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'Dumbo': A Relevant Elephant
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
Here's what drives me crazy. Mostly everyone you and I know has been brought up on a steady motion picture diet of morality tales like this latest version of Disney's "Dumbo," based on the studio's 1941, animated delve into the wiles and munificence of human nature. All the good lessons concerning proper human behavior are therein contained.    And yet, look at some of these uncaring, inconsiderate curmudgeons young and old sharing the planet with us. This week I'm particularly down on the 30-something, balding Wall Street dude, sunglasses-attired, who passes you on the right in his 3 series BMW and then celebrates his belligerence by giving you the

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Colegrove Park School Dismissed Early for Hot Water Issues
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
10:59AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School pupils were released early on Thursday after the report of gas smell in the kitchen turned up a different problem in the hot water system.   
The school was evacuated for a gas smell then dismissed for a hot water problem. Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said the report of the smell came in before school started so students were gathered on arrival and evacuated to the nearby First Baptist Church.    "The alarm came in before the kids were at school so I believe the kids never entered the building," Meranti said. "They assembled the kids outside and we redirected them to their normal evacuation

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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
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New North Adams Police Chief Has Community-Based Vision
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard says Wood's understanding of the city's needs and population were factors in his decision.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's new police chief-designate has a strong vision for the future of his department: community based, collaborative, realistic and transparent.   Lt. Jason Wood, a 16-year veteran of the force, was named on Wednesday as the city's first appointed police chief in nearly 40 years.    On Wednesday afternoon he ticked off a list of priorities ahead of him when he's sworn in May 1 to replace retired Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio.    There's getting his command team in place, selecting

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Berkshire Innovation Center Construction Ramping Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.   "We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Wednesday.   The research and development center broke ground in September and is eyed for an October opening. In January, the steel structure was completed and celebrated with a topping off ceremony. In February, "the building really began to take shape. We put flooring. We put decking. Things were getting welded

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North Adams Hires New Library Director
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

The trustees are preparing for a transition as Mindy Hackner is replaced by a new library director. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College's director of library services has been hired to run the North Adams Public Library.   The college's Sarah Sanfilippo will replace retiring Library Director Mindy Hackner.    "I think we are very, very lucky ... and I think we will be in good shape," Hackner told the library's board of trustees on Wednesday.    Mayor Thomas Bernard made the announcement at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The trustees have been searching the last few months find a director who could be in place

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Quinones Homers to Give MCLA Split at Westfield State
09:42PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- McCann Tech alumna Alanza Quinones belted a three-run homer in Game Two to help the MCLA softball team salvage a split with Westfield State Wednesday afternoon in MASCAC action.   Game One In the opener,the Owls scored two runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fifth.   Emily Arredondo (4-6) pitched a complete game for the win, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out two.   MCLA trailed 8-1 entering the top of the seventh inning, but pushed across three runs in the seventh on RBI singles from Kaitlyn Berghela and Kaylin Holliday.   Blazers' starter Samantha Feinstein took the pitching loss.   Game Two The

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North Adams Votes to Lift, Amend Seasonal Parking Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:48PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The return of spring inevitably brings with it complaints about potholes and parking. And while the potholes may be aggravating, a "winter parking ban" in April continues to puzzle and frustrate motorists.

Even though the streets are clear, anyone parking on the roadway overnight will get a ticket.    At the request of Mayor Thomas Bernard, the City Council voted Tuesday to amend the city's parking ordinance to shorten the winter ban by two weeks. It also voted on the mayor's recommendation to end this year's parking ban on Thursday.   Next year's parking ban, and for years afterward, will end on April 15 — an easy

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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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What Can You Do With Your Tax Refund?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:42AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

We're getting close to the tax-filing deadline. For many of us, this means it's that time of year when we get our biggest financial windfall – a tax refund. If you have recently received a refund, or are expecting to get one in the next few weeks, what should you do with it?

Of course, you could just spend the money on something you want, but if you would like to maximize the financial benefits from your refund, you might want to consider other options, including the following:

Invest the money. In 2018, the average tax refund was about $2,700. For this year, it might be somewhat lower, due to changes in the tax laws and the failure of taxpayers to adjust their withholdings

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Primary Care Offices Offer More Than Ever
By Dr. Robert Schwartz,
11:26AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As little as five or 10 years ago, you visited your doctor at your primary care office for your yearly physical and when you were ill. You might need to visit three or four other offices to get all of the care you needed.

But times are changing. Many primary care offices are offering patients more types of care more conveniently than ever. Knowing about all of the services your primary care practice offers can help you take better care of yourself and your family.

The shift in primary care started several years ago with the concept of the medical home. When patients first hear the term "medical home," they are often confused. "Do you mean nursing home?" they think.

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Veteran City Officer Selected as New North Adams Police Chief
Staff Reports,
09:17AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A 16-year veteran of the police force and city native has been named as the new chief of police.   Lt. Jason R. Wood was selected out of 40 candidates following a national search to replace retiring Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio. He will be the city's first new "police chief" in 38 years following the elimination of the public safety commissioner post.    Mayor Thomas Bernard made his selection known early Wednesday morning. He said in a statement announcing his choice that he was looking for a leader with significant experience who understood collaboration and "a willingness to build and strengthen relationships with key

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North Adams Council Rejects Recommendation for Earlier Meetings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday rejected 7-2 a proposal to start its meetings an hour earlier.    City Councilor Wayne Wilkinson had raised the idea of meeting earlier as the council's meetings crept longer into the evening. With meetings regularly running past 9 and sometimes closer to 10, Wilkinson thought a 6 p.m. start rather than 7:30 would get the councilors and audience out earlier.    The General Government Committee had recommended a 6:30 start after hearing from councilors and the current and former city clerk. The clerks had expressed concern that the long meetings and late nights were exhausting everyone and issues coming up at the

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