Berkshire Money Management Holding Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management President Allen Harris announced Monday, Nov. 12, that the company will be holding its Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Friday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its office on 392 Merrill Road.
 
Berkshire Money Management will be giving away a total of 300 turkeys to needy individuals and families throughout Berkshire County.
 
"We all have so much to be thankful for and we hope this event will help brighten the holidays for those who otherwise may not be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," Harris said. "Everyone deserves to be able to enjoy a nice warm, turkey with the fixings for the holiday and we hope we can help make that a reality here in the Berkshires."
 
In addition to the turkeys, Berkshire Money Management will be giving out gift certificates to Wohrle's Foods for all the fixings to make the Thanksgiving dinner complete.
 
"If you or anyone you know could use a boost this holiday season, please send them to Berkshire Money Management on Friday for the turkey giveaway," said Chief Operations Officer Stacey Carver. "We will do our best to get the word out to those who can benefit, however, word-of-mouth is the best way to spread the message. So, please tell your friends, family and co-workers so this event can reach as many needy families as possible."
 
The turkeys will be available in the Berkshire Money Management parking lot, which is accessible from Laurel Street off of Merrill Road (across from Plastics Avenue), and will be offered first-come, first-serve.
 
For more information on the Turkey Giveaway at Berkshire Money Management, call 413-997-2006.
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Ethics Commission Alleges Conflict Violations by West Stockbridge Chief

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission on Wednesday filed an order to show cause alleging that West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput, a former Select Board member, committed multiple conflict-of-interest law violations, including setting stipends for himself, his daughter and his nephew; voting as a Select Board member to reappoint himself fire chief; and terminating a firefighter who had filed a complaint against him.
 
According to the order, shortly after Skorput was elected to the Select Board in 2013, a West Stockbridge official contacted the town's counsel about conflict-of-interest law exemptions available to Skorput regarding his serving both as a Select Board member and fire chief. 
 
Allegedly, town counsel advised the official that Skorput follow the requirements for a particular conflict-of-interest law exemption that would allow him to accept pay for both positions, and this was communicated to Skorput. From the time he was elected until January 2017, however, Skorput did not meet the exemption requirements and violated the conflict of law by continuing to hold his compensated fire chief position after his election to the Select Board, according to the order.
 
The order further alleges Skorput violated the conflict-of-interest law by participating officially in matters involving his own and his daughter's financial interests. In 2013, Skorput allegedly voted as a Select Board member to reappoint himself as fire chief. Also, as fire chief, he allegedly decided the amount of firefighter stipends for himself each December in 2013-2015 and for his daughter in 2013 and 2014, and as a Select Board member signed the pay warrants for his daughter's stipends. Additionally, at several Select Board meetings in 2015 and 2016, Skorput allegedly participated as a Select Board member in the board's review of complaints about his performance as fire chief.
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