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Year-end: Put This Year's Investment Performance in Perspective
12:32PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

How can you assess your investment portfolio's performance in 2018? The year was full of wild swings in the financial markets, so your own results may well have bounced around quite a bit, too. But you can still get a clear picture of how you did if you keep your investments' returns in the proper perspective – by making sure your expectations are relevant, realistic and reviewed.

Let's look at how these terms can apply to a meaningful evaluation of your investment progress:

Relevant: Many investors compare their portfolio returns to a popular market index, such as the S&P 500. But this comparison is not really valid for a variety of reasons. For one thing, indexes

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Investment Firm Moves Into Former White Horse Inn
Staff Reports,
12:28AM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Balance Rock Investment Group has found a new home in the former White Horse Inn.   The firm is celebrating its 20th year. It was established by David Milligan in 1998 as Colt Investment Services, and purchased the South Street location earlier this year. The firm specializes in retirement income strategies.   In 2011, the investment group opened new offices on Elm Street and the client base has continued to grow. Now, it needed a larger location and found the White Horse Inn at 378 South Street in the spring of 2018. After a renovation to the structure, the staff moved there in late July.   "This is an exciting time for Balance Rock Investment

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Inauguration 2016
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Wintry Mix Bids 2018 Farewell; Wind Welcomes 2019
01:52PM / Monday, December 31, 2018

It looks like 2019 is coming in like a lion.

OK, not a huge, roaring lion. More like a baby lion, only not as cute. Unless you think ringing in the new year with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice is cute. To each their own.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the region from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Mixed precipitation is expected, with a total snow and sleet accumulation of up to 2 inches and ice accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch expected, particularly in North Berkshire and higher elevations.

Roads could be slippery as New Year's parties wind down tonight, so use caution when driving - and as always, make sure

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2018 in Review: Pittsfield Baseball, Softball Programs Dominate Spring, Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
07:46AM / Sunday, December 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's baseball roots go back to the 18th century.   In 2018, the Shire City was a power in baseball and softball.   At the youth and high school levels, Pittsfield showed diamond dominance that easily was the story of the year in local sports.   For the second year in a row, the Taconic baseball team won a Western Mass Championship and returned to the state finals. This time around, in the D3 final, Taconic came up a little short but considering all the seniors who graduated from the state title team the year before, it made for a two-year run of which few schools can boast.   Meanwhile, the Pittsfield High softball team made its own

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Tyer To Deliver Her Third State of The City Address
Staff Reports,
03:42PM / Saturday, December 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer's "state of the city" address will be held on Monday, Jan. 7.   The annual mayoral address will start at 5:30 p.m. at Taconic High School. It is free and open to the public.    It will be Tyer's third state of the city. The first year she spoke at the Colonial Theatre and last year at  Zion Lutheran Church.   Each address has tended to last about an hour and has highlighted successes from the year before and introduces new initiatives in the works for the upcoming year.    Following the presentation, there will be refreshments and tours of the new high school.

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Two Arrested In Armed Robbery Of Pittsfield Shop
Staff Reports,
01:54PM / Saturday, December 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city residents were arrested for allegedly robbing Angelina's Sub Shop on West Housatonic Street while armed Friday evening.   Police say Jameial Beckett, 35, and Ivelisse Ruusukallio, 37, both of Pittsfield are facing charges of armed robbery while masked relating to the robbery. Beckett is being held on $7,500 bail while Ruusukallio is being held on $2,500. Both will be arraigned in district court Monday morning.   Police say at about 9:38 p.m. Friday night officers responded to Angelina's after an employee told dispatch that a black man wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and a mask had robbed the store with a gun.    About a half

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Lanesborough: 2018 Year in Review
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Saturday, December 29, 2018

State officials celebrate the dedication of the Miner Road bridge to Gregory Noonan. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The year was particularly marked by changes in leadership in Lanesborough.   The town welcomed a new town manager, school principal, moderator, School Committee member, and longtime staple Matt Reilly's Irish Pub was sold to new owners.   The town's first full-time town manager Paul Sieloff announced in March that he was going to retire. The town launched a search for a new manager and ultimately settled on interviewing eight people for the job.   Kelli Robbins was a clear favorite. She was the executive secretary in Holland and the Board of Selectmen

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Nonprofit Center Names New Board Director
02:15PM / Friday, December 28, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has elected Erika Allison of 1Berkshire to its board of directors.

Allison is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur.  A recent transplant to the Berkshires, she is currently director of Member Services at 1Berkshire. Previously she was founding director of a STEM education nonprofit startup in New York City leading the launch of east coast operations and programming. She then moved to Maine to became project director for a five-year, $12M National Science Foundation research & implementation program to improve rural STEM education and STEM teacher preparation.

"Erika's entrepreneurial spirit,

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Berkshires Beat: 'CHEST' Program Elevates Environmental Services Team at Fairview Hospital
01:59PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
CHEST award

Fairview Hospital's new Environmental Services Team has achieved the American Hospital Association certification as Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technicians (CHEST). Previously known as the Housekeeping team, every member of the new Environment Services Department had to complete 24 hours of required classroom instruction. The CHEST Program content consisted of seven domains: Cleaning and Disinfection, Waste Handling, Floor Care, Linen Handling, Infection Prevention, Safety, and Communication. Fairview Hospital is the only rural hospital in Massachusetts that completed the staff development program.

"Doctors and nurses do their best to keep patients

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Berkshires Impacted By Sporadic 911 Outage
Staff Reports,
01:10PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 911 system has been sporadically out of commission statewide on Friday and affecting most of Berkshire County.   The Massachusetts State Police released a statement shortly before 7 a.m. encouraging residents to call their local public safety departments directly instead of using the emergency reporting system. The issue was affecting both cellular and landline service.   "A nationwide outage affecting CenturyLink, an internet communications company, is impacting wireless 911 call capability in various parts of the country," reads the statement from state police.   Shortly after 1:30, MSP released an update saying the issue had not been

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Baker Hill Road District Takes Mall to Court Over Back Taxes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, December 28, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baker Hill Road District has taken a new tactic to secure back taxes from the Berkshire Mall.   On Dec. 7, the district filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings seeking $276,859 plus interest from the property. The request is for taxes owed to the district for the first two quarters of the fiscal year.   By filing a suit for breach of contract instead of the typically used tax lien, Baker Hill Road District's attorney Mark Siegars is hoping to receive a quicker judgment.   "You don't see a lot of towns do it," Siegars said of the action.   Siegars said the Baker Hill Road District

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 28-Jan. 3
07:51PM / Thursday, December 27, 2018

 

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT A Rocking Mid-Holiday Show at The Lichtenstein

Rock On! presents A Rocking Mid-Holiday Show at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Performers include Cazmeris Polidoro,
Grace Ida Marks, Christine Bile, Robin O'Herin 
and Immune Friction. $3 at the door. FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI The Lucky 5 at Mission | SAT WordXWord: Circling the Wagons at Dottie's | SAT Lady Di & The Dukes at Rainbow | MON New

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