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The Independent Investor: Social Security & the Budget, Part II
Now that President Obama has signed the budget deal passed by Congress last week, it is time to take a look at how retirees have fared under the new provisions. For the most part, the changes were positive for elderly Americans. In last week's column, I warned that the demise of File and Suspend and Restricted Application, which are
Williamstown Residents Pleased With Bike Path Progress
Resident Shira Wohlberg, right, makes a point to project manager Rebecca Williamson of Greenman-Pedersen after Tuesday's presentation. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown leg of the Mohawk Bike Trail is on track to begin construction in fiscal 2017.   The latest step in the process
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Thinking of Adopting? Be Prepared for Expenses
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you’re considering adoption, you know that it will change your life in many ways. And you’ll need to prepare for many of these changes – including the financial ones, because adoption can be expensive. The average U.S. adoption costs between $8,000 and $40,000, while
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Williams College Seeks Home for Winter Blitz Weatherization
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal and Bennington in Vermont, who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, during the
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Berkshire Tidbits: Beard Dinner & Cooking Classes
Red Lion Inn chef Brian Alberg and his Berkshire cohorts will be bringing the best of the Berkshires once again to the James Beard House in New York. Local Chefs Travel to NYC For Berkshire Pilgrimage Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 4 Reception at 7, seated 6-course tasting menu dinner at 8 p.m. On Wednesday
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Adams Could Have A Future In Small Manufacturing
Steve Melito addresses the latest session on economic growth sponsored by the Adams Anthony Center. The center has also held sessions on creative workspaces and general economic prospects. ADAMS, Mass. – Adams may be focused on developing a cultural and recreational base, but its future still holds a place for
Williamstown Planning Board: Keep Working on Waubeeka Zoning Proposal
The Planning Board evinced support for a proposed inn at Waubeeka but said it would require a town meeting approval to change the zoning. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board continues to encourage the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links to work with town officials on a proposal for a zoning change that
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@theMarket: How High Will We go?
The markets have two months to recoup their losses and deliver positive returns to investors. With this year's correction behind us, the question to ask is will the markets deliver positive returns for 2015 and, if so, what will they be? As October comes to an end, historically the month of November is positive for the stock market.
Q&A: Ali Benjamin and the Thing About Award-Winning Fiction
Williamstown's Ali Benjamin is on the short list for a National Book Award. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ali Benjamin does not want to win the National Book Award.   OK, maybe that is overstating things. But it is fair to say that she is ambivalent about being on the short list for the honor,
The Independent Investor: Budget Deal Craters Social Security Strategies
The congressional budget deal that was passed last night will have a dramatic impact on several Social Security strategies. If you have been using, or considering using, the file and suspend clause to increase your Social Security payments, think again. Back in February of this year, I wrote a column on "How to make the most out of
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