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The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free?

Criticism of the program largely centers on the cost. Higher education has gotten so expensive through the years that some form of government assistance already picks up the tab for half of the nation's education costs through a maze of loans, credits and whatnot. It appears that government has... click for more

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'Farm to Hand' Food Truck Wins MCLA's First...

Twenty-seven teams of two to five students entered the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge last fall, the first-ever competition held by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and funded by the Feigenbaum Fund and Jack and Susy Wadsworth. After months of research, planning, and guidance by... click for more

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Be An 'Environmentally Friendly' Investor

And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement. click for more

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Berkshire Bank Donates $10K to Soldier On

Soldier On scored a goal with an assist from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. Berkshire Bank passed over a $10,000 donation to the non-profit on Monday, a donation part of the foundation's eXciting assist program. For every assist tallied by the Boston Bruins between October 13, 2016 and December... click for more

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Adams Community Bank Hires Two Mortgage...

Both women will join the banks residential mortgage lending sales team serving the home financing needs of the Berkshire County area. In their roles, McNinch and Choquette will be responsible for developing banking relationships with consumers seeking residential mortgages directly or through... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland

Most military strategists believe that April 15 might be the day when things could heat up. It is the 105th anniversary of Kim Long-un's grand pappy. It could be an auspicious date too for "the Fat-boy" to brandish the puppet state's military might. click for more

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Haas Foundation Grants 10K For Manufacturing...

Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation. The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started by the owner of Haas Automation, a company which... click for more

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Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'

Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. click for more

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Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated...

Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall. Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations admits bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the... click for more

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Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource...

There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase. Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w

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@theMarket: Uncertainty Descends Upon the Markets

I remind readers that it is the path of interest rates this year, and not the success or failure of the Trump agenda that will worry me most. And speaking of the Trump agenda, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, cautioned investors (just before taking a two week recess) that cutting taxes may take longer than expected. That did not play well on Wall Street either.

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Attorney General Healey to Testify at Eversource...

Attorney General Maura Healey will be at the library on Monday to do what her staff has been doing all across the state - opposing the electric increase proposed by Eversource. The electric company has asked for steep increases in rates throughout the commonwealth - of 10 percent in Western Massachusetts and 7 percent in the eastern portion of the state. The company claims that it needs to raise the revenue to maintain profits for shareholders at 10.5 percent and then upgrade the system's in

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The Independent Investor: Don't Let Romance Blind...

Over 6.7 million unmarried couples are co-habitating in America at last count. Over 90 percent of them are heterosexual, in case you're wondering. As such, these couples, regardless of sexual orientation or length of the relationship, are considered and classified as unrelated individuals in the eyes of the law.

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Three Dog Night Concert Being Planned For Wahconah...

Three Dog Night could be bringing joy to Wahconah Park this summer. The Parks Commission on Thursday approved a request from Berkshire Radio Group Vice President Peter Barry to use the park on Saturday, August 26 for the concert. Barry is in the "exploratory phase" of possibly putting on the concert and needed to secure the city's permission to use the field before booking them.

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Payless Shoe Store to Close at Berkshire Mall

Payless joins a number of national brands closing brick-and-mortar storefronts in the face of declining sales and the rise of online shopping. Two weeks ago, J.C. Penney, a founding anchor at the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall, announced its store there would be one of 140 nationwide slated for closure.

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How Can the Sandwich Generation Relieve Financial...

For one thing, be aware that you're certainly not alone. About one in seven middle-aged adults is providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Another Hotel Proposal Heads to Williamstown's...

Attorney Donald Dubendorf said if the hotel is approved, developer Vipul "Vinny" Patel plans to seek a partnership with one of the large hotel chains currently missing from the Williamstown market. Although his client operates a "mom and pop" motel currently, Patel realizes the industry is changing and potential guests are drawn to the kind of franchised properties currently popping up in Pittsfield and South County.

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Williamstown Planners Make Proposed Pot Bylaw More...

The board's annual public hearing to consider articles for town meeting drew a nearly full house to the Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room. Several residents addressed the board about its proposed bylaws, and, in two cases, board members were persuaded to change direction.

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Biz Briefs: Two Pittsfield Businesses Get Help to...

EDIP is designed to foster job creation and stimulate business growth; companies receive state and local tax incentives in exchange for job creation, manufacturing job retention and private investment commitments.

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@theMarket: New Quarter, New Market

Wall Street analysts expect corporate earnings to be higher by as much as 10-11 percent. That would be a big change from the recent past, where dismal guidance and feeble results have been the name of the game. If the numbers match or beat expectations, that could be good for stocks.

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Living together is not what it used to be

Thanks to the economy, demographics, and life-style choices, young couples today are living together and having children despite their unmarried status. In my own family, my niece is pregnant, unmarried, and has no intentions of tying the knot. Although her partner is the love of her life, they have decided (for now) to keep it that way.

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Improvements To East, Woodlawn Intersection Added...

It was only Tuesday evening when Director of Public Service David Turocy once again made a pitch to secure funding to fix up East Street from Lyman Street to Merrill Road. He was the sole vote on the Metropolitan Planning Organization to schedule that construction for 2022, the only available funding through the transportation improvement program.

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1Berkshire Sees More Employers At Career Fair With...

With a new location, 1Berkshire grew its annual career fair this year. The fair was traditionally held at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, which limited the number of employers to around 50. Berkshire Community College has since offered up the Patterson Field House for it and on Wednesday some 80 employers were able to set up tables for the event.

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Thurston To Leave PEDA; Reorganization Talks Begin

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, and the city are in talks of creating a new structure. Each has their own roles in economic development but with each agency losing key people, it is time for them to reconsider all of the operations.

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Teach Your Children Well About Finances and...

Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated and expensive world. But if you have young children, you can teach them some money-smart lessons and who knows?

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Pittsfield Approves Permit For Dalton Avenue...

The neighborhood is a mix of commercial and residential properties. The City Council heard the residential concerns but at the same time, this was the most amicable permit hearing the city has had with Dunkin' and one that was once referred to by a councilor as a "political victory."

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Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing...

The times Bill Schmick from Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him. For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.

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Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S. rank? The answer would be No. 14, down from No. 3 in 2007. The least happy inhabitants on Earth appear to be in Africa while the average Chinese person is no happier than he was 25 years ago, despite the country's much-lauded economic miracle.


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