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The Independent Investor: Make a Financial Resolution This Year
As most of us resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or in some other way change our lives this year, don't forget to re-evaluate where you stand financially. There are some simple steps you can take that will reshape your fortunes for years to come. Most people don't know where they stand financially. Many can't tell you how
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Are We There Yet?: Crafty Saturday
So the kids are going back to school ... well, maybe. As I write this, a winter storm is bearing down on the region, rendering uncertain our ability to turn the kids (finally) back over to the professionals who are paid to entertain them.   Happy New Year.   How will we tolerate another day or two of 24-hour
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New Year Nor'easter: Gov. Closes State Government
We're calling this 4 1/2 inches for Thursday morning; what do you think it will be Friday? UPDATED: Jan. 3, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.   North County municipalities are calling it a week.   All city offices in North Adams will be closed Friday, including City Hall, the Spitzer Center and the
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That's Life: Snow Days & Movie Dreams
When I was growing up in the Bronx, I was no different than all the children in the neighborhood: We loved snow. It did not snow as frequently or as heavily there as in the Berkshires and to us children every snowfall, be it an inch or six inches, was a major event.   While waiting for Mother to take me out to play when I was a
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Williamstown Crash Sends Three To Hospital
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three people were taken to Berkshire Medical Center after crashing into a telephone pole on Cold Spring Road. Police say a 1996 Honda Civic registered to a woman from Pittsfield crashed into the utility pole near Mezze's Bistro and Bar on Route 7 at about 11:44 a.m. Williamstown Police, Fire and Village
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North Adams Transcript Merging With Berkshire Eagle
The North Adams Transcript's name will be retired after more than 100 years; the weekly Advocate will fold. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Transcript's name will disappear after the paper has served North County and beyond for more than 170 years.   The Advocate, long a Williamstown
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'The Wolf of Wall Street': Grandma, What a Big Stock Portfolio You Have
Popcorn Column by Michael S. Goldberger   Paramount Pictures Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the successful, wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort in 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' I approached Martin Scorsese's "The
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Brigades Hosting Democratic Candidates for Governor
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County residents will be able to hear pitches next month from all five Democrats aspiring for the governor's office. The Berkshire Brigades is hosting a meet-and-greet for the gubernatorial candidates at Itam Lodge on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4. Also expected to join the lineup are Democratic
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Your Financial Picture, From Six Angles
When setting your financial goals, you first need to know your starting point. That's why Denise Winston, a financial expert and author of "Money Starts Here: Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy," recommends that people take the time for a 360-degree review of their finances. "It can be scary to sit
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Berkshire House Reps Lay Out 2014 Agenda
The county's delegates to the House of Representatives spoke about what they hope to accomplish in the final months of the session. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a North County woman was assaulted, she attempted to buy pepper spray or Mace to protect herself in the future. But she was denied because
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