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Baker: Vaccine-Eligible Community Should Find Appointments Before April 19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
REVERE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged Bay State residents currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations to find appointments before eligibility opens up to everyone 16 and older later this month.   "If you are over the age of 65, if you're over the age of 55, I think it would be great if you signed up, pre-registered, got an appointment to get vaccinated now that it's your turn," Baker said. "Because you are, based on all the data associated with vulnerable populations, among the most at risk when it comes to dealing with COVID.   "We're thrilled that we're over 80 percent with that population. We're above the national

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Berkshires in for Some Record Warm Temperatures
Staff Reports,
11:58AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021

There are so many of us that love Hummingbirds when they arrive.
(Normal years late April-Early May around here)

They are working northward...First sightings down in Poughkeepsie and Woodridge the past couple of days.
They are more widespread from Washington DC Southward. pic.twitter.com/yRfm0TF8CJ

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) April 6, 2021 Dare we say spring has arrived in the Berkshires?   As this is written, it is 60 degrees in North Adams but folks can expect a high of 67 degrees. People in Central and South County can expect similar temperatures.   According to Accuweather, more sunny weather can be expected with some possible record-breaking temperatures

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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BCC Virtual Massage Therapy Virtual Info Sessions
11:57AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold three information sessions on its Massage Therapy Certificate Program on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm, Saturday, May 22 at 10 am, and Thursday, June 10 at 12:30 pm.   The sessions provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about the program, admissions, and more. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/massage-info or call (413) 236–4604.   Topics covered include: An overview of the Massage Therapy Certificate Program at BCC, including course pathway, class, labs, and practicum/clinical requirements How to apply to the program, including part-time evening and Saturday options Paying for

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RMV Implementing Grace Period for Certain Expired Inspection Stickers
08:08AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
QUINCY, Mass. — Due to the nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services by its vendor Applus Technologies (Applus) impacting inspection stations and motor vehicle owners, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is allowing a grace period for specific motor vehicle inspection requirements outlined below.   The RMV is working in close partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and other stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of the outage.   The RMV continues to urge Applus to safely and swiftly restore services and provide

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Lenox School Committee Approves Budget, Sees Partial Return to In Person
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:11AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Schoolchildren returned to Morris Elementary on Monday as the state ordered schools to begin full in-classroom learning this week.    "We had a fantastic first day back to school," Principal Brenda Kelley said at Monday's School Committee meeting, thanking parents for their patience as the school returned to in-person learning following a three-week closure. Morris had been using remote and hybrid schedules since reopening last fall.   Resumption of classes at the middle and high school levels remain about three weeks away, due to an asbestos remediation issue, though interim Superintendent William Cameron said he definitely anticipates this

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Baker: Vaccination Program Working
Staff Reports,
05:57PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker touted the number of vaccinations completed in the state after receiving his first dose of the  Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.   "Over 4 million doses of vaccine had been administered here in the commonwealth and today we'll hit the milestone of having over one and a half million people who are fully vaccinated. We're making significant progress on vaccinating our residents," Baker said at his COVID-19 update at the mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center. "We obviously have more work to do. But we're making significant progress on vaccinating a larger and larger share of our population, which will help us get

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Finalists Chosen for Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
04:27PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four Massachusetts companies have been chosen as finalists for Lever's Berkshire Health Technology Challenge (BHTC).    Over the next two months, participants will refine their business plans and will deliver their final pitches to a panel of  judges at the BHTC virtual event on June 10. The winning company will be awarded $25,000.   This is Lever's third BHTC, which focuses on health technology companies with fundable and scalable business models. Dr. Marie Pavini of Healthy Designs won the 2020 BHTC for her movable restraint to keep hospitalized patients from pulling out critical tubes and monitors; Brittney Cappiello, a physical

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Pittsfield O&R OKs Downtown Creative District Rezoning
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:44PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Ordinance & Rules discusses the creation of a Downtown Creative District to promote development.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Subcommittee on Monday unanimously voted in support of creating a "Downtown Creative District" that highlights the historical design elements of downtown Pittsfield and encourages a mixture of uses to drive creatives and foot traffic to the area.

Last month, the Community Development Board supported this zoning district amendment and sent a recommendation to the City Council, which referred it to the O&R subcommittee for review.

"When we're reviewing development, what we're thinking about development, we are

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How will the rescue plan affect you?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:05AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
As you know, President Biden has signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide more economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. What elements of this legislation will affect you?   Of course, you may have already received the most publicized part of the package – a direct payment. Depending on your income level, you may have gotten $1,400, or $2,800 for joint filers, plus $1,400 for each eligible dependent. If you don't need the money for immediate expenses, you could use it to build an emergency fund, pay down debts or invest it for retirement or other goals.   As for how you might be affected by the rest of the law, it depends somewhat on your

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Green Living Seminar: Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Dr. Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College, will give a talk titled "Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Dr. DeSombre's recent projects have involved the impact of flag-of-convenience shipping, the regulation of international fisheries,

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Former Council President Kevin Sherman Makes Ward 3 Bid
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Sherman says he wants to be part of the decision-making process for Ward 3 in recovering from the pandemic. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former City Council President Kevin Sherman is running to replace Nicholas Caccamo as Ward 3 city councilor.     In his bid, he is focusing on neighborhoods, businesses, and public utilities within the ward as well as citywide recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.   "The main focus is Ward 3, the neighborhoods of Ward 3, the businesses of Ward 3. It's a great area, I've lived here for 15 years now in the ward and it's a really well-rounded area between businesses and residences, and schools and parks," he said in

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Dalton Board of Health Urges Town Hall Reopening
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday further endorsed a reopening of Town Hall that had originally been slated for that morning, but was delayed due to lingering concerns.   Health Agent Jayne Smith told the board that despite announced plans to reopen Dalton's municipal hub for walk-in business on April 5, there had been "a lot of anxiety" about it from employees in the building, in part because recent local news about the UK variant COVID-19.    Smith said Dalton's current numbers "aren't alarming," but looked to board members for additional county perspective.   "I don't think there's been enough of a change

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