Pittsfield City Council mulls pushing cannabis farms out of neighborhoods

PITTSFIELD — Is cannabis cultivation the same as farming? That question lay at the heart of a new petition taken up on Tuesday by the City Council. If approved, the zoning amendment would …

Elliott Greenblott | Fraud Watch: For scammers, senior population is 'where the money is' From the 1920s to the 1950s, Willie Sutton was one of the most successful criminals in the United States. As one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted, Sutton made over $2 million in illegal bank withdrawals …
Secrets of a Black Friday Shopper My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and …
What's on the Agenda: Nov. 11-15 TUESDAY Small business basics workshopGreylock Federal Credit Union presents its next Member Educational Series forum — with speaker Kevin Kinne, an attorney with Cohen Kinne Valicenti Cook …
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Bill Schmick | The Independent Investor: Do you know your fringe benefits details?

Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake.Retirement benefits are …

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Allen Harris: Why is my competition always one step ahead of me?

Business is good, but it could be better. It's not so much the economy or consumer demand that could make it better. The problem is that your competition is eating your lunch. You need an advantage. …

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Executive Spotlight: Heather Boulger, executive director of MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board

PITTSFIELD — Heather Boulger was the first member of her family to graduate from college. The North Adams native originally wanted to be a teacher, but gravitated toward workforce development …

Executive Spotlight: Joseph 'Joe' McGovern, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Joseph "Joe" McGovern has a deep affinity for the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. He first joined the club when he was nine, worked there as a teenager and developed a …
Executive Spotlight: John Reynolds, veterinarian and owner of Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, Shaker Hill Pet Resort PITTSFIELD — John Reynolds might be a veterinarian, but he grew up in a family in Wayne, N.J., that never owned a dog or a cat. When he was a junior in high school, Reynolds read a book on …
Executive Spotlight: Alfred Enchill, co-owner of Elegant Stitches, Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — Growing up in Ghana, Alfred Enchill's dream was to become a lawyer and work as a diplomat at the United Nations, but life had other plans.
Executive Spotlight: Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant didn't take a direct route to the Berkshires. She was born in Philly. Her father was an engineer in the Navy, so they moved often. Still, something in the Berkshires was calling her, VanSant said. Perhaps it was the ghost of W.E.B. Du Bois?
Executive Spotlight: Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis It might seem odd now, but in 1968 The Red Lion Inn was struggling so much that there was talk of replacing it with a gas station ... 
Executive Spotlight: Luke Marion, owner and operator of Otto's Uncorked and Red Apple Butchers PITTSFIELD — Luke Marion once studied computational biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. But his career in higher education was interrupted when he received an offer that he couldn't …
Executive Spotlight: Gerard E. 'Jerry' Burke PITTSFIELD — In 1984, a for-profit Berkshire-based school for students with mental and emotional issues ran into financial problems and was taken over by the state.Avalon School, founded in …
Executive Spotlight: Kay McMahon, co-owner EduKaytion Golf, golf instructor It might seem difficult, but learning how to swing a golf club properly isn't as hard as it looks. The key to mastering the proper form lies in the method of instruction, says Kay McMahon, a former …
Executive Spotlight: Scott Kirchner, Mad Macs Co-owner/president and director of operations PITTSFIELD — Scott Kirchner has a hobby and a career. He has used one to create a successful business, and the other to maintain his creativity.Kirchner is the co-owner of Mad Macs of …
Executive Spotlight: Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire PITTSFIELD — Jonathan Butler is a millennial, the age group that the Berkshires are seeking to attract. The Cheshire native grew up in the Berkshires, graduated from high school in 2000, then …
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Executive Spotlight: Vassilios 'Vasso' Stamatkos, co-owner of The Clip Shop Grand Salon and Day Spa PITTSFIELD — Vassilios "Vasso" Stamatkos got his first glimpses of America when post-World War II aid workers traveled to his village in Greece and when relatives sent him clothes from the …
Executive Spotlight: Ken Singer, CEO Berkshire County Arc When the Berkshire County Association for Retarded Citizens opened its first group home, in 1971, the agency was located in a small office building on Wendell Avenue. It had three …
Executive Spotlight: Larry Hazzard, president of Berkshire Life Insurance Co. PITTSFIELD — Not many of the Berkshires' storied businesses have local roots as deep as the Berkshire Life Insurance Co.The firm, founded as the Berkshire Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1851, a …
Executive Spotlight: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt was majoring in art history at Connecticut College in 1977 when she did a summer internship at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. She didn't know much about one of …
Executive Spotlight: Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson Dealerships of Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — For Gary Johnson, chairman of the Johnson dealerships of Pittsfield, selling and repairing motor vehicles is more than an occupation. It's a way of life. It also was a way of life …
Executive Spotlight: Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis It might seem odd now, but in 1968 The Red Lion Inn was struggling so much that there was talk of replacing it with a gas station ... 
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Editor's note: Here comes Generation Z. Born in 1995 on, members of this generation are starting to enter the workforce. What's more, they are decidedly different from their millennial elders. Anna … more
PITTSFIELDCensus training workshopThe Statewide Complete the County Committee will hold a trainers workshop for the 2020 Massachusetts Census on Tuesday at Berkshire Immigrant Center, 67 East St. The … more
It has been one of those weeks where just about every day the stock market opened lower. But by the end of the day, one or more of the three main averages would rebound and close higher, usually … more
PITTSFIELD — Jeffrey Thomas arrives for an interview with index cards that he spreads out in front of him. He pauses to look through them while answering a question."Sorry," he said. "I want to … more
It doesn't matter if you were fired or laid off, whether you saw it coming or were completely blindsided: Losing your job is disorienting. You'll feel like you're in a fog. And yet, in that fog you … more
SUNDAYPittsfield Prospers meetupPittsfield Prospers is hosting a Boomer and Beyond Meetup, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Greylock Community Empowerment Center, to discuss the future of Pittsfield. … more
PITTSFIELDWorkforce board adds career readiness counselorRuthann Eagen has been hired as South County Career Readiness Coordinator by the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board. The position is funded by … more
WORCESTER — The MassINC Gateway Cities Institute will hold its seventh innovation awards and summit Wednesday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The summit takes place from 9 a.m. to noon. The … more
PITTSFIELD — The Statewide Complete the County Committee will hold a trainers workshop for the 2020 Massachusetts Census Tuesday at Berkshire Immigrant Center, 67 East St. The sessions will … more
The Berkshire District Medical Society is accepting applications for scholarship loans for medical students who are Berkshire County residents.Applicants are required to be bona fide residents of … more

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