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@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again

I warned readers in my column last week not to chase commodities. I repeat that warning now. Recall what happened to the Chinese stock market when regulators curbed speculation last year? Stocks fell 40 percent and took global markets down with them. Could that happen again in the commodities... click for more

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The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and...

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is also the supposed treasure trove of unreleased musical material, a sizable estate tax bill (if no estate planning was in place) and who knows what else. One thing is sure; there... click for more

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True North Insurance Appoints Broker, Vice...

As an employee benefits specialist and Vice President, Drake will be responsible for developing new business relationships and providing strategic guidance to employers on their medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans and benefit administration solutions. click for more

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'BOOM' Looks to Connect Local Musicians

The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue — leaving a sometimes stagnate local music scene. "The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM... click for more

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Girls Inc. to Honor Ruth Blodgett at 26th Boraski...

Blodgett is the senior vice president of planning and development, and interim vice president of physician services at Berkshire Health Systems. click for more

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Soldier On Creating Veterans Housing With Citzens...

Citizens Bank's Community Development Lending Group is providing $10 million in construction financing to Soldier On Inc. for the adaptive reuse of a former policy academy in Agawam into a 51-unit affordable housing development for military veterans. click for more

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New Wine Bar Eyed For Downtown Pittsfield

A new wine bar is planned for downtown. Susan Jansen, who once was part owner of the former Halpins, is looking to open Regions Wine Bar and Nosh in the Crawford Square building. Jansen received a seasonal beer and wine license from the Licensing Board on Monday. click for more

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'Money School' Workshops to be offered in Great...

The workshops cover topics like: rebuilding credit, accessing the benefits you deserve, building supports, getting by now, and building toward your financial future. click for more

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire United Way Celebrates...

After 36 years in the family business Unusual Wedding Rings and More, owners Herman and Gayle Rotenberg have decided to retire and close the doors to their downtown Pittsfield store for good. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Leaving your Legacy

You need to create a designated plan on how all these items will be distributed. Don't let the kids sort it out after you go. The last thing you want to do is create fights or hard feelings among your loved ones.

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Local Investors Purchase Berkshire Eagle, Three...

The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont papers have been sold to a Stockbridge-based group of investors. The Eagle announced the sale Thursday morning during a press conference at the Berkshire Museum. There the new owners promised to invest in the papers, raise the quality of the product, and ultimately restore the century-old paper as the "town square" of the community. "Our plan is to grow the newspaper, not to shrink it," said former Judge Fredric Rutberg, one of the four investors purch

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North Adams Board of Health Raises Tobacco-Buying...

Better have your ID ready to buy that pack of cigarettes. Beginning in August, you will have to be age 21 or older to buy tobacco products in the city. The Board of Health on Wednesday approved the new regulation setting a higher age limit on tobacco sales that goes into effect on Aug. 1 of this year.

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Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct...

Kinder Morgan has suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which aimed to cut through more than a dozen Berkshire towns. The company released a statement Wednesday evening announcing the suspension of work on the $3.3 billion project. "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct Project," reads the s

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Theme for Investors?

In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. How can these elements be applied to investing

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Gift Shop & Outdoor Rental Store May Open in...

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Pittsfield resident Jim Czarnecki plans to bring a gift shop and outdoor equipment rental store to town this summer. Czarnecki introduced himself to the Selectmen on Tuesday, saying he has been in conversation with Jim Reynolds about renting out his store and opening a gift shop featuring arts and crafts from local artists.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Holds Youth Week

The annual event fosters financial education among young people in Berkshire County through free fun events and activities designed to enhance skills for managing money and savings.

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The Independent Investor: Have You Had 'The Talk'...

Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music. We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil.

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Biz Briefs: April 14-20

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Pittsfield Council Supports Having Option Of...

The mayor now has the option of hiring a staff person or a law firm to be the city solicitor. Well, at least according to city code. The City Council approved a language change in the city code which changes "city solicitor" to "city solicitor/ legal firm." The intent of the change is to give Mayor Linda Tyer the ability to look at both forms of representation when considering options to fill the position on more of a permanent basis. Getting such a change, however, came with a lengthy di

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While Paying Off Student Loans, Don’t Forget About...

The sooner you begin saving and investing for retirement, the more time you’ll have for your money to grow. Plus, your early start will help you avoid having to play “catch up” later.

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North Adams Council Approves Tax Agreement for...

The City Council on Tuesday approved a tax incremental financing agreement for Greylock Works LLC that will give the project some property tax relief during the development of the former Cariddi Mill. Owners Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein intend to transform the 240,000 square foot State Road mill into a business incubator focused on food production, a restaurant and event space and a hotel. A final phase for residential is not considered part of the TIF.

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Williamstown Planning Board Considers Waubeeka...

The Planning Board on Tuesday began hashing out compromise language on the zoning bylaw that would allow a hotel to be built at Waubeeka Golf Course. But after the board's discussion ended, the attorney for Waubeeka's owner indicated a key aspect of the board's current bylaw remains unacceptable.

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Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive Benefits 4-H

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, launches its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign this week

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North Adams Gas Station Renovators Told to Start...

The Planning Board on Monday told the owner of the BP and Getty gas stations to clean up the properties and get to work. Representatives from Summit Distributing LLC were asked to come before the board to update it on the proposed renovations of the BP gas station on at the corner of Canal and Eagle streets and the Getty Mart on State

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New Coffee Cafe Opens in Adams

Owners of the Coffee Liberation Front on Park Street, Alison and Christopher Cuff, said their café was meant to be in Adams. Alison said when "everyone goes right we go left" and promised that the Coffee Liberation Front will provide something different in Adams. Patrons will find a vegan menu fueled by organic coffee and free Wi-Fi.

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Dunkin Denied Waiver From Pittsfield's Styrofoam...

Dunkin Donut will not be granted a waiver from the Styrofoam ban. Dunkin Brands has twice gone before the Board of Health asking for a waiver from the polystyrene ban because the company does not have a compliant cap for the extra large containers. Representatives said the rest of the cups are conforming but the cap is still be developed and could be ready for implementation later this year. On Wednesday, the Board of Health said it doesn't believe the company meets the requirements of get

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E3 Academy Releases New North Adams Merchandise

Merchandise that celebrates North Adams got another boost with Thursday's unveiling of a new series of branded caps, beanies, and bandanas. Students in the E3 Academy rolled out their new NAMApparel line of headgear with the slogan "North Adams: Find it, Love it."

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance...

It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again.


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