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Letter: Caccaviello Offers Leadership, Continuity
To the Editor: As a respite care foster parent for nine years for children who have been traumatized by violence and/or sexual assault; as a crime victim myself; as an elected School Committee member (winning as a write-in) and a former Fair Housing commissioner; I know the work that Paul Caccaviello and the staff of the Berkshire district
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Letter: Harrington Right Person for DA
To the Editor: It was supposed to be easy. The position of district attorney in Berkshire County was his to be had. It was set up so well. A shady backroom deal between the 14-year veteran DA and the Republican governor ... an early retirement of the 14-year veteran to allow him to run as the incumbent ... and a last minute switch to
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MassPIRG Pushing to Increase Voter Turnout at MCLA
MCLA student Ari Battaini, MassPIRG coordinator, speaks with Mayor Thomas Bernard and college President Jamie Birge after the presentation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's a given that young people don't vote. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping to buck the trend.    In one good sign, the
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The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Risk Tolerance
It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9 percent decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.   Did you find yourself checking your investment portfolios every
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'The Old Man & the Gun': The Antihero & the Movie Star
If movies were cherished trinkets, director David Lowery's "The Old Man & the Gun," based on a true story and starring Robert Redford as the gentlemanly, senior citizen bank robber, Forrest Tucker, would deserve a place of honor in your cigar box. It is at once a sympathetically laced portrait of the legendary stickup man/jail
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Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was
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Berkshire Ambulance, Emergency Room Officials Oppose Question 1
Heads of local ambulance services and emergency department officials gathered at County Ambulance on Wednesday to express the reasons for the opposition to Question 1.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The phrase "holding the wall" hasn't really been used much in describing emergency medical services in Berkshire
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Harrington Rallies Base to Start Final Week Of DA's Race
  Harrington's husband Timothy Walsh reflected on the campaign and thanked the crowd for the support of Harrington and their entire family.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is the final week in the district attorney's race and those in Andrea Harrington's camp are as energetic as
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Mount Greylock Regional High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that Jeffrey Welch, a social studies teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School, has been awarded the 10th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. He will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich his teaching, and the
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Consolidating Accounts Leads to Clear Financial Strategy
None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by
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