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RMV Extends Appointment Hours for Customers 75 Years or Older
12:05PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will extendi designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older into October and to additional Service Center locations.    This new customer service option began in early September at the RMV Service Centers in Danvers, Leominster, New Bedford, South Yarmouth, Springfield and Watertown, and will continue to be offered on Wednesdays at these locations through October.   In October, eleven additional Service Centers will begin to dedicate Wednesdays (hours vary by location) to customers 75 years of age or older whose driver's license or ID card expire in September and

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Former Leaders of Soldiers' Home Charged with Negligence
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:56AM / Friday, September 25, 2020
BOSTON — The superintendent and medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home are facing charges of neglect and bodily harm related to five veterans under their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Indictments were returned by a grand jury on Thursday against former Superintendent Bennet Walsh and medical director Dr. David Clinton. Each is facing 10 counts -- five each for criminal neglect and for serious bodily injury -- and face up to 10 years in prison on each charge. They are expected to be arraigned on these charges.    "We are alleging that Walsh and Clinton were ultimately responsible for a decision on March 27 that led to tragic and deadly

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EPA Recognizes Eight Massachusetts Organizations and Citizens
09:30AM / Friday, September 25, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Environmental Protection Agency recognized eight individuals and organizations for their work to protect New England's environment.    They were among 24 recipients across New England honored by EPA's New England office at the 2020 Environmental Merit Awards virtual ceremony.   EPA New England's annual Environmental Merit Awards are given to community leaders, scientists, government officials, business leaders, schools, and students who represent different approaches, but a common commitment to environmental protection.   "Initiatives led by individuals and groups like this years' awardees have driven progress toward clean

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Adams Community Bank Elects New Trustees And Corporators
08:24AM / Friday, September 25, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank elected new trustees and corporators at its special meeting.   Following its Special Meeting of the Corporators in June, Adams Community Bank announced the election of Sheri Quinn and William Young as Trustees and Eleonore Velez and David Bissaillion as Corporators.    Sheri Quinn Sheri Quinn is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Fenton Quinn, PC, a local firm that provides personalized financial guidance to both individuals and businesses. She has 37 years of experience as owner/partner of the firm. Her expertise ranges from tax services for individuals, trusts, partnerships, and corporations to more in-depth services such as

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Baker: Education Commissioner's Letter 'Not Bullying'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley on Thursday pushed back against the charge that the state was pressuring school districts to return to in-person instruction despite local preferences.   Appearing with Baker at his regular press availability, Riley twice declined to say what enforcement actions the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will take against more than a dozen districts who last week received a letter challenging their preference for remote learning to start the year.   "I think we're going to wait and see what happens," Riley said when asked if DESE would "force the hands" of districts who

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Pittsfield School Officials Affirm Decision on Braves' Replacement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee affirmed its decision to replace the Taconic mascot on Wednesday.   A vote on Wednesday was taken to clarify the procedure in accepting and then filing a petition two weeks ago from a group of citizens who are against changing the name from the Braves.    "I think we are wading here into a parliamentary morass," committee member William Cameron said. "The point of the vote has been lost sight of as we struggle to find words to satisfy those people who won't be satisfied by anything but rescinding the vote."    School officials voted in August to eliminate the name, but the item was

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The Retired Investor: Back to the Future in America's kitchens
By Bill Schmick,
05:34PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
Whether it is recipes, groceries, home gardens, grilling, pots and pans or online cooking classes, Americans have rediscovered the kitchen, thanks to COVID-19. Where once an occasional meal at home, or a single-serve dish for the kid's lunch was sufficient, times have changed. Home cooking has become a bigger business.   Americans are cooking more and throwing out less food, according to the Food Marketing Institute, an organization that tracks grocery shopping trends. They saw a 40 percent uptick in home cooked meals, and a 27 percent increase in those who were planning more meals in advance in 2020.    However, cooking at home, many Americans discovered, wasn't as

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State Treasurerís Office Makes New Veteran Bonus Available for Those Supporting COVID-19 Crisis Operations
04:27PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Office of the State Treasurer, Veterans' Bonus Division has launched a new $500 Bonus for Massachusetts National Guard members that were activated to support operations responding to the COVID-19 crisis.    Governor Charlie Baker activated the Massachusetts National Guard in March to increase the supply chain resources available to the Commonwealth and its residents.   "Massachusetts veterans and service members always put our safety ahead of their own and we wanted to find a way to thank them for their bravery," State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said "These bonuses will provide additional support to the National Guard members who

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City of North Adams Seeks Donation of Christmas Trees
01:57PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
City of North Adams seeks donation of Christmas Trees   The City of North Adams is looking for two large Christmas Trees, 25 feet to 30 feet in height, to decorate the downtown area for the holiday season.   Trees will be sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November.    Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the North Adams Fire Department at 662-3103.   If calling after hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.   Autumn Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village Autumn Weekend celebrates culture, tradition, artistry, and nature with over  20 artisans and food purveyors

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Baker: Trump's Transfer of Power Answer 'Appalling and Outrageous'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday called President Trump's comments on the possibility of peaceful transfer of power in January "appalling and outrageous."   Baker was given a chance at the end of his regular press availability to comment on Trump's Wednesday response to a question about what he would do if he loses the November election.   Baker pulled no punches in reacting to the comments from the commander in chief and leader of Baker's own Republican Party.   "That peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go to vote," Baker said. "It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would

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Community Preservation Committee Project Eligibility Process Now Open
01:11PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Community Preservation Committee has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 for comments related to the use of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds and the city's priorities in relation to the Community Preservation Plan.    Also, the committee announced that the Project Eligibility Application process for a new year of CPA funds is now open.   The public hearing will be held virtually via Zoom. Participation instructions will be included with the meeting agenda once it is posted on the city website in early October.    The committee will provide an overview of the city's first three years in operation and welcomes public

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Mount Greylock School Committee 'Ticket': No Intent To Be Divisive
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, September 24, 2020

Carolyn Greene is running to serve out the last two years of the term she was appointed to in May. She is running against Elisabeth Beck in the only race for Mount Greylock School Committee on Nov. 3. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Read the platform of the Greylock Forward ticket for the Mount Greylock School Committee, and it is clear that the candidates' intent was to promote inclusion and healing in the school district.   Imagine the candidates' surprise when they were accused of being a source of division in local politics.   "When you put your hat in the ring, you have no idea who else is putting their hat in the ring," candidate Jose Constantine said.

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