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North Adams School District Completing Repairs on Affected Water Taps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The school district has nearly completed repairs and replacement to water fixtures that showed elevated levels of lead and copper.

All but six water faucets remain to be replaced before a second round of testing takes place.

The city tested some 353 water fountains, faucets and other water taps in September through a state grant through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The results released in December showed 50 points were identified as exceeding the state levels, most of those being non-drinking water faucets.

Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday that the district had followed the guidance and technical assistance provided by

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Clarksburg Officials Working on $233K Budget Shortfall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are working on a plan to deal with a $233,000 budget shortfall that will require a town meeting vote.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney said the town is working with the school district and looking at budget cuts and the use of reserves to plug the budget gap.

"We're working on a plan that we should be able to bring to town meeting," he said. "We are working to cooperate with the school to fix this problem, to put it to bed."

The shortfall was caused by an error in recording school choice revenues and an unanticipated $30,000 more in charges on the town's cherry sheet.

"Building on the governor's proposed


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 Committee Taking Up 'Safe Community' Resolution
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:04PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Community Development Committee will take up a resolution designating the city as a "Safe and Inclusive Community" this Thursday at 6 p.m.

The resolution was introduced in December by City Councilors Nancy Bullett and President Benjamin Lamb but ran into some controversy over language — and over its necessity.

Some councilors balked at language that included a reference to actions by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — which both Bullett and Lamb agreed should be cut — and references to the rejection of federal and state policies.

Bullett reintroduced the trimmed down resolution (posted below) that still contained a section


'Why Him?': Why Waste Your Money?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:18PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2017

For parents of a daughter approaching marrying age, James Franco's Laird Mayhew is your worst nightmare realized. On the positive side of the ledger, the Silicon Valley mega-billionaire would doubtless be a good provider. But topping the much longer list of negatives, he is a filthy mouthed libertine who thinks nothing of regaling you with highlights of the sensual pleasures he has enjoyed with your dear little offspring. Paired with a raft of other, freethinking improprieties and all manner of distressing chutzpah, he begs the question, "Why Him?"

It's a pretty good idea for a film. We're all interested in the vexing, unexplainable decision making that comprises the


North Adams 2016 Year in Review
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Sunday, January 01, 2017

The razing of St. Francis took most of the summer.

The past year saw the restoration of one of North Adams landmark buildings — and the loss of another.

Indeed, it was a year marked by the city's continuing struggle to preserve and adapt its aging buildings and infrastructure to the 21st century.  

The year 2016 began with the opening of Colegrove Park Elementary School, a nearly $30 million restoration of the former Conte Middle School.

The proposal to transform the vacant century-old building that had earlier been Drury High School met with opposition that forced a narrow win in a special election. The project was also plagued by bad weather and contractor delays that


Happy New Year From
iBerkshires Staff,
12:01AM / Sunday, January 01, 2017

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2017.


Community Welcomes Back Local Infantryman For The Holidays
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:46AM / Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friends and family welcomed him back with a homecoming at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Friends and family welcomed Jon Monyahan home for the holidays after a year stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington.   The American Legion Post 125 hosted a homecoming for local Jon Monyahan on Tuesday, Dec. 20 marking his first visit home since joining the Army.   "This is my first time back since heading out last year," Monyahan said. "It’s nice to come home and see the people that have been in my life forever. It’s good to see familiar faces."    Monyahan was met with a buffet and even a DJ at his celebration where he spent time


Winter Healthier Living Workshop Helps Patients Manage Chronic Pain
02:58PM / Friday, December 30, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Living with a chronic pain is never easy or straightforward. The Healthier Living Workshop, a free, fun, and interactive six-week educational program in southern Vermont, can help patients manage symptoms and gain skills to live their best life possible every day.

Registration for the winter session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2-March 9 at the Vermont Department of Health, 324 Main St., Room 180, Bennington. Sessions are confidential, and family and supportive friends are welcome.

The Healthier Living Workshops were created by Stanford University and are sponsored through a grant from the Vermont Blueprint for Health.


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 28-Jan. 3
02:47PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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State Legislature Votes To Delay Recreational Marijuana
Staff Reports,
02:45PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Legislature voted to push back the timeline for the opening of recreational marijuana shops.   On Wednesday in an informal session with just a few lawmakers present, the Legislature fast-tracked a bill to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana for six months. The move pushes the timeline back for marijuana shops to open from the anticipated Jan. 1, 2018 to July 2018 - and likely the Berkshires will have to wait even longer.   "The legislature has a responsibility to implement the will of the voters while also protecting public health and public safety. This short delay will allow the necessary time for the Legislature to


Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:38PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it's especially important if you are part of a "blended" family. And the best time to start is now – before these plans need to be implemented.

Estate planning can be complex, so you will need help from a qualified legal professional. But here are a few general suggestions that can be suitable for blended families:

* Update beneficiary designations – and think about multiple beneficiaries. Update the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts and insurance policies to reflect the reality of your blended family. These designations can supersede the instructions you provided in your will. So if your


North Adams Council Sends Inclusion Resolution to Committee
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016

MCLA President Jamie Birge told the council that passing the resolution would send a 'powerful message.'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council voted on Tuesday to send a resolution that affirmed the city as an inclusive and welcoming community to committee.

The vote, motioned by Councilor Nancy Bullett, came after nearly an hour of discussion and mostly supportive comments from the crowded audience.  

Bullett, who had put forward the resolution two weeks with President Benjamin Lamb, felt the resolution could stand on its own as a platform for further discussion. However, it became apparent that a number of councilors preferred a more relaxed committee review to


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