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'The Boy': Best Seen by Mistake
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

There is only one reason or excuse to see director William Brent Bell's mediocre horror film, "The Boy." Luckily, such circumstances and the manner in which your humble auditor viewed the movie in question serendipitously ameliorated what would have otherwise proved a night at the Bijou, ruined. To follow my prescription, first you and a good friend must be closed out of the movie you originally intended to see because of a projector snafu. Then, with the clock ticking and après-theater dinner plans hinging, you pick a film, any film, with start and end times that fit.

Call it the "Sometimes you Get Shot out of a Cannon Method of Movie Selection." While not

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The Independent Investor: The High Price of Cash
By Bill Schmick,
02:36PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move?

Well over $7 billion was sold from U.S. stock funds thus far in January. In December, $48 billion exited stock funds. In hindsight, anyone who sold at the end of last year would presumably be sitting pretty, but that's not the case at all.

There's an old saying "I'd rather be out of the market wishing I were in, than in the market wishing I were out." Those are words that surely resonate with most investors right now. And as the financial markets worldwide continue to

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

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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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MCLA Women Lose at Bridgewater
07:50AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Bridgewater State University women's basketball team placed three players in double figures, led by Jennie Lindland's game-best 17 points as they cruised past the MCLA Trailblazers 74-37 Wednesday.   Lindland was 8-12 from the floor to lead the Bears (8-9, 5-1 MASCAC) and pulled down five rebounds.   The Trailblazers (10-8, 2-4) were paced by Drury graduate Emily Moulton with nine points. Courtney Durivage added seven points and eight rebounds.   MCLA is home on Saturday when it hosts Worcester State at 1 p.m.

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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Pays Lawsuit Settlement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:11PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Redevelopment Authority has finally settled a lawsuit with Freight Yard Pub.

Berkshire Bank has agreed to loan the authority $160,000 to make good a settlement agreed to last year with Bay State Hospitality Group LLC, the operating name of the restaurant in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

Mayor Richard Alcombright had asked the City Council last August to back the borrowing because the Redevelopment Authority did not have enough revenue to take on the obligation. The council rejected the idea on the grounds taxpayers would be responsible for paying the loan if the authority could not.

On Wednesday, the three-person Redevelopment Authority Board agreed

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Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:38PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! at Chez Nous Bistro Resumes   At Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! this Thursday, Chez Nous baker/co-owner Rachel Portnoy says she and her husband, chef and co-owner Franck Tessier will be, "diving into an exciting new cookbook by one of our favorite local cookbook writers, Darra Goldstein: Fire & Ice, Classic Nordic Cooking. All of the menu and recipes will be inspired by this gorgeous new book."   She said, "The menu will be inspired by the sea." Franck will be making and demonstrating how to make "brined ice cellar salmon, followed by crispy fried fish with a Nordic winter salad,"   And for dessert, Portnoy will bake a

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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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Put Your Financial 'Puzzle' Together
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists – is something of a mystery.

But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle – specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.

What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:

* Growth: At different times in your life, you will have various goals – purchasing a first or second home, sending your children to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement, and so on. While these goals are diverse, they all have one thing

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Hoosic River Revival Offers North Adams Council Update on Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The South Branch of the Hoosic River should be largely restored to a natural state by 2020.

That's the goal of the Hoosic River Revival, which updated the City Council on Tuesday on the status of the $21.4 million project. The state has so far put aside nearly $9 million toward the effort that could directly employ 250 people.

HRR's founder Judith Grinnell and Nick Nelson of Inter-Fluve Inc. reviewed the preliminary plans released last year by Inter-Fluve Inc. and Sasaki Associates. Those plans have been forwarded by the city to the Army Corps of Engineers with the anticipation they will be approved later this year.

"We cannot put a shovel in the

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North Adams' Blackmer Elected to Top Post in Mass Municipal Association
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:44PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON — North Adams City Councilor Lisa Blackmer will lead the Massachusetts Municipal Association this year, the first city resident to do so.

She's also the first from the Berkshires to hold the office of president in more than two decades. Blackmer is hoping that through her leadership, she'll be able to ensure that Western Mass communities will have a strong voice in Boston.

"I think it puts us back on the map, I think people will start realizing, 'oh yeah, Massachusetts exists west of 91 and the Berkshires exist as more than Tanglewood. So I think that will help," said Blackmer on Saturday. "It also helps because most of our areas are still small

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Students, Officials Celebrate Opening of Colegrove Park School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:06PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The gymnasium at Colegrove Park Elementary School filled with a thunderous "Thank you" as more than 300 children voiced their appreciation of their new school.

The moment came at the bidding of Jack McCarthy, executive director of Massachusetts School Building Authority, as a way to recognize a community that had voted to raise taxes to provide them with a new school.

"It's because you deserve it, you deserve a 21st century education, you deserve to be competitive not just with the rest of the commonwealth but the rest of the world," he said.

The MSBA had partnered with the city on the nearly $30 million renovation, providing some $23

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FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College
01:25PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every high school senior, college student and adult student who will be attending college during the 2016-2017 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

The 12th annual FAFSA Day Massachusetts is being held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1:15 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Families are encouraged to visit www.FAFSADay.org to register and to see a list of what to bring.

The services are free

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