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The Independent Investor: Workers Get to Save More in 2015
By Bill Schmick,
01:48PM / Friday, October 31, 2014
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The IRS has given us all a New Year's gift. As of Jan. 1, the tax-deferred contributions on a variety of employee-sponsored, retirement savings plans have been increased, but not for IRAs.

Readers may already be familiar with the traditional 401(k) plan. It was established as an alternative to the nation's pension plans that are fast disappearing. Most companies offer 401(k)s to their employees (or 403(b)s if working for the state or a non-profit) as a fringe benefit. These plans allow employees to contribute as much as $17,500 a year plus an additional $5,500 catchup if you are over 50. The contributions come right off the top of your W-2 wages so there are considerable tax

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Are We There Yet?: Halloween Times Two
By Rebecca Dravis,
09:50PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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I don't think anyone gets Halloween off from work or school, but somehow it feels like a three-day weekend, doesn't it?

First off, if you're going trick-or-treating Friday night, stay safe. I'm sure you know the drill but here are some tips just in case you want a reminder.

You might as well keep the Halloween fun going into the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Mason Library in Great Barrington is hosting a free Community Halloween Party. The kids party starts at 5 p.m. with "spirited" storytelling by Tim Van Egmond, a folksinger and storyteller who performs throughout New England. Devilish pizza and creepy cupcakes follow from 6

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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,

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North Adams Edward Jones Office Supports Toys for Tots Drive
12:10PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Walter Lother, the local Edward Jones financial adviser, is supporting the Marines of Westover Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Str., North Adams, during regular business hours beginning Oct. 31 through Dec. 18.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," Lother said. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community."

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides

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Lanesborough School Committee Delays Vote on Superintendency Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:56PM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Parents and teachers spoke out against attempts to dissolve the union with Williamstown Elementary.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday put off a decision on whether to end its affiliation with Williamstown Elementary School.

Robert Barton and James Moriarty, who forced a special meeting of the committee to vote on the dissolution of Superintendency Union 71, agreed to wait until a recently formed ad hoc town committee conducts its study of options for superintendency services for the pre-K through 6 district.

At a well-attended 4 p.m. meeting of the three-person committee, at least eight residents commented from the microphone or their seats. All but one [the

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Greylock President to Retire in 2015
01:36PM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal President & CEO Marilyn L. Sperling has announced her plans to retire at the end of 2015.

Sperling said the timing of her announcement was intended to enable the Board of Directors to plan an orderly and effective search for a replacement.

“The credit union is in a very strong financial position; we continue to enjoy strong market share; and the caliber of our employees and their work ethic is the best it has ever been,” Sperling said. “The next CEO will be leading from a very solid foundation.”  

Greylock Board Chairman Jerry Burke praised Marilyn’s leadership over the past four years.

“During the

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State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
11:44AM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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It's time to release the ghouls and goblins onto the streets in search of treats. The state fire marshal has offered fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

 

Costumes

* Children should carry a flashlight and their costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.

* Be sure all parts of the costume are labeled flame retardant.

* Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause falls.

* Pointed objects such as swords and devils’ forks should be made of soft material.

* If your child wears a mask instead of make-up on their face, double check that the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
  

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Williams Dormitory Plan Part of Larger Renovation Project
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Stetson Court will be the location of the college's first dormitory in nearly a half century.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williams College first opened its doors to students in 1793, only 65 boys were enrolled.

Now it has a diverse population of approximately 2,100 housed in dormitories and small houses around the campus.

Of the more than 30 student residences, West College, constructed in 1791-1793, is the oldest dormitory. Tyler Annex, built in 1972, is the newest.

Williams is planning to add its first new dormitory in 42 years and has selected Stetson Court for its location.

"We hope the new dorm will be completed in the fall of 2016," Frederick Puddester,

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Lanesborough Asked To Put Expanding School District To Town Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carrie Greene told the Selectmen that the town will save money with regionalization.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials want voters to decide if the regional school district should be expanded to include the elementary school.

Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene asked the Selectmen on Monday to put it on the town meeting agenda. The vote, if approved by both towns, would create one organization for both elementary schools and the high school.   "We need to let the voters decide," Greene said.   The high school is already one district with one budget and one school committee. The

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Williamstown Selectmen Endorse Hospital Resolution, Bottle Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The Board of Selectmen evinced support for both a resolution on reopening the hospital and a state ballot question expanding the bottle bill.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a resolution promoting the return of inpatient services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital and expressed the town's support for a "Yes" vote on the bottle deposits initiative on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

A group representing activists who have been working to reopen the shuttered hospital since its closure in March attended Monday's meeting, as did a representative of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, who told the board that inpatient facilities

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Lanesborough Names 9-Member Panel To Look At School Affiliation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:38PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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The Board of Selectmen appointed the committee Monday night after delaying the appointments twice before.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen appointed a nine-member committee to take a close look at school affiliation issues.   The Selectmen put together the committee in response to a request from School Committee member Robert Barton. Barton has been leading an effort to dissolve the town's agreement with Williamstown to share administrative services and pursue another affiliation.   The School Committee is scheduled to vote on withdrawing from the union on Wednesday but it is currently unknown if that will be approved by the

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