; Leab, Joshua; Mears, Kevin; Milner, Erica; Moreno, Nico; Pandell, Blaize; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Juniors: Boucher, Noah; Brown, Marley; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan;


North Adams Happenings: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
12:04PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
North Adams Happenings:
November 30 - December 6
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