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Governor Baker Delivers 2020 State of the Commonwealth Address
10:23PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday night.    Remarks as prepared for delivery:   "Mr. Speaker. Madame President. Members of the House and Senate. Members of Congress. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council. Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.   "To our Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, my partner in leading this administration. I want to take a moment to extend gratitude on behalf

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Berkshires Beat: Contest Invites Youths to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln
01:36PM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020
 

The Berkshire County Republican Association is hosting its inaugural President's Day Contest celebrating Abraham Lincoln. The contest will be open to all children attending public, private or parochial school as well as those who are home-schooled.

Five categories include: pre-K to grade three can draw a picture celebrating the greatness of Abraham Lincoln; grades four through six can express the accomplishments of Lincoln's legacy on today's society; grades seven through 10 can write no more than one page, single spaced in 12-point font, answering the question of how Abraham's principles in stopping slavery in the United States can be used to stop human slavery

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Are Your Financial and Tax Advisors Talking?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:38AM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Now that we have closed the book on 2019, it's officially Tax Season. As you prepare your tax returns for the April 15 deadline, you might already start looking for opportunities to improve your tax-related financial outcomes in the future.

And one important step you can take is to connect your tax professional with your financial advisor. Together, these professionals can help you take advantage of some valuable strategies, such as:

* Roth vs. traditional IRA: If you're eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA, you might find it beneficial to have your financial advisor talk to your tax professional about which is the better choice. Generally, if you think your

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Housing, Jobs and Transportation Top County Needs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:22AM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Congressman Richie Neal addresses the gathering on Friday at MCLA. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An individual in Berkshire County with a minimum wage job has to work 57 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.   If it's two parents with a child, they both need to be working full time and earning $14.41 an hour — $1.66 above the state minimum wage — to support their family.   There's a good chance they're renting because even though homeownership in the county is higher than the state average, in some areas, like Adams and North Adams, more than 40 percent of residents rent. Of those who rent, at least half are "rent burdened" because

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Williamstown Planning Board Weighing New Pot Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Monday, January 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week heard from several residents who want it to prohibit outdoor production of marijuana in the language of an updated bylaw the board intends to send to May's annual town meeting.   Several of the people who argued against granting a special permit to grow pot on a Blair Road parcel early last year were back at Town Hall on Tuesday to ask that town regulations be changed to allow marijuana production only indoors and then under highly regulated conditions to control odor.   The Planning Board chose to address the bylaw passed by town meeting in 2017 because it was written before the commonwealth's Cannabis Control

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville
02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.

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Grand Tradition Concert 2011
by Billsville
02:30PM / Monday, December 19, 2011
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WilliNet has posted this year's Grand Tradition Concert, recorded on Dec. 11, at the Williamstown Elementary School. You can also find it on the WilliNet schedule here.

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