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SVMC Welcomes Patrice Thornton
08:40AM / Friday, September 03, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welocmed Patrice Thornton, MD, to SVMC Northshire Campus and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.   Dr. Thornton completed her residency and internship at New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center. She received her medical degree at New York Medical College and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She received her bachelor's in biology from New York University. She is board certified in internal medicine.   Dr. Thornton has worked as a primary care internist with Nuvance Health/Western Connecticut Medical Group. She worked for more than 20 years as a primary care internist at

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North Adams Grant Will Create Dining Plaza in Center Street Lot
12:36AM / Friday, September 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MassDevelopment awarded a $10,000 grant to the North Adams Chamber of Commerce to transform the Center Street parking lot at 55 Veterans Memorial Drive into a seasonal public dining corridor dubbed Mohawk Plaza.    The grant is part of the agency's Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, the first round of which awarded $224,965 in funding for 21 placemaking projects last year.   In December 2020, another $390,000 in funding was made available for a second round.   "Before this pandemic, the vibrant centers of our cities and towns were not only a driving force behind the strength of local

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
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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EforAll Berkshire County Fall 2021 Cohort
04:33PM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County announced the 13 business ideas chosen to participate in the Fall 2021 Business Accelerator program which begins the week of Sept. 13, 2021.   These 13 businesses (14 individuals) represent a wide array of ideas and come from a broad swath of the region: Alisa Costa/Pittsfield:  Orchard Engagement Anneice Cousin/Hudson, NY:  Beautiful Racket Genesis Rivera & Talya Taliaferro/Pittsfield:  TG's Clubhouse Kira Smith/Dalton: Shire Alchemy Marlee Tyska/Pittsfield:  Berkshire GreenLeaf & Wellness, LLC Mary Stucklen/Hinsdale:  Tommy's Compost Service Maya

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The Retired Investor: Non-Fungible Tokens Come of Age
By Bill Schmick,
04:21PM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been around since 2014, but I'll bet you haven't heard of them until this year. As part of the crypto craze, these NFTs are commanding millions of dollars in spending and expanding into everything from original art to tacos.   NFTs are digital assets. For those like me, who are old enough to be grandparents, and may still read the newspapers, the concept of a digital asset may not be all that intuitive. "Non-fungible" means that it is a unique asset that can't be replaced with something else.   NFTs are bought and sold online (usually with a cryptocurrency), and stored and encoded in the same way. The difference is that

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North Adams Public School Bus Routes 2021-22
02:30PM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first day of school for North Adams Public School  students in kindergarten through grade eight, and new students transferring to Drury, is Tuesday, Sept. 7.    The first day of school for returning students in grades nine through twelve is Wednesday, Sept. 8. The first day of school for PreK students is Tuesday, Sept. 14   Brayton Elementary School    Bus Route: Brayton Blue Arrival 7:51 AM Greylock Valley Apartments Office 7:58 AM East Ave & Glen Ave 8:02 AM 634 Union Street 8:04 AM 165 Kemp Ave 8:06 AM E Quincy St & Harrison Ave 8:10 AM Furnace St & Robinson St & Unknown 8:16 AM 960 Reservoir Rd 8:25 AM Brayton

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MCLA Announces First Recipients of the Henry B. and Mary D. Holt Scholarship
12:05PM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA announced the first recipients of a new annual scholarship created to support the College's students. The Henry B. and Mary D. Holt Scholarship was established in 2021 to honor the Holts for their lifelong commitment to the arts, and is supported by Frederick and Renee Keator of the GRFHM Foundation.      A total amount of $4,000 will be distributed through multiple awards for the Fall 2021 semester. Scholarships are limited to current and active MCLA students who are in good standing and first-generation students (excluding first-year students) who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the arts or

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North Adams Con Comm Approves Stormwater Project in Blackinton
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A project to divert stormwater from Wood Street to a catch basin on Ashton Avenue was approved by the Conservation Commission on Wednesday.    The notice of intent was submitted by Waterfield Design Group of Winchester on behalf of city of North Adams. Jacob Murray, engineer with Waterfield, presented the plan to the commission at the public hearing.    Of interest to the commission, is a wetland and flood plain on the west side of Ashton Avenue and a mountain channel on Wood street.    "The situation is that currently there is a 12-inch and 15-inch to a 24 to a 30-inch drainage pipe that collects a mountain channel

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Positive Cases at Four in North Adams Police Department
10:41PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 reported at the Police Department remains at four.    Police Chief Jason Wood had confirmed to local media on Tuesday that four members of the department had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.   On Wednesday, he responded by email that he had been waiting for more information before providing a press release.    "Unfortunately, I am still waiting for that very same information," he wrote late Wednesday. "However, I can tell you at this time that there have been no other positive reported cases within the North Adams Police Department. When I have a more clear picture, I will

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Scattergood, Moczulski Lead MCLA Volleyball to Win in Opener
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:28PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- The duo of Reagan Scattergood and Kelly Moczulski notched 14 kills apiece as they led the MCLA volleyball team to a hard fought 3-1 victory in the season opener Wednesday at Mount Holyoke.   Scattergood collected a career best 14 kills on 29 attacks. Moczulski was just as efficient collecting her 14 kills on just 25 attacks.    Chloie Garber had a nice first match in a Trailblazer uniform with 12 kills and eight digs. Scattergood added 11 digs and three aces for MCLA. Natasha Stewart notched 40 assists and eight aces to lead the team in both categories.   MCLA is off until Tuesday night when it heads to Bay Path for a non-league

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Conant Seeks Efficient City Services for Pittsfield's Ward 4
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — James Conant admires Ward 4 for being a traditional Pittsfield neighborhood and wants to see it looking its best with infrastructure improvements such as re-paved roads and sidewalks.   Conant is running for Ward 4 city councilor with an emphasis on ensuring adequate city services in the area and constituents getting the most of out their taxpayer dollars.   "I think that the big issue is how to make sure that services are delivered effectively, I think the services need to be done efficiently and are we really sure that we get the most out of our taxpayer dollars," he said.   "I really don't know that at this point in time, but if

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Letter: Biodegradable Straws Good for Environment
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021

To the Editor:

Plastic straws have been shown to injure wildlife — particularly turtles and seals — and the environment in general.

If people stopped using straws in North Adams alone for a year — at a rate of 1.6 straws a day per person, on average in the U.S., and with a census of 13,657 people in 2013 — that would equal 584 straws per person a year, or 7,975,688 straws.

One alternative is straws made of polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA, which is plant-based and biodegradable.

One can purchase 10,000 such straws for $300.

I would like to note that Cafe Brewhaha serves paper straws and the Wild Oats Co-op sells them.

Patrick Hernandez

 

 

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State Vaccine Mandate Extended to Home Care and Hospice Workers
02:36PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration has set a deadline of Oct. 31 for staff to be vaccinated at rest homes, assisted living residences and hospice programs, as well as for home care workers providing in-home, direct care services.   The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council approval and is part of the administration's effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities.   Following the council's approval, the requirement would be implemented through the respective Department of Public Health and Executive

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