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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Annual Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 21
12:07PM / Friday, February 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 22nd annual Father Daughter Dance will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.  

This semi-formal event is for fathers or father figures and their daughters of all ages. People have attended previous events with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors or a friend’s father.

There will be dancing with DJ Timmy D as well as door prizes, raffles and a Chinese auction. There will also be a bake sale table where a large selection of baked goods and snacks will be available. Each girl or woman who enters the event will receive a flower and in addition and the hall will be decorated with hundreds of


Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting
06:45PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary.

There are four political parties in Massachusetts: Democratic (D), Republican (R), Green-Rainbow (J) and United Independent (CC). If you are enrolled in one of these parties, the corresponding initials will be next your name. If you are unenrolled, there will be a U in the party column.

You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at

You do not have to be enrolled in any party to vote in its primary; however, you may only vote in one


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

Clarksburg Resumes Search for Town Accountant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are making a second try for a town accountant.

The Select Board on Wednesday interviewed three candidates — all with fairly extensive accounting backgrounds — but felt a key experience was missing for each one: Municipal accounting.

It was a factor that came up during each 20 to 30 minute interview, and an indication of the board's reluctance to entertain any on-the-job training or refreshment courses.

It's not surprising after the small community suffered through several years of fiscal woes, when errors seemed to be multiplying and state forms were not being submitted on time.

"We definitely don't want to go back

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'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.

But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into American big business.

Alas, this latest example trenchantly reminds that there's no going back to the idealistic cowboy yarn. Nope, life is tough, and

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The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?
By Bill Schmick,
03:22PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time.  

I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then the data is not conclusive.

There is no evidence thus far that the U.S. economy is rolling over. Economic data continues to be spotty, which is consistent with a moderately growing economy.


NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate.

Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

The invitation event included some 50 friends, colleagues and supporters, and local media. His campaign website is here.

"I live in Pittsfield, work in North County, come from Franklin County," Hinds said of his decision to run as the Democratic nominee. "I'm from the small towns, I understand those issues as well. I think I bring a perspective that covers each area of this district."

He is the first candidate


Are You Prepared for Financial Disasters?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:19AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

“Be prepared” is the Scout motto, and it’s also pretty good advice for anyone seeking to guard against various disasters – including financial ones.

Here are some events that can have serious financial consequences, along with suggestions on preparing yourself:

• Loss of employment – If you were to lose your job, your family might have to struggle financially to make it until you’re employed again. To protect against this potential threat, try to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses.

That’s a lot of money, of course, so it will be challenging to build such a fund – but try to


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09:17AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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North Adams Committee Recommends Keeping Winter Parking Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee is recommending no change in the winter parking ban despite pleas by two residents who have no place to park.

Aleksandr Lisser of Veazie Street had requested through City Councilor Joshua Moran that the city revise its winter parking policies, saying the lack of parking at his home makes the regulation impossible to follow.

But the Traffic Commission last week found no reason to change the policy, citing public safety concerns, and the Public Safety Committee on Monday agreed.

"This is a public safety issue for many, many, many people in this city," said Chairman Robert R. Moulton Jr. "You don't allow parking


Letter: Commuters Need to Slow Down
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

To the Editor:

I have been driving on Route 8 for over 15 years to and from work. The traffic in the morning especially needs to slow down. It doesn't help the fact there is, from what I see, zero police presence from North Adams to Pittsfield. This is not the Autobahn, there is a speed limit. Leave earlier so you won't have to drive like an idiot and put other drivers at risk.

Dan Goodell




Pignatelli Seeking Return To House; Not Running For Senate
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:48PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016
LENOX, Mass. — None of the Berkshires' House of Representatives delegates are looking to move to the Senate.   On Tuesday, 4th Berkshire District Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said he will not seek the Senate seat being left vacant by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for re-election. Pignatelli will instead seek another term in the House.    "I love the House! I am honored to serve! In that spirit and in the best interest of my family and the district that I call home, it will be an honor for me to run for re-election to the House of Representatives. Together with each of you and with the Berkshire Delegation, we will continue to


Clarksburg Pursuing Green Communities Status
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is moving forward with policies that will allow it to become a state-designated Green Community.

Among the first steps is instituting an anti-idling policy for vehicles, doing an in-depth energy analysis of town buildings and updating zoning bylaws. The state has set five criteria that has to be met.

"The reason we want to go Green Communities is we would be in line for 1 percent with the MSBA," Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board last Wednesday, referring to the Massachusetts School Building Authority's points toward energy-efficient school buildings. It would also open the town to other grants released to Green


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