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The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
After a grueling two-day inquisition before both houses of Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has left the building. The question is how much did anyone really learn about the privacy issues of this social media behemoth?   As most readers are aware, the present controversy erupted when it was revealed that a Trump-campaign related firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users. It spawned a huge controversy over privacy, cybersecurity and Big Data companies in general.   I watched as much of the hearings as I could stomach. What was clear to me was most of our so-called legislators had no idea how Facebook works. While some

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Pittsfield Schools Shift Bus Payment Back to City, Reduces Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The final payment for the school bus fleet is moving to the city's side of the budget.   At the public hearing on the School Department's proposed budget Wednesday, Superintendent Jason McCandless said the $558,469 payment is being pulled from the budget request.   That drops the schools' requested allocation to $60,492,869 — a $426,531 increase from last year. The increase is .7 percent higher than this year's budget.   "This was a unique arrangement of paying for buses from our own operational budget that came about through a prior city council, prior administration, and prior school committee," McCandless

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BRTA Consider Fare Increases, Service Reductions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:38AM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

The BRTA is considering a menu of options to save money. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BRTA is prepping for increasing fares and reducing services.   Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Administrator Robert Malnati said the state's funding for the organization is flat in the governor's budget.   The organization says fixed costs such as salary increases, health insurance, fuel, and liability insurance is expected to increase. Thus, the authority is planning its budget trying to find $378,400 in savings elsewhere.   "If you have a level amount of funds, then something has to give," Malnati said.   Malnati is presenting options to the ridership

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George Lucas Buys Rockwell's 'Shuffleton's Barbershop'
Staff Reports,
04:52PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Lucas Museum will loan the painting to the Norman Rockwell Museum for up to two years.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The under-construction $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles has identified itself as the buyer of "Shuffleton's Barbershop."   Don Bacigalupi, director of the nonprofit museum, founded by George Lucas, told the The New York Times on Tuesday that the Norman Rockwell painting will be "one of the anchor works of our museum."   "As a museum dedicated to celebrating visual storytelling, we are honored to become the public steward of this major work," Bacigalupi said in a press statement. "Norman

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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest
12:40PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police Department's K9, Jango, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s.

Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

Jango is a 2-year-old German shepherd who joined the Pittsfield Police Department in September 2017. He completed Patrol and Narcotic Detection schools and is currently working with his handler, Officer Sondrini, on day

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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'
12:17PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

If you're a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

* Establish a timeline. As a gardener, you typically follow a well-defined timeline. You need to get the soil ready a few months before you want to plant, and you need to plant at different times, depending on what plants you choose. You even need to set up a schedule for watering, feeding, weeding and other garden care.

As an investor, you may also need to observe a timeline. During the early and middle stages of your career,

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Pittsfield Finalizes Local Marijuana Ordinance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Steven Goldman would like to open a marijuana manufacturing facility at the former Notre Dame Church but it is too close to the Boy's and Girl's Club. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Christopher Swindlehurst and Crispina ffrench first saw the former Notre Dame Church on Melville Street, they loved it.   That was back in 2012. They turned it into a maker's space in Shire City Sanctuary.   It has a commercial kitchen. It is a screen shop. It has a sewing lab. And artisans and small businesses used it to make their goods. But Swindlehurst said the couple doesn't have the resources to provide the upkeep it needs.    "It requires a lot more love and

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Dozen Pittsfield Projects Vie For Community Preservation Funds
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Michael MacDonald has been working on the BCC turf field project for four years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A total of $823,026 was requested of the city's new Community Preservation Act funds.   But, the panel overseeing the funds will only able to expend less than half that amount.   The Community Preservation Act Committee will have somewhere between $370,000 and $390,000 for recreation and historic preservation projects.   This week, proponents of the dozen applications are making their cases for their requests and recommendations are expected to go before the City Council during the budgeting process.   The state law was adopted at the polls in 2016. It

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Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
Staff Reports,
02:20PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive branch.   "Our Springfield office serves as an important connector to support our constituents, local leaders and municipalities in western Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "With almost two decades of public service and his role in overseeing emergency management for western Massachusetts, Patrick is uniquely qualified to lead the office and we are proud to welcome him

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Challenger Amatul-Wadud Dismisses Neal's Seniority Argument
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A crowd of about 50 or so attended the Indivisible Pittsfield meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Monday evening. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.   The talk around the sitting congressman is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chairman the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat is currently the ranking member on that committee.   Amatul-Wadud is challenging Neal for the 1st Massachusetts District seat in the Democratic primary.   She says the district wouldn't be seeing anything special happen if he was

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03:15PM / Monday, April 09, 2018

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Berkshire Athenaeum Kicks Off 'Food for Fines' Campaign
02:30PM / Monday, April 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As part of its celebration of National Library Week, the Berkshire Athenaeum will offer a modified fines amnesty now through Saturday, April 14. During this time the library will accept non‑perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.

"While overdue fines are supposed to encourage people to bring their library books back on time, sometimes the system doesn't work, and things don't get returned," said Cathy Congelosi, supervisor of Adult Circulation.

The food-for-fines program, now in its 23rd year, is the library's attempt to create a more positive feeling about getting overdue library materials returned, and to

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