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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: The Elephant in the Room
By Bill Schmick,
03:27PM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Issues, for the most part, have fallen by the wayside as pure politics runs amuck. No wonder voter turnout is traditionally so poor in this midterm madness.

Republicans are running against an unpopular president and are expected to sweep both houses of Congress. All they have to do is keep the focus on President Obama while mobilizing their die-hard base.  That strategy appears to be highly effective so why worry about mundane things like issues? After all, if voters don't care, why should they?

Both parties' campaigns are now dictated by whatever voters are worrying about on a day-by-day basis.  The fear of an ebola

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North Adams to Williamstown Bike Path Public Meeting Set
10:01AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Plans are moving forward for a new bike path section between North Adams' center and the Williamstown town line.

The city of North Adams and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greylock Elementary School to discuss a draft route.

There will be a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Mohawk Bicycle Pedestrian Trail will be designed by BRPC; a community outreach committee will be established to keep affected property owners and other interested parties informed.

The eventual goal is to link the Berkshires from border to border. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams is being

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

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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
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'North Adams' Added to Harriman-West Airport Name
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The Airport Commission decided keep the name Harriman-West but add North Adams to it to indicate the location.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has decided to keep Lottie Harriman and George West's names in the new airport title.  

Last month, Commissioner Trevor Gilman advocated changing the name to the North Adams Municipal Airport to better market the airport and make clearer its location.

The commission tabled the motion to research the history of the airport's name before making a decision.

After talking to the remaining family members of George West and researching the history, commissioners decided not to remove the names.

"I tried to relay

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BMC Awarded $3M for Health Care Center in North Adams
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01:05AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center will receive $3 million in state funding to create a "Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood" in North County.

That's on top of the $6 million that BMC is planning to invest in upgrades and expanded services announced on Tuesday.

The state award will help fund initiatives to align with the findings of the Stroudwater Associates' health needs report for North Berkshire.

Dr. Marc Pettus, BMC's director of medical education and population health, told WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Wednesday that the funds would be used to create a multi-care center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital in early part of

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North Adams License Commission OKs Transfer to V&V
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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V&V was approved locally for an all-alcohol license by the License Commission. Pending approval by the state, it may end discord amongst the city's alcohol purveyors.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The License Commission on Tuesday approved a retail liquor license transfer to V&V, also known as Steeple City Spirits.

Pending state approval, the transfer of the all-alcohol license from River Street Package Store brings to a close a contentious chapter in the city's business community.

V&V's manager, Louis Matney Jr., and owner Neil Ellis (who also owns the plaza where the beer and wine shop is located) had sought a home-rule petition allowing the city another

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Clarksburg Awarded $920K MassWorks Grant for Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:45PM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Clarksburg students on 'Bike to School Day' last year. The town has received a MassWorks grant to reconstruct West Cross Road and make it safer for walking and biking.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg was awarded a $920,000 MassWorks grant on Tuesday to address long-delayed roadwork along West Cross Road.

"I am ecstatic," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney. "My first month, it's what I worked on almost exclusively."

McKinney is new to the town administrator post but not to the efforts to obtain the grant. As a member of the Board of the Selectmen in the past, he had advocated for the state help to address the deteriorating road structure.

The

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Williams Chapin Library Seeking Volunteers
01:15PM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The newly reopened Chapin Library at Williams College is seeking volunteers to aid staff and visitors.  

Chapin Library and Archives & Special Collections volunteers share information about the facilities and assist staff in maintaining a presence in the galleries in the new Sawyer Library, which contains both permanent and changing exhibitions and collections. A monitor's desk is located in the grand Chapin Gallery, with two other galleries nearby and contiguous.

Each volunteer will receive training in duties, procedures and other information he or she will need to know.

Volunteers are needed Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 1:30 and from 1:30 to

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Berkshire Health Systems Investing $6M in North County
11:48AM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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BHS is investing $6 million to expand services at BMC North.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems will invest $6 million in Northern Berkshire in the coming months.

The significant investment will mean the expansion of outpatient and imaging services, as well as upgrades to the technology at the BMC North campus.

The funds were approved in the capital budget by the Berkshire Health Systems Board of Trustees in October and includes infrastructure improvements, building renovations, expanded services and equipment purchases.  

"This is the next phase in Berkshire Health Systems' ongoing commitment to provide enhanced health-care services to the Northern

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Colegrove Park School Project Toured
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:10AM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Colegrove Park school project is more than 20 percent complete. Windows should be arriving Tuesday. Above, city officials tour the construction site on Friday. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The elementary school project continues on time and under budget.

The $29.7 million renovation of the former Conte Middle School into Colegrove Park Elementary School is almost a quarter complete.  

"We are substantially, substantially below the contingency that we incurred," Daniel Daisy of Strategic Building Solutions, the owner's project manager, said. "I think probably about 10 percent of what we planned so far."

The project had budgeted a

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BArT Students Get Lesson in Chocolate, Child Labor
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:28PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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Grenada Chocolate Co. co-founder Edmond Brown explains the making of organic chocolate at BArT on Monday. The students are selling the chocolate to raise funds for activities.

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will sell Grenadian-produced chocolate to raise funds for special school events and to spread a message against child labor.

The organic "tree-to-bar" chocolate is produced by the Grenada Chocolate Co., a small company that fights against the child labor many of the other cocoa harvesters implement.

Edmond Brown, master chocolate maker and co-founder of the Grenada Chocolate Co., visited the school on Monday morning to show the

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