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NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting on Friday stood to indicate that they have been touched by domestic violence in some way, personally or professionally.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the exercise, nearly everyone was standing.

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday were urged to stand if they ever had responded to a domestic violence situation, counseled a domestic violence victim, suspected a friend or family member of being a victim of domestic violence, or were themselves affected by domestic violence. Nearly all of the 75 guests stood up.

"So we can see that we're already standing together for


North Adams Chooses Designer For Splash Park
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Director of Community Development Larysa Bernstein updates the Parks & Recreation Commission on the Noel Field splash park. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has awarded the splash park project design bid to Berkshire Design Group Inc. and construction could begin this summer.    Director of Community Development Larysa Bernstein on Monday updated the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday about the new project at Noel Field Athletic Complex.   "They are working on the design now and their plan is to start construction in the late summer and finish by June 30 of 2019," Bernstein said.     The city received $400,000 through a Parkland

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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

Easter Events in the Berkshires
01:00PM / Monday, March 19, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Founder Allen Harris Publishes First Book
12:05PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
Written in stone

Berkshire Money Management founder and CEO Allen Harris has released his first book, written especially for business owners in the midst of transition. "Build It, Sell It, Profit," published by Advantage in February, as a longtime labor of love and valuable insight into preparing business owners who are looking to reap the benefits of their hard work.

"Build It, Sell It, Profit" is written for all business owners, including those who know what they need to do, but who are trying to navigate where to begin in the process. The book is about increasing an owner's income while making the business a better candidate for sale – either in two years


Community Baby Shower to be Held March 31
11:12AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP/Berkshire South WIC invite all expecting and new parents to a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m.

The first 10 women who attend will win a gift card for a free manicure. There will be free workshops on prenatal bonding, breastfeeding and returning to work, baby boxes and more. In addition to educational activities, there will be informational resources from local providers in the community to support new mothers and their families.

There will also be several give-a-ways, including a Graco Click & Connect Infant Car Seat and Stroller, Nursery Center Playard, Bright Starts Bouncer and more. Healthy, delicious


Cariddi's Estate Keeps Showering North Adams Library With Gifts
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The trustees are considering creating an endowment fund with the monies left to library by the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi continues to surprise the library with gifts, with her estate giving it another $20,000 with possibly more to come.   Cariddi left $7,500 earmarked for astronomy-related materials and programming, however, Library Director Mindy Hackner added another small account of $4,000 was also left to the library as well as another $17,820.   This latest gift of $20,000 comes with no strings attached.   Hackner asked the library trustees Wednesday what they thought they should spend the


BMC Brings Endoscopy Services Under One Roof
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The new center, in the former radiation oncology space, held an open house on Thursday evening.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center recently opened a new Endoscopy Center on its main campus, bringing both in-patient and ambulatory care under one roof.   The $5 million investment in what was previously the radiation oncology suites has allowed the health system to better service patients.   "The past years have been at the Crane Center," said Dr. Jason Bratcher. "We were doing [in-patient] procedures in the operating room. It just wasn't as cohesive and together doing out-patients there and in-patients here. ...   "It makes it

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Berkshire Bruins Win 10U Title at Spring Fling
Community submission,
09:15PM / Sunday, March 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Cody Soper scored a pair of goals Sunday to lead the Berkshire Bruins to a 4-1 win over host Black Bears in the 10-and-under championship game at the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Spring Fling.   Eric Harrington and Alexander Jerebtsov each scored a goal, and Zackary Schneider had an assist in the win.   Hunter Shepardson backstopped the Bruins to victory in goal.


Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congressman Neal is on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicaid and Medicare. A bill in Congress now could expand concurrent treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so.   But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government.   "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Quinones Homers in MCLA Softball's First Win
11:50PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. - The MCLA Softball team defeated Trinity, 11-6, Friday to earn the first win of head coach Erica Li's career.   The Trailblazers lost the night cap to Lawrence, 9-0, to go to 1-5 on their spring trip.   MCLA 11, Trinity 6 MCLA had its best effort to date in the opening game against the Bantams. It took the lead in the top of the first on Kaylyn Holliday's RBI double to centerfield and when Morgan Watson doubled her home, MCLA led 2-0. The Bantams got a run in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 2-1.     MCLA then got a solo home run off the bat of McCann Tech graduate Alanza Quinones to make it 3-1 and then Holliday blasted a two run shot


Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


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