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The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overdue
Paid family and medical leave are long-overdue in this country   What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave.   Many American businesspeople will hide behind a
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Wetlands Derails Restoration of Pontoosuc Beach
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wetland issues have derailed planned improvements to Pontsoosuc Lake Park.   The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake received $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act with the intent to restore the beach on the Hancock Road side. The city's Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager Jim McGrath,
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Woman Charged With Misleading Officers In Jones Murder Case
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A woman accused of lying to police during the investigation into the death of Asiyanna Jones was arraigned on Wednesday.   Dayanlee Bracero-Quirndo, 23, is being charged in Berkshire County Superior Court with two counts of misleading a police officer. She had previously been indicted in the case but
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Hinsdale Man To Compete In Professional BBQ Competition
Rinaldi with Myron Mixon, celebrity chef and four-time barbecue World Champion. HINSDALE, Mass. — Professional barbecue teams from all over New England will compete at the Harpoon BBQ Festival in Windsor, Vt., on July 27-28, with hopes of being crowned the grand champion and earning a ticket to the Jack Daniels World
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Great Music and More at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Berkshire High Peaks Festival
As Tanglewood enters its third week, stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra perform chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic masters Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Shostakovich,
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Studs Turkel Makes Music, Caroline Rose Switches Genres and More
A wonderful pops and dance week in the Berkshires is upon us. There is an original musical based on Studs Terkel's amazing oral history "Working," folk and pop acts at the highest level, Mark Morris at the Pillow, and twilight jazz on Edith Wharton's terrace. The pluses outweigh the minuses — the main minus being
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Estate Plans Can Help You Answer Questions About the Future
The word "estate" conjures images of great wealth, which may be one of the reasons so many people don't develop estate plans. After all, they're not rich, so why make the effort? In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. And you may well find that a
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Dalton Softball Tourney to Highlight Busy Weekend in Youth Sports
“Lazy days of summer”? Not for local youngsters on a variety of travel sports teams.   This weekend will be filled with tournament play on softball and baseball diamonds near and far.   One of the biggest local softball events of the year gets under way on Friday in Dalton, where 26 teams will compete in
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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Learns High-Speed Pursuit Policy
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When two men came whipping into the city with police on their tail in March, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police officers hanging out the window trying to shoot out the tires. That only happens in movies.   In fact, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police on the suspect's tail at all. Chief
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Pittsfield Walk Raises Awareness For Pedestrian Safety
The group met at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday to take the walk. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A group of residents took a walk down North Street on Monday in an effort to raise awareness of pedestrian safety. And, fittingly, the group nearly got run over by a driver who did not stop. The event was headed by Brian
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