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Stay Away from Frightful Investment Moves
11:43AM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween is almost here. When you're passing out candy, you'll see many "scary" costumes that will probably just make you smile. But in real life, you can easily find some things that truly are frightening – such as bad investment moves.

Here are a few that you will want to avoid:

* Chasing after "hot" stocks: Many so-called "experts" – not to mention your friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers – are more than willing to provide you with "tips" on "hot" stocks. But by the time you hear about these stocks, they may already be cooling off – and, in any case, they may not have been appropriate for your

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 19-25
11:31AM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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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Massachusetts Commission Hears Testimony on Women's Issues
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:51AM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Affordable health care and family leave are the "forefront" issues for Raya Kirby.

Balancing her 4-month-old daughter on her hip, told the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday how she accumulated sick and personal time by not taking any time off for 10 months and her family stocked away every penny, to ensure they could pay bills during her maternity leave.

Still, half of her 12 weeks out was unpaid, stressing the finances of the family of four. And it wasn't enough time to spend with her newborn.

"You don't sell puppies and kittens until their 8 weeks old because you don't want to separate them from their

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Massachusetts Voters Can Vote Early; Registration Deadline Wednesday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — You won't have to wait until Nov. 8 to cast a ballot for president.

More than 1.2 million votes have already been cast in this election season across the country. Now, for the first time, Massachusetts voters will also be able to avoid the lines and vote early.

"We don't know what to expect," said City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau. "We're prepared as much as we can be."

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the 2014 law that expanded voting times to between 11 and two business days prior to Election Day, always the first Tuesday in November.

This year, towns and cities across Massachusetts are preparing for early voting to begin on Monday, Oct.

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MCLA to Hold Fall Day of Service
02:23PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce that this year's annual Fall Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The community is invited to join in this effort.

Volunteers will gather in the Venable Gym in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center at 9 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and be welcomed by MCLA President James F. Birge and North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help.

Service projects this year

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens New Store in Connecticut
01:57PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

Expanding again: Pittsfield-based Carr Hardware has opened a new 11,000-square-foot hardware store at 481 Enfield Street, Route 5, in Enfield, Conn. The Enfield location of Carr Hardware emerged from a partnership between Brightwood Hardware formally in Longmeadow, Mass., and Carr Hardware & Supply Co.

Partner Ken Cohn, formerly of Brightwood Hardware, said, "I'm excited to bring a complete hardware store to Enfield, Longmeadow, and the surrounding communities. We were able to keep our staff primarily intact and supplement them with some exceptional talent from our partners at Carr Hardware."
 
This new store was designed based on the Destination True Value model

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Seeks Home for Winter Blitz Weatherization
12:54PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready for winter: Williams College's Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal, Vt., who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the college's ninth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate.

During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams and all materials are paid for by

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McCann Achieves Level Two Status
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:04PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School students have once again scored well on the MCAS test and have achieved a level two status. But school officials have their eyes on achieving a level one rating.

McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz told the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District School Committee on Thursday that McCann students have continued to score highly on the MCAS.

"This is really the same thing I have said the past couple of years. We continue to do very well on the MCAS," he said.   Kratz said no students failed the English portion of the test. He said there was a 2 percent decrease in students scoring "needs

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Adams Youth Center's Great Chair Auction Raises $8,000
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Monday, October 17, 2016

The a willow bench by John Wilk commanded the top price of $175. ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Youth Center's Great Chair Auction fundraiser raised nearly $8,000 on Sunday.   More than 50 painted and decorated chairs and other items were auctioned off at the Bounti-Fare on Sunday afternoon.   "It was good," the center's Executive Director Sonia DiSanti said. "I wish we got a little more for some of the pieces but it is still great and it is all for the Youth Center."   Local artists created each piece. Furniture ranged from desk and chair sets with superheroes painted on them to wine racks, rocking chairs and even a bench totally made out of

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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Petriccas as Community Leaders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08AM / Monday, October 17, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Perri Petricca and Michelle Thorpe were getting married, they decided the best way to celebrate their union was to provide support for the children served by Berkshire County Kids Place.

"Children have always been the center of our lives," said Michelle Petricca on Friday night at Kids Place's annual gala where she and her husband were presented with its Community Leadership Award. They both come from large families and have four children together.

"When we got married three years ago, we were talking about registering for gifts," she said, but realized that "we don't need any more china patterns and we don't need

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Monument Grad McAlister Impresses in Freshman Season
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06:26PM / Sunday, October 16, 2016
Weyessa “Ace” McAlister is making a big impact on the Trinity College men’s cross country team this fall.   The 2015 Monument Mountain graduate, who did a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon, placed 11th for the Bantams on Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn.   His 8-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 11 seconds was about a minute off the pace set by the meet’s winner. But McAlister finished 28 places ahead of the next member of his Trinity team, which finished in the middle of the field, ninth out of 20 schools.   Earlier this season, the Great Barrington resident was named one of the school’s Bantams of the

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New Teen Center Plants 'Roots' in North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:59AM / Sunday, October 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When a grant was secured last summer to move forward with a new teen center, the grant application read "Northern Berkshire Youth Center."

That, in the minds of some of the young people helping to get the facility up and running, was a bit of boring name — and with the help of the adult board of directors they came up with a new one.

"Roots" opened its doors Saturday in a grand opening celebration — and "Roots" is the perfect name for the new gathering place for Northern Berkshire youths ages 14 to 22 located at 43 Eagle St.

" 'Roots' sounds like something that's so grounded in the community," said

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