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Move to Vaccinate Companions of 75-and-Older Hailed as 'Game-Changer' by Senior Advocate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  DANVERS, Mass. — Starting Thursday, residents 75-and-older who make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites will be allowed to also make an appointment for a companion of any age to accompany them to the site and receive a vaccination of their own.   Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement on Wednesday during a visit to the mass vaccination site at the DoubleTree Hotel. He said the move was being made to encourage older Bay Staters who might be hesitant to attend one of the sites, like the one at Eastfield Mall in Springfield.   The head of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley shared the podium with Baker and

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SVMC Receives Fifth ANCC Magnet Recognition
04:02PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has attained its fifth designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.   SVMC was the first hospital in Vermont to receive the designation in 2002. This fifth consecutive recognition places SVMC in a community of only three five-time hospitals in New England and only 28 five-time hospitals worldwide.   "The Magnet designation is challenging. It takes sustained commitment throughout every day of our practice and strong and productive relationships with physician colleagues and others in every department within

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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
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SVHC Launches Medical Weekly Video Program
09:29AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. —Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced the launch of a new weekly interactive digital presentation called Medical Weekly with Trey Dobson.   The show will be produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). The show will air at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Feb. 10.   "Throughout the pandemic, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has worked to keep patients informed through a weekly e-newsletter and regular video updates," said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) chief medical officer and the host of the show. "We have heard great feedback and aim to increase and enhance our connections

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Williamstown Picks Police Investigator, Calls for Chief Advisory Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday agreed to hire Brookline attorney Judy Levenson to conduct an investigation into the allegations raised in a discrimination lawsuit filed against the town last year.   In a separate conversation, the board and town manager agreed to extend a search for volunteers to serve an advisory committee to help Town Manager Jason Hoch select an interim chief for the Police Department.   The investigation was sparked by a lawsuit filed in August by Police Sgt. Scott McGowan. The suit subsequently was dropped in December, and the board decided this winter to proceed with an independent, third-party probe into the issues McGowan raised,

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BRTA Human Services Transport Scheduling Shifting to Fitchburg
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is concerned about maintaining a personalized customer experience in the wake of a state-mandated change in specialized services.   Starting in July, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services will enter a new contract with a brokerage area out of Fitchburg for Human Services Transportation. In 2019, the state department proposed the consolidation of six brokerage service areas that provide non-emergency "human service transportation" (HST) into three much larger service areas.   Under the proposal, BRTA is in Human Service Area 1 that covers all of Western Mass and from Warwick in the north diagonally

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Baker Stands With Neal in Urging Passage of Fed Stimulus Bill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:17PM / Monday, February 08, 2021
BOSTON — Citizens could see the balance of the promised $2,000 in stimulus money hit their accounts by April 1.    The payments of $1,400 are part of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package working its way through Congress. It follows up on the CARES Act passed last year to address COVID-19 needs and a $600 boost to families that both parties agreed to in the first days of the new year.    "People are struggling, we need to hear their calls for help," said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, speaking with Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.   Democrats, now in control of both the House and Senate, have opted to use the parliamentary procedure of reconciliation that will fast

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SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 5
08:12AM / Monday, February 08, 2021
  February 5, 2021   The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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Berkshire County Vaccination Process Going Smoothly
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Monday, February 08, 2021

 
Ruth Koscelniak, who lived through the pandemic of 1918, was greeted with flowers for her vaccination for the novel coronavirus.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren Gotlieb said she didn't even feel the physical pinprick of the needle.   But there was an emotional feeling of getting the COVID-19 vaccine was difficult to describe.   "I don't even know how to describe that it's life saving," she said. "It's globally life-saving. It's amazing as people that we were able to make it happen."    Gotlieb was one of about 700 people who were given their first vaccine shot on Thursday at the vaccination site

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Solomon's Furniture Reopens in Lee Outlets
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, February 08, 2021

Owner James Solomon says the Ashley Furniture brand has been a big seller since the store opened. LEE, Mass. — A familiar name in furniture sales has come back into the business with a new location.   Solomon's Furniture is returning to the Berkshires at the Lee Premium Outlets.  Owner James Solomon now has two retail establishments in the outlets: DJ's Gifts and Solomon's Furniture, and is optimistic about business in his new location.   Since closing his retail space in the now-abandoned segment of the Berkshire Mall in 2018, Solomon had been looking for a new spot for his furniture store.  Nearly three years later, he was able to secure the

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Veterans Spotlight: Cpl. Tony Pastore
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:04PM / Sunday, February 07, 2021

Tony Pastore was also a musician and a vocalist. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — I would confidently describe this week's Veterans Spotlight subject as one of the nicest, kindest, humblest and most gracious human beings I have ever met.   Tony Pastore served his country in the Air Force during World War II and, again after the war, as a corporal. At 96 years of age, he is a pure gem of "The Greatest Generation" with a fabulous voice to boot.   Born in Pittsfield, he enlisted on March 23, 1943, and was sent to Fort Devens in Ayer. From there, he went to basic training in Miami Beach, Fla.    "We marched all day in the goddamn heat," he remembered.

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@theMarket: Stocks Regain Momentum
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Friday, February 05, 2021
What a difference one week makes! Stocks recouped all their losses this week, and then went on to make new highs. The outcome of President Biden's proposed stimulus bill will determine the market's next move.   Let me set the record straight. Last week, I wrote that I expected stocks to stumble, and hopefully preparing readers for a possible decline of 10-15 percent. That was a mistake. Instead, traders bought last week's 3 percent dip and, at this point, we are now back to square one. Well, not quite.   The U.S. dollar, the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond, and the price of gold have all moved substantially since last Friday. The greenback, as represented by the

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State Launches Call Center for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Friday, February 05, 2021

BOSTON — The state Friday launched a call center for residents to schedule appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination, but officials cautioned that it is only intended for those who either do not have Internet access or who have trouble accessing the appointment scheduling website.   Starting Friday, trained operators will be accessible by dialing 211 and choosing the option, "For help with scheduling a vaccine appointment," Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Friday morning.   The call center will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have more than 500 staffers on the line. Representatives will be available in English and Spanish and

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