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Three Berkshire Communities Could Benefit as 'Opportunity Zones'
01:59PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
BOSTON — The Berkshires' three largest communities — the cities of North Adams and Pittsfield, and the town of Adams  — are in the pipeline to become federally designated Opportunity Zones.    Gov. Charlie Baker submitted the state's Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department this week to encourage long-term investment in eligible Massachusetts communities. Created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zone program presents an opportunity for private, tax-free investment into areas of economic need, benefiting both residents living in the zones and private investors.    "The

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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:08PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank President Named to Federal Reserve Bank Council
12:45PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has announced the appointment of J. Jay Anderson, president and CEO of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, to the bank's First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Board.

Established by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2010, the CDIACs in the 12 Federal Reserve districts provide a diverse perspective on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues facing thrift institutions, credit unions, and community banks with different charters and regulators (including state member, state nonmember, and national banks).

"Members of the CDIAC represent community financial institutions from the cities and

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Sixteen BCC Students Receive Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship
12:40PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Sixteen Berkshire Community College science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors have been awarded a 2017-18 Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship totaling $49,000.

The BCC students who have received this scholarship award are: Shawna Axenroth, Brianna Christman, Jonathan Daly, Tara DiNicola, Ivan Fernandez, Kyle Gallup, Mohammad Jadallah, Theresa Kelly, Jessica Levy, Alaina MacDonald, Shawn Paunchai-Green, Zachary Reynolds, Kimberly Sawyer-Wheeler, Andrew Turnbough, Jessica Zamboni and Gavin Ziegler.

The Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to support economic growth and development. The purpose is

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-26
12:11PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
SAT Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires The Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires returns for another year! Youth breakdancing battles will begin at 3 p.m., with a performance by Nostalgia at 6 p.m., and adult breaking battles starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Child spectators FREE; $10 for everyone else.   Be sure to check out the workshop with Bboy Born (Rivers Crew, South Korea) at The Funk Box Dance Studio prior to the competition, at 12 p.m.

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT The Sea, The Sea at The

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Berkshires Near Economic Development District Designation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, April 20, 2018

The committee is considering if it should revamp the projects list created in 2012. It's missing some big projects and there is a question whether it should only include those that create jobs or also quality of life. Above, part of the massive Williams College science center that is still under construction. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county is about halfway toward creating an economic development district, which will open up a new source of potential revenue for projects throughout Berkshire County.   The Comprehensive Economic Development committee, which is orchestrated through Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has signed agreements with eight of the county's

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The Independent Investor: Why the Tax Cuts Are Unpopular Among Americans
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, April 19, 2018
Despite spending big money and all the marketing they can muster, the Republicans are still not able to convince most Americans that the tax cut benefits anyone but the rich and the corporations they own. Maybe, we are not as dumb as they think we are.   An April poll by Gallup indicated that 51 percent of Americans disapproved of the tax cut, versus 39 percent who approved of the cut. Another poll, conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, found that 36 percent of the people they polled thought the tax cut was a bad idea, while only 27 percent believed it was a good idea.   Normally, you would think that a tax cut that benefits "all Americans" and "especially the

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Former Berkshire Place to Transform Back to Independent Senior Living
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Thursday, April 19, 2018

The 130-year-old building at the corner of South and East Housatonic streets, is being transformed into senior living units. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After opening a brand-new $10 million building on South Street, Berkshire Place is now planning to renovate and transform its former home back into independent living.   Berkshire Retirement Home has owned the building at 89 South St. since 1888, when it opened as senior housing as Berkshire County Home for Aged Women. The name was changed in 1960 to Berkshire Place and the operations shifted to skilled nursing and rehabilitation, long-term care, and residential care.   Four years ago, the company demolished the former St.

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PEDA Working Through Minutiae to Get BIC Up and Running
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Thursday, April 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The PEDA board approved a series of agreements on Wednesday that are hoped to tie up the legal documentation required for the Berkshire Innovation Center.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has long had a ground lease in place for the Berkshire Innovation Center. But as the project has evolved, the roles of various parties have altered -- thus the required paperwork changes were needed to align.   "There really hasn't been any changes other than all of the name changes and re-writing," Executive Director Corydon Thurston said.   The agreements include a ground lease for the parcel at the William Stanley Business Park,

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Keep Your Investment 'Ecosystem' Healthy
01:31PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 22 is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other measures to protect our planet.

As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day? Consider the following:

* Avoid “toxic” investment moves. Earth Day events show us how we can help keep toxins out of our land, air and water. And if you want to keep your investment ecosystem healthy, you need to avoid making some toxic moves. For example, don’t chase after hot stocks based on tips you may have heard or read. By the time you learn about these stocks, they may already

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Panel to Discuss the Top Five Student-Athlete Injuries
01:24PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Northern Berkshire Orthopedics and Williamstown Physical Therapy present "Tackling the Top 5 Student-Athlete Injuries" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Student athletes give it their all and sometimes get injured. An expert panel will address prevention, treatment and recovery for the top five most common injuries suffered by student athletes. Attendees will learn how to continue playing throughout school and beyond.

The panel includes:

* Dr. Suk Namkoong, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Northern Berkshire Orthopedics and SVMC Orthopedics. Namkoong

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Touch a Truck Draws Curious Kids
12:27PM / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Despite the chilly morning, parents and caregivers bundled up their toddlers and preschoolers and brought them over to the parking lot behind Joe Wolfe Field on Wednesday morning for the Family Center's annual Touch a Truck event.

The event allowed children to explore big trucks as well as learn about community helpers such as a police car, fire truck and ambulance. There were also buses, tractors, a flatbed tow truck, construction vehicles, ATVs and more.

North Adams and Clarksburg fire departments had trucks at the event, as did North Adams police and ambulance. The BRTA had two buses at the event; the large bus was a popular stop as the heat was running

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