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Budget Amendment Includes Increase For Rural Schools
04:12PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
BOSTON — State Sen. Adam Hinds announced Thursday that he has secured $3 million for rural schools in the state Senate's budget.   Hinds said the State Senate adopted his budget amendments to increase funding for the Rural School Aid grant program by $1.5 million, raising the total appropriation for this account to $3 million in the FY20 Senate Budget.    "A child's ZIP code should not determine the quality of their education," Hinds said in a release. "Rural school districts experience fiscal uncertainty every year because of the unique and substantial obstacles they face to provide their students basic school services. My hope is that with this

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The Retired Investor: The Rise of RCEP
By Bill Schmick,
03:59PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economics Partnership (RCEP) is a trade pact that could change the global trade equation over the next decade. It is an example of multilateralism and free trade that could leave the United States in the dust.    The 15 nations that comprise RCEP represent about one third of the world' s population (2.2 billion people), and 29 percent of global gross domestic product. The partnership is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The RCEP is officially the world's largest trading bloc.   What makes this trade deal noteworthy, apart from its size, is the inclusion of China. In the

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1,000 Jobs Open at Big Y
02:10PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y has announced over 1,000 job openings in all areas of the company in response to their expansion and growth.    These new positions include both full and part-time options including management and support positions in every location throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.    "Every day, our employees help us to deliver on our promise of connecting families for a better future," Michael J. Galat, vice president of employee services said. "We foster an environment of inclusion and belonging where individuals are respected, valued and heard. Employees tell us how much they appreciate being part of a community that

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'Ordinary People': The Truth Will Set You Free
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:41PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Eversource Warning of Scam Callers
02:16PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
 

BOSTON – With sophisticated scammers constantly finding unique ways to exploit utility customers, Eversource is always working to help customers protect themselves from being targeted.

In addition to an increase in scam activity related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the energy company is warning its customers of the seasonal spike in utility scams as the holidays approach.

In recognition of Utility Scam Awareness Week, Eversource is joining energy companies across the country in helping customers identify the signs of scammers to keep themselves and their families safe.

"The health and safety of our customers is paramount, and that's why we're always working to

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Baker: Negative Test for COVID-19 Not a 'Kevlar Vest'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:09PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
BOSTON — The state is launching a COVID-19 testing initiative in schools, starting with 134 educational systems that hit the six criteria for administering the test required for the program.    And Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday continued to caution Bay Staters about traveling or holding large gatherings for Thanksgiving — or thinking a negative test gives them enough security from transmitting the novel coronavirus in those settings. And he was struck by the number of people on news shows saying they were being tested so they could travel.     "Part of what I'm concerned about here is, it's pretty clear based on those lines that a lot of

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Update: Jacob's Pillow Theater Fire Cause Still Undetermined
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
12:20PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
BECKET, Mass. — In an update released by the state Department of Fire Services late Wednesday morning, it was stated that the cause of the fire is still undetermined.   The statement did note that there were issues with the fire suppression system, which are being investigated by the insurance company.   Becket Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal are still investigating the fire that burnt the Doris Duke Studio Theatre completely to the ground Tuesday morning.   The theater is determined to be a total loss; no other buildings were damaged by the

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BCC to Host Virtual Open House
08:14AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests will hear from President Ellen Kennedy before they choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer

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Great Barrington Police Make Arrest After Mugging
03:55PM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Police arrested a New York man who allegedly robbed a disabled person outside of a cannabis dispensary.    According to a press release sent out Monday, investigators charged Shane Adams, age 21, of Pine City, N.Y., with Unarmed Robbery and Assault and Battery on a disabled person.   Around 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, a customer reported that while walking through the parking lot after having made a purchase at Theory Wellness on Stockbridge Road, two men confronted him. One pushed him, ripped the product from his hands, and fled in a car.    The victim is disabled and was using crutches, and the victim's wife provided police with a

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Adams Community Bank Hires Senior Vice President of Retail Banking
02:14PM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  ADAMS, Mass. — Barbara Guido appointed as Adams Community Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking.   Charles P. O’Brien, President and CEO of Adams Community Bank announced that Barbara Guido joined the bank as its Senior Vice President of Retail Banking.   In her role with the bank, Guido will oversee the bank’s Retail branches.   "Barb comes to us with a diverse retail banking background and has developed banking practices to encourage collaboration across business lines, increase product awareness and customer education," O’Brien said. "Her broad experience positions her well to work with our staff and lead them to serve

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Berkshire South's Shining Star Program Accepting Gifts
08:15AM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Shining Star, Berkshire South Regional Community Center's holiday supplemental program for families in need, is now accepting both gifts and applications.    Enrollment for this program is open through Nov. 20, and all enrollment information is confidential. Gifts or donations for families should be dropped off at Berkshire South no later than Dec. 4.    "I am so proud of our region this year. We continue to come together in creative ways to help others," Jenise Lucey, executive director of Berkshire South said. "Your neighbors need your help more than ever, and if your family or business is able to give even a small

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MassDOT Advisory: Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee
04:09AM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that crews will be conducting construction and maintenance operations at specific locations on Interstate 90 eastbound and westbound in Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee.  

The work began at 7:00 a.m. today, Monday, Nov. 16, in some locations and will continue at different locations and time frames through to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.  

At all times, travel will be maintained on I-90 through the work zones. The locations and schedules for lane closures for the work are as follows:

Blandford and Russell

Shoulder construction operations will be conducted on I-90

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