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Pittsfield Suns' Hot Stove Features Red Sox GM Cherington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:41AM / Saturday, January 31, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington has been active this off-season and next week, city residents can hear all about it.   Cherington is the headlining the Pittsfield Suns' second annual Hot Stove on Friday when he'll field questions about an array of topics at the Colonial Theatre.   "It's more of a very relaxed question and answer," said Suns General Manager Kevin McGuire.    The events starts with a VIP cocktail hour during which Cherington will be signing baseballs for attendees and hors d’oeuvres will be served by Mazzeo's Ristorante. Afterward, the audience will move to the theater where the conversation

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Senator Downing Hosts Town Hall Forum on Wednesday
02:49PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Representatives from the State Senate will kickoff a series of community conversations across the state beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, and his Western Massachusetts colleagues Sens. Donald Humason, James Welch and Eric Lesser have arranged for a full day of events on Wednesday, starting with the Celebrate the Berkshires Town Hall Forum before they travel east into the other western counties.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, tasked Senate members with assembling regional days to highlight and

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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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2015 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced
02:43PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Parade Committee has announced that the 2015 Fourth of July Parade theme is “Celebrating Our Independence.”

The winning theme was chosen from a field of more than 50 suggestions from Facebook fans and other sources.

“There were a variety of parade theme suggestions falling under three main headings: ‘Honoring our Military’; ‘Saluting the Red, White & Blue’ and ‘Freedom.’ The Parade Committee felt that ‘Celebrating Our Independence’ was the perfect theme to encompass the three main areas and properly reflect the values of inclusiveness and diversity while promoting the idea that

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Goodwill Offers Soft Skills, Custodial Workshops
02:32PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill of the Berkshires will offer two job readiness workshops.

Goodwill’s next GoodWorks Soft Skills workshop will begin on Feb. 6. The six-week program is offered on location at Mildred Elley, 100 West St, Pittsfield. Classes will be held each Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will invest in a foundation of life skills for long-term work success. This interactive, peer-to-peer facilitated workshop covers topics such as organization and decision making skills, customer service, self advocacy, team building, and time management with a focus on dependability, job seeking and job retention.

"Business 101: Spot-On-Cleaning" is a 15-week-long

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 30-Feb. 5
01:48PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: Preschool Videos at Berkshire Athenaeum

 

This week’s films are: Mouse Around and The Gingerbread House.  Video programs are approximately 20-30 minutes long. Groups are welcome and no registration is required.

Friday, January 30 | 10am | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Ave | 413-499-9480 |

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Berkshire County Arc Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarships
01:44PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc announces its 2015 scholarship award program.

High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will be given consideration.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services and academic achievement.  An independent panel of community members will select the winners and determine the amount of

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Youth Works Applications Being Accepted
01:24PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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BerkshireWorks Career Center is now accepting applications for Youth Works Year Round 2015.

The Youth Works Program provides 100 hours of paid work experience to eligible Pittsfield youth. It provides an opportunity for young people to gain work readiness skills, build healthy relationships, and provides support for youth in the workplace. When the youth complete the program, they earn their work readiness and job safety credential. Also, youth get paid while learning these valuable skills and gaining experience that can be put on their resume.

BerkshireWorks Career Center is now accepting applications for this program. The deadline is Friday, Feb.

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 28 - Jan. 30
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, January 28.   Charles Daniels Jr., 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, armed career felon, resisting arrest, possession of heroin, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licenses, disorderly conduct, and failing to stop for a police officer.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 1, 2015.   Nathaniel Davis, 31, of Dalton had

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Pittsfield Implementing New Pavement Management System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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Mark Balon from Kimley Horn presented the consultants findings on the city's paving issues at City Hall on Thursday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Consultants Kimley Horn is telling the city to break the habit of fixing the worst roads first.   Instead, they suggest a plan that mixes maintenance of some of the better roads, rehabilitation of the mid-level conditions, and total resurfacing of the worst. By creating a plan that includes a bit of everything, the city gets the most value for its spending, the consultants say.   "It is more cost effective to repair pavements with a pavement management system," said Mark Balon, who presented the company's

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The Independent Investor: College Savings Accounts Are Not Risk-Free
By Bill Schmick,
08:22PM / Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A national debate over whether to tax "529" college savings plans has turned the spotlight on these plans and how they work. Do they really help parents save the money their kids will need for college? The answer depends on how they are invested and how they are managed.

Starting in 2001, the IRS offered tax benefits to middle-class families to cope with the escalating costs of college education. Thirty-four states (and the District of Columbia) also chipped in with tax breaks of their own. These savings plans work much like a 401 (K) or a Roth IRA. The after-tax money you invest in these plans will grow (or not) without being subject to federal income tax. Any money you

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