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What Is Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It probably doesn't happen as much as you'd like, but you may occasionally have some extra disposable income. For example, perhaps you have recently received, or will soon receive, a year-end bonus. Or maybe you will get a sizable tax refund in just a few months. Wherever this money comes from, you will want to put it to good use. Should you use the cash to pay down debts or should you invest it instead?

There's no simple answer, and everyone's situation is different, but here are a few suggestions for helping you make a good choice:

* Evaluate your cash flow. If you already have enough cash to meet your daily living expenses, you might lean toward investing the money,


North Adams Council Approves Tax Incentive for Tog Manufacturing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a tax increment financing agreement with Tog Manufacturing as it doubles in size and employment over the next five years.   "This is a good agreement, this is an agreement that is tied both to physical investment in the facility as well as to planned and proposed job creation," said Mayor Thomas Bernard. "It's an agreement I have great confidence in because it represents a continuity and a local future for a company that has deep roots in the city of North Adams."   The agreement was signed with Stanley Black & Decker Inc., which became Tog's parent company after acquiring Nelson


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The board also approved facade plans for 85 Main St. by MountainOne, which is locating its investment and insurance divisions on the first floor.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A marijuana company has been approved to operate in the former Friendly's Restaurant on State Road.    The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.    "I don't want to be a bad neighbor, so that when the Price Chopper area gets built out, happy to do it until it's not wanted


Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
Staff Reports,
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.   Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.    The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.   "I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior

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North Adams Council to Take Up Public Safety Chief Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday (tonight) will be asked to approve an ordinance change that will restore the public safety directors back to chiefs of their departments.    Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged nearly two weeks to move forward with the change with the looming retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.    "I believe this change, which increases the salary for the position, will help ensure the city is able to build a competitive applicant pool for this critical position," he wrote in his communique to the council.    The ordinance would address both the fire and police director posts, designating that both

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
Staff Reports,
10:33PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The paratransit strike is entering its second week with no sign of resolution.   The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.    One individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told iBerkshires they'd used up sick time because they were unable to get to work last week and a friend lost her job for the same reason.    "If this strike goes on much longer I don't know if I will have a job or how I will pay for housing," the frustrated BRTA rider wrote.   Transit officials have been working to


Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2018 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
04:37PM / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner


Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing School Alumni
02:30PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
Together again

Sixty-three alumni of the Putnam Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing joined leaders from Southwestern Vermont Health Care for a reunion lunch on Dec. 6. The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

The lunch was the final event in a year-long celebration of the hospital's centennial. The year was marked by "A Century of Caring," a historical exhibit which traveled to every region the health system serves; Centennial Community Day, a free event that drew 4,000 people to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus in Bennington; and


Marino Receives McCann Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School senior Emma Marino has been presented with the Superintendent's Award for 2018.   "It is always nice to give an award to someone smarter than yourself," Superintendent James Brosnan told Marino at Thursday's School Committee meeting. "You are at the very top, which means you are the outstanding student, and your dedication and your spirit. Any time I pass you in the hall, you always have a smile on your face."   Each year, superintendents across the state award one student with a Certificate of Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.   Principal


Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6
Staff Reports,
03:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Mark Pasquariello on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Lance Burke, 40, of Bronx, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on January 4, 2019.   Burke was arrested on November 20, 2018 in New York on a warrant for the November 3, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old David Green Jr. in Pittsfield.    Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Raekwan Jackson, 22, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests


Big Y Names New Meat, Seafood Manager of North Adams Store
02:23PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Shaun-Robert Burbank has been named the meat and seafood sales manager of the North Adams Big Y World Class Market

"At Big Y, we are committed to providing the tools and training necessary to support our employees in their development. We look forward to their growth in the pursuit of excellence as they personally develop their own skills in order to take on these new levels of responsibility," said Michael J. Galat, vice president of employee services.

Big Y Foods Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 80 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 70 supermarkets, 39


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