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@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed. click for more

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October Mountain Financial Advisors Appoints...

Formed earlier this year, October Mountain Financial Advisors is an alliance of Lee Bank and St. Germain Investment Management, based in Springfield. click for more

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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the...

The legality of the MLM sector is largely based on a 1979 ruling on one company. There seems to be a lack of government legislation and oversight by state and Federal authorities, nor are they subject to the same rigorous regulations as a franchise might be. Given that many state anti-pyramid... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Let's Have a Jewelry...

MLM is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for what they sell but for the sales of other people they recruit. These new recruits in the chain are referred to as the participant's "downline" and, if done right, can provide multiple streams of compensation. click for more

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Talk to Your Adult Children About Smart Financial...

And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good advice to offer – especially when it comes to making smart financial moves. click for more

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Mister Tire Closing After 38 Years in North Adams

One sure sign that winter is coming has been for decades the spiraling line of vehicles leading to the doors of Mister Tire No more. After more than 40 years, Larry Davis is cleaning his hands of the tire business. Davis confirmed on Tuesday that Mister Tire will be closing its doors on June... click for more

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Cheshire Planning Board Holds Off on Dollar...

The Planning Board tabled a vote on Dollar General's special permit request on Tuesday and told the chain store to go back to the drawing board. Austin Turner with Bohler Engineering, the firm representing the discount chain store, provided the board with more specifications on the proposed... click for more

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Licensing Board Considers Outdoor Restaurant...

The Office of Cultural Development is considering letting North Street restaurants have outdoor seating during Third Thursday. Shiobbean Lemme of the Office of Cultural Development brought the idea to the Licensing Board Monday in hopes to find the best way to do it. The board said it liked the... click for more

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Greylock Selects Gerard as New Chief Risk Officer

Gerard has extensive experience developing and managing risk strategy and regulatory interactions, directing operations management, and participating on executive leadership teams. click for more

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Memorial Day Events 2016

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial...

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Mister Tire Closing After 38...

One sure sign that winter is...

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Mister Tire Closing After 38...

One sure sign that winter is...

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Third-Generation Butcher...

David Brazeau knows meat. The...

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Preschool Issue Spills Over...

The politics of preschool...

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North Adams Committee Mull Airbnb Impact on City

Lodging in Northern Berkshire is caught between feast and famine. There's no room to be found during the summer and high-traffic weekends; in the winter and shoulder seasons, rooms go begging. It's a conundrum that city officials are keeping in mind as they grapple with the growing shared services economy and proliferation of online room rentals, a topic at a meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

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Third-Generation Butcher Opening New Shop in North...

David Brazeau knows meat. The third generation butcher said he wants to provide the community with quality wholesome meat and cuts and fill a needed void. "My grandfather, my father, and myself have all worked for Price Chopper supermarkets," said the North Adams native and owner of Brazeau's Butcher Shop on 756 State Road. "Also, people are concerned about what they are eating and where it comes from.

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Pittsfield Friendly's Closed Until Further Notice...

Friendly's on Dalton Avenue is closed until further notice after a fire Friday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee reported that at about 7:13 a.m. Friday morning grease underneath a griddle had caught fire. Three engines, a ladder truck, and a command vehicle responded to the blaze.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director...

McGovern has accepted a new position as executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.

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A 529 Plan Can Help with Those College Bills

A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University.

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Airport Study Group Debates Depth Of Research...

How in-depth should the citizen study group assembled to do a cost-benefit analysis of the airport go? That question was hotly debated Monday night when the group met. The group was formed after three city councilors petitioned the mayor for the group. The intent of the councilors were to look at all options of management and operations to stop the $100,000 or so each year the city spends to supplement the budget

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Leaders Participate in...

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block, the program includes small group meetings for five full days, followed by two full days of personalized coaching and consulting for each participant.

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Pittsfield To Consider Extending Beacon Cinema's...

The City Council is being asked to extend tax breaks for the Beacon Cinema. The Cinema was granted a tax increment financing agreement when it was built in 2006. That agreement spanned for nine years, concluding this June. For the first seven of those, the theater had 100 percent of the tax on increases in value each year abated - so the owner Richard Stanley paid both personal property and real estate taxes on the set value of $609,100. For the final two years, the company paid 25 percen

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@theMarket: Traders Build a Wall of Worry

Pick your poison — uncertainty over this summer's political conventions, can oil prices sustain these price levels or how about the possibility of a Fed rate hike in June? No question, there is a wall of worry out there, but so far the markets have weathered everything the bears have thrown at them. That is quite impressive given that we have had a 13 percent gain from the lows and hovering just a percent or so below all-time highs.

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Here’s How to Keep Your Portfolio Healthy

Of course, while nurses and doctors can help you in many ways, you can do a lot of good for yourself by adopting healthy living habits, such as eating right, exercising frequently, and so on. But you can also do much to help your financial health.

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Redwood Motel Developers Get OK for New Plans

The Planning Board on Monday approved expanded plans for the Redwood Motel project on State Road. Principal Benjamin Svenson of Broder Properties of Boston and project manager Eric Kerns presented the updated plans to the planners on Monday to add almost 20 more rooms than originally proposed.

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Adams Board Of Health Ready For Inspections

After reorganizing the board and electing Bruce Shepley as chairman Wednesday, the board welcomed new code enforcement officer Thomas Romaniak and new member Peter Hoyt and mobilized on inspections that were tabled while the town searched for a new code enforcement officer. Romaniak, a former Adams dispatcher, started earlier this week and has already toured lingering cases.

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Williamstown Selectmen Side With Waubeeka...

The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted 4-1 to recommend next week's annual town meeting approve the "acreage-controlled" Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw amendment that is favored by the petitioner, the attorney for Waubeeka Golf Links owner Michael Deep. At its last meeting before town meeting, the board considered its advisory vote on the last warrant article on the 35-article warrant. Earlier this winter, the board tabled its recommendation on that article in anticipation that compromise la

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Biz Briefs: Greylock’s Billow Receives 'Volunteer...

The Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Council leadership and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union marketing.

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North County Cultural Institutions Offer Peek at...

The Clark Art Institute gave a sneak peek — pun intended — of its summer show titled "Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" on Wednesday evening during an event hosted by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce that invited several North County cultural institutions to share their upcoming seasons.

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The Independent Investor: Giving Up Control in the...

The more successful you are, the more difficulty you face in wrestling with one inescapable fact. In preparing to pass the torch to your heirs, you need to give them the power to decide what happens to you and your estate in the event you can't.

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Greylock Names New Supervisory Committee Member

Bedard is a CPA and an audit manager at Adelson & Company PC in Pittsfield. She has been with the firm since 2010 and served as a staff accountant and supervisor before assuming her current position. Previously, she was employed by a local bank as a treasury analyst and accounting specialist.

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Second of Three Approvals Granted For Solar...

The Community Development Board on Tuesday gave the Okay for a new solar array at Hancock Shaker Village. Syncarpha Hancock III, a partnership between Renewable Energy Massachusetts, LLC and Syncarpha Capital, is developing the project in Pittsfield and in Hancock. The Conservation Commission had already approved the project and with the Community Development Board's approval of the site plan, only the Zoning Board of Appeals is left to issue a special permit.

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Hotel on North & Architect Honored with...

Hotel on North and its architect, Karen T. Hunt, are each being recognized by statewide organizations this spring for the project's preservation efforts. Hotel on North was the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse for the yearlong rehabilitation and restoration of the Burns Block and New Burns Block.

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