MountainOne Commits $100,000 to BMC's COVID-19 Efforts

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MountainOne has committed $100,000 to Berkshire Health Systems to support the Berkshire community and help BHS fight the coronavirus pandemic.
 
"As a community bank, we always strive to respond to the needs of our friends and neighbors. The need has never been more apparent than now, during the COVID-19 crisis," said Robert Fraser, president and CEO of MountainOne. "I continue to be impressed with the strength and leadership of Berkshire Health Systems in their compassionate care for our community, especially in North County, where we are headquartered. ...
 
"This gift is given in appreciation for BHS, Berkshire Medical Center, and all of the BHS health-care staff that serve our region on a day-to-day basis and especially in extraordinary times."
 
BHS' President and CEO David Phelps said the health-care system is facing "enormous challenges" in dealing with COVID-19.
 
"Doctors, nurses, and support staff are working around the clock to treat the sick and stop the spread of the virus. We are planning for a surge in the number of cases in our county, while negotiating the significant financial pressures caused by a dramatic increase in the cost of care and a simultaneous drop in revenue resulting from the pause of almost all outpatient activity," he said. "We are profoundly thankful for MountainOne's trust in our health-care providers and for the financial support that will help us to address the critical needs of our staff."
 
The health-care system is also soliciting donations to relief stress on the system and its medical and support staff. You can make donations here. 

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Pittsfield ZBA Takes No Action On Cell Tower Petition

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

The 115-foot tower is sited near a city water tank.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals took no action on a City Council petition to re-permit the 877 South St. cellular tower.
 
The ZBA voted Wednesday to adhere to City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta's opinion that legally the board cannot re-open the special permit.
 
"After a decision has been finalized, to review the hearing or rescind the hearing is not allowable under the statute," Pagnotta said. "The purpose of that is to ensure that permits, and any rights that come under those permits, are final and the applicants can rely on them."
 
The petition was in response to the essentially complete cell tower that abutters say was put up illegally without proper notice.
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