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Musican Justin Townes Earle dies at 38
Source:  News South Of Boston
Monday, 24 August 2020 01:54

Justin Townes Earle, singer-songwriter and son of alternative country artist Steve Earle, has died.

Pittsfield City Hall to Partially Reopen Next Week
Source:  iBerkshires News
Monday, 24 August 2020 01:12

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Municipal buildings are slated to partially reopen to the public next week.   Mayor Linda Tyer, during her COVID-19 update on Piittsfield Community Television last week, said City Hall and other public buildings are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Sep. 1, if public health data remains favorable.   "With the public health data continuing to trend in the right direction, City Hall and municipal buildings will be open to the public," she said.   The Berkshires are among the regions with the lowest transmission rates; Pittsfield is categorized "Green" for having four or fewer positive cases daily per 100,000. According to the state Department of Public Health, there have been eight positive cases over a two-week period and 212 cases total, as of Aug. 19.   Tyer said the city will continue to monitor public health control measures that have implemented in public buildings.   City Hall hours will be limited at first to Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or by appointment. The Berkshire Athenaeum, which has already reopened, and the Council on Aging will remain on their own reopening schedules.    The mayor also touched on the homeless encampments at Springside Park and said the city's position has not changed.    "It is on the hearts and minds of many in our community," she said. "The city’' position continues to be one of compassion and respect, and our work is focused on how to best serve the homeless."   She said Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority has taken the lead on weekly calls involving an array of different services that work with the homeless.   Tyer did reiterate that donations that have been left at the park pavilion will be moved to local service providers for a more streamlined distribution.   Donations should not be left at the park but rather made at Barton's Crossing homeless shelter, the Christian Center, and the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community for redistribution starting Monday, Aug. 24.   Early voting began taking place at City Hall over the weekend and will continue from Monday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Aug. 28, in the city clerk's office.   Tyer said she was happy to announce that design work continues on the redevelopment of three former GE parking lots on the north side of the Tyler Street extension. She said they will be turned into green space.   "As part of the settlement agreement that the city entered into with General Electric over the Rest fo the River cleanup process," she said. "We were able to secure a commitment that these parking lots would be removed, and the areas restored to green space."   Tyer also congratulated Police Chief Michael Wynn, who has joined the national leadership council for the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.   She also congratulated Berkshire County fire and emergency medical service agencies who were awarded a COVID-19 assistance reimbursement grant of $140,000 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency..   The mayor also recognized former Mayor Gerald S. Doyle Jr., who died earlier this month at the age of 62.   She said the funeral was Tuesday, and that the former mayor made one final stop at City Hall.   "His procession included one last stop at City Hall and the Fire Department Headquarters," Tyer said. "Both city staff and firefighters paid our final respects. He was truly one of a kind, and I will miss him dearly."  

Adams Board of Health Sets Permit Cap on Tobacco Sales
Source:  iBerkshires News
Monday, 24 August 2020 00:06

ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health finally passed a tobacco permit cap after months of discussion that will go into action Oct. 1.   After multiple amendments and information sessions, the Board of Health approved the new regulation last wee that would set an initial cap of 12 tobacco sales permits in Adams.   "We have a cap," Chairman David Rhoads said. "Thank you all very much."   Late last year, the Board of Health agreed to implement a new regulation that would limit the amount of tobacco sales permits allowed in town.    Originally the board planned to set the cap at 11 but decided to change this after hearing from the public. Many who called in feared the cap would limit possible new businesses from coming into town.   "I think we have to be careful to not dissuade new businesses, and I am not opposed to increasing it," board member Laura Grandchamp said.     Board member Peter Hoyt also voted in favor, but he said he did not think the cap would do "damage" to business in Adams.   The cap would eventually ramp down to nine. This is in line with the one per 1,000 capita guide the board decided to work with.   Businesses with existing permits would still be able to sell their businesses with their permit, but once a permit is revoked or retired, it will be gone forever.   Right now there are 10 existing permits. The two additional permits allowed would be eliminated if not used within the next two years. In October 2021, one permit would be eliminated if left unused. This would also be the case for the second in October 2022.   The new regulation also includes a 500-foot buffer for newly permitted establishments. They must be this far away from schools, playgrounds, athletic fields, and other permitted establishments.       Before the vote, the board opened up the hearing to the public.   Tri-Town Health Director James Wilusz spoke said the adult smoking rate in Adams is 26.2 percent. The state average is 13.7 percent.   He said 130 municipalities in the commonwealth have set caps. In Berkshire County, North Adams, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Lanesborough have all set caps.   Joyce Brewer, program manager for the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership and an Adams resident, said smoking is still the No. 1 cause of preventable death in America.   "We can do better for the kids growing up in our community," she said. "If we cap and reduce the number of tobacco sales available, we can decrease the exposure to young people."   D.J. Wilson, public health liaison with the Massachusetts Municipal Association, said the Board of Health was taking a step in the right direction and added it is hard to keep up with the tobacco industry because it is constantly creating new products.   He added that the cap would be a good thing for existing businesses because it would limit competition.    There were more voices in opposition to the cap. Selectman and Board of Health liaison James Bush said the cap was not a good fit for Adams and would hurt potential incoming business.    "Our downtown district is very small to start with, and we just can't do this," Bush said. "I understand what you are trying to do, but it isn't going to work ... We just can't afford to do this in the town of Adams."   He also felt that the hefty fine would already be enough to deter businesses from selling to kids. He said it was parents' responsibility to make sure their kids aren't smoking.   Business owner Pierre Kareh agreed and said he did not think the cap would really change anything. He felt the responsibility should lie with the parents.   "From my point of view as a business owner ... I think it has to fall back on the parents who have to raise their kids," he said. "We think we can take that off the parents' shoulders."   Selectman and longtime smoker Richard Blanchard agreed that the town should do all it can to limit underage smoking, but he felt, in reality, the cap would make no difference.   "As a smoker for 41 years I guarantee you if you limit where I can buy it I am still going to buy it somewhere," he said. "I don't care if I have to travel and another couple of minutes."   He said the cap would only "curb growth" in town.    The vote was unanimous.  

Video of police shooting in Wisconsin sparks protests
Source:  News South Of Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:38

Neighbors confronted law enforcement at the scene of a police shooting in Wisconsin, on Sunday and crowds marched in the streets after a video posted on social media appeared to show officers shoot at a man’s back as he leaned into a vehicle.

East to West: August 24, 2020
Source:  The Daily Free Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:00

On this Monday, August 24, East to West covers changes to BU’s facial covering policy, the cancellation of BU’s planned COVID-19 app, and classroom reassignments for the fall semester. FEATURING: Justin Tang WRITTEN BY: Justin Tang EDITED BY: Justin Tang BASED ON DFP PIECES BY: Chloe Liu, Jane Avery, Melissa Ellin, Daniel Kool MUSIC: “Acid Trumpet� by Kevin Macleod, “Backbay Lounge� by Kevin Macleod

Patrice Bergeron Being Perfectly Patrice Bergeron Leads To Bruins’ Game-Winning Goal
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:00

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, Patrice Bergeron has authored countless moments that could stand as the quintessential Patrice Bergeron play. A threat on all 200 feet of the ice, there are many, many candidates.

And on Sunday night, in the first game of their second round playoff series vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bergeron added yet another to the list.

This one came early in the third period, when a nothing moment in the hockey game turned into a Bruins goal in a matter of an instant.

After Brad Marchand carried the puck behind the Tampa net, Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh jumped on the loose puck and looked up ice to start a breakout. He didn’t look back to see Bergeron hot on his tail.

In a flash, Bergeron sped his way around Nikita Kuchverov and rode McDonagh’s hip. Bergeron saw a quick window to lift McDonagh’s stick and steal the puck, and he capitalized.

