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The Independent Investor: Tackling Taxes
President Donald Trump introduced a flurry of tax proposals last week. Tax reform, as well as tax cuts, was included in his plan. Give him an "A" for effort in tackling something that no politician has dared to do since Reagan.   Naturally, depending upon your political views, critics will disparage his efforts, claiming
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Gray Raven Farm to Reopen This Weekend
The Bergerons specialize in goat's milk products and honey from the farm's apiary. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm will hold its grand reopening this weekend with a new focus on its handcrafted farm products.   Dan and Sharon Bergeron, owners of the 551 North Main St. farm, have been busy
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Superior Court Briefs: October 2 - October 5
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 2.   Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of
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Berkshire County Kids Place Readies for Annual Gala
Martino Glass, above, and Craig and Patti Cusson, left, are being honored at the Berkshire County Kids Place gala on Friday, Oct. 13. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Kids Place will be honoring Martino Glass Company as well as Craig and Patti Cusson on Friday, Oct. 13, at their annual gala fundraising event at the
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 6-12, 2017
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     October 6 - October 12, 2017 OCTOBER 6 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!   Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host "Through the Lens," a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community.   Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present "Memories in the Making," a program of the Alzheimer's Association which arms memory-impaired individuals with new tools for expression when words fail. In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Mary McGinnis, co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk, will bring you through the various art exhibits!   The fun doesn't stop at 8 p.m.! The Whit will host an after-party from 8-10 p.m. with live music from The Shadow Twisters.   ONGOING Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival The 13th annual Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival, running this weekend and next in venues throughout the city's Upstreet Cultural District, opens with a jazz crawl on Friday and Saturday nights, and a jazz brunch at Rainbow Restaurant on Sunday. See website for all the details! New Opportunities for Massachusetts Artists!   Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Grant Program and fall/winter Professional Development Workshops. Artists/makers in Mass. are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, as well as two free workshops (a personal finance "boot camp" and a business planning workshop), and one-on-one financial and business coaching. Applications are due by October 9!   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI Betsayda Machado at Hancock Shaker Village   The Shaker Barn Music Series at Hancock Shaker Village wraps up with a performance by Betsayda Machado. With intricate African rhythms and close harmonies that are almost R&B, this Afro-soul band with its spirit-shaking percussion will have you floating on air. 7 p.m. $20/$25. Plus...  FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Fiction of Now at Berkshire Museum | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Dan Gingras at Hotel on North | SAT Battle of the Bands benefit for Moments House at Crossroads | SAT Gary Miller at Pancho's | SAT Opening Reception for Morgan Bulkeley at Berkshire Museum | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & 1st Take at Rainbow | SAT Shyne at Casey's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Jazz Prodigy Caelan Cardello at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Red Green in "I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe" at The Colonial | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow   FAMILY FRIENDLY SUN "Firebird" Marionette Show at Dottie's Dottie's Coffee Lounge welcomes Robbins-Zust Marionettes for a performance of a classic tale with hand-crafted puppets and live music from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy brunch specials from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and beverages until 3 p.m. Plus...  FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | MON Open House at Miss Hall's School | TUE+ Teen Read Week at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Homeschool Workshop: Textile Dyes at Hancock Shaker Village  | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village   PERFORMANCE THU+ Gaslight at Barrington Stage Company  Barrington Stage Company presents the story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Playwright Patrick Hamilton has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.    GET CREATIVE SAT+WED Scarecrow/Snowman Class at Dirty Brush Due to popular demand, Dirty Brush Paint Parties will offer more scarecrow/snowman pallet classes. This rustic two-sided home decor item is perfect for the upcoming seasons! Paint your own snowman on one side and the scarecrow on the other side. $38. 6-8:30 p.m. Plus...  FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | SAT Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Grandma's Christmas Tree Class at Dirty Brush   COMMUNITY SAT Farmers Market on The First Street Common There are only two more outdoor Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Markets left this season! This Saturday, enjoy West African, Caribbean and contemporary drumming and singing with the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Berkshire United Way for story time and talk with the Department of Children and Families about foster care. Shire Fire Candles will be back with new fall scents and a Moments House fundraiser. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Plus... ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc | SAT Opening Reception for Morgan Bulkeley at Berkshire Museum | SUN Taking Steps for Our Youth at Boys & Girls Club | SUN Jazz Brunch at Rainbow | MON Columbus Day Sale at Plaine's | TUE LGBTQ Healthcare Panel at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU Open House at Berkshire Immigrant Center   LEARN SAT Herbal Approaches to Lyme at Lyme Alliance Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires presents Potent Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease with herbalist Emily French. This in-depth workshop will cover herbal approaches to prevention, infection, acute care, and chronic treatment. Learn about the most potent plant medicines for Lyme borreliosis and common co-infections, as well as lifestyle and dietary guidelines to strengthen immune health and improve quality of life. Suitable for healthcare professionals and the general public. 1:30-4:30 p.m. at 1 Wendell Ave. FREE. Plus...  SUN Street Medic Training at First United Methodist | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | WED Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World at Zion Lutheran | THU Family Research & Census Introduction at Berkshire Athenaeum   FILM FRI-MON Lemon at Little Cinema   Lemon:a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory. This stylish and original dark comedy is about a perpetual loser (Brett Gelman) whose life goes from bad to worse when his longtime girlfriend (Judy Greer) dumps him.    See website for dates and times.   ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!  28 Renne Ave. | Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.     The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents Through the Lens, a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community from Herberg and Reid Middle Schools and based on the "Dear World Project."    The exhibit will open with a reception during First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m.   INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:   1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.   2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.   3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.   4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.   5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends!  
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Nurses Association Rallies In North Adams Over Lockout
Protesters lined the narrow sidewalk along Hospital Avenue to chant to toward the BMC campus.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While much of the action has been taking place in Pittsfield, the registered nurses locked out by Berkshire Medical Center made a point of showing on Thursday that North Adams is affected,
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State Asking For Input On Outdoor Recreation Plan
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What type of outdoor recreation would you want to see created?   That's what the state is asking right now. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is updating its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which makes it eligible for about $2 million per year from the federal
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BMC Management Focusing On Inside While Nurses Strike Outside
Hospital officials greeted the nurses at the door Wednesday morning, but aren't letting them back to work. The lockout will last until Sunday morning, when the contract with the replacement nurses ends. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are certainly making their voices known this
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Commercial Solar Array Planned For Outer East Street in Pittsfield
A public hearing will be held next Wednesday on the proposed 1.9-megawatt solar array. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 11 acres of heavily vegetated land on East Street is eyed to be cleared to make way for a commercial solar array.   BVD Solar is seeking a special permit to construct a 1.9-megawatt array on a
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Consider Multiple Factors When Creating Retirement Plans
When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement? Consider the following: Age at retirement: Not surprisingly, your retirement date
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