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CHP Adds Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker at Northern Berkshire Medical Practices
03:34PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its Northern Berkshires practices with two new health care providers: a social worker and nurse practitioner.
 


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Thomas R. Plunkett, LICSW, is now seeing patients at CHP Adams Internists and CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental. His position is part of CHP's expansion this year into behavioral health care.

Most recently a private practitioner in Williamstown, Plunkett provides psychotherapy for adults, children, couples and groups, as well as diagnostic evaluation. He has previously practiced in Pittsfield, with a focus on addiction counseling. He was also co-founder of a residential addiction treatment

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Williams Names Schumann Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies
03:26PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the appointment of Rowan R. Phillips, multi-award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist, as the W. Ford Schumann Distinguished Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies. Phillips will assume the position at the start of the spring 2020 semester.

One of the key elements of the W. Ford Schumann endowment is the visiting professorship, which works to promote campus dialogue on the subjects of democracy and civic responsibility. During his time at Williams, Phillips plans to organize public lectures and forums on campus and teach the course Democratic Vistas, a seminar that will focus on the ways in

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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,

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Wild Oats Market Hires New Marketing Manager
02:49PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wild Oats Market has hired a new marketing and owner relations manager, Scott Menhinick.

Menhinick comes to this position with two decades of professional experience as a publicist and brand manager/advisor, most recently with his own company, Berkshire Brand Management. He is also the founder and festival producer of Celebrate Stephentown, an annual three-day community festival in Stephentown, N.Y.

In addition to running Wild Oats' marketing department, he will also be responsible for organizing the 37-year-old co-op's events and tastings, engaging its member-owners, and collaborating with other local businesses and organizations to benefit the

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Williamstown Declines to Say Whether U.S. Attorney Sought Pot Agreement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown's town manager Tuesday declined to comment on whether the town had been subpoenaed for records related to the host community agreement it made with a marijuana retailer that opened earlier this year.   Last week, the Boston Globe reported that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has subpoenaed records in at least six communities, including Great Barrington, the home of Berkshire County's first pot shop opened since recreational marijuana was legalized in the commonwealth.   "On the advice of counsel, 'We are not in a position to confirm or deny receipt of a subpoena. Such information may be available from the US Attorney’s

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Coalition Tackles Vaping, Alcohol Use in Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Joyce Brewer, the TFPC program manager from Berkshire AHEC, speaks about vaping at the NBCC monthly forum on Friday in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition was discussing the issue of vaping in the community at its forum on Friday morning, the Centers for Disease Control was releasing information about what officials suspect is causing illness and death among those who vape.

The announcement that vitamin E acetate, an oily chemical added to some THC vaping liquids to thicken or dilute them, is being investigated as a possible culprit into the outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people across the country and killed at least 39 is

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Multipurpose Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kimberly Roche of Dupere Law Offices advises the Mount Greylock School Committee on Tuesday night. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On a vote of 5-2, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted to go forward with a multipurpose building to house the district's office, storage of records and "attic stock" for the recently renovated and expanded middle-high school and public restrooms for the campus' athletic fields.   The vote at a special meeting cleaned up a vote taken at a different special meeting last week.   Attorney Kimberly Roche from the district's counsel, the Dupere Law Offices, was on hand to explain why last Tuesday's vote

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Municipal Briefs: North Adams Launches Food Drive
04:12PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The city of North Adams has started its annual holiday food drive and Mayor Thomas Bernard has set a goal to double last year's take.

"Last year, we had our best year ever with that, raised over 1,000 pounds of food.  I want to double it. I want to raise a ton of food this year to benefit the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry.

"I'm throwing the gauntlet down."

The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library. Organized through the public schools, the food drive started with the opening of the Friendship Center Pantry on Eagle Street in 2011.

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:52PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett,

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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'
01:04PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are

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What Can Investors Learn from Veterans?
12:32PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives?

For example, consider the following traits and how they might apply to your actions as an investor:

* Perseverance: Even veterans who have not served in armed combat have had to persevere in challenging situations. The military life is not an easy one, as it often involves frequent moves, living in foreign countries, time away from loved ones, and so on. As an investor, in what ways do you need to show perseverance? For one thing,

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BHS Gifts $400K for Brien Center's North Adams Recovery Home
Community Submission,
03:51AM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Above, file photo of the duplex at 42-44 Arnold Place that will become a recovery center. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Brien Center has announced the receipt of a nearly $400,000 gift from Berkshire Health Systems that will enable it to open the first recovery home in North Adams for those living with significant mental health and substance-use disorders.   Called Keenan House North, the recovery home will provide 16 individuals at a time with the housing and intensive services needed to overcome their behavioral health issues and resume lives as productive members of the community.   "The Brien Center has the experience and comprehensive programs needed to support

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Snow! Ice! Frigid Cold! A Lovely Week in the Berkshires
02:18AM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Berkshires could be in for a messy commute on Tuesday as a winter storm moves into the region from the Midwest.    The National Weather Service is forecasting light accumulations of snow or sleet early on Tuesday morning and as temperatures, it could lead to icy and hazardous conditions.    "Unseasonably and potentially record cold temperatures are expected Tuesday through Thursday," according to the NWS. "High temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing with overnight lows in the single digits or teens."   The region could get up to 3 inches of snow, and up to 6 inches in the higher elevations, if the storm continues on its

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