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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

State Allocates $150K To Berkshires For Overflow Sheltering This Winter
Staff Reports,
01:35AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has allocated $150,000 to provide addition shelters for those in need this winter.   The Department of Housing and Community Development is providing the funds to ServiceNet to provide overflow sheltering. ServiceNet will subcontract with other organizations in the county including Soldier On in Pittsfield, Construct in Great Barrington, and the Lousison House in North Adams to serve the homeless population this winter.   "It is welcome news that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will continue to provide funding for the Winter Overflow Homeless Shelter beds. The continued support of DHCD, the Berkshire

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Leaving Your Job? What Should You Do With Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:37PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

You've got a powerful retirement savings vehicle in your 401(k) plan, which offers various investment options and the chance to accumulate tax-deferred earnings. But if you leave your job before you retire, what should you do with your 401(k)?

You have several choices — and it’s important that you understand them, because your decision can greatly affect the resources you’ll ultimately have available during your retirement years. Here are the main options for dealing with your 401(k) from a previous employer:

* You could leave the money in the company's plan. Not all companies offer this option, but many do. If you like the investment choices available in your

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Friday, Nov. 16

Pittsfield: Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care will host its Fall Bazaar at 255 Lebanon Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature jewelry and craft vendors, Chinese basket and goods raffle, carnival wheel, 50/50 and more.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17

Adams: St. Stan's School will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kolbe Hall on Hoosac Street. The event will feature Polish foods, a snack bar, raffles and auctions, a craft

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The Twists and Turns of the District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Andrea Harrington and her family the night of the primary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was Thursday, March 1, 2018, when the body of a woman was found in a nearby wooded area. Hours later, District Attorney David Capeless sent a notice to media outlets that he had a "major announcement."   Television stations on the scene where the body was found quickly went to air telling the public that a major announcement was pending.   The media advisory didn't say much but given the timing, it was assumed by many that Capeless would release information regarding the homicide and many in the public were glued to social media waiting to see if it was the body of a woman

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Harrington Claims Victory in Berkshire District Attorney Race
Staff Reports,
10:16PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Harrington's family joined her at the celebration party. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington has turned back a write-in challenge to claim victory as Berkshire County district attorney.    While her opponent, Paul Caccaviello has not conceded, Harrington has opened up enough of a lead that her supporters feel confident that she will carry the day.    "I am truly humbled by this opportunity and I make a promise to the people here today and the people of this community that I will always work for the best interest of Berkshire County," Harrington said to supporters gathered at Tavern at the A to celebrate her victory.   Harrington has won

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Berkshire County Election 2018
Staff Reports,
04:51PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, just re-elected to his 13th term and his third representing the Berkshires, will become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. The Democrat is currently the ranking member and, with the Democratic takeover the House, is in position take command of the powerful committee.     State Elections   There were no surprises at the state level: Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito won another two-year term. Also re-elected were U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Secretary of State William Galvin,  Auditor Suzanne Bump, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Decision Height'
03:28PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of "Decision Height," a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. 

General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Tickets can be bought online; after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, call

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November
09:10AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during November.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Clarksburg and Goshen for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 to 1, Clarksburg Town Hall at 111 River Road; Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 to 1, Goshen Town Hall, second-floor meeting room, at 42 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an

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State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island
01:49PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Main Street, Rhode Island

Main Street Hospitality Group, owners and operators of boutique hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that include the iconic Red Lion Inn, has been named as the management partner for the new Hammetts Wharf hotel development on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.  This marks the company's first step outside of Massachusetts as it pursues growth throughout the Northeast.

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.  Developed by Peregrine Group LLC, Hammetts

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Berkshires Beat: Two Firefighters Join Great Barrington Force
12:31PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
New firefighters

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants

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District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are only a few local races on the ballot Tuesday and their outcomes won't take too long to tally up. Except one.    It's possible that full results for the Berkshire County district attorney might not be known until Wednesday — or even Thursday.    The election for Berkshire district attorney has had plenty of twists and turns but the biggest has been the decision by second-place Democratic primary finisher Paul Caccaviello to mount a write-in campaign against the party's nominee Andrea Harrington.    Harrington's name is the only one on the ballot but there's always a spot on the ballot for a write-in

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