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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Let's Reverse the Rural Physician Shortage
By Lia Spiliotes,
10:17AM / Monday, July 15, 2019

Across the nation, unequal access to health care raises urgent, pressing problems for individual and community health. For rural and underserved communities, the most urgent challenge for patients is our shrinking supply of primary care physicians.

Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as high as 49,300. Only 25 percent of medical school graduates enter the primary care field; many head straight to higher-paid medical specialties.

In rural regions, this looming physician shortage is already hurting patients. A new poll by Harvard, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that one-quarter of those surveyed had trouble accessing


Wiggins Leads Team to Narrow Giorgi League Win
08:00AM / Monday, July 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 12 points Sunday to lead three players in double figures as Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread edged Pizza House, 61-60, in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Lawrence Carrier scored 11, and Dave Wellington added 10 in the win.   For Pizza House, Deshawn Hamlett and Clayton Palmer tied for game-high honors with 21 points. Palmer also grabbed 15 rebounds.   In Sunday's other game at Noel Field, Tank Roberson scored 22 to lead Yard Work by Dan to a 66-50 win over RJ's Taxi.   Matt Norman and Jalen Duck added 13 adn 12, respectively, in the win.   Hayden Bird had a double-double for RJ's with 13 points and 15


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 Residents Presented With Five Possible Theater Parks
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Monday, July 15, 2019

The lower portion of Colegrove Park scored lower because it isn't very accessible. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will look at five possible outdoor theater and park locations in the downtown including the parking lot off Main Street.   Zachery Feury of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission led a public forum Thursday evening at First Baptist Church to outline a feasibility study that highlighted five possible parks the city could consider developing.    "This looks at identifying potential locations for an outdoor theater park," he said. "It is a public green space that comes with a stage. It is a place for performances and other types of

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Payero Pitches SteepleCats Past Danbury
11:19PM / Sunday, July 14, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Tre Kirklin went 4-for-4, and Nicholas Payero threw seven scoreless innings to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 9-2 win over Danbury in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Joe Wolfe Field on Sunday.   Kirklin drove in a pair of runs, and Matt Koperniak and Shane Muntz each had a double in a 13-hit North Adams attack.   Payero struck out five and allowed just two hits in seven strong innings, lowering his earned run average to 1.29 this summer.   The SteepleCats (17-10) travel to face Mystic on Monday night, the first of four road games this week, before coming home to face Newport in a rare matinee on Saturday afternoon.


Burke, Powell Take Gold to Highlight Strong Games for Berkshire Wrestlers
11:06PM / Sunday, July 14, 2019
BOSTON -- Dylan Burke and Zabion Powell took home gold medals from the Bay State Games wrestling competition on Saturday at UMass-Boston.   Burke, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his toughness finishing the tournament with a broken nose according to his high school coach, Taconic's Jeremy Tetreault.   "He had a tough two-point win over the New Hampshire state champ," Tetreault said.   And at 148 pounds, Powell "dominated the college competition at his first open tournament."   Eleven grapplers from the Berkshire Wrestling Club, coached by Dwayne Miller, competed in the Bay State Games festival.   Seven of the 11 placed


Constantine's Three HRs Lift Valley Blue Sox Past SteepleCats
10:07PM / Friday, July 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Richard Constantine did his best Simon Mele imitation and hit three home runs Friday to lead the Valley Blue Sox to a 10-6 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Joe Wolfe Field.   Constantine drove in seven runs, and Kevin Gould went five innings to earn the win on the mound.   Scout Knotts went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs for the SteepleCats.   North Adams (16-9) hosts Mystic on Saturday night.


'Yesterday': All Over Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
09:32PM / Friday, July 12, 2019
Having experienced the progressive, enlightened and somewhat earth-shaking era of the 1960s, I figured we good citizens had given at the office, that we were forever vaccinated with Pepperland dust and therefore protected from the ignominious cloud currently darkening our horizons. We just can't go back to the Middle Ages. I'd look terrible in a monk habit.    So now, like an army regiment pinned down by a scurrilous enemy, waiting for the cavalry of righteous indignation to return America to its senses, I look for signs and metaphors that this globe might soon be put back on its axis. If it comes in the form of an entertaining film like director Danny Boyle's


Family Flicks Under the Stars Returns to Williamstown
11:29AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema once again will present Family Flicks Under the Stars, its annual free outdoor film series.

On three consecutive Sundays, starting with July 14, all-ages movies will be presented in the Science Quad on Williams College campus. The Science Quad is adjacent to Spring Street. Films will start at sundown, at approximately 8:15 p.m. The movies are free to attend.

Concessions items will be available for sale onsite. People are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray.

The series kicks off July 14 with "The Princess Bride," (1987, rated PG; 1 hour 38 minutes). Buttercup loves Wesley, but Wesley is taken prisoner by the Dread Pirate

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Barrington Stage Company Taps Two to Board of Trustees
11:01AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has appointed Caroline Holland and Debra Jo Rupp to the Board of Trustees.

"Caroline Holland and Debra Jo Rupp are exciting new additions to the board. Caroline's knowledge of the Berkshire community and what it needs to make it even more vibrant is extraordinary. Debra Jo's voice as a working theater artist is important as we move ahead developing new work and community projects. We look forward to working side by side with them furthering Barrington Stage's mission," said ​Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

Holland is the managing director of Mill Town Capital, overseeing operations, strategy and project

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Berkshire County Arc Names Vice President of Finance
10:52AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Blanca Durant has been promoted to vice president of finance at Berkshire County Arc.

In that role, she will oversee the accounting and finance functions of BCArc's $36 million-plus annual budget. She will also manage a complex information technology system that involves numerous state contracts, confidential client data and a network that extends beyond 40 properties across Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

"At BCArc we work hard to create opportunity for all our employees to develop," said Kenneth W. Singer, president & CEO. "Blanca started with us as a petty cash manager 21 years ago, learned everything she could, took advantage of every

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Brien Center Names New Director of Development
10:46AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has appointed Craig Smith as the organization's director of development.

Smith comes to the Brien Center from the Hancock Shaker Village, where he was director of advancement. Smith will have primary responsibility for the agency's fundraising and development efforts, as well as enhancing the Brien Center's external relations in the community.

"Craig brings extensive knowledge of nonprofit organizations, fundraising and the Berkshire community," said M. Christine Macbeth, the Brien Center's president and CEO. "As the Brien Center continues to address an opioid epidemic in our community and a dramatically increased

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North Adams Library To Prioritize Maintenance Projects
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

The Library Trustees are going to create an updated list of maintenance needs. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees plan to compile a building maintenance list to review with the city administration.   New Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees Wednesday that she recently met with city officials to go over some of the maintenance issues that have been relayed to her over her short tenure.   "I had a laundry list of things people have asked me about and we walked through the building and talked about things," she said.   Building maintenance has been a touchy subject between the trustees and the city. In the past, the trustees and


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