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Berkshire shelter sees more adoptions, but financial toll of virus looms

PITTSFIELD — Adoptions are up, but donations are down. In the age of social distancing, the Berkshire Humane Society has seen an uptick of adoptions — 48 animals went to new homes over …

Virtual shopping site offers urges gift card purchases to help Pittsfield businesses PITTSFIELD — Itching to go shopping? Missing friends behind the sales counter? Fret not. Virtual shopping that will benefit local businesses right now — and allow a nice shopping trip …
Hoosac Valley School Committee OK $20.1M budget that cuts 20 educators CHESHIRE — The Hoosac Valley Regional School District is poised to lay off 20 classroom educators before the new school year begins by September. The district's School Committee, …
Coronavirus precautions can heighten risk of domestic abuse, Berkshire advocates say PITTSFIELD — Those who are victims of domestic violence, or at risk of becoming one, may be at even higher risk as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, local advocates say. The …
State outlines supports as Williamstown Commons coronavirus toll rises WILLIAMSTOWN — A dozen people are now dead amid a coronavirus outbreak at Williamstown Commons. About 34 additional residents of the nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, with …
During pandemic, homeless making 'the best of it' at former St. Joe's school in Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — Homeless residents were less than enthusiastic about the move to the old St. Joseph Central High School.
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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Theatre Festival is going digital this summer in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Tony Award-winning theater is teaming with Audible, a producer and … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Forced by the pandemic to close its retail stores, salons and spas nationwide, Iredale Cosmetics has laid off 47 employees. The layoffs, which began last week, are … more
PITTSFIELD — The city of Pittsfield will extend payment deadlines for city tax bills in response to new legislation signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker to support those economically impacted … more
CHESHIRE — A video meeting with Hoosac Valley Middle School students was abruptly cut off Monday after a hacker apparently broke into the session. more
PITTSFIELD — COVID-19 claimed five more residents of the Berkshires, the state announced Tuesday, totaling 96 lives lost statewide. more
LENOX — A $45,000 emergency rental assistance program will get underway soon to assist local households at or below the area's median household income — and landlords — amid the … more
LENOX — Interim Superintendent William Cameron has agreed to stay on for another year or until a new top administrator is hired. In response to a query from The Eagle, Cameron said he'd be willing to stay through the end of the 2020-21 school year — or sooner if a new superintendent is hired before then. more
Hollywood star and Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks is making a donation of sanitizer and dispensers to the hospitgal where she was born, Berkshire Medical Center.  more
LENOX — Due to health health concerns about COVID-19, the scheduled May 9 opening of novelist Edith Wharton's estate, The Mount, has been postponed "until local and state officials deem it safe … more
NORTH ADAMS — After seven weeks of work and traffic delays caused by a "partial wall collapse," trains are again running through the Hoosac Tunnel "The Hoosac Tunnel is open," said Cynthia … more

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