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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Attorney General Candidate Tolman Talks Drugs, Guns in Election Bid
By Andy McKeever,
03:52AM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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Warren Tolman spoke to area Democrats on Sunday at Camp Russell. RICHMOND, Mass. — Warren Tolman remembers one particular night he took his son trick-or-treating.   "Two weeks after my dad died — he was the third of three to die — we were going out trick-or-treating, my son and I. He was dressed as a cowboy with the chaps and all of the stuff cowboys wear. As we're walking out the door, he looks up to me and says 'dad, all cowboys smoke,'" Tolman told iBerkshires on Sunday in an interview at Camp Russell.   That was more than 20 years ago when he was in the state Legislature and it would trigger his all-out offensive against tobacco

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North Adams Council Unhappy With Historic Houses Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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The City Council is unhappy over the Historical Commission's decision to try to save one or two mill homes.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Historical Commission sees legacy homes worth preserving in the rundown units along Houghton Street — but the City Council just sees blight.

The council expressed its displeasure Tuesday at the commission's decision last week to invoke a year's delay on the demolition of four long-vacant structures to explore ways to preserve at least one, if not two of the homes.

"What's so historical about these buildings?" asked Councilor Wayne Wilkinson, during councilor' concerns. "I've been in North Adams for 37

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

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Berkshire Elected Officials Support Grossman Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
08:39PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Sheriff Thomas Bowler, state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman toured Apex Resource Technologies on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Just slightly more than a week before the primary, Steven Grossman was in town to announce the endorsements of Sheriff Thomas Bowler, City Council President Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Daniel Bianchi in his bid for governor.   The three local endorsements build on strong support across the county from elected officials. Grossman announced the additional endorsements but also, as has been part of his campaign for more than a year, toured one of the city's businesses.   All of

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North Adams Airport Commission OKs Concert Event
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Mike Wood explains his plans for a 12-hour concert to be held at Harriman-West this Saturday to the Airport Commission.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It took two last-minute meetings to bring Hangar Hangout 2014 in for a landing on Thursday, but not without local law enforcement clipping the 12-hour concert's wings.

This Saturday's event at Harriman-West Airport was originally scheduled to run until 11:30 p.m. with an encore. However, there were concerns over the level of volume from the nearly dozen bands and how it would affect the surrounding neighborhood.

Chief of Police Michael Cozzaglio told the Airport Commission on Thursday afternoon that he did not feel comfortable with the

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Springfield Bishop Rozanski to Visit Berkshires
02:45PM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, newly installed Bishop of Springfield, will make his first official pastoral visit to the Berkshires on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The bishop will celebrate the 11:30 a.m. liturgy with priests from the Berkshires at St. Joseph's Church on North Street, followed by a receiving line at parish center.

The Mass and receiving line are open to the public.

Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of Diocese of Springfield this past June. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of with St. Joseph's is the "Mother Parish."

Bishop Timothy A.

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MCLA May Be Resource for North Adams Housing Authority
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:37AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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The Housing Authority is discussing possible use of MCLA's social work program to help its residents.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority may utilize Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' social work program to help families and individuals in public housing who are in need of services.

Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said she has again applied for a grant for a family self-sufficiency coordinator.

The 25-year-old federal Housing and Urban Development program is designed to promote self-sufficiency in public housing residents through training, education, case management and other supports.

The funding would support a full-time position for someone who can work with

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Lt. Gov. Candidate Cheung Focused On Technology Biz Sector
By Andy McKeever,
03:42AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Leland Cheung visited Camp Russell this past weekend. RICHMOND, Mass. — Leland Cheung speaks the same language of those in the technology business sector.   Cheung is running for lieutenant governor to help advance those industries in the state. Cheung has spent his last five years as a city councilor in Cambridge, during which he took on statewide roles with the Massachusetts Technology Collaboration and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   "I'm able to walk into office in Cambridge of Google and talk about the nuts and bolts. I am probably the only person running for any office that can actually code," the Democrat said on Sunday. "It just

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Worker Assistance Center Opened in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Former NARH employee Diane Pytko, center, opens the new Worker Assistance Center with Secretary of Labor Rachel Kaprielian.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Rather than a ribbon, the new Worker Assistance Center in City Hall was celebrated Wednesday with the opening of a door.

Hopefully, a door that will lead to new paths for the hundreds affected by the closure of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

"This resource is going to be a lifesaver for the people of North Adams and the surrounding areas," said Diane Pytko, a 24-year North Adams Regional Hospital employee whose life abruptly changed on March 28 when it closed.

She's been among the 150 or so who have been rehired by

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Cross Leads Armory to Softball League Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:39PM / Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hannah Cross went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Armory Tattoo/Freight Yard Pub into the championship round of the Pat Torchia/North Adams Women's Softball League tournament on Wednesday night.

Armory defeated Greylock Community Club/Hoosac Valley Heating and Cooling, 7-4, to advance out of the losers bracket in the double-elimination tourney and earn a rematch with Pizza House in next week's championship round. Last week, Pizza House dealt Armory an 8-7 loss to drop it into the loser's bracket.   On Wednesday, Armory drew first blood when Cross doubled and came home on a single by Rachel Derosiers in the bottom of the first.   It

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Berkshire Arts & Technology Bus Route 2014-15
01:07PM / Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — The first day of school for Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Students should be waiting at their bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time; all times are advisory. The afternoon drop-off is the reverse of morning pickup. No food or drink allowed on the buses and students may only ride on assigned buses. Bus routes are subject to change and the most current versions can always be found on the "For Parents" page of school's website, www.bartcharter.org

Morning bus service will not be available for Savoy, Florida or Clarksburg students if the schools in those communities declare a snow day. However,

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