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Taylors Donate $350K to Launch BMC COVID-19 Relief Fund
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kim and James Taylor have donated $350,000 to Berkshire Medical Center to bolster the hospital's efforts in fighting the ongoing battle to stop COVID-19.    The gift, announced Monday by BMC, will be the inaugural donation establishing the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Berkshire Health Systems, which
Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Spring is officially here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too? You can apply some of the same principles of traditional spring cleaning to your financial environment. Here are a few
Berkshires Beat: Nursing Home Residents Share Messages With Public
All is well As friends and neighbors take to social media to communicate, residents of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vt., are posting messages their own way. A sign out front of the facility shares the message, "All is well. We miss our
Barrett Says State's Unemployment System Still 'Completely Overwhelmed'
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — State Rep. John Barrett III on Monday morning said the commonwealth's unemployment system does not yet have the capacity to meet demand generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   And later Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said a move aimed to help the newly unemployed may only make that problem
Soldiers' Home Superintendent Removed as Contagion Spreads
"A front line in military terminology is a line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units, in our case COVID-19. The Soldiers' Home Team has stepped up, making sure our Veterans are getting the best care with honor & dignity. Thank you to our Front Line!!" Bennett Walsh — SoldiersHome Holyoke (@HolyokeSOHO)
State Staying with County Numbers for COVID-19 Reports
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At last report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there are 5,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth and 162 cases — including five fatalities — in Berkshire County.   Of course, those numbers are always changing and likely will look different when the DPH
State Officials Bracing for COVID-19 Surge Next Week
BOSTON — State officials are ramping up for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases between April 7 and 17.    Gov. Charlie Baker at Monday's briefing said reviewed plans being implemented to reduce pressure on the health system including increasing bed capacity, equipment and staffing.    "This
Pittsfield Fire Department Contains Weekend Blazes
Pittsfield firefighters douse a blaze on Plunkett Street on Sunday. PITTISFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters were able to save two structures from significant damage over the weekend.   The first occurred on Saturday morning in a two-unit apartment building at 126 Union St. that the Fire Department said was caused
PEDA Director Thurston Stepping Down in April
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The head of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority is stepping down at the end of April.   Corydon "Cory" Thurston last week announced his retirement as executive director of the development agency he's lead for nine years.   "It has been a positive time and I
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Mental Health Providers Adjust to Provide Services During Pandemic
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Throughout the country, people are trading in their therapist's couch for their living room couch.   But it is not by choice.   Social distancing required by the fight against COVID-19 means the end of in-person counselling for many people.   Berkshire County's
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