Berkshire Money Management Team Given Stipend To Spend At Local Businesses

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DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management team received a $10,001 stipend to spend at local businesses.
 
Berkshire Money Management (BMM) founder and CEO Allen Harris announced to his 11 employees that, in lieu of a holiday party and bonuses, each of them will be given a $10,001 stipend to spend at Berkshire businesses during the holiday season. 
 
"It has been a tough 2020 for many of us. I am concerned that cold weather and an apparent second wave of the coronavirus will further test the resolve and the durability of some of our favorite local companies," Allen said. "We support local entrepreneurs and organizations. You have taken risks to provide jobs and help families put food on the table. You are remarkable. You are appreciated. And we want to be part of a solution that revitalizes our business community."
 
Allen is encouraging other business owners follow BMM’s lead in order to inject much-needed life into hard-hit businesses because of the ongoing pandemic.
 
The $10,001 stipend amount is in honor of the newly launched 10,001 Hours (https://10001-hours.com/) that provides consultative and valuation services to business owners.
 
"I wanted to support the BMM team," Allen said. "Now the BMM team and 10,001 Hours wish to continue our efforts to support local businesses."
 
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Dalton Traffic Commission Adds Support to Infrastructure Ask

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Staff

DALTON, Mass. — The town's Traffic Commission fully supports a proposal by Select Board member John Boyle to try to advance a walkway project for the Housatonic Street bridge for possible funding under the anticipated federal infrastructure bill.

The project had been fully engineered and slated to be part of a previous federal road project completed in 2018, but was deleted from the final draft. Boyle has pointed out that the way the current sidewalk ends at the bridge is unsafe for pedestrians.

Based on most recent engineering, the estimated cost for the walkway would be around $3 million.

"Which is chicken feed, when you're talking about federal funds and billions of dollars in construction," Boyle told the Select Board, adding that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office believes it to be "a worthy project, easily fundable."

Dalton's Traffic Commission has now voted unanimously in favor of the plan, and pledged to write a letter of support to Neal's office, new Town Manager Tom Hutchinson reported on Monday.

"Everything is based on an infrastructure plan being approved by the U.S. Government, and [this] funding becoming available to communities," said Hutchinson.

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