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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Clarksburg Students Host Holocaust Exhibit Thursday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Saturday, April 23, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary School's eighth grade is inviting the community to the annual Holocaust Exhibit on Thursday evening from 6 to 9.

Teacher Michael Little said this year's exhibit will mark 11 years for the Grade 8 Holocaust study program and, although the exhibit has shifted and grown from its roots, the message still remains the same.

"It is an outreach project about the Holocaust, but at its basic level it teaches kids that prejudice and discrimination lead to things like genocide," Little said. "We look at how we treat each other through a historical lens, but then boil it down to how we consider each other day to day."



North Adams Officials Plugging Budget Hole With Free Cash
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Saturday, April 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City officials are looking to plug an estimated $300,000 health insurance shortfall for fiscal 2017 with a one-time shot of free cash.

And it means putting "everything on the table" to find more cost savings in insurance premiums
for the following year.

"We were projecting a 7 percent increase in health insurance costs but it came in at 12.8 ... that shot our budget about $300,000 out of balance," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Every percentage increase costs about $50,000 to the city.

Rather than cut jobs, he said he will ask the City Council to approve using $250,000 of the $300,000 or so in


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

@theMarket: Markets Hold on to Weekly Gains
By Bill Schmick,
09:19AM / Saturday, April 23, 2016

It was a struggle, but the stock market indexes stubbornly refused to cave in despite some really horrendous earnings reports. A battle is being waged among bulls and bears right here, right now. Who will win?

Remember last week when I reported that earnings have been revised down so low that it was practically impossible for most companies to disappoint the market? Well, that proved to be not quite accurate. Not only did some really big companies in industry, technology, banking and finance fail to beat, they actually came in less than anticipated on both earnings and revenues.

Although traders punished these companies' stock prices in after-hours trading and through the next day,


Child Care Organizations Raise Awareness of Child Abuse Issues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

One hundred and twenty-two pairs of shoes were laid out on the steps of City Hall, each one representing a case of child abuse per month in the Berkshires. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One hundred and twenty-two children are abused in Berkshire County each month.   And that's only the confirmed cases. Many others are never reported or confirmed. That number continues to grow.   On Friday, child-care organizations and elected officials laid out 122 pairs of shoes on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness of the issue.   "While these are symbols, there are faces and names associated with every one," state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing said.    The

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Superior Court Briefs: April 19 - April 21
Staff Reports,
03:48PM / Friday, April 22, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 19.   Curtis Segura, 23, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and intimidation of a witness.   He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Lee and Pittsfield where two men, ages 31 and 34, were assaulted. The incident allegedly occurred on January 26, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, April 20.   Dashaan Golden, 22, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf


'Barbershop: The Next Cut': Seriously Styled
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:10PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

A tragic dilemma confronts director Malcolm D. Lee's "Barbershop: The Next Cut," the fourth in the "Barbershop" film series if you count the spin-off, "Beauty Shop" (2005). While it is a heartfelt and generally successful attempt to lay bare and ponder solutions to the rampant murder rate in urban America (in this specific case, Chicago), the filmmaker also attempts to deliver the rollicking trademark humor that viewers have come to expect from the franchise. The unfortunate result is two disparate natures that never quite meld.

Like a cartoon train that jumps back and forth from one set of tracks to another, one marked serious, the other funny, the


The Independent Investor: Leaving your Legacy
By Bill Schmick,
12:53PM / Friday, April 22, 2016

It may not seem so sometimes, but your children value your opinion. The older they get, the more importance they place on things like your ethics, moral teachings and values. That's why it is extremely important to leave a legacy after you are gone that your children can turn to when they need it.

Leaving your legacy is an integral part of my on-going series of columns on estate planning. My last column on "passing the torch" to another generation concerned the family meeting. Hopefully, the Alpha Child (you or another sibling) has arranged the date, time and place of this momentous occasion and all the invitees (advisor, parents and adult kids) are on hand.

The room is


New Bus Service to Start In Response to Price Chopper Closure
10:56AM / Friday, April 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) has created a minor route adjustment to the Route 3 bus that services Williamstown and North Adams, in response to the closure of Price Chopper supermarket and the accessibility of West End residents to grocery shop.

This discussion was prompted by Mayor Richard Alcombright, the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Initiative and concerned residents.

“The closing of Price Chopper has put pressure on many residents in the West End who depended on the proximity of that store to get groceries,” Alcombright said. “Our interfaith organization did a great job in bringing awareness to this issue and our good


North Adams' Motorama Featured on NESN Program
08:56AM / Friday, April 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tune into NESN on Sunday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to catch scenes from the 5th annual Motorama.

The car show featured more than 500 vehicles last August and drew thousands downtown to admire the beautiful machines, grab a bite to eat and shop.

The most notable addition to the event was the presence of Paul Mennett with his "Circle of Champions" classic car display and his television crew filming an episode for his television show "Cruisin' New England with Paul Mennett" on NESN.  
 Attendees had a chance to meet Mennett at his "Circle of Champions" display, where he signed autographs throughout the


Alibozek Pitches MCLA Baseball to Win
06:25AM / Friday, April 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to a 10-3 win over Elms College Thursday afternoon at Joe Wolfe Field.

The Trailblazers snapped a 12-game skid as they improved to 4-18 on the season.  Elms dropped to 27-10 on the season.

Nate Alibozek (Hoosac Valley) earned the win going a season best 5 innings to improve to 1-2.  Andrew Casteel also had a season high three hits in the game.

MCLA wasted little time getting to Elms starting pitcher Anthony Palumbo. The Trailblazers pounded out seven hits in the inning to take control. Liam Nolan (Taconic) belted a two run home run to start the scoring for MCLA.


North Adams Airport Encourage Early Construction Start
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Friday, April 22, 2016

Commissioners concerned about tenants speaking with the engineers and contractors rather than going through the commission. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission urged contractors to start construction on Phase 2 of the apron project as soon as possible.

The commission asked Gale Associates representative Erik Strand on Tuesday to recommend to the contractors to begin work in May as soon as they can.

"I would like them to know how the commission feels," Airport Manager Bill Greenwald said. "They shouldn't think there is any wiggle room at all."

Strand said the final work for Phase 1 should start in early May. He said the contractors anticipate a


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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