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New Cardiologist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
06:05PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Shyama Wickramaaratchi, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Wickramaaratchi is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services and joins Drs. Kyle Cooper, Teresa Menendez, Walter Paladino, Andrew Potash and Georgianne Valli-Harwood at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Wickramaaratchi is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. She is fellowship-trained in cardiology at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y., Advanced Cardiac


Baker Rejects Trump's Suggestion of 'Delayed' Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:26PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
ANDOVER, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday rebuffed the suggestion of postponing this fall's election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   "We've had elections in the midst of world wars, we've had elections in the midst of a Civil War, we have had elections at many times in this country during terrible, awful circumstances," Baker said during an appearance at the Pfizer Pharmaceutical facility in this eastern Massachusetts town. "Elections need to happen, and there is no reason this one can't happen, when it's supposed to happen, in September and November."   The Massachusetts primary elections for November are scheduled for Sept. 1.


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

The Retired Investor: How Much Are Your Children Worth?
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
In the weeks ahead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants your children to go back to school. They say it is necessary because children need schooling from a social, emotional, and behavioral health perspective. No one disputes that, so why are American parents balking at the idea?   The short answer is that they are afraid for their kids. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that kids in a classroom are "super spreaders" of virus. Just think of what happens during the Flu season each fall and winter    Despite assurances from the CDC that death rates among school-age children are much lower than adults, they don't claim that no


Mount Greylock School Committee Denies OML Violation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday said it did not violate the Open Meeting Law in the run-up to the departure of former Superintendent Kimberley Grady.   In a statement through the district counsel, the committee claims that member Al Terranova "misspoke" at a July 13 meeting when he appeared to reveal that the School Committee had previously decided on a course for replacing Grady while she was still under contract.   The three-page letter from Westfield attorney Adam Dupere says the School Committee's discussions in closed-door meetings on June 3, June 17, June 25 and July 1 "were within the stated


Pfizer Moves to Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Staff Reports,
12:01PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pfizer's Meg Ruesch says the company hopes to seek FDA authorization by October if the trials go well.  ANDOVER, Mass. — A vaccine against the novel coronavirus is being developed in Massachusetts and could be ready by the end of the year.    The Pfizer's Andover Clinical Manufacturing Facility has more than 100 scientists and engineers manufacturing a key component for a vaccine candidate for COVID-19.    "As we continue to fight this virus against COVID-19, a vaccine and a treatment can't come soon enough," said Gov. Charlie Baker during a visit to the research facility on Thursday. "Pfizer is developing one of the


Long-Time Leader of Berkshire United Way Joins Volunteers in Medicine Board
11:15AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Kristine Hazzard has joined the Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as a member of the board of trustees.

Hazzard has 30 years of experience leading and managing health and human service organizations. Currently a principal consultant at Katalyst, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, executive coaching, community change processes and meeting facilitation.  Prior to launching her own firm, Kristine served as president and chief executive officer of Berkshire United Way from 2008 to 2019.

"Kristine's proven commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, combined with her expertise in


BCC Hires New Dean of Students, Interim Dean of Enrollment
10:57AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new dean of students and a new interim dean of enrollment.

Celia Norcross has accepted the position of dean of students. Michael Sharp has accepted the role as interim dean of enrollment, replacing Christina Wynn, who has taken the position of dean of business and outreach at the college.

Norcross has worked in higher education for the past 22 years in a variety of positions that support and develop student learning, including her most recent career track at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the past 18 years in Student Affairs. Through her roles, she has had pride in establishing creative opportunities within both areas


Plastic Surgeon Joins BMC; New Physician Practice Opening
10:48AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Zachary Long, a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Long will serve with Berkshire Plastic Surgery of BMC, a new surgical practice, opening on August 10 at the BMC Medical Arts Complex, 6th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

Long is accepting new patients in need of reconstructive surgery and provides care for the following: craniofacial reconstruction, eyelid/nose/ear reconstruction, breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, hand surgeries, post-bariatric surgeries, skin cancer reconstruction; and injectable therapies.

Long earned his medical degree


Pittsfield Superintendent a Finalist for Mount Greylock Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:19PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless is one of three candidates for the vacant superintendent position in the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The School Committee on Wednesday heard a report from the CEO of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which vetted the 22 qualified candidates who submitted applications for the post and narrowed the field down to three finalists.   McCandless is joined by Portia S. Bonner and Mary Jane Rickson. All three will be interviewed over the next two days with the School Committee hoping to vote on a final decision and offer the position to its selection on Friday


Mount Greylock Super Recommends Delayed Start, Hybrid Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional Schools will recommend Wednesday that the school be delayed until Sept. 16 and the year begin in a hybrid learning model that sees half the students in school at any one time.   Robert Putnam on Tuesday delivered two virtual "fireside chats" for members of the school community to discuss the current state of planning for the resumption of classes after in-person instruction ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Citing a Monday memo from the commissioner of education, Putnam said that the commonwealth is reducing the school year by 10 days for 2020-21.   "The full


Williamstown Proposed FY21 Budget Adjusted in Light of Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager plans to send town meeting a revised budget that reflects more than $355,000 in lower anticipated revenue.   But Jason Hoch told the Select Board on Monday that the new fiscal 2021 spending plan, "allows us to maintain operations and a consistent level of service without disruption."   Hoch reported to the board on the revised spending plan two days before he was to make the same presentation to the Finance Committee.   The Select Board opted not to make its advisory votes on the budget until the Fin Comm had its chance to review the numbers, as is usually the case when the town budget is reviewed in winter and spring

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Tanglewood Offers Groundbreaking Series of Audio, Video Streams
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
10:42PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is is now entering its fifth week. It's a truly groundbreaking series of digital audio and video streams - many featuring newly created content to match the planned live programming that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

These performances were recorded at Tanglewood's new and exciting spaces at the stunningly beautiful and magnificently designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood's new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Other concerts to be streamed and released for the first time will include performances previously recorded and archived at Tanglewood. 

Considered as a unique,


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