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Patrick Leading Panel on Low Vaccinations in Communities of Color
04:19PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Gov. Deval Patrick will lead a virtual panel of local health professionals on Tuesday to address the low numbers of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state's communities of color.    The novel coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic people. Long-standing structural health and social inequities have increased the risks of sickness and death, which coupled with historic and systemic issues of maltreatment, have created an environment of mistrust with the vaccine process. According to the latest report by state Department of Public Health, only 3.3 percent of Hispanic or Latinx residents, 2.8 percent of Asian American and Pacific

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BCC Offering Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
03:53PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering its Phlebotomy Technician Certificate (PTC) this spring, with classes starting on March 2, 2021.    The non-credit program provides hybrid (classroom and online) instruction, laboratory simulation, and clinical site placement to train phlebotomy technicians.   Phlebotomists or phlebotomy technicians primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database.   Based on the data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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

Jobs
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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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MCLA Presents 'Lavender Voices: A Conversation with Alex Morse'
08:13AM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —MCLA will present a virtual conversation with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3.    Part of MCLA's Lavender Lecture series, Morse will share his story with viewers, with moderation by MCLA Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Dr. Travis Beaver.     Morse has served as Holyoke's mayor since 2012, winning 4 elections during his time in City Hall. Elected at 22, Alex is the youngest and first openly gay mayor in the history of the city of Holyoke   This lecture is free and open to the public; members of the community can register at

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Berkshires Rates Highest in Population Percentage Vaccinated
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County again got high marks from the governor on Wednesday for being No. 1 in the percentage of vaccinations it's been administering.    "The big message we got from the public was vaccinate, vaccinate, and there's no question the fastest way to do this is with high volume sites," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Wednesday's daily briefing. "Now, it's worth pointing out that we have four county collaboratives right now that have been operating for several weeks in Berkshire County, Barnstable County, Franklin County and Worcester County.    "Those regional collaboratives, which have now been running for

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BCC To Offer New Intro To Cybersecurity Workshop
04:39PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced that its Workforce Development program is launching a Cybersecurity non-credit workshop beginning on March 29, 2021.   This five-week (15 hour) workshop is a self-paced online program split into four topics that will take one week each to complete. The topics are: need for cybersecurity; cyber-attacks, concepts, and techniques; protecting your data; and protecting the organization.   The final week will be an hour long online presentation with a quest speaker and then Q&A to follow on futures in cybersecurity.   After the workshop participants will receive a certificate of completion and a Cisco

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Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires Downgraded
04:19PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
: the forecast is now for 3 to 6 inches across the Berkshires with slightly higher amounts in the higher elevations. Snow will start falling in the Southern Berkshires between 2 and 4 p.m. and is expected to reach North Berkshire this evening. Light snow will continue through Friday and may cause icy and slippery conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of the Berkshires.    Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.  with cars parked on the even side until Friday 7 p.m., when they should switch to the odd side.  Adams is warning motorists not to park on streets or in municipal lots beginning noon on Thursday through noon

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Vaccination Slots Open Up Thursday for Age 65, Certain Medical Conditions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:29PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
BOSTON — Vaccination slots will open up Thursday for those age 65 and older and anyone age 16 and up who has at least two medical conditions.   This will expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine for another million residents — but the wait for an appointment may be long.    "It's important to remember the federal government only sends states a small amount of vaccine every week," Gov. Charlie Baker said at this daily briefing on Wednesday. "But the last several weeks, the federal government has shipped about 110,000 first doses per week, to the commonwealth of Massachusetts.   "Unless we see a massive increase in shipments from the feds,

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Factors that Influence Demand for Green Power
12:18PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lori Bird, director of the World Resources Institute's U.S. Energy Program and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy, will give a talk titled "Factors that Influence Demand for Green Power" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    For the World Resources Institute (WRI), Lori Bird focuses on decarbonization by the utility sector and large buyers, increasing grid

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Nomination Papers Available for Clarksburg Town Election
10:21AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Nominations papers are available for the annual town election to be held in May.    There are eight seats up for election, of which seven are currently held by incumbents. The single office open for the election is town moderator for a one-year term.   Longtime Moderator Bryan Tanner had indicated in the last few elections he was not interested in continuing his service and, last year, declined the office despite yet another write-in win. Temporary moderators were sworn in at the annual town meeting and later a special town meeting, with Ronald Boucher being elected at the special town meeting in August. He has continued to fulfill that

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Donovan O'Connor And Dodig Adds Three New Attorneys
11:35AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP announced the addition of three new attorneys: Jennifer M. Breen; Kyle G. Christensen; and Mark Leonhard.   Attorney Breen comes to the firm after 13 years as a solo practitioner.    She earned a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. Psychology from Utica College in 2001 and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 2004. After her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 2004, Attorney Breen joined the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office in Cambridge.    In 2007, she decided to return to her hometown of North Adams opening Breen Law Office & Mediation, where she

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SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 12
08:46AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  February 12, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Nothing to Lose, So Much to

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Estate Planning for Blended Families
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:36AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2021
If you're in a blended family, you're already aware of the emotional and financial issues involved in your daily life. But what about the future? When it's time to do your estate planning – and it's never too soon for that – you'll need to be aware of the entanglements and complexities that can get in the way of your vision for leaving the legacy you desire.   You can take comfort in knowing that you're far from alone. More than half of married or cohabiting couples with at least one living parent, or parent-in-law, and at least one adult child, have a "step-kin" relationship, according to a study from researchers at the University of

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