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State Offers Testing in Agawam, Springfield as COVID-19 Rate Inches Up
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, July 27, 2020
BOSTON — A reported outbreak of COVID-19 at Springfield's Baystate Health coincided Monday with the commonwealth's plans to provide free testing to asymptomatic residents in two Western Massachusetts communities.   On Monday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Springfield and Agawam are among eight sites chosen for the next round of "Stop the Spread" testing, which aims to provide expanded testing in communities where postiive test rates are among the state average and testing volume has fallen off.   Monday morning, the CEO of Baystate Health reported that an outbreak of infections of the novel coronavirus has affected 23 employees and 13 patients

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Moulton Resigns from North Adams City Council, School Committee
Staff Reports,
12:55PM / Monday, July 27, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city councilor whose comments about COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter raised a firestorm of opposition has resigned from his public offices.    Robert Moulton Jr. was to be censured on Tuesday by both the City Council and by the School Committee, to which he was elected last November.    His resignation letters were the same one sentence stating he was resigning from both seats is effective immediately.    A press release from the office of Mayor Thomas Bernard stated that:   "On Monday, July 27, School Committee member Moulton, resigned from the School Committee and the City Council, effective immediately. In light of

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

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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
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North Adams Police Investigate Possible Shooting Incident
Staff Reports,
04:14AM / Sunday, July 26, 2020
Update: Police Chief Jason Wood gave us this statement:    "Last night's incident cannot be confirmed as a 'shots fired' call at this time. North Adams officers and detectives did not locate any evidence of a weapon being discharged in the area. Also, there were no discharged cartridges or bullet holes to be found.    The North Adams Police Department will continue to investigate this incident until the investigation reaches a endpoint."   ******************************************* NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police on Saturday night were investigating whether someone had shot at a house on Liberty Street.    Neighbors in the

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Berkshires Beat: Mahaiwe, Simon's Rock Offer Drive-In Movie Theater
10:43AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
Drive-in theater

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in partnership with Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will host a drive-in movie theater in the parking lot of the college’s Daniel Arts Center at 84 Alford Rdoad in Great Barrington. The theater will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Labor Day, weather-permitting.

Gates will open each night at 7:45 p.m., with previews and shorts starting at 8:30 p.m. and featured movies beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $25 per vehicle. Attendance is limited to 50 cars and tickets must be purchased online in advance at mahaiwe.org; tickets are available first-come, first served. Movies projected on a 16-by-30-foot screen will be

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State Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports
10:08AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. -- Football remains a “higher risk” sport that is restricted to non-contact drills and “individual skill work” under the latest guidance from the commonwealth released on Friday.   The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Friday released its updated rules for amateur sports activities.   The rules released on Friday specifically do not govern interscholastic athletics, but the same office will be determining the “rules for the road” for high school sports in conjunction with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Those interscholastic guidelines are expected to be released in early August,

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Expands Advanced Breast Imaging Technology
09:53AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has invested $750,000 in the latest breast imaging technology for its newly renamed Breast Health and Imaging Center, formerly SVMC Women's Imaging. 

The funds purchased two Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D Mammography units. Both provide proven superior clinical performance compared with less recent technology.

"Our aim is to give patients and providers the crucial information they need to make decisions for further care, if needed," said Melissa Spiezio, SVMC's director of Imaging Services. "This advanced technology will help us meet that goal for years to come and to do so more efficiently and more

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Speakable Adjustable Mask Wins Lever Pitch Challenge
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lever director Jeffrey Thomas, left, speaking during the virtual pitch competition with Economic Development Secretary Michael Keannely. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Speakeasy Travel Supply won the Lever COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge Pitch Competition with its adjustable mask.   The Centerville company was awarded the $25,000 prize Friday to help ramp up the production of the mask after a virtual pitch contest in which  11 companies shared their innovative general use face mask designs.   "We are very humbled and we are just so thankful that you guys chose our product," owner Bethany Salvon said. "We can't wait; the whole team is

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Governor Signs Order Requiring Travelers to Isolate 14 Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Friday, July 24, 2020

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed an executive order requiring anyone entering the commonwealth from any state outside the Northeast to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

The new travel order, outlined on the state's website, carries a $500 per day fine for anyone violating the rule, which goes into effect on Aug. 1.

It applies to any residents of the commonwealth returning to Massachusetts as well as visitors from — for now — 41 states not identified as "lower-risk" states. The lower-risk states currently include the five other New England states plus New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.

That list of

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@theMarket: Bailout blues
By Bill Schmick,
03:53PM / Friday, July 24, 2020
Investors have been giving Congress the benefit of the doubt — until now. A long-promised second tranche of fiscal stimulus was supposed to be passed by the end of the month. The clock is ticking, but the horse-trading has just begun.    On Aug. 1, the rent is due for millions of Americans. The sunset of the $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits legislation, which amounts to almost 60 percent of their benefit, will have expired unless Congress acts. The GOP has dragged its feet for almost two months, hoping that the economy would bounce back, and relieve them of their responsibilities. The GOP and their leaders miscalculated.   Right now, the two sides are far

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Update: Ambulance Resignation, Censure Vote Follows Moulton TV Comments
Staff Reports,
08:40AM / Friday, July 24, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Ambulance Service has parted ways with its longtime board president after comments he made during a public access television show.    Robert Moulton Jr. resigned from the Board of Directors of North Adams Ambulance Service Inc. during an emergency meeting held on Thursday night.    The North Adams School Committee has also set a special meeting for Tuesday, July 28, with the only agenda item as a vote to "Censure School Committee Member Moulton." Moulton was elected to the School Committee last year at the same time he was re-elected to the City Council.    This was followed on Friday with an amended City

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PopCares, Line Dancers Hold Get Well Parade for Mancuso
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

A large rainbow appeared about the same time Mancuso did.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you believe in signs, Patricia Mancuso had a beautiful one on Thursday.    At least 70 friends and family had gathered in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art parking lot behind Big Y with get-well signs, balloons and flowers to surprise Mancuso, who had recently been in the hospital.    Shortly before the "Parade for Pat Mancuso," the cloudy sky decided to drop light rain on the crowd, bringing out the umbrellas.    But just as Cindy Noel was driving Mancuso to the lot, a rainbow appeared in the sky to the east providing an arc of color across

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'Auntie Mame': 'Life is a Banquet, and Most Poor Suckers Are Starving to Death'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:27PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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