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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Testing, Contact Tracing Touted as Tool to Stop COVID-19 Spread
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:18PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
BOSTON — The state is collaborating with Partners in Health to create the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative, the first of its kind in the nation.    Gov. Charlie Baker stressed Friday that testing will be an "enormously powerful tool for public health officials" in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new tracing collaborative is one of several assets being used to prepare for an expected surge in cases that could top 170,000 before the end of April.    "We've been working this issue on a number of different fronts because slowing the spread of the virus requires us to use every tool that's available to us," Baker


'A New Leaf': When Knighthood was in Flower
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:28PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, going to the movies being among my favorites, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Contagion Spreads
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three residents at Williamstown Commons nursing home have now reportedly died from complications of COVID-19.

Administrator Jodi Ouimette, in her latest update on April 2, reported that two residents died on Wednesday night and that 36 residents have now tested positive for the novel coranavirus. The first death was reported on March 29.

The 180-bed has seen cases rise since the first positive test results on March 24. Within three days the number had jumped to 14. Currently, there are 118 patents at the facility, that number normally is about 135, according to a spokesperson from Berkshire Healthcare Systems.

"Despite continued tireless efforts and


Letter: Coronavirus Tests Only for Those in the 'Big Club'
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, April 03, 2020

To the Editor:

George Carlin once joked, "It's a big club and you ain't in it." The rich and powerful have access to things that you and I do not. A few years ago, I saw an advertisements on television about the shingles shot. The ad recommended that if you were over a certain age, that you were at risk and that you should get the shot. I went to my health-care provider who said because I had not reached the age of 60, I could not get it. I got shingles within a year.

Now you have to be in that big club that you ain't in to get a coronavirus test. Ordinary folks like you or me cannot get tested. But if we were NBA basketball players, movie stars, royalty, or a


North Adams Extends Due Dates for City Bills
06:05PM / Friday, April 03, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard announced Friday that in accordance with provisions of legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the city of North Adams will extend due dates on real estate and personal property bills, motor vehicle excise bills, water and sewer bills, and exemption and deferral applications until June 1, 2020. These extensions apply regardless of the due date printed on the bills.


Original due date

Extended due date

Real estate and personal property tax bills

May 1

June 1

Motor vehicle excise


SVMC: COVID-19 Update April 2
06:00PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
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The Independent Investor: How the CARE Act Changes Tax-Deferred Account Rules
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
Listen up, big changes have just occurred because of the newly passed CARE Act. Aside from the "free money" that 90 percent of Americans are expecting, important changes to your retirement accounts have been passed. These changes can save you a bundle in taxes while providing instant cash relief, if you need it.   Normally, if you need money from a retirement account, and you are under 59 1/2 years old, you are required to pay a 10 percent penalty, plus the income tax owed on your withdrawal. There are some exceptions to the rule and the CARE Act just added a big one. The federal government just eliminated that 10 percent penalty for any distributions from IRAs,


Adams Community Bank Donates $100,000 to BHS COVID-19 Relief Fund
01:52PM / Friday, April 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that was recently established to help Berkshire Health Systems battle the coronavirus pandemic.   The major gift be used to help defray the costs of providing personal protective equipment for hospital caregivers and staff on the front lines of the health crisis. In addition to this gift, Adams Community Bank has also committed to funding one month of emergency child care for BHS employees, totaling up to $25,000, through an arrangement with the Berkshire Family YMCA.   The coronavirus is placing unprecedented financial pressures on health-care systems nationwide, including Berkshire


Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Friday, April 03, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel on Friday sent a community-wide email announcing that school's commencement and reunion weekend weekend will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Seniors, while I am heartbroken that graduation cannot happen in the conventional way at the conventional time, I am determined that you will have your moment," Mandel wrote. "Rather than deciding for you what that should look like, my colleagues and I want to start by asking you."   Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation


Covid-19 Briefs April 3: BRTA Modifies Bus Routes
09:06AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
BRTA Modifying Weekday Routes Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is reducing the normal weekday service to a modified schedule effective Monday, April 6. Saturday service has not been affected and will run as scheduled. Modified schedules of the effected routes below will be posted to the BRTA website   The following routes will have 120-minute headways instead of the usual weekday 60-minute service headways: Route 1 Pittsfield to North Adams, Route 2 Pittsfield to Lee, Route 4 Pittsfield to Dalton/Hinsdale, Route 11 Pittsfield to BCC, Route 21 Lee to Great Barrington. The following routes will not run: Route 3S Pittsfield to Williamstown, Route 14 Pittsfield shopping


Roots Rising Launching Virtual Farmers Market
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Roots Rising has created a virtual farmers' market to supply Berkshire County residents with fresh local produce.   The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous challenges in terms of access, however, Roots Rising's directors believes this should not be the case for fresh produce.   "Like everyone else, we were reeling from the sudden changes to everyday life and the immense community need that arose due to the pandemic," Directors Jamie Samowitz and Jess Vecchia said in a joint email interview. "With our Youth Crews and our Pittsfield Farmers Market both shut down, we wanted to find a way to be of service. So we set about seeing what


Vermont Veterans Home Hosts Vehicle Parade on Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Veterans are a familiar site at small-town parades, usually as marchers.   On Saturday at the Vermont Veterans Home, many local vets will be on the sidelines as the facility invites friends, family and members of the public to the home's first Vehicle Parade.   Participants are asked to report for a lineup in the back parking lot at 2 p.m. and to remain in their vehicles as they drive around the residential and health care campus, waving to and providing moral support for the residents inside.   "We've gotten tremendous feedback on the parade," said Melinda Crowl, the marketing and admissions coordinator for the home. "We've


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