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The Independent Investor: Why FHA Loans Are so Popular
Federal Housing Authority Loans have long been one of the most popular types of mortgage loans available. Roughly 20 percent of all mortgage applicants will choose an FHA loan because it makes total economic sense to do so. And the older you are, the more important having an FHA approved dwelling becomes.   To many, that may appear
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Tanglewood's New Learning Institute Is A Bold New Chapter
For many music lovers, Tanglewood, on the Lenox/Stockbridge border, virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into the exciting, imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston
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Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing: There's Both This Week on Local Stages
Downtown Pittsfield Third Thursdays — TL Collective Each third Thursday of the month, streets are closed in downtown Pittsfield and all kinds of music rocks the city. Featured June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dance Zone at the north end of the street festival is TL Collective, the athletic, family-friendly contemporary and hip-hop moves of
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Smart Financial Moves for 'Gig' Economy Workers
Not that long ago, most people worked for some type of an organization, such as a business or the government or a school district. But today, more and more workers are going their own way and joining what's known as the "gig" economy. If you will be one of them, you'll want to make the right moves to advance your financial
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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan
Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that
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'Aladdin' Goes Dark, Political and Not As Much Fun
Welcome back to the "Mom Review"! My sidekick Noelle is now a teenager at 13 but she is still willing to share her thoughts on the movies, plays and other family-friendly events we experience to give our Berkshires.com readers a different take on the local cultural scene. First, I'll share my thoughts, and then Noelle will share
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Giorgi League Christens New Noel Field Court
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Berkshire County's newest sports venue opened with a couple of close games on Monday night as the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League christened the new courts at Noel Field.   IBerkshires.com edged Fortitude Strength and Conditioning, 49-41, in the first game, and Rivers Lawn Care/Timeless
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Farley-Bouvier, Hinds Chat Environmental Issues At Pittsfield Forum
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state hopes to see more renewable energy from solar so it's incentivizing development.   However, the way the programs are currently established, solar often comes at the expense of cutting trees.   "We have perverse incentives for solar. It is cheaper for a  developer to
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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Upgrades Popular Trails for 2019 Summer Season
Trail facelifts On Monday, June 10, state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli joined members of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) board of directors, volunteers, staff and nature trail enthusiasts to unveil a redesigned trailhead kiosk and enhanced on-trail signage at BNRC's flagship conservation reserve, Yokun Ridge South at
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Coalition Celebrates Another Year of Building Community
Justyna and Gene Carlson, center with their granddaughter, are flanked by North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard, left, and Coalition board member Steve Green and Executive Director Amber Besaw after receiving the Northern Berkshire Hero Award. (Photo courtesy NBCC) NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In an annual meeting marked by who
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