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@theMarket: Record Highs and More to Come?
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
The Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes made record highs this week. That's right, we broke the levels of January and we closed out the week holding these new higher levels. So much for the bear's prediction of a 5-7 percent pullback.   Over two weeks ago, when I published my last column, I wrote that most of the Wall Street community was expecting a pullback. I warned readers "that when the pack is leaning one way, you should be looking the other way. I say stay invested, look beyond a month or two, and prosper by the end of the year."   OK, in hindsight, that was sage advice, but now what? You aren't paying me the big bucks to tell you about the past. Do we

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William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Taps Brokerage Manager
02:10PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has announced that Tim Donnelly will assume the role of brokerage manager for the firm's two Berkshire County brokerages in Great Barrington and Lenox, Mass.

Donnelly previously served for nearly three years in the position of assistant brokerage manager for the Berkshires as well as Litchfield County in Connecticut.

During those three years, Donnelly helped to facilitate William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty's significant growth in the region, including nearly tripling its sales force. The firm became the Berkshires' No. 1 residential real estate company in dollar volume for 2017,

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Names New Advisory Board Members, Leadership
01:14PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Immigrant Center has welcomed three new members to its Advisory Board and has new board leadership.

Joining the Advisory Board are Jenn Gomez, Helen Moon and Colin Ovitsky, all of Pittsfield, and Dr. Rose Ellis of Williamstown assumed the role of Advisory Board chairwoman on July 1. Ellis is the former superintendent of schools at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary schools and has been the board's vice-chair this past year.

"I have learned firsthand that the Berkshire Immigrant Center does critically important work that speaks to who we are in Berkshire County, a caring and welcoming

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'White Boy Rick': The Wild, Wild Midwest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:12PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our '51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine.   I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity.   It could be a little man walking with a very tall woman: "See, there's someone for everyone."   And in a similar point of positivism that

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

Marchers hold signs for Christa Steele-Knudslien who was murdered in North Adams last January. Her husband was charged in her murder. See more photos from the event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds walked, and some stumbled, down North Street in high heels during the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes march to raise money and spread awareness of gender violence.   Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.   "I want to welcome you to the eighth annual march to stop

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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.   This hit home for me recently when my wife and I began discussing our next automobile purchase or lease. In times past, our decision may have been based on what vehicles provided the best fuel mileage or winter safety in snow and ice conditions. But this year, it was all about what car would be most appropriate for our

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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.

 

Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Classes, Groups
01:57PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.

* Early Intervention Play Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, every Monday, except holidays, Catamount Connections, 504 Main St., Suite 1 in Bennington: Children's Integrated Services and Early Intervention host a play group for children birth to age 3 and their parents and siblings. The play group includes a snack, story time, art activities, and free play. Coordinators also provide education to parents and caregivers.

* Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors, 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week
01:43PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP of Massachusetts, is hosting a 50-Plus Job Fair, featuring companies that are age-friendly or thinking about developing a multi-generational workforce.

The targeted job seekers who are looking for full-time or part-time work will be able to use their age and experience to their advantage. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with their job search.

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both

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Women Business Owners: Don't Forget About Your Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

American Business Women's Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you'll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there's also an area you can't ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan.

Most plans available to you are fairly easy to establish and maintain, and are not terribly costly to

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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bell has been rung to start Round 2.    Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary.   Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney. After releasing the statement, Caccaviello did not respond to multiple messages left with him.   "For thirty years, my commitment has been to the citizens of Berkshire County. Many of the voters who have reached out to me over the last two weeks have expressed two common concerns: the importance of a

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