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North Adams Planners Approve Livery Headquarters
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Planning Board's Monday meeting was briefer than usual, with only two items on the agenda. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An established livery company is moving into the former Coury's automobile salvage business on Curran Highway and bringing 35 jobs with it.   Coury's closed last fall after nearly 50 years of selling used car parts and automobile services. JP Parent Co. LLC plans to use 858 and 874 Curran Highway as its headquarters for storage and servicing its fleet.   Attorney James Sisto, representing JP Parent, said the company had outgrown its location in Adams and is now leasing the Curran Highway property.    "They plan to move


Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move
02:01PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Happy anniversary

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield. Formerly known as Colt Investment Services, Balance Rock Investment Group was founded by David Milligan in 1998. Specializing in developing retirement income strategies built on the best interests of each client and designed to promote clarity across all chapters of life, the firm’s personalized approach has attributed to its 20 years of growth and success.

In early 2011, in conjunction with its rebranding, Balance Rock Investment Group moved to new offices on Elm Street. Since that time, the firm's


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 Happenings: Jan. 16-22
01:22PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
North Adams Happenings:  January 16 - 22   Save the Date  

Opening Reception 
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
(413) 662-5253
5pm - 7pm
for more information

Colour &


What's Keeping You From Protecting Your Family's Future?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:08PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Think about your loved ones. What will their future be like? Can you picture them living in your house many years from now? Can you picture your children going to college? Can you picture your spouse or partner enjoying a comfortable retirement? These are all pleasant visions – but what if you weren't in these pictures?

If you were no longer around, you would leave a gaping hole in the lives of your survivors. The emotional element would be tough enough, but the financial aspect – the permanent loss of your income – could be devastating to all the hopes you have had for your family members. Fortunately, you can help prevent this 'worst-case" scenario from


Baseball in the Berkshires Museum Offers Red Sox,Yankees Items this Weekend
12:57PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass, -- The Yankee-Red Sox rivalry continues this weekend at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall.   Long-time Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and  Yankee Troy Tulowitzki bats will be on display this weekend. These bats are exact replicas of the bats that these two All-Stars use.   Touch, hold and get your picture taken with these the bats.   The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.


North Adams Airport Building to Be Moved This Week
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new administrative building is slated to be moved Thursday morning.   Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that the long-awaited building move should start Thursday morning between 8:30 and 9:00.   "There are some things that have to happen in the morning prior to the move but then they will be ready," he said.   The city plans to move the vacant medical building on the north side of the Harriman & West Airport campus about 150 yards and use it as a new administrative building. The 8,700-square-foot facility was constructed in 2001 on leased airport land and


North Adams Schools Will Hire Full-Time Business Administrator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee is ending its attempt to share financial services with another educational entity after just a year.   The committee last week voted not to renew its contract with the North Berkshire School Union to share the services of its business manager. Rather, the school district will seek a full-time business administrator effective July 1.   "The conditions since we created that initial agreement have changed," Superintendent Barbara Malkas explained to the School Committee at its monthly meeting. "We have been the recipient of several large competitive grants that require not just the grants management coordination for


McCann Tech Drone Program Taking Off
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School unveiled its new drone after-school program last week.   Principal Justin Kratz and teacher Perry Burdick gave the School Committee a drone presentation Thursday night and demonstrated what the little aircraft could do even in the confines of the meeting room.   "It's going to be one more great avenue for our kids to get involved in the school and I think you will see a large number of kids interested in it," Kratz said. "I think they are really going to get into it."   The idea was brought forth late last year by School Committee member Robert Reilly who saw a presentation of a similar program at the

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Letter: Mass MoCA Needs to Address Children's Art
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, January 14, 2019

To the Editor:

Recently, this writer received an email from Mr. Joseph Thompson, director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He was responding to my email concerning Mass MoCA's illegal paint over of the children's artwork on the Marshall Street pillars in the city of North Adams. He indicated that he was opened to suggestions but, at this point in time, he has not responded to the letter or to the strong desire of the community for testing and possible restoration of the school children's art work.


Thanks for responding to my latest email concerning the issue of the art projects on the Marshall Street pillars. With that said, I have carefully reviewed


College Notes: January & February 2019
04:53PM / Monday, January 14, 2019




Honor Societies




Academic Lists & Awards

Curry College in Milton has named three local students to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester: Hannah Race of Ashley Falls, Kirby Bryce of Clarksburg, Jules O'Connor of Dalton, Matthew Stewart of North Adams and Michael Strizzi of Williamstown.

Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., has named the following local students to the dean's list for the 2018 fall semester: sophomore Riley Nichols, a graduate of Pittsfield High School, and first-years Samuel Dils and Jacob Hane, both of Williamstown and graduates of Mount Greylock Regional High School.

The University of Rhode Island at Kingston


Auditor Makes Recommendations to the District Attorney's Office
04:06PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An audit of the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office released Monday found that improvements were needed to the office's internal controls and recording of forfeited funds.     The audit covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018, and was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment.   "As Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington takes the reins of the office, I encourage her to use this audit as a roadmap for improvement," State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said in a statement. "The recommendations in this audit will ensure the office


Berkshires Beat: Mt. Everett Students Join Dance Exchange Program in India
01:23PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
International experience

As part of the World Education Alliance program, five Mt. Everett students traveled to India in the fall, joining a group of 29 students from around the world. At the start of this academic year, the Keswick Public School in Madurai hosted Dance Mela, a workshop and dance performance that brought together international youth to learn Indian dance and experience Indian culture.  

Produced by Chris Graham, station manager of CTSB, a short video detailing the performance and workshop is now available online on the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) website or on Vimeo. A documentary sharing the full story of the Mt. Everett student experience in


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