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The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees!

Americans are living longer than they have in the past. And while that is good news, for many middle-class retirees, it presents a challenge. As readers know, I have dozens of such clients and when we go through financial planning one of the first questions they asked is "Will my savings be enough... click for more

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com. click for more

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Cheshire Still Seeking Right Fiscal Equation For...

When the Cheshire Elementary School was closed two years ago, the only silver lining to be found was the potential revenue source it might provide to the town through leasing the space privately. The Board of Selectmen are still working hard to figure out a formula that works. click for more

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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Committee to Select...

The coordinator will dig into the details of what would have to happen for the two schools to merge, including educational standards, teacher contracts and licensure, transportation, education funding and state and congressional approvals. click for more

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Williamstown Declines to Say Whether U.S. Attorney...

Last week, the Boston Globe reported that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has subpoenaed records in at least six communities, including Great Barrington, the home of Berkshire County's first pot shop opened since recreational marijuana was legalized in the commonwealth. click for more

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Charlemont and Washington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. click for more

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Coalition Tackles Vaping, Alcohol Use in Community

But vaping remains an "invisible crisis" in North Berkshire, along with the misuse of alcohol, according to Wendy Penner, the Coalition's director of Prevention and Wellness. click for more

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Pittsfield Continues Tax Classification Hearing...

At the end of a nearly three-hour meeting, councilors and Mayor Linda Tyer were at a stalemate with the majority of the council unsatisfied with Tyer's $750,000 compromise. click for more

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Multipurpose...

Last week's vote tied a financial commitment to the multipurpose building to a decision to spend an equal amount on renovations to the playing fields a project that already has been bid once but rejected after prices came in significantly higher than expected. click for more


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North Adams Council Puts...

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Mount Greylock School...

Last week's vote tied a...

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Municipal Briefs: North Adams Launches Food Drive

The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library. Organized through the public schools, the food drive started with the opening of the Friendship Center Pantry on Eagle Street in 2011.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 13-19

NOVEMBER 20th - The Neighborlie Awards! Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Nominate someone now here. Nomination deadline is November 4. For more information, call Glenda at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588. http://www.nbccoalition.org/the-neighborlies.html

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BHS Gifts $400K for Brien Center's North Adams...

Called Keenan House North, the recovery home will provide 16 individuals at a time with the housing and intensive services needed to overcome their behavioral health issues and resume lives as productive members of the community.

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Snow! Ice! Frigid Cold! A Lovely Week in the...

The National Weather Service is forecasting light accumulations of snow or sleet early on Tuesday morning and as temperatures, it could lead to icy and hazardous conditions.

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Q&A: Julia Bowen Featured at Women in Business...

A room full of "glass-ceiling breakers and change-makers" were saluted recently during 1Berkshires' annual Women in Business recognition event.

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Veteran Spotlight: Seaman Nichols Witness to...

Nichols was on duty on Sept. 2, 1945, and about 100 feet from the signing of the Japanese surrender document on the Missouri.

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Veterans Day Observed in Berkshire County

Brehio said it takes a special kind of person to enter the service and to recite the 72 words of the oath pledging their commitment to defend the nation against enemies domestic and foreign.

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Congressman Kennedy Speaks With Needle Exchange,...

Tapestry Health runs a needle exchange and offers overdose prevention services including Narcan, testing for HIV and hepatitis C, basic wound care and health advice, and a portal to addiction services and counseling.

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North Adams Has Buyers for Old Schools, Vermont...

The council on Tuesday night will be asked to approve the sale three city properties Johnson School, Sullivan School and undeveloped land in Vermont for prices below their assessed values.

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Harrington Endorses Kennedy Run for U.S. Senate

Kennedy announced in September his decision to primary U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. The 39-year-old Democrat and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy said on Saturday morning that we're at "a moment of reckoning" in the country and his campaign will shine a spotlight on the things "we haven't done as well as we could have or should have."

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Soldier On Permanent Women Veterans Housing to...

Soldier On knows the importance of having a home and with the near completion of the village for women veterans this sentiment will be accessible to all who have served in the military, not just the men.

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

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Winter Makes A (Relatively Timid) Debut in the...

The highs for Friday in the Berkshires will barely reach 30 degrees, with snow flurries possibly filling the air, too. Many of us woke up this morning to snow on the ground, too: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reported .2 inches in Great Barrington

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 8-14

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Clarksburg School Pushing Aggressive Time Line for...

School Superintendent John Franzoni said starting work on that Friday would be part of the bid process, which also would outline work being done over Thanksgiving, Christmas break and, if necessary, February vacation.

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Adams May Put a Cap on Tobacco Retailers

Chairman Peter Hoyt was cautious and noted the town just implemented Tobacco 21. He said it may be worth waiting to see how this has impacted youth smoking before taking any additional action.

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The Independent Investor: Fringe Benefits...

Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake.

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Adams Firefighters Quickly Douse Dryer Fire

Firefighters responded a little after 1 p.m. to a single-family home at 13 Summit Ave. for a fire that was called in as a dryer fire and possible structure fire.

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Adams Looking To Unload Town-Owned Properties

The rapidly deteriorating property at 20 East St. has been empty since the Youth Center Inc. moved its operation to the former Cheshire School that was closed as part of the district's consolidation in 2017.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds Questionable...

But a possibly illegal aspect of the vote designed to appease proponents of a new athletic field opens to question the validity of the action.

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