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Jennifer Segala opened her real estate office in 1998. It has since grown to 23 employees with listings in four states.

Steepleview Realty Celebrates 20 Years

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Segala bought the building at 63 Park St. a year after opening the company. She now has offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown.
ADAMS, Mass. — Steepleview Realty celebrated 20 years in the Berkshires on Thursday.
Jennifer Segala started her business venture on April 1, 1998, and ever since has been going strong.
"I was just a young girl with a lot of gumption and I am just as ambitious as I was 20 years ago," Segala said at a small party held at her flagship office at 63 Park St.  
Segala started at One Commercial Place but then purchased the Park Street building within a year of starting her business. Now Steepleview Realty has offices in North Adams and Pittsfield.
She said Steepleview Realty is a tightknit group and out of the 23 employees, three have been with her from the very beginning. Another third of the agents have been with her for 10 years.
"That is the unique thing," she said. "These agents have been with me a long time."
This makes Steepleview Realty one of the largest firms in the county. Its agents are licensed in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and the state of Florida. The firm offers a wide range of listings, from single-family homes, land sales and condominiums to commercial properties and leasing opportunities. 
Segala also operates the Gateway School of Real Estate, established in 1990. It offers courses for sales associates, brokers and continuing education credits. The school serves Berkshire County and Palm Beach and Martin counties in Florida.
It was Segala's first experiences working in real estate that informed her how she should run her own company.
"Most importantly I know what I didn't want to do. I have worked with other realty firms and everyone was out for themselves," she said. "They stole each other's [listings], and I didn't want that. That is why I created this one-team model."
Segala said the future is bright for Steepleview Realty and she is excited to bring on new young agents filled with excitement and energy.
"I always want to be part of this in some way but it's good to know there are younger agents coming on board so when the time comes we can pass the baton," she said. "We are going to keep doing what we are doing."

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Adams Decides Month-by-Month Budget Going Into Fiscal 2021

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Chairwoman Christine Hoyt says the board is looking to assist restaurant owners with Phase II of Governor Baker's reopening plan.

ADAMS, Mass. — Town Administrator Jay Green and the Board of Selectmen have decided to go the 1/12th budget route for at least the start of fiscal year 2021.

Municipalities across the commonwealth are struggling to not only finalize budgets because of an uncertain financial outlook brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to find a way to physically hold annual town meetings to get those budgets approved. Both situations factored into the decision for the town to settle on the 1/12th option.

When a town can't finalize a budget before the state mandated June 30 deadline, they must revert back to the prior year's budget and operate on a month-to-month basis. Monthly budgets must be approved by the Selectmen and then forwarded to the state Department of Revenue for its approval. Once that is received, the town can begin to pay its expenses for that month only.

Green and the board had been wavering between trying to predict revenue shortfalls for a reduced budget, forging ahead with original revenue projections, or using the 1/12th option.

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