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@theMarket: Record Highs Again & Again
By Bill Schmick,
04:41PM / Friday, November 15, 2019
It has been one of those weeks where just about every day the stock market opened lower. But by the end of the day, one or more of the three main averages would rebound and close higher, usually close to, or at a minor new high. I expect it should continue.   And as stocks grind higher, more and more equity players are calling for a minor 2-3 percent pullback. Is that something that we should even care about? My answer would be no.    We are in a news-driven market. Most investors only seem to care about the latest news on a China trade deal; that said, being out of the market appears to be riskier than being in it.   Many believe we are only one tweet away from a 5

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Clarksburg Property Owners Will Feel Impact of Debt Exclusion
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:55AM / Friday, November 15, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Homeowners will see their property tax rise an average of $350 in fiscal 2020.   The Select Board on Wednesday approved a single tax rate of $17.89 per $1,000 valuation, up nearly $2 over last year's rate of $15.99.   The 11 percent jump in the tax rate is largely because of the $1 million borrowing approved at town meeting in May. The borrowing to address a number of capital projects is excluded from Proposition 2 1/2 but the tax impact will only last five years.   Assessor Ross Vivori has calculated that the average tax bill will rise $354.53 based on a comparison of last year's and this year's tax rate and house values. The value of

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees!
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
It has been more than a year since President Trump admonished the government to strengthen retirement security in America. This week, in response, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposal to comply with that executive order. Its suggestions were decidedly underwhelming.   Truth be told, financial planners and tax accountants have been speculating for years that, at some point, the IRS was going to have to recognize certain facts of life concerning retirement. One of which is that Americans are living longer. Why should that matter so much to you, the retiree?   Because everyone that has a tax-deferred savings account like an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc., is required

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'Parasite': For Richer or Poorer
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:44PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
  "You see, sir, rich people and theorists, who are usually rich people, think of poverty in the negative, as the lack of riches, as disease might be called the lack of health. But it isn't, sir. Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality, vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed away from, even for purposes of study. It is to be shunned."     I think I was about 6 or 7 when someone thought it whimsically wise to inform me that, "The rich get richer and the poor have more children." If memory serves, I at first thought the aphorism rather

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CHP Adds Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker at Northern Berkshire Medical Practices
03:34PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its Northern Berkshires practices with two new health care providers: a social worker and nurse practitioner.
 


Plunkett

Thomas R. Plunkett, LICSW, is now seeing patients at CHP Adams Internists and CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental. His position is part of CHP's expansion this year into behavioral health care.

Most recently a private practitioner in Williamstown, Plunkett provides psychotherapy for adults, children, couples and groups, as well as diagnostic evaluation. He has previously practiced in Pittsfield, with a focus on addiction counseling. He was also co-founder of a residential addiction treatment

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North Adams Puts Up Christmas Trees for the Holidays
03:11PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season with the installation of the city two Christmas trees on Main Street.    The Highway Department traveled to Pownal, Vt., on Thursday morning to take down a 30-foot fir donated by the Pownal Fire Department. The tree stood for many years in front of the station on Route 346 and was lighted for the holidays. The department decided to have it removed because it was impeding the sight lines of drivers trying to exit the station and the adjacent post office.     "A smaller tree will replace the large tree this spring and set farther back from the road," the Pownal Fire

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 16

Cheshire: The First Baptist Church of Cheshire will hold a craft and vendor fair featuring a large variety of vendors and crafters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a cafe for lunch as well as a bake sale.

Dalton: The First Congregational Church of Dalton will host its Holiday Church Bazaar at 514 Main St. Dalton, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dalton: St. Agnes Parish will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar at St. Agnes Academy, 30 Carson Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Committee to Select Coordinator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee has received two proposals for a coordinator for the next steps in planning out a combination Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., school district.   The committee will interview Public Consulting Group, which produced the feasibility report earlier this year, and the local Berkshire Educational Consulting Group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Stamford, beginning at 5:30 p.m.   The coordinator will dig into the details of what would have to happen for the two schools to merge, including educational standards, teacher contracts and licensure, transportation, education funding and state and congressional approvals.   PCG, out of

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MCLA Women Win Home Opener
10:40PM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Hannah Mazzeo recorded a double double of 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Trailblazer women's basketball team held off a charging Cobleskill team 53-52 Wednesday in non conference action.   Neither team could muster up much offense in the opening half of play, but MCLA held a slim 23-22 halftime advantage. MCLA (1-1) increased the margin to 41-36 after three quarters of play as Emily Burke canned a three and DiAsia Smith converted a layup at the horn.   The fourth quarter quickly saw Cobleskill (1-1) rally behind Anna Post.  She scored 10 straight points for the Tigers to take the lead at 47-46 with 6:22 left to play. MCLA would regain

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November
01:00PM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during November.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Charlemont and Washington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Charlemont Town Hall, 157 Main St. Washington Town Hall, 8 Summitt Hill Road

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or

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Coalition Tackles Vaping, Alcohol Use in Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Joyce Brewer, the TFPC program manager from Berkshire AHEC, speaks about vaping at the NBCC monthly forum on Friday in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition was discussing the issue of vaping in the community at its forum on Friday morning, the Centers for Disease Control was releasing information about what officials suspect is causing illness and death among those who vape.

The announcement that vitamin E acetate, an oily chemical added to some THC vaping liquids to thicken or dilute them, is being investigated as a possible culprit into the outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people across the country and killed at least 39 is

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North Adams Council Puts Brakes on Sale of Sullivan School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:38AM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Councilor Rebbecca Cohen takes the gavel when both the president and vice president had to recuse themselves from the Sullivan sale discussion.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council hit the brakes on the sale of Sullivan School on Tuesday night, saying the proposal to transform the vacant elementary school into an advanced manufacturing training center needed further discussion. Two other bids were accepted with little debate.   More on all three proposals can be found here.   A locally organized group of businesses and entrepreneurs operating as Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, or BAMTEC, bid $1 for the 50-year-old building but

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