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@theMarket: FOMO Fuels the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
05:43PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
The fear of missing out (or FOMO) has supported the stock market averages this week. Although it appeared that the indexes simply marked time, appearances can be deceiving.    We made new record highs again this week as investors piled into stocks on any sign of weakness. The fear that stocks will go ever higher fueled those who are underweighted in equities to buy, buy buy. The S&P 500 Index has reached the lower end of my target (2,443) but could easily spike to 2,475, which is at the top of my range.   In bull markets, and this one certainly qualifies, I often observe traders attention move from concentrating on one set of sectors to focusing on another. Price usually


Graphic Impact Signs Builds Custom Cornhole Boards For Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

The donation is a small act of kindness to bring a little more fun to the firefighters. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — John Renzi says a successful business needs to give back to the community.   The latest for his business, Graphic Impact Signs, is custom cornhole boards for every city Fire Department engine company, and one for the Lanesborough Fire Department.   He and his brother Dan delivered the boards to the stations on Friday.   "They have some down time so we hope to bring some fun into their lives," John Renzi said.   The donation is seemingly small, but at the firefighters with Engine 5 thought the boards were awesome. Graphic Impact Signs makes the


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lenox High Names Student Graduation Speakers for 2017
02:51PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Joseph Bouvier and Emmaeve Jourdain have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Lenox Memorial High School class of 2017, according to Principal Michael Knybel.   Graduation exercises will be held Sunday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at Tanglewood.   Bouvier, son of Daniel and Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, is the captain of the soccer, cross country skii, and baseball teams. He also participates in Students as Voices for Empowerment, Latin Club and the Peer Mentoring Program, and is a member of the school's improvisational comedy troupe, The Poorly-Timed Sneezes.    As a member of Quiz Team, Bouvier was selected to compete


'Wonder Woman': You Go Girl
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:44PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
With Gal Gadot's depiction of the title character in director Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman," we at long last have a superhero who is, well, really super. The beauty breathes revivifying life into a genre that has of late become contrived, overburdened with character minutiae only zealots care about, and saddled with storylines that mistake convolution for ingenuity. While doubtless the merchandisers will make a fortune selling the lunchboxes, pajamas and other tchotchkes celebrating the franchise, for once the commercial hype can't approach the artistic triumph.   Harking back to the original, uplifting purpose of superheroes, Jenkins' superbly directed meld


Rotary Club of Pittsfield Names Its Paul Harris Fellow
02:31PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jay L. Marion, the vice president at Greylock Insurance Agency and a 22-year Rotary veteran, has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Pittsfield. Marion received the honor at the club's annual dinner dance at the Country Club of Pittsfield on May 20.

This is the Pittsfield Rotary Club's most prestigious award and is given to a Pittsfield Rotary Club member who exemplifies the spirit and ideals of Rotary in service, involvement and contributions to the club and the community. The honoree is selected by the former award recipients who make up the club's Paul Harris Committee. Rotary International was founded by Paul Harris in


Southern Vermont College Graduates Five Berkshire County Students
01:25PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College its 90th commencement ceremony on May 13.

The college conferred bachelor's degrees to 82 graduates, one associate's degree, three Computed Tomography certificates, and two College Steps certificates.

Among those students, five Berkshire County students received degrees.

* Brandon Casella of Pittsfield, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration.

* Jason Garvie of North Adams, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Emily Lesure of Cheshire, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Matthew Resio of Williamstown, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic


Doctor Returns to Provide Hematology Oncology Care at BMC Cancer Center
12:22PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Sean D. Mullally, a board-certified and fellowship-trained Hematology Oncologist to the BMC medical staff and to the physician staff of the BMC Cancer Center.

Dr. Mullally had previously served with Berkshire Hematology Oncology from 2007 to 2010, and most recently was medical director of the Massachusetts General Cancer Program at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Mullally is accepting new patients in need of hematology oncology services and is partnered with Drs. Trevor Bayliss, Michael DeLeo, Paul Rosenthal and Harvey Zimbler at Berkshire Hematology Oncology, located at the BMC Cancer

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 9-15
11:39AM / Friday, June 09, 2017
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 is 3rd Thursday: Healthy Pittsfield! Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursday, returns on Thursday, June 15 with the theme Heathy Pittsfield. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North St. will be closed to vehicular traffic from West St. to Linden St. and will be filled with music, dancing, food and community activities from 5-8 p.m.
Celebrate health with a massive dance party with DJ BFG at Persip Park; enter the Green Mile Road Race (please pre-register; no race-day sign-ups); and enjoy free


'Better Block' Program Eyed To Bring Morningside's Vision To Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16AM / Friday, June 09, 2017

This section of Tyler Street is under consideration to see a weeklong build out of what the community would like to see throughout the Morningside area. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seeing is believing.    For the last year, MassDevelopment has been in a planning process for the redevelopment of Tyler Street. But, a plan written on paper doesn't always make the vision real to many people.   But those visions and dreams enunciated by the Morningside community are set to become a reality if only for a day this summer.   MassDevelopment has brought in Team Better Block, a group that will head a community effort to bring all of those ideas to life on one section of


The Independent Investor: The Client Comes First
By Bill Schmick,
05:19PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

As of Friday, putting a client's needs first becomes law.

Despite a bitterly contested battle by brokers, banks and insurance companies to kill it, the on-again, off-again Department of Labor fiduciary rule becomes effective June 9, 2017. Investors should cheer the news.

That's right — it is no longer just a slogan that slick marketers use to woo unsuspecting retail investors into their fee-based, commission-based, fee-sharing web of duplicity and immoral behavior. Since I am already a fiduciary, I tried over the years to advise readers on what is in their best interests since their advisers certainly were not. The new law changes all that.

If your adviser, broker, wealth


Pittsfield Police: No Cause For Alarm About Missing Teen Reports
Staff Reports,
01:55PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the past few day, the Police Department has posted on Facebook numerous requests for information regarding local missing teenagers. In the last 10 days, there have been eight juveniles reported as missing or runaway.   That, of course, triggered alarm among many fearing there was some type of outbreak of abductions or a trend. But, on Thursday, the Police Department said that isn't true.    The department had used Facebook to gather leads on several missing teens. Seeing success, it kept using Facebook to get the word out in hopes to find the other missing juveniles.   "The decision to make the recent posts was made by the


Pittsfield Health Officials Back Tobacco Control Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, June 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It has been just short of 10 years since Pittsfield mandated a tobacco retailer training program. Immediately, the number of illegal sales dropped significantly and stayed down, according to health officials.   Recently, the Board of Health was asked to ease the compliance standards. Currently, every three years a store clerk has to become certified, at a cost of $25, through watching 45 minutes worth of videos and taking an exam.   David Bertolozzi manages a local store and has taken the exam three times. He says not much has changed in the process and he petitioned the Board of Health to change the regulations to decrease the frequency of certification


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