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@theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Friday, September 13, 2019
Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer is that we have more room to run. It means, in my opinion, that we will reach and break historical highs in the U.S. averages and that we should have fairly smooth sailing into October. If, at that point, there are breakthroughs in the trade issue and the Federal Reserve Bank cuts interest rates, we could see the markets continue climbing. If, on the other hand, Trump trashes Chinese exports again and/or


Windsor Lake Commission Eyeing Major Campground Updates
02:37AM / Friday, September 13, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Historic Valley Campground is going to need some infrastructure investment in the near future.    The 50-year-old municipal camping site has had some upgrades in recent years but the next phase could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Administrative Officer Michael Canales informed the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission on Monday.    "We need to make some investments up there, specifically around drainage and electricity," he said.   The commissioners had been debating the advisability of raising rates for the next season, but Campground Manager Wendy Sherman didn't think that was a necessity at this


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

The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel
By Bill Schmick,
07:39PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be enough this time around?

It is not as if we haven't seen this before. Through the years, ever since the Financial Crisis of 2009, the ECB, as well as other central banks around the world, have stimulated their economies to avoid recession, or something worse. The problem is that monetary policy can only do so much before central banks find themselves "pushing on a string."

The ECB is


Letter: Sweeney for North Adams City Council
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

To the Editor:

I feel a sense of obligation and duty to bring a unique voice to the City Council chambers. I represent a younger demographic, which my work throughout North Adams and the surrounding towns has led me to connect and work with closely. I aim to connect those voices to our local government, as well as serve, and advocate for all residents who share my passion for North Adams.

Upon relocating here to attend MCLA in 2007, I immediately felt a calling to dive deeply into the community and embrace the incredible sense of growth that has been emerging here. I've been proud to contribute to this growth in the 12 years I've lived here. My path started with the Northern


'Before You Know It': Wherein the Critic Bemoans ...
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:32PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wherein the Critic Bemoans the Vanishing of Local Moviehouses, Extolls the Virtues of Independent Films, Makes the World Safe for Democracy and Sings an Homage to the Family — Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina."   This quote came to mind as I watched director-writer Hannah Pearl Utt's "Before You Know It," a charmingly engaging dramedy with a screwball slant that teaches a life lesson or two while touching our hearts and tickling our funny bones. Besides, I always wanted to use that axiom.   The story is brainy, sophisticated and bereft of gratuitous violence. So don't expect to find it at the highway multiplex. It's about two sisters who discover a


North Adams Library Trustees Firm on Cariddi Fund Use
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

The library trustees are leery of using Cariddi's bequest in one fell swoop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees are hesitant to use money left by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi to address major maintenance needs.   Chairwoman Robin Martin told the trustees Wednesday that she recently met with Mayor Thomas Bernard who asked that the trustees consider using the money left by the late Cariddi to go toward some of the maintenance concerns in the original part of the library.   "It's up to us but I am not sure that it is a good idea," Martin said.   The state representative and former city councilor passed away in 2017 and left a considerable

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North Adams Recognizes 'Hello Week,' Childhood Cancer Month
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard and Superintendent Barbara Malkas explain the school's participation in the Sandy Hook Promise and invite the community to say 'hello' to students on Sept. 27. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 23-27 as Start With Hello Week, an initiative of the Sandy Hook Promise.   Mayor Thomas Bernard read the proclamations at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes and every day five children in the United States die of cancer, he read, but even successful treatments can lead to other problems.   The average survival


Castleton State Women's Soccer Blanks MCLA
09:13PM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Castleton State University women's soccer team rolled to a convincing 6-0 win over the MCLA Trailblazers Wednesday evening at Shewcraft Field.   The Spartans (3-2) received a pair of goals from both Julia Carone and Makenzi Bellando in the win.   Castleton's Rylee Nichols converted just four minutes into the action to give the visitors a quick 1-0 advantage. Nichols added an assist just six minutes later as she fed Carone for the first of her goals in the 10th minute to make it 2-0.     The Spartans put the game away with two more first half goals. Tatum Shappy would tally in the 25th minute while Carone would add her


North Adams Council Puts Johnson School on 'For Sale' List
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The council approved several matters and confirmed new members for the Mass MoCA Commission. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday gave the OK for Mayor Thomas Bernard to solicit proposals for Johnson School.   The 125-year-old building is currently occupied by Berkshire County Head Start, which is planning to move to the United Cerebral Palsy building on Curran Highway.   Bernard said Head Start had a three-year lease with two one-year extensions and has exercised the final extension that will expire at the end of next July to provide plenty of time for their relocation.   "We'll put out the purchase and sale with the understanding that the


What Can a Financial Advisor Do for You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:54AM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What does investing mean to you? If the word makes you think of transactions – buying or selling stocks and bonds – you're looking at just part of the picture. To work toward all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need a comprehensive financial strategy. And for that, you might need to work with a personal financial advisor.

But what, specifically, can this type of professional do for you? Here are some of the key services a financial advisor can provide:

* Help you invest for your retirement: An experienced financial advisor can look at all the relevant factors – your current and projected income, age at which you’d like to retire, desired


Harrington Launches 'Ambitious' Juvenile Justice Initiative
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe says the policies of intervention will keep communities safer.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office is partnering with communities and local organizations to create a juvenile justice system focused on the roots of delinquency.    "As community leaders, we are all responsible for creating an environment where our children can grow and thrive," said District Attorney Andrea Harrington. "That's why my office is launching a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Initiative that will work toward keeping children out of the court system and building safer, healthier communities."   Harrington made


Biz Briefs: Shakespeare & Company Seeks Property Proposals for Lenox Campus
11:38AM / Tuesday, September 10, 2019
S&Co. Property Collaboration

Shakespeare & Company is inviting qualified entities, including real estate or other business and property development firms and nonprofits, to propose ideas to further develop the company's campus 33-acre property in Lenox. For more than four decades, Shakespeare & Company has been one of the premiere cultural attractions of Berkshire County, and a globally recognized landmark for theatrical performance, arts education, and professional training. This new project represents a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with the Company.  

Qualified entities are asked to provide an initial statement of interest to demonstrate how the campus,


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