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Local Grocers & Retailers Reduce Hours; Regional Malls Closing
Shopping centers around the region are closing down, some by order and others out of caution in the wake of the novel coronovirus pandemic.    Lee Prime Outlets is closed until March 29.   TJMaxx/HomeGoods/Marshalls stores are closed globally for two weeks, along with the companies' online ordering and
Bottomless Bricks Delivers LEGO Fun by the Bagful
Erin Laundry fills bags up with LEGOs for delivery. ADAMS, Mass. — Bottomless Bricks is delivering one-pound Creativity To Go Bags so kids can tap into their inner builder while stuck inside.   With a clamp-down on gatherings because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some businesses have simply closed their doors
State Shutting Down Child-Care Facilities, Bottle Redemption
BOSTON – The governor on Wednesday issued an executive order requiring all early education centers and child-care providers to close effective Monday, March 23, except for those determined to be critical to maintaining services. The shutdown runs through April 6.    The administration had initially resisted closing
Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire forced the evacuation of about 18 people from a boarding house on Union Street.    The fire started in a back common kitchen on the top floor about 2 a.m. and spread up through a vent. It took almost two hours to ensure it was it completely out.   Fire Chief Stephen
No Delay for Opening Day in Strat-O-Matic Baseball League
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Xander Bogaerts will have a chance to lead his team back to the playoffs. Aaron Judge will continue his assault on the home-run record book.   There will be a baseball season in 2020. And it will open sometime in early April.   At least in Cheshire it will.   For more than four
Mount Greylock Schools Working to Keep Kids Fed During Closure
Laurie Meehan helps pack lunch bags in the cafeteria at Mount Greylock Regional School on Tuesday morning. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dozens of youngsters in the Mount Greylock Regional School District were brown bagging it on Tuesday.   But instead of bringing their lunch to school, they were getting a
Guest Column: The Time is Now to Protect Our Local Hospital Workers
It is now clear that we are at war with the coronavirus. While the people of our state need a range of help and assistance, one action we need to take is clear to me: we need a massive wartime manufacturing mobilization for coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment for medical personnel. The courageous men and women who are on
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North Adams Happenings: March 17
COVID-19 UPDATES & LOCAL RESOURCES Greetings, For the next few weeks we'll be
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Itís Not Easy, But Look Past the Market Selloff
These are challenging times. Like everyone, you are concerned about keeping your family safe and healthy, and you're doing your part to help protect your community from the effects of the coronavirus. And if you're an investor, you must also address your financial situation.  How should you respond to the current market
North Berkshire Opens COVID-19 Operations Center
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee has opened an operations center to coordinate efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.    The center will be staffed weekdays for the time being with representatives including health officials, first-responders, public safety and partner
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