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BCC Hires New Dean of Students, Interim Dean of Enrollment
10:57AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new dean of students and a new interim dean of enrollment.

Celia Norcross has accepted the position of dean of students. Michael Sharp has accepted the role as interim dean of enrollment, replacing Christina Wynn, who has taken the position of dean of business and outreach at the college.

Norcross has worked in higher education for the past 22 years in a variety of positions that support and develop student learning, including her most recent career track at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the past 18 years in Student Affairs. Through her roles, she has had pride in establishing creative opportunities within both areas

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Plastic Surgeon Joins BMC; New Physician Practice Opening
10:48AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Zachary Long, a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Long will serve with Berkshire Plastic Surgery of BMC, a new surgical practice, opening on August 10 at the BMC Medical Arts Complex, 6th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

Long is accepting new patients in need of reconstructive surgery and provides care for the following: craniofacial reconstruction, eyelid/nose/ear reconstruction, breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, hand surgeries, post-bariatric surgeries, skin cancer reconstruction; and injectable therapies.

Long earned his medical degree

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Pittsfield Continues Alternate Parking Discussion
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:35AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee tabled a parking amendment for alternate side parking to gather more information.   The committee members voted Wednesday at the end of a lengthy discussion to continue their meeting until next month to further specify the ordinance change.   "I think we do want to get this in order very soon and I don't want to delay this," Councilor at Large Earl Persip III said. "I really like it. I just think we have some holes that need to be filled and I think gathering some more information will be the next step."   Alternate-side parking came before the City Council earlier this year through a

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Pittsfield Superintendent a Finalist for Mount Greylock Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:19PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless is one of three candidates for the vacant superintendent position in the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The School Committee on Wednesday heard a report from the CEO of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which vetted the 22 qualified candidates who submitted applications for the post and narrowed the field down to three finalists.   McCandless is joined by Portia S. Bonner and Mary Jane Rickson. All three will be interviewed over the next two days with the School Committee hoping to vote on a final decision and offer the position to its selection on Friday

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Mount Greylock Super Recommends Delayed Start, Hybrid Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional Schools will recommend Wednesday that the school be delayed until Sept. 16 and the year begin in a hybrid learning model that sees half the students in school at any one time.   Robert Putnam on Tuesday delivered two virtual "fireside chats" for members of the school community to discuss the current state of planning for the resumption of classes after in-person instruction ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Citing a Monday memo from the commissioner of education, Putnam said that the commonwealth is reducing the school year by 10 days for 2020-21.   "The full

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Pittsfield Driver Injured in Elm Street Accident
09:43AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Elm St. is open. The operator was transported to BMC for non life-threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/DK01sRXuWM

— Pittsfield Police (@PittsfieldPD) July 28, 2020 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was injured Tuesday when the truck he was operating collided with a house on Elm Street.    Police say Alexander Colvin, 26, was westbound in the 240 block of Elm when he suffered a medical emergency at about 2 p.m. His 2007 Ford pickup left the road and to the right and collided with the front porch of 233 Elm St., causing extensive damage to both the home and vehicle.   Colvin was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening

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Tanglewood Offers Groundbreaking Series of Audio, Video Streams
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
10:42PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is is now entering its fifth week. It's a truly groundbreaking series of digital audio and video streams - many featuring newly created content to match the planned live programming that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

These performances were recorded at Tanglewood's new and exciting spaces at the stunningly beautiful and magnificently designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood's new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Other concerts to be streamed and released for the first time will include performances previously recorded and archived at Tanglewood. 

Considered as a unique,

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Massachusetts Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Unsolicited Seeds
Staff Reports,
05:45PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

These seeds arrived in Washington State apparently from China. BOSTON — Random packages of seeds that appear to be from China and other countries have been appearing in mailboxes across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and numerous agricultural agencies across the nation are warning  people not to plant what could be an invasive species.    The state Department of Agricultural Resources has been notified that several Massachusetts residents have received these unsolicited packages that appear to have originated in a foreign country and contain seeds.    While the exact types of seeds in the packages are unknown, the seeds are thought to be

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Create Strategies to Help Achieve Your Financial Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:58PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Like most people, you probably have many financial goals: a comfortable retirement, long vacations, college for your children or grandchildren, the ability to leave something behind for the next generation, and so on. To achieve these various goals, you may have to follow different investment strategies – and you might have to make some tradeoffs along the way.

To pursue this multi-goal/multi-strategy approach, try to follow a clear course of action, including these steps:

Define your goals – and invest appropriately. You will need to identify each goal and ask some questions: How much time will you have to achieve this goal? How much return will you need from your investments

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Mount Greylock Elementary Schools Have Capacity for Full Classrooms
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has room to welcome all its students back to its two elementary schools with six feet between desks, the district's interim superintendent said on Thursday.   Addressing the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, Robert Putnam said the schools' classrooms have capacity for up to 16 student desks plus a teacher's desk while maintaining that social distancing standard.   Putnam expressed confidence about the ability of the elementary schools to absorb a full complement of students but indicated contingency planning still continues at the middle-high school.   "As you can see,

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Pittsfield School Committee Eliminates Full In-School Opening Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The school Committee on Monday morning voted to eliminate planning for a full school reopening in the fall. The district educates more than 5,200 children in a dozen school buildings.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee agreed to eliminate a full in-school education model and asked the administration to continue developing a hybrid and remote model.   The committee voted Monday morning during a special meeting to take the full in-person education model off the table and continue working on hybrid and remote options while continuing negotiations with bargaining units.   "We don't need you at this point to approve a specific model but to give the

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State Offers Testing in Agawam, Springfield as COVID-19 Rate Inches Up
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, July 27, 2020
BOSTON — A reported outbreak of COVID-19 at Springfield's Baystate Health coincided Monday with the commonwealth's plans to provide free testing to asymptomatic residents in two Western Massachusetts communities.   On Monday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Springfield and Agawam are among eight sites chosen for the next round of "Stop the Spread" testing, which aims to provide expanded testing in communities where postiive test rates are among the state average and testing volume has fallen off.   Monday morning, the CEO of Baystate Health reported that an outbreak of infections of the novel coronavirus has affected 23 employees and 13 patients

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