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Letter: Moran Top Choice For Register of Deeds Position
Letter to the Editor,
07:25PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the editor:

Moran Top Choice For Register of Deeds Position

I am writing to express my full support for Deborah A. Moran and her candidacy for the position of register at the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

I have had the opportunity to witness her progression through life and her professional career through the years. In her early years, Deborah had the opportunity to work for three separate law firms in North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown, gaining the foundation for her lifelong career in the real estate field. In 1992, when the opportunity had opened for her to apply for a junior clerk position at the Registry, it was like a dream come true, and her excitement when she

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Letter: Maria Ziemba for Register of Deeds
Letter to the Editor,
07:11PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Maria Ziemba to become the next North Berkshire register of deeds.

I have known Maria for several years and she has been an active presence in the community for a very long time. Maria has several years of experience in the registry and will be an open-minded individual who is willing to answer any questions that constituents have, and would implement an open door policy at the register. I see Maria out in the community frequently and have always been impressed with her dedication and commitment to public service.

As register, Maria will bring the registry into the 21st century with plans to digitize records and make the registry

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Letter: District Attorney Seat Belongs to the People
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018

To the Editor:

The position of district attorney is not a tenured position. It is not a seat that you earn over time. It does not belong to any one person. There is a reason for this. No one should have a monopoly on this office for years at a time. It is important for fair administration. This is why we have elections for certain positions. And the election process should not be controlled by money or power.

Mr. Caccaviello lost an election, period. Blaming his election loss on his not being a politician is absurd and hypocritical. He manipulated the political system to get the advantage of incumbency. He became a Democrat purposely to sew up the election in the primary, and he still

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'Colette': Liberté, Égalité and Literature
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:19PM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
Watching director Wash Westmoreland's "Colette," about the life and times of Gabrielle Colette, the heralded French literary figure whose celebrated "Claudine" novels were published under her husband's name, I feared I wasted my life by never having moved to Paris.    Such hyperbolic self-examination, while exaggerated for my own literary purposes here, is nonetheless proof of what a fine period piece this film is. Still, while boasting Keira Knightley in a superb title portraiture, those indifferent to belles-lettres and avant-garde sensibilities need not apply.   Truth be told, even this foppish reviewer felt that fifteen or so minutes of this

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Berkshire Republicans Back Democrat Caccaviello In DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party.    Paul Caccaviello is being supported in his write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington by the Berkshire County Republican Association.   The Republicans say Caccaviello is "apolitical" and that they are endorsing him based on his qualifications for the job.   "His whole voting life he's been unenrolled. He is apolitical," said Kathryn Mickle, one of the key organizers for the Republican Association. "He's not a political party guy and the office

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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Community Health Programs Names New Trustee
11:29AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Alfred "A.J." Enchill Jr. has been named to the Community Health Programs Board of Trustees. His appointment was confirmed by the CHP board at its October meeting.

Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, based in Pittsfield, where he focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds' appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council's board of directors and the board of Multi-Cultural Bridge.

He previously worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and, earlier, as a paralegal intern for Bikkal & Associates in White Plains, N.Y. He also worked as a junior account assistant for

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Pension Buyout Offer: Annuity or Lump Sum?
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to terminate your existing pension plan. In either case, you will likely have two main options: You can take your pension as a lump sum of your accrued benefits, or you can convert it to an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with a lifetime income stream. Which choice is best?

There's no right answer, but here are some factors to consider:

Comfort in investing: If you take your pension as a lump sum, you can invest it yourself –

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Berkshires Beat: Florida Couple Invests $500,000 in the Future of Gould Farm
12:52PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

Ellen and Tom Bowler gifted $500,000 to Gould Farm. Capital kickoff

Gould Farm kicked off the public phase of its $2.6 million Harvesting Hope Capital Campaign on Saturday, Oct. 20, announcing a lead gift of $500,000 from Tom and Ellen Bowler of Palm Beach, Florida. The small, nonprofit residential community program launched the capital campaign in early 2017 and has since raised $2.3 million to fund the construction of its first community center.

The Bowlers' lead gift honors Ellen's father, the Rev. Hampton E. Price, who served as executive director from 1961-1972.  During his tenure, Rev. Price transformed the farm's campus, systematized the work program, and brought

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Haunted Hike Set For Oct. 26 at Fountain Pond
12:08PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — They say that, once a year, you can hear the screams of those who have vanished in the mountains of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Fountain Pond State Park. On Friday, Oct. 26, will you dare to venture into these woods?

For those courageous enough, the annual Haunting in the Hills invites the brave to walk with the dead and the tormented. Gather at the Fountain Pond trailhead, at Community Health Programs main campus, at 444 Stockbridge Road, if you dare, at 8 p.m.

Children under 13 are not admitted. It's too scary.

Admission is $5 per person per walk. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Buses will return surviving hikers to the

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Berkshire County Kids Place Marks 25 Years at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gala co-chairmen Paul Fortini and Sheri Quinn welcome attendees to the annual gathering on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kathy Singer had a heartfelt wish for Berkshire County Kids Place's 25th year.    That it no longer existed.   "My wish for the Kids Place -- that they are never ever needed, that they never have to comfort another child, never have to help tell a child that mommy and daddy are gone or that they will never ever see their family again," said the longtime foster mother.   Singer has been a foster mother for more than 30 years — while raising her own children, some of whom she adopted.    "I have fostered

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Upcoming Convocation
02:10PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 120 students during an Honors Convocation Program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Each honored student ranks in the top 5 percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

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Adams: Rebekah L. Baker, Alexandria T. Brandon, Michelle M. Briggs, Laurie A. McArthur, Kelsy M. Nixon, Cameron J. Winter

Ashley Falls: Tracy M. Stoddard

Becket: Emily M. Linendoll

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Michaela M. Larkin, Melissa L. Pantano, Lillian R. Sartorius, Kia Yang

Chester: Ramsey A. El Taieb

Clarksburg: Stephanie J. Rogers

Dalton: Shaina R.

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