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Berkshire Bank to buy out Commerce Bank, bolster Eastern Mass presence

PITTSFIELD —  Berkshire Bank's holding company has reached an agreement to purchase Commerce Bankshares Corp. of Worcester, a $209 million all-stock transaction that will strengthen the bank's presence in Eastern Massachusetts.

The purchase also will allow the Pittsfield financial institution to move its corporate headquarters to Boston by the end of this year.

But officials said that doesn't mean the county's largest bank is pulling up stakes in Pittsfield. While Berkshire Bank will open a corporate headquarters office in Boston, its operational headquarters will remain at its current location on 99 North St.

"Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County," said Berkshire Bank CEO Michael P. Daly. "We remain committed to all of our employees, customers, and communities."

"Boston is the largest city in our footprint," said Sean A. Gray, chief operating officer of Berkshire Bank. "To have an executive office down there that we have accessibility to with greater access to transportation, and with all of our regulators there and the government leaders for the state of Massachusetts there, it just makes sense.

Candlelight vigil at South Green Park in Hartford to show support for Puerto Rico

HARTFORD – A vigil was held Tuesday night at South Green Park to show continuous support for the people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

People in Hartford with family on the island say it will take awhile for victims to recover as it was left in devastation. The vigil was to send a message to everyone there they have not been forgotten.

“It was tough, it was tough. It was hurtful,” said State Representative Angel Arce.

He along with Eveliz Valentine teamed up to organize the vigil. Dozens gathered by candlelight at the park and along with the event, the State Rep has been working closely with the Los Amigos Softball League who have collected two warehouses full of donations.

They have collected 120 palettes of water, medical supplies, food and personal hygiene products.

“Clearly, the population here has been very affected with all of our loved ones in Puerto Rico, so just to continue to stay together, pray together, be there for one another because if we could do that here, then Puerto Rico can feel that as well,” said Eveliz Valentine of Hartford.