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The Independent Investor: Economic Prosperity in...

The stock market is once again approaching historical highs. Unemployment is at multi-year lows. Interest rates and inflation, if not at record lows, are close to it. The president claims we are enjoying the strongest economy in our nation's history. Is that true? click for more

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Biz Briefs: Two Former Prosecutors Open Local Law...

The law firm was founded on Feb. 4, 2019, by Gregory M. Barry and Robert W. Kinzer, two former assistant district attorneys in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. click for more

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The Right Insurance Can Meet Both Short- and...

That's why it's a good idea to become familiar with the various types of insurance and how they can address short- and long-term needs. click for more

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Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers...

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers. The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center on Wednesday at the statehouse to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers... click for more

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Marijuana Farm

The Conservation Commission on Thursday approved plans for an outdoor marijuana plantation near the Green River. But one member of the panel abstained from the decision, citing a potential conflict between the production and sale of the drug and federal law. click for more

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Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New...

The Computer Bug offers a wide variety of services including free diagnostics, repair and service of both Mac and Windows PCs, and the sale of new and used computers, parts, and accessories. click for more

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The Lantern Reopened In Pittsfield

For a century The Lantern has been a stalwart landmark in the city's downtown. Thousands of people have eaten in the restaurant at the corner of Linden and North and it had remained through generations of changes to the city's downtown. But, in 2017, Mark Papas decided it was time to close it. click for more

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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire...

The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire. The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's... click for more

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@theMarket: Markets Gain on Hope & a Prayer

Investors remain cautiously optimistic that the wall of worry that has been plaguing us for months may now be crumbling. That's no sure thing, but at least we did have some good news this week. click for more

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New Partner Named at Balance Rock Investment Group

Meczywor is part of a team that includes two financial advisers and five support staff dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients' needs.

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BFAIR Taps New Director of Marketing

Her experience spans over a decade from the automotive industry to nonprofits in the local Berkshire community.

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Berkshire United Way Taps New Director of...

Marcus joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in social service programs, policy development, operations and revenue generation. She holds both her master of science in social work and master of public affairs from Columbia University.

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The Independent Investor: Trump's War on Drug...

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.

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Big Y Supermarkets Selling Adams Location

In a statement released on Thursday just after noontime, company officials said the 16,000-square-foot structure in downtown Adams cannot support the items and types of services the grocer now offers.

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Your Financial Advisor Can Do Some 'Life Coaching'

So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some "coaching" as you work toward all your important objectives, such as sending your kids to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement and leaving a legacy that can benefit the next generation.

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Williamstown Panels to Review Proposed Pot Planter

Ryan Wimpee, the attorney for Colorado-based Euflora Cannabis Dispensaries, has applied for permission to start an outdoor cannabis farm on 20 acres at 295 Blair Road, a property known as River Rock Farm and owned by Eric Reinhard.

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Metal Affection: 'Iron Florist' Fabricates Lasting...

Matt McLaughlin's first year after leaving the Marine Corp was 2015. He wasn't sure what to do so he entered an auto mechanics program in Pennsylvania and went to call full time. On the side, he made some extra cash by welding bumpers, roll cages, or parts on off-road vehicles but he wasn't making a whole lot of money doing the jobs in his own garage.

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Williamstown Consignment Store Offers Second Life...

Owner Hannah Reinhard said her upscale store on 131 Water St. is much more than your typical consignment shop because she wants to sell a little bit of everything.

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@theMarket: Markets Are China Dependent

Given that most investors need a reason to explain any market declines, this week's announcement that President Trump is postponing his meeting with Xi, his Chinese counterpart, was both a surprise and a disappointment. It shouldn't be.

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Pittsfield Cumberland Farms Slapped With Tobacco...

After two violations of the tobacco retail license, the managers from Cumberland Farms on First Street say tobacco products will not be sold at all unless the customer has identification. The city is imposing a $350 fine on the convenience store but is holding the seven-day suspension in abeyance, meaning it will be enforced only if there is another violation.

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Financial Gifts for Valentines ... Of All Ages

This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations.

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Pittsfield Neighbors Oppose Newest Proprietor's...

Proprietor's Lodge is looking to add two new spaces to its existing building — a ceremony room and a breakout space. But neighbors are saying the business at the former Itam Lodge is growing entirely too fast and is causing problems in the tight residential area.

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Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best...

SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program

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Cheshire Glass Works Is a Local Treasure

Reynolds said she started making jewelry at age 15 and her first creations were hemp macramé necklaces that she sold at concerts and a few local stores.

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@theMarket: The Fed Finds Religion

That does not mean that the volatility that has beset the markets of late will fade away. Quite the contrary, I expect the wild swings in the stock market to continue. But for now, the Fed has once again provided a floor of support for equities.

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MCLA Graduates See Future in Revived Parlor Cafe

Tardive said they wanted to bring back the vibe of the old Parlor that helped them fall in love with North Adams and served as a hub for local artists such as the COmmon Folk artists collective.

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The Independent Investor: Europe, the World's Sick...

This year, the EU will be lucky to see 1.5 percent GDP growth. Europe's powerhouse, Germany, saw its growth for 2019 cut by 0.6 percent because of anemic consumption and weak industrial production data.

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North Adams ZBA OKs Storage Units in Residential...

The argument by property owner Michael Dowling was the new units will replace the old barn that had been used for storage for nearly a century, long before zoning. The application was not a change of use, he said, but a continuance.

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting...

The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.


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