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Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:58AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spring is officially here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too?

You can apply some of the same principles of traditional spring cleaning to your financial environment. Here are a few suggestions:

• Clear your vision. Spring brings extra hours of sunshine – and to enjoy them, you will want to clean your windows, inside and out. As an investor, you also need to take a clear-eyed view of your situation periodically. Are you on track toward achieving your goals? If not, what moves can you make to get back on the right path? You need to be

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Berkshires Beat: Nursing Home Residents Share Messages With Public
09:51AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
All is well

As friends and neighbors take to social media to communicate, residents of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vt., are posting messages their own way. A sign out front of the facility shares the message, "All is well. We miss our community." 

Residents aim to update the message a few times a week. For the safety of patients and residents, all except medical visits have been excluded since earlier this month. Those who would like to message residents back can do so by using the hashtag #Love4CLR on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The messages will be shared with CLR residents.

 

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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
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
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March 31 COVID-19 Briefs: Food Pantry Distribution Moves to St. Elizabeth's
09:17AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Friendship Center Distribution Moves

Starting Wednesday, April 1, the Food Pantry of the Al Nelson Friendship Center will temporarily operate from the St. Elizabeth Parish Center. The move from the location at 45 Eagle St. to the Parish Center, located at the corner of St. Anthony Drive and Holden Street, is being made to provide more room for social distancing and to adjust to increased need for emergency food during the COVID-19 emergency.

The food pantry operating hours will remain 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The phone number will remain 413-664-0123.

Because of public health concerns, the center will continue to provide pre-assembled boxes of food based on

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Barrett Says State's Unemployment System Still 'Completely Overwhelmed'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — State Rep. John Barrett III on Monday morning said the commonwealth's unemployment system does not yet have the capacity to meet demand generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   And later Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said a move aimed to help the newly unemployed may only make that problem worse.   Barrett said that last week that Massachusetts received 19,000 calls from residents making unemployment claims, and the system received another 33,000 calls the next day.   The jobless rate had been stable at less than 3 percent for six months but between March 15 and 21, claims soared by 1,904 percent as 147,995 initial claims were

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Soldiers' Home Superintendent Removed as Contagion Spreads
07:36PM / Monday, March 30, 2020

"A front line in military terminology is a line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units, in our case COVID-19. The Soldiers' Home Team has stepped up, making sure our Veterans are getting the best care with honor & dignity. Thank you to our Front Line!!" Bennett Walsh

— SoldiersHome Holyoke (@HolyokeSOHO) March 18, 2020 HOLYOKE, Mass. — The superintendent of the Soldiers' Home has been suspended effective immediately.   In a brief statement late Monday, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Dan Tsai said Bennett Walsh was being put on administrative leave.    "It is imperative that the Holyoke Soldiers' Home provide

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State Staying with County Numbers for COVID-19 Reports
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Monday, March 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At last report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there are 5,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth and 162 cases — including five fatalities — in Berkshire County.   Of course, those numbers are always changing and likely will look different when the DPH updates its numbers again, which it does daily.   State officials are doing their best to report the impact of the pandemic, but they will not any time soon change the practice of reporting statistics on a county-by-county basis.   On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders fielded a question from a reporter asking why Massachusetts

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State Officials Bracing for COVID-19 Surge Next Week
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41PM / Monday, March 30, 2020
BOSTON — State officials are ramping up for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases between April 7 and 17.    Gov. Charlie Baker at Monday's briefing said reviewed plans being implemented to reduce pressure on the health system including increasing bed capacity, equipment and staffing.    "This isn't an exact science, but generally speaking, most of the calculations that are out there with respect to Massachusetts both, some of the ones we've done and some of the others, suggests that the surge here is probably going to start somewhere between the 7th and the 17th," he said.   Massachusetts has seen the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Local First-Responders Facing Shortages of Protective Gear
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, March 30, 2020

First-responders are in dire need of appropriate masks and gloves.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local first-responders are in dire need of personal protective gear as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen by more than 500 percent in the past week.    "The [Emergency Operations Center] has gotten nothing from the state," Amalio Jusino, communications coordinator for the North Berkshire center, said on Friday. "We've gotten local donations and we're helping each other agency to agency."   Pittsfield Fire Chief Thomas Sammons told Spectrum News last week that supplies were "critically low" putting first-responders at

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Mental Health Providers Adjust to Provide Services During Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, March 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Throughout the country, people are trading in their therapist's couch for their living room couch.   But it is not by choice.   Social distancing required by the fight against COVID-19 means the end of in-person counselling for many people.   Berkshire County's Brien Center moved all of its psychotherapists to a telehealth model last week, according to the agency's vice president of service operations.   It's not ideal, but it is better than the alternative, Paul Hickling said.   "I've been a psychotherapist since 1992, and there is no substitute for a face-to-face session, whether it's the initial session or

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March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use
10:24AM / Saturday, March 28, 2020
Group Games Banned in Public Parks
Communities including North Adams have been removing hoop rims to discourage youth congregating at public parks. Reminder that playgrounds and sports facilities are closed during the state of emergency. Walking paths, fields and benches are still open but group activities and sports such as basketball are prohibited. Playground equipment is not being sanitized and should not be used. Remember to maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.   North Adams Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the hoop rims were removed from parks including Noel Field and UNO because young people were gathering there.   "Right now parks only for

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Governor: Mass. Residents Can Check for Risk Factors on Web Site
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:46PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
BOSTON — Continuing and expanding on a campaign to promote telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced a new partnership between the commonwealth and Massachusetts-based web service Buoyhealth.com to help residents determine the kind of medical attention they may need.   The online tool developed by Buoy Health allows users to enter information about symptoms they may be feeling and directs them to resources that are available to them, like testing for the novel coronavirus, if it is recommended.   The service, which is free to Massachusetts residents, starts by asking a series of questions for a risk assessment.   "When

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North Adams Resident Dies From COVID-19 Infection
Staff Reports,
06:42PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams resident has died from complications of the novel coronavirus, according to Mayor Thomas Bernard.     The individual's identity has not yet been revealed. According to the Department of Public Health, four Berkshire residents have died, including the report of a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s on Friday. Two other deaths had been reported earlier in the week. A total of 35 people have died in Massachusetts from the coronavirus so far.   "Today we learned that we have experienced the first COVID-19 death in North Adams," the mayor wrote in an email to the North Adams community. "I want to begin by offering

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