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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: Don't Take Loans From Your Tax-Deferred Accounts
By Bill Schmick,
04:49PM / Thursday, May 23, 2019
It sounds too good to be true. Why borrow from a bank when you can take a loan out from your 401(k) or 403(b) and pay yourself back in both interest and principal? If that sounds like a great deal, it's not.   Money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans, 457(b) plans and both 401(k) and 403(b) plans may offer loans, but IRAs, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs do not. The IRS does have some restrictions on the borrowing. It limits how much you can borrow at any one time. In general, you are limited to the smaller of 50 percent of your vested account balance, or $50,000. However, there is one exception (hardship) that allows you to borrow up to $10,000 even if it exceeds 50 percent of the


North Adams ZBA Approval Paves Way for Quinn Building Restoration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, May 23, 2019

An elevation of what the front of the HiLo will look like when completed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Plans for the redevelopment of the former Quinn's Paint & Wallpaper building are moving forward after the Zoning Board of Appeals signed off on reviving the structure's past use.    Most recently the Crystal Hard Hat Saloon and then two short-lived ventures as an antiques shop and "dog museum," the 1886 building is being revived as a music venue, apartments and offices.    Very Good Properties LLC, which purchased the building last year, was approved for its music venue and office plans by the Planning Board last month; a special permit was


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 Town Administrator Submits Resignation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Thursday, May 23, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town Administrator Carl McKinney abruptly quit on Monday, citing the town's failure to abide by his contract.   "The Select Board refused to recognize the validity of my employment contract with the town, and their refusal to abide by the duly negotiated terms and conditions of my contract therein," McKinney wrote in an email to iBerkshires on Wednesday.   Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher on Tuesday night explained McKinney's absence from the debt-exclusion vote information session by saying he had resigned.    "I just wanted to take a minute to thank him for his time on the Select Board in this time is town manager

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Long Island's Nine Days Performing at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:33PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Nine Days is probably best known for their 2000 hit single "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Days, writers of the hit song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," will be performing at Drury High School on Thursday night.   The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring Nine Days to the stage in a completely student-driven production that Nine Days lead singer John Hampson said is an exciting change of pace for the group.   "We will play some small clubs, small theaters, amphitheaters, casinos, you name it," Hampson said in an email exchange. "We basically pick and choose the gigs that we all want to do. This


Memorial Day Events 2019
By Staff Reports,
05:00PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street. This is the parade's centennial. 

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 87th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 26, 9 a.m. There will be


Biz Briefs: MountainOne Bringing All Services Together in Downtown North Adams
12:36PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
All together now

MountainOne Insurance is relocating from 26 Union St. in North Adams to downtown North Adams, adjacent to its Main Street headquarters location, in June 2019.  Additionally, MountainOne Insurance will also relocate its Employee Benefits division, along with its partners from OneDigital, from 795 Main St. in Williamstown to the new offices at 85 Main St. in North Adams. MountainOne Investments will also be relocating back to the newly renovated and expanded 85 Main St. location. The significant investment of creating this new and improved working space in downtown North Adams enables MountainOne to bring all of its financial service offerings of banking, insurance and

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Take a Closer Look at Myths Surrounding 529 Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:58AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

If you want to help pay for your children's college educations, you might want to consider contributing to a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow federally tax-free, as long as the withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and room and board.

Yet, you may have heard some things about 529 plans that are keeping you from investing in one. However, these concerns may be more myth than reality, so let's take a look at a few of them.

* "I need a lot of money to contribute to the plan." This myth has essentially no truth to it. Typically, only a modest amount is required to open your 529 plan, and you can generally transfer small


North Adams Happenings: May 22-28
10:54AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
North Adams Happenings May 22 - 28, 2019 SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH - Concerts at Windsor Lake KICK-OFF with Common Folk Jam! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the first Concert at Windsor Lake of the season. Concerts run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. through the end of August. More information: 413-664-6180 |

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH - Opening Day for the North Adams Farmers Market Outdoor Season! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the 1st OUTDOOR market


Clarksburg Voters to Decide $1M Debt Exclusion Next Week
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Select Board members Karin Robert and Ronald Boucher speak with residents after Tuesday's information session. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will have to decide if its worth taking out $1 million to begin to addressing the town's numerous infrastructures issues.   The question on the Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion will be on voted by ballot in next Tuesday's annual town election and the borrowing under the debt exclusion will be a warrant article at Wednesday's annual town meeting.   "We need to invest in our roads. We can't let things go. We can't put Band-Aids on things along the way,"  Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher said.


North Adams Police Trying to Capture Loose Emu
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:01PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are in search of a rogue emu that has thus far evaded capture since Monday.   Lt. Anthony Beverly said police have received multiple calls about the emu on the loose.     "We have been getting several reports about an emu that has been loose, running around the city and at this point it is causing a traffic hazard," he said. "We have to take care of this and figure it out."   The bird was last seen near McCann Technical School early on Tuesday afternoon. It crossed the road and ran into the woods behind a house on South Church Street.    Officers went on the property with a


Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 27. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

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North Adams Traffic Commission Recommends Metered Space on Ashland
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Traffic Commission meets Monday at City Hall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending that seven metered spaces be installed on the east side of Ashland Street between Summer and Quincy streets.   The board voted 4-1 to send the recommendation to the City Council with Commissioner MaryAnn King voting against.    Glenn Maloney had appeared before the commission in March on behalf of Very Good Property Development, which had inquired more than a year ago about allowing parking in what is now a no-parking zone. The real estate development company owns the property at 48 Ashland.    Maloney was seeking the addition of metered


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