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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had

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The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money
By Bill Schmick,
03:37PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
Back in the day, money managers were revered. News stories spotlighting the year's "hottest hands," or that hedge fund's rising star were all the rage. Retail investors chased performance and paid for it. But times are changing, and simply beating the market for a year or two fails to impress most investors.   And with good reason.   Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.   Most of us have now realized that you can't beat the

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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The Choice for Western Mass: Lead or Lose
, Guest Column
02:22PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
State Houses across the country, and right here in Massachusetts, are facing a moment of generational change in leadership. Particularly in Western Mass, which is too often ignored by decision-makers on Beacon Hill, we will have to speak up — and fight together — for the funding, the projects and the policy priorities we need.   There are many issues where we are already leading the state. On the opioid epidemic, which has hit our region especially hard, we helped create the Narcan bulk purchase program that has saved thousands of lives. And our residents have banded together to form groups like Belchertown's Speaking Out About Addiction and Recovery, the Opioid Task

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Northern Berkshire EMS Debuts at Ambulance Service's 40th Anniversary
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

The North Adams Ambulance Service gets its license around 1978 with longtime President Barbara Wagner in the middle.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Ambulance Service was created in 1978 to fill a void in emergency care in the city.   The closure of the private Mohawk Ambulance Service prompted a dedicated group of directors and about a dozen emergency medical technicians to form a new nonprofit to service the city and its environs.    Some 40 years later, its workforce is closer to 100 and it covers most of North Berkshire and a wide swath of Southern Vermont. It merged with Village Ambulance and it's ready to embark on its next chapter with a new name

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Harrington Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shirley Edgerton said Harrington has a better sense of the power of the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County.   "It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.   The local attorney said North Adams has the highest crime rate per capita in the state and Pittsfield ranks ninth.The district attorney's office, which had been occupied by David Capeless for the last 14 years, can do much more in a preventative manner than it has been doing, she said.   Harrington is now running

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   Curry College in Milton awarded

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Spirit of Caring and Celebration
03:16PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mary-Kay Senecal and Cindy Brightly of Crane Stationery received the Outstanding Campaign Coordinators of the Year Award.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way held its first annual Spirit of Caring Awards & Celebration on Thursday, May 17, recognizing three individuals in the community for their length and breadth of service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network, and the overall Northern Berkshire community: Alan Nelson, Richard Alcombright, and Christine Hoyt.

With more than150 guests in attendance to celebrate, James Birge, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason

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North Adams Happenings: May 23-29
12:42PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
North Adams Happenings: May 23 - 29   Save the

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You Can Still Gain Tax Benefits from Charitable Donations
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:34PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you've made charitable donations, it's been a win-win: You were able to provide support to a worthy organization and you received some valuable tax benefits.

But with the passage of the new tax laws, things may have changed considerably for many people. Are there still tax benefits to making a charitable donation?

Here's some background: Previously, you may have been able to deduct your charitable donations if you itemized deductions on your income tax return. So, for example, if you were in the 25

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Great Barrington, Berkshire Thunder Start Strong in BABL
08:11AM / Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Great Barrington Millers and Berkshire Thunder are off to fast starts in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League this season.   Each team has gone 2-0 to lead, respectively, the 20-year-old and over-35 divisions in the 13-team league.   Last week, the Thunder defeated the Outlaws, 14-0, behind three hits and three stolen bases from Bruce Blake. Rob Yeaton had two hits for the outlaws.   The Millers edged Lenox, 7-5. Scot McFarland hit a home run, and Chris Walker earned the win on the mound. Justin Hopkins had a double and an RBI for Lenox.   In last week’s other game, the Adams Aces won their opener, 8-0, over Tunnel City. Corey Swistak had a triple, and Jeremy

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North Adams Airs Concerns About Charter Spectrum
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mayor Thomas Bernard accused Spectrum of breaching its contract with the city. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Charter Spectrum representatives were lambasted by city officials and residents who aired some of their grievances with cable service and support.   Around 50 residents filed into the American Legion Post 125 Monday to ask questions, give testimony and bluntly complain to four spectrum representatives Brandon Roberts, George Doin, Anna Lucey and John Fogarty during a two-hour public hearing.   "This is a very important issue for our community and it is one that I have heard a great deal about," Mayor Thomas Bernard said. "I invite you to share your

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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
03:32PM / Monday, May 21, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

High Honors

Grade 12: Boucher, Noah; Chesbro, Benjamin; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gallagher, Teyah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kittler, Benn; Lemaire, Jacqueline; Reinhardt, Javen; Sartori, Nathan; Serrano, Joseph; Shepard, Paige; Smith, Zachary; Wojtaszek, Michael.

Grade 11: Bednarz, Ryan; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Bostwick, Christopher; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Fink, Elissa; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goyette, Megan; Harrington, Madison; Koch, Andrew; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Romaniak,

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