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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


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' 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


North Adams Firefighters Douse Brush Fire; Warn of Dry Conditions
By Jack Guerino,
07:43PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

The fire was in a hilly area off River Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters wrangled a small brush fire on the hill between Parker Street and the Porches early Thursday evening.

Lt. Michael Goodson said firefighters closed off the blaze and knocked down the approximately 1,000 square feet of fire.

"We knocked the parameter down around it," Goodson said. "It was hard because of the thick brush and steep terrain but we got it knocked down pretty quick ... we had it under control in maybe less than 10 minutes."

The fire was called in shortly before 6 p.m. and smoke could be seen from Marshall Street. The area affected was a brushy hillside surrounded by narrow


Berkshire Tidbits: Passover Orders
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:54PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baby animals abound! They brighten our days as spring blows in and away and back!


Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli, 777 South Main St. in Great Barrington, 413-528-9055,, now under the ownership of Bob and Karen Climo who bought the Jewish-style deli last year from its founders Judy and Marvin Lieberman, offers to cater your Passover seder and your entire eight-day Passover week.

The Climos and their able and enthusiastic staff will make charoset, chicken matzoh ball soup, chopped chicken liver, gefilte fish, beef brisket, tzmmes, potato kugel and macaroons.

Bob worked alongside Judy and Marvin for eight years before buying the deli so he knows and maintains


The Right Mower Can Make Lawn Care a Pushover
Presented by Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, SPONSORED CONTENT
02:14PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mowing a lawn isn't always something people look forward to. But there are many ways to make the job easier and more effective to provide a lush look that will make your neighbors green with envy.

Kevin Stengl, marketing manager at Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, said one of his best tips for a more efficient cut is to mow the outline of your yard first. Going around the perimeter one time, then backtracking halfway creating a "U" shaped border before going up and down making rows, will alleviate the need to back up on every swipe and will save you time while giving you a professional-looking finish.

"It actually does save time when you do


Soccer Domain Academy Squads Host Four Games at BCC
Community submission,
02:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The second weekend of the season saw a mixture of results for Soccer Domain Academy teams as they went 1-2-2 in a weekend that included four home games.


It was a glorious day for soccer in the Berkshires with four SDA teams scheduled home games at Berkshire Community College and one visiting GPS Metro Reds.


U13 Girls

The first game of the day saw the U13 girls host NEFC. A very positive start from the girls saw SDA go 2-0 up. The first goal came in the sixth minute with a good finish from the edge of the box. Shortly after, in the eighth minute, a great ball was played through to put the striker through on goal. The keeper made an inspired save but the


Local Investors Purchase Berkshire Eagle, Three Vermont Newspapers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fredric Rutberg said he first thought of the idea two years ago after hearing a lecturer say 'citizenship requires a town square.' For him, The Eagle is the Berkshires' 'town square.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont papers have been sold to a Stockbridge-based group of investors.   The Eagle announced the sale Thursday morning during a press conference at the Berkshire Museum to frequent applause from an invited group of community stakeholders.   There the new owners promised to invest in the papers, raise the quality of the product, and ultimately restore the century-old paper as the "town square" of the


Letter: MCLA Campus Garden Gone Without Explanation
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

To the Editor:

Spring is here. Sadly, the MCLA Campus Garden, formerly located next to Smith House, is gone.

In late August of 2015, the vegetables and flowers were pulled out, the native perennial shrubs and ancient flowering cherry dug up, the bird bath and stone bench memorials removed, and the entire area planted with grass seed. What was once a diverse ecosystem is now just a lawn.

It is not clear why or how this happened. Students, staff, and faculty who had been involved over the years were not informed that this was planned, nor were the uprooted flowers and native perennial shrubs offered to the community for replanting. Presumably all the plants were thrown away.



North Adams Board of Health Raises Tobacco-Buying Age to 21
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dr. Thomas Hyde speaks to the Board of Health on supporting raising the age for purchasing tobacco products as a way to prevent smoking.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Better have your ID ready to buy that pack of cigarettes. Beginning in August, you will have to be age 21 or older to buy tobacco products in the city.

The Board of Health on Wednesday approved the new regulation setting a higher age limit on tobacco sales that goes into effect on Aug. 1 of this year.

The decision, with only one vote against, was taken after a brief public hearing during which proponents of the regulation pointed to its likely positive effects.

"This is very simple math, what it comes down to,"


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