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Pittsfield Suspends Table Service, Reins in Activities as COVID Cases Surge
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has suspended all indoor dining and shifting back the Step 1 of Phase 3 in the state reopening process after a surge in COVID-19 cases.  Since Oct. 22, there have been 169 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city. These cases have been directly attributed to large get-togethers in restaurants and large
Berkshire Health Systems Releases New Visitation Policy
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems has changed its visitation policies as the number of COVID-19 cases in the community are rising.    The changes are effective starting on Monday, Nov. 16, and include:   • All patients and visitors must be screened for COVID symptoms upon entering a BHS
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Pittsfield Police Union Starts Fundraising Campaign
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, The Pittsfield Police Department Officers Union IBPO Local 447 will start its fall fundraising campaign.    The fundraising campaign will run through Dec. 24, 2020.   The union is attempting to raise funds to continue to contribute to the community as they have
Update: All Pittsfield Public Schools Transition To Remote Learning
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the city, all Pittsfield Public School students will transition to remote learning starting Friday, Nov. 13   Pittsfield Public Schools and the Health Department released a joint response Thursday afternoon announcing that all city schools will
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The Retired Investor: Small-Town America Is in Vogue
The on-going coronavirus pandemic has boosted consumer demand for small-town real estate. Whether that trend will continue with a vaccine on the horizon is anyone's guess.    In the meantime, it could be a godsend for those looking to retire and possibly downsize during this period. The obvious driver in this trend change
Big Y Launces Virtual Sack Hunger Program
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —  In order to simplify the giving of food to those in need, Big Y has turned their annual Sack Hunger campaign from a $10 sack of groceries to a more simplified $5 donation.   Donations will go to one of five food banks within Big Y's two-state marketing area. These food banks support local soup
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Congressman Richard Neal Vists Boyd Technologies
CEO Stephen Boyd, FreMon Scientific's Farideh Bischoff and Thomas Rosenbloom with the ZipThaw, a device that controls the thawing of plasma. Bischoff is holding one of Boyd's smart bags. LEE, Mass. — Local manufacturer Boyd Technologies will be expanding its capacity to produce personal protective equipment and
Pittsfield Not Ready to Close Schools Despite Uptick in COVID-19
The City Council hears an update on the city's COVID-19 plans.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is not considering going back to remote learning despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 over the past  few weeks. That includes two cases reported on Tuesday.    Mayor Linda Tyer agreed
County Holds Low-Key Veterans Day Observances This Year
In Pittsfield, city and state officials honored veteran Anthony Pastore as the Berkshire Veterans Coalition 2020 Veteran of the Year. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Veterans day looked different in Berkshire County this year and instead of holding parades and large gatherings, communities opted for smaller ceremonies in line with
Frontline Worker Honored With Miraval Retreat
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lorena Dus, a senior caseworker at Berkshire Immigrant Center, has been honored by the Berkshire United Way with a retreat at Miraval Berkshires.   "I am very lucky. I have a job I love and being able to help others is my reward," Dus said. "I feel very humbled and honored and I look forward
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