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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Crucial to Your Future
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again.

In last week's column I outlined what long-term care insurance is all about and why you might want to consider purchasing some insurance against the possibility of avoiding economic disaster at an advanced age. Assuming you might be interested in this prospect, let's examine some of the ways and questions you need to ask in your search.

First, realize that long-term care insurance is complex. The insurance covers "assisted daily living

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'Hello, My Name Is Doris': Puts the Sex in Sexagenarian
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

In director Michael Showalter's "Hello, My Name Is Doris," Sally Field as the loveably quirky Doris Miller manages, in one fell swoop, to deliver a treatise on individualism, joie de vie, grace in aging and how to battle the challenge of unrequited love. It is a tour de force that entertainingly reminds what a national treasure this now older gal next door has become.

We meet the eccentric, 60-something lady on the sad occasion of her 91-year-old mother's funeral, and soon gather that the title character has spent the better part of her life devotedly caring for Mom. Commuting from Staten Island to her New York City accounting job in some non-descript new age company

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Pittsfield Man Charged in Break-in, Stealing Pickup Truck
07:52PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been arrested in connection with a break-in at a Stockbridge Road restaurant after leading police on a chase across several South County towns.

Chief William Walsh said the Great Barrington Police Department, working collaboratively with neighboring police, arrested the man on Wednesday.

Nathan P. Lopes, 22, of Tyler Street has been charged with:

• Breaking and entering into a building during the nighttime to commit a felony
• Larceny over $250
• Possession of a stolen vehicle

The arrest of Lopes is part of an ongoing investigation into break-ins and larcenies from several buildings and businesses in multiple

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Schedules Free Agent Tryouts
03:03PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

DALTON, Mass. -- Free agent tryouts for the 2016 season of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League will be Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at the Dalton American Legion on Route 9

If you wish to play there are many openings on teams.

Please tell commissioner Lou Orazio at orazl@aol.com if you want to try out.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Baby Animals, Say Cheese
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:59PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016
A wintry week of wine tastings and dinners, cooking classes, an annual food conference and the last indoor winter farmers' market of the season in downtown Pittsfield — in May it will move back outdoors to the Pittsfield Common. And lots of other tidbits.     The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 4 will be:   Chicken parmesan served with spaghetti and sautéed spinach Shrimp and vegetable curry with basmati rice Balsamic glazed meatloaf served with mashed potatoes green beans and mushrooms   Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for

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Golf, Tennis Camp for Kids Offered Week of Spring Break
02:26PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Tennis Community Association and eduKaytion Golf will combine to offer a Spring Break Tennis & Golf Academy from April 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and girls 10 -14 years.

Each day’s session will take place at Greenock County Club and Cranwell Golf Resort & Spa and will include tennis instruction from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch at Fiddleheads Grills and golf instruction from 1 to 3 p.m.  Wilson Tan, PTR tennis professional, provides the tennis instruction and Kay McMahon, LPGA Teaching Hall of Famer, provides the golf instruction.

The cost for the week camp is $250 per junior.

Go to www.leecta.com to register for the camp and to see full

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Kitten Shower Held for BHS During April
01:17PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society is expecting ... kittens, and lots of them!  So BHS is holding its second annual Kitten Shower though Saturday, April 30.

Although BHS has made great strides in decreasing the number the litters and homeless cats through its low-cost spaying and neutering programs, the shelter cared for almost 300 kittens during last year’s kitten season, which runs from spring through fall and sees the largest numbers of kittens born. To help prepare and care for this year’s litters, BHS is asking the community for donations for its annual Kitten Shower.

Suggested items include KMR (kitten replacement milk), Royal Canin Baby Cat Dry,

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Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital Praised for LGBT Care
11:37AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital both have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

BMC and Fairview earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for

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Should You Change Your Investment Mix Over Time?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:15AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

To be successful at investing, some people think they need to “get in on the ground floor” of the next “big thing.” However, instead of waiting for that one “hot” stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation – a mix of investments – that’s appropriate for your needs, goals and risk tolerance.

But once you have such a mix, should you keep it intact forever, or will you need to make some changes? And if so, when?

To begin with, why is asset allocation important? Different types of investments – growth stocks, income-producing stocks, international stocks, bonds, government securities, real estate

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Spring Storm Causes Slew of Minor Accidents in Great Barrington
05:26PM / Monday, April 04, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Department of Public Works and the Police Department were busy Monday and Sunday dealing with two spring snowstorms.

The Department of Public Works has 10 trucks and employees that have been treating and plowing the roads since 7 a.m. Monday and that were out Sunday at 3 and 8 a.m. They will continue to plow and salt the roads until the storm is done.

No major incidents have been reported, however, there have been several downed tree limbs and power lines. There have also been 11 minor motor vehicle crashes Monday, which were all storm related and mostly involved vehicles sliding off the road. No injuries were reported.

"Our crews and staff have

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@theMarket: Economy Stronger, Stocks Weaker
By Bill Schmick,
04:10PM / Friday, April 01, 2016

Investors can expect the stock market to carve out a new trading range over the next few weeks. The good news is that range will be higher than it has been all year. The bad news is that we should not expect a repeat performance of March.

March was a good month for the S&P 500 Index. Stocks gained about 3 percent, and as of today, are positive for the year. Friday, investors worked overtime as they digested a slew of data.

The day kicked off with employment data which was good: 215,000 jobs gained, while hourly wages increased by 7 cents an hour. And more Americans are looking for jobs.

The bad news was that we are still losing jobs in the manufacturing sectors, since just about all

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Superior Court Briefs: March 22 - March 31
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Friday, April 01, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 22.   James Morrison, 24, of Great Barrington pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, four counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of larceny over $250 from a person 60 years old or older, fraudulent use of a credit card, misuse of a credit card, and credit card fraud under $250.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half o four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on all charges except misuse of a credit card and credit card fraud. On those charges he was given concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction.   The

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