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State DPH Setting Up Rapid Response Testing Deployment for Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker has been encouraging school systems to in low-transmission areas to start at least some in-person education.  BOSTON — The state is launching a rapid response testing program for all K-12 schools in Massachusetts as part of a package of resources to encourage schools to bring students back into the classrooms.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said the testing program for the novel coronavirus would be made available to the schools based on criteria spelled out by the Department of Public Health in coordination with local boards of health.    "This program will be designed to quickly deliver testing resources for students and

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New Chief of Cardiology Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:52AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Peter Chien as the new division chief of cardiology at Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Chien, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, joins the BMC medical staff and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. He is partnered with doctors Kyle Cooper, Andrew Potash, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Shyama Wickramaaratchi at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC, and he is accepting new patients in need of cardiac care.

Chien has previously held leadership roles in several organizations and most recently practiced as a non-invasive cardiologist at York Hospital in York, Maine.

He is

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Northern Berkshire School Union Opening in-Person, Remote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The four schools in the Northern Berkshire School Union are moving forward with in-person learning — or as  least as much as possible.    The small schools of Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma Miller in Savoy and Rowe Elementary will open with students back in the classroom on Sept. 8; Clarksburg Elementary will begin the school year on Sept. 14 with a hybrid model.   Superintendent John Franzoni said the votes taken by each school committee were unanimous in support of their plans.    The size of the smaller schools made officials confident they could safely bring children and teachers back into the school buildings.

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Massachusetts Requiring Students Have Flu Vaccination
05:44PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020
BOSTON — State public health officials on Wednesday announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending child care, preschool, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities.    State Department of Public Health officials say the new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by Dec. 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are

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Clarksburg Appoints Temporary Town Clerk; Sets Voter Registration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, August 19, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board appointed a temporary town clerk, effective immediately, during a special meeting held on Tuesday.   Paul McLatchy III, town clerk and administrative assistant in Rowe, has stepped into the vacancy.    The town has been without a town clerk with the departure of Carol Jammalo, who gave notice in mid-July. Officials have been scrambling to cover voter registration and the upcoming special town meeting set for Aug. 26.    "A lot of people have stepped up to the plate to help out and that's why I'm recognizing Jeanne Moulthrop, who spent four hours of her time," Select Board Chairman Ronald

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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City Woman Wins Hometown Holidays Gift Basket
by TunnelVision
09:18PM / Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Jonathan Secor had some help in pulling the winning ticket. Congrats to Janet O'Neill of North Adams who won the big Hometown Holidays gift basket on Thursday. O'Neill won some $1,300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise.

The drawing could be entered by spending $50 downtown during the Thursday night Hometown Holiday events. Jonathan Secor of MCLA Gallery 51 said 62 people had entered the contest (including the editor of iBerkshires &mdash amazing how much cat toys cost nowadays).

Secor contacted O'Neill who  was excited and surprised at winning. "No, I'm not kidding," Secor assured her

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