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Mass MoCA Announces Fall Season Works, Performances
04:34PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nick Cave's 'Until' closes on Sept. 4 after nearly a year in Building 5. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art heads into the fall with the 7th annual FreshGrass Festival on Sept. 15-17, a weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music and wraps up the season in mid-December when Sundance Theatre Lab returns for its annual residency program.    In between, Gabriel Kahane is back with new music based on his recent two-week cross-country Amtrak journey; The Weepies take the stage for an unplugged performance; exhibiting artist Lonnie Holley dives into music; Sam Green & Kronos Quartet team up

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North Adams Finds Buyer for Salt Yard; Sale of Pownal Land Resurfaces
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:29AM / Saturday, August 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Another city property has a buyer: The salt yard.    Mayor Richard Alcombright will ask the City Council on Tuesday to accept a bid of $50,000 on the 2.55 acre property, well below its appraised value of $125,000.    John Duquette Jr. of Berkshire County Construction, which operates across the street from the Ashland Street property, submitted the bid. The land and a couple buildings is in an industrial zone; the appraisers wrote that it was worth more if the buildings were demolished. Choquette plans to use the property for equipment and material storage.    The mayor in his communication to the council said he was excited about the

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

Jobs
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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 14 - Aug 17
By Andy McKeever,
03:12PM / Friday, August 18, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 14.   Candace Mateo, 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - her second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of oxycodone with intent to

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Shafer, Kierstead Lead Team to Torchia Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:01PM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Morgan Schafer and Morgan Kierstead each went 4-for-5 to lead MetLife to a 13-8, come-from-behind win over AJ’s Trailside Pub on Thursday to take the Pat Torchia Softball League Championship.   MetLife wrapped up the best-of-three final series, 2-0, behind the pitching of Sarah Sweet and a six-hit, four-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning.   AJ’s jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single by Lisa Williams and a two-run single to center from Mary Scanlon.   In the third, AJ’s tacked on three more to take a 6-2 lead. Kass Kazimierczak had the big hit, an RBI double off the wall in left-center at

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NBCC Distributes Nearly 300 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:54PM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The crowd lined up at the door to the former Sleepy's couldn't wait to get inside and start picking out — school supplies.    Thursday was the fourth year of the Backpacked to Success back to school program hosted by The Family Place and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.    Some 275 backpacks in a rainbow of colors were ready for pick up and to be filled with an assortment of pens, pencils, erasers, notebook, folders and a plethora of other school needs.    "It's a really nice way to start the school year off," said Brayton Elementary Principal John Franzoni, who was volunteering at a table piled high

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SteepleCats' Whitney Honored as League's Top Starting Pitcher
10:39AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- North Adams SteepleCats hurler Blake Whitney Thursday was named the best starting pitcher in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for 2017.   "One of North Adams' best pitchers in franchise history led the league by a wide margin in strikeouts, totaling 80 punchouts on the season - 29 more than the next-closest pitcher," read a news release from NECBL Commissioner Sean McGrath. "Whtiney also finished with a highly respectable 2.08 ERA - the fourth-lowest in the entire NECBL - and gave up only 36 hits over a league-most 52.0 innings while posting a 0.94 WHIP. The starter for the Northern Division in the All-Star Game started nine games on

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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017

Molly Cantor's work features animals and flowers.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "I'll Drink to That" is a veritable wonderland of handcrafted vessels: delicate celadons, chunky tankards, prim porcelains, bowls with heft and inventive shapes.   The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.     "I think it's really cool when you have an exhibit of something that's as simple as a cup and then you get to see so many interpretations of what a drinking vessel is,  is

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Learns Impact on Tax Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Clarksburg School renovation and expansion is projected to add between $3.20 and $3.25 per $1,000 of valuation to the tax bill, but the town administrator said there are things that will mitigate that impact.   The School Building Committee met Tuesday to discuss the financing of the project and its outreach efforts ahead of a Sept. 27 special town meeting and planned Oct. 10 vote on a debt exclusion to pay for the project.   The committee received some good news from Superintendent Jon Lev, who reported that the reimbursement rate from the Massachusetts School Building Authority is higher than previously anticipated.   "In the end,

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North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned
11:16PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.   Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he continue to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or surety bail.   It is alleged that Perras stabbed Charles Sauer on July 14 at about at about 11:30 p.m. near Perras' Union Street

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OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:33PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials asked the Dalton players whether they wanted to play eight-on-eight or field 10 players against a short-handed opponent.   Without hesitation, the Dalton players replied, “eight-on-eight.”   That is what the summer league is all about: love of the sport and friendly competition.   “It's a great opportunity for them to learn and play more and

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'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will

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Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'
04:50PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Aug. 21, 1781, in Sheffield, slavery began to crumble in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

Preceding the afternoon performance, the public is invited to follow in the footsteps of

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