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Massachusetts Golf Courses Reopen Under Restrictions
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
11:14AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The U.S. Golf Association's "Rules of Golf" runs more than 160 pages long.   On Thursday, Massachusetts golfers got a few more rules to follow, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic and the commonwealth's social distancing restrictions.   Local officials say the game's devotees will be ready to do whatever it takes to get back on the course.   "We're ready," said Eric Mabee, the head pro at the Country Club of Pittsfield.   "[Social distancing] is going to be up to the players. That's their civic duty to maintain that."   It will be impossible for the courses themselves to


Child Protection Leaders Ask for Public's Help
10:28AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Child protection leaders are asking the public's help in detecting ongoing child abuse while the COVID-19 shutdowns keep kids away from the adults who normally step in to help.

Reports of child abuse have plummeted, even as family stress factors like job insecurity, food insecurity and sickness have disproportionately increased in March and April. Mandated reporters for child abuse include teachers, medical providers, therapists, and clergy. None of those groups are having in-person interaction with children during the state of emergency. 

The heads of the Massachusetts Children's Alliance, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) and


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WAM Theatre Nominated for Two Elliot Norton Awards for 'Pipeline'
10:18AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre's co-production with The Nora at Central Square Theater of Dominique Morisseau's "Pipeline" has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Midsize Theatre), and that Hubens "Bobby" Cius, who played the leading role of Omari, has been nominated as Outstanding Actor (Midsize Theatre). 

The Boston Theater Critics Association announced the nominees on April 16. The winners of the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards will be revealed in a virtual ceremony on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m.. Details on how to view the event can be found on the website.

"I could not be more proud of the collective effort that is


Berkshires Beat: Bidwell House Museum Cancels House Tours for 2020
10:07AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
Bidwell House update

The Bidwell House Museum has decided not to open for guided tours of the house in 2020. The staff and trustees feel that leading groups through the confined spaces of the house, even later this summer, may not be safe or comfortable for visitors. 

In addition, the museum has also decided to cancel the opening concert with Diane Taraz that was scheduled for May 24 and the Bidwell Country Fair that was to take place on July 12. Both programs are community events that draw hundreds of people, young and old, to the museum each year.

The Bidwell House Museum staff will continue to monitor the situation in Berkshire County and around the world and will make a decision at


BMC Center for Rehabilitation Providing Telehealth Services
09:33AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Center for Rehabilitation at Berkshire Medical Center continues to provide the highest quality of rehabilitation services as the region experiences the COVID-19 pandemic, and has expanded its operations for patients who may not wish at this time to conduct in-person appointments.

Patients can continue to be seen in-person at the Center for Rehab, or opt for telehealth services for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

In order to obtain a telehealth appointment, a prescription or physician order is required. The patient’s physician can fax the order to 413-447-2208. For more information regarding the services available, both

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Pittsfield Board of Health Approves Emergency Order
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health has ratified the emergency order issued Friday requiring all food establishments to follow social distancing and facial covering protocols.   The order was put in effect to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a highly contagious coronavirus that's killed more than 70,000 Americans.    "We started to compose that order last week and then the governor came on and issued his own order regarding masks," Chairman Alan Kulberg said at the board's meeting held remotely on Wednesday. "His order took effect today and ours took effect May 4 ... we are more specific with facial covering and social distancing


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


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,


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


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


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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