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Mount Greylock Schools Seek Parents' Input to Improve Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District wants to hear back from families about the challenges of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady used last week's School Committee meeting to remind listeners of a survey she sent out on April 25 and talk about its importance in the near and short term.   "This will help us adjust things between now and June 16 and also help us with future plans," Grady said. "When [the school closure] happened, we didn't have a full-on remote learning plan ready to go. We've been working with the teachers and other superintendents around the

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iBerkshiresTV: Allen Harris Talks Masks & COVID-19 Aid
09:35PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020

iBerkshiresTV host Jeff Snoonian speaks with Allen Harris of Berkshire Money Management about the mask distribution BMM is sponsoring on Thursday. 

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Vermont Begins Relaxing Stay-Home Rules
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gov. Phil Scott is letting "low-contact outdoor businesses" reopen on Thursday, meaning Vermonters can start going to ballfields, parks and golf courses. This follows reports on Tuesday that only five new cases of COVID-19 had been identified in the state.    "Over the last few weeks, we've taken a couple of small steps to reopen our economy and put people back to work," Scott said at a press conference on Monday previewing the addendum. "Each week we've seen the situation improve because of Vermonters' sacrifices and their work to stay separated, which slowed the spread of the virus.    "As a result,

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Polar Vortex Bringing Cold, Snow to Parts of Northeast
11:16AM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020
The date may say May, but it sure feels like it's still March. Temperatures have barely dipped into the 50s and 60s for a day or two before the weather turned cold, cloudy and rainy again.   And here we are in the first week in May or, as some call it, March 67th, with warnings of a polar vortex headed our way.    AccuWeather meteorologists say they anticipate the upcoming pattern to bring freezing conditions and — snow!   "The weather late this week to this weekend and beyond may seem unreal and downright nasty after the warmest weekend of the season so far," according to Accuweather. "After the temperature in New York City failed to climb to 70

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Pittsfield Officials Outline Goals for Community Block Grant Funds
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city officials outlined plans for Community Development Block Grant funds and pressed their importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The remote presentation on Tuesday went over a draft five-year plan and an action plan for fiscal 2021. Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer said these funds are more important now than ever.   "We are in a very unique situation at the time with the management of the CDBG funds as we are in the midst of a pandemic," she said. "It is clear on a day-to-day basis that these funds are vital resources to help our most underserved residents. That has become even more apparent as we work to support

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Berkshire Money Management to Distribute Free Facemasks
01:17AM / Wednesday, May 06, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — In reaction to Gov. Baker;s recent order requiring all Massachusetts residents to wear face covering when they are out in public beginning Wednesday May 6, Berkshire Money Management has secured 5,000 hand-sewn cloth facemasks to make available to the community. 

The bulk of these masks will be distributed Thursday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at Berkshire Money Management, located at 161 Main St. in Dalton.

"The first phase of our donations was to help health-care workers until they could get their supply chains in order," said BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris. "Our next phase is to help prepare the community to safely leave their homes and into

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Richardson Recognized Twice During MCLA's Athletic Celebration
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Megan Richardson of Adams wrapped up two year-ending honors Tuesday as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts celebrated its 2019-20 student-athletes.   Richardson, a graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and an MCLA senior, was recognized in a Twitter poll for recording the Best Moment of the Year and Best Fall Moment.   For entire year, the top moment was Richardson's shutout in goal for MCLA's women's soccer team on senior day.   That afternoon against Framingham State, Richardson made 15 saves to preserve a 1-0 win, just the third of the season for the Trailblazers.   Richardson finished her career at MCLA with 596

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BCC Students to Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
05:43PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold a virtual induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m., via Zoom.                                                             

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved

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Community Access to the Arts to Host Virtual Gala
10:48AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts presents its virtual gala and performance on Saturday, May 9, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

The event is free to attend and takes place entirely online here. Prior to the event, CATA launches a weeklong celebration with videos and digital performances beginning Monday, May 4. The celebration culminates in a gala evening, which includes the debut of a short film showcasing the talents of people with disabilities as well as a virtual paddle-raise auction to support CATA programs.

Each May for more than 20 years, CATA has presented a live performance and gala at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox that shares the talents of artists with

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Smart Moves for Women Business Owners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:36AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Mother's Day is upon us. If you're a mother, you will enjoy the recognition you get from your family on this day. And given the health concerns caused by the coronavirus, your appreciation of family may be even greater this year. 

As we all know, mothers have a difficult job. And many mothers also run their own businesses – another demanding task made even more difficult these days. What special challenges do women face who embark on careers as business owners?

Of course, motherhood itself presents a major challenge. As a society, we have not achieved gender equity yet, in terms of family responsibilities, so mothers – even busy business owners – still face

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Towns Shift Election, Town Meetings This Spring
09:52AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in municipalities across the Berkshires altering their town meeting and local election schedules.

For elections, town officials are encouraging voters to apply to receive mail-in ballots in order to protect the health of voters and ballot workers on election day.

Although the concept of absentee ballots is not new, in the past they have been limited to voters who "must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to: absence from the voter's city or town on Election Day; or physical disability; or religious belief."

This year, an act of the Legislature opened up mail-in balloting for all voters. A standard

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Berkshire Seamsters Market Homemade Masks, Benefit Those Struggling Economically
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting things down in Berkshire County, Kate Lauzon had a problem.   But with some creativity, hard work and outside philanthropy, she and her friends helped turn that problem into two solutions.   "A few months ago, I had started a community sewing program," Lauzon said this week. "We ran it out of the Froio Center. Three weeks into everyone learning how to sew, including myself … "   … the world, for so many people, came screeching to a halt.   "Sewing started three weeks before they shut us down," Lauzon said. "We were set up for 10 weeks, once a week. It was

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