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Time to Gather Your Investment Tax Forms
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:46PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The holidays are now a month behind us, which means it's about time for another season: tax season.

While you may not find it particularly festive, you can get through this season with a minimum of stress – if you're organized. That means, among other things, you'll need to gather the correct forms in one place. And right about now, you should be receiving many of the forms you’ll need – specifically, those tax forms related to your investments.

Here are some of the key forms to watch for:

* 1099-B: This form reports capital gains. A capital gain is an increase in the value of an investment over the initial purchase price. Short-term capital gains, on

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 1-7
12:39PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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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North Adams to Consolidate Parks Sports Programming
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kids dance at Brayton Field during National Night Out. The idea is to make the park a green space and remove the athletic installations.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will start consolidating and decommissioning neighborhood parks and move all activity to Alcombright and Noel Field athletic complexes.



The Parks Commission on Monday night gave its blessing to the plan to start dismantling four parks and consolidating to the two main complexes to lighten the load for the shrinking Department of Public Works.

"When you think of the staffing levels that we have, the only way we are going to have quality fields is to focus on two complexes that we can maintain and begin

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Landmark, Greylock Credit Unions to Merge
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:30PM / Monday, January 30, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Landmark Credit Union and Greylock Federal Credit Union will merge this April, bringing together the financial institutions that once serviced workers in two of the county's largest employers.

Landmark members were notified of the upcoming merger by letter last week that the credit union's board had unanimously agreed to merge with Greylock on April 30.

"The merger agreement is the culmination of efforts by the two credit unions to fashion an agreement whose terms would benefit both members and employees," states the letter signed by the board's Chairman Keith Howard and credit union CEO Thomas J. Turner.

The reasoning for the merger was

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Case Forced to Resign as DCR Regional Director
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Monday, January 30, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael F. Case is out at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation less than a year after his appointment as western region director.

According to The Boston Globe, Case was forced to resign Thursday after being confronted by DCR Commissioner Leo Roy after pornography was reportedly found on his Pittsfield office computer.

The Republican State Committee member and Washington selectman was appointed to the post by Gov. Charlie Baker last February.

The request he resign apparently followed two previous warnings earlier in the month about language and conduct.

The Globe on Friday quoted DCR spokesman Troy Wall as saying, "After becoming aware of a

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Commons, Kimball Farms Named Best Nursing Homes by Magazine
02:13PM / Monday, January 30, 2017

Best of the best: Four of Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the commonwealth by US News & World Report. In the Berkshires, Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox were among 80 in Massachusetts selected by the national magazine. Other Berkshire facilities including Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Peabody earned spots on the list.

US News evaluated more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan areas. Just over 2,000 nursing homes

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Towns Receive Complete Streets Community Funding Awards
01:11PM / Monday, January 30, 2017

Mission complete: A ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House on Jan. 27 to distribute a total of $5.5 million to 15 communities, including three Berkshire County towns, in funding for the Complete Streets Funding Program. A "complete street" is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals. In September 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the first round of awards from the Complete Streets Program to 11 communities which totaled over $4.4 million.

The Complete Streets funding awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects,

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Attorney Offers Overview of Marijuana Law for Municipalities
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Sunday, January 29, 2017

The implementation of the new law is drawn out over a number of years. LENOX, Mass. — Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level so income raised from sales of pot cannot legally be placed in federally regulated banks.   So, what are towns supposed to do with the money raised from a local option tax now that marijuana sales will be legal on the state level?   That's one of the questions yet to be answered after Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize the use, sale, and taxation of marijuana.    Attorney Raymond Miyares of Miyares & Harrington LLP of Wellesley provided a presentation on the law, aimed particularly for local

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Williamstown School Committee Talks Special Education Collaboration
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:54AM / Saturday, January 28, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —  A collaborative agreement among North County school districts could save money and improve outcomes for special needs students throughout the district, an official working on the collaboration told the Williamstown  School Committee on Wednesday.

North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas said she'd seen the benefits of educational collaboratives when leading the public schools in the Worcester County town of Webster.

"I know from experience there that the services that could be provided to students through collaboratives provided tremendous cost savings to a district," Malkas said. "I recognized there was a

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@theMarket: The Deals Begin
By Bill Schmick,
04:58PM / Friday, January 27, 2017

This week's ongoing controversy between Mexico and our new president over trade and the construction of "the wall” has investors concerned, confused and apprehensive. And still the markets gained ground.

I believe we are witnessing the opening gambits of President Trump's "Art of the Deal” as it applies to global economics and politics. It will take some getting used to on the part of investors and all Americans. So far the markets, at least, are going along with it.

We finally hit that elusive 20,000 mark on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. That's no big deal and has little importance to technical analysts. New record highs, on the other hand, which

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'The Founder': The Original Hamburglar
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:53PM / Friday, January 27, 2017

'I think my father would have enjoyed John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," an enthusiastic account of how Ray Kroc, a previously failed salesman, turned the McDonald brothers' pioneering, fast-food restaurant into a worldwide phenomenon. But while he would applaud the title character's passion and persistence, he'd have something to say about his arguable ruthlessness. While dad, like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" (1982), liked a buck as well as the next guy, he didn't believe that business and integrity were mutually exclusive items.

Daniel Goldberger, generally a man of few but well-chosen words, turned loquacious when we had company in the form of

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New Attorney Joins Donovan & O'Connor
11:55AM / Friday, January 27, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The law firm of Donovan O’Connor & Dodig has announced that Angela ("Annie") W. Haylon has joined the firm as an associate.

Haylon received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2016 and graduated from Colby College in 2011, earning a B.A. in Environmental Science. In pursuing her passion for the environment, Haylon worked as a research assistant to a lawyer at a firm in Washington, D.C., addressing climate change and has worked as an intern to a nonprofit advocacy organization in Boston researching state and federal fisheries laws and regulations.

Haylon will be working primarily out of the firm's North Adams office. She resides in

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