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@theMarket: Good Earnings Support Markets
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
Third-quarter earnings have cheered investors, sending markets to new highs. The bullish wave of buying was so strong that investors ignored the disappointing third quarter read on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   Economists were looking for the economy to grow by 2.6 percent, but instead, GDP gained a mere 2 percent, which was the slowest rate in over a year. Economic activity was damaged by the Delta variant as well as continuing supply-side constraints. The market's reaction indicates that investors are looking through the weak number and expecting the economy to continue to grow.   It seems to be a question of demand versus supply. Yes, the economy slowed,

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Winter Parking Ban Announcements
02:00PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
For many communities in Berkshire County, seasonal parking bans come into effect in November.   Parking bans are put into place to keep streets clear for plowing and emergency vehicle access during snow events.   This list will be updated as more municipalities announce their parking bans.      Adams: The Town will reinstate the traditional winter overnight on-street parking restriction from Dec. 1 through March 31.   Historically, the parking restriction ran from Nov. 15 to April 15. Last season, as a test protocol, the restriction was implemented only when a snow emergency was declared.    In an effort to accommodate residents without off

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MCLA at Pittsfield Names Artist of the Month
12:03PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dana Schildkraut, an award-winning artist, will be the featured artist at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Pittsfield campus for November, with work on display at the college's location at 66 Allen St.    Schildkraut's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk, sponsored by the Office of Cultural Development.     Dana Schildkraut is an award-winning artist and educator who resides in Southern Vermont. She grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Schildkraut studied studio art

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North Adams Council Approves Ward Changes, Sets Tax Hearing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Friday, October 29, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This is the first time in 20 years at that the ward boundaries had to be shifted, albeit a very minor shift.    The City Council on Tuesday approved the new ward boundaries that will go into effect for the 2022 election.    "This is only done every 10 years based on the federal Census," said City Clerk Cathleen King. "We met with Zach Feury (of the Community Development Office) and the mayor initially on the first submission from the state. The state then presented us with the option to allow them to to draw the ward lines and provide the wording since our change was very, very small affecting only one line between Wards 1 and

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The Retired Investor: The Billionaire Tax That Wasn't
By Bill Schmick,
03:58PM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
This week, the Democrats unveiled a new plan to finance President Biden's "Build Back Better" legislation. That proposal, along with a 15 percent corporate minimum tax, has politicians scrambling to line up for or against the idea. Does it have a chance to pass?   Credit for the idea goes to the Senate's top tax expert, Finance Chair Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. His plan is to target only people with $1 billion in assets, or who are earning more than $100 million over three consecutive years. This group would be required to pay capital gains taxes each year on the appreciation in the value of their assets. It won't matter whether they sell or hold those

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North Adams Police Arrest Two After Shooting Incident
Staff Reports ,
09:25AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police have arrested two men, including one who is believed to have been involved in a State Street altercation where gunshots were fired.     According to a statement released Thursday by the North Adams Police Department, patrol units were dispatched to 145 State St. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at approximately 11:54 p.m., for a report of an altercation taking place during which gunshots were fired at a residence.    Upon arriving on scene, officers were able to determine that six 9-millimeter rounds were fired at the residence, penetrating the upstairs apartment walls.   After gathering information from witnesses, officers put out a

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MCLA Student Named 2021-22 Melville Fellow
08:00AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA student Shawna Hennessey '22 has been chosen as a Melville Fellow for 2021-22 by the Berkshire County Historical Society, along with two other students from local colleges.     The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards outstanding Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually with each fellow from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15.     Fellows will

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North Adams Airport Commission Interviews Manager Candidate
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:54AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission plans to make a decision on hiring a new airport manager at its next meeting.   After interviewing finalist candidate Bruce Goff on Tuesday, the commissioners decided to delay their decision giving them time to review his resume and to consider changing the job description.     "I am just thinking that this is a lot for people to absorb," Commissioner Mark Morandi said. "This will give us time to think about it, and we can come back feeling a little more ready rather than rush into something."   Longtime manager Willard "Bill" Greenwald decided to step down earlier this year. In the

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House of Correction's Aquaponics Lab Feeding Needy, Imparting Skills
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sam Fleming, whose nonprofit organization 100 Gardens inspired the project, checks out the roots growing in the nutrient rich water.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Correction has had something fishy going on for awhile now.    Community leaders and others got a chance on Wednesday to tour an inmate-run greenhouse that takes hydroponics — growing plants in a nutrient solution — to another level of sustainability by using fish waste as fertilizer. While producing both fish and produce, the facility also provides inmates with valuable skills that can be transferred to life outside of the jail.   Each of the 30 towns and both

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State Extends School Mask Mandate Into January 2022
01:59PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
MALDEN, Mass. — The mask mandate in schools has been extended through Jan. 15, 2022. This is the second time the mandate has been extended since it was put in place in August in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The latest date for it to be lifted was Monday, Nov. 1.   State officials believe this extension will give time for students age 11 and younger to be vaccinated.    On Tuesday, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended emergency authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer provided data that it says shows the vaccine was safe for those ages and 90.7 percent effective in

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North Adams Housing Authority Approves Motorized Scooter Policy
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a policy that would hold tenants responsible for damaging property with motorized scooters.   "I think it is time that we created a policy to hold people accountable," Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said at the commissioners' meeting Monday. "When people get scooters they need to be aware of what is expected."    She said there is plenty of scooter damage throughout the authority's properties but specifically sited common areas.    She said one tenant rammed a scooter into one of the elevators causing $15,000 worth of damage.   This person

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BCT Presents 'The Haunting of Hill House'
10:29AM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, VT. — Bennington Community Theater presents "The Haunting of Hill House" by F. Andrew Leslie.   The play is directed to Robert Ebert.   According to a press release:   Hoping to cause a sensation in the field of parapsychology, Dr. John Montague rents Hill House, a secluded manor with a reputation for being haunted. He carefully selects two participants for his study—Eleanor Vance, a thirty-two-year-old woman who was reported to have had experiences with a poltergeist as a child, and Theodora, a woman marked in one of his lab's studies as having psychic abilities. A third participant, Luke Sanderson, also joins the group. Luke stands to

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