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@theMarket: Markets Climb Higher

As readers may recall, my target for the S&P 500 Index is somewhere between 2,443 and 2,475, which I expect we will hit before the end of the second quarter. This week, we broke 2,400, regaining everything that was lost in last Wednesday's 2 percent downdraft. Now, that 2,400 price level should act... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent...

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought. click for more

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@theMarket: The Trump Dump

Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback. click for more

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Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House

Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold. Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are...

Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly. click for more

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Convenience Plus At First And Tyler Eyed For...

The Shell gas station at the intersection of First and Tyler is eyed to be razed and rebuilt. Global Montello Group, which operates the store through a lease agreement with O'Connell Oil, has filed an application with the city to tear down the existing station and rebuilt as a Xtra Mart. click for more

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Williamstown ZBA Denies Hotel Bid for Lehovec...

A divided Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday ruled against four applications for special permits that would have allowed the development of a 77-room, three-story hotel at 562 Main St. The application to develop the so-called Lehovec property on Route 2 next to the former Agway met with fierce... click for more

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Culture, Recreation Dominate Downtown Pittsfield's...

The Berkshires has a niche when it comes to scenic beauty and cultural institutions that other places can't replicate. The city's downtown is has placed those two aspects as cornerstones to economic development. At Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting Thursday morning, businesses who have... click for more

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Is Your Portfolio 'Healthy'?

And to help maintain a healthy portfolio, you can draw on some of the same principles that apply to keeping your body in good shape. click for more

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits...

The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

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North Adams Developer Sees Historic Mill as...

Local developer David Moresi envisions filling the former Excelsior Mill on Roberts Drive with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans. He expects to make announcements in the coming weeks about new tenants that are already in the works and will begin aggressively marketing the complex.

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MountainOne Bank Names Senior Vice President of...

As senior vice president, Fonseca is responsible for all aspects of the mortgage banking division, including origination, credit quality, and management of the mortgage operations team. Additionally, she will focus on leading the mortgage team in prospecting new business, identifying new opportunities, and cultivating and maintaining relationships with centers of influence.

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Lee Bank Official Named 2017 'Community Bank Hero'

Award recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by Banker & Tradesman's editorial board; this year's class of 13 winners comes from community banks throughout Massachusetts.

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Adams to Correct Grandview Terrace Sewer Issue

Resident Don Graves from Grandview Terrace approached the Board of Selectmen last week during the public comment period with concerns about the sewer line that has backed up into residents' homes a number of times and caused damage.

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North Adams Event Tries to Link Local Vendors with...

On Friday, Lever hosted the first-ever event to try to form connections between small- and mid-sized businesses and the area's major "anchor" institutions, like Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Berkshire Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Mass MoCA.

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Model Railroad Museum Options to Buy Heritage Park...

The proposed model railroad has taken out an option to purchase Western Gateway Heritage State Park and the former Sons of Italy property for $1.2 million. The Redevelopment Authority on Thursday voted to enter into the agreement with the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum being developed by museum maestro Thomas Krens.

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The Independent Investor: Cosmetics Survive,...

As the clash between brick-and-mortar retail enterprises and the mighty Amazon escalates, the internet shopping colossus is laying waste to one store or mall after another. One of the few areas that has not only staved off the internet shopping giant, but has actually turned the internet and social media to its advantage, is the cosmetics industry.

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Lanesborough Moving Forward With Solar Proposal On...

The Selectmen are telling the town's solar consultants to further discussion with Ameresco to develop a solar array off of North Main Street. Beacon Integrated Solutions has reviewed the responses to the request for proposal to develop such an array on town-owned land and recommended that Ameresco is chosen to use up to 13 acres of land for the photovoltaic array.

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PEDA Waiting On BIC, Walmart Plans to Progress

PEDA is in a waiting game for the two most highly publicized efforts to redevelop the William Stanley Business Park. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority officials say they've done their part in bringing in Waterstone Realty and the Berkshire Innovation Center, but both projects had faced delays. PEDA is now waiting for the state to help fill a funding gap for the innovation center, and Waterstone is still waiting for Walmart corporate to approve the latest redesign of the proposed s

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Give Mom a Gift to Help Her Financial Future

What sort of financial gift can improve her life?

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Pittsfield Piloting Storefront Improvement Program...

The city is launching a facade improvement program to help owners of Tyler Street businesses spruce up their storefronts. The City Council accepted a $30,000 grant from MassDevelopment's Transformative Development Initiative to pilot the program. The city is matching that grant is will be providing commercial building owners with an incentive for the improvements such as lighting, windows, and doors. In the first year the pool of money is estimated to assist in the renovation of four or five

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North Adams Planners Get Update on Greylock Works

Greylock Works is beginning renovations to its south side and the rest of the massive Weave Shed that runs along State Road. Salvatore Perry, owner and developer, gave the update to the Planning Board as part of some smaller amendments to plans already approved by the board.

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Biz Briefs: Yummy Treasures Named Microenterprise...

In early October the store opened with a goal to not only have an incredible array of new and vintage product, but to foster a sense of community. This was done through a series of beading classes, Mother's Day events, Trunk Shows, and open tables for crafters to work at anytime

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Action Pest Management Is 30 Years Strong

After 30 years of busting bugs and wrangling critters, Action Pest Management continues to protect homes throughout Berkshire County and Southern Vermont from uninvited guests. Siblings Shanah and Caleb Miner are part of a family business. But instead of running a cash register at the family store, they are exterminating termites and chasing bats out of steeples.

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Residents Wonder What'll Happen With Elm Street...

City residents are wondering what the new owners plan to do with the former Shell Station on Elm Street. O'Connell's had sold the gas station at auction and the new owners, S&F Investments LLC., closed the business. Then Bob's Elm Street Service vacated the property, finding a new home on Cove Street. The station hasn't been open since last July.

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@theMarket: Earnings Better Than Expected

First-quarter earnings are coming in higher than expected while stock indexes hover just below historical highs. All that is necessary for further gains is a catalyst and that may be just around the corner.

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Main Street Hospitality Group Creates VP Position

In this newly created strategic role, Sheridan will be responsible for the management and development of human capital across all Main Street properties and the corporate team.

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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New...

Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.

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BMC, Nurses Remain at Odds During Contract...

Berkshire Medical Center has presented what it says will be its "best and final offer" to settle a contract with the nursing union. A letter sent out by President David Phelps and Chief Operating Officer Diane Kelly was released on Wednesday outlining the hospital's offer. The Massachusetts Nurses Association and BMC have been at an impasse as the two sides try to negotiate a new three-year contract. The current one expired in September.


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