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Review: 'Working: A Musical' Is Minimalist, Meaningful
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:41AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

Why do we work? It's usually for more than money. To express ourselves, perhaps. To make a better life for our children. To create a legacy. To contribute to our country, our society. We can love our jobs or hate our jobs, but our reasons for working and our emotions about our jobs – which take up so much of our lives – are always deeply felt.

To explore these reasons fully, the author Studs Terkel crisscrossed America in the early 1970s recording more than 130 people in all kinds of jobs, from blue collar to professional. The result was a best-selling book – "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do" (published


Long Ball Does in SteepleCats in Double-Header Sweep
10:32PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
LACONIA, N.H. -- The Winnipesaukee Muskrats earned a double-header sweep of the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League on Sunday.   In Game One, Winnipesaukee hit three home runs Sunday to earn a 5-3 win.   Shane Muntz homered and drove in three runs for the 'Cats, who got a pair of hits from Andrew Pedone.   In the nightcap, the Muskrats got a couple more homers in a 9-8, come-from-behind win.   Winnipesaukee scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Coro scored the winning run on a stolen base.   Joseph Porricelli hit his fourth homer of the summer in the loss, which also saw Matt Koperniak double in a run.   North


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

Berkshire Force 10U Squad Uses Big First Inning to Claim Title
Community submission,
08:20PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under team Sunday scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first en route to a forfeit win in the title game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Mia DeJesus earned a perfect game of sorts, striking out the side in the top of the first.   After the Force rolled to its big inning in the bottom of the frame, its opponents from Latham, N.Y., threw in the towel and went home.   A.J. Pelkey and Madison Barber each had a pair of hits in the tournament-winning rally.   Earlier in the day, Pelkey hit a two-run homer in the Force' 8-0 win over Chatham, N.Y., to get to the title game.   Sunday's tournament win was

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LaFesta Baseball Exchange Marks 29 Years
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard thanks Canales and Romano for their efforts with the youth baseball exchange. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The LaFesta Baseball Exchange has been connecting the two ends of the state in this annual celebration of baseball, brotherhood, and youth sportsmanship between the state's smallest and largest cities.    And before the North Adams LaFestas and the North End Dodgers faced off at Joe Wolfe Field on a hot muggy Saturday, the organizers took a moment to remember the idea first broached by John Lipa and Anthony Abuisi nearly three decades ago.    "A lot of times in any community you hear, 'hey you know,


North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange
By Rick Duteau, Sports
10:17PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual LaFesta Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.   The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning because of a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in


North Adams Police Investigating Report of Firearms Discharged
Staff Reports,
10:00PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating shots that were fired in the Greylock Valley Apartments neighborhood on Thursday night.   "Officers did respond to the area of Angelli Street and Grant Street for report of several shots fired," wrote Police Chief Jason Wood in an email. "There is evidence leading us to believe a firearm was discharged."   The report of shots being fired was called into the police at 9:27 p.m. but no one who could implicated in the shooting was at the scene when police arrived. Wood did not say what evidence was found.     "Fortunately, at this time, there does not appear to be any injuries to persons or

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Porricelli Homer Highlights SteepleCats' Win
05:54PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joseph Porricelli homered, tripled and drove in four runs Saturday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 14-9 win over the Newport Gulls in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Joe Wolfe Field.   Kyle Brennan had a triple and a double in an 18-hit North Adams attack.   Matt Koperniak went 2-for-6 with an RBI.   Daniel Corvo earned the win on the mound, allowing three hits and one run in four innings of relief work.   North Adams (20-12) is back on the road for three straight starting with Sunday afternoon's game at Winnipesauke in Laconia, N.H.


Cats' Bats Go Silent at Ocean State
09:46PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Ocean State built a six-run lead before the North Adams SteepleCats to get a run across the plate in a 6-1 Waves' win on Friday in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Elijah Dunham went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs for Ocean State.   Matt Koperniak drove in the lone run for the SteepleCats in the top of the ninth.   The SteepleCats managed just one hit in the loss.   North Adams (19-12) returns home for the first time in five games on Saturday to play Newport in a rare 1 p.m. matinee at Joe Wolfe Field, site of the La Festa Baseball Exchange on Saturday evening.


North Adams Has 2 Candidates for Mayor, 15 for City Council
Staff Reports,
06:03PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The deadline for nomination papers for the city election passed at 5 p.m. on Friday and so  did any chance for a preliminary election.    Instead, voters will decide between two candidates for mayor — incumbent Thomas Bernard and McCann School Committee member Rachel Branch — and 15 candidates for nine at-large seats on the City Council.    "There will be no preliminary election," said City Clerk Deborah Pedercini. "That will save the city some money."   There would have be three candidates for mayor and 19 for council to trigger a preliminary. However, Richard David Greene never returned papers for


Media Gallery on Main Street Offers New Artworks, Local History,
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Robert Giardini wants to get art on people's walls.    That's one of the inspirations for his pop-up Media Gallery that opened during the season's first DownStreet Art event last month.    Located at 70 Main St., the walls of the former Radio Shack store in the L-shaped mall that once displayed electronics have proved a perfect setting for hanging a variety of artworks from both local and Philadelphia artists.   "We've got about, I think 12 or 13 different artists here," Giardini said not long after opening. "Some photographers, we have printmakers, a couple painters. We got some letterpress people.


Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event
12:07PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
Tourists awards

Tourists, the 48-room hotel that opened in North Adams in 2018, will receive the 2019 Putting the Berkshires on the Map honor in recognition of the substantial contribution that they have made to the Berkshire economy. This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.

"In the past 18 months, no property has garnered as much press or shone a light on the Berkshires more consistently than Tourists," said Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire said. "With over $15 million in private investment, this project has assembled and reimagined a diverse collection of properties that illuminate


Excessive Heat, Humidity Forecast Through Sunday
11:10AM / Friday, July 19, 2019

The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat and humidity to begin this afternoon, peaking Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the 90s to low 100s today through Sunday, with dew points in the low to mid 70s. Little cooling is expected to take place in the overnight hours, with lows in most areas only dropping to the mid 70s to near 80.

Heat index values are expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees this afternoon. Heat index values could reach 107 to 112 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for most of Massachusetts, with values between 96 and 102 locally in the Berkshires.

This level of heat and humidity is dangerous and relatively rare


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