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What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:17AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you were to inherit a large sum of money, what would you do with it? 

The question may not be hypothetical, especially if you are in the millennial, Gen X or Gen Z demographic groups. That's because the baby boomers – often referred to as the richest generation in history – are poised to transfer some $30 trillion in assets over the next few decades, according to the consulting firm Accenture.

Of course, this is a "macro" figure, and everyone's situation is different. Furthermore, since baby boomers are living longer, more active lives, the total amount passed on may end up being considerably less than the estimate. Nonetheless, you may well receive a

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Mount Greylock School Committee Charts 'Expedited' Superintendent Hiring Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Monday, July 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Friday outlined its schedule for selecting the district's next permanent superintendent.   If all goes according to plan, the committee hopes to learn the names of its finalists, interview those contenders and vote on its final selection within the span of three days at the end of the month with the intention of getting a new superintendent in the job in early August.   On Friday, the panel heard an orientation to the superintendent search selection process from representatives of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   The Mount Greylock School Committee designated MASC to screen

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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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Mount Greylock Fields Study Group on Hold until Fall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Monday, July 20, 2020

The multipurpose building, which will, among other things, house Mount Greylock's central administration, could be move-in ready some time in September. WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new committee forming to take another look at the Mount Greylock Regional School District's athletic fields needs may not convene until October.   The School Committee's Finance Subcommittee has taken the lead considering how the district can resolve a long-standing dispute about how to proceed with needed improvements to the fields at the middle-high school.   Earlier this summer, the subcommittee developed a proposal for an ad hoc group to organize the information the district

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Northern Berkshire Waste District Finalizes Casella Agreement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Monday, July 20, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District has signed off on a proposed five-year contract with Casella Waste Systems.   "This has been a six or seven-month process and I feel that we have done our due diligence," Program Director Linda Cernik said at Thursday's meeting, held outside the Adams Visitors Center.. "We didn't rush it and we took our time ... honesty I feel this is a good contract. It is a little bit higher than I anticipated but we knew that."    The district previously held a contract with Republic Services and recently went out to bid for a new contract. Casella Waste Management purchased some assets

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Mount Greylock District Weighs Wastewater Testing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Sunday, July 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District Tuesday expressed interest in pursuing wastewater testing as a method for identifying early the presence of COVID-19 at the district's three schools.   Robert Putnam was reacting to a suggestion from parent Foster Goodrich, who offered his comments during a meeting of the Education Subcommittee of the School Committee.   Goodrich told the panel that he works with engineering firm AECOM, one of the companies using wastewater analysis to test sewage, a strategy that the City of Pittsfield announced the week before that it will employ in the fight against the novel

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@theMarket: Vaccine-Driven Markets
By Bill Schmick,
02:13PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020
Investors are caught in a tug of war. On one side are the growing cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. On the other, the expectations that a virus cure, or at least a vaccine, is just around the corner. The market remains in the middle.   That's all you need to know to understand what happened to stocks this week. Two different announcements concerning vaccine progress had traders bid up stocks. The daily toll of deaths and cases, the slowing of the re-opening process, and the controversy over the coming school plans, all had a dampening effect on markets as well.    The quarterly corporate earnings season is also upon us. Management's guidance on how they see

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The Case for Community College
By Ellen Kennedy,
12:44PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Community colleges remain the most accessible option for higher education and we know that, on average, community college students earn significantly more over their lifetimes than individuals who do not go to community college (according to the Community College Research Center).

Even in the face of COVID-19, Berkshire Community College, like other community colleges across the commonwealth, pivoted in the spring to ensure our students succeeded in pursuing their studies. The college made investments in faculty professional development and technology infrastructure to ensure our fall classes could be held in the safest, most accessible way while ensuring successful learning outcomes.

When

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Barrett Answers Williamstown Residents' Call for Law to Address Racist Covenant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:34AM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Organizer Jessica Dils hangs a new sign to replace the marker for the turnoff to the Colonial Village neighborhood from Main Street (Route 2).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A document meant to divide the community brought scores of residents together on Friday evening in search of healing.

The weekly vigil for racial justice at Field Park concluded with a 1.3-mile walk up Main Street (Route 2) to the junction with Colonial Avenue.   There, activists and residents of the neighborhood — many protesters themselves — talked about how to deal with the hateful legacy of the exclusionary covenants that still accompany deeds to homes in the development known as Colonial

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Williams Welcomes Community Questions About Students' Return
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:32AM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Williams College's Jim Kolesar, upper left, moderates Wednesday evening's forum with, clockwise, Vice President Fred Puddester, President Maud Mandel and Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel said Wednesday that she is "optimistic" that students returning to campus in the fall will follow the protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but she realizes that there will be lapses.   On the other hand, Mandel noted that lapses in social-distancing and face-covering guidelines occur in all segments of the population.   "The mask wearing, social distancing and the cleaning, these

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The Retired Investor: Bill & Barbara on Their Retirement Journey
By Bill Schmick,
01:53PM / Friday, July 17, 2020
 
Bill, Barbara and Titus. Dear friends,   Our thoughtful boss, Allen Harris, has asked us to write this letter to tell you all, in our own words, why we are leaving the firm. So, here goes.   Bill's perspective:   Change has its own way of shaping our future. If you had asked me several months ago if I planned to do anything different, either personally, or career-wise over the coming decade, I would have answered with a resounding "no." And then the Pandemic of 2020 came along.   It has forced me, at the not-so-young age of 72, to re-evaluate my priorities. Topping my list is my goal of making the next 30 years of my life the best. Working in

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Williamstown Won't Attempt Street Closure Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:09PM / Friday, July 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town will not be closing off Spring Street to vehicular traffic on Saturday evening as previously planned.   After hearing more testimony from a local business owner at Monday's meeting, the members of the Select Board showed no interest in going through with the plan to allow outdoor dining and shopping in downtown between 4 and 10 p.m.   Though the Select Board made no decision on the topic — none of the attempts to close the road this summer have been a board decision — the Chamber of Commerce in its Thursday email blast announced that the street closure would not happen, listing the information under the heading "Selectboard

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B.B.A. Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hunter Potash went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound Thursday as B.B.A. edged Different Breed, 4-3, in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Potash reached on an infield single and ended up scoring on a two-base error in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.   He then stranded the potential tying run at first to complete two innings of one-hit relief and help his team stay unbeaten at 3-0 this summer in the league’s 20-and-over division.   Different Breed (3-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Crosby Elementary School.   Tanner Bird got

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