Springside Rehab Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccination Day

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Springside Rehabilitation Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccination Day.

On Thursday Springside Rehabilitation residents and staff received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations.
"Today our staff and our residents rejoice in the hope for better and safer days coming," Administrator Christina Pringle said. "We received the first round of vaccinations for our residents and staff and we are all so incredibly grateful for completing this first step toward making our facility safer and healthier.  We have all grown stronger and pulled together as a united family as we have fought extremely hard to keep all of us safe and well.  We are all looking forward to being on the other side of this."
Massachusetts residents will receive the vaccine in phases. the first doses will go to people highest risk for COVID-19 including health care workers, residents and staff of congregate care settings including nursing homes, and first responders.

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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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