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Berkshire Photography & Printing Offers Local Printing Option
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Berkshire Photography recently opened at the corner of Main and Marshall streets. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Photography and Printing on Main Street is setting up as a one-stop for local printing needs.   Ken Cooper, owner of the new business on 42 Main St., most recently occupied by Common Folk, said he can put just about any image on anything.   "We embroider, screen print, do custom wood signs and basically anything else," Cooper said. "Hats, jackets, shirts, slate and pretty much whatever you need to be done … just bring it down and we can recreate anything whether it's on a business card, a piece of paper or even a


Clarksburg Students Give Back To The Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Sunday, January 08, 2017

Eighth-grader Justin Denette and teacher Michael Little discuss their plans to raise money for Soldier on.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday heard reports from pupils on fundraising efforts they are involved in to help the community.

Second-graders at Clarksburg School used a school project to lead an effort to help local food pantries and Grade 8 is planning another fundraiser for Soldier On.

Second-graders Mason Stred and Lexxus Rolnick explained how they organized a schoolwide fundraising campaign to help feed the hungry in the community.

"We are here because we wanted to tell you that it's OK no matter how small your hands are you can always help


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 Schools Preparing for Standardized Testing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Saturday, January 07, 2017

Roberts-Morandi walks the School Committee through sample questions on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state Department of Education doesn't know what the new standardized tests will be called.

MCAS 2.0? MCAS the "New Generation?" The "Next Generation?"

While they might not know the name, educators are preparing for a version of the 20-year-old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System that will be more in-depth and more complex than ever before.

"Sometimes the upgrades are really minor, and you as a user might not even notice what has actually changed," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday. "This is not

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@theMarket: Markets in Good Shape for Now
By Bill Schmick,
06:22PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

As the equity markets continue to consolidate around record highs, investors wait for the presidential hand-off on Jan. 20. This could turn out to be the best thing that could happen for the bulls.

Remember readers, there are two kinds of corrections; the kind we have been experiencing for the last three weeks, and the nasty kind that no one really wants to go through. The longer we back and fill, the greater the chances that the next move will be higher.

The caveat, of course, is that investors' expectations will be satisfied, once Donald Trump and Congress get down to work. That could be a big if. So far the only thing the press, the politicians and Donald Trump appear to be


'Fences': Scales the Dramatic Heights
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:32PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

Denzel Washington's phenomenally touching, multitextured performance in August Wilson's "Fences" sings a heartrending paean to every dad who struggled to make a living, raise a family and preserve his human dignity in the face of herculean obstacles. Plying one of the most complexly realized, tragic American figures since Arthur Miller's iconized Willy Loman, the philosophical, historical and psychological contemplations Washington plumbs are packed with seriocomic emotion.

This is filmed theater at its very best. Utilizing only four or five sets to occasionally supplement the working class, Pittsburgh back yard where most of the action takes place, Denzel


North Adams Panel Hears Comments on 'Safe Community' Resolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Friday, January 06, 2017
Chairman Eric Buddington speaks with attendees at Thursday's meeting.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors are expected vote on a refined resolution in February declaring the city a safe and welcoming community after taking more feedback from residents.

The resolution was introduced in December by City Councilors Nancy Bullett and President Benjamin Lamb but ran into some concerns over language and intent. A second pass at the resolution was referred to the Community Development Committee for more public input. Lamb sent another more streamlined revision to the committee through Bullett as he was unable to attend.

The response at meetings has been generally favorable,


The Independent Investor: Gyms Are Counting on Your New Year's resolution
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Thursday, January 05, 2017

Barbara Schmick tries out her new Peloton machine. While she's likely to keep going, most exercise resolutions fall short.

It's that time of the year again when people like me hate people like you. January is the month when all those good intentions to get healthy and fit translate into a 12 percent bump in health club memberships. If only all those Americans who join gyms this month would stick with it.

Sadly for them (but not for me) all those good intentions dissolve by the end of the first quarter. The health clubs of America get back to normal by March. Actually, 4 percent of new members won't make it past the end of January and 14 percent drop out by the end of


Verizon Cell Tower Plan Meets Opposition in Clarksburg
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Thursday, January 05, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A second proposal to locate a Verizon cell tower at the former North Adams Country Club came under fire on Wednesday as residents sharply questioned its need.

The telecommunications company wants to place a 140-foot monopole along River Road (Route 8) to increase the coverage and communications quality; residents say the placement of the pole along its most scenic byway will be an unnecessary eyesore on a property that's already gone downhill.

"Go back and take a look. There maybe some other areas in town that could serve your purpose," said Bryan Tanner, an abuttor and outspoken opponent of the proposal.

The Planning Board had initially set a

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Hinds Sworn In As State Senator
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds was sworn in Wednesday as the Berkshires' newest state senator.   Hinds took the oath of office in the Senate Chambers on Beacon Hill on Wednesday to serve the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in November to fill the shoes of Benjamin Downing, who chose not to run for re-election after 10 years in office.   "It was a profound honor to be sworn in today, during the opening proceedings of the 190th session of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," Hinds said on Wednesday. "What a privilege it is to start the work of representing all citizens of the


McCann Tech Sees 29 Adams Scholarship Winners
12:43PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has had 29 students named as John and Abigail Adams Scholarship winners.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation.

In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students in the class of 2015 or earlier must have scores of Advanced and Proficient on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts


Consider Some New Year's (Financial) Resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:13PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017

We have just opened the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year's resolutions. What's on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but why not also include some financial resolutions?

By reviewing your needs and goals, you can identify some resolutions that are particularly relevant to your own situation. But here are a few suggestions:

* Build an emergency fund. If you needed a major car repair or a new furnace, or faced some other large, unanticipated expense, could you cope with it? If you didn't have the money readily available, you might have to dip


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 4-10
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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