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Legislators Continue to Plug Away at Budget, Virus-Related Issues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Thursday, April 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The topic that dominates our daily lives cannot be the only topic on the minds of state legislators.   Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday were holding a conference call to discuss their next steps in an era when face-to-face gatherings are impossible. No doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic will be topic No. 1, but the list of potential talking points is a long one.   "Obviously, we're out until May 1, maybe longer," state Rep. John Barrett III said on Monday. "We haven't done a budget yet. Usually that's done by the last week in April and we would have been completing it."   Barrett, a member of the House Committee on Ways

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One Million N95 Masks Headed for Massachusetts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:09PM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

Thanks as well to our partners in this effort: the team on the ground Tencent, Ambassador Huang Ping, Dr. Jason Li, Gene Hartigan and many others.

Our administration will continue to do whatever we can to secure critical equipment for the Commonwealth’s front-line workers. pic.twitter.com/0epM0TfYen

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 2, 2020 BOSTON — One million N95 masks are on their way to Logan International Airport to supply Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.    The first shipment is expected to arrive Thursday night with the rest to follow shortly afterward, Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.   The personal

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CHP Adapts to Changing Health Care Needs
10:34AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has been adapting rapidly while continuing our care for patients during this COVID-19 emergency. 

Now, instead of an office visit, patient care may happen in a video call (telemedicine), a parking lot tent, in our mobile health unit, in the home, or in an office. Why the dramatic change? COVID-19 dominates our days but thousands of patients still need routine care: for the flu, a tick bite, newborn or pre-natal care, chronic conditions, lab work and more. This is an unprecedented and challenging time but CHP is  adjusting and working creatively to care for our community. 

Click here for a detailed update from our

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 3-9
10:30AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

 

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!  

  VIRTUAL ART SHOW ON FACEBOOK  This was so much fun that we are going to do it again!
It is a great time for us to take advantage of an opportunity to share your current work, or something from your collection. Let's support each other and bring some much needed joy to the

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Local Woman Organizing 'Bear Hunt' in Berkshires This Weekend
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local woman is spearheading a "bear hunt" this weekend - bears of the toy kind, that is.

Inspired by the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," which Susan Wrba likes to read with her 2-year-old son, Wrba is organizing a "bear hunt" across the Berkshires from Friday, April 3, to Sunday, April 5.

Families can participate in two ways: One, they can put a stuffed, toy or otherwise creatively designed bear in their front window or porch. (Wrba said her father-in-law is planning a mechanical bear of some sort at his home in Pittsfield.) Families who do this should go to the Facebook event page Wrba has set up here to let people know what

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State Establishes Field Medical Station in Worcester's DCU Center
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:40PM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito exprsses appreciation for the state's first-responders and front-line health workers.  WORCESTER, Mass. — The commonwealth's first field medical station is in the works at the DCU Center in Worcester, and it likely will be the first of several around the commonwealth.   Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were at the DCU on Wednesday afternoon to provide their daily update on the state's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.   Ultimately, the sports arena will hold more than 200 beds. The Massachusetts National Guard is constructing the facility in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers and University of

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Mount Greylock Continues Teacher Talks Over Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee met on Tuesday but did not have a resolution on two issues stemming from the school closure that entered its third week on Monday.   Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.   On Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and other members of the administration sent an email to the district's families explaining plans for remote learning the PreK-12 district.   "We met this afternoon with the [teachers

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Tyer Asks Kids to Participate in Coloring Book Post
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:50PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer called upon kids in the community to share a coloring book page with first responders and health-care workers.    "I think our health care workers and first responders could use some happiness and cheer during these difficult days," Tyer said. "They are working so hard."   The mayor shared a video on her Facebook page Monday asking the city's children to print out a Crayola coloring page, color it, write a message on it, and then post a photo of their work under the video.   "I would like you to help me say thank you to our nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, and EMTs that are working so

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Baker: State Stay-in-Place Guidelines Extended to May 4
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  BOSTON, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he is extending the order closing non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory for residents of the commonwealth through May 4.   "I know this is difficult to hear, but we need everyone to continue to go without being around many of your family and most of your friends for your own health and safety and the health and safety of your family, your friends and others," Baker said.   "As most of you know, my weekly visits with my 91-year-old father are phone calls. And as I said previously, neither one of us are very good at that.   "I miss him. But that's just the way it is,

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Jacob's Pillow Cancels Summer 2020 Season
03:26PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — For the first time in its 88 year history, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been canceled for the summer 2020 season.

The festival's board of trustees and executive leadership announced the decision on Tuesday. The festival had been scheduled for June 24-Aug. 30.

The Pillow, which has expanded to a year-round center over the past four years, already had cancelled all public events, artist residencies, and rentals from March 13 through April 25 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with state and federal mandates. 

"For the safety of our staff, artists, audiences and the larger Berkshire community, this is our only

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Taylors Donate $350K to Launch BMC COVID-19 Relief Fund
10:09AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kim and James Taylor have donated $350,000 to Berkshire Medical Center to bolster the hospital's efforts in fighting the ongoing battle to stop COVID-19.    The gift, announced Monday by BMC, will be the inaugural donation establishing the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Berkshire Health Systems, which will be used by BHS to fight the rapidly escalating public health crisis.   ''My wife, Kim, and I have both pursued careers that have included a good deal of global travel. While we also spend a good deal of time in Boston, our favorite place to live our lives is Berkshire County," James Taylor said in a statement for both. "We are so

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Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:58AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spring is officially here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too?

You can apply some of the same principles of traditional spring cleaning to your financial environment. Here are a few suggestions:

• Clear your vision. Spring brings extra hours of sunshine – and to enjoy them, you will want to clean your windows, inside and out. As an investor, you also need to take a clear-eyed view of your situation periodically. Are you on track toward achieving your goals? If not, what moves can you make to get back on the right path? You need to be

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