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Driscoll Announces $2.8M for Berkshire Communities Hit 2023 Flooding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:34PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
BOSTON — Relief is coming to communities hit by flooding last summer, including more than $1 million for North Adams.   Ten communities will get a total of $2,785,000 out of the first $10 million of disaster relief funding that had been part of the supplemental budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Maura Healey in December.     Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll announced the first $10 million tranche to 37 communities at the business meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association on Saturday.   "We know that this is happening more often," she said. "We know that oftentimes when you're hit with flooding, there's these immediate

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Artic Blast to Hit Berkshires
12:28PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires will be in the Chill Zone on Saturday night as temperatures are expected to dip as low as 15 degrees below zero.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a wind chill advisory beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday.    The areas affected include all of Berkshire County, parts of the eastern New York Catskills in western Greene and Ulster counties.   Temperatures Saturday will be in the teens; the breezy frigid conditions will be dangerously cold.    Cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken, according to NWS, plushe the combination of cold temperatures and

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Healey, Driscoll Announce Local Funding, Municipal Empowerment Act
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Friday, January 19, 2024

Professor, author and political commentator Eddie Glaude Jr. gives the keynote address on democracy and race. BOSTON — Municipal officials were presented a bounty of new measures and funding designed to help cities and towns weather the changing economic conditions.   The announcement included raises in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 90 road funds and the filing of a Municipal Empowerment Act to that looks to maintain certain pandemic-era relief, address procurement regulations and raise the caps on local tax options   Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll laid out their budgetary and legislative plans to an appreciative audience Friday at the opening of the

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Weekend Outlook: Live Music, Workshops, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:03PM / Thursday, January 18, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, a talent show, workshops, and more.    Editor's Pick    Talent Show '62 Center For Theatre & Dance, Williamstown Time: Thursday at  6 p.m.    Start your weekend early with Black Arts Council's first annual Talent Show. This free and public event will showcase works from a range of mediums including dance, film, music, fashion, and more.    Complete lineup here.    Friday    Fresh Takes: Emerging Art Historians Explore the Clark Collection The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Time: noon   Experience the Clark's

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Adams Community Bank Announces Employee Promotions
11:50AM / Thursday, January 18, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announces the promotions of seven management-level positions.     Tess Sorrentino has been promoted to SVP and Chief Financial Officer. Since beginning her banking career with the Bank 21 years ago, she has held roles as VP Compliance Officer and VP of Accounting. In 2021, she was promoted to VP Accounting and Controller. She then took on the additional responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer in 2022.   Samantha Tanner has been promoted to VP, Marketing and Digital Strategy. Samantha joined the Bank in February of 2021 as the AVP Branch Officer in Williamstown and Digital Branch Manager. She has been in banking for 18

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North Adams Seeks Extension on MSBA Study Agreement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Building Committee is asking for an extension of the timeline of the $61 million Greylock School project.    The idea of an extension has come up several times over the past year in terms of meeting the design and funding deadlines.    "We will be requesting a feasibility study agreement extension and the logistics of that are being discussed with the MSBA as to exactly how much time we would request," Matthew Sturz of Colliers International, the owner's project manager, told the committee on Tuesday.   The project to build a new Greylock School entered the schematic design module after the feasibility study was

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Consider family meeting to discuss estate plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:59AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
At some point, you'll want to share your estate plans with your loved ones — and the first step in this process may be to hold a family meeting.   The best time to hold this meeting is when you're still in good mental and physical shape, and the enactment of your estate plans may well be years away. But what topics should you cover?   Consider these main areas:   Your wishes — and those of your family. Use this meeting to introduce your estate plans and, in a basic sense, what you hope to accomplish with them ­— leave money to your family, support charitable groups and so on. You'll want to emphasize that you want to be equitable in what

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Berkshire Organizations, Schools Awarded Mass Cultural Council Grants
08:53AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mass Cultural Council announced the 299 recipients of the Fiscal Year 2024 STARS Residencies grants.    This $1,502,450 investment will place teaching artists, scientists, and humanists, into schools, bringing cultural enrichment to more than 32,000 Massachusetts students.   "Connecting young people to creativity and a broad range of cultural experiences helps students develop essential skills that set them up for future success," said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. "The academic enrichment provided through STARS does exactly that by challenging students in new ways and encouraging them to tap into their

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North Adams Marks Martin Luther King Jr. With Service and Honors
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Monday, January 15, 2024

The Rev. Mary Frances Curns of All Saints Episcopal Church urges the gathering to plant 'seeds of light.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's recipient of the Peacemaker Award urged the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service gathering to plant seeds of light and seeds of love.   "My friends I'm so glad to be here on this day and to be honored and I'm humbled. But this award is not about just today. This award is about our lives, being the light to those that live in darkness, who have no hope, have no peace and let us be seedlings of light," said the Rev. Mary Frances Curns of All Saints Episcopal Church. "Let us be planters every

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Figuring Out Fevers in Kids
11:34AM / Monday, January 15, 2024

Few things make a parent feel more helpless than when their child has a fever. The good news is most fevers are harmless. In fact, they’re a signal that your child’s immune system is working to fight infection. Nonetheless, it can be distressing when your child is unwell. There are so many questions: How high a fever is too high? What medication—if any—should I give them? When should I call a doctor?

Before we dive into those questions, let’s explore what a fever is and how to recognize it.

To begin with, a fever is not an illness. Rather, it’s a symptom of an illness. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a body temperature at

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Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant in North Adams Changes Hands
04:47PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Meng's Pan Asian Restaurant has changed hands but there is so far no plans to change the name or significantly alter menu.    The Wangs have been a mainstay in the Berkshire Plaza on Main Street for 21 years, first as the China Buffet and then as Meng's since 2017.    Owners Meng Wu "Jason" Wang and Yaling "Joy" Wang put the business up for sale recently and closed a deal with a couple from New York on Jan. 7.    Jason Wang was classically trained as a chef in China. He and his wife moved to North Adams 21 years ago to raise their children and serve this community. They worked at other restaurants before

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National Grid Prepared for a Third Winter Storm of the Week
04:00PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
WALTHAM, MA – National Grid is prepared for a third winter storm of the week to impact Massachusetts Friday evening through Saturday, bringing hazardous wind gusts and heavy rains into the region.   The primary concerns associated with this storm include heavy rains, the potential for flooding in coastal and low-lying areas, and significant sustained wind, including the possibility of hazardous peak wind gusts of up to 60 mph in coastal areas. Saturated grounds from heavy rainfall and recent snow melting along with gusting winds can damage trees and knock down power wires, causing power outages in impacted locations. The storm will arrive late Friday and is predicted to depart

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