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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!
Staff Reports,
08:47PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Having to shovel before getting to gorge on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? How rude, Mother Nature!

One week before Thanksgiving, the first National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, the various models and forecasters seem to mostly to agree that it's going to be very cold Thursday (unseasonably cold, like maybe record-setting cold, like maybe-it's-time-to-put-the-flip-flops-away cold). Then the clouds will come in, bringing precipitation late Thursday afternoon and evening. It likely will start as a cold November rain (and it will be hard to hold a candle) or even a


Signs of the Season: Christmas Trees Have Arrived at Carr
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It may seem too early in the season to decorate a Christmas tree, but for those who like to start a little early, Carr Hardware has you covered.   After all, the holiday is only 41 days away.   Carr Hardware received its annual delivery of trees on Wednesday afternoon that manager Don Disbrow said typically come from upstate New York or Vermont near the Canadian border.     "I think people just want them decorated and ready to go and a lot of people like to decorate them Thanksgiving weekend right after Thanksgiving," he said, adding people start buying last 2 1/2  of November. "Once you get past the first week of


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

Great American Smokeout Set For Nov. 15
01:57PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The American Cancer Society is encouraging current smokers to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the 43rd Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, Nov. 15.

"The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco," said Wendy Matthews, executive director of the American Cancer Society. "We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit."

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Sascha


Time to Think About Year-End Investment Moves
12:33PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

We've still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it's not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you.

Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):

* Add to your IRA. For the 2018 tax year, you can put up to $5,500 into your traditional or Roth IRA (assuming you are eligible), or $6,500 if you're 50 or older. If you haven't reached this limit, consider adding some money. You have until April 15, 2019, to contribute to your IRA for 2018, but why wait until the last minute?

* Increase your 401(k) contributions. You already may be investing in your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement


North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14-20
12:29PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14 - 20   Save the Date  

November 21
Annual Tree Lighting
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Rain Date: Friday, November 30th.

Join us for the Annual Tree Lighting! On


BMC Receives Straight A Grade for Patient Safety
12:21PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Berkshire Medical Center the elite designation of "A" for its continued achievement in patient safety.

BMC is one of only 42 "Straight A" hospitals in the United States to be awarded an "A" every grading cycle since 2012.

"This consistent recognition for patient safety is reflective of the dedication our care team has to providing nothing but the best and safest care possible," said David Phelps, president and chief


MCLA Women's Basketball Wins on Road
06:57AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- MCLA senior Courtney Pingelski scored 21 of her game best 23 points in the pivotal second half as the Trailblazers pulled away from host SUNY Cobleskill, 65-46, in women's basketball action on Wednesday.   Pingelski was assessed a pair of fouls in the first quarter and scored just two points, but MCLA (1-1) led 26-23 at halftime. Mckenzie Robinson collected 10 first half points to lead MCLA in Pingelski's absence.   Coming out of the locker room, the Trailblazers never looked back behind the scoring of Pingelski and her fellow seniors. Pingelski netted 14 points in the third quarter alone, outscoring Cobleskill by herself, as MCLA moved out to a 46- 34


BMC Expands Rehabilitation Care with Addition of Two Physicians
04:38AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Victoria Tuttle and Dr. Katie Hatt to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC. 

They will join Dr. Francis Bohdiewicz and Dr. Douglas Molin at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.

Dr. Tuttle received her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Tuttle is accepting new patients in need of osteopathic manipulative medicine.



North Adams Council Approves Public Safety Roof Replacement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This tarp, from a picture taken in 2012, is still protecting turnout gear from leaks.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters are trying to sleep with water dripping into their faces. A bucket catches a leak next to a $30,000 fingerprint scanner. Giant blue tarps have covered areas inside the Public Safety building for more than a decade.    The City Council took a deep breath on Tuesday and voted to borrow $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive.   The approval came with some reservations over putting significant amounts of money into a building that city officials have wanted to replace for years. But the


National Grid Using Sound Cannon in North Adams to Disperse Crows
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents near Brown Street should be prepared to hear some booms and pops over the next few evenings.    National Grid will be using a sound-emitting propane cannon to dislodge a murder of crows that's been roosting around its Brown Street facility.    The sonic cannon will be aimed at the flock beginning Tuesday and through Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m.   "The crows tend to return to our facility at that hour. We want to make them think this is a not a place they should go to," said Bob Kievra, a spokesman for National Grid.    The area is fairly quiet — it's adjacent Joe's Field at Massachusetts


Letter: North Adams Needs Resolution on Children's Artwork
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, November 12, 2018

To the Editor:

Just a note to the community and to all who have lent support to the efforts of restoring our schoolchildren's art project located on the Marshall Street pillars located in North Adams.

We began our efforts with a small group of four concerned citizens who opposed Mass MoCA's illegal paint over of the children's artwork, which by the way, is located on public property and had the approval of the city. Our group consisted of one artist, one teacher and two community activists. From that passion, we have grown with the support of some 400-plus area petition supporters as well as the collaborative efforts of community educators.

Although there has been sacrifice


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