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Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Snags $25,000 Grant
03:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is awarding Berkshire Bridges Working Cities additional funding to sustain the Working Cities Pittsfield initiative into its fourth year.

The funding of $25,000 will enable the next stage of its work creating a just, thriving and safe Berkshires for all. This milestone also unleashes the opportunity to pursue additional tactical funding for projects to implement the Working Cities principles.

The new award was granted after an extensive application and interview process involving more than a dozen community leaders. The Berkshire coalition includes members of the nonprofit, school system, city government, resident and business

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Financial Moves for Life's 'Inflection Points'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:04PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

You've probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it's also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you'll need to make the right financial moves.

Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them:

* Marriage: When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities

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Boys and Girls Club 5/6 Girls Take Pair of Tourney Titles
10:33AM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ basketball team competed in and won the championship at two tournaments this month.   The squad came home vicorious from the West Side Tournament in West Springfield and the Golden Bears Classic at Western New England University.   At WNEU, the Boys and Girls Club team played in four games, including the championship.   Team members include: Harolyn Castillo, Giselle Cormier, Bre’Jai Ellerbee, Chantel Evans, Lorelei Hoskeer, Elizabeth Klepetar, Shay Kozlowski, Amalia Lamb-Gardiner, Alivia Mauer, Evaniece O’Neil, Madison Stetz, and Kyana Summers.   The Boys &

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Second Storm Brings Snow to Region Over Monday Night
02:52PM / Monday, December 16, 2019
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday as yet another snowstorm bears down on the Berkshires.    Depending on which forecast you look at, we're in for anywhere from 4 to 6 inches or up to 12 inches. The snow is expected to begin late  Monday tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning making for slippery and snowy roads Tuesday morning.    And right behind the snow is another deep freeze moving as an arctic cold front moves in on Wednesday night. Ugh.   The National Weather Service says snow squalls are possible on Wednesday, as an arctic cold front crosses the region. Behind the front, bitter cold

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Professionals Look To Establish Global Cyber Security Chapter In Western Mass
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, December 16, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — Local cyber security professionals are looking to establish a Western Massachusetts Chapter of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.   Chapter President Brett Dorr said there is a bit of a networking desert in Western Mass for those in the cyber security field but he hopes to change this.    "If we wanted to go to a chapter meeting, we would have to go to Boston or New York City so that is why we thought let's start our own Western Mass chapter," Dorr said. "None of us wanted to go to Boston on a regular basis but we wouldn't mind driving to Springfield."   International Information

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North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory.    Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."   Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt.    "I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not

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Supplemental Bill Has $1M for Rural Schools, $200K for Barton's Crossing
03:03PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
BOSTON — The Legislature's recently passed $541 million closeout supplemental budget for fiscal 2019 includes another $1 million rural school aid, for in fiscal 2020, for a total of $3.5 million in rural school aid this fiscal year.    "I'm happy to see this bill make those investments in public education, regional school transportation, public transportation, among many other areas " said state Sen. Adam Hinds, who has been a strong proponent of increasing aid to the schools in his largely rural district. "It is my hope that, in providing this additional investment, we can expand this program and make meaningful investments in more school

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Lanesborough Tigers Show Improvement, but Drop Second Game at World Championships
iBerkshires.com Sports,
08:59AM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
CANTON, Ohio -- The Lanesborough Tigers Friday dropped their second of two games at the World Youth Football Championships, falling to the Montana Outlaws, 30-0.   "The Outlaws had a very well-oiled passing attack that included four or five wideouts on each play, which is something the Tigers have never played defense against," Lanesborough coach Jason Pause said. "We eventually adjusted and improved our defense against the West Coast style offense, but not before getting down several touchdowns from some big pass plays."   In Friday's consolation game, the Tigers' offense had more success than it did in Thursday's tournament opener, but it was

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@theMarket: The 'Apprentice' Manages the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Friday, December 13, 2019
Where to begin? The China trade deal, the UK elections, the impeachment of the president? Let's not forget the agreement on a new North American trade deal as well. It was a heck of a week and Donald Trump flawlessly controlled the news flow.   Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leader and prime minister of England, won the greatest majority since Margaret Thatcher on Thursday evening. That is good news for the United Kingdom. His victory also supercharges hopes that a Brexit deal can finally be accomplished in 2020. The British pound skyrocketed over 3 percent on the news, and the London stock market was up 2 percent as well. Good news.   The replacement for NAFTA, called

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Rain, Rain and Then ... Snow? Wet Weekend Ahead
02:48PM / Friday, December 13, 2019

Next week will bring a cross-country storm, but the path it takes will determine what parts of the Northeast and Midwest see snow: https://t.co/WIKUKRfH3B pic.twitter.com/LqPeheYGdF

— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) December 13, 2019 This weekend is starting off with icy rain that will switch to drenching, and then the beginning of the week could start with a foot of snow depending on which path a cross-country storm takes over the next couple days   The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect from Friday afternoon until 10 p.m. as light, freezing rain enters the region. The Albany, N.Y., office is warning there could be very slippery roads, sidewalks

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State Income Tax to Drop for Sixth Time This Decade
11:31AM / Friday, December 13, 2019
BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are getting some income tax relief in the new year with individual rate dropping to its lowest in years thanks to a state law passed nearly two decades ago.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday said the state's Part B individual income tax rate will be reduced from 5.05 percent to 5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2020. This upcoming tax cut represents the conclusion of the statutory process laid out in a 2002 state law to lower the income tax rate to 5 percent based on certain state revenue milestones, and will return $88 million in fiscal 2020 and approximately $185 million in fiscal 2021 to taxpayers.   "Starting in January, the income

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Pittsfield City Council Asks For Recalculated Sewer Rates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, December 13, 2019

The City Council, in the last meeting of this term, voted to send the sewer rate schedule back for reconsideration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council unanimously acted on a petition Tuesday kicked the sewer rate schedule back to the administration to more accurately reflect the decreased costs for wastewater upgrade project.   "There is no reason to be stashing $20 million in the enterprise fund when it is not going to be spent on this project," Ward 4 City Councilor Christopher Connell said. "I think the ratepayers have suffered quite a bit ... we have the power to do this right now."   The city is under an administrative order by

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