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@theMarket: Equities Register New Highs, Until They Don't
By Bill Schmick,
03:25PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

New highs are getting so common that investors are disappointed when markets fail to achieve them at least weekly. That should tell you something about the future direction of stocks, at least in the short term.

As investors piled into stocks again this week in anticipation of unending spending by the federal government, it might be time to take a few profits. Don't take that statement the wrong way. I am not calling for an end to this run-up in stocks. I think we could actually kiss the 4,000 level on the S&P 500 Index before we face a really big correction.

But that is only about a 3.5 percent move higher from here, something we could do between now and February if we get more


RMV Extends Designated Appointment Hours for Customers 75 Years of Age or Older
03:20PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will continue to offer designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older through March 2021.

Individuals in this age group are required by state law to renew their Massachusetts driver’s license in-person. Beginning in February, the RMV will also be expanding the license renewal appointments available for these customers to include registration and title services and transactions.

Designated senior service hours began on September 2, 2020, to offer customers 75 and older dedicated times and flexibility to conduct their required in-person license renewals while facilitating


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
01:02PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and learning continues at BART and enrollment is moving forward as usual. Please reach out to the Enrollment Team with any questions.


BCC Launches A Collegiate Recovery Community
08:07AM / Friday, January 22, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) launched a Collegiate Recovery Community for its students last fall, and will expand its efforts into the spring 2021 semester and beyond.

The recovery community, Students for Recovery at BCC, is a shared space for students to give and gain peer support, celebrate recovery, pursue their college goals, and find success.

BCC's Collegiate Recovery Community, a collaboration between the Personal Counseling Center and Student Engagement, has been made possible through the support of a BCC Foundation donor. This donor previously helped fund the 2018 Hope and Health Conference at the College, coordinated by Dr. Kari Dupuis, Program


The Retired Investor: The Reflation Trade
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Over the past six months, an increasing number of investors have come to believe that a rise in the inflation rate is inevitable. That appears to be a sound bet from where I sit, even though the present data doesn't support that wager.

The argument for increased inflation centers around money. The world is awash in the stuff. Central banks have been printing money for years to stimulate their economies. Last year's pandemic only opened the monetary flood gates even further. And the trend is not over.

During the next few months, here in the U.S., the Biden Administration is proposing another $1.9 trillion in federal spending, which will then be followed by yet another


Clark Art Institute Featuring A New Year-Long Exhibition
04:17PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring a new year-long exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artist Erin Shirreff.    The free exhibition is on view in public spaces in the Lower Clark Center and the Reading Room of the Manton Research Center through Jan. 2, 2022.     "Erin Shirreff: Remainders" presents photographs, prints, and video that examine Shirreff's fascination with the mythmaking behind art history through a practice that spans analog and digital media, two and three dimensions, and still and moving images.    "The opportunity to present some of Erin Shirreff's recent works is an


Baker Lifts Stay-at-Home Order, Business Curfew
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Public health restrictions implemented last month aimed to reduce mobility and gatherings. We're seeing modest improvements in public health data but we have more work to do.

Today we're extending lower capacity + gathering limits and rescinding our early business closure order.

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 21, 2021 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced that the commonwealth will start to ease up on some of its COVID-19 restrictions on business starting Monday in response to positive trends in the public health metrics.   Effective Monday at 5 a.m., the state is lifting an overnight stay-at-home advisory that

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BART Theatre to Perform Frankenstein Radio Play
08:07AM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART) Charter Public School's Theatre program will host "Frankenstein," The Radio Play, by Philip Grecian at 7:30p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

Information to register can be found on the @BART.Charter.Public.School Facebook page.

Based on Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein," the BART Theatre department created this piece over Zoom, in the style of a radio play, as a part of remote learning. This play is free of charge. Please note that there are some disturbing moments; viewer discretion is advised


Clarksburg to Offer Treasurer's Post to Longtime Banker
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, January 21, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has voted to offer the job of treasurer/tax collector to a future resident of Clarksburg with long experience in banking.    The decision to offer the post to Darcy Feder was unanimous, with both attending members of the board and the rest of the screening committee agreeing she was the right choice at Wednesday's special meeting.    Feder, an assistant manager for TD Bank in Williamstown, impressed the committee with her financial background, personality and willingness to put Clarksburg first.   The town has been seeking a new treasurer since Ericka M. Oleson accepted a full-time position with the town of Stockbridge


Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program Enrollment Open
03:55PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program is currently enrolling students for the spring semester.    All classes and services are currently being conducted remotely. When possible, in person instruction will be offered.   The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program offers classes to prepare for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential. In addition to classes to prepare for the HISET or GED tests, they offer classes to help improve academic skills to enter postsecondary education, training programs, employment readiness and basic academic skills.    The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program will offer a course


Pre-Retirees: Plan Now for Health Care Costs
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:39AM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
If you're close to retirement, you'll have several financial issues to consider. But you'll want to pay attention to one of the most important of these issues: health care costs. How can you prepare yourself for these expenses? First, get an early start on estimating health care costs. More than two-thirds of those planning to retire in the next 10 years say they have no idea what their health and long-term care costs will be in retirement, according to the Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study. And some people don't worry much about these costs, which may be considerable, thinking that Medicare will pay for most of them.   While Medicare does


McCann to Hold Virtual Open House for Prospective Students
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's eighth-grade Showcase for Success will be held virtually this year and potential students will be invited to the "premiere."   Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee last Thursday that instead of inviting area eighth-graders to the school for the annual showcase and look at after-school programming, the school's recruitment efforts will be virtual.   "It is not our ideal situation. We would like to have students here," Kratz said. "But I think this will be a good night and a good event."   This decision to go virtual was made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally,


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