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Senate Candidate Del Gallo States Positions on the Issues
The following candidate statement was submitted by Rinaldo Del Gallo, Democratic nominee for the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden Senate seat. I differ from my opponents as follows: I am running as a "Bernie Sander progressive"; they declined to say whether they voted for Bernie or Hillary when asked by a debate moderator;
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Use 'Open Enrollment' to Help Improve Your Financial Outlook
It's Open Enrollment Season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits — and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation. Depending on your employer, your benefits package may include various types of insurance, plus access to a
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Letter: One Real Option for State Senator
To the Editor: There is only one real option for state senator. Adam Hinds does not support the $15 an hour minimum wage. Although initially stating he did, when faced with opposition from the Berkshire County Farm Bureau, Hinds suddenly changed his position. Then at the North Adams debate, the candidates were asked directly whether
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MCLA Starts Off Semester With New Leader, More Students & $2M Grant
MCLA bow tie pins will be presented to individuals who exemplify the college's ideals and their names will be listed at the president's office. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is starting of the 2016 fall semester in a good place. For the first time in two years, it has a permanent
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Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat continued to show their differences.   United Cerebral Palsy held a nearly 3-hour forum Friday night with Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo moderating. The primary election is on Thursday
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Local Environmentalist Updates Guide to Berkshire Trails
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren R. Stevens has been traipsing through the Berkshire mountains for more than 40 years. And he wants others to find the same joy has in exploring the trails that weave throughout the county. "I want people to gain an appreciation of the beautiful place we live in," the
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@theMarket: A Tale of Two Interest Rates
Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, investors had little to do but bet on how strong or weak the unemployment number would be. It turned out to be weaker than expected and the markets rallied. Yes, we are once again in a "bad news is good news environment." Weaker economic data means the chances of the Federal Reserve Bank raising
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The Independent Investor: The VA ó Political Football
It is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul Veterans Affairs once elected. The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization's short-comings. We all remember the terrible scandal back
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Polling Stations in Berkshire County
Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary. Where to vote: Adams: Department of Public Works garage, North Summer Street Becket: Town Hall, Main Street Cheshire: Community Senior Center, 119 School St. Clarksburg: Senior Center, Cross
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Berkshire Mall Set to Be Sold
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall is set to be sold to a New York investment firm which specializes in distressed malls.   Mehran Kohanseih, also known as Mike Kohan, said he will close on a sale of the mall Friday for $3.5 million. His goal is to be a "hands-on" owner and bring new
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