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New @theMarket: Record Highs Again & Again

The president no longer has a monopoly on fake news. For every outlandish claim coming from the White House on a China deal, the Chinese media responds with fake news of their own. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees!

Americans are living longer than they have in the past. And while that is good news, for many middle-class retirees, it presents a challenge. As readers know, I have dozens of such clients and when we go through financial planning one of the first questions they asked is "Will my savings be enough... click for more

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Wild Oats Market Hires New Marketing Manager

Menhinick comes to this position with two decades of professional experience as a publicist and brand manager/advisor, most recently with his own company, Berkshire Brand Management. click for more

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What Can Investors Learn from Veterans?

Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives? click for more

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@theMarket: Phase One Deal Keeps Markets Bullish

I say "at the moment" because anything can change with a tweet. However, given the mounting problems of the Trump presidency, I believe he needs something positive (and fairly soon) to divert the nation's attention away from the impeachment hearings next week. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Fringe Benefits...

Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake. click for more

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Take Greater Control of Your 401(k)

For starters, be aware that your 401(k) may come with what might be called "standard" features, which you should review to determine their applicability to your situation. click for more

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@theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs?

As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months? click for more

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The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on...

This is an issue that has been around for as long as I can remember, but it has only been the recent moves by certain states, as well as the Federal government, that has forced the NCAA to at least acknowledge that the status quo is no longer working for them or for their students. click for more

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North Adams Council Puts...

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Mount Greylock School...

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Cheshire Residents Opposed to Pot Farm on Stafford...

And the Planning Board again extended the hearing for the proposed outdoor marijuana cultivation operation as both planners and residents continued to air concerns.

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Greylock's Human Resources Rep Earns Certification

Achieving a PHR designation shows that Mancivalano has demonstrated skills and knowledge in areas of human resources, such as employee relations, labor law, business strategy and management, policy and program implementation, risk management and compliance, human resources development, strategic and tactical planning, and compensation and benefits.

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Main Street Hospitality Names Vice President of...

As vice president of operations, Donoyan will work closely with Eustis and Main Street's leadership team to oversee operations at each hotel property in the portfolio.

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Licensing Board Want More Information Barcelona...

The owners indicated this summer that instead of opening the former Johnny's Beach Club as a tapas bar, they planned to improve the site in hopes of selling it.

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North Adams License Board OKs Package Store...

The Licensing Board has approved the transfer of the package store license from Ed's Variety to Honey Beer & Wine Inc.

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@theMarket: Earnings Give Mixed Signals

I suspect that some investors are betting that we are at the bottom of the economic cycle. While many analysts believe overall earnings for this third quarter will be down an average of 3 percent, they also think that this might be the trough in earnings. Bulls are expecting fourth quarter, and next year's earnings growth, to rebound.

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The Independent Investor: Will Trump Ruin...

However, none of what Congress might do will matter if President Trump decides not to sign it. Trump has already said he is not interested in signing any domestic spending bills until there is an agreement on additional funding of his border wall. If this sounds familiar, it is, because the same thing happened last year.

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Biz Briefs: 'Binka Bear' Wins All-Ideas Pitch...

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County ran their first All-Ideas Pitch Contest at the Berkshire Museum, awarding a first prize of $1,000 to Kaitlyn Pierce of Binka Bear, a product that helps wean children off pacifiers. She also won the "Fan Favorite" award of $500.

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Don't Change 401(k) Mix During Market Drops

But you do need to realize the cost involved specifically, fixed-income investments will not provide the same rate of return that equities (stocks) can.

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts EMA Incentives

After sending a special tax agreement and an Economic Development Fund allocation for Electro Magnetic Applications Inc. to subcommittee for consideration, the full city council cast its vote Tuesday in favor of the incentives that will help the aerospace company take off in Pittsfield.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Reopens Kellogg...

The expanded and renovated building will not only offer typical banking services but also free counseling to help residents with their financial futures.

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Community Development Board Denies Marijuana...

Girard said they reached out to the city's engineering department, building commissioner, and the permitting coordinator and submitted some new plans. He said because the change was so minor the building inspector signed off on it and they blocked off the area and prepared for construction.

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@theMarket: Markets Await a Brexit Vote

But don't underestimate Trump's penchant to create chaos. Just look at this week's disaster on the Turkish-Syrian border. Of course, voting in a Vietnam draft dodger as our commander-in-chief was beyond me in the first place, but what do I know?

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Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner

The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.

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The Independent Investor: Was There Really a Trade...

Many on Wall Street believe that the entire announcement was little better than a public relations stunt to woo Trump's farming base of voters back into the fold.

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Controversial Williamstown Sporting Goods Store...

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday avoided a decision on the most controversial issue it has faced this year.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Verizon Wireless Zone...

The donation came from the Wireless Zone Foundation of Giving, which is made up of Verizon Wireless Zone stores across the country who take small donations then sponsoring local charities.

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement...

Keeping in mind that the withdrawals are generally fully taxable at your personal income tax rate, are there some particularly smart ways in which you can use the money to help your family or, possibly, a charitable organization?

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening

The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.


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