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State Releases Guidelines for Childcare, Starts Allowing Family Visits to Nursing Homes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
BOSTON — Child care is going to look different as facilities begin to reopen in the second phase of the commonwealth's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one element of elder care will start getting back to normal under guidelines released on Tuesday.   Commissioner of Early Education and Care Samantha Aigner-Treworgy and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders joined Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at his daily press availability.   Aigner-Treworgy laid out a number of the guidelines on child-care programs that were released on Monday.   Sudders explained the rules that will let assisted living facilities to start allowing family members to visit

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Pittsfield High Announces Class Speakers & Top 10
01:09PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mary Hines, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2020, will speak at the PHS' virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7. It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.   The event will be aired by Pittsfield Community Television at 1 p.m.    Throughout her high school career, Hines has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Council, and girls varsity basketball team. Hines will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as a double major in political science and in media and culture.     In addition to the class

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Makes Changes to Sewer & Drains Amendment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee recommended a sewer and drains amendment and also to maintain City Council checks and balances from the original ordinance.    The subcommittee voted unanimously Monday to send the amended ordinance to the full council, leaving in some sections that would allow the City Council to request reports and approve fine structures.   "I think we can make some small changes to make everyone happy while giving you some more flexibility while still having the council involved in making sure things are kosher," committee member Earl Persip said.    Public Services Commissioner Ricardo Morales said the

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Pizzeria to Open in Former Daddyo's Diner on East Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The License Board approved a seasonal wine and malt for a new East Street pizzeria.   The board approved license last Wednesday for the "Crust" moving into 505 East St., site of the former Daddyo's Diner.   "I really thought the application was thorough and I didn't see any issues with it," board member Kathleen Amuso said.   "Everything will be made on the premise from the dough to the sauces," owner James Cervone said. "Everything."   Cervone said he currently owns the frozen yogurt shop Ayelada next to the proposed pizzeria and he and his wife look to expand their business.   They plan to

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Pittsfield High Schools Set June 7 for Virtual Graduation
10:20AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools will hold virtual graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 7, for Taconic and Pittsfield high schools.    And, if conditions improve enough from the novel coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Jason McCandless hopes to present diplomas to the class of 2020 in person on July 18.    The virtual ceremonies will be aired on Pittsfield Community Television on Channel 1302 on Spectrum Cable, and on YouTube.    Pittsfield High School's graduation will air Sunday at 1 p.m., and the Taconic High School's program will begin at 2 p.m. on the same day.   "The accomplishments of the class of 2020 are

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Nine Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford
10:07AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College at Oxford University, and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University. 

The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Tania Calle, Nicholas Goldrosen, Grace Kromm, Jake Rinaldi, Crispin Jay (CJ) Salapare, Suiyi Tang and Meklit Tesfaye. Joseph Moore was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship, and Emmie Hine was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Calle, a political science major from

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Hancock Shaker Village Opening For Baby Animals, Outdoor Spaces
10:01AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village will hold a limited opening on Thursday, June 4, as part of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Phase 1 initiative. 

The Village will open only its outdoor spaces — including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas — to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3. 

Leaders of the iconic living history museum have been working for weeks on a reopening plan with new measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Such health and safety measures include online and timed

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Sticking to Budget Can Boost Your Emergency Fund
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:22AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns – for ourselves and our loved ones – have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. 

And one aspect of every individual's total financial picture has become quite clear – the importance of an emergency fund.

In normal times, it's a good idea for you to keep three to six months' worth of living expenses in a liquid, low-risk account. Having an emergency fund available can help you cope with those large, unexpected costs, such as a major car repair or a costly

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Williamstown Fin Comm Echoes Select Board, Advises Mount Greylock Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee last week followed suit with the Select Board in advising the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee to hold onto a reserve.   Some members of the Fin Comm wanted to go a little further than that.   In the end, the panel voted without dissent at Wednesday's virtual meeting to endorse a non-binding resolution passed 24 hours earlier by the Select Board and to task Chairman Stephen Sheppard and one or two other committee members to draft a letter to the school district.   The Fin Comm has set a special meeting for Wednesday evening to review that letter; the School Committee has a meeting set for Thursday

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Mill Town Capital & The Lantern Feeding Front-Line Workers
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mill Town Capital and the Lantern partnered to create the Fridge Filler Project to provide free healthy meals to front-line workers.   With the COVID-19 disrupting just about every aspect of life essential workers in the health and human services fields who have had to make many sacrifices but the local investment firm and North Street eatery believe this should not include a good meal.   "Our hope is that these front line workers receive these bags first and foremost as a small gesture of thanks for their work to keep our community safe, get our neighbors healthy, and keep the wheels moving," Carrie Holland, managing director of Mill Town

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DPH Changes COVID-19 Reporting; Child Care, Camp Criteria Released
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:02PM / Monday, June 01, 2020
BOSTON — The number of confirmed COVID-19 in the state crossed the 100,000 mark and Berkshire County's jumped by 23 after several static days.    The number of deaths is also expected to rise with changes in the reporting of confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Public Health.    In a statement at the top of the daily COVID-19 dashboard, the DPH says this change is in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to include probable cases in collection efforts.    "This change will increase the number of cases and deaths reported in Massachusetts. Today's newly reported

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Baker: President's Remarks 'Incendiary,' Calls for Compassionate Leadership
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Monday, June 01, 2020

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— miguel (@miguellpz17) June 1, 2020 BOSTON — The governor on Monday rejected the president's calls for "dominating and fighting" protestors who have engaged in violent acts, including burning and looting in downtown Boston on Sunday night.    "I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him, but I'm not. At so many times during these past several weeks, when the country needed compassionate leadership the most. It was simply nowhere to be found," Gov. Charlie Baker said about comments the

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