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College Notes: July & August 2018
04:16PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tiffany-Rae Robinson Tiffany-Rae Robinson of Dalton was selected as orientation group leader (OGL) for the 2018 Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program at Western New England University.   SOAR helps set the stage for academic readiness and successful community integration to Western New England University and leaders help new students transition by providing entering students and parents with information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment.   OGLs are students who have consistently modeled solid citizenship and active participation in the Western New England Community. They are selected for their strong communication skills, their


'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Going Molecular
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:01PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
Y'know how in organic chemistry they show you a molecular construction and then ask you to identify it from another angle? Well, I can't do that, which is why I'm a film critic and not a dermatologist. And it's worked out pretty well, except until now, when I'm faced with trying to explain the pseudo-scientific ins and outs of director Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man and the Wasp."   You see, a good deal of this adventure yarn is concerned with rescuing Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet Van Dyne aka Wasp from the Quantum Realm, and I have absolutely no idea where that is.   I only know that whether it is to the left, right, up, down or somewhere sideways, it


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 Council OKs New Vehicles for Public Services
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, July 12, 2018

Public Services Committee Chairman Joshua Moran, left, discusses the vehicles being replaced with Commissioner of Public Services Timothy Lescarbeau. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They're rusty and worn out and tired. And, with any luck, their replacements will arrive before the snow really starts to fly next winter.    The City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to spend $425,000 to replace eight vehicles in the Department of Public Services' fleet and the first significant update in equipment in nearly a decade. The new administration wants this appropriation to get the department back on track with regularly scheduled replacements — rather than waiting


SteepleCats Offense Struggles In Road Loss To Blue Sox
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
10:30PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

HOLYOKE, Mass. —As the SteepleCats offense came up just short in Laconia on Tuesday night, their offense struggled to find the plate on Wednesday night.

With just a short drive across Berkshire County, the North Adams SteepleCats trekked to Holyoke, MA to battle the Valley Blue Sox Wednesday evening. Yet runners left on base on fielding errors plagued the SteepleCats, allowing the Blue Sox to capture a 6-2 victory.

The first four and a half innings shaped up to be a classic pitcher’s duel between Valley’s starting pitcher Endy Morales and the SteepleCats’ starter Andrew DiPiazza. The pair worked their way out of many tough situations, as the teams combined for a


Birds Lead Team to Giorgi League Win
09:52PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nolan Bird scored 23 points, and Hayden Bird added 12 Wednesday as Alton & Westall Real Estate defeated Moresi & Associates, 57-54, in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Moresi got 13 points from Seth Shepard. Mike Meany and Kevin Shaker contributed 12 and 11, respectively.   In Wednesday's other game, the Celtics beat Frank Field Contracting, 69-32.   Keith Czubryt led all scorers with 18, and Jeric Taylor and Wyatt Tucker chipped in with 16 and 14, respectively, in the win.   Nick Aitken scored 13 to lead Frank Field.


Eagle Street Beach Returns for 20th Year on July 14
02:34PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Saturday, July 14, will mark the 20th year of artist Eric Rudd's annual "Eagle Street Beach" community beach celebration.

In celebration of the anniversary, an illustrated children's book by Rudd will be given as prizes and distributed to schools, libraries and to the city of North Adams.

The beach event, originated by Rudd in 1999, has become a summer staple for creative fun in the sand. The party, sponsored by the Berkshire Art Museum, fills the street with 500,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered and cleaned up by the City of North Adams Department of Public Works. A team of volunteers spreads it, curb to curb,


Bernstein, Bang on a Can, and Everything In Between
By Grace Lichtenstein,
01:38PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

All varieties of popular music blanket the Berkshires in mid-July. At Tanglewood, it's Bernstein. At Mass MoCA, it's singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and the start of the 17th annual Bang on a Can Festival. At Jacob's Pillow, it's a remarkable group of musical theater dancers plus Dorrance Dance.

Yes, I'm stretching the word by calling the upcoming shows "pop." But they are popular in the best sense of the word —they appeal to everyone. For me, great music knows no boundaries.



How about a zesty lesser-known Bernstein? Thursday evening, July 12, at Ozawa Hall, catch the semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in


Review: 'Hair' is a Must See
By Nancy Salz, iBerkshires columnist
01:12PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kayla Foster leads the cast of 'Hair' at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

It didn't have to be this good.

Just hearing one or two songs from the 1968 rock musical "Hair" – like "Let the Sunshine In" or "Good Morning Starshine" – would have been enough to bring tears to our eyes and a longing for a time when the youth of America could and did change our country.

That's what happened when Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of the Berkshire Theatre Group, heard a young woman sing the above songs at an American Theatre Wing event not long ago. She told us in a talkback that on the spot she decided to bring a revival of the


Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music, Sevenars Shine
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:52PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming with inspiring concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, excellence is the watchword: from Leonard Bernstein’s delightful and brilliant comic opera "Trouble in Tahiti" to classic symphonic works of Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner; from Bernstein's emotionally uplifting "Chichester Psalms" to a semi-staged performance of Puccini's "La bohème," Tanglewood hits all the high notes.

In Manchester, Vt., there's the Taconic Music festival. Taconic's concerts are always thrilling to hear and to experience, both in terms of repertoire and the level of


Help Protect Vulnerable Family Members from Scam Artists
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decision-making abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against financial scams. What steps should you take?

First of all, try to gain a good sense of their overall financial activity. Look for red flags, such as a reluctance to discuss money matters, consistently unpaid bills, unexplained withdrawals, mysterious wire transfers or a sudden need to purchase large quantities of gift cards. And watch out for new "best friends" or caretakers who show an unusual interest in your loved one's finances.

Whether or not you've observed any of these activities,


North Adams Happenings: July 11-17
11:58AM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Winnipesaukee Secures Walk Off Win Over SteepleCats
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
10:38PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LACONIA, NH. —It’s always a tough break when two longballs can’t secure a victory for your team.

That was just the case for the SteepleCats on Tuesday night as the Winnipesaukee Muskrats drove in four runs including a walk-off home run in the 9th inning to beat the North Adams SteepleCats 7-6.

Winnipesaukee was able to grab an early lead off of SteepleCats starter Chris Cepeda, as a Brian Kelly sacrifice fly scored a run in the 1st and a passed ball brought in Reagan Teegarden in the 2nd. Yet Cepeda settled down after that, going four more innings with only allowing two more hits.

Muskrats’ starter Michael Anthony held the SteepleCats scoreless through four, but the


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