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Letter: Sweeney for North Adams City Council
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

To the Editor:

I feel a sense of obligation and duty to bring a unique voice to the City Council chambers. I represent a younger demographic, which my work throughout North Adams and the surrounding towns has led me to connect and work with closely. I aim to connect those voices to our local government, as well as serve, and advocate for all residents who share my passion for North Adams.

Upon relocating here to attend MCLA in 2007, I immediately felt a calling to dive deeply into the community and embrace the incredible sense of growth that has been emerging here. I've been proud to contribute to this growth in the 12 years I've lived here. My path started with the Northern


'Before You Know It': Wherein the Critic Bemoans ...
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:32PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wherein the Critic Bemoans the Vanishing of Local Moviehouses, Extolls the Virtues of Independent Films, Makes the World Safe for Democracy and Sings an Homage to the Family — Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina."   This quote came to mind as I watched director-writer Hannah Pearl Utt's "Before You Know It," a charmingly engaging dramedy with a screwball slant that teaches a life lesson or two while touching our hearts and tickling our funny bones. Besides, I always wanted to use that axiom.   The story is brainy, sophisticated and bereft of gratuitous violence. So don't expect to find it at the highway multiplex. It's about two sisters who discover a


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 Library Trustees Firm on Cariddi Fund Use
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

The library trustees are leery of using Cariddi's bequest in one fell swoop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees are hesitant to use money left by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi to address major maintenance needs.   Chairwoman Robin Martin told the trustees Wednesday that she recently met with Mayor Thomas Bernard who asked that the trustees consider using the money left by the late Cariddi to go toward some of the maintenance concerns in the original part of the library.   "It's up to us but I am not sure that it is a good idea," Martin said.   The state representative and former city councilor passed away in 2017 and left a considerable

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North Adams Recognizes 'Hello Week,' Childhood Cancer Month
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard and Superintendent Barbara Malkas explain the school's participation in the Sandy Hook Promise and invite the community to say 'hello' to students on Sept. 27. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 23-27 as Start With Hello Week, an initiative of the Sandy Hook Promise.   Mayor Thomas Bernard read the proclamations at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes and every day five children in the United States die of cancer, he read, but even successful treatments can lead to other problems.   The average survival


Castleton State Women's Soccer Blanks MCLA
09:13PM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Castleton State University women's soccer team rolled to a convincing 6-0 win over the MCLA Trailblazers Wednesday evening at Shewcraft Field.   The Spartans (3-2) received a pair of goals from both Julia Carone and Makenzi Bellando in the win.   Castleton's Rylee Nichols converted just four minutes into the action to give the visitors a quick 1-0 advantage. Nichols added an assist just six minutes later as she fed Carone for the first of her goals in the 10th minute to make it 2-0.     The Spartans put the game away with two more first half goals. Tatum Shappy would tally in the 25th minute while Carone would add her


North Adams Council Puts Johnson School on 'For Sale' List
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The council approved several matters and confirmed new members for the Mass MoCA Commission. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday gave the OK for Mayor Thomas Bernard to solicit proposals for Johnson School.   The 125-year-old building is currently occupied by Berkshire County Head Start, which is planning to move to the United Cerebral Palsy building on Curran Highway.   Bernard said Head Start had a three-year lease with two one-year extensions and has exercised the final extension that will expire at the end of next July to provide plenty of time for their relocation.   "We'll put out the purchase and sale with the understanding that the


What Can a Financial Advisor Do for You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:54AM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What does investing mean to you? If the word makes you think of transactions – buying or selling stocks and bonds – you're looking at just part of the picture. To work toward all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need a comprehensive financial strategy. And for that, you might need to work with a personal financial advisor.

But what, specifically, can this type of professional do for you? Here are some of the key services a financial advisor can provide:

* Help you invest for your retirement: An experienced financial advisor can look at all the relevant factors – your current and projected income, age at which you’d like to retire, desired


Harrington Launches 'Ambitious' Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe says the policies of intervention will keep communities safer.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office is partnering with communities and local organizations to create a juvenile justice system focused on the roots of delinquency.    "As community leaders, we are all responsible for creating an environment where our children can grow and thrive," said District Attorney Andrea Harrington. "That's why my office is launching a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Initiative that will work toward keeping children out of the court system and building safer, healthier communities."   Harrington made


Biz Briefs: Shakespeare & Company Seeks Property Proposals for Lenox Campus
11:38AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019
S&Co. Property Collaboration

Shakespeare & Company is inviting qualified entities, including real estate or other business and property development firms and nonprofits, to propose ideas to further develop the company's campus 33-acre property in Lenox. For more than four decades, Shakespeare & Company has been one of the premiere cultural attractions of Berkshire County, and a globally recognized landmark for theatrical performance, arts education, and professional training. This new project represents a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with the Company.  

Qualified entities are asked to provide an initial statement of interest to demonstrate how the campus,


North Adams Happenings: Sept. 11-17
11:00AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019
SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 20th - 22nd - FreshGrass Festival 2019
An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the


Mass MoCA to Transform Marshall Street Parking Lot into Park
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nice place to hang out today @MadSqParkNYC #BigBling

— GothamToGo (@afinelyne) May 19, 2016 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Big Bling," an elephant-like statue, finally has a location in the city.   The installation by award-winning artist Martin Puryear has been stored in crates in the corner of the parking lot behind Big Y for the last couple years after being on display in Philadelphia and New York City.    The Planning Board on Monday approved plans by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to revamp the parking lot in the so-called "Leu lot" on Marshall Street into a greenspace and site the massive statue in a


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for September
12:00PM / Monday, September 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during September.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chester and Lanesborough for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road Lanesborough Town Hall, 83 North Main St.

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or


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