Greylock Federal Donates Food Bank of Western Mass

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $20,000 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for its emergency food delivery program in Berkshire County. 
 
The gift is in response to a growing need throughout the country and in Berkshire County.
 
"Hunger is always a leading community concern,"  Greylock Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer JamieEllen Moncecchi said. "But the longer this pandemic goes on, the more critical it is that we all do our part to help our neighbors. Greylock hopes that this donation will inspire others to dig a little deeper this year."
 
According to Feeding America, the national network of food banks, Berkshire County is expected to see a 52 percent rise in food insecurity compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. 
 
"We can't thank Greylock enough for this donation and for helping spread the word," Andrew Morehouse, executive director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which serves the four western counties of the commonwealth, said. "These funds will help support our eight Brown Bag: Food for Elders sites in the Berkshires and our Mobile Food Bank sites in Adams, Dalton, Great Barrington and North Adams all in collaboration with our local partners."

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Methuselah Loses License for Two Days

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A bar and restaurant owned by a city councilor had its license suspended for two days for violating state COVID-19 guidelines.

On Monday, the Licensing Board voted to suspend Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen's liquor license for Methuselah Bar and Lounge, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, after a hearing for three alleged pandemic violation complaints that included pictures and anonymous testimony.

Because of the anonymous nature of the evidence submitted, the board weighed in on the fact that this is not Cohen's first time in front of the Licensing Board, as Methuselah faced a five-day liquor license suspension in 2018.

"I feel like in light of what the history is, I don't think we can just pretend that there's no history,"  Chairman Thomas Campoli said, concluding with the other board members that this case had to be handled differently than if it was a first violation.

On Jan. 15, the board held a hearing for two of the violations occurring on Aug. 22 and Dec. 11. It was decided to continue the hearing for the third violation and voting until Monday, Jan. 25.

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