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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Mass MoCA's Building 6 Named Building of the Year
09:46PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Building 6 opened earlier this year.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's massive Building 6 has been named Building of the Year: Northeast by The Architect's Newspaper. announced its Best of Design Awards 2017 on Dec. 4.    "The buildings' massive size, along with the complex's interlocking courtyards, bridges, and walkways, offer the opportunity to experiment with open spaces, structural elements, and connections," wrote Archpaper, in encapsulating the reasoning behind the award.    The 130,000 square foot structure, named the Robert W. Wilson Building, was opened


MCLA Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Fall
09:41PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Keene State women's basketball team got 20 points and four steals from Sandi Purcell, and the Owls buried 13 3-pointers as they held off the MCLA Trailblazers, 59-52, in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday evening.   Purcell scored 12 of her 20 points in the closing half. The senior connected on just six of 15 shots, but buried five 3s to lead the Owl attack. Teammate Emily McPadden notched 15 points, and Lilly Shlimon added 11 points for Keene (2-6).   MCLA took its only lead of the night at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter on Emily Moulton's bucket in the paint, but Keene immediately answered with a three point play


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

Clarksburg Girls Group Raises Funds for Berkshire Food Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A student-led movie night at Clarksburg School raised more than $400 for the Berkshire Food Project.    The nine girls involved in the Girls Advisory Group presented the check for $411.50 to Darlene Ellis, the non-profit's kitchen manager, on Monday.    The Food Project feeds a daily weekday lunch to anyone who walks in the door, as well as several special holiday meals. It's been housed in First Congregational Church on Main Street for many years, using its large kitchen and hall.    The group has done movie night in the past to benefit various causes, but in this case, the project was chosen "because they needed a new


Letter: City Council Health Care Benefits Must Cease
Letters to the Editor,
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

To the Editor:

Recently, the Selectmen for the town of Cheshire made a cost saving and diligent decision to eliminate health insurance for part-time elected and appointed officials, thus saving the taxpayers an estimated $10,000 to 15,000 annually. 

While Massachusetts state law requires cities and towns to offer health insurance to any employee who works a minimum of 20 hours per week, elected and appointed officials are excluded from this requirement. Due to the spiraling cost associated with health insurance, many other cities and towns are taking a hard look at this issue.    In 2010, newly elected North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright requested a Financial Management


Bright Ideas Will Host Benefit for Puerto Rico
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bright Ideas Brewery will host a benefit for Puerto Rico with an art sale and silent auction Wednesday.   Puerto Rican native Zorelly Cepeda Derieux watched Hurricane Maria devastate her home on the news from North Adams in September and inspired by her brother's actions, harnessed the power of the local arts and business community to help bring relief to the commonwealth.   "My brother and a couple of friends hosted a similar fundraiser at a bar in New York City and raised thousands for hurricane relief efforts," Cepeda Derieux said. "I figured I could do the same in North Adams. Before that, I was just sharing addresses of friends


Cupcake Reward Tops $10K Northern Berkshire United Way Drive
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:51PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A chance to be a "United Way hero" — and get a box of homemade cupcakes — drove the School Department's donations to Northern Berkshire United Way across the $10,000 line last week.    The hero was Robin Grandchamp, librarian at Colegrove Park Elementary School, who was first to pledge the $14 that would take it to the $10,000 mark.    "I only wanted to help and I made an initial donation," she said on Monday as she accepted the chocolate cupcakes. "When I heard Ellen [Sutherland's] baked goods were at stake, I couldn't hit that enter fast enough."   Campaign coordinator Ellen

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McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten


Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt
02:38PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Helping hand

Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt


Coalition Forums Tackle Different Aspect of Addiction Epidemic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, December 04, 2017

'Faces' debuted in 2016. At the December forum of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the sequel, 'Voices for Recovery,' will be screened.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 8, in place of its regular monthly forum, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will host a screening of a new film about how the community has responded to the local epidemic of addiction.

At the coalition's November forum on Nov. 17, participants heard about a different aspect of the addiction issue: law enforcement. The issues are intertwined because, according to Al Bianchi, assistant deputy superintendent for programming with the Berkshire County sheriff's


Clarksburg Elementary Holocaust Exhibit Runs Wednesday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Monday, December 04, 2017

Inge Auerbacher, seen here in 2013, is returning to Clarksburg School on Wednesday to talk about her experience in the Holocaust. 

CLARKSBURG, Mass. –  Clarksburg School eighth-graders will host the school's 14th annual Holocaust Exhibit with Terezin survivor Inge Auerbacher on Wednesday night.

English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said this year's exhibit will be different and instead of exploring the Holocaust purely academically, students will create a "poetic puzzle" based on Auerbacher's book "I Am A Star" and the book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" which is a collection of poetry and art from children that

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Bird Leads MCLA Men Past Elms
02:20PM / Sunday, December 03, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Hayden Bird came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points in leading the Trailblazers past visiting Elms College, 77-72, Saturday afternoon in the Amsler Campus Center gym.   Bird was 9-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. Four other Trailblazers scored in double figures, including three with 12 apiece.  Antoine Montgomery, Noah Yearsley, and Corey Jackson all posted 12 points. Mike Demartinis chipped in with 10 for the Trailblazers (2-4).   Elms (0-7) was paced by D.J. Edelen's team high of 17 points while Diomanni Fernandez and DeAngelo Cousar had 12 and 10 respectively.   Elms led 37-31 at halftime as


Total Access Computers Serves Adams' Tech Needs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, December 02, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Dan and Andrew Maynard, owners of Total Access Computers, on 16 Hoosac St., want to be your friendly neighborhood tech experts.

The Maynards have one mission: to help people navigate the often-confusing waters of an ever-changing tech world.

"We like to help people, and we don't just fix your computer and send you on your way," Dan Maynard said. "We show you how to keep it clean and running properly because it is the right thing to do."

He started the business in the early 2000s in North Adams and it has been growing ever since.

"I put together a business plan, went in a with a few other people, started a little company and was doing sales


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