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@theMarket: Ignore the Noise and Profit

The world is in turmoil. The news is all bad. Trump is threatening to up the ante on tariffs. NAFTA is kaput. Our trade partners hate us. China won't back down and, if you have time to spare, you are reading about immigrant kids locked in Texas dog cages by order of the president. So why is the... click for more

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The Independent Investor: The Next Recession

So how does an economy go from blue skies to dark clouds in so short a time? This economic expansion is now entering its final stage, according to economists. As the good times grow, investors and consumers tend to overborrow and overspend. That's human nature, but it almost always leads to... click for more

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Don't Let Your Investments Go on 'Vacation'

When you hit the road, you will enjoy getting away from your regular tasks, but there's one part of your life that should never take a break your investments. click for more

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@theMarket: Trump's $50 Billion in Chinese Tariffs...

And China will respond. Chinese trade officials have already outlined their planned retaliation. China will match Trump's 25 percent tariff on 818 products by doing the same on 106 American goods worth about $50 billion. click for more

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Berkshire Bank VP Named One of the Top 40 Under...

The 40 Under Forty event is an annual celebration to honor 40 young business and civic leaders in Western Massachusetts, demonstrating excellence in their profession and a commitment to giving back to the community in which they work and live. click for more

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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid Recession?...

This "land down under" has escaped an economic recession for 26 years in a row. An open immigration policy in a nationalist world that demands just the opposite is one of the key drivers to their success. An abundance of natural resource wealth has also helped. click for more

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Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless...

Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children such as some valuable financial lessons. click for more

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Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire...

The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 a number that is significantly down from the mall's heyday and one that the current owner routinely falls behind on and then catches up at the... click for more

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State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion...

Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for... click for more

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Selectmen to Skyline: Events Are Getting Out of...

The Selectmen has a message for the Skyline Country Club: the parties are starting to get out of hand. Skyline owner Jim Mitus has been leasing the clubhouse to a local event organizers Mad Crew three or four nights a year for the last few years. During each of the last three events, however, police had to respond to an array of issues. Town officials had somewhat of an intervention on Monday as they asked Mitus to keep a closer eye on those parties.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the...

All tips from the evening will support BIC and its current "10,000 Strong" campaign, honoring the 10,000+ foreign-born residents of the Berkshires during June's national Immigrant Heritage Month. Donations will ensure the center can continue meeting immigrants' most critical needs.

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Pittsfield to Demo Columbus Ave. Garage, Hopes for...

PITTSFIELD, Mass. With or without state support, the city is going to tear down the Columbus Avenue garage. The City Council on Tuesday preliminarily approved $2 million toward tearing down that garage and instead putting in a surface parking lot. However, the city is still holding out how that the state will allocate funds to rebuild a three-story garage on the site instead.

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Historic Eagle Street Building Eyed for Hotel...

Plans drawn up by Barry Berg Architect of Brooklyn, N.Y., would create 27 double-occupancy rooms of varying size, each with private bath, in the 3,330 square-foot building. The two storefronts are envisioned to become restaurant and bar spaces.

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Cumberland Farms to Consider Adams Site Concerns

At the end of a two-hour meeting Thursday night, Cumberland Farms representative Thomas Reidy thanked the board and the dozens of residents for airing their concerns about the proposed 95 Commercial St. gas station and asked for the opportunity to go back to the drawing board.

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The Independent Investor: Trump's trade war

Ever since the Trump administration announced plans to raise tariffs on imported steel and aluminum by 25 percent and 10 percent respectively, our allies have been livid. Some are referring to the upcoming meeting as the G-6, plus the United States. You've got to hand it to the president, he doesn't back off, but given the circumstances, maybe he should.

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WCVB Pulled From Berkshire TV Lineups; Lawmakers...

Spectrum pulled WCVB Boston, Channel 5, from its lineup and Berkshire lawmakers are petitioning to get the station back. Wednesday morning the station went dark on many televisions across the county. The change follows the removal of WWLP Channel 22 from the lineup last year. Now, state Rep. John Barrett and state Sen. Adam Hinds are calling on the company to bring the stations back.

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Berkshire Bank Shuts Down Offices to Volunteer in...

At noon on Tuesday, all of the Berkshire Bank branches and operational centers closed. But, those employees were not far away. In Pittsfield, 150 of them could be found in a vacant storefront on Merrill Road wearing hard hats and putting together wall panels for the soon to be construction of Habitat for Humanity's six-unit Gordon Demming. Others were at the former St. Mark's school cleaning up the playgrounds for Hillcrest Education.

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BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again

The nurses union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday. The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter is planning to strike again. The union and the hospital has been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike which was followed by a four-day lockout.

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Pittsfield Inching Closer to Decision on Plastic...

City officials are poised to render a decision on the plastic bag ban. Eventually. Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo proposed a ban on single-use plastic bag - specifically the bags used at the checkout of grocery stores - a little over five years ago. Then, Pittsfield would have been at the forefront of the effort and during the time it has kicked around the legislative process, 79 other communities in the state have passed bans.

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Watercooler: Michelle Little of Pittsfield Wins...

This marks the 18nth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling more than $200,000.

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New Adams Art Gallery Opens on Park Street

Real Eyes Gallery is the culmination of a long-held vision by Riley. The storefront windows that once were filled with dining room tables and couches that his mother sold now invite passersby in to peruse an eclectic mix of media.

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@theMarket: Another Week of Market Volatility

We will wait for future developments (see my column published yesterday on the subject) before giving the green light to Italy and Europe. At the same time, the Trump/Kim show continues. The off again, on-again charade is accomplishing what both egomaniacs want most: more time in the limelight.

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Sonsini Animal Shelter Reopening at New Location...

The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter will open its doors at its new home on Saturday. The shelter relocated to Crane Avenue after the city rescinded its contract to house stay dogs and forced them to leave the city-owned building in the Downing Industrial Business Park. For the last six weeks or so, shelter staff has been renovating a former warehouse owned by Dennis Miller into a shelter.

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Picture This Portrait Studio Has Reopened in Adams

Francoeur reopened her photography studio at 19 Hoosac St. this past weekend with plenty of deserved pomp. Town officials arrived with a red ribbon and giant scissors to celebrate her return after nearly six months battling illness.

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CT Management Finishing Renovation of Former Holy...

The Powerhouse Lofts will be occupied within the next few weeks. CT Management has just completed a renovation of the former Holy Family Church on Seymour Street into 10 market-rate apartment rentals.

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Neal Announces $348K in NEA Funding for Local...

The celebration of that announcement brought out cultural leaders from venues across the county to hear from the region's U.S. representative and Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker.

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The Independent Investor: Italy's Crisis Threatens...

Threats of serious financial repercussions if Italians encourage more populism within their government has had the opposite effect. Most politicians are now calling for yet another round of new elections. Financial markets are afraid that the results could be a referendum on whether Italy will remain or exit the EU.

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Second Marijuana Company Considering Lanesborough

A second marijuana company is considering opening in Lanesborough. Barry Coleman and Benjamin English met with the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night and said they're looking for about a 20,000 square-foot establishment to grow cannabis. In the future, they'd like to expand into a retail operation as well.

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Saving for Education? Consider a 529 Plan

Education is a great investment in a child's future. And to make that education more affordable, you might want to make your own investment in a 529 plan.


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