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Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett III is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected.   "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.     "Obviously we have to do some things to revamp it statewide but one of my bills is that under Massachusetts General Law is that 16 percent of your sales tax goes to running the MBTA so I am including a piece in there that may not go anywhere but it will get people maybe thinking about the way we can start directing some

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The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing
By Bill Schmick,
07:22PM / Thursday, January 17, 2019
If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.   Wall Street has long been known as "the last bastion" for white males. But to Citigroup's credit, it just made public its internal assessment of the existing pay gap between the genders. One reason it did so was the new disclosure standards that are now required in the United Kingdom since last April.   Last year, when Citigroup first reported these numbers for its U.K. workforce, women were paid 44 percent less, and if bonuses were counted, the gap widened

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MassWildlife Rescues Deer Stuck on Pontoosuc Lake
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:48AM / Thursday, January 17, 2019

Rescuers attempt to evaluate the deer, which was stuck on the ice and in a pool of blood.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — MassWildlife rescued a mature buck stuck on Pontoosuc Lake on Thursday morning.   The 180- to 190-pound animal will now be assessed, treated, and hopefully released back into the wild. It is unknown how long the deer was stuck on the ice but a team from the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife was able to tranquilize the animal and free it from the lake.   "This deer was out on the ice and couldn't get any grip, splayed out. It looks like he has some injury there. The deer is immobilized now and we'll take it off-site and assess

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Fire Displaces Four Pittsfield Families
By Andy McKeever,
07:53PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The flames poked through the roof of the building but Engine 5's crew controlled the blaze.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four families are displaced after a fire caused significant damage to a Cherry Street apartment building.

But quick work and awareness from the firefighters ultimately saved the building. 

Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes said firefighters were dispatched to 2-4 Cherry Street at about 6:30 Wednesday night for the reported fire and almost immediately after arriving, it was reported that the fire was out.   That wasn't the case.   "Upon arrival, we were advised that it was out. Engine 3 was the first crew in, Capt. Miller had his thermal

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Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move
02:01PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Happy anniversary

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield. Formerly known as Colt Investment Services, Balance Rock Investment Group was founded by David Milligan in 1998. Specializing in developing retirement income strategies built on the best interests of each client and designed to promote clarity across all chapters of life, the firm’s personalized approach has attributed to its 20 years of growth and success.

In early 2011, in conjunction with its rebranding, Balance Rock Investment Group moved to new offices on Elm Street. Since that time, the firm's

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What's Keeping You From Protecting Your Family's Future?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:08PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Think about your loved ones. What will their future be like? Can you picture them living in your house many years from now? Can you picture your children going to college? Can you picture your spouse or partner enjoying a comfortable retirement? These are all pleasant visions – but what if you weren't in these pictures?

If you were no longer around, you would leave a gaping hole in the lives of your survivors. The emotional element would be tough enough, but the financial aspect – the permanent loss of your income – could be devastating to all the hopes you have had for your family members. Fortunately, you can help prevent this 'worst-case" scenario from

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Baseball in the Berkshires Museum Offers Red Sox,Yankees Items this Weekend
12:57PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass, -- The Yankee-Red Sox rivalry continues this weekend at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall.   Long-time Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and  Yankee Troy Tulowitzki bats will be on display this weekend. These bats are exact replicas of the bats that these two All-Stars use.   Touch, hold and get your picture taken with these the bats.   The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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Pittsfield Eyes Development of Pickleball Courts at Springside Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pickleball plans put the city in a somewhat of a pickle.   The Parks Commission approved a plan to develop pickleball courts near the Doyle Softball Complex in Springside Park but not without opposition. The approval goes against the Springside Park Conservancy's wishes that the project take a backburner to others specifically outlined in the park's master plan.    "The consensus of the board toward the proposal for the city to invest in a facility of this kind at Springside Park is not favorable. It is our view, by unanimous vote, that such a development at this time is fundamentally inconsistent with the spirit of and specific

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Lawsuit Accuses Wayfair of Misleading Investors
Staff Reports,
02:48AM / Wednesday, January 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While the city and state were courting Wayfair to bring some 3,300 new jobs to the state, investors felt they were being misled.   A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Boston-based company alleging that Wayfair officials failed to disclose adverse facts about the company, deceived the public regarding its future business, artificially inflated the stock price and allowed Wayfair executives and insiders to sell off millions worth of their personally held stock at the inflated price.   Wayfair said it did not have a comment when contacted via email for a response on Tuesday night.   The case filed Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court in the name

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Pittsfield Police Warns of Phone Scam
Staff Reports,
01:28PM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are warning residents of a phone scam.   The department received a complaint on Monday that woman received a call asking for donations on behalf of the department. The caller asked the woman for her credit card information. Police, however, say that neither the Pittsfield Police Officers Union Local 447 nor the Pittsfield Police Supervisors Union Local 447S is currently running a fundraiser.   The woman did not give her credit card information and Police urge others to do the same.    "As always, we urge residents to err on the side of caution if you are unsure of any calls you may receive asking for personal information such as

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Farley-Bouvier Preps For New Legislative Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier says the Massachusetts Legislature has been shifting further left since 2016.   And that's meant the Progressive Caucus' numbers are growing. She is currently the co-chair of that group and has watched its ranks well.   "In this past session and in the election of 2016, the swing has certainly gone to the left as far as people being elected in Massachusetts. Our membership has grown exponentially. We are now up to 60 members of the Progressive Caucus out of 160. That's quite a bit. We are certainly the largest caucus in the House," Farley-Bouvier said.   As the new session has just begun,

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Lanesborough Considering Leasing Space at American Legion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The selectmen have been paying bills for the American Legion out of their own pockets.   Town Manager Kelli Robbins had recently identified that the town's support for the American Legion wasn't legal and stopped payments. The town was spending upwards of $5,500 per year to pay for propane, electricity, and the phone lines for the American Legion Post 446's home and the Selectmen remain supportive of that decision.   While the town waits for legal clarity, the members of the Board of Selectmen have personally paid the bills out of pocket as they've come up.   "It is illegal for a municipality to expend funds on private

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