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The Independent Investor: Brokerage Business Not What It Used to Be
By Bill Schmick,
04:15PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Last week, Charles Schwab, the mega-discount broker, disrupted the brokerage industry yet again by dropping its per-trade commission rates for U.S. and Canadian stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and options for both mobile and internet trades. It was inevitable and simply recognizes what the future holds for that segment of the financial industry.   Since Schwab's announcement on October 1, three additional big brokers — TD Ameritrade, E-Trade and Fidelity Investments — have thrown in the towel leaving only Vanguard (among the big houses) left out of the zero-commission trend.   The stock market reacted in shock. Traders hit the sell button on their computers

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming
04:01PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Tanglewood news

For the first time since it was established as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood will be holding programming during the fall, winter and spring. This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

The Linde Center will host a variety of programming, offering participants a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeling to becoming more involved with music and the arts. The Linde Center will also serve as an event and concern rental space for use by the Berkshire community

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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2019 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Clues
03:01PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
  2. (first clue) Evergreen not golden; (second clue) Fir Inn   5. (first clue) Sugary Lane; (second clue) Sweet place to stay in Billsville   11. (first clue) Native American Copse; (second clue) Trail Woods   17. (first clue) 42.6072670, -73.1245140; (second clue) School buses are same color as some foliage      18. (first clue) I'm called by one but contain many colors; (second clue) Flowers at the base of the hills   19. (first clue) Fall up, not down; (second clue) Seasonal altitude

Extra hint: two leaves are in Williamstown, one in Adams and three in North Adams

 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Fall Foliage

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019
09:40AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2010. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!

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Williamstown Mulls Major Changes to Parking Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A proposal before the Select Board would end the two-hour parking limit on both sides of Park Street. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two members of the Select Board on Monday pushed back on one piece of a sweeping proposal to update the town's parking regulations.   Town Manager Jason Hoch presented the proposed changes that are outlined in a memo from Police Chief Kyle Johnson. Together, Hoch and Johnson took stock of the town's parking rules over the last year after substantial completion of the construction on and around Spring and Latham streets prompted a revision to the spots designated as legal in the town's bylaws.   From that conversation sprung a wider

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Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New York City
06:05PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Enjoyed the opportunity over the weekend to join federal, state and local partners to celebrate the launch of Valley Flyer service, which will strengthen western Massachusetts' transportation network along the Knowledge Corridor.

📰 via @WWLP22News: https://t.co/cuLvvKEk74 pic.twitter.com/8dxkJi0DOZ

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) October 7, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State officials on Saturday highlighted the Valley Flyer rail pilot that began service on Aug. 30 and will allow daily connections to New York City for the first time in 50 years.    Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members

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It's Not Too Soon for End-of-Year Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:22AM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

We've still got a couple of months until 2019 draws to a close, but it's not too early to make some end-of-the-year financial moves. In fact, it may be a good idea to take some of these steps sooner rather than later.

Here are a few suggestions:

* Boost your 401(k) contributions. Like many people, you might not usually contribute the maximum amount to your 401(k), which, in 2019 is $19,000, or $25,000 if you're 50 or older. Ask your employer if you can increase your 401(k) contributions in 2019, and if you receive a bonus before the year ends, you may be able to use that toward your 401(k), too.

* Add to your IRA. You have until April 15, 2020, to contribute to your IRA for

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Williams College Wants to Hear From You
04:41AM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Williams College invites its neighbors to think out loud about ways that Williams and its students, faculty, and staff might become more fully and effectively engaged in the local community—and beyond.

Williams will host the following open forums to provide an opportunity for community voices to be heard and to contribute to shaping Williams' future:

* Thursday, Oct.17, 5-6:30 p.m., The Green, 85 Main St., North Adams

* Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 -7:30 p.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown

* Thursday, Oct.24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

All are welcome; there is no need to RSVP. For more information, visit the website.

 

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Williamstown Researching Potential for Municipal Broadband
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Andrew Hogeland, left, discussed the research of a group looking into a possible municipal solution to the town's need for high-speed internet. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town voters may be asked as early as this year whether they want the town to develop a municipal broadband internet service.   But any such vote would be the first on a long road to realizing the dream of townwide fiber optic service.   Select Board member Andrew Hogeland on Monday gave his colleagues an update on the research of a working group of volunteers who have been looking at solutions to provide high-speed internet access in the rural town of 7,700.   The group's research shows that

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Greylock Federal Prepares to Open Community Empowerment Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Monday, October 07, 2019

Nancy Gomez tells her story with the help of Gloria Escobar, standing.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The newly renovated Greylock Federal Credit Union on Kellogg Street will be offering more than just banking services. The site will house a new Community Empowerment Center offering free counseling to help residents in determining their financial futures.   The branch is set to open within a couple weeks but U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and CDFI Director Jodie Harris were invited to the facility last week to learn about what the CEC will mean for the area's underserved and underbanked communities.    "I hope you can hear how we're here for the whole community.

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Markey Says He'll Keep Fighting for Progressive Values
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, October 07, 2019

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, left, Mayor Thomas Bernard and Mayor Linda Tyer come out in support of Senator Markey. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's junior senator pledged on Saturday to stand with the Berkshires for another six years — if they continue to stand by him.    U.S. Sen. Edwardy Markey had announced last year that he would be running for a second term representing the Bay State. His stop at Dottie's Coffee Lounge on Saturday morning hosted by the Berkshire Brigades follows a similar visit a few weeks ago by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III — the day after he declared his intent to primary Markey.    "I'm going to fight

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Williams Women's Golf Wins NESCAC Fall Qualifier
07:50PM / Sunday, October 06, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women's golf team Sunday fired off a 307 to take the the title in both their Fall Invitational and the NESCAC Fall Qualifier with a two-day total of 619.   Amherst came in second with a 624 and Middlebury followed with a 635.    Junior Stella Woo continued to lead the Ephs, finishing with a 75 to come in tied for first individually. Sophomores Joanna Kim and Olive White shot 77 and 81 respectively which put Kim in 6th and White in 14th place.   Freshmen Catalin Yturralde and Malini Rudra shot 80 and 75 respectively. Rudra made an impressive climb up the individual leaderboard as she improved her standing by 18 places from

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