Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage and credit card debt, we have seen a decrease by about 1 percent.
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As a kid, Gregory Aloysius Noonan would meet up with his best friend Tom McKnight and head to the miner road bridge to fish and crack jokes.
As they grew older and the Vietnam War came, Noonan was far from that brook. But he was there with pride, defending the United States of America. He was... click for more
The neighbors around the Pontoosuc Country Club have mounted a coordinated attack in opposition to the proposed solar array.
The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is proposing a 6.5-megawatt solar array on 25 of the course's 131 acres of land. The plan takes over the southern portion of... click for more
The rate for residential will be $21.39 per $1,000 valuation; the commercial rate will be $25.40, a 14 cent drop from this year. The commercial and industrial shift will increase from 1.12 to 1.15.
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Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly.
That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on... click for more
Thanksgiving really isn't that far away.
At the South Congregational Church, volunteers are already gearing up for the Thanksgiving Angels program, which provides turkeys and all of the sides to thousands of local residents in need. On Wednesday, Berkshire Money Management helped kick off the... click for more
Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that once the signed standard contract form is sent back to the state Department of Transportation, the city can award the project to low bidder DA Sullivan & Sons, which bid $3.6 million.
Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be.
Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign. Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.
A city man was murdered on Robbins Avenue Monday evening.
According to the District Attorney's Office, William Catalano, 34, of Pittsfield was found lying on the sidewalk in front of 219 Robbins Avenue at about 5:28 p.m. Monday. Catalano was suffering from multiple stab wounds and died shortly after 7 p.m. at Berkshire Medical Center.
A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics.
The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.
Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.
Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that the district has received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" that means although there is much work to do, the district rating with the state is improving.
These youngest supporters are a testament to the impact that PopCares has had, largely shown by the 600 or so diners at the annual gala who enthusiastically bid up to $330 for platters of whoopie pies, dropped thousands of tickets for a chance at gift certificates and baskets in the chinese auction and penned in bids at the silent auction. Last year's event raised $43,000.
Police and fire responded to a somewhat unique accident Monday afternoon.
In the driveway of a Columbus Avenue multi-family apartment building was an overturned Subaru, leaning on the neighbor's home. There were no injuries as the woman got out of the vehicle with only minor bumps and scratches.
At issue was a patch of land currently occupied by trailers related to the $64 million building project. As construction winds down, construction manager Turner Construction plans to remove the trailers and return the land to its natural state.
The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating Change In North County (MIC INC), a group founded by North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb that aims to fill a "gap in the ecosystem" of support for victims of relational violence.
Two rainstorms on Sept. 12 and 18 overwhelmed some of the town's flood control system. Flooding affected the Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles street areas damaging people's property and causing over $2 million in damage to public infrastructure.
The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes.
According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Solutions at City Hall Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61.
Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.