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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Legislators Continue to Plug Away at Budget, Virus-Related Issues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Thursday, April 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The topic that dominates our daily lives cannot be the only topic on the minds of state legislators.   Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday were holding a conference call to discuss their next steps in an era when face-to-face gatherings are impossible. No doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic will be topic No. 1, but the list of potential talking points is a long one.   "Obviously, we're out until May 1, maybe longer," state Rep. John Barrett III said on Monday. "We haven't done a budget yet. Usually that's done by the last week in April and we would have been completing it."   Barrett, a member of the House Committee on Ways

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One Million N95 Masks Headed for Massachusetts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:09PM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

Thanks as well to our partners in this effort: the team on the ground Tencent, Ambassador Huang Ping, Dr. Jason Li, Gene Hartigan and many others.

Our administration will continue to do whatever we can to secure critical equipment for the Commonwealth’s front-line workers.

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 2, 2020 BOSTON — One million N95 masks are on their way to Logan International Airport to supply Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.    The first shipment is expected to arrive Thursday night with the rest to follow shortly afterward, Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.   The personal


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

Letter: Smoking and COVID-19
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

To the Editor:

Now is an important time to consider quitting smoking and vaping.

We all know that smoking is harmful to one's lungs. As our lives are disrupted by the coronavirus, this fact raises concerns about the damaging impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on those who smoke or vape.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says, "Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape."

While the long-term impact of vaping is not clear, there is evidence coming out that vaping, like smoking, harms the ability of the lungs to fight


CHP Adapts to Changing Health Care Needs
10:34AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has been adapting rapidly while continuing our care for patients during this COVID-19 emergency. 

Now, instead of an office visit, patient care may happen in a video call (telemedicine), a parking lot tent, in our mobile health unit, in the home, or in an office. Why the dramatic change? COVID-19 dominates our days but thousands of patients still need routine care: for the flu, a tick bite, newborn or pre-natal care, chronic conditions, lab work and more. This is an unprecedented and challenging time but CHP is  adjusting and working creatively to care for our community. 

Click here for a detailed update from our


North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

Governmental boards have turned to conference calling and platforms such as Zoom to do business.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The pandemic has school officials working in the dark when it comes to budgeting for the district's needs.    They're preparing for several scenarios — but even the best case won't be easy.    A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented to the Finance and Facilities subcommittee. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 — if not longer — and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan

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Local Woman Organizing 'Bear Hunt' in Berkshires This Weekend
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local woman is spearheading a "bear hunt" this weekend - bears of the toy kind, that is.

Inspired by the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," which Susan Wrba likes to read with her 2-year-old son, Wrba is organizing a "bear hunt" across the Berkshires from Friday, April 3, to Sunday, April 5.

Families can participate in two ways: One, they can put a stuffed, toy or otherwise creatively designed bear in their front window or porch. (Wrba said her father-in-law is planning a mechanical bear of some sort at his home in Pittsfield.) Families who do this should go to the Facebook event page Wrba has set up here to let people


State Establishes Field Medical Station in Worcester's DCU Center
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:40PM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito exprsses appreciation for the state's first-responders and front-line health workers.  WORCESTER, Mass. — The commonwealth's first field medical station is in the works at the DCU Center in Worcester, and it likely will be the first of several around the commonwealth.   Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were at the DCU on Wednesday afternoon to provide their daily update on the state's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.   Ultimately, the sports arena will hold more than 200 beds. The Massachusetts National Guard is constructing the facility in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers and University of


Deadline for Nomination Papers for Clarksburg Election
11:46AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The last day to take out papers for the eight offices on the town election ballot is Friday, April 3.    Offices up for election include a three-year term on the Select Board currently held by Jeffrey Levanos, and:  Three-year School Committee seat held by Laura Wood Five-year term on the Planning Board held by Gary Pierce Three-year Board of Health seat held by Ronald Pierce Three-year term as library trustee held by LInda Hurlbut Three-year term as War Memorial Trustee held by Joseph Bushika III One-year term as tree warden held by Ernest Dix One-year term as moderator, currently vacant.  The deadline to return nomination papers


North Adams Considering Plans to Dispose of Properties
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city owns more than 200 pieces of property, ranging from City Hall to the Windsor Mill to vacant lots taken in tax title.     The Community Development Office is creating a plan for how to deal with all the parcels spread throughout city, one of several priorities broached to the Community Development Committee last month.   "The main goal with presenting this item in this depth in detail, was to basically to gain input from the City Council and members of the public participating on these planning efforts and to see if there's anything that we are missing overlooked," explained Zachary Feury, project


Baker: State Stay-in-Place Guidelines Extended to May 4
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  BOSTON, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he is extending the order closing non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory for residents of the commonwealth through May 4.   "I know this is difficult to hear, but we need everyone to continue to go without being around many of your family and most of your friends for your own health and safety and the health and safety of your family, your friends and others," Baker said.   "As most of you know, my weekly visits with my 91-year-old father are phone calls. And as I said previously, neither one of us are very good at that.   "I miss him. But that's just the way it is,


Jacob's Pillow Cancels Summer 2020 Season
03:26PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — For the first time in its 88 year history, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been canceled for the summer 2020 season.

The festival's board of trustees and executive leadership announced the decision on Tuesday. The festival had been scheduled for June 24-Aug. 30.

The Pillow, which has expanded to a year-round center over the past four years, already had cancelled all public events, artist residencies, and rentals from March 13 through April 25 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with state and federal mandates. 

"For the safety of our staff, artists, audiences and the larger Berkshire community, this is our only

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Taylors Donate $350K to Launch BMC COVID-19 Relief Fund
10:09AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kim and James Taylor have donated $350,000 to Berkshire Medical Center to bolster the hospital's efforts in fighting the ongoing battle to stop COVID-19.    The gift, announced Monday by BMC, will be the inaugural donation establishing the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Berkshire Health Systems, which will be used by BHS to fight the rapidly escalating public health crisis.   ''My wife, Kim, and I have both pursued careers that have included a good deal of global travel. While we also spend a good deal of time in Boston, our favorite place to live our lives is Berkshire County," James Taylor said in a statement for both. "We are so


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