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Greylock Insurance Agency Producer Earns National...

The National Underwriter Company established the designation to highlight agents who demonstrate extensive knowledge in the areas of property and casualty insurance and have applied that knowledge in real-life case study exercises. click for more

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Berkshire Money Management Staffer Earns Financial...

In order to receive this designation, Russo completed a rigorous, 10-module course of study encompassing the financial planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial planning concepts, terminology and product categories. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical...

What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave. click for more

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Estate Plans Can Help You Answer Questions About...

In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. click for more

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North Adams License Commission OKs One-Day...

Two events to be held on July 25 and Aug. 29 as part of DownStreet Art events were approved for one-day licenses. The approvals were held over from applications at the June 18 meeting because Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts lacked the necessary liability insurance. click for more

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Berkshire Food Co-op Welcomes New General Manager

Bond started his career in natural foods by opening The Market in his hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1998. The Market was the first retailer in the area dedicated to selling natural foods after the Cotton Top Co-op closed in the 1970s. click for more

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Pittsfield Community Television Names Coordinator...

Heck will be responsible for cultivating funding opportunities for PCTV and WTBR-FM as well as driving community engagement in Pittsfield Community Television and radio. click for more

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Berkshire County Arc Names Vice President of...

In that role, she will oversee the accounting and finance functions of BCArc's $36 million-plus annual budget. She will also manage a complex information technology system that involves numerous state contracts, confidential client data and a network that extends beyond 40 properties across... click for more

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Brien Center Names New Director of Development

Smith comes to the Brien Center from the Hancock Shaker Village, where he was director of advancement. Smith will have primary responsibility for the agency's fundraising and development efforts, as well as enhancing the Brien Center's external relations in the community. click for more

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BFAIR Purchases Redemption Center in North Adams

The center was acquired from David Moresi of Moresi & Associates, with whom BFAIR had been working for several years while the agency managed the customer service portion of the business.

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Outdoor Marijuana Grow Moves One Step Further In...

EOS Farms LLC. is one step closer toward creating a large outdoor grow operation for marijuana products. The company, headed by Suehiko Ono, is planning to lease 12 acres of farmland near 973 Barker Road to grow the products. The company has already received local permits to transform the former Royal Cleaners on Tyler Street into a marijuana retailer and manufacturing operation. The growing will provide the product to that operation.

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New Massage Therapy Center Opens on Park Street in...

Jessica Wilson, a licensed massage therapist, said her business strengthens a wellness theme developing on Park Street.

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Cumberland Farms Closes on North Adams Property

The convenience store chain purchased the property at 227-245 Ashland St. on Friday, June 30.

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@theMarket: Looking Ahead

Whenever the markets are unanimous about anything, I usually feel the hairs on my neck begin to tingle.

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North Adams Restaurateur Brings Back 'Capitol'...

After piloting through the tempest that was the Solid Sound Festival including running through 80 pounds of homemade corned beef hash in less than two days Meehan was working through another storm of his own making.

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The Independent Investor: Home Equity Can Pay for...

We all have horror stories to tell of how one or both spouses needed to go into a nursing home and the costs drained all their assets and then some. Before they could apply for Medicaid, they had to go through everything they own their home, their retirement and savings accounts all gone.

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Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day

For starters, you'll want to determine what financial independence means to you. Is it the liberty to meet all your cash flow needs? The freedom to retire comfortably, at the age you choose? The ability to set up the kind of legacy you'd like to leave?

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@theMarket: G-20 Weighs on Stocks

It wouldn't be a normal weekend in the financial markets without something to worry about. This weekend, it is the meeting of the two presidents, Trump and Xi, in Japan with $350 billion in new tariffs hanging on the outcome. What are the odds that they clinch a deal?

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Biz Briefs: New Berkshire Food Co-op Opens in...

A ribbon cutting ceremony was at 7:30 a.m. with remarks from Jonathan Butler, president and CEO of 1Berkshire, the Regional Economic Development Organization of Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Bank Names First Vice President,...

In his new role, Gikas will be responsible for staffing, sales performance, customer experience, and overall productivity for 19 Berkshire Bank branches across Central and Eastern Massachusetts, including downtown Boston.

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The Independent Investor: Reverse Mortgages

Over one million reverse mortgages or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) have been sold since the government program started back in 1990.

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Investment Strategy Can Be Your GPS as You Travel...

During your life, you may take many journeys one of which is the long road you will travel toward your financial goals. But even on this path you can benefit from a "GPS" in the form of your goal-oriented, personalized strategy.

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Adams Hears From Another Potential Marijuana...

Another marijuana grow facility was proposed to the Selectmen, however, it would require some bylaw changes.

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@theMarket: Stocks Should Move Higher From Here

My concern rests upon the Fed's reaction (or lack thereof) if an agreement is put in place. Chair of our Federal Reserve Jerome Powell has hinted that cutting interest rates would largely depend on what happens next on the trade front. That has sent the stock market to new highs.

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Sosne Appointed Executive Director Of Berkshire...

The Berkshire Innovation Center has a new leader. Ben Sosne is taking over as the executive director as the opening of the BIC at the William Stanley Business Park inches closer. Sosne replaces Scott Longley, who served as the executive director during the construction.

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Greylock Insurance Agency Staffer Earns Elite...

The Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Program, available to insurance professionals around the world, is distinguished from other programs of its kind by an annual continuing education requirement, which ensures that designees stay current on the important policy changes and trends within the industry.

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Announces Promotions

Heather Archibald will now serve the 130-year old financial institution as assistant treasurer while Steve Rogers will serve as assistant vice president/branch manager.

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New Williams Inn Appoints Leadership Team

The new Williams Inn, located at the corner of Latham and Spring streets in Williamstown, will open on Aug. 15. Owned by Williams College, the inn will replace the current Williams Inn, which will continue to operate through July 31.

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Community Legal Aid Attorney Named President of...

Doyle, a Pittsfield resident, is a certified mediator, certified conciliator, collaborative law attorney, parenting coordinator, and guardian ad litem investigator, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1998.


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