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Money School Series Created For Survivors of Domestic Violence
11:10AM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The American Institute for Economic Research will hold a five-week financial education workshop series designed for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault called "Money School" in partnership with Elizabeth Freeman Center every Thursday in October at Community Health Programs.

Topics include setting financial goals, money tracking, paying down debt, resume and job interviewing skills as well as savings and asset building. A $250 stipend will be provided to those who complete the course, as well as free dinner, childcare, and the opportunity to network with bankers and employers.

“Survivors of domestic violence are often left

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@theMarket: Waiting on the Fed
By Bill Schmick,
10:36AM / Saturday, September 13, 2014
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It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets. To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn't meet again until Tuesday.

The S&P 500 Index has simply been trading in a tight range between 1,970 and 2,000. Although stocks are marking time, there has been some movement elsewhere in the financial spectrum. Take the dollar for example. The greenback is on a tear against most other currencies, but specifically the Yen and the Euro. As the dollar has strengthened gold, silver and oil have plummeted.

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Coping With Caregiver Costs
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
01:22PM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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More Americans are facing rising caregiver costs. The financial challenge of caring for an aging parent can also create caregiver stress. Don’t allow caring for an aging parent or spouse to become a crisis.

Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 provide care or financial support for aging parents. Their ranks have swelled significantly over the last decade and will continue to grow, according to a study on caregivers by MetLife.

The cost of providing care for a loved one – whether an ailing spouse or elderly parent – can be daunting.
Beyond medical expenses, such as in-house or nursing home care, it can also include lost income due to the large time

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Berkshire Eagle Parent Mulling Newspaper Sales
01:13PM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle's parent company revealed it may be looking to sell off all or parts of its newspaper business.

Digital First Media CEO John Paton announced on Friday that the company is using investment bank UBS to review "strategic alternatives."

"Strategic alternatives — what does that mean exactly?

"Well, it could mean we decide to sell the company. Or sell parts of it. Or expand it. Or stay the course," Paton posted on his blog.

It's been rumored the company has been trying to cut $100 million out of its overall operating budget this year.

DFM operates Digital First Ventures, 21st Century Media and MediaNews

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Are We There Yet?: Late-Summer Outdoor Fun
By Rebecca Dravis,
01:10PM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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Fall is in the air, folks, even if it's not on the calendar yet. Fall is my favorite time of year - not too hot, not too cold. So in that vein, I present four late-summer outdoor activities for this weekend, which except for the possibility of some showers on Saturday afternoon is supposed to be a good one.

Before the rain hits on Saturday, Sept. 13, head over to Williamstown for the Williamstown Community Chest's annual Fun Run. This community event consists of two races: 5K Run and a 1-mile Kid’s Run/ Family Walk. The Fun Run races are open to everyone, veteran runners or first-time runners, along with daily walkers or occasional walkers. Families with pets and strollers

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iBerkshire Tag Sales: Sept. 13-14
12:01PM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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iBerkshires is the area's leading online news source and the best way to get exposure for your yard sale. And it's free!

Send address, date, time and a brief description to ATTN: Tag Sale at info@iberkshires.com. Depending on the submissions, the list will be posted on Thursday or Friday afternoons.

View Berkshire County Tag Sales, Aug. 2-3 in a full screen map

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The Independent Investor: The United States of Scotland?
By Bill Schmick,
05:38PM / Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the Sept. 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country.

Last weekend, for the first time, polls showed that the majority of voters in Scotland were leaning toward independence. Since then new polls show the public vacillating between yes and no on a daily basis. The news has shocked the world and galvanized the three major British political parties to implement a no-holds-barred program of damage control.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal Democrat

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MassDOT, Peter Pan Offering Expanded Routes
02:35PM / Thursday, September 11, 2014
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BOSTON — The state Department of Transportation, in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, will be offering regional transportation services as part of the new BusPlus program.

BusPlus is a public/private partnership in which MassDOT provides new regional buses to private for-profit bus companies. The companies in return must deliver regional services improvements and will be responsible for all bus maintenance and operating costs.

New service expected to begin on Sept. 15 includes:

• Providence, Worcester, Springfield, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Williamstown, and Albany; one new round-trip Monday through Sunday. This daily service will increase from two daily round-trips to

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Berkshire Trendsetter Awards 2014 Presented
09:37AM / Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Peter White, center, with Megan Whilden and Mick Callahan, was named this year's Young Professional Making A Difference. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The region's "Trendsetters" were honored on Tuesday night their for contributions to the economic, cultural and civic health of the Berkshires.  

Sponsored by 1Berkshire, the county's economic development organization, more more than 275 people attended the fourth annual event held at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport.

The Trendsetter Awards recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals whose outstanding achievements and commitment have strengthened the economy and helped the Berkshires

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Coakley, Baker to Face Off in November Election
By Andy McKeever,
10:38PM / Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The slate of candidates in the statewide general election is set.   For governor, Charlie Baker soared to victory in the Republican primary Tuesday over Mark Fisher. And Berkshire native Martha Coakley won in the Democratic primary. Those two will join independent Evan Falchuk in the November general election to choose Gov. Deval Patrick's replacement.   "It is a new day, let's make it ours," Coakley said to conclude a speech to supporters Tuesday night when she outlined a platform based on making pre-K universal, requiring earned sick time for workers, improved mental health services and "regional economies."   "We

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