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Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP North Adams Family Medical & Dental Center
07:43PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Family Nurse Practitioner Janine L. Risser has joined the primary care team at CHP North Adams Family Medical & Dental Center.

Risser began her primary care career in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where she worked for many years in medical practices there. She most recently practiced at the University of New Mexico Family Health Clinic in Albuquerque, providing comprehensive urgent, ongoing and preventive care to patients of all ages. 

Earlier, she worked in private and community-based medical practices in Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. She has worked at several federally qualified health centers similar to CHP.

Prior to earning an advanced


Berkshire, Statewide COVID-19 Trends Appearing to Decline
Staff Reports,
07:32PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are signs the Bay State may be turning the corner on the novel coronavirus that has so far caused more than 5,000 deaths in Massachusetts.    The Department of Public Health on Tuesday recorded the lowest number of reported deaths since March 4: 33   The number of hospitalizations has continued to decline at 4 percent. The number of patients in intensive care on Tuesday morning was 818, less than a third of the total of 3,127 hospitalized.    The Berkshires' death toll has remained at 37 for past week and had been at 36 for almost the week before that. The majority of deaths are linked to an outbreak of the highly contagious


Berkshire County Selectmen's Association Awards Scholarships
Staff Reports,
04:30PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire County Selectmen's Association last week announced the award of scholarships to three Berkshire County high school students.   Hoosac Valley's Alannah McGrath of Cheshire, Mount Everett's Madeleine Soudant of Great Barrington and Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School's Sarah deBethune of Pittsfield were recognized the BCSA, which is composed of boards from 30 county towns.   "The organization engages in advocacy and best practice sharing to improve the functioning of local government," said Andy Hogeland of the Williamstown Select Board. "Our scholarship program is part of our goal of promoting


Baker Files Spending Bill Aimed at Accessing Federal Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
ASHLAND, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday filed a supplemental budget bill to authorize about $1 billion to cover costs related to COVID-19.   But he explained at Tuesday's daily press briefing that the bill is designed to keep the commonwealth in line for more federal funding.   "The bill gives us the leverage we need to utilize federal financial support, like aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which can only reimburse state spending resulting from eligible disaster response activities," Baker said. "The supplemental budget would also ensure that adequate state spending has been authorized to allow the commonwealth to continue to

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update May 8
10:12AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Great Barrington Farmers Market to Reopen With Restrictions
09:34AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Farmers Market will open for its 30th season on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Church Street location in downtown Great Barrington. 

Berkshire United Way has awarded the market a grant allowing the continuation of the Market Match program. This program offers a dollar- for-dollar match on all SNAP, WIC Farmers Market Check, and Senior Farmers Market Check purchase up to $25 per customer per week. HIP benefits can be redeemed at five market vendors. 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the market managers have taken into consideration recommendations and policies from local, state, and federal governments, as well


What Can Investors Learn from Cyclists?
submitted by Edward Jones,
08:42AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May is National Bike Month. Of course, millions of Americans enjoy biking, so there's reason to celebrate. But even if you're not much of a rider, you can apply some of the guidelines and lessons of bicycling to other areas of your life – such as investing.

Consider taking some of these ideas for a spin:

• Tune up your portfolio. When bicyclists tune up their bikes, they adjust their brakes, clean and lubricate the chain, tighten nuts and bolts, and check the tire pressure, among other tasks. Such a tune-up keeps their bikes running smoothly and reduces the chances for breakdowns. And by "tuning up" your investment portfolio, you can help it stay in line with


Free Virtual Training on 'Navigating Bias' for Businesses Set
08:23AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has announced "Navigating Bias to Create a Welcoming Berkshire Business" training in conjunction with BRIDGE, NAACP Berkshire County, Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

This free training series will help businesses cultivate and steward inclusive retail, restaurant and workplace environments for customers and employees in order to create a culture of belonging in your business. Time will be included for special consideration towards the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and concurrently diverse patrons. Significant shifts will be the required and


Lenox Natives Start PPE Manufacturing Collaborative
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has lead to a shortage in protective gear such as masks, face masks and gowns. The face shields provide an extra measure of protection and can be cleaned and reused. LENOX, Mass. — With personal protective equipment in critical supply, Massachusetts Face Shields has brought together a network of volunteers to manufacture the plastic face guards.   The COVID-19 pandemic has created a demand for PPE of all kinds that the group's founders and sisters Jess Blazejewski and Katherine Carberry believed they could help fill.   "There are a lot of reasons to be worried or fearful right now — it feels so much better to take action,


UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
04:03PM / Monday, May 11, 2020

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.



Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31. Call the school office


American Legion Baseball Season Canceled Sports,
03:47PM / Monday, May 11, 2020
QUINCY, Mass. -- Massachusetts' American Legion Baseball season Monday became the latest sports league to see its season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   In a news release from the Department of Massachusetts Athletic Committee, Chairman Richard D. Paster Monday announced that the department is canceling the 2020 season effective immediately.   "This is a sad day indeed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no program," Paster wrote "Let's hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season."   In a three-page memo to teams, post commanders, coaches and families,


Governor Envisions Four-Phase Reopening to 'New Normal'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21PM / Monday, May 11, 2020

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, head of the state's reopening advisory board, explains some of the restrictions that will be placed on businesses.  BOSTON — The commonwealth is looking at a four-phase reopening of the economy based on public health data and mandatory safety measures.   "The goal is to begin this process around May 18, but it will be gradual as the facts on the ground will obviously determine whether we actually hit that goal," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Monday's COVID-19 update. "But keep in mind, this is a disease, we're still learning about across the globe."   All non-essential businesses were closed as of March 23 and


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