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March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use
10:24AM / Saturday, March 28, 2020
Group Games Banned in Public Parks
Communities including North Adams have been removing hoop rims to discourage youth congregating at public parks. Reminder that playgrounds and sports facilities are closed during the state of emergency. Walking paths, fields and benches are still open but group activities and sports such as basketball are prohibited. Playground equipment is not being sanitized and should be used. Remember to maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.   North Adams Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the hoop rims were removed from parks including Noel Field and UNO because young people were gathering there.   "Right now parks only for

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Governor: Mass. Residents Can Check for Risk Factors on Web Site
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:46PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
BOSTON — Continuing and expanding on a campaign to promote telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced a new partnership between the commonwealth and Massachusetts-based web service to help residents determine the kind of medical attention they may need.   The online tool developed by Buoy Health allows users to enter information about symptoms they may be feeling and directs them to resources that are available to them, like testing for the novel coronavirus, if it is recommended.   The service, which is free to Massachusetts residents, starts by asking a series of questions for a risk assessment.   "When


The Independent Investor: An Economic Game Plan
By Bill Schmick,
10:34AM / Friday, March 27, 2020
Now that Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank have fired the first salvo of relief spending, investors are wondering how long the trillions of dollars in aid will take to actually do something to alleviate some of the losses to the economy.   Administration officials believe that the cash payments to Americans should start arriving within the next three weeks. That said, most economists expect the country will fall into recession in the second quarter. That begins next week. No one knows how deep of a decline we will ultimately suffer, but suffice it to say, it will be a shock to most of us.   We can also expect a large, possibly a historical, jump in the unemployment rate; some


Real Eyes Gallery to Sell Elements of 'TP' Art for Food Project
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, March 27, 2020

Klein's 'Uber Waves' exhibit opened at Real Eyes Gallery March 7. ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Henry Klein never considered the everyday material he used in one of his art pieces would be in such high demand almost immediately.    Or that the wall of swooping rolls of tissue in the front window of Real Eyes Gallery would make passers-by stop in their tracks.   "I had no idea," Klein said in an exhibition talk the gallery live-streamed earlier this month. "I thought I was just being cute putting toilet paper on the wall."   The piece in the Park Street gallery comprises an entire 24-roll pack of toilet paper strung out to create waves.


Governor Frustrated by PPE Shortage: 'Let Us Land the Order'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
BOSTON — The governor's frustration on the state's inability to get medical equipment in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic spilled over at the end of a 40-minute long news conference on Thursday.   The state has found itself bidding against other states as well as the federal government in trying to find materials, particularly personal protective equipment desperately needed by medical facilities and first-responders.   "The biggest thing I would say is that we are doing everything we can, through an incredibly messy thicket that is enormously frustrating for all of us to try to get them the gear that they deserve and they need," Gov. Charlie

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech
11:30AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelor’s degree with a concentration in radiologic technology for the fall 2020 semester. 

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination. 

MCLA now offers one of only five accredited programs in the Northeast in a field that demonstrates 100 percent job placement. MCLA will also be able to provide students in health


Geriatrics Physician Joins SVMC Internal Medicine
10:55AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomed geriatrics physician Dr. Lisa J. Downing-Forget.

With this appointment, Dr. Downing-Forget also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. She will see patients who are 65 years old and older.

Downing-Forget completed a family medicine residency at the University of Rochester in New York and earned her medical degree from Charles Drew University of the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a master's in public health from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor's in human development and family studies from Cornell University in New


Reusable Bags Temporarily Banned; Aid Set for Low-Income Renters
07:20PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
BOSTON — The administration invoked a number of measures on Wednesday to continue efforts to contain the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly a thousand Americans.    Gov. Charlie Baker announced that schools and non-essential day cares would remain closed through at least May 4, with plans being made for remote learning supports.    Public Health Order for Retailers • Requires groceries and pharmacies to provide disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers for shoppers' hands, carts and purchases.   • Prohibits reusable bags from groceries and lifting any local bans on plastic bags. Retailers cannot charge for


Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
BOSTON — Public and private schools will remain closed through May 4, extending the emergency closure for COVID-19 another month.    The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon. The order includes child-care centers not serving essential personnel.   "This will allow school districts to provide the best possible opportunities for remote learning to all students," the governor said. "This is not an extended school vacation. During this long-term closure, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with school districts to further develop educational programming


1Berkshire Providing Resource Links, Updates for Business
12:52PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The team at 1Berkshire is continuing to monitor developments and official guidance, and curate informational resources to share with the business community.  

Workshop Information

AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) and the Berkshire Innovation Center have partnered to offer a 30-minute Video Chat covering important issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic providing all businesses in Berkshire County access to this critical information from presenter Tom Jones, vice president of AIM HR Solutions:

Today, March 25, 2-2:30 p.m.
Join the meeting via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 487 955 2540 

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Know the Four Uses of Cash
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:16PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's important to have cash available for your everyday spending and the inevitable rainy day. However, you also need to develop a cash strategy that can contribute to your long-term financial success. But just how much cash do you need? And in what form?

To answer these questions, it's useful to look at the four main uses of cash:

• Everyday spending: Your everyday spending includes the cash you use for your mortgage, utilities, groceries and so on. As a general guideline, you should have one to two months of living expenses available during your working years, and perhaps a year’s worth of living expenses when you’re retired. (The latter can be adjusted higher or


March 24 COVID-19 Briefs: Bus Social Distancing, NAPS Adds Meal Site
03:45PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2020
BRTA Wants Riders to Sit Apart   The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has instituted social distancing while riding. Signs will be posted in all vehicles prohibiting seating directly behind the vehicle operator, unless a mobility device prevents sitting elsewhere. As of this moment, there have been no changes to any BRTA bus routes or schedules.   All BRTA vehicles and both facilities receive daily cleaning using products that are effective against the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Public use of the Intermodal Transportation Center has been limited to those utilizing BRTA's bus service, intercity bus, or Amtrak.  Tables and seating at the ITC

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