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Colegrove Park School Project Toured
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:10AM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Colegrove Park school project is more than 20 percent complete. Windows should be arriving Tuesday. Above, city officials tour the construction site on Friday. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The elementary school project continues on time and under budget.

The $29.7 million renovation of the former Conte Middle School into Colegrove Park Elementary School is almost a quarter complete.  

"We are substantially, substantially below the contingency that we incurred," Daniel Daisy of Strategic Building Solutions, the owner's project manager, said. "I think probably about 10 percent of what we planned so far."

The project had budgeted a

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BArT Students Get Lesson in Chocolate, Child Labor
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:28PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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Grenada Chocolate Co. co-founder Edmond Brown explains the making of organic chocolate at BArT on Monday. The students are selling the chocolate to raise funds for activities.

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will sell Grenadian-produced chocolate to raise funds for special school events and to spread a message against child labor.

The organic "tree-to-bar" chocolate is produced by the Grenada Chocolate Co., a small company that fights against the child labor many of the other cocoa harvesters implement.

Edmond Brown, master chocolate maker and co-founder of the Grenada Chocolate Co., visited the school on Monday morning to show the

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

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Man Wanted in North Adams Assault Arrested in N.Y.
04:42PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A man wanted in connection with a machete attack in North Adams has been apprehended by New York State Police.

North Adams Police reported shortly after 4 p.m. Monday that Joshua Allen, 27, had been taken into custody after a nearly three-day search.

Warrant for Allen was issued Saturday after Allen allegedly attacked his domestic partner in the early morning hours at their Montana Street residence and fled. He was believed to be driving a gray or silver 2002 Toyota Celica with no license plates to New York State, where he reportedly had connections.

A police alert cautioned people not to approach Allen if sighted but to immediately contact police.

He is

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Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween 2014
03:52PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns in orange have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com or 413-663-3384, Ext. 29, or if your organization is holding something Halloween related.


Adams: 5:30 to 7; Adams Lions Club holds its annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4:30, beginning from Adams Community Bank and marching to the gazebo for judging and awards. Hot

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Adams Civic Club Seeking Broader Membership
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Maple Grove Civic Club is accepting new members from surrounding communities to keep the club going.

ADAMS, Mass. — The Maple Grove Civic Club is casting a wider net to boost enrollment.

The civics association said it will welcome members from North Adams, Williamstown and other surrounding communities.

At one point, the Adams club regularly attracted more than 100 people at its monthly meetings at the Polish National Alliance Hall. But turnout has dipped dramatically, club President Stanley Cote noted at last month's meeting.

"We need to do something to keep this club going," Cote said. "We're down to like 35 members at a meeting."

The

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Cariddi Hosting Information Forum on Ballot Questions
02:06AM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi of North Adams is hosting an informational forum this week on ballot questions.

The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the North Adams Public Library.

Cariddi will explain the four referundums being presented to voters in the Nov. 4 general election: eliminating gas tax indexing, expanding the bottle bill to cover noncarbonated beverages, prohibiting casinos and instituting earned sick time.

The forum will give the public an opportunity to learn about the questions and how residents and communities will be affected. Each of the questions will have a distinct impact on both public and

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Area Democrats Making Final Push For November Election
By Andy McKeever,
01:21PM / Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Maura Healey is running for attorney general but she isn't just focused on her own campaign.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As Maura Healey's campaign for Attorney General enters the final weeks leading up to the November general election, the candidate is rallying the vote.

But not for herself.

On Saturday, Healey rallied area Democrats and volunteers for Martha Coakley's campaign for governor.    "Seven years ago Martha Coakley gave me he opportunity of a lifetime. She scooped me out of private practice and made me head of her civil right's division. She empowered me and she empowered others in that office to go out every day and

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Hundreds Watch Berkshire Battalion Drop Puck On Inaugural Season
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Mayor Richard Alcombright dropped a ceremonial first puck.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The line to see the Berkshire Battalion was out the door.   More than 700 area residents packed the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink Friday night to root on the new Federal Hockey League semi-professional team for their inaugural season.    "The crowds are huge. I couldn't believe it when I came here. So many people are here to see this team. It is going to be an exciting season," State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who alongside Mayor Richard Alcombright dropped an ceremonial first puck and cut a ribbon.   The team had just signed an

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Are We There Yet?: Enjoy a Quiet Fall Weekend
By Rebecca Dravis,
02:08PM / Friday, October 17, 2014
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It's a quiet mid-autumn weekend in the Berkshires.

It might rain Saturday, Oct. 18, so there are a couple of indoor options for family fun. First, the Berkshire Athenaeum will join Coordinated Family and Community Engagement for a “Fun with Fall” playgroup from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The program will include exploring, tasting, and reading about apples. Parents and children will also be able to complete an art activity as well as interact with various levels of math, literacy, and science stations. This event is geared toward children ages 2 to 5 but older and younger siblings are welcome to attend.

This event is free, no registration is required but children under 10 must be

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Are You and Your Spouse on the Same Page?
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11:33AM / Friday, October 17, 2014
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After 24 years of marriage, Joe and Jane often finish each other’s sentences. So imagine how surprised they were when some differing goals emerged during a recent retirement income planning discussion with their financial adviser.

As the adviser led the couple through an exercise designed to help them set retirement priorities, they discovered that Joe was eying a particular pocket of savings to enable his early retirement. Jane, on the other hand, viewed that same account as a fund for their children’s college education.

Such discrepancies are common, even for couples who communicate well.

“When you’ve lived with someone a long time, you may assume you know what

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