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Crane Stationery Hires Chief Product Officer
11:24AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane Stationery has hired Paul Thorogood as chief product officer.

In this new role, Thorgood will have responsibility for the company's product design and product development teams and will work closely with Sales and Marketing on company strategy, company direction and identifying new opportunities for products and services.

Crane Stationery was acquired by Mohawk Fine Papers in April of this year, and in a recent statement, Mohawk's CEO Tom O'Connor reiterated his support for the Crane team's recent growth.

"Our goal at Crane Stationery is to continue to deliver luxurious well-crafted products to our valued customers while identifying


Emergency Responders Jointly Practice Mass Casualty Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

The 'patients' immediately got into character when the alarm went off. Many were yelling for staff and others were passing out after attempting to stand. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This is just a test of the emergency response system.   One man died during a fire at Berkshire Health Center's Central County Dialysis Center on Thursday evening and 17 others were taken to the hospital. Shortly after 7 p.m., the fire alarm went off at the center with 18 patients in the midst of treatment.   Staff had to quickly unhook the panicked and immobile patients from the machines and one by one get them out of harm's way.    Police closed of Conte Drive,


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 Council Asks Retirement Board to Poll Members on Stipend
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

Retirement System Administrator Beth Matson explains the reasoning for adopting a state law allowing stipends for Retirement Board members. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council told the Retirement Board to come back with some sense of its members' wishes before it would approve the adoption of a stipend.    City Councilor Marie T. Harpin raised the issue in a communique to the council on behalf of the board, which cannot vote to enact any benefits upon itself.    The board, through its Administrator Beth A. Matson, is asking that the council adopt Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32 that sets a stipend of no less than $3,000 and no more than $4,500


The Independent Investor: Currencies & Trade Wars
By Bill Schmick,
04:34PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
What's up with the dollar? The greenback is strengthening and is having its best quarter since 2016 against an array of foreign currencies. Is this an accident, or is it something far more dangerous?   Economists will tell you that the Trump tariff crusade is responsible. New trade barriers, which the president is suggesting, would usually lead to higher prices at home, according to economic doctrine. Products we import would cost more, whether we are talking about steel, automobiles, or baseball caps.   As prices increase, so should the U.S. inflation rate. As inflation rises, bondholders will demand higher interest rates to keep up with inflation. In turn, higher interest


Volunteers Raising Funds for Wreaths on North Adams Veterans Graves
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:11PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kris Maloney explains the concept to the City Council. The group is looking for support in use of facilities and participation.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The local volunteers in coordination with the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America are hoping to raise $25,000 to place a wreath of remembrance on the gravestone of every city veteran on Dec. 15.    Kris Maloney told the City Council on Tuesday that "through the Wreaths Across America program we are ensuring that the lives of our men and women in uniform are remembered, not their deaths. It is our responsibility as Americans to be their witness and to share their stories of service and sacrifice with

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Environmental Report on Former North Adams Dry Cleaners Months Away
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, June 28, 2018

The board also heard the preliminary results of HUD's scoring of the authority's properties and management.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials had anticipated getting an environmental report on the old Sun Cleaners wrapped up in a couple months.   More than a year later, Housing Opportunities Inc. is hoping it will be done by this October so that the less than quarter-acre parcel and its deteriorating building can finally be passed on to the city.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the Board of Commissioners on Monday that she recently received an email that contained a firmer date for the completion of the drillings and


DownStreet Art Kicks Off 2018 Season With New Partners
10:31PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Thursday, June 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' DownStreet Art's 2018 season knits together the significant progress that's been made for the city of North Adams. This year, new businesses, new museums, new tourists and new residents have partnered with DSA to create a series of arts events that go well beyond Main Street, and well beyond your typical arts event.

The 2018 DSA arts events – all of which are free and open to the public – will kick off on Thursday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Held on the last Thursday of every month, DownStreet Art will offer plentiful art, music, and fun as it expands to create more


North Adams Alcohol Retailers Will See Compliance Checks This Summer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:47PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local package and liquor stores will be alerted to a resumption of compliance checks this summer.    Wendy Penner, director of prevention and wellness with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, told the Licensing Board on Tuesday that compliance checks haven't been done through her organization in three years because of a more concentrated focus on reaching younger children and parents.    "With our new round of funding, we did an assessment of what youth were using, what their at-risk factors were and how they accessing [substances]," she said. "The reason we discontinued the compliance checks was because — we

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
03:20PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hi, pop fans. You'll note that today's column covers both this week and next, right through the weekend following the Fourth of July.


Berkshire Theatre Group

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group. "Coming Back Like a Song!" features songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen. It was written by Lee Kalcheim and is at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main St., in Stockbridge. The show begins previews Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, July 21. The official opening night is Sunday, July 1, with BTG's 90th gala beginning at 5p.m. and the show itself at 6 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays,


Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:50PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

It's here! The summer concert season is upon us, with stellar programs at Taconic Music, located in idyllic Manchester, Vt., and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.


Taconic Music

Taconic Music's second Summer Festival week features a masterclass with Grammy-nominated guest ensemble the Enso String Quartet, a Saturday-night concert showcasing canonical masterworks (and also including a touch of the musically exotic), and the first NextGen concert of the 2018 season.

Why go? Taconic Music is a unique and engaging music festival, with outstanding


North Adams Happenings: June 26-July 3
01:55PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
North Adams Happenings: June 26 - July 3   Save the


Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:04PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, our national Independence Day. This celebration may get you thinking of the many freedoms you enjoy. But have you thought of what you might need to do to attain financial freedom?

Your first step is to define what financial independence signifies to you. For many people, it means being able to retire when they want to, and to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle. So, if this is your vision as well, consider taking these steps:

Pay yourself first. If you wait until you have some extra money "lying around" before you invest for retirement, you may never get around to doing it. Instead, pay yourself first. This actually is not


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