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How Can the Fedís Actions Affect You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:44PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?

First of all, it’s important to understand just what is meant by “raising rates.” The Federal Reserve, or the “Fed,” directly controls short-term interest rates, although, through various measures, it can also affect long-term rates. Typically, the Fed will lower short-term rates to stimulate the economy. Conversely, the Fed will raise rates to slow down the economy if it seems to be “overheating” and threatening to push inflation

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Berkshire Tidbits Special: Where to Eat on Thanksgiving
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
12:07PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
There are not many Berkshire restaurants open or serving dinner this Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. Many of those that are open and serving are already fully booked. Here are some that are still available to reserve seats for Thanksgiving dinner.   Everyone requires or requests reservations unless otherwise stated. Tax and gratuity are to be added to all prices unless otherwise stated.     Aegean Breeze
    This is a family-owned and run restaurant which serves mainly Greek food with an emphasis on seafood. But owners George and Irene Cami like to serve Thanksgiving dinner.   On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to their regular menu, they will be serving

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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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Volunteer Efforts Feeds 1,400 Local Families For Thanksgiving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:37PM / Monday, November 23, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 1,400 local families will have full tables for Thanksgiving.   For the fourth year, a collaboration of 16 community organizations and religious groups have teamed up to hand out thousands of pounds of food — including turkey, stuffing, beans, corn, produce, cheese, and pies.    "It is a community effort," said Mary Wheat, of South Congregational Church.   In the past, the various groups held their own food drives for Thanksgiving but four years ago the Christian Center headed the effort to bring it under one roof. The following year, the event was moved to South Congregational Church because it had more

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Berkshire Tidbits: More Thanksgiving Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
11:39AM / Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pittsfield Salvation Army
Sets Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Today, Sunday, Nov. 22, Capts. Darlene and Elliot Higgins and church members will cook and serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for anyone who wants one.

No reservations are needed. The Pittsfield Salvation Army is at 300 West St., Pittsfield

 

Thanksgiving R&R
at Kripalu Center



For the entire Thanksgiving week, Sunday, Nov. 22, through Friday, Nov. 27, Kripalu, 183 West St., Lenox, is offering a special rest and relaxation retreat to reflect on your own thankfulness and practice self-care at the same time.

The R&R retreat requires a minimum stay of two days. And/or enjoy their whole-foods

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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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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
by Soapbox
09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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Downing Hosting Energy Issues Forum
by Soapbox
10:33PM / Monday, December 12, 2011
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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is hosting a forum on energy issues on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

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"Holiday Pittsfield": Barrington Stage Opening House
by Soapbox
12:02PM / Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Down on Union Street, Barrington Stage Company was hosting a holiday open house, an opportunity to look around the theatre, enjoy refreshments, and most importantly, speak to the clear headlining star of the weekend, Santa Claus. 




In a quiet moment with the Man in Red, he said he was thrilled to be here, and was looking forward to hearing from many more children.  Always gracious, Mr. Claus thanked iBerkshires for stopping by.  Always pressed for appearances this time of year, Claus was slated to appear later that evening at the Colonial Theatre.





 

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