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Baker: No 'Shelter-in-Place' Planned in Massachusetts
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said on Friday that it was "heartbreaking" that the commonwealth has seen its first fatality because of COVID-19 and continued to maintain he has no plans to issue the kind of shutdown of nonessential businesses New York's governor ordered earlier in the day.   A man in his 80s from
Member of Williams Community — Now in Another State — Tests Positive for COVID-19
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Friday notified its community that a member of the college community who was on campus as recently as Sunday has tested positive for COVID-19.   The person, who was not named, is self-isolating at home in another state, the email said.   "This is the first confirmed
North Adams Library Suspends All Pickup Services
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public library is halting its curbside pickup of library materials and printouts and is encouraging patrons to use its online resources.    "We know how much the public appreciates it, and our staff has been happy to do it. At this time however, following the recommendation of the
Barrett: 'Now the Hard Part Starts' on State's COVID-19 Response
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A fast-tracked law that waives the waiting period for unemployment benefits to workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, state Rep. John Barrett III said on Thursday.   "Now the hard part starts," Barrett said. "It
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Food Services Continue to Adjust; Fundraiser Set for Williamstown Pantry
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will continue to operate during the COVID-19 emergency, officials announced Thursday, a day after changing its pickup procedures for the first time as a result of the pandemic. "We as a group are committed, in the time-honored fashion of North Adams and Northern
Governor Activates Massachusetts National Guard
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker late Thursday activated the Massachusetts National Guard to support the commonwealth's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.   Baker's order authorizes activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members who will be tasked with supporting requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics,
Berkshires Beat: Local Community Radio Station WBCR Goes Live
Going live Berkshire Radio Community Alliance is now broadcasting live from its new location on Main Street in Great Barrington. Passersby will now be treated to both veteran and newly trained volunteer programmers and their guests appearing “front and center” in the station’s storefront window. There, the resurrected and
The Independent Investor: An Old Dog Learns New Tricks
Bill trying to work from home.  COVID-19 has upended my life. Like so many other elderly workers, I am at risk, according to the government, the media and the medical community. As a result, if I want to avoid getting sick or dying, working from home is my only option.   When I made that decision last Friday,
'Emma': Coming Late to the Party
Point of disclosure: I find no movies more difficult to review than those I've bunched into the category I call: "Film Adaptations of 18th and 19th Century British and American Comedies of Manners, and those More Currently Written Paeans, like 'Downton Abbey,' Emulating said Bygone Style to Please Adults who Grew Up on the
BRTA Limiting Access to Intermodal Center in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is limiting public use of the Intermodal Transportation Center to those utilizing BRTA's bus service, Peter Pan, Greyhound, Amtrak, or buying food at the coffee shop.    BRTA has also instituted social distancing within the ITC, by removing tables and
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