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Labor Day: You Can Work to Become a Better Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:09AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On Sept. 3, we observe Labor Day, a holiday to honor all the hard-working people in this country. As one of them, keep in mind that your efforts can have positive results. Famed film producer Samuel Goldwyn once said: "The harder I work, the luckier I get." And this same philosophy can apply to your investing, too – because you can indeed work to become a better investor. 

Consider these steps:

Work to understand your goals and risk tolerance. Self-knowledge is important in all phases of life – and it's certainly essential to you when you invest. For one thing, you need to know your goals. How long do you plan to work? What would you like to do when you


Pittsfield Seeks to Increase Recycling, Trash Hauler Responds to Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Resource Recovery Commission has asked for the recycling plan to be completed by November. Katie Lauzon said it is on pace to completed on time and the group is rolling out some aspects of it already. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Just before the start of Third Thursday, a city truck rolled onto North Street loaded with recycling bins.   It was a new addition to the event and it is part of the city's new focus on increasing recycling.   In the wake of the City Council rejecting Mayor Linda  Tyer's plan to switch to a toter plan for residential trash pick up -- a move eyed to dramatically increase recycling and the cost the city pays to collect and dispose of


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Second Suspect In October Mountain Shooting Arrested
Staff Reports,
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second suspect involved in the October Mountain shooting was arrested.   Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, of Lenox Avenue was arrested on a warrant by Pittsfield officers on Circular Avenue Monday morning.   He was arranged in Westfield District Court on Tuesday where he had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Bruce Melikian ordered he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 11.   Delvalle-Rodriguez is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man near the

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Heated Ending to DA Candidates' Final Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The buzz after Tuesday afternoon's district attorney debate centers on a last-second comment from candidate Judith Knight.   "Andrea, you have so little experience that you don't even know what you don't know," Knight said in her closing remarks.   Andrea Harrington attempted to chime in, objecting to Knight's statement. The two talked over each other as Harrington claimed Knight's comment was a "misrepresentation" of her experience and that she wouldn't stand for it, as Knight continued on. WAMC News Director Ian Pickus put a halt to Harrington's rebuttal and brought the debate to a


Multiple Mosquito Sprayings Scheduled in Pittsfield, Lanesborough
Staff Reports,
11:06AM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  Wednesday's spraying in Pittsfield has been moved to Friday. The Thursday evening spraying schedule remains the same.  


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Truck-mounted mosquito spraying will be done in five areas of the city following the state raising the risk level for West Nile virus.   On Aug. 17, the state Department of Public Health identified seven more mosquitoes collected in Pittsfield to be carrying West Nile. That makes 12 positive samples total for Pittsfield. High numbers of positive samples lead the department to raise the threat level to moderate statewide.    Five areas of the city will be sprayed on Wednesday and Thursday with a


Lanesborough Looks to Be More Business Friendly
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Board of Selectmen recognize Martin Coryell for 10 years of service to the town. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Efforts to make the town more business-friendly are well underway.    In recent years, the town created an economic development committee and secured a state grant to share an economic development planner with three other towns. A second grant award hired Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to do a re-use study of the Berkshire Mall.   Laura Brennan, an economic development planner with BRPC, is now heading the efforts on behalf of the town. It started last year with the development, and subsequent release early this year, of an economic development plan.

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Lawsuit Over Sonsini Animal Shelter Is Resolved
Staff Reports,
01:05AM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The lawsuit over leadership of the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter has come to a peaceful end.   A lawsuit had been filed by Board President Krista Wroldson-Miller and Treasurer Judith Trumble after the two were ousted from the board. A judge placed a temporary order placing the two back in charge while the court case played out.    On Monday, all parties involved filed for a dismissal in the case. The former board members who ousted the pair agreed to relinquish claims in governing the shelter and Wroldson-Miller and Trumble are reimbursing the defendants $15,000 in legal expenses.    "In consideration of defendants agreeing


Letter: Judith Knight Best Fit for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, August 27, 2018

To the Editor:

Andrea Harrington has spunk. But spunk is not enough for the job of district attorney. Ms. Harrington is entering the fray for the Democratic DA nomination with limited knowledge and experience of the workings of the office. This was evident in some of her debate responses, especially those dealing with our county court system. Sliding into the DA position is not the time for on-the-job training.

In her quest for the state Senate seat in 2016, she failed to fully comply with campaign finance law. While the violations were relatively minor for the first-time candidate, and remedial action was taken, she referred to the episode as a learning experience.   In commenting on


Berkshires Beat: Clinton Zion Church Seeking Proposals for Historic Preservation
12:51PM / Monday, August 27, 2018

Clinton Church Restoration is seeking proposals for historic preservation, architectural design and engineering services for the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church at 9 Elm Court in Great Barrington. The nonprofit purchased the historic property last year and plans to restore and repurpose it as an African American Heritage Center. The announcement is being sent to a list of recommended firms; women- and minority-owned firms are encouraged to submit proposals. Interested parties who have not received the announcement may send an email.

Dedicated in 1887, the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church is significant for its association with civil rights leader and native son W.E.B. Du Bois, and


Tanglewood's Bernstein Celebration Was a Spectacular Tribute
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:32AM / Monday, August 27, 2018

Certainly by now, lovers of classical music know that this summer marked Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Celebrations throughout the world are legion, with Tanglewood at the epicenter for performances of the maestro's music – both his own and of the signature compositions of others for which he is beloved as America's greatest conductor.

And on the anniversary of the actual date of his birth - Aug. 25 - Tanglewood created a singular, spectacular event celebrating all the aspects of the musical life of the man known to all as "Lenny."

From "Fancy Free" to "On the Town" to the "Jeremiah' Symphony No. 1" and "The Age of


Cheshire Boy Hands Out Trail Magic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, August 27, 2018

Nate and his mom, Karen Luczynski, who says her family has stayed in touch with many of the hikers.   CHESHIRE, Mass. — Trail angel Nate "North Star" Luczynski has been handing out trail magic to through-hikers long before the town became an Appalachian Trail Community.    "It is just important to help other people and I really started doing it one day because I was bored," Nate, age 11, said. "I went out to talk to hikers and now it is kind of a thing."   This was three years ago and what began as something different to do on a mid-summer day has turned into almost a ritual.   Almost every day, Nate makes his way down


PHS Graduates Form Alumni Association to Improve School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Monday, August 27, 2018

The directory has records of thousands of PHS graduates and what they're doing now. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are areas in Pittsfield High School that could use some refreshing.   The building on East Street has rooms that need repainting or new carpet, and the theater seats could be replaced, and textbooks updated. There are new programs that could be developed and implemented.   And there is also a lot of pride among those who spent years in that building -- the thousands of Generals who list PHS as their alma mater.   Since the city's dollars are tight, a group of alumni decided that it will make those improvements. On Friday, these PHS graduates joined


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