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New Pittsfield City Council Has Brief First Meeting
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new City Council went through 10 agenda items on Tuesday in less than an hour during its first meeting as an elected body. The councilors accepted a nearly $100,000 grant for free public Wi-Fi infrastructure, approved two orders from Mayor Linda Tyer to execute historic preservation restrictions for two
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Dalton Select Board Supports Town Pay Raises
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board is in support of raising town salaries to be more desirable for recruitment and for retaining existing employees.   On Monday, the board voted to endorse a new pay plan that would cost about $58,000 to implement. The plan, which can be utilized for union and non-union employees, will be
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Five Local Women-Owned Restaurants Receive Grant Funding
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five women-owned restaurants in the Berkshires received $5,000 each grant support from the Massachusetts Conference of Women.    Frankie's Ristorante Italiano in Lenox; Freight Yard Pub and Renee's Diner in North Adams; Truc Orient Express in West Stockbridge, and Crisp in Williamstown were
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BUW Names Former North Adams Mayor Bernard as New President
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard has been named president and chief executive officer of the Berkshire United Way.    He replaces Candace Winkler, who stepped down in August after about 18 months in the role. Winkler took a positoin with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.   Bernard
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State Orders 26M Rapid Tests, Changes Guidance on PCR Testing
BOSTON — The state has ordered 26 million rapid-result tests over the next three months with a priority on public schools and day care settings.   Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday morning said the iHealth tests for COVID-19 will be received in rolling shipments with amounts that will vary according to production
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BCC to Host Virtual Nursing Info Sessions
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer three virtual information sessions for students interested or enrolled in the Fall 2022 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.    One-hour sessions, held via Zoom, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 12 pm and 5 pm and Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12 pm. To register
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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Plans to Query Gubernatorial Candidates
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission wants to communicate with candidates of the 2022 gubernatorial election to see where they stand on issues in Western Massachusetts. Executive Director Thomas Matuszko asked BRPC's executive committee on Thursday how it feels about having a more active role with the
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School Mask Requirement Extended to Feb. 28
BOSTON — The requirement for face coverings in public schools has been extended through Feb. 28.   The requirement for masking had initially been approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last August to expire on Oct. 1; that was extended to Nov. 1 and then again to Jan. 15.    DESE
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BRPC Berkshire Benchmarks Survey
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced the 2022 Berkshire Benchmarks Survey.    BRPC, working with the Berkshire Leadership Impact Council and numerous organizations around the county, developed the survey to better understand the issues affecting county
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MFBF Launches New Website
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has launched an enhanced version of website.   The website presents the latest news and updates about MFBF's programs and activities.    "The new website showcases MFBF's commitment to its farmer members," said MFBF
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