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MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.


North Adams Council Asked to Clear City Yard Deed by Eminent Doman
Staff Reports,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council next week will be asked to take a piece of property the city has been using for decades by eminent domain.   The taking is related to the purchase of the old City Yard by Cumberland Farms, which has also been granted an extension on its purchase-and-sales agreement to continue environmental testing.    In a communication to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Bernard said the company had exercised its option in January for a 60-day extension of the feasibility study period to allow it to test for contaminants and site suitability. The extension ended on March 10.    "Earlier this month Cumberland Farms, acting through


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

The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that


'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll


Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball Assigns New Players to Teams
Community submission,
03:13PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Independent Youth Baseball League has assigned new players for the 2018 season.   Coaches will be contacting all players to schedule practices as weather permits. The following is a list of new players who have been assigned to rosters for the upcoming season. This list is just the new players for each team and does not reflect the complete rosters with returning players:   FYP/Trail House: Nick Gilman, Austin Buda, Carter Lee, Hayden Boucher, Alex Rodriguez -Joy,  Jacob Gladu, Alex Cable, James Varellas, Zach Howland,  Max Miller,  Carter Moore.   H A George: Jesse Thompson, Jake Newberry, Jake Bugbee.   Elks:

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North Adams Awarded State Grant for Eagle St. Business Development
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A consultant will provide technical assistance to Eagle Street businesses. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is one of 19 communities — and the only one in Western Massachusetts — to be awarded a state grant to help downtown businesses.    The city received $15,000 that will go toward helping existing businesses on historic Eagle Street with technical assistance.    "I think it's a great thing because it will help downtown business development," Mayor Thomas Bernard said on Tuesday. "It is a great thing because it's a really solid partnership between the local businesses and the city. ...    "I really like to


North Adams Happenings: March 21-27
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Time for Financial 'Spring Cleaning'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the "spring cleaning" concept to your financial environment, too.

How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions:

"De-clutter" your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create


North Adams Airport Reviewing New Lease Structures
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alex Kelly, in the back,  said the commission seems to be putting hurdles in the way of his opening his business at the airport. He was approved for a flight school but told he'd have to wait for an FAA OK to begin parachuting. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission will gather input from airport users to inform its new lease structure.

Administrative Officer Michael Canales told the commission Tuesday that over the next few months, he will present new leases and minimum standards for the commission and tenants to review.

"That is our plan and we want to keep all of you involved going forward ... we will have a one-month review of the draft, so anyone


Andrea Harrington to Challenge Caccaviello for District Attorney
10:49PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local attorney Andrea Harrington took out papers on Tuesday morning to primary Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, who was sworn in just five days ago.   The former Democratic candidate for state senator had hinted last week on "The John Krol Show" that she was interested, saying people had reached out to her about running and that she was "taking a really hard look at it."    She ended any speculation by pulling papers Tuesday morning at the secretary of the commonwealth's office in Springfield.  She said she will be officially kicking off her campaign in the weeks ahead.   "I'm excited to

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Fallon Health Puts Two Local Councils on Aging on the Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The two Nissan Rogues were branded with each Council on Aging logo and Fallon Health's graphic. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adams and Lee Councils on Aging took possession of two shiny copper-colored Nissan Rogues on Tuesday, courtesy of Fallon Health.   The gifts, along with a number of "big checks," is the health insurance provider's way of supporting the community, said Richard P. Burke, president and CEO.   "We think it's important to support the communities within which we offer our products and services," he said as recipients of this year's Fallon Health grants admired the pair of sport-utility vehicles parked outside the offices


Democratic Candidates for Governor to Speak in Pittsfield
03:34PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three gubernatorial candidates running in the Democratic primary will appear at the American Legion on Wendell Avenue on Sunday at 4 p.m.   Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren will present their platforms in a forum to be moderated by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.    The forum is being sponsored by the Berkshire Democratic Brigades and the Berkshire Central Labor Council.   Warren is a veteran and former mayor of Newton, Massie is a global sustainability advocate, and Gonzalez is a former health system CEO and Health Connector chairman.   This event is free but the sponsors are encouraging donations to help support


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