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@theMarket: Market Stalls at Record Highs

It is too early to tell, because one day does not make a trend. We could easily experience a rebound next week, but I would still consider the present levels of most indexes ripe for a fall. My column last week pointed out that we are now in a "danger zone." click for more

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The Independent Investor: What Happens to Your Pet...

You must understand that legally a dog, cat, horse or any other kind of pet is not considered a human being. They are considered your property. As such, Titus is our "property" and the law states that you can't leave property to a piece of property. click for more

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty...

McNair is an experienced agent, who previously was a partner at her own successful real estate firm in the Southern Berkshires and Hilltowns. Born and raised in the Berkshires, Barry grew up in a family of local architects, engineers and contractors, shaping her love for design and renovations at... click for more

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Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

Of course, it's always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund could be sizable the average amount in 2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS so putting this money to work could help boost your progress toward your financial goals. click for more

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@theMarket: Danger Zone

My short-term target in this Trump-inspired rally was achieved this week. The benchmark index, the S&P 500, not only reached 2,330 (my target) this week, but went beyond it. The S&P 500 kept on climbing, reaching an intra-day, record-setting high of 2,351.31 on both Wednesday and Thursday. The... click for more

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Berkshire Bank Names President of First Choice...

As president, Costello will work with the current leadership team of First Choice Loan Services including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ralph Picarillo in developing strategic initiatives. click for more

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Berkshire Bank Announces Director of Wealth...

In his new role, Edgar will lead Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management initiatives and oversee its investment process. click for more

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Announces Promotions

Felix has served in the Business Banking department since 2008. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping credit union members with business loans and other financial products and services. Kaley was previously Contact Center supervisor, helping oversee 70 percent of all incoming calls... click for more

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The Independent Investor: 'Watch the Gap Please'

There is another option called Medicare Advantage. These plans offer all your Medicare coverage benefits in one package plan. Hospital care, medical care and prescription drugs are covered. Some plans even cover vision and dental care plus other services. click for more

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

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Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look...

Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town. Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."

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North Adams Planners OK Tiny House Builder

The Planning Board approved permits for a tiny house manufacturer that is moving into the Windsor Mill. B&B Precision Builders has been operating out of the former Berkshire Gas building on Old Columbia St. in Adams and is expected to move into a large section of the city-owned mill in the coming months.

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What's Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?

Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.

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Drive-Through Doughnut Shop Eyed For Pittsfield's...

A presumed Dunkin Donuts is now eyeing the Royal Cleaners property on Dalton Avenue for a drive-through restaurant. But, the City Council has ordered the company to pay for a third party to review the proposal for stormwater and traffic issues.

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North Adams Pushing For Votes as Deadline Looms

The post on the Small Business Revolution's Facebook page appeared about 3 p.m. showing North Adams as moving up from third to second place among the five finalists. Then it inexplicably disappeared, leaving the latest update on Tuesday with the city still in third place as of 10 a.m.

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Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their...

Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we are currently importing to the region.

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@theMarket: Stock Markets at Historical Highs

The bears headed for cover this week as all three U.S. indexes made new, all-time highs. That's a good sign and augers well for even more upside ahead. Credit goes to President Trump and his tweets once again. This time, his promises to address tax reform within the next few weeks had the Algos (algorithmic computer software traders) hitting the "buy" buttons on their machines.

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Executive...

Coughlin joined the BMM team in December. He will be focusing on new business development, portfolio management, and client education and communication.

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Greylock Hires New AVP, Manager of Operational...

Simon most recently worked in the Retirement Services department of Guardian Life in Pittsfield. Previously she was employed in the Forensic Services department at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Boston and in Risk Management and Audit Services at Harvard University, Cambridge.

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The Independent Investor: Medicare, Why You Need...

You need to do your research because what drugs and how much you pay for it will vary from plan to plan. It's called a "tier" system where some insurers don't carry a specific drug or only the generic version of it. Others may reimburse you differently, depending on what tier your drug (s) of choice falls into. If you are already taking a prescription drug(s) you need to check for the best deal you can get among insurers. There's also the infamous "doughnut hole" that you must consider.

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Renovated Cumberland Farms Opens in Pittsfield

The newly renovated and expanded Cumberland Farms on First Street opened Wednesday morning. The company has been renovating all of its stores, many in Berkshire County, and First Street is just the latest to see the transformation. The project massively expanded the former store with the purchase and demolition of the Sanborn property, a former electrical supply company, on Adam Street.

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Biz Briefs: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity...

This new homeowner had to complete 400 hours of sweat equity working at ReStore, on the job site of her future home, in addition to Financial Tools workshops and coaching.

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On Valentine's Day, Consider Financial Gifts

On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long "shelf life."

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BIGG Daddy's Philly Steak House Open In Adams

Bigg Daddy's Philly Steak House brings a little piece of Philadelphia to Berkshire County with a list of inspired steaks, hoagies, burgers and wings. Philadelphia native Xavier Jones said he wanted to bring something special to the area, something natives may have never really experienced in its true form.

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@theMarket: Trump Tweets Tweak Markets

In the meantime, readers, we have the advantage. Although this week was chock full of volatility, those who remained invested did OK. Markets held their own moving marginally higher or lower versus last week's close. Part of the reason was better than expected non-farm payrolls, which came in at 227,000 jobs gained versus an expected 175,000.

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Berkshire Photovoltaic Services Names Vice...

Martin is part owner of BPVS, and as vice president she will support strategic planning on solar electric design innovations and guide new employees as the business expands.

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Efforts to Re-Open Polish Club in Pittsfield Still...

Steve Fillio has joined the efforts to reopen the Polish Community Club. The club has been closed since the end of 2014 and members have been trying to re-open since. But, it had many hurdles in its way to get things aligned and now some two years later, the efforts are still ongoing. Fillio has now joined in and is expected to take over managing the bar and he is currently heading efforts to renovate the interior.

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The Independent Investor: All You Need to Know...

Presidents as far back as Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 toyed with the idea of a government-sponsored health insurance program. Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy both tried and failed to get an act passed. But in 1965, under the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, Medicare was finally passed.

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Time to Gather Your Investment Tax Forms

While you may not find it particularly festive, you can get through this season with a minimum of stress if you're organized. That means, among other things, you'll need to gather the correct forms in one place.

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Landmark, Greylock Credit Unions to Merge

Landmark Credit Union and Greylock Federal Credit Union will merge this April, bringing together the financial institutions that once serviced workers in two of the county's largest employers. Landmark members were notified of the upcoming merger by letter last week that the credit union's board had unanimously agreed to merge with Greylock on April 30.


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