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Geriatrics Physician Joins SVMC Internal Medicine
10:55AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomed geriatrics physician Dr. Lisa J. Downing-Forget.

With this appointment, Dr. Downing-Forget also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. She will see patients who are 65 years old and older.

Downing-Forget completed a family medicine residency at the University of Rochester in New York and earned her medical degree from Charles Drew University of the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a master's in public health from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor's in human development and family studies from Cornell University in New


Reusable Bags Temporarily Banned; Aid Set for Low-Income Renters
07:20PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
BOSTON — The administration invoked a number of measures on Wednesday to continue efforts to contain the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly a thousand Americans.    Gov. Charlie Baker announced that schools and non-essential day cares would remain closed through at least May 4, with plans being made for remote learning supports.    Public Health Order for Retailers • Requires groceries and pharmacies to provide disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers for shoppers' hands, carts and purchases.   • Prohibits reusable bags from groceries and lifting any local bans on plastic bags. Retailers cannot charge for


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
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Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
BOSTON — Public and private schools will remain closed through May 4, extending the emergency closure for COVID-19 another month.    The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon. The order includes child-care centers not serving essential personnel.   "This will allow school districts to provide the best possible opportunities for remote learning to all students," the governor said. "This is not an extended school vacation. During this long-term closure, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with school districts to further develop educational programming


1Berkshire Providing Resource Links, Updates for Business
12:52PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The team at 1Berkshire is continuing to monitor developments and official guidance, and curate informational resources to share with the business community.  

Workshop Information

AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) and the Berkshire Innovation Center have partnered to offer a 30-minute Video Chat covering important issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic providing all businesses in Berkshire County access to this critical information from presenter Tom Jones, vice president of AIM HR Solutions:

Today, March 25, 2-2:30 p.m.
Join the meeting via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 487 955 2540 

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North Adams Council Hears Update on Coronavirus, Postpones Issues
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mayor Thomas Bernard gives an update on the city's coronavirus changes.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The day word came that another Berkshire County resident had succumbed to the novel coronavirus, the mayor strongly urged citizens to stay home and abide by social distancing.    "The governor and leaders across Massachusetts are stressing the message about social distancing with every fiber of our being. We are all following DPH and CDC guidance," Mayor Thomas Bernard said to television viewers at Tuesday's City Council. "Now is not the time to ease up on these recommendations, nor is it the time to place the goal of being back in business above


Know the Four Uses of Cash
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:16PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's important to have cash available for your everyday spending and the inevitable rainy day. However, you also need to develop a cash strategy that can contribute to your long-term financial success. But just how much cash do you need? And in what form?

To answer these questions, it's useful to look at the four main uses of cash:

• Everyday spending: Your everyday spending includes the cash you use for your mortgage, utilities, groceries and so on. As a general guideline, you should have one to two months of living expenses available during your working years, and perhaps a year’s worth of living expenses when you’re retired. (The latter can be adjusted higher or


March 24 COVID-19 Briefs: Bus Social Distancing, NAPS Adds Meal Site
03:45PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BRTA Wants Riders to Sit Apart   The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has instituted social distancing while riding. Signs will be posted in all vehicles prohibiting seating directly behind the vehicle operator, unless a mobility device prevents sitting elsewhere. As of this moment, there have been no changes to any BRTA bus routes or schedules.   All BRTA vehicles and both facilities receive daily cleaning using products that are effective against the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Public use of the Intermodal Transportation Center has been limited to those utilizing BRTA's bus service, intercity bus, or Amtrak.  Tables and seating at the ITC

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Baker Discusses Genesis of 'Essential' Business List
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:32PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BOSTON — As the state order to close "non-essential" businesses went into effect on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker addressed criticism that the commonwealth's definition of "essential" is overly broad.   "The essential operation portfolio we put out builds off a national standard that every other state that heads down this road has used as a baseline," Baker said in response to a question at a noon news conference. "I don't know what the crossover would be between states, but I would put it north of 90 percent."   Baker said the list of essential operations published by his administration is "well defined and

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Administration Filing Measure to Extend, Suspend Deadlines
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:03PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BOSTON — The governor's office is filing a municipal relief package giving broad leeway to communities and school districts to extend deadlines and fees and bring back retired first-responders.    "It's amazing the details of how government works but when in a crisis like this, these adjustments need to be made, so that it can continue to work," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing.   The emergency legislation would allow municipalities to bring retired firefighters and police back on board by suspending the cap on hours and compensation for pensioners.    "We've heard a lot about front-line workers -- your

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Faithful Turned to Technology to Connect During Pandemic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Diane Burdick is strong in her faith and rarely misses Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.   But last week's emergency closures of gathering places — including houses of worship — to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has left many of the faithful cut off from a source of comfort in difficult times.    Technology is now allowing parishioners to participate — although at a remove. Burdick and her family were able to watch the Mass at St. Elizabeth's via Facebook on Sunday morning.    "My family loved it! We attend Mass regularly and are pretty involved in our Catholic community so


March 23 COVID-19 Briefs: BMC Not Seeking Homemade Masks
05:06PM / Monday, March 23, 2020
BMC Not Accepting Homemade Masks Berkshire Medical Center is not accepting homemade masks at this time. Several groups on Facebook have been discussing a grassroots effort to make the masks and sharing patterns but Michael Leary, director of media relations for Berkshire Health Systems said, "we are not accepting any donations yet as our supplies are stable right now."   Leary said the hospital was grateful for the community for offering to donate supplies or sew the masks but that it was waiting for guidance from the Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.    "This certainly may be an option for us in the near future. We are


Governor Orders Nonessential Services to Close or Work Remote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Monday, March 23, 2020

LIVE COVID-19 update:

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) March 23, 2020 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order on Monday morning for only essential services to continue operating and reduced the 25-person gathering limit to 10.   The move comes just days after Baker said there was no need to follow in the footsteps of neighboring states New York and Connecticut, who issued similar orders.   On Monday morning, Baker said there were a number of factors that led him to take the step.   "We're in constant contact with other governors, other states, federal and local officials, health care experts and a host of other

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