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@theMarket: Is the Market's Holiday Rally on Track?
By Bill Schmick,
04:32PM / Friday, December 02, 2022
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a bagful of gains this week for investors. Stocks roared to life as "Santa" came to town. And then the job numbers on Friday spoiled the mood.   "The time for moderating the pace of rate increases may come as soon as the December meeting," said Powell in his opening remarks at the Brooking Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The word "moderating" was all the algos needed to hear.   It was equivalent to striking a match to a kid's backyard toy rocket. The U.S. dollar fell, stocks across the board exploded and the main indexes racked up gains of 3-4 percent-plus by the end of the day. Commodities also roared higher

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Pittsfield City Council Asks for Assistance With Cell Tower Concerns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:43PM / Friday, December 02, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday passed three petitions asking multiple state and local entities to look into the possible effects of cell tower radiation.

Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren and Ward 4 Councilor James Conant requested that the state and federal delegation is notified of the council's position on the negative health effects of cell tower radiation and that the Massachusetts Municipal Association, particularly Mayors Association President Linda Tyer and Councillors Association President Lisa Blackmer of the North Adams City Council, are contacted for assistance in dealing with them.

Conant pointed out that this has been an issue for some time and said

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New Designs for Lanesborough Police/Ambulance Building Reviewed
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:31AM / Friday, December 02, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Police Station Committee reviewed a new design proposal for the combined police and ambulance facility, with hopes that residents can vote on the project at the special town meeting in January. 

 

Architect Brian Humes of Jackumsci & Humes created the new design to support police and ambulance services in the same space. Along with the design, Humes created a needs assessment for the building, which details the space and other needs for the building. 

 

"I'm really excited about the layout of it, and especially the shared spaces. I think it will make it easier to sell to the community," said committee Chair Kristen Tool

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City Council OKs Starbucks on South Street
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposal for a Starbucks on Route 7 was given the green light after reworking its curb cut to address traffic concerns.

The City Council approved on Tuesday a special permit for the coffee shop and drive-through at 1030 South St. after being continued in October.  

Councilors were concerned about the planned entrance and exit being close to the curb cut for Guido's Fresh Marketplace and the Hilton Garden Inn and urged the applicant to "be a good neighbor" and reconfigure it after hearing from abutters.

Since then, the entrance was moved to the center of the property.

"What we've landed on here is a driveway in the center and

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The Retired Investor: Inflation Versus Wages
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
American workers are making more dollars per hour than they did before the pandemic. That's the good news. The bad news is that inflation is wiping away most of those gains and the rate of wage growth is slowing.   Most Americans look at their paychecks today and feel pretty good. However, they realize that after spending on essentials such as food, fuel, education, and health, they realize that their wages are not keeping up with the cost of living.    "Real wages on average are falling, not rising," says San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly, summing up the present state of wage growth.   To be sure, there was a one-time surge in salaries back in 2021,

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Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes with Ira Rosen
04:10PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:45 p.m., Jewish Literary Voices: A Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Series in Collaboration with The Jewish Book Council welcomes two-time Peabody Award-winning writer and producer Ira Rosen.   His book "Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes," is a 60 Minutes story on 60 Minutes itself from the late 1970s to the present day.   This free Jewish Federation of the Berkshires program will be presented via Zoom. Visit the calendar of events at jewishberkshires.org for links to programs.   According to a press release: For nearly 25 years, Ira Rosen has produced some of the most important, memorable, and

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MEMA Eyes Western Mass for Abandoned Migrants
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some of the migrants abandoned on Martha's Vineyard in September could find homes in Western Massachusetts.    On Sept. 14, approximately 50 South American asylum-seekers were sent to the island of Martha's Vineyard from San Antonio, Texas, under the direction of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. No one was informed of their imminent arrival, leaving the small island community to scramble to find shelter and services for them.   Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee Chair Michael Britton informed the committee on Wednesday morning that the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has been preparing for Western Mass as the next

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Berkshire County Officials to Work Friday Game at Gillette Stadium
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11:15AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A crew of eight Berkshire County high school football officials will take the field on Friday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to officiate the Division 7 State Championship Game.   Referee John Wellspeak will lead a crew that includes umpire Michael Lyon, line judge Marc Field, head linesman Mark Pompi, field judge Matt Conant, side judge John Ciliberti and back judge Gary Pemble. Peter Ochs will serve as the game's clock operator.   The Berkshire County officials will be in charge when West Boylston, which eliminated Wahconah in the state quarter-finals, takes on St. Bernard's for the D7 crown, one of eight state title games to be contested over the

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Pittsfield Man Arrested After Berkshire Bank Robbery
08:23AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The Pittsfield Police released a statement late Wednesday night indicating that they arrested Louis Hoffman in connection to the Berkshire Bank attempted robbery.   Hoffman, 32 of Pittsfield, was taken into custody and charged with crimes related to the robbery. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday, Dec. 1, at Pittsfield District Court.   On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at approximately 09:21 AM, Pittsfield Police Officers were dispatched to Berkshire Bank at 66 West Street for a hold-up alarm.    Information from dispatch was that a robbery was in progress.    According to witnesses at the scene, the suspect was described as a white male that

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Vote on Taconic High's Vocational Status Set for January
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022

The enrollment numbers at Taconic have been rising. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A possible vote to begin Taconic High's transition to an all-vocational institution is in the near future.

On Monday, district administrators revealed that they plan to put this on the School Committee's agenda in January. If the panel is in favor, Taconic will only accept Career Technical Education (CTE) students in the fall of 2023 and, by the fall of 2027, will be all vocational.

The proposal is fueled by a growing demand for vocational education at Taconic that is outnumbering non-CTE students. This is a situation that the school hoped to have after unveiling the new $120 million facility in

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'Two Moms For a Cure' Raising Funds for Carter LaCasse
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — The holidays can be stressful to anyone but it is especially so for those fighting and supporting loved ones afflicted with childhood cancer.   Local moms Christen Simmons and Stephanie Maschino are at it again in working to raise funds for a family fighting childhood cancer.    The duo's lives were greatly affected by childhood cancer and have been collaborating with local organizations and businesses to gather funds for their cause.   Maschino's son Tony died in 2016 from inoperable brainstem glioma and Simmon's son Cam is a three-year survivor of cancer.    When someone's child gets diagnosed with cancer they end up

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McCann Honor Roll
12:02PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's first quarter honor roll.   High Honors  Abuisi, Nicholas 2023 Belanger, Vivianna 2023 Belisle, Camryn 2023 Blanchard, Seth 2023 Booth, Collin 2023 Boyer, Molly 2023 Canales, Samantha 2023 Champney, Isabella 2023 Ciempa, Erin 2023 Covello, Vincenzo 2023 DeBenedetto, Noah 2023 Demers, Owen 2023 Diesz, Christopher 2023 Durocher, Cameron 2023 Durocher, Madeline 2023 Gamari, Alexis 2023 Gamari, Renae 2023 Gaylord, Zachary 2023 Girard, Alexander 2023 Glasier, Emily 2023 Gwozdz, Mireille 2023 Hartwig, Josephine 2023 Hayer, Addison 2023 Kipp, George 2023 Lake, Matthew 2023 Lennon, Keira 2023 Liang, Ivan 2023 Livsey, Aaron

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