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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Amber Besaw, director of NBCC, welcomes the gathering to the recovery center's open house on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.    That strong start was celebrated on Tuesday evening with an open house to get the word out that a safe space for sharing was available to those affected by addiction.    "We don't subscribe to one form of therapy or recovery," said peer counselor David Risch. "We do it by ourselves. We share our experiences, strength and hope in recovery. And if we want to break the stigma of


Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is


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

North Adams Takes Next Step in Modernizing Zoning
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

There was a good crowd at Wednesday hearing seeking clarification or changes to how their property was being zoned under the new designations.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The effort to bring the city's zoning up to date has been "very slow and very tedious," beginning several years ago with cleaning up language and sections in the ordinances and moving on to the latest update of aligning zones with property boundaries.    "This is a work in progress, very slow, very methodical, very tedious," said Director of Community Development Michael Nuvallie. "We want to do it well, we want to make sure we cross all the t's and dot the

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Community Health Programs Taps New Board Member
10:42AM / Friday, May 17, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The board of directors of Community Health Programs has named Celia Clancy of Lenox as a new member.

Clancy is CEO of Celia Clancy Consulting and past CEO/president of The Fitzpatrick Companies. She brings to the board her background in retail and consumer goods business leadership and consulting. She has worked with public, private, family-owned private equity and ESOP companies; her expertise includes strategic planning, business process improvement, merchandising, direct consumer marketing and manufacturing.

"Celia brings an extraordinary background in business leadership and marketing to the board," said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of CHP. 


North Adams Happenings: May 15-21
10:30AM / Friday, May 17, 2019
SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY MAY 25TH - MASS MoCA Turns 20! Capturing MASS MoCA’s energy and spirit of embracing music and art in all forms, our 20th birthday party spreads across the museum campus — from Marshall Street to the interior courtyards and galleries — encompassing new exhibitions, wild versions of your favorite games, terrific music by performers from both near and far, great food and a world of fun. More information.

MONDAY MAY 27TH  - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Parade begins from the American Legion at 9:30 A.M. and concludes at the


The Independent Investor: Epidemic Pulls Pork Prices Higher
By Bill Schmick,
05:38PM / Thursday, May 16, 2019
The African swine fever could cause prices in China to spike 70 percent or more this year. The highly infectious disease is spreading throughout Asia and could lead to a large increase in the price of pork here at home as well.   Before you ask, this highly infectious virus, while deadly to pigs, is not harmful to humans. The problem is that when even one pig is tested positive, the entire herd needs to be slaughtered as quickly as possible. There is no cure.   The government is taking this epidemic seriously, and well it should. Tough new government rules have been implemented this month in Chinese slaughterhouses and processing plants to identify and test for the

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'Poms': Something to Cheer About
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:07PM / Thursday, May 16, 2019
The philosophical gist of "Poms," a rootin'-tootin' homage to Baby Boomer relevance about a former cheerleader who forms a cheer leading squad at her retirement community, reminded me of an illuminating exchange I had with my wife, Joanne, about 20 years ago.    We were driving across the Neversink River in New York's Sullivan County on the way to our daughter's summer camp when The Rolling Stones's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" came on the radio. Funny how you remember where you were during epiphanic moments. Well, it occasioned me to opine, somewhat resignedly, "Could you imagine, we'll be in the old age home someday


North Adams Council Accepts Library Gift, OKs Arts Commission Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:26PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council accepted a bronze statue as a gift to the North Adams Public Library in memory of Judith Ann "Jody" LaFortune Gottwald.   MaryAnn Abuisi, Gottwald's sister and former city clerk, said she had been considering for some time how to give something back the city.    "I've given 28 years in my service, my dad was a firefighter from 1941 to 1969," she told the council. "And my sister had such an avid love for the public library."   Abuisi had already approached Library Director Mindy Hackner, who recently retired, and the library trustees, who have accepted the gift.    "My sister


Time to ‘Cycle’ through Some Investment Ideas
11:11AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

If you've noticed an increase in bicycle-related events lately, it might be because May is recognized as "Bike Month" – and some cities even observe a specific Bike Week. Of course, bicycling is good exercise and an environmentally friendly method of transportation, but it can also teach us some lessons about investing.

Here are a few to consider:

* Put the brakes on risky moves. To keep themselves safe, experienced cyclists regularly do two things: They keep their brakes in good shape and they don't take unnecessary risks, such as whipping around blind curves. As an investor, you can combine these two actions by putting your own "brakes" on risky moves.


Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:43AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on


State Board Grants Waiver for North Adams Public Safety Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has been given approval by the state to move ahead with replacing the roof on the public safety building.    The City Council last November had authorized borrowing $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive. The project, however, had been put on hold by the state's Architectural Access Board because the building is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.    Last week, the AAB granted the city a waiver on the condition it make plans to deal with accessibility issues.    "We've been granted the appeal of the variance, in order to move on,"


Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Study Presented on Wednesday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:35PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The consultants hired by Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., will lay out a proposed roadmap for the merger of the towns' elementary schools into a single, interstate district.   Public Consulting Group, hired earlier this year, will present the opportunities and challenges to such a merger on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School.    The group was charged to look at three options for the towns: maintaining the status quo, merging but keeping the current grade configuration at each school, and merging and creating an early education school at Stamford and a Grade 3-8 school in Clarksburg.    Northern Berkshire School Union

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