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Pittsfield: PHS senior receives Feigenbaum award

Mark Eddy, a senior at Pittsfield High School, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Feigenbaum Scholarship in Engineering and Technology.

The Feigenbaum Foundation and General Systems Co., headquartered in Pittsfield, and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, joined together to present Eddy with the $5,000 annual scholarship.

Eddy will be studying chemical engineering and engineering management at the Rochester Institute of Technology this fall. He excelled academically at Pittsfield High School maintaining an average in the high 90’s while taking numerous Advanced Placement classes.

Boston: IRS to shut down operations Friday

BOSTON — Due to the sequester and the current budget situation, the Internal Revenue Service will shut down all of its operations on Friday, July 5.

All IRS offices and services, including toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide will be closed.

IRS employees will be furloughed without pay. No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place. In addition, the online preparer tax identification number PTIN system for tax professionals will also be shut down.

Because none of these furlough days are considered federal holidays, the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing or tax-payment deadlines. The IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronicallyfiled returns on any day the agency is shut down.

The only tax-payment deadlines coinciding with any of the furlough days relate to employment and excise tax deposits made by business taxpayers. These deposits must be made through the Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), which will operate as usual.

Pittsfield: BerkshireWorks, BCC to host workshop

The Berkshire Regional Employment Board, Berkshire-Works Career Center and Berkshire Community College will host a “nuts and bolts” workshop on Wednesday, July 17 to assist companies in applying for workforce training grants.

The workshop will take place between 9 and 11:30 a.m. at BCREB, which is located in the Central Fire Station building at 66 Allen St.



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