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Investors Can Learn Much from Workers

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors. click for more

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@theMarket: Fedspeak Occupies A Dull Market

If traders choose to buy or sell stocks based on the conflicting opinions of every Fed official that gives a speech, well, what else can they do on a boring week in late August? click for more

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Two Berkshire County Natives Promoted at...

Donald A. Kuczarski will now serve the 127-year old financial institution as their senior vice president of Commercial Lending while Peter M. Marchetti will serve as senior vice president of Retail Banking and Operations. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Health Savings Accounts...

Does your employer offer a health savings plan? Many do, especially if your company's health insurance has a high deductible. If you aren't taking advantage of it, you should and here's why. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) were created as a way to help control rising health care costs. An HSA is... click for more

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PEDA Planning Three Open Houses for Stanley...

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority will host three open house events on Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14 at the William Stanley Business Park to showcase the park's developable building sites. PEDA is encouraging potential developers, builders, existing businesses and community members to... click for more

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Consider All Aspects of College Savings Options

For the 2015-16 school year, the average expense (including tuition, fees room and board) was nearly $20,000 at a public, four-year school, and more than twice that amount at a four-year private school, according to the College Board. click for more

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Pittsfield Airport Raises Landing, Tie-Down Fees

The Airport Commission has implemented new fees in hopes to raise revenues. Airport Commission Chairman Chris Pedersen told a research group looking to the operations on Monday that a number of the fees have gone up - including more than a 60 percent increase for tie-downs and a complete... click for more

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Biz Briefs: Goodwill Leases Space in Great...

A grand opening of the Great Barrington retail outlet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. The site also has a donation center where people are encouraged to drop off items for resale. click for more

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Pittsfield Council Wants Public Forum On Walmart...

The City Council wants a chance to ask the proponents of a new Walmart at the William Stanley Business Park some questions. However, the council needs another organization to host a discussion to avoid legal conflicts. So, the council agreed to ask the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority... click for more

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@theMarket: Three in One

On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages — the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don't want to know what happened the last time this happened. That was in 1999. The year after ushered in the Dotcom boom and bust where some averages lost 20-30 percent and sent the markets on a roller coaster that did not end until 2003. Am I saying that will happen again? No, but I am expecting a pull-back soon in all three averages.

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The Independent Investor: Why the Nation's...

The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this country.

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Pittsfield Retailers Holding Own Tax-Free Weekend...

Bart Raser says on the tax free holiday, he does five times the amount of business than a regular weekend. He orders extra inventory and orders winter items like snowblowers early in anticipation. But then a few weeks ago the state legislature nixed it. The state revenues are lagging and lawmakers opted not to hold one this year, leaving Raser staring at a lose of a sales and stores filled with items.

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What Can Investors Learn from Roller Coaster...

As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life – including the financial markets.

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Pittsfield Bans Circus Animals

By an 8-3 vote, the City Council has banned non-domesticated animals from being used as entertainment. The ordinance submitted by citizens petition calls for "no living non-domesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events, or other similar entities" in the city. The ban doesn't apply to dogs, cars, donkeys, horses, and other farm animals nor does it apply to educational exhibits. The majority of the council felt the law woul

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Developer Plans to Reopen Dug-Out Motel in Adams

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit application on Tuesday to re-establish the defunct Dug-Out Motel. Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp, representing Mount Royal II Inc., told the ZBA that because the Dug-Out a 99 Howland Ave. has not been used as a hotel in more than two years, a special permit was needed to allow the use as originally permitted.

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New York Style Italian Eatery Opens in Downtown...

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu. When he moved to the Berkshire a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. Last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street which provides lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.

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Crane Donates Jericho Woods Conservation Group

Crane & Co. has donated 126 acres of woodlands, known as Jericho Woods, to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The Jericho Woods property spans the communities of Dalton and Hinsdale, and has been protected by Crane and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife under a Wildlife Conservation Easement. In 2015, Crane donated 685 acres of land, known as the Boulders, to the BNRC.

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Raymond James Affiliation Forms New Park Square...

Rice joins Paul A. Fortini, vice president, investments, and branch manager in a newly formed partnership, Park Square Financial Advisors of Raymond James.

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Community Development Board in Favor of U-Haul at...

A proposed self-storage and U-Haul business on West Housatonic Street received a positive reception from the Community Development Board Tuesday. U-Haul is looking to open a storage and truck rental business in the former Pittsfield Plaza, which has been empty for years. Plans to develop such a business there began back in 2013 when the owners of the property petitioned the City Council to change zoning laws to allow such a use. The truck rental business is already approved by right but the s

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Lanesborough Likely to Leave Wired West With MBI,...

The Board of Selectmen are trusting Charter to connect close to 100 percent of residents to broadband and essentially cutting ties with Wired West. The Board of Selectmen voted during an emergency meeting Wednesday to forfeit future funding from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and to instead allow Charter to receive a grant to build out the high-speed internet system.

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Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees

Once you retire, you may need to look at your investment portfolio somewhat differently – instead of "building it up," you may now want to think of "making it last."

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Solar Array Plan Proposed For Residential...

A 40-acre parcel on the northern end of Churchill Street, which has been the subject of debate over a recycling operation there, is now eyed for solar. Churchill Solar LLC is looking to purchase the property and turn four of the six lots there into a commercial solar array. The plan is the third iteration of use for that property. It was subdivided in 2007 to become a housing development with eight homes and when that fell through a new plan for an organic recycling and mulch business were to

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Restaurant Rated Third in...

The list spans from Newport to Martha's Vineyard, and from coastal Maine to the White Mountains, but only one of the ten restaurants is located in the Massachusetts’ Berkshires.

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Tyler Street Businesses to Connell: No Problems...

Joe Castoldi has run his barber shop for years on Tyler Street, just a block away from where the proposed Walmart Supercenter is eyed to be built. The supercenters often have a salon inside the building so one would think Castoldi would be worried about competition - especially competition from such a large corporation. But he's not.

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West to Speak at National Realtors Conference

West will present a session at the conference titled "Basic Principles to Equity Marketing."

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Grants 2016...

Every year, SVMC honors a nurse whose accomplishments in the areas of leadership, service and scholarship are worthy of the health system’s highest recognition. Hawsom was celebrated at the SVHC’s 2016 Nurses Week Celebration in May.

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Taps New VP of...

A native of Pittsfield, May brings more than 16 years of local industry experience and will oversee marketing and public relations for the 127-year old financial institution.

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Charter Upgrading Internet, Cable in Lanesborough

On Aug. 2 high-definition cable access will be in most of Lanesborough and a week later, high-speed internet. In part of the merger with Time Warner Cable, Carter Communications is upgrading the systems in three Berkshire towns - Lanesborough, West Stockbridge, and Hinsdale. For weeks workers have been in various parts of the town replacing wiring and bringing the new digital signal to the majority of the homes.

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Financial Tips for Single Parents

As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below, you may be able to make life easier – for you and your children.


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