Letters: BArT Trivia Fundraiser Raises More Than $16K

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To the Editor,

On Saturday, May 3, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School hosted our seventh annual Get BArT Smart fundraiser – and raised $16,402 (net) for the school's college preparatory programs! Nearly 100 people attended – and relived their high school years through our team trivia game. A huge thank you to all who played and made it a great evening!

The night couldn't have happened without the support of over a hundred local organizations and businesses.

Our High Honor Roll sponsors, Adams Community Bank, Amanda Jones Photography, Meehan Electronics, Scarafoni Associates, Smith Watson & Company LLP and VoIP Logic all played an important part in the evening's success.

We also thank our Honor Roll sponsors: Ozzie & Monica Alvarez, Bounti-Fare Restaurant & Catering, Wade Davis & Jennifer Mascarenhas, Donovan & O'Connor LLP, DuFour Inc., Firehouse Café, Friends of the High Line, Tom & Dianne Leavitt, Minerva Arts Center, The Reading Institute, Walt Disney World Co. and Whitman's Crystal Clean.


The list above doesn't include 80-plus additional local businesses that donated goods and services to the event for auction items and prizes or sponsored us at the "Sponsor" level.

BArT has a geographically diverse student body, with over 300 students in Grades 6-12 from throughout the county. Businesses from all corners of Berkshire County helped support our students through their generous sponsorships and donations.

Finally, many thanks to the trustees, faculty, staff, parent volunteers and others who contributed their time, money, and effort to make this event happen. Their dedication to the BArT community is truly humbling.

Sincerely,

Geraldine Shen
BArT Board of Trustees

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Adams Lifts State of Emergency, Gears Up for Summer & Fall Events

By Gregory FournieriBerkshires Correspondent

ADAMS, Mass. — The COVID-19 state of emergency in Adams is over.

Town Administrator Jay Green reported that Adams has lifted the state of emergency implemented for the pandemic. This originally went into effect in March 2020, and was lifted by the town to bring Adams into line with other local communities and the state of Massachusetts, which ended the public health emergency on June 15.

"Dare I say we are slowly approaching normalcy again," Green said Wednesday.

Selectman Joseph Nowak pointed out that despite the state of emergencies being lifted, local businesses may still require their patrons to wear masks. Moreover, Green said if COVID cases were to rise again in Adams, the Board of Health would have the authority to mandate masks independent of this decision by the Selectmen.

This, however, does not appear likely. Green reported that over roughly the last month, there were zero new reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Adams.

Adams joins Pittsfield, North Adams, and other towns in Berkshire County in lifting its state of emergency for the first time in more than a year.

In part to facilitate the return to normalcy, the Events Committee applied for and was granted space on the Town Hall lawn for outdoor movies on July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20. These movies are family-friendly and begin at dusk. There will not be vendors, so attendees are advised to bring their own snacks and drinks.

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