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March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use
10:24AM / Saturday, March 28, 2020
Group Games Banned in Public Parks
Communities including North Adams have been removing hoop rims to discourage youth congregating at public parks. Reminder that playgrounds and sports facilities are closed during the state of emergency. Walking paths, fields and benches are still open but group activities and sports such as basketball are prohibited. Playground equipment is not being sanitized and should be used. Remember to maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.   North Adams Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the hoop rims were removed from parks including Noel Field and UNO because young people were gathering there.   "Right now parks only for

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Governor: Mass. Residents Can Check for Risk Factors on Web Site
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:46PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
BOSTON — Continuing and expanding on a campaign to promote telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced a new partnership between the commonwealth and Massachusetts-based web service Buoyhealth.com to help residents determine the kind of medical attention they may need.   The online tool developed by Buoy Health allows users to enter information about symptoms they may be feeling and directs them to resources that are available to them, like testing for the novel coronavirus, if it is recommended.   The service, which is free to Massachusetts residents, starts by asking a series of questions for a risk assessment.   "When

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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North Adams Resident Dies From COVID-19 Infection
Staff Reports,
06:42PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams resident has died from complications of the novel coronavirus, according to Mayor Thomas Bernard.     The individual's identity has not yet been revealed. According to the Department of Public Health, four Berkshire residents have died, including the report of a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s on Friday. Two other deaths had been reported earlier in the week. A total of 35 people have died in Massachusetts from the coronavirus so far.   "Today we learned that we have experienced the first COVID-19 death in North Adams," the mayor wrote in an email to the North Adams community. "I want to begin by offering

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Williams Shuts Down Construction After Worker Raises COVID-19 Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Friday, March 27, 2020

The North Addition is the second of two buildings in the $204 million project and is replacing the Bronfman Science Center.  The South Science Building opened in 2018. Williams College is shutting down all construction on both the North Science Building and Fort Bradshaw projects as of the end of day Friday.    According to an email from Fred Puddester, vice president of finance and administration, "neither of the firms managing these two projects have reported any positive cases of COVID-19 on either work site."   iBerkshires.com was forwarded this notification at 5:53 p.m., although the first communication within Williams'

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Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Friday, March 27, 2020

The drive by tried to go past all the houses of tiny Hancock School's 49 students.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Members of the Hancock School community drove through Hancock, Lanesborough, and Cheshire to say a quick hello to students during what they called a "COVID-19 Ride By."   In these times of school closures and social distancing, the participants said its always nice to see a familiar face in person even if it is from your front lawn.   "Peer and social contact are necessary to maintain a healthy, balanced emotion outlook. Something like this keeps us positive, upbeat, and our interrelationships strong," teacher Janet Tremblay

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The Independent Investor: An Economic Game Plan
By Bill Schmick,
10:34AM / Friday, March 27, 2020
Now that Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank have fired the first salvo of relief spending, investors are wondering how long the trillions of dollars in aid will take to actually do something to alleviate some of the losses to the economy.   Administration officials believe that the cash payments to Americans should start arriving within the next three weeks. That said, most economists expect the country will fall into recession in the second quarter. That begins next week. No one knows how deep of a decline we will ultimately suffer, but suffice it to say, it will be a shock to most of us.   We can also expect a large, possibly a historical, jump in the unemployment rate; some

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Real Eyes Gallery to Sell Elements of 'TP' Art for Food Project
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, March 27, 2020

Klein's 'Uber Waves' exhibit opened at Real Eyes Gallery March 7. ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Henry Klein never considered the everyday material he used in one of his art pieces would be in such high demand almost immediately.    Or that the wall of swooping rolls of tissue in the front window of Real Eyes Gallery would make passers-by stop in their tracks.   "I had no idea," Klein said in an exhibition talk the gallery live-streamed earlier this month. "I thought I was just being cute putting toilet paper on the wall."   The piece in the Park Street gallery comprises an entire 24-roll pack of toilet paper strung out to create waves.

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Governor Frustrated by PPE Shortage: 'Let Us Land the Order'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
BOSTON — The governor's frustration on the state's inability to get medical equipment in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic spilled over at the end of a 40-minute long news conference on Thursday.   The state has found itself bidding against other states as well as the federal government in trying to find materials, particularly personal protective equipment desperately needed by medical facilities and first-responders.   "The biggest thing I would say is that we are doing everything we can, through an incredibly messy thicket that is enormously frustrating for all of us to try to get them the gear that they deserve and they need," Gov. Charlie

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech
11:30AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelor’s degree with a concentration in radiologic technology for the fall 2020 semester. 

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination. 

MCLA now offers one of only five accredited programs in the Northeast in a field that demonstrates 100 percent job placement. MCLA will also be able to provide students in health

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Geriatrics Physician Joins SVMC Internal Medicine
10:55AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomed geriatrics physician Dr. Lisa J. Downing-Forget.

With this appointment, Dr. Downing-Forget also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. She will see patients who are 65 years old and older.

Downing-Forget completed a family medicine residency at the University of Rochester in New York and earned her medical degree from Charles Drew University of the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a master's in public health from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor's in human development and family studies from Cornell University in New

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Worker Associated with Williams Construction Project Tests Positive for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An employee of one of the subcontractors on the Williams College's Science Center North Addition project has tested positive for COVID-19, the general contractor Wednesday informed those working at the site.   The college Wednesday said the person in question had not done work on the campus project.   On Wednesday afternoon, other workers were still on the job site, and the college has announced no plans to suspend work on the project.   Barr & Barr Inc., of New York, on Wednesday sent a message to all vendors and subcontractors associated with the project.   The one-page letter quotes a message Barr & Barr received at 7 a.m.

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Reusable Bags Temporarily Banned; Aid Set for Low-Income Renters
07:20PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
BOSTON — The administration invoked a number of measures on Wednesday to continue efforts to contain the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly a thousand Americans.    Gov. Charlie Baker announced that schools and non-essential day cares would remain closed through at least May 4, with plans being made for remote learning supports.    Public Health Order for Retailers • Requires groceries and pharmacies to provide disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers for shoppers' hands, carts and purchases.   • Prohibits reusable bags from groceries and lifting any local bans on plastic bags. Retailers cannot charge for

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