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BHS, CHP, and Fallon Health Announce Renewed Partnership
11:52AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
WORCESTER, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS), Community Health Programs (CHP), and other members of the Health Collaborative of the Berkshires PHO (PHO) announced a renewed partnership with Fallon Health to provide quality, lower-cost health care to members and communities under the state's Medicaid program, which is called MassHealth.   "The Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative has been essential in ensuring that MassHealth members across the Berkshires have access to primary care providers and services," said Darlene Rodowicz, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "Our continued partnership with Fallon Health and CHP is an integral part of our

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Governor Appoints Secretary of Health and Human Services
08:05AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
BOSTON — Governor Maura T. Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll announced that they are appointing Kate Walsh, the current Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Medical Center (BMC) health system, as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.    BMC Health System includes Boston Medical Center, a not-for-profit, academic medical center and the region's largest safety-net hospital, WellSense Health Plan, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization and Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of community health centers throughout Boston.    "Kate Walsh is exactly the leader Massachusetts needs for this moment in health care," said

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Storm's Extreme Weather Took Pittsfield DPW by Surprise
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's administration says the poor road conditions during the Christmas weekend snowstorm that caused more than three dozen collisions were not due to a lack of response.  

The slick and snow-ridden ways have been attributed to extreme, unexpected weather that took the Department of Public Works by surprise.    "Government's greatest responsibility is to ensure the safety of our citizens and to ensure that our community is safe and we take that seriously," Mayor Linda Tyer said to the City Council on Tuesday.    "For the past seven years, Pittsfield has successfully managed many storm events, but the

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Adams Community Bank Promotes Nine Employees
04:00PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announced promotions for nine employees in its Operations Center.   Becky Crouse has been promoted to Vice President BSA Officer.    Becky joined the Bank 22 years ago as a teller. Throughout the years, she's earned various financial certificates and diplomas and has received multiple promotions. She is currently enrolled in the New England School for Financial Studies.   Renelle Moser has been promoted to Marketing and Communication Officer.   Renelle joined ACB six years ago as a Marketing Specialist and, in 2020, was promoted to Marketing Manager. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Massachusetts College of

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Berkshire County Braces for Another Winter Storm
03:39PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Guess what? More snow   The US National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday, Jan. 25, for Berkshire County.   The watch is in effect from 11 am to Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm.   Expect heavy mixed precipitation with total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches. A light ice accumulation is also possible.    Snow will develop early Wednesday afternoon, becoming moderate to heavy through the evening with rates of .5 to 1 inch per hour. The snow will become a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain Wednesday night before temperatures rise above freezing and precipitation turns to rain.   Wind gusts could blow as high as 35 mph. Snow Emergency

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Pittsfield Commission Supports Park Square Tree Plan
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tree talk resumed last Tuesday as the Parks Commission looked into the future of Park Square's canopy. 

The panel endorsed a plan to remove four trees and plant seven, including an evergreen that will serve as the city's permanent Christmas tree.    "Park Square of course is the iconic center of our town," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.    "There is a tree canopy on Park Square which over time is compromised by its age and other factors — soil compaction, some disease, maybe perhaps air quality around the very congested Park Square."    These

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Pittsfield High School First Quarter Honor Roll
11:05AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Pittsfield High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.     Of the 655 students enrolled, 292 students, or 45 percent, achieved high honors, and 80 students, or 12 percent, earned honors.   High Honors requires a grade point average of 92 percent and above.  Honors requires a grade point average between 88 percent and 91.9 percent.     PHS High Honor Roll Grade 12 Quarter 1 Walker S. Abdallah Taibat O. Ahmed Abigail J. Archey Santino L. Arienti Graham R. Auxier Daysha M. Bell Allison M. Blau Theresa M. Bowen Ava M. Brazeau Nadasia J. Burnham-Crespo David J. Castegnaro Irving Chairez Asa A. Chard Lina

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Pittsfield Affordable Housing Trust Hears Ins & Outs of Development
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:14AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In its third meeting, the Affordable Housing Trust heard the ins and outs of development and how they apply to Pittsfield. 

The panel is early in its work. It met for the first time in the fall after being established by the City Council over the summer.    Two organization leaders were invited to last week's meeting to detail their hands-on experience with affordable housing in the Berkshires.    Matt Kropke, director of real estate development at Berkshire Housing Develop Corp., and Construct Inc.'s Development Director Leigh Davis gave insights on affordable housing projects that are completed and in

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Dalton First Responders Recognized for Aiding Mother and Newborn
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — Brittany Maloney woke with contractions at 6 a.m., three days after Christmas.   She tried to relieve her discomfort with a yoga ball — but that apparently hastened the process. Soon her water broke so the  family set out from their Savoy home to Berkshire Medical Center.    They only made it as far as the Windsor/Dalton line when Charliegh Mae Maloney decided it was time to enter the world.    Although Michael Maloney had some emergency training as a military police officer in the Marines, this situation was like no other, he said.    Brittany gave a "battle cry," he said, and then he caught Charliegh in his arm

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Wayfair Closing Pittsfield Call Center; Employees Will Go Virtual
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:21PM / Monday, January 23, 2023

Wayfair founder Niraj Shah takes a selfie with state Sen. Smitty Pignatelli, left, and Congressman Richie Neal at the call center's opening in 2019.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wayfair opened a $5 million call center in the Clock Tower Building three years ago with plans to bring 300 jobs to the city.    It was a pledge by Chairman and CEO Niraj Shah, a Pittsfield High graduate, to ensure his hometown benefited from his burgeoning home goods business.    Now the company is planning to close that center by July and shift its 40-person staff to virtual work.    Wayfair announced last Friday plans to layoff upwards of 1,750 employees, following 900

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Miss Hall's School Names Business Administrator
03:51PM / Monday, January 23, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Miss Hall's School has named Aaron Gordon, of Lenox, as the School's new Director of Finance and Operations.   Gordon, who brings experience in nonprofit finance, higher education administration, strategic planning, student and residential life, and operations, most recently served as Director of Student Administrative Affairs, Strategy and Planning at Williams College.   In that role, he was the central administrative and budget officer for the college's Division of the Dean of the College, working closely with the Dean of the College on a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, budget creation, strategic planning, emergency

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Central Berkshire Regional Eyes Nearly 6% Increase in FY24
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:29PM / Monday, January 23, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Regional School District is anticipating a 5.86 percent increase for fiscal 2024, which translates to nearly $2 million over this year.   This year's budget is $29,084,048 and next year's is forecast at $30,788,051, up $1,704,003.   The administration told the School Committee last week that is trying to design a fiscally responsible budget while being conscious of the overall impact to taxpayers in the seven member towns.   The top five operating expenditures are salaries, benefits, special education services, transportation, and operations  andmaintenance.    The salaries are estimated to be $16,176.001

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