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The Korean Garden opened last month on Ashland Street in North Adams.
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The restaurant, which has operated as an Italian eatery and several variations of Mexican/Southwestern, seats 100.

New Korean Restaurant Opens in North Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A pair of veteran restaurateurs are offering traditional Korean and Japanese cuisine and sushi.

The Korean Garden at 139 Ashland St. opened more than a week ago in the former Red Sauce location.

After living in North Adams for eight years, Yong and Jenny Pae thought it was time to open up their own eatery.

"We know a lot of people like Korean food and good sushi so we thought a long time ago that we wanted open up here," Jenny Pae said.

The Paes are not new to the restaurant scene and have worked with Boston restaurateur Jae Chung, who grew up in Clarksburg. They ran their own small Korean take-out business in Boston for a decade about 15 years ago.

Pae said the menu has many traditional favorites such as bulgogi, kimchi, and hot stone bi bim bab. There are aso various sushi and maki specials, including the North Adams Maki and the Red Sox Roll.

"It's different," Pae said. "A lot of people say North Adams only has a Burger king and Chinese food and we need something new and something fresh. We try to give the best service and the best food."

She said they have been busy since opening a week ago Saturday.

"Business has been busy a lot of people come in late," Pae said. "I think maybe we need a couple weeks to really get a lot of people in here all the time."

She said the restaurant seems to be a hot spot for college students with its close proximity to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She added that a lot of Williams College students stop in, too.

The building has been mostly empty since Red Sauce Ristorante abruptly closed in 2012. More recently there were a short-lived Italian and a Southwestern restaurant.

The Korean Garden is open every day except Monday for lunch and dinner. During the week the hours are 11 to 9:30 and on the weekends, 11 to 10.

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How can women bridge the retirement gap?

Submitted by Edward Jones

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day for celebrating all the accomplishments of women around the globe. But many women still need to make up ground in one key area: retirement security.

Women's challenges in achieving a secure retirement are due to several factors, including these:

  • Pay gap – It's smaller than it once was, but a wage gap still exists between men and women. In fact, women earn, on average, about 82 cents for every dollar that men earn, according to the Census Bureau. And even though this gap narrows considerably at higher educational levels, it's still a source of concern. Women who earn less than men will likely contribute less to 401(k) plans and will ultimately see smaller Social Security checks.
  • Longer lives – At age 65, women live, on average, about 20 more years, compared to almost 17 for men, according to the Social Security Administration. Those extra years mean extra expenses. 
  • Caregiving responsibilities – Traditionally, women have done much of the caregiving for young children and older parents. And while this caregiving is done with love, it also comes with financial sacrifice. Consider this: The average employment-related costs for mothers providing unpaid care is nearly $300,000 over a lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Labor — which translates to a reduction of 15 percent of lifetime earnings. Furthermore, time away from the workforce results in fewer contributions to 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Ultimately, these issues can leave women with a retirement security deficit. Here are some moves that can help close this gap:

  • Contribute as much as possible to retirement plans. Try to contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. Your earnings can grow tax deferred and your contributions can lower your taxable income. (With a Roth 401(k), contributions aren't deductible, but earnings and withdrawals are tax free, provided you meet certain conditions.) At a minimum, contribute enough to earn your employer's matching contribution, if one is offered, and try to boost your contributions whenever your salary goes up. If you don't have access to a 401(k), but you have earned income, you can contribute to an IRA. Even if you don't have earned income, but you have a spouse who does, you might be eligible to contribute to a spousal IRA.
  • Maximize Social Security benefits. You can start taking Social Security at 62, but your monthly checks will be much bigger if you can afford to wait until your full retirement age, which will be around 66½. If you are married, you may want to coordinate your benefits with those of your spouse — in some cases, it makes sense for the spouse with the lower benefits to claim first, based on their earnings record, and apply for spousal benefits later, when the spouse with higher benefits begins to collect.
  • Build an emergency fund. Try to build an emergency fund containing up to six months' worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid account. Having this fund available will help protect you from having to dip into your retirement accounts for large, unexpected costs, such as a major home or car repair.

It's unfortunate, but women still must travel a more difficult road than men to reach retirement security. But making the right moves can help ease the journey.


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