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Leave the Fireworks to the Pros, Officials Urge
12:06PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Fourth of July weekend, two members of the National Football League demonstrated just how dangerous fireworks can be.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C. J. Wilson was forced to retire from a promising football career after losing two fingers from fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend. That same weekend, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his hand with fireworks. Both of these national athletes set a negative example for impressionable youth.

Closer to home, on July 4, 2015, the Saugus Fire Department was called to 7 Oak Point Road for a hand injury to a 23-year old man. The man was lighting off commercial and consumer grade fireworks in his backyard. An explosion

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Gen Xers Must Juggle Both Money and Time
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:56AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If you’re an older member of Generation X – that is, if you were born in the early- to-mid-1960s – you may have a lot of “balls in the air.” You are saving for your own retirement – which might not be that far away – while at the same time possibly wanting to help pay for your children’s college education. And you may also be assisting your aging parents in some ways.

How can you manage this juggling act?

To begin with, you need to emphasize your retirement. Now that you are likely in, or near, your peak earning years, you should contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Your plan

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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

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35-acre Marina Subdivision in Otis Heads to Auction
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The property has a water way permit for up to 30 docks and one public dock. OTIS, Mass. — Thirty-five acres of land including a 60-foot water  permit for docks on Otis Reservoir are heading to auction.   The piece of land on Reservoir Road was approved for subdivision plans to create 53 housing units as well as a state permit to install 30 docks on the reservoir. However, the out-of-state owners are putting it up for auction in hopes another developer will take over the project.    "That market has been hot as a pistol. Things in Brooklyn have been doubling in value. They are calling it the new Manhattan. So, they have taken all of their resources, time,

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Ericson, Flood Victors In Lanesborough Election
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Typically the hillside next to Town Hall is filled with candidates and campaign signs during an election. But, this year, only Robert Ericson could be found there Tuesday afternoon and few voters made it to the polls. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Selectmen Robert Ericson narrowly won re-election Tuesday and a newcomer to town politics ousted the chairman of the Finance Committee.   Ericson received 119 votes in Tuesday's election which saw a dismal turnout of less than 10 percent making it to the polls. But, he had just enough to defeat Michelle Johnson for the seat as she reeled in 94 votes.   Ericson was first elected in 2013 after defeating former Selectman Joseph

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Park Square Turned Purple to Raise Alzheimer's Awareness
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Park Square featured signs with facts about the disease. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's, every day can feel like the longest day of the year.   It's a disease that often takes years to be noticed and when it is, many people don't know what to go or where to go.   The Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership is working to give those caregivers the support and resources they need and on Monday, the longest day of the year, the group turned Park Square purple to spread awareness of the disease.   "Today is the first day of summer, summer solstice, the longest day of the year. We're here on behalf of the Berkshire

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Final Bay State Games Girls Basketball Tryout Wednesday
08:48PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The final tryout for the Bay State Games Western Massachusetts girls basketball team will be Wednesday, June 22, at McCann Tech from 6 to 8 p.m.   Interested players must participate in at least one tryout to be considered for the team, which will compete at the Bay State Games July 15-17 at the Reggie Lewis Center in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury Crossing.   The team is open to all girls in ninth through 12th grades (2016 graduates welcome) who either live in Massachusetts or attend a Massachusetts school.   The cost to try out is $37. The finalist fee is $50.   For information, contact one of the Western Mass coaches: Amy Cyr at

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Biz Briefs: Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce Honors Its Members
05:34PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

With great thanks: The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce honored its members during the annual member appreciation event held at the Unicorn Theatre on June 15.

Michael Duffy, Chamber president, gave thanks to their hard-working volunteer members. Special recognition during the evening was given to Margaret Kerwsill, who has been a Chamber member since 2013 when she opened with her partner Laureen Vizza Mutability in Motion, found in the Mews off Main Street, Stockbridge. The gift shop features the works of regional artisans and craftsmen. She is also an independent business owner, Margaret D. Kerswill Design & Marketing, overseeing all creative aspects of design and advertising, from

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Northern Berkshire Phenoms Wrap Up Successful Spring
04:42PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
The Northern Berkshire Phenoms put the bow on their third season over the Father's Day weekend.   The 17-and-under team finished second in the varsity division at the inaugural Summer Heat Check Invitational tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. The 14-and-under team kept busy too, winning the 8th-grade division in Pittsfield and losing in the semi-finals at the Basketball Summer Tip-Off Classic in Springfield.    After a short break from the winter season, the two teams hit the gym again in April to play a six-tournament schedule. The 17u's took home second place honors in their final two tournaments, while the 14u team finished with three

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Berkshires Beat: Humans of the Berkshires Initiative Celebrates Local Youth
04:14PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

We're only human: Berkshire County has adapted the successful Humans of New York social media campaign to create a countywide forum that celebrates the rich lives of local youth as well as the abundant, positive, intergenerational interactions in the area.

Humans of New York was started by photographer Brandon Stanton in 2010 as an effort to catalog New York City’s eclectic residents, posting a simple photograph of the subject alongside their story. The initiative has blossomed into a movement, having been recreated around the world to celebrate the diversity and positivity of copious communities.

Seventy percent of eighth-graders in Berkshire County do not feel appreciated by

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Pittsfield Nationals Outslug Lanesborough Bulldogs
02:58PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jonahthan Monahan went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a home run Sunday to lead the Pittsfield Nationals to a 16-12 win over the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken baseball team.   Oscar Lowe, Derek Paris and Jack Cangelosi each had a pair of hits for Lanesborough.   Monahan combined with three other Pittsfield pitchers to strike out 11 and allow seven earned runs in the win.   Lanesborough (4-6) travels to play the South Berkshire All-Stars on Friday.

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Tyer Seeking Civil Service Waiver For Police Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, June 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer says she is "correcting an injustice" by appointing Police Chief Michael Wynn to the job on a more permanent basis within Civil Service parameters.   Wynn has been serving under the "acting" capacity for the last nine years since he was appointed by former Mayor James Ruberto. Tyer is looking to use a provision within the Civil Service Commission to officially give Wynn the title.   "Chief Wynn has been an exemplary chief of police for going on three administrations now without having the very important designation of being officially appointed chief of police," Tyer said.   "I feel strongly that

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Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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