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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Baker Extends Non-Essential Business Closure Order through May 18
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
12:39PM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday that he is extending the order to close non-essential businesses in the commonwealth through at least May 18 and creating an advisory panel to develop plans for a phased reopening of the commonwealth's economy.   Baker also extended to May 18 the ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people, which, like the non-essential business order, was to have ended next Monday.   Although the commonwealth has seen a plateau in the metrics used to study the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not seen a decrease in those measures, Baker said. And until those numbers start to come down, it is not appropriate to talk


NAMI Berkshire County Announces 'Warm Line'
11:19AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County has instituted a "warm line" at 413-445-1136

The "warm line" is a phone number that people can call to talk to either a NAMI-BC staff or a community-trained volunteer having lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and/or to assist individuals through a difficult time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAMI Berkshire County will provide support over the phone as well as resources as available. Calls will be accepted during the day and evening until 8 p.m. Callers experiencing isolation, fear, stress can speak to someone so they will not feel as isolated and find some coping


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 Virtually
10:58AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Work by MCLA senior Samantha Louise Hinds will be part of the exhibition opening online May 1.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior art students will launch their website exhibition titled "And So it Goes," with an online event featuring artist talks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. 

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

Each artist's individual work spans a variety of themes and mediums. Themes range from mental illness and self-reflection to climate change


MCLA History Professor Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
10:43AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Amanda Kleintop, an assistant professor of history at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her continuing research.

The recently announced NEH grants will provide $22.2 million for 224 humanities projects nationwide. The grant awards support the preservation of historical collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects.

Kleintop will use her summer stipend grant to complete additional research in the National Archives (pending their reopening) and use that material to edit her manuscript, "The Balance of Freedom: Abolishing Property


Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
10:20AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of 22 honorees receiving recognition at the third annual (virtual) Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 19.

A panel of 16 judges deliberated for 90 minutes via Zoom, ultimately choosing three honorees in each of seven categories as well as one honoree for the lifetime achievement award. The Berkshire Nonprofit Awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the people who work in the nonprofit sector. 

The honorees are:


Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership      

Raei Bridges, NAACP, Berkshire County Branch

Sara Rawson, Southern Berkshire Health Coalition

Alix Ziaja,


How Should Millennials Respond to Market Decline?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:09AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has unsettled every age group, as we are all worried about our health and that of our families and communities. And if you're in the millennial generation, generally defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996, you might also be concerned about your financial future, given the sharp decline in investment prices. How should you respond to what has been happening? 

Your view of the current situation will depend somewhat on your age. If you're an older millennial, you had probably been investing for a few years when we went through the financial crisis in 2007-2008. And you then experienced 11 years of a record bull market, so you have seen both the


Nurses Association Calls on Governor to Mandate N95 Masks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:34PM / Monday, April 27, 2020

The KN95 masks were approved for use by the FDA on April 3 to help ease the shortage of high-performance masks nationwide. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nurses had already been making their way up Burbank Street from Berkshire Medical Center get protective masks and face shields when a man drove up to the curb.    Could he get a mask for his wife? She works at Hillcrest Commons, he said. "I have her ID."   After a quick consultation, a mask and face shield were passed over to him. Berkshire Healthcare, which operates nursing and rehabilitation facilities, was a close enough affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, the nurses set up outside union headquarters


Biz Briefs: Lodge Delays Opening, Grocers Want Front-Line Recognition
06:55PM / Monday, April 27, 2020
Bascom Lodge Delays Opening Although the Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock has been closed and boarded-up for the last six months, and consequently not directly or indirectly exposed to the COVID-19 virus, the ban on the operation of all restaurants, bars, hotels and lodging facilities, as well as on all gatherings of 10 or more people does, and will continue to, impact its plans for the 2020 season.    Given the minimum two-to-three week startup time required to ready the lodge for opening, it is not possible for the lodge to open for May. The new opening date is set for Thursday, July 1, barring any changes at the state level. In the interim, the lodge's operators


Governor Expects Details on 'Reopening' State Later This Week
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20PM / Monday, April 27, 2020
BOSTON — The state's pandemic "lockdown" is set to be lifted in one week but state officials aren't clear on how — or if — that will happen.   Gov. Charlie Baker at Monday's daily COVID-19 update declined at this point to say if the stay-home advisory would be extended.    "The trend data remains reasonably high, but obviously whatever decision we make needs to come with a little thought and a plan behind it so we'll probably put that out later this week," he said.    The stay-at-home advisory and an order closing non-essential businesses was extended on March 31 to May 4. Last week, the decision was made to keep


County Education Task Force Pitching Plan for Remote Learning Platform
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, April 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force unanimously decided Saturday to move forward with a plan members hope will address a short-term need and bolster its argument for a long-term solution to problems confronting the county's school districts.   The task force endorsed a framework for a countywide online learning management system for remote learning that it hopes to present to school superintendents and school committees in the next couple of weeks.   The ambitious plan would have an online platform for course delivery, teacher collaboration and training in place this summer, in time for the 2020-21 academic year.   The immediate


Berkshire Family Practice Associates Expands Primary Care in North Berkshire
11:28AM / Saturday, April 25, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family Practice Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, is expanding primary care services to North Berkshire. 

Berkshire Family Practice Associates of North Adams will provide comprehensive primary care services beginning on Monday, April 27, and is accepting new patients across the North Berkshire area.

"Access to primary care services is more important than ever, and Berkshire Health Systems is committed to expanding this access in the North Adams area as we continue to provide enhanced services at our North Adams campus," said David Phelps, president and CEO of BHS. "When Berkshire Family Practice Associates became


North Adams Conservation Commission OKs Mass MoCA Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:51AM / Saturday, April 25, 2020

The plans for what is now being called Puryear Park on Marshall Street. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The torn-up parking lot on Marshall Street is being transformed into a green space designed to lure visitors from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to downtown North Adams.    The centerpiece is "Big Bling," the Martin Puryear's 40-foot-tall sculpture installed at the corner of Marshall and Main streets last fall.    The Conservation Commission has gotten the first look at the completed Puryear Park plans — first announced last year — because of a request by Mass MoCA to use the park as an offset for work on the museum campus being


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