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New The Independent Investor: Dementia & Your...

It is true that most investors with significant assets have already made wills, set up trusts and in other ways made plans to protect their money after death. In many cases, they have also set up a power of attorney to manage their affairs in the event of illness or when they can no longer manage... click for more

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New...

The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year. The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees. click for more

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Expand Before Holiday...

Popular apparel retailer Guess has opened a factory store at the Lee Premium Outlets, and Toys 'R Us Express and Ten Thousand Villages are open at the center through the fall and holiday shopping seasons. click for more

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@theMarket: The Same Old Song

As I have written many times before, the unprecedented lack of any kind of fiscal stimulus out of Washington has resulted in the failure of the U.S. economy to gain any momentum. The Fed knows that and the market knows that. But we all choose to blame the Fed instead. click for more

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The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad...

Over the last two weeks, thanks to Wells Fargo in the banking sector, and Mylan Labs in pharmaceuticals, Corporate America has once again reminded us of that business just can't be trusted. In the case of Wells Fargo, over 2 million fictitious customer accounts were opened over several years in... click for more

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Crane Currency Building $100M Banknote Printing...

Crane Currency is planning a new $100 million banknote printing facility and customer experience center in the country of Malta. The company expects to initially hire approximately 200 new employees. The 140,000 square-foot facility is expected to be completed in early 2018. click for more

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Vote for Smart Investment Moves

Consequently, no one can claim, with any certainty, that one candidate is going to be "better for the markets" than another one. click for more

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Berkshire Works Job Fair Connects Job Seekers With...

Hundreds of people looking to advance their careers or get into the workforce browsed through an array of available jobs at the Berkshire Works annual job fair Wednesday. The annual event had such a demand for employers to showcase their opportunities that Stephanie Hambelton, business service... click for more

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Mayors Support Employment of Older Workers

Boulger was joined by representatives from Elder Services of Berkshire County and BerkshireWorks Career Center in North Adams in the morning, where Mayor Richard Alcombright read and signed an official proclamation, and Pittsfield City Hall in the afternoon, where Roberta McCulloch-Dews, on behalf of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, also read the proclamation that Tyer previously had signed.

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Walmart Proposal Draws Curious to Business Park...

These three open houses follow an event in May focused specifically on the Waterstone Development proposal to site a 190,000 Walmart Supercenter on a challenged lot in the small urban business park near Tyler Street. Another public presentation will be held by Waterstone on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at Morningside School.

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@theMarket: Much Ado About Nothing

If you aren't tired after more than two years of reading what the Fed may or may not do, you have the patience of Job. Whether an interest rate hike happens next week during the FOMC meeting or in December should not mean much to the market. But it does.

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Trendsetter Winners Named at Celebrate the...

Seven individuals and organizations were feted on Thursday night as the this year's Berkshire Trendsetters. The awards were presented at the sixth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event at Tanglewood before a crowd of more than 300 with state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, as master of ceremonies. The awards are a program of 1Berkshire.

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BCC, BIC Show Off New 3D Printers, Laser Scanner

High-tech equipment for the Berkshire Innovation Center has arrived. "This is the first real showcase of the high-end equipment. The mission of the BIC is alive and well," said BCC Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education William Mulholland.

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The Independent Investor: Woman Need to Invest...

We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more, not less.

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Trainer Thompson Named New CEO Of Hancock Shaker...

After 28 years at Mass MoCA, Jennifer Trainer Thompson is moving on to take the reigns of Hancock Shaker Village. Hancock Shaker Village announced on Wednesday that Thompson will take over as the new president and CEO in December. She takes over for Linda Steigleder, who is stepping down from the position after five years.

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Want to Retire Early? Start Planning Now

But what if you don't want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?

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More Redwood Project Details Divulged to North...

Cambridge-based firm Reed Hilderbrand is joining Texas-based sustainable architectural firm Lake/Plato to work on the master plan for the site, which started out as a simple motel renovation but since has turned into a 50-acre project that incorporates the Hoosic River into more of an environmental resort destination, project manager Erik Kerns told the Planning Board on Monday night.

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Biz Briefs: Senior Crimestoppers Boosted by...

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program, providing safe and secure living environments for the nation's low to moderate income seniors.

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@theMarket: Markets Get Back to Business

Friday's downturn could be attributed to North Korea, the rogue state that detonated a nuclear device on Thursday night. Those kind of one-off political events often-times unsettle markets. Stocks went down, the dollar spiked as did interest rates and that I found interesting.

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The Independent Investor: The VA — If It...

In the heat of presidential campaign rhetoric, the quality of care given to our veterans has become a popular topic. Needless to say, neither candidate has received care in a veteran's hospital and probably does not know anyone who has.

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Permit Granted For Solar Project On Pittsfield's...

From noise, to scenery, to even attacking the character of the company looking to install a large solar array on Churchill Street, neighbors tried everything to fight the project. But despite presenting their case claiming that the 499 kilowatts planned array encompassing a dozen acres of land would be a detriment to the neighborhood, the Zoning Board of Appeals granted the special permit with conditions in a 4-1 vote. Some of the board members voiced concern that the 40-acres of land being u

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Pelty's Pizza Ready To Expand For Fall

After six months in business, the owner of Pelty's Pizza says he's ready to expand his hours. Steve Peltier said he's been focusing on providing the best food and service since opening in the Colonial Shopping Center in March.

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Biz Briefs: New Boston Crane Service & Sleds...

New Boston Crane Service & Sleds, located at 85 South Main St., will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

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Use 'Open Enrollment' to Help Improve Your...

Open enrollment isn't just a time to fill out a bunch of papers. It's also a chance to reconsider and maybe even upgrade many areas of your financial outlook.

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Aubuchon Buys Former Williamstown Agway

The long-rumored sale of the former Agway building on Main Street was finalized on Friday. The president of Westminster-based Aubuchon Hardware Inc., confirmed Tuesday morning that it has purchased the parcel through a third party.

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North Adams Coffeeshop to Reopen as SereniTea...

The SereniTea Parlor will pick up where The Parlor coffeehouse left off: with an array of beverages, delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere. New owners Leanne Wilensky and Todd Hamilton have been busy bringing the former Parlor on Ashland Street back to life with a new coat of paint and a refurbished menu before fall hits and school is back in session.

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@theMarket: A Tale of Two Interest Rates

Yes, we are once again in a "bad news is good news environment." Weaker economic data means the chances of the Federal Reserve Bank raising interest rates at the September meeting is diminished. That means lower rates for longer, which equals higher prices for stocks, bonds, and commodities. None of the above disappointed on Friday.

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The Independent Investor: The VA Political...

It is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul Veterans Affairs once elected. The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization's short-comings.


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