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Wayfair Bringing 300 Jobs to Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:42PM / Thursday, December 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Home decor distributor Wayfair is planning to bring 300 jobs to the city.   The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council this morning approved $31.4 million in tax breaks to the Boston-based retailer. Wayfair Inc. will in return add up to 3,000 jobs in the Boston area and establish a call center in Pittsfield.   "This is absolutely outstanding news for the city of Pittsfield," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "It was the first official decision that will lead to 300 new jobs."   Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah is a Pittsfield native and said he was excited to bring the operations west.   "We are proud to continue to build our

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Pittsfield Council Approves New Water and Sewer Rates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Thursday, December 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council adopted increases to water and sewer rates for both fiscal 2019 and 2020.   The water rates are now set to go up 10 percent starting on Jan. 1 and then another 10 percent on July 1. Sewer rates are slated to increase 50 percent on Jan. 1 and remain that way through 2020.   The rates are only slightly different from what the mayor proposed for the next 18 months. Mayor Linda Tyer developed a seven-year plan for both the water and sewer rates with rates more heavily frontloaded in anticipation of large capital increases.   For Jan. 1, she was looking to raise water rates by 20 percent and sewer rates by 50 percent, both of which would

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Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Thursday, December 13, 2018

Union members did all of the shopping and wrapping ahead of time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's firefighters are helping to provide a good Christmas to children in DCF care.   The firefighters union continued its annual holiday tradition of buying gifts for more than two dozen local children involved with the state Department of Children and Families.   The firefighters had taken the names of 25 children, what they'd like for Christmas, and then headed out to shop for them.   "We take 25 names that are organized by the Department of Children and Families and buy gifts. We get anywhere from clothing to toys for each individual," said Union

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1Berkshire Annual Meeting Remembers Klefos, Looks to Year Ahead
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler welcomes members and local elected leaders to the organization's annual meeting.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — 1Berkshire's annual meeting last Thursday was a celebration: not just of the work the organization's been doing this past year but a reflection on the life of one its primary architects.    Vice President Lauri Klefos, who had been head of the merged Berkshire Visitors Bureau, had died unexpectedly just a week before, sending shockwaves through the tourism and business community.    "She saw 1Berkshire as a vehicle that would allow us to leverage our resources and amplify our voice for a

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BHS Expands Rheumatology Services With New Doctor
03:03PM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has further expanded its rheumatology services with the appointment of Dr. Liana Fraenkel, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist.

Dr. Fraenkel joins the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. She is accepting new patients in need of rheumatology care and is partnered with Drs. Lauren Dudley and Leonard Sigal at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Fraenkel is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and was fellowship-trained in rheumatology at Boston Medical Center. She received her medical degree from McGill University,

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What Is Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It probably doesn't happen as much as you'd like, but you may occasionally have some extra disposable income. For example, perhaps you have recently received, or will soon receive, a year-end bonus. Or maybe you will get a sizable tax refund in just a few months. Wherever this money comes from, you will want to put it to good use. Should you use the cash to pay down debts or should you invest it instead?

There's no simple answer, and everyone's situation is different, but here are a few suggestions for helping you make a good choice:

* Evaluate your cash flow. If you already have enough cash to meet your daily living expenses, you might lean toward investing the money,

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Tyer Meets With Herberg's Future Leaders
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:00AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The students asked Mayor Linda Tyer to visit the program to discuss leadership. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — How do you handle negativity? That's what seventh-grader Ella asked Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday afternoon.   The mayor responded:   "I make a choice -- and this is important for leadership -- to approach my work with an attitude of optimism. If I felt negative about everything, I would just be stuck. I wouldn't be able to think clearly or view my city with a positive lens.   "What I think is that people in our city work really hard, everyone does their very best, you come to school or parents go to work, so it is my job to work just as hard and to

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Pittsfield to Continue With Wastewater Treatment Project Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Resident Craig Gaetani was unable to get the council's support in his request to delay the sewer project until he has the ability to craft a new plan. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project.   The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.   The administration went forward with the project developed by consultants and the final bids were opened two weeks ago and contracts are pending to be awarded.   But on Tuesday, the City

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Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
Staff Reports,
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.   Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.    The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.   "I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior

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Pittsfield Police Recognize Promotions Of Seven Officers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gavin and Chase Dawley pinned the badge on Lt. Thomas Dawley. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions.    Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.   The seven were celebrated at Taconic High School during the first pinning ceremony held by the department in a number of years.   "The role of commanders and supervisors in the Pittsfield Police Department is significant, it is key. I get a lot of credit for a lot of hard work that is done by a lot

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
Staff Reports,
10:33PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The paratransit strike is entering its second week with no sign of resolution.   The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.    One individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told iBerkshires they'd used up sick time because they were unable to get to work last week and a friend lost her job for the same reason.    "If this strike goes on much longer I don't know if I will have a job or how I will pay for housing," the frustrated BRTA rider wrote.   Transit officials have been working to

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Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2018 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
04:37PM / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner

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