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Berkshire United Way, Miraval Offer Getaway to Essential Worker
04:11PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire United Way and Miraval Berkshires have teamed up to honor an essential worker or first responder on the front lines of relief efforts in Berkshire County during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Berkshire United Way, which has helped provide relief grants to nonprofit organizations helping the most vulnerable populations throughout the pandemic, has created an online nomination form here. Self-nominations will be accepted and individuals may also request a nomination form by emailing info@berkshireunitedway.org.   Nominations are currently open and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Submissions will be pooled together and one

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Sept. 22 and Sept. 24
03:39PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Work is scheduled on Crane Avenue on Sept. 22 and 24 as part of the City of Pittsfield's 2020 Street Improvement Project.   On Tuesday, there will be loam and seeding behind the curb, followed by top paving on Thursday.   Interruption to traffic is expected during this paving work.   The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions..  

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Almgren Law Hosts Outdoor Workshop
01:54PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Almgren Law will host a "Ready, Set, Know Your Options” outdoor workshop on Saturday, Sept. 26, to help people understand their estate planning and eldercare options.   Topics will include Using Trusts to Avoid Probate and Save Taxes, Protect Your Home and Assets, Accessing Home Care and VA Benefits, Understanding Nursing Home Rules, Navigating the Health Care System and more.    Speakers from the firm will include estate attorney Kristina Kisiel, nurse care coordinator Debra Allen, veterans benefits specialist Mike King and Paula Almgren, founder of Berkshire County's only law firm specializing in comprehensive elder law, estate and tax

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SBA Hosts Virtual Event to Honor America's Small Businesses
01:35PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
WASHINGTON — Jovita Carranza, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the kickoff for National Small Business Week.   National Small Business Week honors the nation's small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities.    "I am thrilled to host SBA's virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation, and in many cases this year, resilience," SBA Administrator Carranza said. "This year, we will spotlight America's outstanding small

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MassDOT Advisory: Montgomery, Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee
01:24PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
LEE, Mass. - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that crews will be conducting construction and maintenance operations at specific locations on Interstate 90 eastbound and westbound in Montgomery, Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee.   The work is scheduled to begin in some locations at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, and will continue at different locations and time frames through to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25.     At all times, travel will be maintained on I-90 through the work zones. The locations and schedules for lane closures for the work are as follows:   Montgomery   Bridge repair operations will take place on

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Sept. 21
01:12PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
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Great Barrington Forms Police Chief Search Committee
01:00PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has formed a Police Chief Search Committee to review applicants and recommend final candidates for the position.   Town Manager Mark Pruhenski has appointed the following eight individuals: Alf Barbalunga, chief probation officer for the Southern Berkshire District Court and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, representing law enforcement; Great Barrington Finance Director Susan Carmel, representing town staff, and citizens-at-large Larissa Yaple, Mae Rose, Gwendolyn VanSant and Michael Bertelli.   "We are appreciative that so many residents stepped up to volunteer for this committee, and this reflects well on residents'

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South County Opioid Working Group Receives Grant
11:24AM / Monday, September 21, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The South County Opioid Working Group received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant.   The three-year grant funds a peer-support recovery center in South County that will expand access to services and help to increase prevention capacity over the next three years.    "I couldn't have been more pleased to hear that the HRSA Grant request for opioid-related health services was fully funded. The opioid crisis is one that lurks in the shadows of our community but is certainly pervasive throughout. The grant award is a testament to the tireless commitment of a few to serve

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Rita Willey Joins CHP Lee Family Practice
11:14AM / Monday, September 21, 2020
Great Barrington, Mass. — Family Nurse Practitioner Rita M. Willey joined the clinical care team at Community Health Programs Lee Family Practice.   Willey has practiced since 2012 at Fairview Medical in Great Barrington. She previously worked at Northern Berkshire Family Medicine.    Earlier, as a registered nurse, she worked at both Fairview Hospital and Berkshire Medical Center in supervisory positions.  She was appointed as a faculty member with the Yale School of Nursing in 2018 and continues to precept master's degree nursing students there.   Willey earned her doctorate of nursing and her master's degree in family nurse practitioner from the

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RMV Renews Over 163,000 Licenses And IDs Online During REAL ID Promotion
09:13AM / Monday, September 21, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) continues to encourage all eligible customers to renew their Standard Massachusetts driver's license or Massachusetts ID card online at Mass.Gov/RMV in order to qualify for a free upgrade to a REAL ID credential in 2021.    This promotional opportunity, authorized and extended by Executive Order, will remain in effect until Massachusetts' State of Emergency is lifted to provide customers more time and flexibility to conduct transactions and to support the RMV's ongoing efforts to implement social distancing protocols while limiting in-person service center visits to keep customers and staff

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Q&A: Pothier Tickled Pink To Still Be Wearing Blue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
DALTON, Mass. — After 3,000 games and tens of thousands of judgment calls, Rich Pothier is a fixture on Berkshire County baseball diamonds and a walking advertisement for the recruitment of young umpires.   Moments before stepping behind the plate for his milestone 3,000th career game on Saturday, Pothier sounded as enthusiastic as ever and not the least surprised that career has lasted this long.   "Strangely enough, yes," Pothier said when asked whether he thought he would be umpiring well into his fifth decade. "Because I've loved it right from the first day I did it. I could envision myself doing it.   "I didn't have any talent as a

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Soares' Celebrity Golf Event to Benefit Veterans Grows in Second Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:22AM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
MASHPEE, Mass. — With more sponsors, more celebrities, more than double the number of golfers and a bigger venue, the second annual Wayne Soares Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Homeless & Disabled Veterans promises to build on the success it enjoyed in year one.   But there is one thing Soares will miss from 2019's inaugural event.   "We won't be having a post-tournament reception," Soares said, noting one of the concessions that organizers have made to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'm really bummed out because last year, we recognized two World War II vets, and they received a thunderous ovation for two or three minutes.   "Gen.

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