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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Whiteley, Genaway Making Impact as Freshmen on College Team Sports,
04:27PM / Sunday, October 22, 2017
Taconic’s Anthony Whiteley and Wahconah’s Will Genaway are among their team’s leaders as freshmen at Endicott College this fall.   Whiteley is second on the team in rushing with 19.1 yards per game, and Genaway is second in receiving yards per game with 31.3 ypg for the 1-6 Gulls.   Whiteley scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run in a 31-26 loss to MIT earlier this month. A couple of weeks before, he had 100 all-purpose yards (67 receiving, 21 rushes, 12 kick returns) on his way to earning Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Week honors.   Genaway received the same award later last month after catching five passes for 74 yards,


North/South Rail Group Narrowing Potential New York City Market
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:21AM / Sunday, October 22, 2017

The group includes representatives from various stakeholders in the county. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who will actually use the possible New York-to-Pittsfield passenger rail?   That's the question the NYC/Berkshire Passenger Rail Working Group is now looking to answer. The group has been tasked by the Legislature to examine the possibility of a Cape Flyer-like model for passenger rail transit in the Berkshires. To understand the feasibility of expanding in that the north/south corridor, it must first know the market.   "We need something more targeted on people who are already coming here, expressed interest in coming here, or have a link to the area," Rail

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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
3 Bedroom. 1 Bath. Enclosed front and back three season porches. Just under 1.5 miles to Spring St.

MCLA Men's Soccer Shut Out at Salem State
06:34PM / Saturday, October 21, 2017
SALEM, Mass. --  Mayele Malango and Nahuel Aligbay each recorded a goal and a pair of assists as Salem State used four second half scores to defeat MCLA, 4-0, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference match on Saturday afternoon.   A scoreless first half yielded minimal scoring chances as MCLA (5-10, 2-4) played conservative, keeping extra defenders back to help limit Salem State offensively.   The Vikings (9-5, 6-0) broke through in the 53rd minute as Nahuel Aligbay chipped a pass over the defense into the box, which allowed Grace Dos Santos to head the ball past keeper Kamron Anderson (four saves) for the game's first goal.   MCLA's best scoring


1Berkshire Releases Report on Attracting, Retaining Millennials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30AM / Saturday, October 21, 2017

1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler says during the two years the BIG was ongoing, his organization made a conscious effort to keep the millennial generation in mind when launching programs.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a hole in the county's demographics. But there is also a clear path to fill it.   Studies, particularly one performed by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in 2014, have outlined a significant population loss in the coming years, and a decline that is specifically defined among the 20- to 40-year-old age bracket.   That age group tends to move for college and stay away to start their careers and families. The county continues to


North Adams Council Candidates Talk Economic Development, Crime
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Saturday, October 21, 2017

Candidates Marie Harpin, Keith Bona, Eric Buddington and Keifer Gammell. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Fifteen of the candidates on the ballot for City Council pitched their experience at a forum on Thursday night that focused on crime, infrastructure and how the city's anchor institutions fit into its growth and development.    The candidates, not surprisingly, were in broad agreement on how to address these issues ("ditto" was used several times), although they did take some time during the hourlong forum to try to distinguish themselves from the pack.    The forum was held by the Department of History, Political Science and Public Policy at


Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017

Michaels said the cost to society in dealing with substance use issues is in the $400 billion range. But, most of that is dedicated to dealing with the consequences after and not prevention or treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic.    That stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.   Michaels spent about two hours Wednesday morning with many who are combating the opioid epidemic in one way or the other to discuss the impact stigma


The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it's time to pay the piper.   There is a saying, "what goes around, comes around," which means in this case that if you have spent years abusing your employees, the first company that offers them even the slightest uptick in benefits or salary will pick off your best workers in the time it takes to sign on the dotted line.   I can walk into a company and tell you within seconds whether or not its employees are well treated and happy. I'm sure you can, too. It shows on their faces, in


BHS Gifts North Adams Airport Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017

A file photo of the former Northern Berkshire Family Practice building on Budd Dougherty Drive.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With state approval, the Airport Commission officially accepted the former family medicine building as a gift from Berkshire Health Systems to use as the new administrative building.   The commission voted Wednesday to officially accept the building as a creative solution to a funding issue that nearly stopped the administrative building project from taking off.   "This didn't have to happen and I think it was the creativity of this commission to say that we can do this for $2 million less than you can," Mayor Richard Alcombright


Clarksburg Sets Saturday Town Meeting for School Project Revote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The $19 million elementary school project will be back before voters at a special town meeting to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the school.    The Select Board on Wednesday night set the date for the special town meeting, which was prompted by a citizens' petition that garnered nearly 300 signatures after the first vote failed to reach two-thirds passage by one vote.    Town officials say they're working to prevent the confusion and overcrowding that occurred at the first special town meeting vote on Sept. 27. A record number of voters tried to cram into the small gym/cafeteria room at the school; at least 100 had to stand


Letter: Mass MoCA Paint-Over Is Unresolved Issue
Letters to the Editor,
11:00PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To the Editor:

Although Mass MoCA painted over the school children's historic depictions of Northern Berkshire mill
workers and the textile dolls on the pillars on Marshall Street in North Adams, to our knowledge the
issue still remains unresolved.

Over the past month, I have attended the North Adams Art Committee meetings in which two issues
were discussed relative to the paint-over. The first, was that a meeting was to be held between Joe
Thompson and the artist who supervised the children's project. Secondly, there was discussion
concerning removing a small sample of the gray paint that Mass MoCA unilaterally used to cover over
the children's art works. This sampling was

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BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nathaniel Karns is looking to retire in the first half of next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director.   Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than Jan. 1 and no later than Sept. 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.   "I think a realistic goal at this point is to try to have someone selected, so we know exactly where we are moving forward, by March,


MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys
03:36PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Because of recent inquiries and reports from the public about turkeys acting aggressively toward people, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering information about turkey behavior, tips to prevent turkey conflicts, and what to do if your town has an issue with an aggressive turkey.     Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks (or rafts) organized by pecking order.


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