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Legislative Q&A: State Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:31AM / Sunday, August 31, 2014
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State Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli at an event in Housatonic earlier this summer.

LENOX, Mass. — There will be a lot of new faces on Beacon Hill when the formal legislative session returns, but state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli isn't concerned. 

Pignatelli says even with a new administration and the nearly a quarter of the House of Representatives that could change, he says there is still enough stability to build on what the Legislature has been doing. In this last session, which just concluded, Pignatelli says he is proud of what the state has done but, he says, there is still a lot more to do.   iBerkshires.com sat

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
05:32PM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 1. Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. By some estimates, at least half the work force

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@theMarket: What's Up With Bonds?
By Bill Schmick,
07:31AM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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At the beginning of the year, Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet. Bond prices did the upset. Go figure.

The reversal caught just about everyone by surprise (including me). The thinking behind the bond call was straightforward. The Fed announced it was winding down its stimulus program. It also planned to begin raising interest rates sometime in 2015. Bond players, as they usually do, were expected to anticipate that move and begin to sell U.S. Treasury bonds this year. It all made total sense from an investment perspective. It was the end of a 30-year bull market in bonds so investors

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Pittsfield Residents Weigh In On Rest of River Clean Up
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
01:21AM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Parks Manager James McGrath goes over some of the issues with the EPA's current cleanup proposal at Thursday's information session.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Only a smattering of city residents offered commentary Thursday on the next piece of an emerging plan for a cleanup of the Housatonic River that the EPA says is still years from beginning.

Through Oct. 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting input on the draft modification to the RCRA permit outlining the broad strokes of a proposed remediation of the "Rest of the River," from Fred Garner Park to the Long Island Sound, contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls dumped by Pittsfield's

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Smitty Pignatelli Launches Campaign For 7th House Term
By Andy McKeever,
05:45PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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State Reps. Gailanne Cariddi, Stephen DiNatale and William "Smitty" Pignatelli. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 300 people filled the Pittsfield County Club on Thursday night to support William "Smitty" Pignatelli's election campaign.   The 4th Berkshire District representative is running unopposed for what will be his 7th term.    "I never dreamed of being here for 12 years and going again," Pignatelli said, overlooking the large crowd to kick off his re-election campaign.    "We've done a lot of great things" in the House, he said, but he believes there is more to do. He cited the state's work on requiring

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': Graphic, Indeed
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:38PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Eva Green is graphically nihilistic in the violently uncomical comic world of 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.'

Whether you call it beautifully ugly or repulsively beautiful, there's no denying that Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is fanatically violent. That's doubtlessly the intent.

While some of the cutting-edge ideas and eye-popping visuals surely impress the gray matter, after a while enough is too much. I like to think I've evolved far and away from any distant ancestors' appetite for the random mayhem

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The Independent Investor: Baby Boomers and Retiremen
By Bill Schmick,
05:28PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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The nation's work force has experienced some traumatic events over the past five years. Between the financial crises, global competition and the slow pace of domestic economic growth, is it any wonder that employment in the U.S. is not what it should be? Yet the biggest challenge of all may be right around the corner as the Baby Boomers retire in droves.

From 1946 to 1964, there was a boom of baby making in this country. A total of 76 million Americans were born during those 19 years. Now those Americans are between the ages of 50 to 68 and are eyeing the prospect of retirement in the near future.

Think of it: Nearly one quarter of all Americans alive today will be leaving the labor

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Local High School Students Interview Gov. Deval Patrick, Wife
02:09PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A team of Monument Mountain Regional High School students traveled to the State House to interview Gov. Deval Patrick and first lady Diane Patrick for a documentary about the gift of literacy.

The team, known as PROJECT LIT, is working in partnership with the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, the largest provider of adult education in southern Berkshire County, and Black Ice Entertainment, LLC, a media and communications company based in Great Barrington. The title of the PROJECT LIT documentary, "The Gift of Literacy: Pass It On," was inspired by a story told by Gov. Patrick in his memoir "A Reason to Believe" about an act of

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Are We There Yet?: The End of Summer Stinks
By Rebecca Dravis,
01:18PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, the heat in my house kicked on in the overnight hours.

Say what?

With the exception of a semi-uncomfortable warm day here or there, August was a mild, lovely month, filled with temperatures in the 70s and blue skies. Twice in August I ventured to evening shows at Tanglewood and ended up needing long pants and jackets.

Lovely. As someone who hates extreme weather - on both ends - I have enjoyed this month immensely. And this last weekend of August, Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the summer, looks like it will start off just as perfect, with bue skies and temperatures in the 70s predicted for Saturday, Aug. 30.

So why not get out and about on Saturday? I

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iBerkshire Tag Sales: Aug. 29-Sept. 1
12:01PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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CANCELLATION: Sunday's tag sale on Crotteau Street in Adams is cancelled because of weather.

iBerkshires is the area's leading online news source and the best way to get exposure for your yard sale. And it's free!

Send address, date, time and a brief description to ATTN: Tag Sale at info@iberkshires.com. Depending on the submissions, the list will be posted on Thursday or Friday afternoons.

Some of our tablet readers say they are unable to see the listings below the map (use the scroll bar) so here's a pdf version that can be printed out.

 

View Berkshire County Tag Sales, Aug. 2-3 in a full screen map

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