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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18
Staff Reports,
07:12PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, January 18.   Chelsey Roy, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   She was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Center and placed on two-years probation.    The incidents involved a child who was 11-months-old at the time between September 1, 2014 and October 5, 2014.    Single counts of assault and battery upon a child with injury and assault and battery upon a child were dismissed by the state.   Thomas Johnson, 40, of Pittsfield had

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Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish

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Inauguration 2016
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25
01:07PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     January 19 - January 25,

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Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, January 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center.   The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.   "This is a very expensive and very impactful program to remove nitrogen, tertiary treatment for phosphorous, aluminum, and then we have to make

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New 'Winter Carnival' Planned at Springside Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, January 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park.   The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities — from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing — at the park on Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon until 4. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.   "We want to bring the concept of families and kids being outdoors," said conservancy President Lisa Tully. "Our big thing is to just get families together at the park."   The Fire Department has agreed to create an ice skating rink near the pond at Springside Park and the conservancy

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Students and faculty in the Bard College at Simon's Rock dance program presented their work to the community at last fall's dance festival. Two programs showcased a total of 24 dance pieces and featured 45 students in performances created by two faculty and 20 student choreographers.

The following local students were recognized for dancing in the fall dance festival: Eliza Abrams, a freshman from Great Barrington; Georgiana Janko, a sophomore from South Egremont, and Daniel Packer, a senior from Williamstown.

    Academic Lists Valerie Goly of Pittsfield has been named to fall  2017 commendation list at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.   Samantha

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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?
By Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right?   Last July, I wrote my first column on the phenomena of crypto currencies. Since then, Bitcoin vaulted to historic highs, briefly touching $20,000 on Dec. 17. Since then clients, friends, relatives and yes, even my mother-in-law, have asked me if I thought crypto currencies were a good investment.   The answer will always depend on the price I'm willing to

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'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although

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Medical Marijuana Company Plans Recreational Sales in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Benjamin Hildebran outlined the changes made to the property and building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a medical and a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year.   Berkshire Roots is finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Ave., a commercial building that formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store.   Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.   The company received its approval to open the facility back in July 2016 and just a few months later

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Todd Fiorentino explains his coffee kiosk plans to the Parks Commission.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local business owner wants to open a coffee kiosk at the First Street Common. But, the Parks Commission isn't sure if it wants to commercialize the park system.

Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

"It is a nice amenity for people and adds a social element," Fiorentino told the Parks Commission on Wednesday.

Fiorentino said there is a lack of coffee options during the morning, citing that Market Place Cafe doesn't open until 10 a.m. and he would be supporting the

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When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
11:45AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?

Actually, you might benefit from the services of a financial advisor during many life events, including the following:

Starting your career: When you're starting out in your career, you may encounter several questions related to your benefits package. Should you contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan? If so, how much, and where should you invest your money? Are the

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