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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. click for more

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@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned. click for more

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SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet' Parting Gift To United...

By the end of the year SABIC may be gone. But not forgotten. Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.'s Innovative Plastics is leaving a legacy of philanthropy and community engagement behind with a parting gift of a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way. The company has made major... click for more

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Adams Community Bank Employees Complete New...

The New England School for Financial Studies is an intensive two-year program to broaden the skills in the areas of strategic thinking, leadership and decision making. click for more

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Berkshire County Banker Completes ABA School of...

The only national school of its kind, the program provides marketers, managers and specialists with an intensive education under the guidance and direction of faculty advisors comprised of distinguished marketing and banking professionals. Students develop strategies to promote new products and... click for more

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Two Local Women Join Wild Oats Management Team

Sarah Thurston Housman, a native of Williamstown, was appointed as marketing manager and Shannon Toye, of North Adams, was hired as prepared foods manager. click for more

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Cranwell Welcomes New Executive Chef

In the past 20 years, he has accumulated more than 20 years of executive and sous chef experience at different resorts in the States and in England. click for more

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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday

The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant - Third Thursday. Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on... click for more

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Adams to Pursue Medical...

Weed is weighing heavy on the...

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SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet'...

By the end of the year SABIC...

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North County Economic Forum...

There was a strong sense of...

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PERC Presents 31-Page Document Supporting Westwood...

Clairmont essentially put a halt to an ongoing debate over land leases at the Westwood Business Park on Monday night when he delivered a 31-page packet of documents outlining the history and supporting the agreements as they exist to the Airport Study Group.

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Biz Briefs: Rotary 'Citizen of the Year,' Bank...

Sally and Fred Harris were chosen for their significant contribution to Great Barrington in saving St. James Episcopal Church and embarking on a six-year long historic restoration to transform the church buildings into a cultural center destined to enhance the cultural life of Great Barrington as well as the regional economy.

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North County Economic Forum Looks at Opportunities

There was a strong sense of optimism on Saturday as dozens of business and community leaders gathered to address North County's economic development. From hundreds of millions of dollars in current public and private investment to local entrepreneurs to a dropping jobless rate to ambitious plans for downtown development, the future seemed brighter than in years past.

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@theMarket: Markets Make Hay

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market.

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Pittsfield WILL Group Formed to Promote City;...

For the last 10 years Evan Hickok has formed good relationships with many of his co-workers at General Dynamics. They are recruited from out of town, come to work as engineers, and the staff at the Pittsfield facility grows a friendship. And then the young professionals leave for what they see are greener pastures. They leave for the city life of Boston or New York envisioning a thriving social scene and nightlife. But more often than not, the workers find themselves taking a job in the subur

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The Independent Investor: Tax Breaks For College...

As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid's educational future. The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week.

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Local Bank CEO Elected Vice Chairman of the Mass...

O’Brien has more than 35 years of experience in banking and financial services and has been president and CEO of Adams Community Bank since 2002.

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North Adams Board Tells Package Store Owner to Get...

The License Commission is putting the brakes on an alcohol license transfer after the proposed new owner of Ed's Variety failed to find a local manager. Will Patel of Westwood had appeared before the commission last month with paperwork naming himself as manager and an assistant who would take over but who was not a U.S. citizen.

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Act Today to Avoid Financial Regrets Tomorrow

We all deal with regrets – and financial ones are among the most troublesome.

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Adams Will Take Former Curtis Paper Mill for...

The town's had enough of chasing a local business down for deliquent taxes. The Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday voted to revoke MJD Real Estate's operating permits after the company accumulated more than $477,047.40 in unpaid real estate and personal property taxes.

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Berkshire Bank’s Wealth Management Team Expanded

Gore is a graduate of New England School of Banking at Williams College with a degree in Trust Banking. She has more than 35 years of banking experience, 28 of which have been dedicated to Berkshire Bank. Ward received her juris doctor from Western New England University and is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and New York. She also obtained her designation as a certified financial planner in 2011.

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Biz Briefs: Three Berkshire Nonprofits Honored,...

The three finalists were proud to represent the Berkshires at the award ceremony in Boston and hope that a greater number of our 984 Berkshire nonprofits will be finalists for next year’s awards.

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Mister Tire Property to Reopen Under New Ownership

The Mister Tire property will reopen for tire service this August under new owners Vianor Inc. The Planning Board approved a special permit request Monday for the change of ownership of Mister Tire, located at 558 Curran Highway. "We are excited, and we have big shoes to fill," said Vianor President Jason Phelps.

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North Adams Gas Station Approved by Conservation...

Plans to redevelop the corner of Canal and North Eagle streets passed its first hurdle on Monday night. The Conservation Commission accepted the Notice of Intent submitted by Thomas Frawley of Summit Distributing LLC, based in Lebanon, N.H., for a new convenience store and gas pumps at 140 Eagle St.

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Pittsfield City Council Mostly Undecided On...

The ultimate say over the project may come before the City Council, which will be asked to approve a special permit because of the size of the store. So far, the majority of the City Council says they are keeping an open mind about the project and waiting for additional answers.

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@theMarket: Historical Low-Interest Rates Prop Up...

There was a time when soaring bond prices and correspondingly lower interest rates were a bad sign for the stock market and the economy. Thanks to worldwide central banks, that correlation no longer exists, or does it?

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Covanta Plans To Cease Operations Of Pittsfield...

Covanta plans to close its Hubbard Avenue facility in March. Company Spokesman James Regan said the company plans to halt operations of the energy-from-waste in March of 2017. The plant has been operating in Pittsfield since 1981 on 5.8 acres on Hubbard Avenue.

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Donovan & O'Connor Adding Dodig to its Name

The addition of Chris S. Dodig's name marks the first name change for the well-known law firm since 1954, when J. Norman O'Connor Sr. joined Walter Donovan in the general practice of law. Donovan, an Adams native, had been practicing law in Berkshire County since 1913.

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Walmart Refutes Candidate's Criticism Of...

Walmart's Director of Public Affairs & State and Local Government Relations Chris Buchanan says, "holding out hope for industrial development of the site does a disservice to the residents of Pittsfield." He said the cost to remediate the land, fix the stormwater runoff, and road work adds up to $12 million, a cost few companies would bear when there are other properties for development at a lower cost.

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Adams Residents Concerned Over Specialty Minerals...

Residents surrounding Specialty Minerals are concerned with the facility’s noise levels. Hasting Street resident Allan Lemoine brought the issue to the Board of Health on Wednesday.


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