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BRTA Human Services Transport Scheduling Shifting to Fitchburg
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is concerned about maintaining a personalized customer experience in the wake of a state-mandated change in specialized services.   Starting in July, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services will enter a new contract with a brokerage area out of Fitchburg for Human Services Transportation. In 2019, the state department proposed the consolidation of six brokerage service areas that provide non-emergency "human service transportation" (HST) into three much larger service areas.   Under the proposal, BRTA is in Human Service Area 1 that covers all of Western Mass and from Warwick in the north diagonally

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Baker Stands With Neal in Urging Passage of Fed Stimulus Bill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:17PM / Monday, February 08, 2021
BOSTON — Citizens could see the balance of the promised $2,000 in stimulus money hit their accounts by April 1.    The payments of $1,400 are part of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package working its way through Congress. It follows up on the CARES Act passed last year to address COVID-19 needs and a $600 boost to families that both parties agreed to in the first days of the new year.    "People are struggling, we need to hear their calls for help," said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, speaking with Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.   Democrats, now in control of both the House and Senate, have opted to use the parliamentary procedure of reconciliation that will fast

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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
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SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 5
08:12AM / Monday, February 08, 2021
  February 5, 2021   The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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Berkshire County Vaccination Process Going Smoothly
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Monday, February 08, 2021

 
Ruth Koscelniak, who lived through the pandemic of 1918, was greeted with flowers for her vaccination for the novel coronavirus.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren Gotlieb said she didn't even feel the physical pinprick of the needle.   But there was an emotional feeling of getting the COVID-19 vaccine was difficult to describe.   "I don't even know how to describe that it's life saving," she said. "It's globally life-saving. It's amazing as people that we were able to make it happen."    Gotlieb was one of about 700 people who were given their first vaccine shot on Thursday at the vaccination site

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Solomon's Furniture Reopens in Lee Outlets
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, February 08, 2021

Owner James Solomon says the Ashley Furniture brand has been a big seller since the store opened. LEE, Mass. — A familiar name in furniture sales has come back into the business with a new location.   Solomon's Furniture is returning to the Berkshires at the Lee Premium Outlets.  Owner James Solomon now has two retail establishments in the outlets: DJ's Gifts and Solomon's Furniture, and is optimistic about business in his new location.   Since closing his retail space in the now-abandoned segment of the Berkshire Mall in 2018, Solomon had been looking for a new spot for his furniture store.  Nearly three years later, he was able to secure the

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Veterans Spotlight: Cpl. Tony Pastore
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:04PM / Sunday, February 07, 2021

Tony Pastore was also a musician and a vocalist. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — I would confidently describe this week's Veterans Spotlight subject as one of the nicest, kindest, humblest and most gracious human beings I have ever met.   Tony Pastore served his country in the Air Force during World War II and, again after the war, as a corporal. At 96 years of age, he is a pure gem of "The Greatest Generation" with a fabulous voice to boot.   Born in Pittsfield, he enlisted on March 23, 1943, and was sent to Fort Devens in Ayer. From there, he went to basic training in Miami Beach, Fla.    "We marched all day in the goddamn heat," he remembered.

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@theMarket: Stocks Regain Momentum
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Friday, February 05, 2021
What a difference one week makes! Stocks recouped all their losses this week, and then went on to make new highs. The outcome of President Biden's proposed stimulus bill will determine the market's next move.   Let me set the record straight. Last week, I wrote that I expected stocks to stumble, and hopefully preparing readers for a possible decline of 10-15 percent. That was a mistake. Instead, traders bought last week's 3 percent dip and, at this point, we are now back to square one. Well, not quite.   The U.S. dollar, the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond, and the price of gold have all moved substantially since last Friday. The greenback, as represented by the

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State Launches Call Center for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Friday, February 05, 2021

BOSTON — The state Friday launched a call center for residents to schedule appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination, but officials cautioned that it is only intended for those who either do not have Internet access or who have trouble accessing the appointment scheduling website.   Starting Friday, trained operators will be accessible by dialing 211 and choosing the option, "For help with scheduling a vaccine appointment," Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Friday morning.   The call center will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have more than 500 staffers on the line. Representatives will be available in English and Spanish and

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SVHC Appoint Director For Former Southern Vermont College Campus
02:39PM / Friday, February 05, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has hired Brian C. Lent to direct the health system's project to repurpose the former Southern Vermont College (SVC) campus.   "Brian was selected for his long experience managing complex projects," said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC's president and CEO. "We feel he has the skills and background necessary to drive our efforts with this large and exciting effort and to fulfill our aim to restore the campus as a valuable community asset."     SVHC was awarded the former college campus through a bankruptcy auction in December. The leadership of the health system, through the direction

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The Retired Investor: The Business of Space
By Bill Schmick,
06:11PM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
Space! It holds the promise of riches beyond our wildest dreams -- solar systems bursting with precious resources ripe for the taking. Just the idea of such prizes has set off a frenzied rush by global business entrepreneurs to claim stakes in this new frontier.   The private sector has increasingly pushed aside governments and their contractors in a frenzied bid to develop commercial space exploration. At the same time, using all their cost-cutting prowess to reduce the cost of putting people and objects into orbit, and that is only the first step.   This year, for example, there are three separate missions to Mars, which are scheduled to arrive in February. The Emirates

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State Raises Occupancy Levels for Restaurants, Personal Services
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:58PM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
BOSTON — Occupancy levels for restaurants will be raised to 40 percent beginning Monday, Feb. 8, but informal gathering limits will remain in place for now.   The stay-at-home advisory and early closures regulation was lifted two weeks ago as cases and hospitalizations had trended downward. Gov. Charlie Baker said the restrictions put in place over the past couple months had helped to reduce the spike in cases seen over the holiday season.   "Since the start of 2021, the commonwealth has seen positive trends emerge as hospitalizations have decreased, and the percent of positive cases has declined at a steady rate, the same time our administration has continued to ramp

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Talks About Need for Historical Accuracy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee meeting on the first day of February, it was a perfect time for its chair to note the arrival of Black History Month.   And although Mohammed Memfis noted that he likes to think of every month as Black History Month, February is "a great time for people to learn things about Black history that they may not have known before," he said.   "And to realize that American history would be not [just] incomplete but incorrect without the story of Black people in this country and the histories of Black people."   The story of Williamstown and its historic association

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