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Financial Gifts for Valentines ... Of All Ages
12:10PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations.

Here are some gift possibilities to consider:

For your spouse or partner: Your income – both today and in the future – may be essential to the ability of your spouse or partner to maintain his or her lifestyle and even to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you need to protect that income and be prepared to replace it. So, why not use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to review your disability and life insurance? Of course, you don't have to evaluate your insurance needs

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 8-14
12:04PM / Friday, February 08, 2019
Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival begins on  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14! The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 24 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and live jazz at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza on the Pittsfield Common.

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Pittsfield Officials Look to Ease Dog Complaints on Giovina Drive
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, February 08, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sam and Dakota's reign of terror on Giovina Drive has come to an end.   The two, 10-pound or so Yorkshire terriers have been terrorizing the neighborhood for too long and the Animal Control Commission is now calling for it to end. The two dogs must now be leashed and attended at all times, and must be muzzled while off the property.    "If they do these things, there should be no more issues with the dogs," Animal Control Commissioner Earl Persip said on Wednesday when the issue was brought to a hearing.   Animal Control Officer Joseph Chague said there have been at least two incidents of the dogs chasing neighbors. The first

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Pittsfield FinCom Supports Pot Tax For Roads, Disagree on Details
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Friday, February 08, 2019

Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pushed the idea as a way to reduce the amount of money the city borrows every year to pave roadways.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It may not be the marijuana tax. It may not be 50 percent. It may not even be a stabilization account.

But the City Council's Finance Committee agrees on developing a funding mechanism for road maintenance in the future.

The conversation came from a petition put forth by Councilors Christopher Connell and Melissa Mazzeo. The two pitched the idea of taking 50 percent of the local tax the city receives from marijuana sales and stashing it aside in a stabilization account specifically for road

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BHS Awarded Grant to Support Low-cost Spaying & Neutering
02:48PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant for $18,000 from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's License Plate Program to continue providing low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in Berkshire County.    This grant, which was funded in the fall of 2018, made BHS's successful "100 Cats for Christmas" program possible. A portion of the grant has been awarded to Animal DREAMS for its feral and community cat spay/neuter efforts, and the remaining funds will support the Humane Society's Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog.   Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog serves dog owners who are Berkshire residents and are in financial need. The

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'They Shall Not Grow Old': When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old," a haunting documentary commissioned by Britain's Imperial War Museum to commemorate the centennial of the conclusion of World War I is a brilliant homage, an artistic accomplishment and a must-see for film students, history buffs and cineastes alike.   While director Peter Jackson's numerous "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fantasies have long established him as a box office juggernaut, this 99-minute paean to all who found themselves engulfed, devastated, changed forever or killed in the war that was supposed to end all wars compellingly adds "groundbreaking" to the adjectives describing his filmmaking

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Pittsfield Considering Changes to Management Pay Scale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Personnel Department wants to switch up how salary increases are done for managers and non-union personnel.    Personnel Director Michael Taylor is pitching a move away from the step system currently in place to an open range. He believes the open-range model will provide more flexibility in determining raises for workers.   "It is designed really to provide greater flexibility with pay. It works very well with a pay-for-performance system. The other flexible piece is with recruitment and the appointment process. It gives us a little bit more leverage in terms of negotiating," he said.    The step system outlines a number of

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Bamba, BArT Pull Out Narrow Victory
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:28PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT basketball team Tuesday closed its regular season in style, earning a 69-64 win over Westfield’s White Oaks Charter in a back-and-forth game at the Armory.   Isaac Bamba scored 29 points to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which trailed by as many as four points in the second half and was down, 62-61, with two minutes left to play.   Brandon Bamba backed up Isaac with 16 points, and Owen Brady added 18 as BArT wrapped up its home slate and final tune-up before next week’s River Valley Athletic League playoffs.   The turning point came with 43 seconds left, when White Oaks was whistled for a bench technical

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Weather Advisory: Sleet, Freezing Rain to Fall on the Berkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
You could get whiplash trying to keep up with weather in the Berkshires: from minus temperatures last week to glorious temperatures 60s on Monday, it's hard to figure out what to wear.    So, after a few nice, bright mild days, it's time for a turnover. Starting this evening, freezing rain and sleet will cover the Berkshires with ice and slush.    The National Weather Service is forecasting that a mainly freezing rain event with some sleet mixed-in will develop starting between 6 and 9 p.m. and the freezing rain will continue through Thursday morning before tapering off and transitioning to drizzle by midday Thursday. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice accretion

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Wahconah High Officials Show Deficiencies With Current Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — Visitors to Wahconah Regional High School frequently see one of the best football facilities in the county and a packed gymnasium filled with banners and get the impression that nothing needs to change.   But look behind the scenes, and the nearly 60-year-old building has issues, issues that Central Berkshire Regional School District officials hope to address with a new high school.   Last week, Wahconah Principal Aaron Robb conducted a building tour as part of the district's outreach effort in advance of an April 6 bond exclusion vote that will allow the district to move forward with a $70-$74 million project that would be funded in part by the

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Pittsfield Neighbors Oppose Newest Proprietor's Lodge Expansion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The blueprints show an expansion to the existing building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Proprietor's Lodge is looking to add two new spaces to its existing building — a ceremony room and a breakout space.   But, the neighbors are saying the business at the former Itam Lodge is growing entirely too fast and is causing problems in the tight residential area.   The company sought a required parking waiver from the Community Development Board for the new addition but said the business had no intention of expanding its occupancy.    Attorney Dennis Egan said the building is approved with a capacity of 339, which requires 118 parking spaces. The new space would

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Pittsfield Police Seek Info On Attempted Gas Station Robbery
Staff Reports,
05:35PM / Tuesday, February 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are asking for information regarding an attempted robbery of the Lipton Mart on West Housatonic Street.   Police say at about 9:17 p.m. Friday night members of the department were called to the location for the reported robbery. A man had entered the building, brandished a handgun, and demanded the clerk open the register. The man left with no cash but did steal "several pieces of merchandise."   Police describe the suspect as standing about 5-feet-10-inches tall and wearing a red mask, dark-colored Adidas winter cap, and light colored shirt and pants.    Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact

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