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Louison House Sees Challenges, Restoration in Year Ahead
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

Director Kathy Keeser and board President Michael Goodwin welcomes community partners to Louison House's annual meeting. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Louison House has sheltered more than 100 people over the past year — some for months, some for a night.    "The reality is the people who come to the house have all kinds of different situations," said Executive Director Kathy Keeser on Thursday. "They are likable. That's sometimes what people forget about. When they come to an agency, [people] think they have all these difficulties first ... what do they have wrong with them?   "We look at it another way, what is positive about people who

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'Colette': Liberté, Égalité and Literature
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:19PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
Watching director Wash Westmoreland's "Colette," about the life and times of Gabrielle Colette, the heralded French literary figure whose celebrated "Claudine" novels were published under her husband's name, I feared I wasted my life by never having moved to Paris.    Such hyperbolic self-examination, while exaggerated for my own literary purposes here, is nonetheless proof of what a fine period piece this film is. Still, while boasting Keira Knightley in a superb title portraiture, those indifferent to belles-lettres and avant-garde sensibilities need not apply.   Truth be told, even this foppish reviewer felt that fifteen or so minutes of this


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

Berkshire Republicans Back Democrat Caccaviello In DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party.    Paul Caccaviello is being supported in his write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington by the Berkshire County Republican Association.   The Republicans say Caccaviello is "apolitical" and that they are endorsing him based on his qualifications for the job.   "His whole voting life he's been unenrolled. He is apolitical," said Kathryn Mickle, one of the key organizers for the Republican Association. "He's not a political party guy and the office


MCLA, General Dynamics Demonstrate STEM Opportunities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

Education Secretary James Pyser told the group of educators and community leaders that state needs to grow its STEM pathways to ensure its economic future.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There was gooey goo, lemon-powered lights, 3-D printing, a demonstration of the harmonics and robots — and more robots.    While it was all for the benefit of getting dozens of local schoolchildren excited about science, this event at MCLA's Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation was also hopefully laying the foundation for building the next generation of scientists and engineers.    And they will be essential for the state's future


Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.


Mangiardi, Richardson Lead MCLA in Shutout Win
08:54PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
NASHUA, N.H. -- MCLA's Lauren Mangiardi scored a goal and collected an assist as she led the Trailblazers to a 2-0 road win over Rivier this evening in non league action.   MCLA's Kate Mancini scored the game winner in the 41st minute of play. She knocked home a feed from Mangiardi and the Trailblazers would lead 1-0.  The game would stay that way into halftime before Mangiardi struck again.   This time, it was just 1:35 into the second half.  The Taconic graduate tallied an unassisted marker to increase the lead to 2-0. The goal was her team leading eighth of the season.   Neither team mounted much offense on the crisp, cool night as MCLA held a 12-4


Community Health Programs Names New Trustee
11:29AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Alfred "A.J." Enchill Jr. has been named to the Community Health Programs Board of Trustees. His appointment was confirmed by the CHP board at its October meeting.

Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, based in Pittsfield, where he focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds' appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council's board of directors and the board of Multi-Cultural Bridge.

He previously worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and, earlier, as a paralegal intern for Bikkal & Associates in White Plains, N.Y. He also worked as a junior account assistant for


Pension Buyout Offer: Annuity or Lump Sum?
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to terminate your existing pension plan. In either case, you will likely have two main options: You can take your pension as a lump sum of your accrued benefits, or you can convert it to an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with a lifetime income stream. Which choice is best?

There's no right answer, but here are some factors to consider:

Comfort in investing: If you take your pension as a lump sum, you can invest it yourself –


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 24-30
11:16AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
North Adams Happenings: October 24 - 30   Save the Date  

November 3
North Adams History Harvest
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 664-4700
10am - 3pm
for more information

Share your stories and treasures by adding them to


North Adams Council Approves Stipends for Retirement Board
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The new zoning map was presented to the council for approval on Tuesday but was instead sent to committee for further review.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday closed a somewhat controversial debate by voting 8-1 to allow a stipend for the Retirement Board.    And it sent an ordinance that would cause major changes in the city's zoning to the Community Development Committee for further review.   The stipend matter had been brought before the council in June by Councilor Marie T. Harpin, the council's liaison to the board.    The councilors had at first been positive toward the idea but when they felt some of the questions as

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North Adams Traffic Commission Rejects Church Street Crosswalk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:17PM / Tuesday, October 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission has declined to recommend the placement of a hotly debated crosswalk at Bradley and Church street.    Working off a report by Stantec Consulting Services, the commission determined that a crosswalk would not be safe in that area and that the issue of students crossing Church Street might better be addressed through changing bus routes.    The commission had recommended a crosswalk there three years ago at the request of residents but it had been held up by the mayor's office and the Department of Public Services because of questions about the sight lines at the T-intersection. The issue was raised again to the City


North Berkshire Registry Candidates Tout Experience, Future Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Deborah Moran has been first assistant register for two years.  ADAMS, Mass. — The bitter district attorney race has been dominating headlines but another race important to Northern Berkshire has been flying under the radar: register of deeds.   Two experienced and longtime employees in the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds are hoping to succeed Frances Brooks, who is retiring after 56 years, 14 of those as register.    Deborah Moran, first assistant register, and Maria Ziemba, a clerk, touted their experience and future plans for the office to nearly three dozen Maple Grove Civic Club members on Sunday at the PNA.     Moran has worked in


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