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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Miss Hall's School Presents 'Decision Height'
03:28PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of "Decision Height," a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. 

General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Tickets can be bought online; after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, call


State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the


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 Food Project Now Accepting Turkey Donations
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Berkshire Food Project is in need of turkeys. Lots of them.   The food project has provided a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to anyone who wants one for years. Last year, it cooked up 24 turkeys to feed around 250 people.    Executive Director Kim McMann said the project this Thanksgiving wants to host two dinners Nov. 19 instead of one.   "That last hour is always quiet, it is not really packed," she said. "So what we did last year right after the meal I went through the dining room and I asked people that eat there all the time if they would prefer a different time and they

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North Adams Planners Approve Greylock Works Condos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Main Mill will have four floors of residential units ranging from one to three bedrooms. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Works expects to have a model apartment ready for view in the former textile mill by next summer.    The Planning Board on Monday approved the renovation of the west end of the more than century-old mill on State Road into 51 apartments — a switch from initial plans that had included hotel rooms.    "With at least six new hotels in the pipeline expanding or completed within three miles of Greylock Works, we are dedicating the entire western portion of our site to long-term residential occupancy," said mill owner and


Superior Court Briefs: October 17 - October 30
Staff Reports,
06:19PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 17.   Brian Dillard, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury accident causing death, leaving the scene of property damage accident, use of a motor vehicle without authority, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Dillard is accused of driving a motor vehicle which collided with a motorcycle in Pittsfield on August 24, 2018. Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield died as a result of injuries


North Adams, Pittsfield Papa Gino's Escape Closure
04:40PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Papa Gino's restaurants in North Adams and Pittsfield escaped closure this weekend as their troubled parent company prepared to sell to an equity investment firm.    More than 50 Papa Gino's pizzerias — largely in the eastern and central part of the state — were shuttered abruptly over the weekend with reports of employees showing up for work to locked doors and no explanations.    On Monday, the pizzeria's parent company PGHC Holdings Inc. announced an agreement in principle to sell to Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity investment firm that would strengthen the company's finances.    "We are pleased

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island
01:49PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Main Street, Rhode Island

Main Street Hospitality Group, owners and operators of boutique hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that include the iconic Red Lion Inn, has been named as the management partner for the new Hammetts Wharf hotel development on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.  This marks the company's first step outside of Massachusetts as it pursues growth throughout the Northeast.

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.  Developed by Peregrine Group LLC, Hammetts


Berkshires Beat: Two Firefighters Join Great Barrington Force
12:31PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
New firefighters

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants


District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are only a few local races on the ballot Tuesday and their outcomes won't take too long to tally up. Except one.    It's possible that full results for the Berkshire County district attorney might not be known until Wednesday — or even Thursday.    The election for Berkshire district attorney has had plenty of twists and turns but the biggest has been the decision by second-place Democratic primary finisher Paul Caccaviello to mount a write-in campaign against the party's nominee Andrea Harrington.    Harrington's name is the only one on the ballot but there's always a spot on the ballot for a write-in


BC Arc Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, November 05, 2018

Awards were given to those individuals who made great progress in the last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Those with autism, brain injuries or who are developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and Berkshire County Arc tries to do just that.   Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.    "What would we be without BC Arc? What would we be if you weren't here? We'd be a community that doesn't take care of all of us, it doesn't give every single one of us an opportunity to live the life we want

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Operation Christmas Soliciting Donations for North County Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Sunday, November 04, 2018

Office assistant Tina Samson shows one of the bags donated by Waubeeka Golf Links. Those and bags from Big Y will be filled with products for veterans in need this holiday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Operation Christmas for Veterans is off to a strong start: boxes and bags of donated clothing, home goods and hygiene items are piling up in the city's Veteran Services Office.    But the number of veterans being served by the office has also grown over the past couple years as the office has become regional covering not only North Adams but Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Lanesborough, Savoy and Williamstown.   The drive started by veterans office assistant Tina

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Guest Column: We Are Too Great to Hate
By James F. Birge, Guest Column
01:56PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
As the president of a public institution of higher education, I have the unique opportunity to hear from many voices of those who represent the next generation. It should come as no surprise that there are myriad concerns coming through in those voices about the state of our country.   Between the Trump administration's seeking to restrict Title IX's definition of gender to "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," bombs being sent to officials affiliated with the Democratic Party, and shooting violence fueled by the increasing volume of hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, and ideological propaganda


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