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Big Y Names New Meat, Seafood Manager of North...

Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. click for more

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Lenox Broker Installed as...

As president, Meczywor will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee; represent the association at important meetings and business functions; and act as the official spokesperson for the... click for more

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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts...

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry... click for more

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy. click for more

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's...

The Pentagon's National Defense Strategy was issued in January. Like all of their tomes before, it is heavy reading and fairly boring but this time around things were different. The United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution, issued a 98-page report rebutting some of the assumptions... click for more

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Three Factors to Consider When Making Charitable...

But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and the reputation of the charity. click for more

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Pittsfield Accepts $125K Grant to Help St. Mary's...

The state released a $125,000 allocation to move the St. Mary's project along. The City Council accepted the grant from the state on Tuesday and the money will fund upgraded infrastructure to the project and preserve the terracotta roofing and campanile tower. The project is being undertaken by... click for more

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Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop

Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened phase one of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space. click for more

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KeyBank Names Business Banking Manager for WMass

In this role, Tierney will manage commercial relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million.

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Greylock Agent Certified as Construction Risk and...

This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance and demonstrates Nichol's commitment to Berkshire businesses through her commitment to on-going continuing education.

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The Independent Investor: Sustainability Investing...

Sustainability investing is different from the decades-old trend called "social investing." Generally, social investments are those that bet on solar power, clean water, or the avoidance of "sin stocks" such as tobacco, guns or liquor companies.

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1Berkshire Executive, Tourism Expert Lauri Klefos...

During her tenure at Berkshire Visitors Bureau, she oversaw the growth of national and social media marketing of the Berkshires, as well as the integration of business, tourism and creative economy strategies, and was instrumental in the consolidation of the county's four economic organizations into the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance.

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Berkshire Bank, Nonprofit Build Beds for Berkshire...

There are a lot of challenges for a family just moving into stabilized housing. Perhaps one of the most overlooked challenges is the cost of providing beds for the children. That's why in 2012 the Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless started a "Build a Bed" program aimed to have corporate sponsors build free beds for children across the state.

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Take Advantage of Tax Diversification

So, given the difference in how taxes are treated in these accounts, how can you choose where to put your money? For example, when would you contribute to a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k), rather than a traditional, tax-deferred IRA or 401(k)?

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Pittsfield Council Forgives $2.5M in Beacon Cinema...

It wasn't really a difficult decision. But it is a wildly unpopular one late Tuesday night when the City Council approved by an 8-2 margin to forgive some $2.5 million in debt to the Beacon Cinema in order to help facilitate a sale of the historic downtown building. The former Kinnell and Kresge building was renovated in 2008 through a public-private partnership to the tune of $22.1 million. The financial package was specifically designed to take advantage of new market tax credits, which bro

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Daly Resigns as Berkshire Bank CEO

Michael Daly has resigned as CEO of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Hills Bancorp announced on Monday that Daly has stepped down effective immediately and President Richard Marotta will take over as chief executive officer. Marotta was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Sean Gary will take over as bank president.

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Shine Wire Named One of State's Manufacturers of...

Company President Greg Shine said he accepted the award on behalf of current employees and past employees whom the business' solid foundation was built on.

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Biz Briefs: Pine Cobble School, Northshire...

Books will be sorted into categories, with selections for very young children, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, young adult, adult fiction, and a few specialty books. All will be gift-worthy. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to Pine Cobble's library.

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@theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street

The day after Thanksgiving, the stock and bond markets are open for a half day. Few turn up for work, so trading desks are usually manned by a skeleton crew, volumes are light and the indexes meander about the center line. As such, what happens on Black Friday has little consequence in the grand scheme of things.

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Birdsong Gallery Shoots for 'Feel Good' Vibe in...

They've poured their hopes into Birdsong Gallery on Eagle Street, a place they envision as a hub for artists, crafters, and musicians as well as another option for local shoppers.

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The Independent Investor: The Origin of Black...

Although the term "Black Friday" is a new phenomenon, its origins date back to the late 19th century. The term was first associated with a stock market crash on Sept. 24, 1869.

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Supports Mayor's Beacon...

After meeting for three and a half hours with the prospective buyers of the Beacon Cinema, at least five city councilors are on board with the mayor's proposal to forgive $1 million in loans immediately and $1.5 million over 10 years to help facilitate a sale. Pheonix Theatres is offering to purchase the former Kinnell and Kresge building on North Street and the assets of the Beacon Cinema. The group is planning to continue running a cinema out of the historic building and hopes to fill curr

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How Should You Respond to Wild Swings in Financial...

The daily drops pushed U.S. stocks down about 10 percent from their recent record highs, although they have regained some of that ground.

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Lach's Lounge Shutting Down For Good

Lach's Lounge is shutting down after three troubling years with violence. The bar on Fenn Street will remain closed following yet another hearing with the Licensing Board. Owner Michael Kruger told the board that he plans to shut down and the Licensing Board approved an indefinite license suspension to allow him to sell the license to someone else.

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Beacon Cinema: From Blockbuster Hopes to Roll...

It is a situation nobody wanted to happen, and one nobody really thought would happen given the way the movie industry was more than a decade ago. But now the City Council is asked to take the unpopular vote of forgiving the debt to save the cinema or to take the unpopular vote of letting the theater die.

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Cheshire Needs Architectural Study Before Leasing...

The town was told that it would have to undergo this study that would consider all possible uses and list needs that would have to be addressed. This could mean fire and safety doors as well as other upgrades.

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@theMarket: Markets Need to Hold Here

This week saw a re-test of the October lows. That is to be expected in most stock market corrections. What is important to the future well-being of equities globally is that the averages do not decline much further from here.

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The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes

Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.


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