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North Adams Properties in Real Estate Limbo
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was two years ago the city set out to sell off municipal property that's not needed or really never wanted.    But the city's attempts to divest itself of unwanted properties has not so far been terribly successful. Some smaller lots have been auctioned off or sold to abuttors, but the larger parcels seem to be in real estate limbo.   Only one appears headed toward a resolution soon: the former City Yard that is under contract with Cumberland Farms. The convenience store and gas station chain has requested extensions but has also moved ahead to line up permits and approvals to build a large new location on the Ashland Street

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Krens Railroad Museum Going for Main Street Impact
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:48PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The model railroad museum's office is moving downtown: Making a bold visual statement signaling the next step in its progress and hiring staff to support both the proposed museum and other projects undertaken by principal Thomas Krens.   The Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved the transformation of the former Sleepy's location in the L-shaped mall into the headquarters of Krens' Global Cultural Asset Management, a design firm specializing in museum and cultural infrastructure and management.    Krens is behind the proposed Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum and affiliated projects planned for in and

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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
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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists 'Making Waves' at Good Purpose Gallery
04:12PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mike Fazos's 'Sun Tornado' is part of the 'Making Waves' display at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee. 'Making Waves'

Community Access to the Arts presents "Making Waves," an exhibit of artwork by CATA artists with disabilities at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee. The exhibit opens Feb. 27 and features paintings by CATA artists who use the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique to create their work. A free, public art opening will be held on Feb. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with many of the artists in attendance.

Artistic Realization Technologies is an adaptive painting technique developed by artist Tim Lefens that gives full

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Biz Briefs: Two Former Prosecutors Open Local Law Firm
02:36PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019
New law firm
Gregory Barry, left,. and Robert Kinzer have opened a new law firm in Pittsfield.

Barry & Kinzer, LLP, a full-service law firm with more than 40 combined years of litigation experience, recently celebrated its opening in Pittsfield. The law firm was founded on Feb. 4, 2019, by Gregory M. Barry and Robert W. Kinzer, two former assistant district attorneys in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. Their office is located at 152 North St., Suite 140, in the old Shipton Building in the heart of downtown Pittsfield. The law firm will be hosting an open house on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate its launch.

The firm is dedicated to representing

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Wintry Mix Could Slicken Roads Overnight Into Morning
01:48PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

As if it's not already pretty darn icy out there, here comes another round of winter yuck.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. The advisory predicts "mixed accumulation" - up to 2 inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice.

The commute home Wednesday should be fine but as darkness falls Wednesday night watch out for conditions to deteriorate, and Thursday morning's commute in to work could be messy, too. Thanksfully, with schools on vacation, there's no need to worry about school buses.

Temperatures should remain in the mid-20s overnight but warm into the low 30s by morning, causing

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The Right Insurance Can Meet Both Short- and Long-term Needs
12:27PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

If you're going to achieve your important financial goals, you'll need to build an appropriate investment portfolio. But that's only part of the story – because you also need to protect what you have, what you earn and what you’d like to leave behind. That's why it's a good idea to become familiar with the various types of insurance and how they can address short- and long-term needs.

For starters, consider life insurance. You may have important long-term goals, such as leaving an inheritance for your family and providing resources for your favorite charities. You may be able to fulfill some of these through the death benefit on your policy.

You can also

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 20-26
12:09PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019
North Adams Happenings:  February 20 - 26   Save the

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North Adams City Council Delays Vote on Mohawk Theater
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Jason LaForest pushed to delay the decision saying they had questions on the process. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday balked at signing off an order to dispose of the Mohawk Theater and continued the discussion until next week.    Several councilors expressed concern that the council — and city — would lose control over aspects of the landmark theater based on the language in the request for proposals and that there were too many unanswered questions.    "It's a significant property for the city of North Adams and its residents," said Councilor Marie T. Harpin. "I just feel as

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Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers Minimum Wage
Staff Reports,
06:53PM / Tuesday, February 19, 2019
BOSTON — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers.   The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center this past Wednesday at the State House to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it matches the minimum wage for all other industries.    "This bill will raise the minimum wage to the prevailing wage by 2027 in Massachusetts. In doing so, it would bring thousands of workers out of poverty, reduce sexual harassment in the workplace, and decrease the wage gap between male and female tipped workers," Farley-Bouvier said at the

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Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Tuesday, February 19, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting.   Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the U.S. Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark added that it also affects a significant number of federal and state grant programs which are based on per capita.   "It is extremely important that our region is treated fairly and having me as the chair helps ensure that our area is going to be treated fairly," Mark said on Thursday.    The Peru Democrat sees the job as a huge

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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, February 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday approved a straightforward budget that represents a 2.36 percent increase over this year.   The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.   "There are not a lot of frills or add-ons here. The increases are just a lot of things we don't have control over," School Committee member Daniel J. Maloney Jr. said. "We consider this a balanced budget that just really maintains. It does not move us forward a lot and it keeps us where we are."   The fiscal 2019 budget

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Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New Location
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:08PM / Monday, February 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Computer Bug enters a new chapter with its move to the Norad Mill on Roberts Drive.   "It was time to take our business on a new adventure and it was exciting to see what Moresi & Associates had planned for the renovated mill," Computer Bug owner Corissa Bryant said. "We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it and proud to be one of the first businesses, specifically the first retail store, to move in."   Bryant said she and her father, Steve, opened the store in 2000. Originally located in the 85 Main St. concourse, it moved to the corner of Main and Holden streets as their business expanded.   The Computer

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