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BMC Presents Inaugural 'DAISY' Award to Cardiac Nurse
12:33PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
PIITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Cardiac care nurse Susan Alibozek was honored with Berkshire Medical Center's first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.   Based on a nomination received from the granddaughter of a BMC patient, Alibozek had a huge impact on the patient and family.   "My grandmother fell and broke her femur around her hip joint implant. It was a bad break that required a lengthy surgery. When we got to BMC, the doctors were also concerned about her heart so she was admitted to the 4th floor.

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Clark Art To Host Virtual Programming For Kids
08:13AM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —The Clark Art Institute resumes its Start with Art program for families with young children with free online events on Feb. 13 and March 13.   The Start with Art program introduces young children between four and seven years old to art. These online programs allow preschoolers and their parents and caregivers to look, make, sing, and play with new friends as they look closely at art in the Clark's collection, including some art that can't be seen in the galleries.    February's theme is Love of All Kinds, and participants are encouraged to bring something they care about to the online sessions to share with others on the Zoom

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

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North Adams Trying to Address Failing Hydrant System
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:21PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — About one out of every five of the city's fire hydrants are nonfunctional, the City Council was told on Tuesday.    The city has 631 fire hydrants of which about 500 are fully functional. Around 100 need to be fully replaced and another 30 can be repaired, at this point.   "I think we all saw the the challenges with hydrants put front and center for all of us, was it two weeks ago just a little more than two weeks ago, with the fire out on Greylock Avenue which brought this brought this issue into stark relief," said Mayor Thomas Bernard. "And it's an issue that addresses the safety of our community, which is something that we

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Move to Vaccinate Companions of 75-and-Older Hailed as 'Game-Changer' by Senior Advocate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  DANVERS, Mass. — Starting Thursday, residents 75-and-older who make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites will be allowed to also make an appointment for a companion of any age to accompany them to the site and receive a vaccination of their own.   Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement on Wednesday during a visit to the mass vaccination site at the DoubleTree Hotel. He said the move was being made to encourage older Bay Staters who might be hesitant to attend one of the sites, like the one at Eastfield Mall in Springfield.   The head of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley shared the podium with Baker and

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Big Y Donates To BMC
08:28AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y donated a portion of fundraiser proceeds to Berkshire Medical Center to support the Women's Imaging Center.   In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative Partners of Hope to 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.    "Despite the pandemic, breast cancer affects thousands of women and more men each year," Big Y CEO, Charles D'Amour said. "Through our Partners of Hope campaign, we want to not only promote breast cancer awareness but also save lives through early detection and care."   In

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North Adams OKs Package Store License for Ocean State Job Lot
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ocean State Job Lot has been approved for selling beer and wine.    The Planning Board on Monday and the Licensing Board on Tuesday both approved the request, pending a final OK by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.   Attorney Lisa Adelman, representing OSJL Spirits LLC, said a 279 square foot space would be carved out for the retail area in the Curran Highway store and another 260 square feet would be secured and locked cage for when it is not on display.   There will not be any coolers but rather wine bottles and six-packs would be sold off shelf.   "It is wine and beer and the product that we typically engage

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North Adams Council Rejects Housing Project Bid for Sullivan School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:12AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal to turn the former Sullivan School into a mixed housing development of up to 75 units.    This is the second bid on the vacant 12-acre property the council has turned down, the first being a plan for an advanced manufacturing school a year ago.    Xenolith Partners LLC of Bedford, N.Y., and SanoRubin Construction Services LLC of Albany, N.Y., had offered $10,000, well below the assessed value of $2,333,350, and requested a 30-year tax incentive that set the tax bill on each unit and capped increases to 2 percent annually.    It was the only bid on the property, which has been put out

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SVMC Receives Fifth ANCC Magnet Recognition
04:02PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has attained its fifth designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.   SVMC was the first hospital in Vermont to receive the designation in 2002. This fifth consecutive recognition places SVMC in a community of only three five-time hospitals in New England and only 28 five-time hospitals worldwide.   "The Magnet designation is challenging. It takes sustained commitment throughout every day of our practice and strong and productive relationships with physician colleagues and others in every department within

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State Awards Public Fire Education Grants To Berkshire County Cities
12:14PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield and North Adams Fire Departments were awarded state grant funds for fire education programs for children and older adults.   Pittsfield and North Adams were two of 239 municipal fire departments to receive a portion of the $2 million in grants to fund fire education programs.    "Since 1996, the SAFE program has brought fire education to hundreds of thousands of students in the Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This program allows firefighters and teachers to work together to provide fire and life safety education to young people. This collaboration contributed to a major accomplishment. No children died in

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SVHC Launches Medical Weekly Video Program
09:29AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. —Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced the launch of a new weekly interactive digital presentation called Medical Weekly with Trey Dobson.   The show will be produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). The show will air at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Feb. 10.   "Throughout the pandemic, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has worked to keep patients informed through a weekly e-newsletter and regular video updates," said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) chief medical officer and the host of the show. "We have heard great feedback and aim to increase and enhance our connections

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Tax-Smart Investment Moves for Higher Earners
09:02AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
If you earn a lot of money, you may also pay a lot in taxes – a fact that's particularly relevant now, as we are well into tax-filing season. At this point, there's not a lot you can do to affect the outcome for the 2020 tax year, but if you want to change your tax outlook for the years ahead, you can make several moves.   Here are a few "tax-smart" investment strategies to consider:   Put as much as you can into your 401(k). By contributing pretax dollars to a traditional 401(k), you'll reduce your taxable income, and your earnings can grow tax deferred. If you have a Roth 401(k) option, you'll put in after-tax dollars, but your withdrawals –

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MCLA Green Living Seminar Series: Cycling for Sustainable Cities
08:16AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ralph Buehler, professor and chair of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will give a talk titled "Cycling for Sustainable Cities" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 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.    Most of Buehler's research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and

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