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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Long-Time Leader of Berkshire United Way Joins Volunteers in Medicine Board
11:15AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Kristine Hazzard has joined the Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as a member of the board of trustees.

Hazzard has 30 years of experience leading and managing health and human service organizations. Currently a principal consultant at Katalyst, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, executive coaching, community change processes and meeting facilitation.  Prior to launching her own firm, Kristine served as president and chief executive officer of Berkshire United Way from 2008 to 2019.

"Kristine's proven commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, combined with her expertise in


BCC Hires New Dean of Students, Interim Dean of Enrollment
10:57AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new dean of students and a new interim dean of enrollment.

Celia Norcross has accepted the position of dean of students. Michael Sharp has accepted the role as interim dean of enrollment, replacing Christina Wynn, who has taken the position of dean of business and outreach at the college.

Norcross has worked in higher education for the past 22 years in a variety of positions that support and develop student learning, including her most recent career track at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the past 18 years in Student Affairs. Through her roles, she has had pride in establishing creative opportunities within both areas


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

Plastic Surgeon Joins BMC; New Physician Practice Opening
10:48AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Zachary Long, a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Long will serve with Berkshire Plastic Surgery of BMC, a new surgical practice, opening on August 10 at the BMC Medical Arts Complex, 6th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

Long is accepting new patients in need of reconstructive surgery and provides care for the following: craniofacial reconstruction, eyelid/nose/ear reconstruction, breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, hand surgeries, post-bariatric surgeries, skin cancer reconstruction; and injectable therapies.

Long earned his medical degree


Northern Berkshires Cancels Fall Foliage Parade, Fall Events
05:01PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's official: the 65th annual Fall Foliage Parade is off, along with a host of other fall gatherings.    The fate of the parade, usually held the first Sunday in October, has been up in the air for some time. The summer events in North Berkshire were canceled because of the pandemic months ago, including the Susan B. Anthony celebration in Adams, the Downtown Celebration in North Adams and Fresh Grass at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.    "Every decision we have made in the interest of protecting public health and public safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic comes at a cost to our community," said North Adams


North Adams Council Seeks Candidates for Vacant Seat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:14PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council is looking for applicants interested in filling out the final year of a two-year term.    Anyone interested in the position can submit a letter of interest to the city clerk by Friday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. The council will take up the matter at its first August meeting.    The council seat became vacant with the resignation of Robert Moulton Jr., who came under fire for comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 on his public access television show last week. The council and School Committee, on which he also sits, were prepared to vote a resolution on censuring him Tuesday

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First-Responders Searching for Lost Hiker on Mount Greylock
By Jack Guerino,
11:57AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire first-responders are looking for a self-reported missing hiker on Mount Greylock State Reservation.

State Police Sgt. Michael O'Neil said a call was first received from the hiker around 2 a.m. Wednesday.   "Overnight he called 911 saying he was essentially lost," O'Neil said. "He was not expressing any issues like he was injured. He was just lost in the woods. He got turned around."    O'Neil said the hiker is a 38 and from eastern part of the state and was unprepared for an extended hike.    "I would say he is not prepared for an extended hike that is why we are out


North Adams Committee Ends Pillar Art Issue on Solicitor's Opinion
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The sound sculpture underneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge has more legal standing than the so-called "pillar art," according to the city's legal counsel.    Attorney Joel Bard, writing for city solicitor KP Law, opined that a court would likely find that the sound sculpture is protected by federal law.    "The Harmonic Bridge installation may qualify as a 'sculpture,' as that term is defined under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), and as such, would be entitled to protection from modification," he wrote in a communication to the city on July 24.    "Should the City decide to reinstall the


Tanglewood Offers Groundbreaking Series of Audio, Video Streams
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
10:42PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is is now entering its fifth week. It's a truly groundbreaking series of digital audio and video streams - many featuring newly created content to match the planned live programming that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

These performances were recorded at Tanglewood's new and exciting spaces at the stunningly beautiful and magnificently designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood's new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Other concerts to be streamed and released for the first time will include performances previously recorded and archived at Tanglewood. 

Considered as a unique,


Massachusetts Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Unsolicited Seeds
Staff Reports,
05:45PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

These seeds arrived in Washington State apparently from China. BOSTON — Random packages of seeds that appear to be from China and other countries have been appearing in mailboxes across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and numerous agricultural agencies across the nation are warning  people not to plant what could be an invasive species.    The state Department of Agricultural Resources has been notified that several Massachusetts residents have received these unsolicited packages that appear to have originated in a foreign country and contain seeds.    While the exact types of seeds in the packages are unknown, the seeds are thought to be


Create Strategies to Help Achieve Your Financial Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:58PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Like most people, you probably have many financial goals: a comfortable retirement, long vacations, college for your children or grandchildren, the ability to leave something behind for the next generation, and so on. To achieve these various goals, you may have to follow different investment strategies – and you might have to make some tradeoffs along the way.

To pursue this multi-goal/multi-strategy approach, try to follow a clear course of action, including these steps:

Define your goals – and invest appropriately. You will need to identify each goal and ask some questions: How much time will you have to achieve this goal? How much return will you need from your investments


Off-Road Vehicle Group Tries to Make Case for Mount Greylock Trails
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Advisory Council sees no way it can allow legal off-road vehicle access to the mountain.   The council had one agenda item Thursday during a remote meeting and only discussed ways to resolve illegal ORV use on the state reservation, including designated areas where it would be legal.   "I don't have any opening remarks but I think we should just listen to what everybody has to say and ask questions," Chairman Cosmo Catalano said.   Eric Fox, president of the Patriot All Terrain Club, shared a lot of the same concerns of the council and felt if there were designated areas to ride on the mountain there would be less


Black Lives Matter North Adams Urges Speaking Out Against Hate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:06PM / Monday, July 27, 2020

The march was largely peaceful with the exception of one man at UNO Park yelling and a neighborhood in Mohawk Forest that had no interest in hearing the protesters.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The local Black Lives Matter group wants residents to know that they should not fear speaking up about hate speech and threats.    "We've got your back," said group leader Raymond Moore on Sunday afternoon as dozens of protesters marched through the downtown and two housing developments. "We're not scared. Tell us your story. Hate is not allowed no more in this town. ... If you respect me, I respect you. ... Black Lives Matter of North Adams is here to stay,


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