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Boston Pops Cancels Spring Season; Tanglewood Decision Set for May
LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Pops has canceled its spring season and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's return to its summer home at Tanglewood is yet unknown.    The Pops' spring season from mid-May to June was to have celebrated Keith Lockhart's 25th anniversary season has been postponed to 2021 because of the
April 8 COVID-19 Briefs: Big Y Closures; BRTA Advisories
Big Y Supermarkets Close for Easter, Monday All Big Y stores will be closed Easter Sunday, April 12, and Monday, April 13, and all Big Y Express gas stations will be closed Easter Sunday.    "We want to thank all of our retail heroes," said Charles D'Amour, president and CEO of Big Y Foods, Inc. "We hope
Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Casualties Rise
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Williamstown Commons hard, with a total of 12 deaths reported as of Tuesday.   The total number of deaths in the state jumped to 356 with 96 new deaths reported from over the weekend and Monday. The total for Berkshire County is now 18, two-thirds of those from
North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are doing a "soft opening" this week of remote learning plans that will get students through the end of the school year.    Berkshire County schools closed on March 13 for a presumed two weeks but that's been extended to May 4 by the state as part of the lockdown to
Caring for Those Who Provide Care: Frontline Workers Receive, Need Support
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Any death in a facility like the Williamstown Commons nursing home hits home for the caregivers who make the facility possible.   The 10 recent deaths in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly painful.   "For folks who work in nursing homes, this is where [the
Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17. For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average
CARES Act Offers Help for Investors, Small Businesses
As we go through the coronavirus crisis, we are all, first and foremost, concerned about the health of our loved ones and communities. But the economic implications of the virus have also weighed heavily on our minds.  However, if you're an investor or a business owner, you just got some help from Washington – and it could
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Responds to COVID-19 Crisis
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- No one could have foreseen the exact nature or timing of a global pandemic, but some of the infrastructure put in place by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has helped area communities deal with the COVID-19 crisis.   On Thursday, BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko told the agency's executive
MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement
Governor Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund, Testing Facility for WMass
BOSTON — A COVID-19 testing facility is expected to be up and running in West Springfield by the end of the week for public safety workers.     The information was provided at Gov. Charlie Baker's daily update on Monday, which also included the announcement of a $13 million Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to
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