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Five Local Women-Owned Restaurants Receive Grant Funding
04:12PM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five women-owned restaurants in the Berkshires received $5,000 each grant support from the Massachusetts Conference of Women.    Frankie's Ristorante Italiano in Lenox; Freight Yard Pub and Renee's Diner in North Adams; Truc Orient Express in West Stockbridge, and Crisp in Williamstown were among 80 eateries statewide awarded $400,000 total in grants.    The Massachusetts Conference for Women is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing women in the workplace. This is the second year that it has provided grants.   "We are proud to support these hard-working women entrepreneurs," said Gloria Larson, board president and former

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BUW Names Former North Adams Mayor Bernard as New President
03:06PM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard has been named president and chief executive officer of the Berkshire United Way.    He replaces Candace Winkler, who stepped down in August after about 18 months in the role. Winkler took a positoin with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.   Bernard finished up two two terms as mayor of North Adams at this end of 2021, declining to run for a third term. He begins his new post on Jan. 24.    "I'm thrilled to begin the next chapter of my career as part of the Berkshire United Way team," Bernard said in a statement announcing his new position. "The organization's mission is clear and

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes: Journaling for Health
02:37PM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes Lynda Monk, RSW, at noon on Jan. 19.    Monk is a registered social worker, an expert in journaling for health and director of the International Association for Journal Writing.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   In addition to her work with the International Association for Journal Writing, Lynda is

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State Orders 26M Rapid Tests, Changes Guidance on PCR Testing
Staff Reports,
10:15AM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
BOSTON — The state has ordered 26 million rapid-result tests over the next three months with a priority on public schools and day care settings.   Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday morning said the iHealth tests for COVID-19 will be received in rolling shipments with amounts that will vary according to production schedules.    This new order is on top of the 2.1 million iHealth tests distributed in December to 102 communities before the holidays and the 200,000 for educators after the winter break.   The announcement comes in tandem with an advisory from the state Department of Public Health affirming the accuracy of the rapid-result antigen tests and

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Watch out for tax scammers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:23AM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Sadly, identity theft happens throughout the year – but some identity thieves are particularly active during tax-filing season. How can you protect yourself?   One of the most important moves you can make is to be suspicious of requests by people or entities claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. You may receive phone calls, texts and emails, but these types of communication are often just "phishing" scams with one goal in mind: to capture your personal information. These phishers can be quite clever, sending emails that appear to contain the IRS logo or making calls that may even seem to be coming from the IRS. Don't open any links or attachments to the

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North Adams Planners OK New Apartments in Eagle Street Block
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:05PM / Monday, January 10, 2022

Plans for the top floor apartments include a fifth level for master bedrooms.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The developer of an Eagle Street property was stymied last month by technical difficulties in trying to make his case.    On Monday night, it took less than 10 minutes for him to get approval to turn the Tower and Porter Block back into an apartment building.    Owner Veselko Buntic and his architect Barry Berg, both of New York, had submitted plans more than a month ago on redeveloping the four-story, 130-year-old building.     Unfortunately, Buntic wasn't able to signal his presence at the virtual December meeting and, believing he was

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COVID-19 Closes Two Grades at North Adams Elementary School
05:03PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Cases of COVID-19 among staff at Colegrove Park Elementary School is causing the closure of one grade for the week and remote learning for another.    Kindergarten classes are closed this week with a reopening date of Tuesday, Jan. 18, and third grade will be remote also until next Tuesday.    Parents and staff were notified of the closures on Monday afternoon. Superintendent Barbara Malkas in an update posted on the school district website reported that there were 31 positive cases reported in the schools.    Colegrove had the most at 11, Brayton and Drury High had seven each, and Greylock reported six.    "Every

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School Mask Requirement Extended to Feb. 28
04:44PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
BOSTON — The requirement for face coverings in public schools has been extended through Feb. 28.   The requirement for masking had initially been approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last August to expire on Oct. 1; that was extended to Nov. 1 and then again to Jan. 15.    DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on Monday alerted school districts that that masking would continue to at least Feb. 28 and possibly beyond that, pending changes in pandemic guidelines.    "The mask requirement remains an important measure to keep students safe in school at this time," the extension announcement stated.    Schools that meet the 80

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BRPC Berkshire Benchmarks Survey
04:00PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced the 2022 Berkshire Benchmarks Survey.    BRPC, working with the Berkshire Leadership Impact Council and numerous organizations around the county, developed the survey to better understand the issues affecting county residents.   Postcards are being mailed to all county residents with the survey link. Survey participants may also go directly to www.surveymonkey.com/r/Berkshire22 or to www.surveymonkey.com/r/Berkshire22_Spanish for a Spanish language version.   The survey asks a range of questions, such as "How much are you able to save for retirement?", "How welcome do you

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SVMC's Trey Dobson to Appear on Shires Health Program
02:28PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director Matthew Harrington will host Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD, for a live program, ShiresHealth, at noon Tuesday, Jan. 11 on Facebook Live and on CAT-TV's public access channel 1075.    The program is produced in cooperation with Catamount Access Television.   The show will include information about COVID case trends, when to test and how, vaccines, quarantine, isolation, hospital capacity, and more. Audience members can submit their questions live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CATTVbennington/ or e-mail them in advance to

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SVHC Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes KMarie King
01:18PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes KMarie King, MD, at noon on Jan. 12.    Dr. King is a pancreatic and liver surgeon and the chief of surgery at Albany Medical Center. She is notable for being the first black female chair of surgery at an academic health sciences center in the nation.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Dr. King is from

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Berkshires Headed Into the Deep Freeze
12:49PM / Monday, January 10, 2022

The U.S. National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has released a wind chill advisory for Berkshire County and surrounding regions from midnight tonight until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Mount Greylock Regional Schools will be closed Tuesday.

A missive from Superintendent Jason McCandless said the reasoning for the closure is that a two-hour delay is not expected to result in improved temperatures and that classrooms and buses have had to keep windows open for airflow. "We are especially concerned about bus stop waits and students who walk to school," he wrote.    All afternoon activities at the elementary schools are canceled and a decision will be made later

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