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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools has started the new school year with more than 5,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.   School administrators provided an update the beginning of the year at Wednesday's School Committee meeting.   "I would like to welcome everybody
@theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks
Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer is that we have more room to run. It means, in my
Pittsfield to Release Morningside Fire Station RFP Again
The council is hoping a developer will be interested in the long-closed Morningside firehouse. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council wants to offload the historic Morningside Fire Station, optimally, to a developer.   The council had requested that the city conduct a surplus property sale and, Tuesday, it
The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel
The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be enough this time around? It is not as if we
Firefighters Knock Down Fire at Lanesborough Truck Repair Shop
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A swift response knocked down a small fire in a garage bay at Village Truck Sales on Thursday evening.    A motorist notified police that he believed there was a fire at the Route 8 business and Fire Chief Charlie Durfee said the call of a structure fire came in at 5:39 p.m.   "The
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 13-19
Next Thursday, Sept. 19 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile! The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the
'Before You Know It': Wherein the Critic Bemoans ...
Wherein the Critic Bemoans the Vanishing of Local Moviehouses, Extolls the Virtues of Independent Films, Makes the World Safe for Democracy and Sings an Homage to the Family "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." — Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina."   This quote came
What Can a Financial Advisor Do for You?
What does investing mean to you? If the word makes you think of transactions – buying or selling stocks and bonds – you're looking at just part of the picture. To work toward all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need a comprehensive financial strategy. And for that, you might need to work with a personal
Pittsfield City Council Welcomes Sammons as Fire Chief
Thomas Sammons is sworn in for the  second time by City Clerk Michele Benjamin. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday formally ratified the appointment of Thomas Sammons as the new fire chief and director of emergency management.   "It is exciting a great group of guys got promoted
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Harrington Launches 'Ambitious' Juvenile Justice Initiative
Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe says the policies of intervention will keep communities safer.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office is partnering with communities and local organizations to create a juvenile justice system focused on the roots of delinquency.    "As
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