Fraught story ends with purchase of Great Barrington firehouse by day-trading entrepreneur

GREAT BARRINGTON — The historic and ailing former town firehouse on Castle Street was bought this month by the owner of a day trading education firm that maintains one of its two national …

Job/skill development fair POWNAL, Vt. — The Pownal Economic Development Committee will hold a Job/Skill Development Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pownal Elementary School gym. Refreshments and …
The Option Institute puts 85 acres up for sale SHEFFIELD — The Option Institute for International Learning and Training has put most of its 100-acre campus off South Undermountain Road up for sale but will continue to operate on part of the …
Submissions being accepted for mental health media prize STOCKBRIDGE — The Austen Riggs Center is currently accepting submissions for its 2020 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, which carries an award of $3,000. The …
Construction Supervisor License classes LEE — The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Berkshire County, a chapter of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Mass., will be conducting Construction …
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The Option Institute puts 85 acres up for sale SHEFFIELD — The Option Institute for International Learning and Training has put most of its 100-acre campus off South Undermountain Road up for sale but will continue to operate on part of the …
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Bill Schmick | @theMarket: Fed infusions coat markets with Teflon sheen It was another up week for the stock market. As we hit record high after record high, investors want more and expect to get it. Forecasts are getting even rosier for this year and, if all goes well, …
Allen Harris: Don't be in the mole-whacking business Do you ever go home and your spouse asks, "How was your day?" and you reply, "I was busy all day but I feel like I didn't get anything done"? Justina has those conversations all the time. Justina is …
Elliott Greenblott: Fraud Watch | More resolutions to help steer clear of fraud this year We are cruising into the second full week of 2020 and the second set of resolutions for steering clear of fraud and scams. How are you doing so far? Let me know by email (egreenblott@aarp.org). I can …
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Executive Spotlight: Jeromy Richardson, CEO of EDM PITTSFIELD — Jeromy Richardson didn't take the traditional route to his position as CEO of EDM, an engineering, architectural and design firm based in Pittsfield. Richardson holds a college …
Executive Spotlight: Joanne Longton, owner of Elm Street Luncheonette PITTSFIELD — "Gourmet it isn't. Excellent it is. That's how I'd describe the fare at the Elm Street Luncheonette."The late Lee Leahy wrote those words in her "Just Looking" column for The …
Executive Spotlight: Joseph 'Joe' McGovern, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Joseph "Joe" McGovern has a deep affinity for the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. He first joined the club when he was nine, worked there as a teenager and developed a …
Executive Spotlight: Liana Toscanini, director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Volunteering makes Liana Toscanini feel useful, and her background in marketing gives her the skill set that small nonprofits look for when they're seeking visibility in a crowded …
Executive Spotlight: Ashley Alter, owner of Martino Glass PITTSFIELD — Ashley Alter thought she was going to become an accountant. She studied to be one while waiting tables to pay for school. But she needed to complete an internship to receive her …
Executive Spotlight: Peter Taylor, president of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation PITTSFIELD — Peter Taylor originally was interested in becoming a lawyer, but after a short stint at a large civil litigation firm in Washington, he turned to higher education instead.He spent …
Executive Spotlight: Maria Sekowski, owner of Maria's European Delights PITTSFIELD — Maria Sekowski owns Maria's European Delights on North Street, and this small delicatessen reflects her vibrant personality.Sekowski likes to interact with her customers. …
Executive Spotlight: John Perreault, executive director of the Berkshire Humane Society PITTSFIELD — John Perreault received an internship at an animal shelter while he was growing up in Methuen. The experience changed his life. "I had an internship through school," he said. "The …
Executive Spotlight: Jeffrey Thomas, CEO of Lever PITTSFIELD — Jeffrey Thomas arrives for an interview with index cards that he spreads out in front of him. He pauses to look through them while answering a question."Sorry," he said. "I want to …
Executive Spotlight: Heather Boulger, executive director of MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board PITTSFIELD — Heather Boulger was the first member of her family to graduate from college. The North Adams native originally wanted to be a teacher, but gravitated toward workforce development …
Executive Spotlight: Luke Marion, owner and operator of Otto's Uncorked and Red Apple Butchers PITTSFIELD — Luke Marion once studied computational biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. But his career in higher education was interrupted when he received an offer that he couldn't …
Executive Spotlight: Mike Spelman, co-owner of Mike's Maytag PITTSFIELD — Mike Spelman can be quick with a quip and engaging in conversation — two qualities that serve him well in his chosen profession.Spelman is the Mike in Mike's Maytag Home …
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The stock market is frothy. The great gains that investors experienced last year are extending into this year. As the indexes climb, more and more of those on the sidelines are jumping in. Is this a … more
LENOX Blantyre appoints GM; food/beverage director Stephen Benson has been appointed general manager and Alan Champney food and beverage director/sommelier at Blantyre. As general manager, … more
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MONDAY Open forum with local leaders The Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town present "The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works," featuring an open forum with city government … more
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