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North Adams Considering Plans to Dispose of Properties

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The city owns more than 200 pieces of property, ranging from City Hall to the Windsor Mill to vacant lots taken in tax title.

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North Adams Resident Dies From COVID-19 Infection

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A North Adams resident has died from complications of the novel coronavirus, according to Mayor Thomas Bernard.

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Adams Resource Officer Makes Spirit Week Videos

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Police Officer Nicholas Dabrowski brought Spirit Week to homebound Hoosac Valley Elementary pupils through his daily broadcasts.

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Vermont Veterans Home Hosts Vehicle Parade on Saturday

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On Saturday at the Vermont Veterans Home, many local vets will be on the sidelines as the facility invites friends, family and members of the public to the home's first Vehicle Parade.

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Local Real Estate Firm Trying to Support Small Businesses

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Nocher Realty has partnered with various businesses throughout Berkshire County including the Corner Lunch and Berkshire Printing & Embroidery.

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Williams Shuts Down Construction After Worker Raises COVID-19 Concerns

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Specifically, Bob refuted the contention that a worker from the electrical construction firm Comalli Group, who has tested positive, had contact with just two other Comalli employees who have been at the Williamstown site.

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Baker: State Stay-in-Place Guidelines Extended to May 4

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Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he is extending the order closing non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory for residents of the commonwealth through May 4.

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Adams Community Bank Donates $100,000 to BHS COVID-19 Relief Fund

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Adams Community Bank has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that was recently established to help Berkshire Health Systems battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mount Greylock Continues Teacher Talks Over Remote Learning

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Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.

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Sports Shop Opens in Former Cheshire General Store

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Travis Delratez and co-owner Jammie Sears wanted to bring a local community sporting goods store to the heart of Cheshire and chose the vacant storefront on Church Street.

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Historical Echo, Irony in Williams College Cancellations

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Another connection between the two. The 1970 strike disrupted the final semester for Miller and his classmates at the college. And in 2020, they were scheduled to hold their 50th class reunion in Williamstown the weekend of June 13.

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Barrett Says State's Unemployment System Still 'Completely Overwhelmed'

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Barrett said that last week that Massachusetts received 19,000 calls from residents making unemployment claims, and the system received another 33,000 calls the next day.

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One Million N95 Masks Headed for Massachusetts

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The first shipment is expected to arrive Thursday night with the rest to follow shortly afterward, Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.

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Real Eyes Gallery to Sell Elements of 'TP' Art for Food Project

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The piece in the Park Street gallery comprises an entire 24-roll pack of toilet paper strung out to create waves. It is part of Klein's "Uber Waves: Other Locations" exhibit that opened March 7.

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Roots Rising Launching Virtual Farmers Market

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The online store features a variety of vendors and is open to all local residents. Those who have SNAP benefits or those who have recently lost their jobs or are facing economic hardship from the pandemic are eligible for $30 a week in free food from the Virtual Farmers Market.

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Governor Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund, Testing Facility for WMass

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He cautioned not to draw conclusions from the daily numbers coming out of the Department of Public Health by reading into one or two-day figures on the contagion's spread.

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Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4

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The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon.

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Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Contagion Spreads

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The 180-bed has seen cases rise since the first positive test results on March 24. Within three days the number had jumped to 14.

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Worker Associated with Williams Construction Project Tests Positive for COVID-19

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On Wednesday afternoon, other workers were still on the job site, and the college has announced no plans to suspend work on the project.

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March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use

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North Adams has installed large signs at the parks reminding residents of the rules but Canales acknowledged it has been difficult to enforce at the skate park.

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Letter: Smoking and COVID-19

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We all know that smoking is harmful to one's lungs. As our lives are disrupted by the coronavirus, this fact raises concerns about the damaging impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on those who smoke or vape.

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PEDA Director Thurston Stepping Down in April

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Corydon "Cory" Thurston last week announced his retirement as executive director of the development agency he's lead for nine years.

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North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans

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A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 if not longer and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan before the spreading novel coronavirus put everyone on an emergency footing.

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Walmart Implementing COVID-19 Restrictions

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As of Saturday, April 4, the number of customers allowed in store will be limited to five per every 1,000 square feet, or about 20 percent of each store's capacity.

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Carolyn Greene Lone Applicant for Mount Greylock School Committee Post

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Greene chaired the School Committee through some tumultuous periods, including a 2014 push by some town officials in Lanesborough to break up SU 71.

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Governor Frustrated by PPE Shortage: 'Let Us Land the Order'

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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.

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Local First-Responders Facing Shortages of Protective Gear

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Local first-responders are in dire need of personal protective gear as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen by more than 500 percent in the past week.

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Legislators Continue to Plug Away at Budget, Virus-Related Issues

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Barrett said despite a "dramatic" loss in state revenues because of the economic slowdown resulting from social distancing measures in place to slow the coronavirus's spread, the federal stimulus package should help.

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Mental Health Providers Adjust to Provide Services During Pandemic

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Berkshire County's Brien Center moved all of its psychotherapists to a telehealth model last week, according to the agency's vice president of service operations.

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Governor Raises Possibility of Testing, Field Hospital in Western Mass

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Standing outside the new drive-through testing site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for more testing and tracing capacity for the novel coronavirus.

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Administration Filing Measure to Extend, Suspend Deadlines

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The governor's office is filing a municipal relief package giving broad leeway to communities and school districts to extend deadlines and fees and bring back retired first-responders.

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Bennington Hospital Adds Beds, Infrastructure to Prepare for Surge

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That census normally is between 35 and 40 patients, Dobson said. Right now, SVMC has plans in place to treat about 100 patients inside the hospital.

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Baker Discusses Genesis of 'Essential' Business List

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As the state order to close "non-essential" businesses went into effect on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker addressed criticism that the commonwealth's definition of "essential" is overly broad.

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Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'

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Friday morning, a group of around 17 teachers and staff (with puppies and babies) drove through the three rural communities the beeping and waving to students and families stuck inside during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Jacob's Pillow Cancels Summer 2020 Season

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The festival's board of trustees and executive leadership announced the decision on Tuesday. The festival had been scheduled for June 24-Aug. 3.

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1Berkshire Providing Resource Links, Updates for Business

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The team at 1Berkshire is continuing to monitor developments and official guidance, and curate informational resources to share with the business community.

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