Letter: BART Pleased With Community Support of Virtual Fundraising Event

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To the Editor:

On Saturday, April 10, Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART) Charter Public School hosted our first-ever virtual Get BART Smart fundraiser – and raised $20,000 to support student programming! A huge "thank you" to all who played and made it a great evening!

The night couldn’t have happened without the support of many local organizations and businesses.

Thank you to our Valedictorian sponsor for the evening, Adams Community Bank!

Thank you to our High Honor Roll sponsors: Aladco Linen Services, Berkshire Bank, Cordmaster Engineering, and MountainOne. We also thank our Honor Roll sponsors: HR Knowledge, Interprint, and Scarafoni Associates.

The list above doesn’t include all of the additional local businesses that supported at other sponsor levels or donated prizes. We are grateful for all of your amazing support!

BART is a nationally recognized, award-winning, college-preparatory, public middle and high school located in Adams. The only charter school in Berkshire County, it is consistently ranked among the top schools in Massachusetts for student academic achievement and growth. BART serves students in grades 6-12 from cities and towns throughout the Berkshires.

Finally, many thanks to the trustees, faculty, staff, and others who contributed their time, money, and effort to bring to life this virtual event. Their dedication to the BART community is truly humbling.


Fred Puddester
Williamstown, Mass.
Member 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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