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Financial Moves for 'Empty Nesters'

But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? click for more

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North Adams Board of Health OKs Food Vendor,...

The inspectors also looked into a Facebook complaint about ants in a sandwich from a local pizzeria. The eatery was clean, had no violations, and no sign of any ants. click for more

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'

The goal is to create a cadre of community economists – young people who can be effective and confident advocates for locally owned businesses and community-driven economic development. click for more

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Williamstown Zoning Board Weighs College's Hotel,...

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday continued its hearing on Williams College's applications for special permits to allow construction of a new inn and the reconfiguration of the public parking lot at the bottom of Spring Street. click for more

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Unpaid Bills Are Starting to Pile Up For Berkshire...

The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up. The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District — $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town. click for more

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Adams Community Bank President Named Head of Mass...

O'Brien will serve a one-year term as chairman. He was one of nine executives named to the board. click for more

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names Chief...

DeBlieux Speed will be responsible for leading the bank's development of strategic technology initiatives, overseeing all aspect of technology operations and managing technology programs to ensure the bank’s systems provide optimal results. DeBlieux Speed also oversees the bank's Cybersecurity and... click for more

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Berkshire Money Management CEO Earns CEPA...

Harris participated in the intensive, four-day, MBA-style program — offered by the Exit Planning Institute — in Chicago. The CEPA program is the most widely accepted in the world and was specifically designed for business advisors who work closely with private companies. click for more

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BMC, Nurses Return to Bargaining as Strike Hangs...

In the middle of a strike authorization vote and the union filing charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center return to the bargaining table Thursday in hopes to come to an agreement on a new contract. click for more

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North Adams ZBA Approves Special Permit for...

Porches Inn was given a special permit and waivers that will allow it to begin process for a new building on Veazie Street. Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp of Grinnell Partners LLC, representing the inn, said two of the structures — 10 and 18-20 Veazie — would be demolished to make way for a standalone building largely for use as a breakfast or gathering location.

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Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds...

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

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'Morningside Up' Sees Food To Revitalize...

Food is not just sustenance for the human body, but can be for an entire neighborhood. That's what a group of community organizers in the Morningside area believe. The Morningside Up initiative is what has came out of a $75,000 planning grant from the Kresge Foundation and those involved are now patiently waiting for the fall to see if another round of funding will take their plans and turn them into reality.

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State Budget Funds Office to Increase...

Adam Vartikar grew up in a family-owned business in Brookline and now his parents are looking to retire. But he, nor any of his siblings, want to run it. Vartikar has a close relationship with the employees and doesn't want to see his parents close the doors or sell out to an company which will move it away. So he thought he'd help sell the business to the workers. He found out it is not that easy.

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Adams Community Bank Honors Employees for Their...

Annually the banks hosts a retirement and service milestone event to honor employees who have dedicated their careers to helping their friends and neighbors in the communities they serve.

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MountainOne Bank Appoints Senior Human Resources...

As senior human resources officer, Petropulos will be responsible for recruitment efforts across all MountainOne divisions, as well as for supporting employee training and development, promoting a healthy and engaged workplace, and fostering a corporate culture focused on talent, integrity and teamwork.

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Duke's Gravel Owner Appeals to Adams ZBA

The gravel operation at 101 Grove St. has been cited for clearing trees within a 100-foot buffer that has caused particulates to litter surrounding homes and Pinnacle Park in violation of zoning laws. Duquette issued a ceased and desist order in late March.

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Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?

But they aren’t the only entrepreneurs in the country – about 10 percent of workers in the United States are self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re thinking of joining these ranks, you may want to prepare yourself financially.

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Berkshire Museum Unveils 'Reinvention Plan'

The Berkshire Museum was faced with a choice - change, move or die. For the last decade, the museum has faced a $1.1 million deficit in its budget, setting a course for failure. Director Van Shields described it as a threat to the museum's future. In response, the museum has crafted a bold $60 million plan to not only get its financial house in order but also modernize the museum and how it operates.

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'Better Block' Presents Conceptual Plan for...

There will be the day when the doors of the former Tyler Street Fire Station will be opened, the old emergency vehicles in the backdrop, with a live band and a craft brewery serving up drinks. Across the street, Jacob's Pillow will be giving dance lessons. That day will be on Aug. 26. The old fire house is too decrepit for the building inspectors to let people all the way in and attempts by the city to dispose of the property had found no interest. But, what is possible with the historic buil

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Williamstown Selectmen Approve Package Store...

The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved two new package store licenses — one on the north end of town and one at the south. The Store at Five Corners in South Williamstown and the Express Mart at the corner of Simonds Road (Route 7) and Sand Springs Road were before the board seeking licenses to sell wine and malt beverages.

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@themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global...

Throughout the first half of the year, I wrote that it was not Trump and his promises, but low interest rates, a growing economy, and declining unemployment that was supporting the stock market. I also warned that the real arbiter of further equity gains would be the Fed and how they implemented their new tighter, monetary policy.

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The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time...

Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.

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Cheshire Dollar General Grand Opening Saturday

After a turbulent few years, Dollar General is now open. The store will hold a grand opening Saturday.

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Neal Delivers 100K Grant To Help Fairview Hospital

Since 2010 80 rural hospitals have closed and 363 others are just struggling to get by, according to Fairview Hospital President Eugene Dellea. The Berkshires know that well. It has only been a few years since the former North Adams Regional Hospital closed up. On the federal level, massive changes to healthcare delivery could be looming, meaning hospitals are struggling with knowing how to plan.

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What Can Investors Learn from the All Stars?

If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars.

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Greylock Promotes One to Senior Vice President

In her new role Supranowicz will direct, plan and organize activities in the areas of finance, accounting, credit union investments and asset/liability management.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Director Steps Down...

Greene will be remaining at the center as a case worker, representing clients through this transitional period and until the center can hire additional staff. Brooke Mead, who has been BIC for 15 years, for many of them the center's only full-time staff member, will step into the role of director. Ben Fish is one of two new case workers also being hired.

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Greylock Hires New VP/Human Resources

Riordan has held human resources leadership and management roles since the 1980s. Most recently she was the VP/Human Resources at Country Curtains in Stockbridge, where she worked for more than 20 years.

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The Independent Investor: Small Business Linchpin...

The facts are that small businesses still create the lion's share of jobs and at least half the economic growth in this country. It would be wonderful if our lawmakers would finally realize that.


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