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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2015
12:21PM / Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary students in grades K-8 will begin school on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The first three days of school will be early dismissal days.

At Drury High School, students in Grade 8  along with any students newly transferring from another school will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2. On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3-4, all students in Grade 8 through 12 will attend. Again, the first three days of school will be early dismissal days.   Regular starting and dismissal times for students are: Elementary Schools: 8:40 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Pre-kindergarten (a.m. session):  8:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pre-kindergarten (p.m. session):  11:55 a.m. to 2:30


Berkshire Venues Participate in Last 'Free Fun Fridays' of Summer
11:45AM / Friday, August 21, 2015

BOSTON — The Highland Street Foundation's seventh annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, includes several Berkshire County institutions in its last two weeks.

“The Highland Street Foundation’s ‘Free Fun Fridays’ provides access to the best  exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the Commonwealth have to offer,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I join the Highland Street Foundation in inviting residents from across Boston and around the state to take advantage of our rich cultural community by


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

MCLA's Bowman Hall To Open In September
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Friday, August 21, 2015
The new entrance to the old Bowman Hall on the MCLA campus.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students and faculty returning to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this fall semester will be in for a big surprise.

With final-hour projects being finished up in Bowman Hall, the newly renovated building will be open for the first day of the term.

Vice President of Administration and Finance James Stakenas said the $15 million renovation project houses a reimagining of the building that still will be used primarily as a classroom building.

"When it closed it was primarily a classroom building and when it opens it will be primarily a classroom building," Stakenas said. "I expect


The Independent Investor: Not All Bonds Are the Same
By Bill Schmick,
07:44PM / Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bondholders are holding their breath as they wait for the Federal Reserve Bank to begin hiking short-term interest rates. Most investors are expecting all bonds to take a hit at the outset of the country's first rate hike in nine years. What happens after that may surprise you.

Prior to the financial crisis and the stimulus policies instituted by the Fed to solve it, bond investors could count on a fairly predictable pattern of behavior among bond categories as interest rates rose. Historically, the Fed would begin to raise rates when they perceived the economy was growing too quickly. Why?

Because normally, unbridled economic growth will result in higher inflation, which is


North Adams Will See 3 Mayoral Candidates in Preliminary
07:34PM / Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three mayoral candidates will face off in a preliminary election on Sept. 22 to determine the final two nominees for the general election in November.

All candidates for the preliminary and general election ballots had submitted nomination papers and had them certified by the Thursday deadline.

Richard Alcombright, Eric Rudd and John Barrett III all returned nomination papers with enough signatures of registered voters to be appear on the ballot. Two other potential candidates, Nik Lareau and Richard David Greene, did not return papers although Greene said he plans on running a write-in campaign.

This year's mayoral matchup sees three candidates who have


VFW Reaches Torchia League Final
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
08:53PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- In the semi-finals of the Pat Torchia Women's Softball League Wednesday evening, VFW defeated Pizza House, 8-0, to advance to the finals.   Coming off a win from Tuesday evening, VFW's bats were already warmed up.   It took a 1-0 lead right from the start in the first and added another in the second.   It was the third inning that gave them some comfort; bringing in six runs to go ahead 8-0.   Defensively, VFW allowed only four runners on base from the second inning through the fifth. In the sixth, Pizza House had the bases loaded with one out, but VFW turned a double play to end the inning.   VFW advances to the finals which will begin


VFW Stays Alive in Softball Playoffs
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Tuesday evening in the Pat Torchia Women's softball league, VFW was able to stay alive in the losers bracket and advance to the next round after defeating South Side Sales, 4-2.   VFW started the scoring in the first inning, bringing in three runs to go ahead 3-0.   South Side Sales came out in the second half of the inning adding one.   The next three innings VFW went 1-2-3 defensively, and it added a run in the third to go ahead 4-1.   In the fifth, South Side Sales brought in their second run, but VFW allowed only one more runner on base in the sixth and seventh to seal the win.


Police Seize $32K Worth of Heroin From North Adams Home
Staff Reports,
02:50PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police seized an estimated $32,000 worth of heroin from a Union Street home on Tuesday.   Authorities arrested Christopher Therrien and charged him with trafficking in heroin following the raid at 440 Union Street.    The Berkshire County Drug Task Force, state police, and the Berkshire Community Action Team executed the search warrant at 7:11 p.m. on Tuesday. In the search 98 grams of heroin was seized with an estimated street value of $32,000. Police also found $1,622 in cash.    The warrant was based on an investigation of narcotics distribution from the home. 

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 19-25
12:09PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
North Adams Happenings August 19 - August 25 Wednesday August

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North Adams Airport Commission Approves Drone Policy
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:02AM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Airport Commission approved a drone policy that limits flying the remote control aircraft near the airport without permission.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has approved a procedure and criteria to authorize unmanned aircraft to fly in the city.

The commission voted on a policy Tuesday afternoon that would ask all individuals looking to fly a drone or remote control plane, helicopter, or quadcopter, within five miles of the airport to notify the airport manager.

"We want to have the people that are knowledgeable and wanting to follow the regulations to be able to fly," Commissioner Trevor Gilman said. "Those that aren't and are abusing it, who

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Residents Express Concern Over North Adams Skateboard Park
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:08PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2015
A skateboard park is planned at the parking lot at Noel Field. Residents along the road are worried about safety and loitering.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some neighbors in the State Street area have an opinion on the proposed skateboard park at the Noel Field Athletic Complex.

Great idea, but not in my neighborhood.

Robert Davis, who owns property across from where the BMX/skateboard park is planned, delivered a letter on behalf nearly two dozen residents to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday.

He said he and his neighbors were not against the city developing a skateboard park, but did not think the Noel Field parking lot was the most suitable place for safety and other


Guest Column: Remembering the Titans
By Richard Alcombright, Guest Columnist
05:36PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams and our greater region recently lost two wonderful men and community servants, Eugene Wein and George Fairs.

As both men were well into their 90s, the names may not resonate with some, however, I am certain they do have significant meaning to many, I know they do to me.  

I had said that both men were what every parent would want their sons to grow up to emulate. Both were devoted husbands and fathers, successful businessmen, community leaders and true gentlemen. Both were veterans of World War II. Both made significant commitments to their community and truly left their mark on all who knew them.  

Mr. Wein was an


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