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New Downtown Property Owner To Be A Positive Force In North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Andrew Fitch, the new owner of 117 Main St. and 3-5 Eagle St., plans to undergo a substantial renovation to support a new eatery in the building’s lower level.   "I am looking forward to meeting everyone, I am looking forward to being a positive contributor to this city, and I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone into the space," Fitch said.   It is early days in Fitch’s venture, but his master plan is to bring in some sort of restaurant to the building’s lower level. Optimally, he added, he wants the restaurant to operate alongside a cafe and gallery.   "My preference is quality," he said.

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Downing Announces End To Gubernatorial Campaign
Staff Reports ,
09:59AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
BOSTON — Former state senator Ben Downing released a statement Tuesday morning announcing the end of his gubernatorial campaign.    "For everything there is a season. For this campaign, that season has come to a close. Today, I am formally ending my bid to become the next Governor of Massachusetts. I do so with a heavy heart, but also with hope, and gratitude beyond measure," Downing noted in a statement.   The former state senator announced that he was running in January of 2021. The democrat was the first to enter the 2022 race for governor.   Downing noted that his campaign does not have the financial resources to continue.    "Over

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BHS Vaccine Centers Phasing Out Johnson & Johnson
04:35PM / Monday, December 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Berkshire Health Systems will discontinue widespread distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at its testing and vaccine centers, effective Jan. 6, 2022.   "This decision is based on guidance from the CDC, which recently examined the efficacy, safety, and supply of the J&J vaccine," said James Lederer, MD, BHS Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer.   "In light of these recommendations, the CDC has made it clear that getting any vaccine is far better than remaining unvaccinated. Any patient who would like to request an

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SVMC Welcomes New Member to Orthopedics Practice
12:29PM / Monday, December 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Allison Murphy, FNP, has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Murphy holds a master of science in Nursing from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, a first assistant certification from the University of Rochester in New York, and a bachelor's in nursing from Southern Vermont College. In addition, she is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   Murphy has worked at SVMC since October 2010. She started as a unit coordinator on the hospital's inpatient units and went on to become a medical-surgical nurse and an operating room nurse. She was a nominee for both

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Overnight Snow and Ice Predicted in the Berkshires
12:09PM / Monday, December 27, 2021
We missed out on a snowy Christmas weekend but some precipitation can be expected Monday night.   A winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. Monday evening to 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.   Expect mixed precipitation with a total snow accumulation of a coating up to one inch. A light glaze of ice is also expected.   Plan on slippery road conditions.   Temperatures will stay in the 30s throughout the day and evening throughout the county.    Temperatures should rise into the low 40s Tuesday, according to AccuWeather. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy.  

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Dec. 17
10:27AM / Monday, December 27, 2021
  December 17, 2021   A Bold Prediction: You will get

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CHP Names Director of Dental Medicine
08:40AM / Monday, December 27, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) has named John W. Brazill, D.M.D. as director of dental medicine.   Brazill will oversee CHP's dental practices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington. He will also see patients at the North Adams practice.   A dentist for more than 30 years, mostly in the Berkshire County area, Brazill owned and managed his own practice in Pittsfield for 18 years. More recently he has worked at practices in Pittsfield, Vermont and Williamstown.   He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and he earned his bachelor's degree in biology at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He completed his

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Dec. 23
08:30AM / Monday, December 27, 2021
  December 23, 2021   Happy Holidays from Southwestern Vermont Health

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Give yourself some 'paychecks' for retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:21AM / Monday, December 27, 2021
During your working years, you've probably met the costs of living through your salary. But once you retire, where will the money come from? Is there a way to give yourself a "paycheck" for retirement?   There is indeed – but you'll have to do a good job of managing your available income sources. Here are some moves that can help: Accept dividends and interest payments. Instead of automatically reinvesting all your dividends and interest payments into your portfolio – which is an excellent strategy for building wealth – you might want to begin receiving these payments as part of your income. Keep in mind, though, that companies can lower or

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North Adams Bank Building, Former Pizzeria Sold
06:58AM / Sunday, December 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two more Main Street properties have sold this month.    The former TD Bank that closed in April was sold on Dec. 9 to Ginko on Main Street LLC for $600,000. The property had been assessed at about $800,000.   The former Pizza House on the corner of Main and Eagle streets was sold by Mark and Robert Moulton on Dec. 22 for $200,000 to Impactful Art Factory LLC.    The principal of Ginko is John S. "Jack" Wadsworth Jr., who has been involved in a number of properties in the city including Porches and the UNO Community Center.    The bank building had been listed as being owned by First Massachusetts Bank, which purchased

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Longtime American Legion Cook Passes on the Spatula
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:26AM / Friday, December 24, 2021

Post Cmdr. Michell Keil presents Dennis Labonte with a certificate of appreciation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— American Legion Post 125 held a special celebration last week to honor Dennis Labonte, who after 38 years of cooking the annual Be Our Guest Dinner is passing on his duties to a new generation      "We have some good people here to come and take over, and I know they will do a great job," Labonte said.   The Be Our Guest Dinner is a free dinner Post 125 hosts every Dec. 25 for veterans and community members together who may not have a place to go on Christmas Day.   During the ceremony, Labonte ritualistically handed over his trusty spatula

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North Adams Distributes COVID-19 Rapid Tests to Partners
02:29PM / Wednesday, December 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's allotment of free COVID-19 rapid tests are available are now available through several partner organizations.    North Adams received about 4,500 tests through the state's rapid test access program. Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that 2.1 million iHealth Labs over-the-counter, at-home rapid antigen tests would be distributed to 102 communities with the highest percentage of families below the poverty level.   North Adams was among those municipalities selected along with Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Mount Washington, Peru, Pittsfield, Savoy, West Stockbridge and Williamstown.   These free

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