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Springfield Bishop Sets Guidelines for Reopening Churches
02:18PM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is taking precautions in line with the state's reopening plan it begins to resume worship within its churches.    The diocese's parishes were closed mid-March along with other defined "nonessential" operations as Massachusetts officials sought to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and "flatten the curve" of hospitalizations during the pandemic.   "I was pleased to learn that the opening of churches will be part of the first phase of the state's reopening measures," said Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski in a statement on Monday. "In recent days, we have asked

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SVMC Earns Top Marks in Special Infection-Prevention Survey
10:55AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — After having announced the resumption of elective services last week, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has earned deficiency-free status, the highest given, on a survey meant to determine ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infections to those visiting its hospital and clinics.

"SVMC is always focused on safety and infection prevention," said Dr. Trey Dobson, SVMC's chief medical officer. “That has given us a good head start in making our facilities safe for patients returning to seek care."

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare's largest payer and most rigorous regulating body,

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Cheshire Resident Awarded Scholarship from Massachusetts Society of CPAs
10:46AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Crystal Carol Wojcik of Cheshire has received the David J. Clarkson, CPA, Memorial Scholarship from the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants’s Educational Foundation.   

Wojcik, a student at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, was one of 37 students selected to receive a scholarship from the Educational Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship Program.  

 "The Society is honored to support young people who are the future of the CPA profession," said Amy Pitter, president and CEO of the MSCPA. "Becoming a CPA opens up different opportunities in a variety of fields, and we couldn’t

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Five Steps to Help Cope with Employment Issues
10:34AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020

By now, you have seen the grim news about the job picture. In April, we hit an unemployment rate of 14.7 percent – the worst rate since the Great Depression. And the U.S. economy lost 20.5 million jobs – the largest monthly decline ever. Furthermore, many workers who kept their jobs saw their hours reduced or took salary cuts. If your employment has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, how should you respond?

Here’s a five-step plan to consider:

Step 1: File for work-related benefits. If you have lost your job, been furloughed or are unable to work because of quarantine, you should file for unemployment benefits. Your state’s unemployment website

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance Donates Masks, Face Shields for Poll Workers
10:15AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Facemask, shield donation

Charles Burger, director of the Southern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee, was struggling with how he could help local towns obtain the personal protective equipment they need to protect poll workers from coronavirus. Many of the 12 towns in the region will hold town elections soon. Several town administrators asked Burger, who is also the Great Barrington fire chief, for help in getting PPE. But that was problematic because the committee is charged with helping emergency responders in the region.

But then, unexpectedly, Scott Rote, president of Wheeler & Taylor Insurance, called him. Rote wanted to donate 2,000 surgical masks the insurance

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Wigwam Supports Community With Free Meal Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Despite their own challenges during the pandemic, the Wigwam's owners have managed to give back to the community with free Sunday meals    Wayne Gelinas and Lea King have been forced to shutter their Mohawk Trail eatery, at least for the time being. But they have found a way to continue business online while providing free meals to those in need.   "It's important to local businesses to support the community because the community has been there for us in the first place," King said in an email exchange. "The survival of the Wigwam depends on the community and for us, this is our home. This is where Wayne was born and where we

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Clarksburg Finance Committee Recommends $4.6M Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Monday voted to recommend a $4.6 million spending plan for fiscal 2021.   The total amount of $4,569,877 includes the town's operating budget, the Clarksburg School budget and the assessment to McCann Technical School.   The Select Board is expected to review the budget at its next meeting.    The figures are mostly set but the committee did make some updates on Monday, including the information technology budget and a school line item. The meeting was held by teleconference as Town Hall is still closed.    Town Administrator Rebecca Stone had been adjusting the IT budget  to take into account services

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Analysis: Data Drives Plan, Pace for Reopening Massachusetts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Monday, May 18, 2020
  BOSTON — The officials responsible for the Reopening Massachusetts plan were united in one message on Monday: Massachusetts residents are responsible for the actual reopening.   "Everyone must do their part," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "Following through on the measures we are developing in the private sector's responsibility and individuals' … everyone has to do their part.   "The next few weeks are really important to make sure, as the governor said, we are vigilant, we are cautious in doing our part."   Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy chaired Gov. Charlie Baker's Reopening

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Reopening Plan Sets Out Start Dates for Industry, Service Sectors
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:24PM / Monday, May 18, 2020
BOSTON — The "Reopening Massachusetts" plan released on Monday lays out a four-phase road map to restart of the state's economy as it begins to recover from the global pandemic.    Limited activities are being allowed this week with the next steps of Phase 1 on May 25 and June 1.   Each of the first three phases of reopening — Start, Cautious and Vigilant — are expected to take three weeks each to reach the final phase, "New Normal." These phases will be modified as necessary based on public health data regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic.   "The report lays out not only which sectors of the economy are slated to open

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Berkshire Community College Holding Virtual Commencement
11:01AM / Monday, May 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold its 60th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 29, via broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television at 4:30 p.m.    During the ceremony, the college will award associate degrees and certificates to more than 200 students.   The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools and colleges around the world to rethink their graduation ceremonies. As such, institutions are finding ways to celebrate and honor their graduates – and BCC has decided to honor its graduates twice.    The virtual commencement will be broadcast on PCTV, on the PCTV Select app available on Roku and Apple TV, and on Facebook Live via PCTV.

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update May 18
09:46AM / Monday, May 18, 2020
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McCann Tech Working to Keep Students Connected
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Monday, May 18, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School students are making do with remote learning but the school still hasn't determined how it will deal with graduation.   "It is going well, and I have to give a ton of credit to our faculty and staff," Principal Justin Kratz said in an interview Friday. "They have done a really phenomenal job in something that teachers were never formally trained ... they have really stepped up to the challenge    Kratz gave an update to the School Committee a its meeting held remotely Thursday evening. The meeting was unable to be live stream to the public so the committee opted to post a recording online at a future

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