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@theMarket: Markets Reach for the Sky
Credit the Fed for this week's bump up in the averages. Technology shares led the charge as usual, shrugging off a sinking economy, higher unemployment and no progress on another bail out. What else is new?   At the annual Jackson Hole Symposium of world central bank leaders, conducted virtually this year, Jerome Powell, the
'Friendly Persuasion': Love, Quaker Style
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to
Mount Greylock Still Negotiating with Union on Return to Classes
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed on a plan for the sports program at the middle/high school but failed to agree on an agreement with the district's teachers about a plan to resume school in September.   After meeting in executive session for more than 2 1/2 hours, the
Proprietor's Lodge Faces License Suspension
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board has suspended the license of Proprietor's Lodge after it hosted a wedding in July that drew almost 120 people.   The board voted 3-2 Monday to suspend the alcohol license from Aug. 30 to Sep. 5 because the wedding was not in compliance with Gov. Charlie Baker's pandemic
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 18-Sept. 3
  This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30 is Tax-free Weekend in Massachusetts. Retail items of up to $2,500 - purchased in the state for personal use - will be exempt from sales tax on these two days. Special deals in downtown Pittsfield include a double tax-free discount at Carr
The Retired Investor: The Drive-In Returns
There is not much good one can say about the coronavirus, but if one looks hard enough there are a few silver linings. One of which is the revival of the drive-in theater.   Cinemas have been closed for months, thanks to COVID-19, and are only now re-opening to limited audiences. In the meantime, consumers have been surviving on
Pittsfield Price Rite Closing Next Month
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Price Rite Marketplace plans to close its Pittsfield location on Dalton Avenue by Sept. 30.   In a statement Thursday, Daniel Emmer with the supermarket's corporate communications confirmed rumors that the company will be closing the Pittsfield store.   "After 14 years, Price Rite
BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC).  Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university
Berkshire Museum Operating Hours Expand to Five Days Per Week
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will expand its operating hours to five days per week beginning August 31.  The new schedule will be as follows: • Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. •
Berkshire Money Management Planner Earns Master's in Personal Financial Planning
DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a certified financial planner at Berkshire Money Management, has completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, earning a master of science in personal financial planning.  Marcotte has been with BMM for almost 13 years, beginning his career as an 18-year-old
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