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North Adams Board of Health Condemns Three Houses
Staff Reports,
03:51PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health last week issued emergency condemnations of three residential buildings, two of which had been damaged by fires within the last few months.    The single-family Victorian at 129 North St. caught fire Feb. 2 after the owner tried to thaw out frozen water pipes with a blowtorch. The family was forced to flee the building. Director of Health Michael Moore said the owners were getting help from their insurance company in addressing the building's damage.    A second structure at 133 Reed St. was also condemned because of damage from a stove fire on Feb. 11.    A house at 53 Montgomery St. "has been a problem

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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
12:26PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Corpse flowers bloom

It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the school’s Samson Environmental Center (SEC). Four bloomed in 2012, six in 2013, and now, according to Lily Corral, biology teacher, sustainability coordinator, and director of the SEC, as many as 10 flowers have sprouted, several of which are at the blooming stage.

"The corpse flower is a rare plant that is challenging to grow," Corral said. "It

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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North Adams Housing Authority Receives CHAP
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:28AM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority has been given the OK to begin a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn released a letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received last week notifying the authority.   "North Adams Housing Authority is excited to receive our award letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 'Commitment to Enter into Housing Assistance Payments,' " Hohn said.    Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, allows HUD housing authorities to move their units to the Section 8 platform and to leverage debt and equity for

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service

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North Adams Residents Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists
11:50AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Tom Bernard invites members of the North Adams community to meet the finalists who are being considered as the city's next police chief.

Following a national search and preliminary screening of candidates, a police chief search committee convened by the mayor extended invitations to three candidates to interview for the police chief position. Public meetings will be held as part of each applicant's finalist interviews, according to the following schedule:
 
* Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at The Green, 85 Main St.: Jamie D. Berger, currently a detective sergeant with the Wayland, Mass., Police Department
     
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Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a late-winter heating system still cranked up, or maybe a combination of both.

The three women and two men were rehearsing a dance for an upcoming showcase at Williams College, but on this day, their ballet slipper-clad feet pounded the dance floor in the second-floor studio of the Albany Berkshire Ballet headquarters on Fenn Street.

In the past, on a weekday

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North Adams Elementary Students Get College Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

The after-school program provide a range of opportunities for North Adams students.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Kids 2 College after-school program gives city elementary students hands-on STEM experiences in a college classroom.   Although it was spring break and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students were off last week, class was in session in Venable Hall.   "We do a lot of project-based learning," Kids 2 College instructor AnnaMaria Sebastino said. "For example, we studied volcanos and today we are building a paper-mâché one … we do a lot of different things."   The program is a partnership between

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MCLA Softball Drops Two One-Run Games
10:34PM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The MCLA softball team featured a balanced offensive attack and held late leads in both games but was unable to hold on as it was swept by Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.   MCLA fell to 2-10 and returns to action Sunday as they visit Rhode Island College for a pair of nonconference contests.   Albertus Magnus 5, MCLA 4 MCLA would open up the scoring in Game One with four runs in the top of the 2nd. With the bases loaded a Kaitlyn Berghela single drove in a pair of runs and teammate Kayla Baker would follow with a two-RBI single of her own.     Through 4-2/3 innings Trailblazer pitcher Kara Adams held Albertus at bay conceding just one hit

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@theMarket: Does the Fed Know Something We Don't?
By Bill Schmick,
09:55AM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
Sometimes too much good news can be interpreted badly. Take the U.S. central bank's about face on monetary policy late last year. That was good news and investors responded by bidding the stock market up by 20 percent. But this week we may have received even better news, or did we?   The Fed did more than met investors' expectation this week at the central bank's monthly Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that there would be no more interest rate hikes for the remainder of the year (after saying back in December that two rate hikes were on the table for 2019). There was even some discussion that a rate cut might be possible, if

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Bohemian Road Opens on Historic Eagle Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The path for Bohemian Road pointed north as the gift and novelty traveled from Adams to the city's downtown Eagle Street last month.    "I live in Adams and I love the town ... It is a beautiful town but my girlfriend and I would come to North Adams and go to Mass MoCA and eat at different restaurants and we noticed there were always a ton of people walking around," owner Randy Cormier said of his decision move from Park Street. "That is not the case in Adams and this was just a business decision."   Cormier, who used to operate Brighter Daze at the Berkshire Mall, said his new location is just about the same size as his Park

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North Adams Traffic Commission Advises Raising Parking Permit Rates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending the same price for parking permits in both the Center Street and St. Anthony Municipal parking lots.     The commission in January voted to raise the price in the Center Street lot by $10 but couldn't address the St. Anthony lot because it had not been put on the agenda. On Monday, the commissioners agreed that permits in both lots should cost the same.    St. Anthony's prices have been lower than Center Street's and also took into account a reduction during the winter months that Chairwoman Mary Ann King said had been instituted to encourage more parking there.    "I think

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Crane Stationery Reinvesting in Rebranding, Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:03PM / Friday, March 22, 2019

Bart Robinsoin, left, Paul Thorogood and Dean Daigle speak to local officials on Friday at Crane Stationery.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of Crane Stationery are doubling down on their commitment to the company and to the community by investing $3 million to $4 million in rebranding and growth over the next few years.   The high-end stationery maker on Curran Highway was purchased last year by Mohawk Fine Papers, a family-owned paper company based in Cohoes, N.Y. At the time, Mohawk's officials pledged not only to continue Crane's operations and brand lines but to invest in its products and the workforce.   "We're going to double our size,

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