Tuesday, December 10, 2019 09:22pm
North Adams, MA now: 34 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Printer Friendly Version
   Recommend this story to a friend

iBerkshires.com Columnist Section

Sue Bush
More articles from Sue Bush

NBCC Focus On Katrina

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Thursday, September 08, 2005

North Adams – The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Sept. 9 meeting will be devoted to Hurricane Katrina and the storm’s massive impacts.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Community Church in North Adams.

Agency Executive Director Alan Bashevkin said that he hopes to focus on three discussion points. The Northern Berkshire humanitarian response, issues surrounding what Bashevkin termed “wounds that were opened” as a result of the storm and the rescue efforts, and a review of local, state, and federal resources coupled with the impacts of predicted heating fuel price hikes are likely to be discussed during the meeting.

“Folks have talked to me about different things and churches are sponsoring some families,” he said. “We have to talk about what resources we have.”

“We have to talk about what America means to all of us,” he added.

Several Sept. 7 television news reports predicted natural gas price hikes that could skyrocket by 71 percent and heating oil hikes that could approach 31 percent. Price hikes of that magnitude would likely place great stress on local families during the winter months, Bashevkin agreed.

The people of the Gulf Coast are in immediate and dire need of much assistance and the country must find ways to provide that help, Bashevkin said.

Looking Out For All of Us

“We are the richest nation in the world,” he said. “After Sept. 11 [2001], resources were found and resources were found for Iraq. We have to find resources for [hurricane relief]. We need to find ways to fund this.”

The storm brought issues surrounding race, poverty, and economic class to the nation’s forefront, Bashevkin said.

“This opened wounds and will have us facing issues that we really haven’t wanted to face,” Bashevkin said. “Do we have a class system in this country? Of course we do.”

Bashevkin acknowledged that Northern Berkshire families, as well as families nation-wide, will be affected by the storm because of expected price hikes impacting goods and services other than heating fuel.

“We need to look out for all of us,” Bashevkin said.

The September meeting was initially scheduled as a public forum focused on developing the agency’s agenda for the next 12 months. The community hearing/public forum meeting has been rescheduled to Oct. 14.

Information about the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is available by calling 413-663-7588 or by visiting a www.nbccoalition.org Internet web site.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush123@adelphia.net or at 802-823-9367.

Your Comments
Post Comment
No Comments

 
View All
Reindog Parade 2019
The annual Williamstown Holiday Walk again featured the...
Pittsfield Tree Lighting 2019
The City of Pittsfield officially kicked off the holiday...
North Adams Tree Lighting...
North Adams kicked off the holiday season with the slightly...
Oh Be Thankful Pie Contest
Gabriel Abbott Schools annual Oh Be Thankful Pie Contest...
McCann LPN Graduation 2019
McCann Technical School held its pinning ceremony for 20...
Williamstown Veterans Day...
Williamstown's American Legion Post 152 holds Veterans Day...
Pittsfield Veterans Day 2019
The Pittsfield Veterans Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m....
North Adams Veterans Day 2019
North Adams held its Veterans Day observes Monday morning...
Cross Country: Multiple teams...
Ted Yee finished second overall, and Colin Young placed...
Ephs Defeat Amherst, 31-9
Senior safety Ben Anthony's interception return for a...
G Soccer: Smith Academy vs...
Lenox girls soccer team won over Smith Academy 2-0 in the...
Football: Lee vs Hoosac...
Lee High football team wins over Hoosac Valley 12-7 on...
G Soccer: Frontier vs Mount...
McWeeny's successful PK clinched a 4-1 shootout win for the...
G Soccer: Palmer vs Hoosac...
Sydni Jamross scored late in the first overtime Tuesday to...
G Soccer: Pathfinder vs...
McCann Tech girls soccer team win 4-1 over Pathfinder in...
B Soccer: Mohawk vs McCann...
McCann Tech boys soccer team lost to Mohawk in Penalty...
Reindog Parade 2019
The annual Williamstown Holiday Walk again featured the...
Pittsfield Tree Lighting 2019
The City of Pittsfield officially kicked off the holiday...
North Adams Tree Lighting...
North Adams kicked off the holiday season with the slightly...
Oh Be Thankful Pie Contest
Gabriel Abbott Schools annual Oh Be Thankful Pie Contest...
McCann LPN Graduation 2019
McCann Technical School held its pinning ceremony for 20...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved