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Harrington Launches 'Ambitious' Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe says the policies of intervention will keep communities safer.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office is partnering with communities and local organizations to create a juvenile justice system focused on the roots of delinquency.    "As community leaders, we are all responsible for creating an environment where our children can grow and thrive," said District Attorney Andrea Harrington. "That's why my office is launching a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Initiative that will work toward keeping children out of the court system and building safer, healthier communities."   Harrington made

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Biz Briefs: Shakespeare & Company Seeks Property Proposals for Lenox Campus
11:38AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019
S&Co. Property Collaboration

Shakespeare & Company is inviting qualified entities, including real estate or other business and property development firms and nonprofits, to propose ideas to further develop the company's campus 33-acre property in Lenox. For more than four decades, Shakespeare & Company has been one of the premiere cultural attractions of Berkshire County, and a globally recognized landmark for theatrical performance, arts education, and professional training. This new project represents a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with the Company.  

Qualified entities are asked to provide an initial statement of interest to demonstrate how the campus,

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Baker Proposes Tax Relief Measures, Major Rainy-Day Fund Deposit
05:49PM / Friday, September 06, 2019
BOSTON — The governor is asking the Legislature to approve tax relief to residents based on the state's surplus revenues.    The legislation filed Friday by the Baker-Polito administration will also make a deposit to the so-called "Rainy Day" fund to bring the fund balance to $3 billion, the highest balance ever.    These proposals are part of a $651 million supplemental budget bill that also makes investments in a wide range of areas including infrastructure, education and support for cities and towns.   "The commonwealth's strong economy and our disciplined approach to budgeting have resulted in another major surplus," said Gov.

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@theMarket: Markets Break Out of 3-Month Trading Range
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, September 06, 2019
Investors received a bucketful of good news this week. Brexit got a reprieve, Hong Kong authorities caved in to protestors demands, and another round of trade talks is set for October between the U.S. and China. Welcome to September.   As of Friday, the S&P 500 Index was less than 2 percent from all-time highs. The other indexes are close as well. And while September is historically not a good month for the markets, this time around, September is starting off with a big bang. Can it continue?   Yes, in my opinion. We could see all three averages break out into new, all-time highs before all is said and done. While traders and computers trade on the headlines, I am more

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Berkshire South Announces 2019 Gala Honoree
12:23PM / Friday, September 06, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center has named Bobbie Hallig as this year's Edwin A. Jaffe Award winner and gala honoree.

Hallig will be presented with the award on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Gala attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, dinner then a live auction benefiting Youth Programming.

The Edwin A. Jaffe Award, honors an individual or group exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to building community and common purpose within the Berkshires.

"Bobbie Hallig is a wonderful choice for this designation," said Jenise Lucey, executive director of BSRCC. "Her many years of service on Berkshire boards

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Fairview, SBVAS Offer Emergency Training Focused on Lifesaving Skill
11:08AM / Friday, September 06, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, Fairview Hospital will host three sessions of "Stop the Bleed," offering important life-saving skills for lay persons and health and safety professionals. The training is free and open to the public by advance registration.

The Stop the Bleed program teaches the basics of recognizing severe bleeding, getting help and controlling bleeding immediately using simple tools and skills that can be mastered in this class. The skills are valuable for anyone who encounters a construction accident, motor vehicle crash, or any other emergency where someone may suffer a serious injury and is at risk of experiencing

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The Independent Investor: Business Roundtable's Change of Heart
By Bill Schmick,
05:15PM / Thursday, September 05, 2019
Now that the media is on to more interesting topics, the August announcement by the Business Roundtable deserves further examination. Afterall, it is not every day that a group of the nation's most powerful chief executives redefines the goals of American corporations.   The maximization of shareholders' profits, above all else, has been the motto of the Business Roundtable (BRT) since the 1980s. Critics claim that this attitude has led to all kinds of negative consequences for society overall. The environment, the individual worker, suppliers (think underage Bangladesh garment workers), consumers and local communities have been needlessly harmed by this myopic view of a

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'Luce': Enlightening
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:28PM / Thursday, September 05, 2019
"It's complicated."   Thus spake Luce Edgar, heretofore the brilliant and handsome apple of every teacher's eye at his high school in Arlington, Va., when the senior's stellar reputation suddenly comes into question. Guilty or not of the swirling accusations, rumors and innuendoes, Kelvin Harrison Jr.'s superbly sculpted BMOC speaks volumes about the perception of stature. The predicament in which he finds himself is but one of numerous subplots that writhe, conjoin and impressively coalesce into a highly dramatic meditation on the very essence of truth itself.   Director Julius Onah, who co-wrote the screenplay with J.C. Lee, puts the tension level to

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Leaving Your Job? What Happens to Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:47AM / Wednesday, September 04, 2019

If you're in the early stages of your working life – or even in the not-so-early ones – the chances are pretty good that you will change jobs at some point. When that happens, you will probably leave a few things behind – but will one of them be your 401(k)?

Of course, you wouldn't really forget about your 401(k). (It does happen, however – over the period from 2004 through 2013, more than 25 million people left at least one 401(k) or similar plan behind when they left their job, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.) But you will have to do something with your account.

Essentially, you have four choices:

* You can cash out your 401(k).

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Berkshires Beat: Woofstock 2019 to be Held at The Common in Pittsfield
11:24AM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Woofstock 2019

Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups, will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at The Common in Pittsfield. Runners will be timed by Berkshire Running Center, and walkers will stroll along North Street to help raise awareness for the shelter's mission. Leashed canine companions are welcome during both events. Afterward, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool. BHS receives no state or

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Pollinators Abound in Search for Sweet Nectar
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:27PM / Sunday, September 01, 2019

Long dash skipper stretching proboscis to secure nectar deep within a blossom. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the early morning sun way up on Mount Greylock, I muse among the wildflowers blooming trailside on a grassy service road adjacent to the reservoir, where tall white fleabanes bloom.    At first, the predominant moth is like a small sphingid moth with scalloped wings adorned with large white wing patches, with heavy body again like the hawk moths (family: Sphingidae).   However, the appearance may in turn mimic the sphinx moths. But this window-winged moth is Thyris maculata in family Thyrididae, not the Geometridae. See Charles Covell, author of "Eastern

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@theMarket: The Summer of Financial Discontent
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, August 30, 2019
As we close out the summer, investors have had anything but a sleepy three months. The volatility caused by the Fed's actions, Donald Trump's tweets, Brexit, and tariff threats had markets gaining and losing billions — if not trillions — of dollars in assets on a weekly, and sometimes, daily basis.   The question you might ask is "Will it continue?" The short answer is yes, at least into October, unless a trade deal is signed. And what are the chances of that happening? Not very high, if you listen to the experts who profess to know and understand China.    A respected Deutsche Bank economist, Yi Xiong, wrote in a recent report that China has

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