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North Adams Trustees Want Voice in Library Director Candidates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:56PM / Monday, December 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees want to make sure they're in the loop when it comes to choosing the new library director.    Current director Mindy Hackner, who is retiring, told the trustees Wednesday that she plans to post her position within the next few weeks.    "I think if I post this week or next at some of the venues by January, I think we will start to see people," Hackner said.   Hackner said there are no internal candidates interested but if they have difficulties hiring someone a current employee may have to act as an interim director.   "It might take a little while," she said.   Hackner was hired in

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Paratransit Workers Vote Work Stoppage Over Contract
01:56PM / Monday, December 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The union representing paratransit drivers for the Paratransit Management of the Berkshires rejected a contract on Sunday, resulting in a work stoppage on Monday.   In a statement, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority said the paratransit service will not operate during the strike.   "BRTA has subcontracted with other chaircar vendors to perform essential paratransit trips. BRTA will operate limited fixed route service during the strike," the statement reads.    Starting Tuesday, Dec. 4, the updated limited fixed route service bus schedule is below:   Route 1 will operate 6:30, 7:30, 9:00 and 10:00 morning runs and

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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
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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December
09:10AM / Monday, December 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during December.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Clarksburg and Conway for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last month's scheduled office hours in Clarksburg had to be postponed to December. Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 to 1, Clarksburg Town Hall at 111 River Road; Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 to noon, Conway Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill Road Wednesday, Dec. 12, noon to 1, Conway Town Offices, 32 Main St. All

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North Adams Celebrates Lighting of First Menorah
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, December 03, 2018

Mayor Thomas Bernard, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Paul Marino and Drew Zuckerman on Sunday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Young Drew Zuckerman confidently climbed the ladder Sunday evening and reached out to take part in a major historical event: lighting the city's first menorah.   "It's time to do something we've never done, that's to celebrate Hanukkah here," the 9-year-old declared, and threw his arms into the air to applause. "To Hanukkah."   The Jewish community has been an integral part of North Adams for more than a century, but not until Sunday, the start of the eight nights of the Festival of Lights, did Hanukkah become part of

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North Adams Elks Donation Helps Veterans Wreath Effort
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37PM / Sunday, December 02, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was just a few weeks ago that organizers planning the wreath laying at local veterans' graves were scrambling to just cover Southview Cemetery.    But a last-minute deluge of donations has covered both the 500-wreath deficit at Southview and ensured a wreath on every veterans' grave in the city.    Among the donations has been $2,000 total through the local Elks Lodge, which has made a point of supporting veterans and other community efforts.   Elks member Anthony Sacco on Friday presented a $1,000 check for remembrance wreaths to Shelby O'Neill, one of the volunteers who also has family connections to the

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MCLA Men Lose at St. Joseph
09:01PM / Saturday, December 01, 2018
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of St. Joseph men's basketball team held a 66-25 edge off the glass and placed five players in double figures as they routed the MCLA Trailblazers 108-63 Saturday afternoon in non league play.   The Bluejays (5-2) started quickly scoring the games first ten points and never looked back. They built their lead to 58-31 at halftime and MCLA (1-5) never threatened over the final 20 minutes of play against the bigger Bluejays.   Ryan O'Neill scored a game high 20 points for USJ.  He added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  Chris Childs came off the bench to match O'Neill's 20 point night.  Childs canned 5-6 shots from three

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Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, December 01, 2018

Some of the odds and endds that can be found at Common Folk's shop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Common Folk Pop Up Shop is now open at the former Makers Mill space at 73 Main St.   Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened Phase 1 of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space.   "Phase 1 is complete and we are ready to open with retail, but we are really looking to do a lot more," she said.    Common Folk has been jumping around from location to location throughout its existence, which Sweeney said really did fit their nomadic nature.

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Cozzaglio Retiring as North Adams Police Director
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:46PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

The mayor is pushing to have the police director title changed back to police chief so Cozzaglio can retire as chief of police.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police Director Michael Cozzaglio will be retiring in February after more than 32 with the Police Department and the last 15 as director.    "In talking with my family, they've kind of grounded me with this, they've also endured this 32-year run with me and it's time, it's time," he said.   Cozzaglio, 58, plans to spend more time with his wife, Gail, three children and, as of next month, five grandchildren. "It went by very quickly, very quickly."   The announcement was

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@theMarket: Markets Hope for Trade Breakthrough
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
This Saturday evening, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will sit down to dinner in Buenos Aires at the G-20 conference. Investors are holding their breath, hoping that the two might come to some agreement that could lower tensions and avert a full-out trade war between the U.S. and China.   Given past rhetoric and the president's mercurial temperament, anything could happen. Xi Jinping and his advisors, after years of dealing with Washington, believe if they just hang tough and wait Trump out, the outcome will be "business as usual" on their terms.   Unfortunately, Wall Street and the media have created another binary event out of the dinner. Either there is a

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KeyBank Names Business Banking Manager for WMass
02:24PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — KeyBank has appointed Thomas Tierney as a business banking relationship manager for the Western Massachusetts market.

In this role, Tierney will manage commercial relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million. In addition to supporting the bank's existing client relationships, Tierney will be responsible for generating new business banking opportunities, and expanding commercial loans and deposit relationships for the bank.

He will report to Allison Standish-Plimpton, who serves as senior vice president and business banking sales leader for KeyBank's Connecticut and Western Massachusetts markets.

"We are

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Nutritionist Joins CHP Neighborhood Health Center
01:17PM / Friday, November 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Nutritionist Christina Garner has joined the CHP Neighborhood Health Center medical practice.

Garner is a clinical nutritionist and wellness educator with expertise in medical nutrition counseling, fitness and health education. She places emphasis on integrative nutrition, program design and practical methods for implementing dietary changes.

She has worked for 13 years at Canyon Ranch Lenox and in private practice, a substance abuse facility and the Nutrition Center in Pittsfield. In her new role, she will also provide nutrition services to patients of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield.

She has has also served as as an adjunct professor of nutrition at MCLA and

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North Adams Bike Trail Hearing Repeats Past Debates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, November 30, 2018

The red line shows the path crossing over a wetlands to the airport, paralleling the runway and exiting through Airport Road to Route 2.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Opponents and proponents of the planned Mohawk Bike Path in the West End held forth on Wednesday at a standing-room-only hearing at City Hall.    Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.    Project manager David Shedd, Greenman-Pedersen Inc. transportation engineer Matthew Kearney, and other

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