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Report Finds 'Utterly Shameful' Conditions at Holyoke Soldiers' Home
BOSTON — An independent report on the outbreak COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that cost the lives of 76 veterans is "gut wrenching" to read and "utterly shameful," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday.    "Today the loss of life is difficult to even think or speak about. The events
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Pittsfield Councilors Reject Eliminating Their Health Insurance
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council rejected a petition from President Peter Marchetti that would eliminate health insurance for elected officials.   The council voted 8-3 Tuesday to file a petition that would ask the city solicitor to draft language that would eliminate that benefit.   "This would add a
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Silver Lake Fatality Identified as Pittsfield Man
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the deceased man emergency personnel recovered from Silver Lake as Stephen Dus, 55, of Pittsfield.   The Pittsfield Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to
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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Opens New Mahanna Cobble Trail
Mahanna Cobble access Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Mill Town have teamed up to create improved public access to Mahanna Cobble, a conservation reserve owned and operated by BNRC. Mahanna Cobble is free and open to the public, and rests atop the south-facing side of Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield. Mill Town, which
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Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?
Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble concentrating, anger, tearfulness. Suicidal thoughts.  For many, mental health during
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State's Sales Tax-Free Holiday Set for Aug. 29-30
BOSTON — The annual sales tax-free weekend will still be held this year despite the anticipated drop in state tax revenue because of the novel coronavirus.   The Baker-Polito administration said the tax-free weekend will take place Aug. 29-30. This marks the second sales tax holiday held under the new law signed by Gov.
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Ensure You Are Properly Insured
There's certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insurance coverage to determine if you and your loved
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BCC Hires New Staff in Human Resources, Enrollment Services
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has brought on a new staff personnel in human resources and in the Enrollment Services department. T.J. Karis has joined the Enrollment Services team as an admissions counselor. Karis recently graduated with honors from MCLA, majoring in philosophy and English literature plus a strong
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Pittsfield School Committee Make No Changes to Budget
The School Committee debated for four hours before voting majority to send the budget back to City Council with no changes.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee voted to send its $64.4 million education budget back to the City Council with no changes.   The vote was 4-3 Monday after a four-hour
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SJC Rules Dangerous Defendants Can Be Held During Trial Delays
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Monday that a trial court judge may extend pretrial holds on some defendants to protect the community and victims because of a delay in jury trials.   Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's office previously argued for the court to create such a balancing
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