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Put a Trusted 'Quarterback' on Your Financial Team
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On Feb. 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the United States. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals – and you may find it helpful to have your own "quarterback."

Who should be on your team? Your financial strategy will involve investments, taxes and estate planning, so you will likely need a financial advisor, a tax professional and an attorney. Ideally, your financial advisor

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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It
11:54AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for premature babies, organ transplants and more. As a result, many claim that antibiotics are the most important medical advance of the 20th century.

What's troubling about antibiotics is that scientists are discovering fewer antibiotics than ever, and those we have are losing their effect. Bacteria and other microorganisms, which cause infections and disease, use several ways to impede antibiotic action and thus become "resistant" to the antibiotic. They can change themselves by

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Pittsfield Officer Cleared in Officer-Involved Shooting Death
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney has determined that Office Christopher Colello will not be charged with a crime in the shooting of Daniel Gillis in September.   Colello shot and killed 36-year-old Daniel Gillis on Taylor Street on Sept. 1, 2017. District Attorney David Capeless said on Wednesday that Colello "acted lawfully in defense of his fellow officers when Gillis suddenly charged at the officers while brandishing a knife."   "I have completed the investigation into the shooting death of Daniel Gillis on the afternoon on September 1, 2017, and I have concluded that there was no criminal behavior on the part of any of the officers of the

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Pittsfield Council, School Committee Hear Report On Financial Condition
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A recent re-evaluation has given the city a chance to both preserve its reserves and raise its levy ceiling. But health insurance is threatening to take those funds in the coming years.   The City Council and School Committee gathered Tuesday night for the annual report on the financial condition of the city. Auditor Thomas Scanlon of Scanlon & Associates said the city's reserve total is in a "good" range but he'd still like to see more. Right now the city has $8.1 million in reserves — the same as 2017 — which is 6 percent of the total budget.    "I'd like to see your reserves closer to 10 percent,"

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Otto's Expanding Restaurant, Adding Dinner
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Marion signed a lease for the neighboring office space and is now going through a quarter-million dollar expansion project. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every year, Luke Marion says there is no way he could fit more people inside Otto's Breakfast and Deli.   But every year, the chef and restaurant owner somehow manages to do it. The restaurant's business has been growing at a rate of nearly 20 percent annually.   And now, he definitely needs more space.   "Otto's itself has been going strong since 2011 and every year we have been ramping it up," Marion said on Tuesday.   This spring, the restaurant is tripling its size. Otto's is taking over

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Brien Center Opens Recovery Home For Women
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CEO Christine Macbeth detailed the history behind the opening of the home. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center on Monday celebrated the opening of a recovery shelter specifically for women.   The center, in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems, opened the 17-bed Keenan House for Women in October on Seymour Street. It will serve women recovering from addiction during the early stages of rehabilitation.   "We are now able to meet a very critical regional need. Keenan House for women will support up to 17 women in early recovery, including services for pregnant and postpartum women," said Brien Center CEO Christine Macbeth.   The center serves as a

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Pittsfield Councilors: The City Can't Afford Police Walking Beats
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Police Chief Michael Wynn said he would love to implemented walking beats. But, right now the department has enough trouble keeping up with the call volume it has.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 600 residents believe the police should implement walking beats.

But the City Council says it can't afford to pay for them right now.

Will Singleton has petitioned the City Council to have walking beats, and proposed suggested routes for officers to walk, particularly in the west side. Singleton believes it would go a long way toward building positive relationships between the city's youth and the officers.   "I would prefer the police officers to walk. In that way

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Pittsfield Announces First-Ever Business Development Manager
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:19PM / Monday, January 29, 2018

The Lenox native will put his sales and marketing experience to use in efforts to grow the city's economy. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes to growing and attracting businesses to the city, Michael Coakley is the guy you want to talk to.   Coakley was announced on Monday as the city's first-ever business development manager. The job is newly created through a partnership between the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp., and the city to serve as a one-stop shop for businesses to access incentives, information, and assistance with growing in the city.   "We have come together to break down economic development

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Berkshires Beat: Sports Teams Donate Blankets to Cancer Center
12:52PM / Monday, January 29, 2018
Losing Is Not An Option

Staff from Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and the founders of the LINAO grassroots fundraising movement, accepted a donation of more than 20 handmade blankets from the Castleton University softball and men's soccer teams on Jan. 9. The blankets will be given to patients undergoing treatment at the Cancer Center.

The blankets were given in honor of John Werner, who coached both the Castleton University softball and men’s soccer teams and who founded the LINAO movement. LINAO stands for "Losing Is Not An Option." It was a motto that Werner adopted to encourage strength in his battle

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BRPC Wants to Know How Towns Spend Chapter 90 Funds
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Monday, January 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the first things Gov. Charlie Baker did on taking office in 2014 was release an additional $100 million in money for cities and towns to repair roads.   But towns in the Berkshires didn't use the money that spring. In fact, total spending on Chapter 90 allocations dropped to the lowest spending level in the last five years. Baker's announcement had come halfway through the fiscal year and was hailed by local officials.    The following year, spending peaked locally at $10 million but that was still less than what the state sent to Berkshire towns. The rest of it went into city and town's bank accounts. In the last five years, 75

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Former St. Joe High School Up For Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Monday, January 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former St. Joseph Central School is on the market.   Colebrook Realty Services has listed the Maplewood Avenue property for sale or for lease. Diocese of Springfield spokesman Mark DuPont said the Roman Catholic Diocese is willing to listen to all types of offers for the entire property, pieces, or a lease agreement.   "We try to give ourselves a lot of room to maneuver and get the best possible return," DuPont said. "We're open to all offers."   Colebrook has listed the school for sale at $2 million or is willing to lease at $6 per square foot. The former 44,650 square-foot high school is on slightly more than an acre of

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Two Arrested for Alleged Armed Home Invasion in Pittsfield
05:57PM / Sunday, January 28, 2018

The K9 unit was called to search the neighborhood.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men have been arrested in relation to an armed home invasion on Pomeroy Avenue on Friday afternoon.   Ronald P. Sanford III, 27, of Pittsfield and Arthur J. McCowan, 29, from Springfield were taken into custody when police responded to call from the home's occupant saying two individuals armed with handguns were trying to gain access.    The call came in at about 2:11 p.m.; when police arrived at the scene they observed the two men, matching the descriptions provided by the caller, outside the home.    Sanford and McCowan were detained and searched for weapons. Although

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