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Red Sox Foundation Wins North Adams Minors
11:41AM / Friday, July 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Red Sox Foundation won the North Adams Little League Minor Division Championship last month with a 17-16 win over Little’s Pharmacy.   The Red Sox Foundation team includes: (front row, from left) Liam Roberts, Julian Feliciano, Jayquan Vazquez, Connor Klein and Giddeon Malachuk; (back row) Josh Hatfield, Brodie Hayden, Gavin Crossman, Cullen Champney, Aiden Champney.   The team is coached by Joe Champney and Krista Chilson.

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BFAIR Names New Director of Program Operations for Day Services
10:45AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family & Individual Resources has promoted Theresa Gelinas to director of program operations for Day Services.

A member of the BFAIR team since 2001, Gelinas most recently served as the director of Habilitative Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for the supervision of the Day Habilitation Program, Homecare Services, Vocational Services and other ancillary services.

Her experience within the organization marks a long-standing commitment to serving people living with disabilities. Her roles at BFAIR have included directing the Day Habilitation Centers and managing the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver Program and Homecare services.

In

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Financial Adviseor Receives 'TNT' Client Development Award
10:22AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Edward Jones financial adviser Walter Lother of North Adams recently received the "TNT" Client Development Award for his outstanding service efforts over the past year.

Only 504 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors received the award.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

The firm's 14,000-plus financial

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Sunday night (no fireworks) and Monday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Monday's concert. More information here.


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Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   Guests are invited to a ribbon cutting of Shakespeare &

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?
By Bill Schmick,
07:46AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

That doesn’t mean the demise of malls or department stores altogether, but over the next decade there will be fewer of them, especially in depressed areas of the country. The main culprit in this story is e-commerce or internet shopping. In the first quarter of this year, e-commerce accounted for $74.9 billion. That might sound like a lot of money but it still only accounts for 7 percent of overall consumer

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Frame All Edges Celtics in Giorgi League
07:40AM / Friday, July 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nick Bourdon scored 12 points to lead Frame All/Preite Oil to a 48-47 win over the Celtics on Thursday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Tyler Benoit and Bill Pulasky each scored nine in the victory.   The Celtics were led by Keith Czubryt with 13 points and Caleb Mackey with 10 points and eight rebounds.   In Thursday’s other game, Secale Jones scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead Dagnoli/Troiano & Sons Building to a 75-50 win over Central Radio.   Ron Kelly scored 18 and collected 14 rebounds, and Jamual Warren scored 14 for Dagnoli.   Central Radio was led by Dave Wellington with 15 points and David Vidal

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Flood House Open to Displaced Louison House Residents
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously voted on the emergency lease agreement with the Louison House.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents displaced by the recent fire at Louison House in Adams will be able to stay in Flood House.

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved Thursday a temporary emergency lease agreement with the shelter's operator, Family Life Support Center Inc., to house the families and individuals left homeless after last weekend's fire.

"They have an issue and they need some housing so that is good," said Chairman Chris Tremblay. "It's good that they are in there."

Although the small attic fire was snuffed

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DownStreet Art Building Community, Business in 8th Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:49PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

Street performances at DownStreet Art. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art opened for its eighth year on Thursday, ushering in a summer of exhibitions and events in the city's downtown and four monthly downtown openings.

As in the past, empty spaces are being filled with pop-up galleries and studios. But what's new is a targeted approach to help some of these initiatives endure beyond the summer and activities to bring the community and artists closer together.

"We're very excited for what's being planned," said Mayor Richard Alcombright at this year's kickoff. He sees opportunity in the "Meet Your Neighbors" theme of

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Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL.

Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.  

These charges from a superseding indictment were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:52PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

In one scene of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence," brainy scientist Julius Levinson, played by Judd Hirsch, berates his equally brainy scientist son, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), thusly: "So, it takes the end of the world for a son to visit his father?" It is but one of a long list of clichés the filmmaker surmises would attend a planet facing Armageddon at the hands of alien beings. Uh, well, more correctly, it's not at the hands of, but at the tentacles of, which of course is much scarier.

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened

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Bird, Racette Lead Drury to Giorgi League Win
08:55AM / Thursday, June 30, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hayden Bird scored 16 points, and Reece Racette added 15 with nine rebounds to lead Drury to a 54-52 win over Pizza House on Wednesday night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Avery Hall scored 18, and Sean Kut had nine for Pizza House.   In Wednesday’s other game, Joe Aberdale scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards to lead Meet you at the Rock to a 46-30 win over Pete’s Gun Shop/Maselli & Field.   Mike McMahon added eight points in the win.   Tim Maselli and Greg Vreeland each scored nine for Pete’s.   Play continues on Thursday evening with two games at Noel Field starting at 6:30.

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