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Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution to Prioritize High-Risk Individuals
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020
BOSTON — The state expects to have 300,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December with the first order of 60,000 arriving on Dec. 15.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said the vaccine will be provided to all individuals without charge through a three-phase process that prioritizes high-risk individuals in health care and congregate care settings.    "The timeline and the estimated quantities of vaccine available to Massachusetts will depend on several variables, this age when the vaccine becomes available to the public under the age of 65 is still months away," he said.   Distribution will also depend on approval through the U.S. Food

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North Adams Council Accepts Grant, Takes Up 'Not in My County' Pledge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors on Tuesday questioned the use of a $13,000 federal policing grant to buy a vehicle instead of on training.    The city was the recipient of a $12,881 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant can be used to support activities for crime prevention and control.    Mayor Thomas Bernard said the money was targeted for a new vehicle for the detective bureau, "given that the current vehicle for that purpose is past its serviceable life and that's putting in generously."    "Given the whole conversation we've been having about diversity and equity, I

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04:18PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020

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Baker Rolls Back Reopening Plan in Face of Rising Virus Rates
By Tammy Daniels,
01:35PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020
BOSTON — The state's occupancy limits cut to 40 percent beginning Sunday as the governor rolls back the reopening phases because of rising rates of COVID-19.   Occupancy limits will be reduced to 40 percent and indoor performance venues and some indoor recreational activities will have to close. Dining indoors will be limited to six people per table for no more than 90 minutes. There will be heightened mask use and social distancing.   Gov. Charlie Baker said the rollback to Step 1 of Phase 3 reopening plan is necessary to reduce the strain on the state's hospitals during this second surge of the novel coronavirus.    "The rate Massachusetts residents

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Consider These Year-end Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:34PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020

We're nearing the end of 2020 – and for many of us, it will be a relief to turn the calendar page on this challenging year. However, we've still got a few weeks left, which means you have time to make some year-end financial moves that may work in your favor.

Here are a few suggestions:

 For the 2020 tax year, you can put in up to $6,000 to your traditional or Roth IRA, or $7,000 if you're 50 or older. If you haven't reached this limit, consider adding some money. You actually have until April 15, 2021, to contribute to your IRA for 2020, but the sooner you put the money in, the quicker it can go to work for you. Plus, if you have to pay taxes in April,

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update December 4
12:31PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020
  December 4, 2020   Vaccine Update: Top 10 Things to

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Baker Announces Test Sites in Berkshires, Curtailment of Elective Services at Hospitals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Monday, December 07, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced new state COVID-19 testing sites in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington.   The sites are part of an expansion of state testing in four counties, three in Western Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, as well as Barnstable on Cape Cod.   "We're working with Berkshire Health Systems to expand free testing across a number of sites in Berkshire County," Baker said during his daily press briefing.   He said the sites will be operational by the end of the month.   For more information on current testing or to make an appointment, call the BHS coronavirus hotline at 855-262-5465 seven days a

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BMC Updated Visitation Guidelines
10:48AM / Monday, December 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of an increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Berkshires, Berkshire Medical Center has further updated its visitation guidelines, effective Wednesday, Dec. 3.    Community spread of COVID-19 has risen dramatically in recent weeks following reports of unrestricted and non-socially distant large gatherings, which has resulted in a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions and cases.   BMC continues to provide safe comprehensive patient care services, both inpatient and outpatient, and these new visitation restrictions are designed to help maintain a safe environment for BMC staff and patients. The

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Berkshire DA's Office Holds Virtual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, December 07, 2020

DA Andrea Harrington speaks during the recorded vigil. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The community remembered the lives lost to drunken driving on Sunday in a virtual vigil over social media.    The Vigil of Remembrance has been held annually for more than 30 years, organized by the Berkshire District attorney's office in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.   This year's gathering, held apart because of the pandemic, was dedicated to the 53 people in Berkshire County who lost their lives because of impaired driving.   "Our community needs your voice as much now as ever as we grapple with a greater prevalence of alcohol and substance use and the

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Popcares Holding Second Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:40PM / Saturday, December 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Popcares Inc. is offering a second chance at a takeout chicken dinner from Bounti-Fare to help support local individuals and families dealing with cancer.   But get your order in here because the deadline is Monday, Dec. 7. Pickup is Monday, Dec. 14.    An important part of Popcares' fundraising has been events that bring people together.    "When we decided to start this back in 2012 in honor of my dad (William "Pop" St. Pierre), we wanted to be an all-volunteer organization and give money to local families," Bob St. Pierre said. "And we wanted to give people something for their donation."   From the

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IS183 Art School Announces Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:54PM / Saturday, December 05, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School is hosting its first-ever Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop from Friday, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 11. For the week of the pop-up shop, the public can support Berkshire County artists by purchasing their work through this virtual market.

This virtual shop will launch on the art school's website and will include miniature shops for each of the 13 participating artists who will have more than 200 artworks for sale.

Each miniature shop holds the artist's merchandise along with videos and biographies to learn more about the artist and their creative process.

The event is set to support artists in two ways: 70 percent of the sales go directly

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Campaign Aims to Help North Berkshire Families, Restaurants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:02AM / Saturday, December 05, 2020

Grazie owner Matt Tatro spearheaded the idea and is participating with both his eateries, Grazie and Tres Ninos.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Going into the Thanksgiving holiday, the owners of the Freight Yard Pub knew that some people would struggle with doing an at-home celebration during the pandemic, so they put together a low-priced turkey meal to go.   Coming out of the holiday, they saw just how many people are truly struggling.   "The day of Thanksgiving, my brother Sean had gotten phone calls from people saying, 'I have a neighbor who doesn't have a holiday meal. Is there any extra turkey?' " Colleen Taylor recalled on Friday. "There

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