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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
11:04AM / Friday, March 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program, with new classes beginning soon, at multiple locations across the Berkshires. 

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they eat and their activity

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'Gloria Bell': For Whom the Loneliness Tolls
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:16PM / Thursday, March 28, 2019
My mother was beautiful. Not just pretty, but beautiful. At family gatherings, it was inevitably brought up: Who is more beautiful, Dora or Elizabeth Taylor? It was Mom's cue to blush, although she kept serving and rarely sat down.    Intentionally or not, her splendor impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. Whether taken to the shoe store or a visit to the doctor, it was a given: A beautiful woman had just walked into the room. People like beautiful. It fascinates them, whether wondering what it must be like to be beautiful or intellectually deliberating just what it is that makes one beautiful.   Here's why I raise the subject. Inarguably beautiful Julianne Moore


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

The Independent Investor: The Business of Baseball
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 28, 2019
Attendance is down, as is viewership, as we head into the 2019 season. Major League Baseball is hoping some rule changes will turn around the decline. Will it be enough, and does it matter anyway?   Defenders of the game argue that last season's declines were to be expected. Television ratings for all sporting events have been declining for years.  But TV ratings in the new world of digital streaming are not what they used to be. There just isn't a good way to capture this new viewership data.   However, there is no way of denying that no World Series (the most popular of baseball's games) has been able to beat the average of 20 million viewers per game that was


North Adams Council Considering Earlier Start Time
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, March 28, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council may start its meetings an hour earlier, which may be a relief for residents who prefer an early bedtime.    The council postponed action on the change Tuesday because two councilors were absent and the minutes of the General Government Committee meeting that discussed weren't ready.    Still, Councilor Wayne Wilkinson, who suggested the time change, was ready to vote and became the only nay on postponing action.   "We have a very robust mayor who has been putting more and more stuff on the agenda," Wilkinson explained at the General Government meeting on March 11. "It's amazing how many people


MCLA Women's Lacrosse Falls to Mitchell
09:48PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mitchell College's Kate McCormack Wednesday scored six goals as she led the Mariners to a hard fought 12-9 decision over the MCLA Trailblazers tonight at Shewcraft Field.    The Mariners earned their first win of 2019 as they improve to 1-2 overall.   MCLA drops to 0-3 as they prepare to head into conference play Friday night.   McCormack got Mitchell (1-2) on the board early as she tallied just two minutes into the contest for an early 1-0 advantage. MCLA (0-3) battled back and eventually knot things up at 2-2 on Kim Granito's first goal of the night. Mitchell responded with three straight tallies though to take a 5-2 advantage as McCormack


Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the


Biz Briefs: North Adams Restaurants to 'Go Green' for the Month of April
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
'Go Green Month'

During the month of April, restaurants throughout North Adams will be making quick and easy changes to reduce their environmental impact. The goal of "Go Green Month" is to reduce waste and practice behavior changes that are more environmentally friendly, with hopes that these changes will have a lasting impact on both the restaurants and the city.

Restaurants will be making small changes in order to be more environmentally friendly, including: water at tables served by request only; no straws; no balloons; encouraging customers to bring their own coffee cup/mug; refilling water bottles; and using environmentally friendly bags for take-out.



Former North Adams Solicitor Fined for Conflict of Interest
11:30AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's former longtime solicitor has been fined by the State Ethics Commission for doing legal work for nonprofit organizations in redevelopment projects during his time representing the city.   Attorney John DeRosa, who stepped down as solicitor last year, has admitted that he violated the conflict of interest law by representing and doing compensated legal work for parties other than the city in connection with proposed North Adams redevelopment projects while he was city solicitor, and by advising the city on those projects as city solicitor during that same time.    DeRosa stepped down as solicitor last year after 35 years in the post


Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:26AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spring is here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances.

Consider these suggestions:

Get rid of clutter. When you go through your closets, attic, basement or other areas, you may find many items you no longer need. You might be able to sell some of these things or find other ways of disposing of them. And as you review your portfolio, you might also encounter "clutter" in the form of investments that may be redundant to others you own. If so, you might


North Adams Happenings: March 27-April 2
10:21AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
North Adams Happenings: 
March 27 - April 2   Volunteer


Pittsfield City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for the ban in 2013. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After close to six years of debate, the city finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday night.   The ban had been proposed in 2013 and has been working its way through the City Council process since. It was first coupled with a ban on Styrofoam, which was later passed in 2015 separate from the bag ban and restricted polystyrene food containers.   The bag ban went before the Green Commission and to City Council subcommittee meetings, the latter of which had left it unaddressed for a time. Earlier this year, it made its way to the full council will a full


Council Committee to Weigh Restrictions on Mohawk Theater
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard also asks the Finance Committee to set meetings to begin review of the 2020 budget.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday sent the potential sale of the Mohawk Theater back to committee to determine what restrictions might be put on the request for proposals for the historic movie house.    Councilors had wanted to "flip the process" by issuing an RFP first and weighing responses before declaring the property "municipal surplus." But an opinion by the city solicitor received Tuesday afternoon closed off that possibility.    The request by Mayor Thomas Bernard to declare the 80-year-old cinema surplus


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