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Take a Closer Look at Myths Surrounding 529 Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:58AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

If you want to help pay for your children's college educations, you might want to consider contributing to a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow federally tax-free, as long as the withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and room and board.

Yet, you may have heard some things about 529 plans that are keeping you from investing in one. However, these concerns may be more myth than reality, so let's take a look at a few of them.

* "I need a lot of money to contribute to the plan." This myth has essentially no truth to it. Typically, only a modest amount is required to open your 529 plan, and you can generally transfer small

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North Adams Happenings: May 22-28
10:54AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
North Adams Happenings May 22 - 28, 2019 SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH - Concerts at Windsor Lake KICK-OFF with Common Folk Jam! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the first Concert at Windsor Lake of the season. Concerts run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. through the end of August. More information: 413-664-6180 | tourism@northadams-ma.gov

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH - Opening Day for the North Adams Farmers Market Outdoor Season! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the 1st OUTDOOR market

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Clarksburg Voters to Decide $1M Debt Exclusion Next Week
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Select Board members Karin Robert and Ronald Boucher speak with residents after Tuesday's information session. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will have to decide if its worth taking out $1 million to begin to addressing the town's numerous infrastructures issues.   The question on the Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion will be on voted by ballot in next Tuesday's annual town election and the borrowing under the debt exclusion will be a warrant article at Wednesday's annual town meeting.   "We need to invest in our roads. We can't let things go. We can't put Band-Aids on things along the way,"  Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher said.

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North Adams Police Trying to Capture Loose Emu
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:01PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are in search of a rogue emu that has thus far evaded capture since Monday.   Lt. Anthony Beverly said police have received multiple calls about the emu on the loose.     "We have been getting several reports about an emu that has been loose, running around the city and at this point it is causing a traffic hazard," he said. "We have to take care of this and figure it out."   The bird was last seen near McCann Technical School early on Tuesday afternoon. It crossed the road and ran into the woods behind a house on South Church Street.    Officers went on the property with a

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 27. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail

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North Adams Traffic Commission Recommends Metered Space on Ashland
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Traffic Commission meets Monday at City Hall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending that seven metered spaces be installed on the east side of Ashland Street between Summer and Quincy streets.   The board voted 4-1 to send the recommendation to the City Council with Commissioner MaryAnn King voting against.    Glenn Maloney had appeared before the commission in March on behalf of Very Good Property Development, which had inquired more than a year ago about allowing parking in what is now a no-parking zone. The real estate development company owns the property at 48 Ashland.    Maloney was seeking the addition of metered

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Extends 'Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion'
12:02PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
da Vinci continues

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" at the Berkshire Museum has been extended through September 8 due to popular demand. Since opening on Feb. 9, the exhibit as driven increased visitor volume, drawing nearly 50 percent more visits this winter and spring than during the same period in 2018. The exhibition, which was scheduled to end May 19, will now continue through the busy summer tourism season, ending after Labor Day.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" combines the drawings and mechanical inventions of one of the world's greatest thinkers with the history of his life in a hands-on experience for all ages. Museum visitors are invited to

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Filmmaking Workshops Offered for Youths
11:37AM / Monday, May 20, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and Berkshire Community College are offering summer filmmaking workshops for youths and teens.

A filmmaking intensive for 15- to 19-year-olds will be held June 24-June 28 and one of 11- to 14-year-olds will be held July 8-12. These week long workshops will meet daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BCC’s South County Campus, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington.

The purpose of the workshops are twofold: for kids to experience what it’s like to work on a real movie crew from creation of an idea to the final edit of the project and for the group to produce a high quality short film championed in every aspect by everyone in

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Oasis Liquor Store in Adams Under New Management
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, May 20, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The Oasis Liquor Store is under new management and the Mazzeo family looks to bring a new face to the package store.     Michael Mazzeo took over the Spring Street store a few months ago because he saw an opportunity to expand  in the area.   "I saw a great opportunity and I decided to invest in Adams and with some hard work and some improvement, we are hoping to accomplish that," Mazzeo said.   He is familiar with the retail business and before taking over the Oasis, he updated and operated the Greenridge Variety & Liquor in Dalton, and has owned a tanning salon and a barber shop.   "I have been in business

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Rabasco Wins Steel Rail Half Marathon
07:28PM / Sunday, May 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco Sunday won the Steel Rail Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds.   Rabasco covered the course with a mile pace of 5:32 and finished nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Bissaillon of Merrimac.   Mount Greylock graduate Emily Kaegi was the first woman across the line, finishing in 1:29:02. She was followed by April Varellas of Adams in 1:31.46.   Six hundred, twenty-one competitors finished the half marathon, which is held in conjunction with an 8-kilometer race.   Adams' Justin Levesque won the 8K in 30:28, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up and first woman across the line Heather

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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Amber Besaw, director of NBCC, welcomes the gathering to the recovery center's open house on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.    That strong start was celebrated on Tuesday evening with an open house to get the word out that a safe space for sharing was available to those affected by addiction.    "We don't subscribe to one form of therapy or recovery," said peer counselor David Risch. "We do it by ourselves. We share our experiences, strength and hope in recovery. And if we want to break the stigma of

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is

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