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The Independent Investor: Credit Freeze for Free
It just got cheaper to freeze your credit files, thanks to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. But should you do it?   The law, signed by President Trump back in May, only took effect this month. It requires the three major credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Trans Union and Experian — to
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Pittsfield Fire Pins Nine Officers
  Lt. Paul Zwingelstein has his son Brayden pin the new badge onto his uniform. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last Saturday was a day of firsts that Mitch Kellar won't soon forget.   It was his first shift as a deputy fire chief, his first day serving as a captain, and the first time
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Pittsfield Forms Homeless Prevention Committee
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Before attending Tuesday's City Council meeting Debbie Vall dropped someone off in a wooded area of the city with a tent.   It was all she could do for the homeless man. There weren't any shelters available, no temporary housing. And off he went, exposed to the rain that has been drenching the
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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
The winners are ... The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and
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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools. Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing
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Understanding Risk Tolerance Is Essential for Investment Success
To succeed as an investor, you might think you need to know about the economy, interest rates and the fundamentals of companies in which you would like to invest. And all these things are indeed important. But it's most essential to know yourself. Specifically, you need to know how much risk you are willing to tolerate to achieve your
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Pittsfield Council Gets Into Weeds of False Alarm Ordinance
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has opened up a can of worms when it comes to false alarms.    The Police Department had come to the council with a fairly straightforward request: require those with burglar alarms to register with the city annually. The department's records are out of date and officials wanted
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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen. And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers. Axenroth
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Lanesborough Again Seeking Interest of Private Ambulance Service
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are once again looking to privatize the ambulance service.   The town had sought to help the service by hiring an emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department, giving the town coverage during the day because the workers could leave to take ambulance calls. The
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Methuselah's Liquor License Suspended Following Overcrowding
A team from the Hangar including the owner, the bartender on that night, the manager, and the restaurant's attorney gave their side of the story Monday afternoon. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Methuselah Bar and Lounge will be closed for the next five days after the Licensing Board issued a suspension Monday
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