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@theMarket: Record Highs Again & Again
It has been one of those weeks where just about every day the stock market opened lower. But by the end of the day, one or more of the three main averages would rebound and close higher, usually close to, or at a minor new high. I expect it should continue.   And as stocks grind higher, more and more equity players are calling for
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The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees!
It has been more than a year since President Trump admonished the government to strengthen retirement security in America. This week, in response, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposal to comply with that executive order. Its suggestions were decidedly underwhelming.   Truth be told, financial planners and tax
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'Parasite': For Richer or Poorer
  "You see, sir, rich people and theorists, who are usually rich people, think of poverty in the negative, as the lack of riches, as disease might be called the lack of health. But it isn't, sir. Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality,
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CHP Adds Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker at Northern Berkshire Medical Practices
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its Northern Berkshires practices with two new health care providers: a social worker and nurse practitioner.   Plunkett Thomas R. Plunkett, LICSW, is now seeing patients at CHP Adams Internists and CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental. His position is part
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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.   Saturday, Nov. 16 Cheshire: The First Baptist Church of Cheshire will hold a craft and vendor fair featuring a large
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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during November.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Charlemont and Washington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 20,
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Coalition Tackles Vaping, Alcohol Use in Community
Joyce Brewer, the TFPC program manager from Berkshire AHEC, speaks about vaping at the NBCC monthly forum on Friday in North Adams. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition was discussing the issue of vaping in the community at its forum on Friday morning, the Centers for Disease Control was
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Municipal Briefs: North Adams Launches Food Drive
The city of North Adams has started its annual holiday food drive and Mayor Thomas Bernard has set a goal to double last year's take. "Last year, we had our best year ever with that, raised over 1,000 pounds of food.  I want to double it. I want to raise a ton of food this year to benefit the Al Nelson Friendship Center
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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year. Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of
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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down. The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working
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