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Judge Orders North Adams Hospital ER to Stay Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Thursday, March 27, 2014
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A Superior Court judge ordered the North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room to stay open until an injunction hearing next week.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Berkshire superior court judge on Thursday afternoon ordered that North Adams Regional Hospital keep its emergency department open at least for the next week.

The order also appoints Berkshire Medical Center Inc. as temporary provider to "alleviate and avoid an immediate threat to the health and safety of the residents in the NBH service area."

Read the order here.

There has been serious concern over the loss of the Emergency Department, which will force patients to drive or be transported up to an hour north or south

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Northern Berkshire Pediatric Practice Stays Put, Grows
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
12:16AM / Thursday, March 27, 2014
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The Ambulatory Care Center, built in 2001, is owned and operated by a private company and is not affected by the closure. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Things were a little busier than usual at Northern Berkshire Pediatrics on Wednesday.   The good news is that the staff expects things to continue to be busy there for a good long time.   "We are getting a ton of calls," Northern Berkshire Pediatrics Practice Manager Susan King said on Wednesday evening. "I think initially folks weren't sure which practices were part of Northern Berkshire Healthcare and which were [not]."   Count Northern Berkshire Pediatrics among those that are not, although it, along

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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North County Residents Plan Vigil to Keep NARH Doors Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:33PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Community residents packed into the American Legion on Wednesday night to discuss the impending closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Community members protesting the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital and its affiliated health-care practices jump-started planned vigil to circle the lobby Wednesday night.

The brief, quiet protest — and those that follow the next two mornings — are designed to make state officials know depth of support in keeping the facility open. A petition to gain Attorney General Martha Coakley's attention can be found at supportourhospital.org.

The decision by dozens of people came after a two-hour discussion

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Ecu-Health Care Ready to Aid NARH Employees
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:16PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Ecu-Health Care will have to move from the closing Doctor's Building, but it will be open this weekend to help laid-off workers from the hospital.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ecu-Health Care is making the needs of those affected by the impending closure of North Adams Regional Hospital a top priority.

The non-profit program offers access and information for people seeking health coverage — a situation hundreds of employees of Northern Berkshire Healthcare will now need.

"Our immediate concern is that laid-off employees of North Adams Regional Hospital, of getting them in as soon as possible," said Executive Director Charles Joffe-Halpern on Wednesday. "Toward

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State Officials Scrambling to Keep Emergency Services Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State and local officials are scrambling to find a solution to the financial woes of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

"My understanding is that Gov. Patrick basically told his secretaries two words: 'Fix it,'" Mayor Richard Alcombright told a meeting of local clergy on Wednesday. "Hopefully things will be able to be restored to some level."

On Beacon Hill, Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, and Rep. Gailanne Cariddi have been brainstorming options with legislative leaders as Friday's deadline approaches for the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

More than 500 people are expected to lose their jobs after years-long

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Community Group Sets 'Save Hospital' Meeting
02:45PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A community meeting is being held tonight, Wednesday, from 5 to 7 at the American Legion Hall to plan steps to save North Adams Regional Hospital.

A growing coalition of community members, health-care workers and elected officials, as welll as the Massachusetts Nurses Association, will discuss immediate steps that they believe they can take together to the stop the hospital from closing.

"This is our community. This is our hospital. These are our health services," the organizers wrote.

The group is also encouraging residents to call Gov. Deval Patrick today at 617-725-4005 for action and to encourage him come to North Adams.

The save the hospital

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Astronauts Bringing Music to MCLA
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Astronaut Catherine 'Cady' Coleman of Shelburne Falls will join another astronaut on Thursday, March 27, at MCLA for an evening of music and conversation about their experiences in space.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Now that the idea of STEM has gathered steam, it's moving to the next level.

That level? Well ... it's steam. Or more accurately, STEAM, which is STEM with an "A."

What's the "A" for? Arts.

Chris Himes, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program manager at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, said STEAM is an emerging concept but one that makes sense once you think about it.

"Science and arts have never been mutually

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Four to Vie for Williamstown Select Board Spots
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four Williamstown residents will compete for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen at May's Town Election.

Tuesday was the deadline to return nomination papers to Town Hall, and Town Manager Peter Fohlin reported at Tuesday's Select Board meeting that Hugh Daley, Gary Fuls, Andrew Hogeland and Jack Nogueira have filed for the two three-year positions on the town's governing body.

Select Board Chairwoman Jane Allen and Selectman David Rempell previously announced they would not be seeking re-election for their seats on the five-member panel.

The Select Board posts will feature the only contested races at the May 13 election, held a week before the

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Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Applications
11:47AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women.

The Commission, which is comprised of nine members from throughout Berkshire County, exists to provide a positive and effective voice for women and girls within the region. Commissioners are drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds from throughout Berkshire County.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, which is the BCCSW’s appointing authority, is now accepting applications for this position. The MCSW welcomes all interested and qualified women to apply. Applications and further information may be

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Big Turnout Expected for North Adams Benefit Dinner
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
09:36AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Al Marceau coaches the Drury High School baseball team last spring. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Friday night at the Eagles Hall should be a heck of a party.   Its inspiration is a heck of a guy.   A band of city residents have come together to hold a spaghetti dinner and concert to benefit Drury High School baseball coach Al Marceau and his family in the wake of a serious illness that hospitalized the teacher and coach for three weeks this winter.   Mike Crews is one of the principal architects of the event, and he had a simple reason for putting it together.   "If it was me, they would do this for me," Crews said on Monday.   "For Al, there is

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