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North Adams Parks Commission Asks For Changes in Brayton Park Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The playing fields at Brayton will be kept as grass so they can be used for different sports.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city hopes to begin construction on the makeover of Brayton Hill Park this summer.    The Parks & Recreation Commission reviewed the plans on Monday and made a couple of recommendations that will be brought back to Berkshire Design Group. The commission hopes to sign off on the final plans later this month.    The plans include a new playground, basketball court, youth baseball field, soccer-sized multi-use field, practice wall, walking path and parking area. Across Brayton Terrace on the Hoosic River side will be two pocket parks,


Nomination Papers Available for Clarksburg Election
03:08PM / Monday, April 01, 2019
There's five days left to run for office and five seats that need to be filled.    The deadline to obtain nomination papers is this Friday, April 5, by 5 p.m. As of March 29, no one has taken out papers for the following seats:  Select Board, one-year term School Committee, three-year term Planning Board, five-year term War Memorial Trustee, three-year term Moderator, one-year term The town election is May 28. To take out papers, contact Town Clerk Carol Jammalo at 413-663-8255 or   Reposting: CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Nominations are open for elective office in Clarksburg. The annual town election will be


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

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month
10:27AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an exhibit of blue or mostly blue artworks in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. offices at 33 Dunham Mall in April.

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

Twenty-one local artists will be represented in Blue Art Show, including Irene Collias, Tiffany Delmolino, Mary Beth Eldridge, Susan Geller, Katherine Haig, Anadelia Hart, Michelle Iglesias, Caroline Kelley, Christina Kelly, Henry Kleine, Ben Mancino, Dorothy Martell, Julie Morgan, Don Orcutt, Carolina Perrone,


Linda's Cafe Owner Keeps Founder's Spirit While Infusing Own Flair
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

A portrait of Linda Lefaver has a place of honor in the cafe she built over two decades. She died Feb. 26 at the age  of 75. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For 24 years Linda Lefaver took orders, poured coffee, served plates, ran the kitchen and created a family with the regulars at Linda's Cafe.    Her passing just over a month ago could have meant the end of one of the city's favorite breakfast spots. But Lefaver wasn't going to let all her hard work in making Linda's Cafe a success disappear: She found someone willing to continue her legacy.    "It's a total honor to take over," said new owner Peter Wheeler last week. "Linda


Local Human Services Providers Share Stories With Lawmakers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Monday, April 01, 2019

Tori Ackley sings uplifting songs she had written about her own struggles. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 19 Rebecca Gleason was just like every other teenager.   Until two weeks after graduating high school.   She got in a car accident and was in a coma for a month. Her brain was severely injured and when she came out of the coma life wasn't going to be the same.   That was 26 years ago. Gleason has been going through rehabilitation on a daily basis since. But nine years ago, she found the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.    "In those nine years, I've grown socially. I learned not only to be a group leader but to lead my own life,


Framingham Baseball Sweeps MCLA
09:08PM / Sunday, March 31, 2019
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team dropped a heart breaking 7-6 decision in game one of a doubleheader with Framingham State 7-6, and the Rams completed the sweep with a convincing 9-2 win in the nightcap in MASCAC action at the New England Baseball Complex on Sunday.   FSU 7, MCLA 6 In the opener, MCLA fell behind as Framingham went ahead 3-0 after two innings of play.  The Trailblazers rallied in the third as Jeff Bink's two run single brought the score to 3-2, and when he scored on a Ram miscue, it was tied at 3-3.   Framingham's Kyle Dembrowski led off the bottom of the third with a home run to put the Rams in front, but MCLA starter Brendan Kelly


Berkshires Drop A Spot In County Health Rankings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:58AM / Sunday, March 31, 2019

Kim Kelly of Berkshire Health Systems detailed the Community Health Initiative aimed to turn around the poor rankings seen in the data. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has dropped a spot in the county health rankings.   The annual rankings measure in two categories — health outcomes and health factors. The county ranks 13 out of 14 counties in Massachusetts in the former and 11 out of 14 for the latter.   Neighboring Hampden County was dead last in both categories.   The report was released by local health officials on Monday and will serve as the basis for efforts to improve the well-being of residents throughout the county. The data used was garnered


MCLA Softball Swept by Framingham State
09:22PM / Saturday, March 30, 2019
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Senior pitcher Kelsi Gunarathne became the Framingham State University softball career strikeout leader as she earned the victory both games of the doubleheader, and the Rams swept the MCLA Trailblazers by scores of 11-0 and 5-0 Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action.   Framingham 11, MCLA 0 Gunarathne entered the game with 350 career strikeouts needing just two to surpass the old mark of 351 established by former Ram Yaya Faria who wore the black and gold from 2011-13. Gunarathne struck out the first batter in the second inning tying Faria's mark and broke the record a batter later with her second strikeout of the


Fruscio, Former Creative Director, Has New Post at Housing & Development
07:17PM / Friday, March 29, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The head of the county's former Berkshire Creative agency has been named assistant secretary of program and performance management for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.   Helena Fruscio Altsman, a former city resident, has held a number of creative economy posts in state government including creative economy industry director.    Fruscio Altsman is one of three changes in the senior leadership at EOHED and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: Mark D. Fuller has been named undersecretary for business growth and Keiko Matsudo Orrall as MOTT's executive director.   "I am excited to round out my


1Berkshire Announces VP of Tourism and Marketing, Digital Specialist
11:46AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has promoted Lindsey Schmid to the position of vice president of tourism and marketing.

Schmid, who previously served as 1Berkshire's director of marketing, has worked with the organization for more than eight years and is also the regional Tourism Council director.

"We are thrilled to continue our work with Lindsey, who was originally hired by the late Lauri Klefos to work for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau," said Jonathan Butler, president, and CEO of 1Berkshire. "She worked hand and hand with Lauri, promoting and enhancing our tourism product, and has transformed our organization in the areas of traditional and digital marketing and


Adam's Hometown Market Opens to Welcoming Crowd
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Adam's Hometown Market opened to a welcoming crowd on Friday morning.

A month ago, the grocery store's aisles were empty and shelves bare as Big Y ended its tenure. In just 18 days, the Connecticut grocery chain had stepped, freshened the entire building, hired many of the former workers and filled the store with new products. 

"Welcome back," one woman called out to employees as customers clustered around the deli counter. 

It was 50 years and a month from when the building had first opened as Adams Supermarket, just the latest in the Wineberg's family grocery chain that proudly bore the town's name. 

It was, state Rep.


BFAIR Names New Vice President of Residential Services
11:35AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Michelle Carleton has been promoted to vice president of residential services at BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources).

Carleton is responsible for overseeing the DDS Residential & Acquired Brain Injury Residential Services, Adult Family Care/Shared Living and the director of maintenance.

"With the recent structure reorganization, Michelle's promotion to vice president of residential services is well-deserved. She has brought much experience to this position and continues to provide the level of support and service that matches the BFAIR mission," said Rich Weisenflue, BFAIR's CEO. 

Carleton has more than three decades of


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