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How is your retirement income taxed?
03:55PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Once you're retired, you will likely need to draw on several types of income for your living expenses. You'll need to know where these funds are coming from and how much you can count on, but you should also be aware of how this money is taxed — because this knowledge can help you plan and budget for your retirement years.  

Here's the basic tax information on some key sources of retirement income:

Social Security – Many people don't realize they may have to pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. Whether your benefits will be taxed depends on how much other taxable income you receive from various sources, such as self-employment, stock

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Haiku on the Hoosic Celebration
11:10AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Join the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) for Haiku on the Hoosic Celebration on Saturday, May 25, 10am-12noon at Tourists.   This program is supported by HooRWA, Tourists, and by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

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Clarksburg Officials Keep PreK Program Free
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town and school officials came together on Monday in hopes of compromising over a tight budget.    Instead, they ended up agreeing to dip into their reserves to ensure that prekindergarten program will continue free for town residents.    The Select Board had been pushing for the school budget to come in at a 2 percent increase. The School Committee on Monday was prepared to vote a budget up by $128,454, or 4.53 percent.   After an hour and a half of discussion, the school budget had gone up $1,000 to $2,967,609.58 and town officials agreed to commit $72,000 in free cash they'd wanted to set aside for the school

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Hoosac Harvest Annual Seedling Swap Returns
10:57AM / Monday, May 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Harvest's Annual Seedling Swap returns to downtown this year on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Adams Farmers Market in its new location on Main Street.   All seedlings are available at no cost; there's no requirement to bring any in order to take some home. Whether individuals are dropping off seedlings for exchange or visiting to browse, it's advisable to bring a tray for collecting new plants. Shared seedlings may include surplus vegetables or flowers purchased or cultivated, as well as cuttings or excess plants from personal yards. Participants are encouraged to bring and exchange whatever they can.   All

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More than 600 Participate in Steel Rail Races
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:02PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Matthew Ferraro was the first runner across the finish line at the MountainOne Steel Rail Marathon.   Ferraro clocked a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes flat on the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail course.   He finished a little more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Nick Reid (2:46:15).   Simone Veale won the race's women's division in a time of 3:18:42. She beat out Jill Hussain, who covered the course in 3:27:23.   The fastest marathoner on Sunday was Stephen Gulley, a hand cyclist, who clocked a time of 2:15:03.   The 26.2-mile circuit was covered by 150 finishers ranging in age from 18 (William Hanley in 14th place) to 72 (Ric Nudell, who

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Veteran Spotlight: Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Ahonen
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:46PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
EASTON, Mass. — Cory Ahonen, chief engagement officer for the state's Executive Office of Veterans Services, served his country in the Air Force from 2008 to 2014 as a staff sergeant.    He grew up in Sandwich, graduated from Sandwich High School and did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.    "I joined to get out of a dead-end path," he said. "It was my second time in my life on a plane. I was excited and grateful to be here. I knew I needed to make the most of this opportunity. This was my big move, to make something of myself."   His first assignment would take him to F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyo.,

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Mass MoCA Commission Approves Mental Health Practices as Tenants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mass MoCA Commission on Thursday approved three new tenants for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.    Kimma Stark, project manager at the museum, gave the commission the rundown on each of the new tenants.    Eric Beeman is a licensed mental health counselor who uses art in his therapy. He holds a master's degree in expressive arts and arts therapy from Lesley University, where he's also taught graduate-level practices and principles of expressive art therapy.   He integrates creative arts based interventions into his clinical work including drawing painting, poetry, writing, brief drama and roleplay, movement and sound.

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BAAMS Receives $10K Donation from Noel Family
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Sunday, May 19, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies Inc. (BAAMS) has recently garnered significant support from the family of the late Edward J. Noel Jr. 

This backing came in the form of a $10,000 donation awarded in April, facilitated by Kirby Noel, son of the late North Adams educator, through NexPoint Philanthropies of Dallas, Texas, an auxiliary of the Dallas Foundation.

"We were thrilled and delighted, and it came as a pleasant shock that the Noel family would choose to donate that level of sponsorship. In the world of nonprofit arts education fundraising, we hear a lot of nos and our requests may even be ignored — so when you have a

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North Adams Finance Committee Endorses Additional Positions in $49M Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Friday, May 17, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $49 million fiscal 2025 budget proposed by Mayor Jennifer Macksey restores some positions at City Hall lost during leaner years.    But not enough for Finance Committee member Andrew Fitch, who voted against the compensation and classification plan because it did not include a city planner.    He was quick to say he wouldn't vote against the budget, but rather wanted to stress how important he thought the Community Development Office is.    "I just I really want to advocate for strengthening that department. I just see so many things connected to it and is able to get ourselves out of a fairly impoverished state if we

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Neal Secures $700,000 for North Adams Flood Chutes Project
12:13PM / Friday, May 17, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey at last August's signing of an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has secured $700,000 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget to complete a feasibility study of the Hoosic River flood chutes.     The Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a three-year, $3 million study of the aging concrete flood chutes that control the passage of the river through the city.    North Adams has ponied up $500,000 as part of its share of the study and another $1.5 million is expected to come from state and federal coffers. Neal previously secured $200,000 in the fiscal 2023

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Letter: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024

To the Editor:

The Board of Directors of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams wishes to thank the North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida Mountain community for their generation donations to the May 11 Letter Carrier Food Drive.

We received a total of 3,595 pounds of food and personal care items.

We equally want to thank our Letter Carriers who work out of the North Adams Post Office. They again went above and beyond in collecting the donations and bringing them to the collection and sorting site. They are always a pleasure to work with.

We also want to thank the Northern Berkshire United Way, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and the Berkshire United Way

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North Adams Draft Ordinance Allows More Retail Cannabis
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayor is asking the City Council to take up a revamp of the cannabis ordinance that will allow more establishments to licensed.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey provided the draft language on Tuesday night and said she's asked City Solicitor Nicole Constanza of KP Law to work with the General Government Committee.    "As an administration, we were focused on the new legislation that I believe came out in November and we've been kind of holding off as we've been hoping to get more information from the Cannabis Control Commission, which is very slow coming out," said the mayor.    "But we wanted to get the

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