With his momentum carrying him away from the Lightning net, Bergeron sent a past toward linemate David Pastrnak, who didn’t hesitate to send a backhand feed across the goalmouth to Brad Marchand.

Marchand finished the job, giving Boston a 3-0 lead and leaving the entire Tampa team wondering what had just happened.

At the time, the result of Bergeron being Bergeron looked like it would merely be a gratuitous insurance goal; it ended up standing as the game-winner. That marked two consecutive games where the game-winning goal was scored thanks to plays that seemingly only Patrice Bergeron makes — and he makes them on a regular basis.

“He has a gift that, the way he reads the game and his stick positioning and his ability to read plays. There’s just very few guys in the league that have that ability on the defensive side of things,” Marchand said of his longtime linemate. “I mean, lots of guys are good offensively and can cheat and pick pucks off. But he does it from a defensive standpoint. And he creates so many opportunities out of our zone, through the neutral zone, and on the forecheck, the way he did, where he’s picking pucks and lifting sticks and just his back pressure is incredible.”

After the 3-2 victory, Bergeron spoke matter-of-factly about how that play developed for him.

“Um, just trying to sustain some pressure on the forecheck,” Bergeron explained. “I thought the three of us were kind of going in and out and reloading and sustaining some pressure, and ultimately you’re trying to do that and get the puck back. So we were able to do it, and great pass by Pasta and obviously great finish by Marchand.”

While Bergeron would never spend too much time pumping up his own play, he fortunately has a linemate who’s never shy about his opinions.

“That goal was all him,” the goal-scoring Marchand said of Bergeron. “His forechecking ability there and great read. That’s why he’s going to be a Hall of Famer.”

Well, that … and about a thousand other plays just like it.

That may be the long-term impact of plays like the one Bergeron made to bamboozle McDonagh. But Bergeron and his teammates are far more concerned right now with the short-term effect, which in this case means taking a 1-0 series lead against a very dangerous Lightning team.

Bruins hang on for win in Game 1
Source:  Boston Herald
Sunday, 23 August 2020 22:47

In a showdown that has been two years in the making of arguably the two best teams in the NHL, the Bruins and their brightest lights showed they were ready for prime time on Sunday night at Scoatiabank Arena.

The B’s top line showed both its abundant skill and determination and Jaroslav Halak (35 saves) was excellent when he had to be in order for the Bruins to take Game 1 against the powerful Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2 to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The B’s got out to a 3-0 lead early in the third period, but if the B’s needed any reminders that this was not going to be an easy series, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman scored two long-distance goals that grazed Charlie McAvoy in front, the second coming with 1:14 left in regulation to make it a white-knuckle ride to the end. But the B’s were able to close it out and draw first blood in this highly anticipated series.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist to lead the B’s. After some concerns about the team and the top line’s play in the now forgotten round-robin, those worries should be long gone. But they still need three more wins against the Bolts.

“We obviously buckled down when the playoffs started and when the games matter. That’s kind of how this group is. When it’s time to play we’re prepared and we know how to prepare,â€� said Marchand. “But it’s one game. We have to follow it up again next game.â€�

Taking a 2-0 lead into the third, the B’s stretched the advantage to 3-0 just 1:17 in. Marchand, who was instrumental on the B’s first goal of the night, carried the puck behind the Tampa net before he was knocked off it by Erik Cernak. Ryan McDonagh picked up the puck and as he was wheeling out, Patrice Bergeron picked his pocket and dished it to Pastrnak in the slot. Pastrnak made a pretty little pass to Marchand at the right side of the net and he buried it past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in a first period in which they had the bulk of the good scoring chances.

It seemed as though the officials were aware of these two teams’ visit back to the old school on March 7 at the Garden when 94 penalty minutes were handed out, and they seemed to want to tamp down any hint of the rough stuff. On the very first shift, Blake Coleman sold a routine hit from Zdeno Chara into a crosscheck and, later, Mikhail Sergachev was called for an equally ticky-tack holding call on Chris Wagner.

Neither team cashed in on their power play, but the B’s started to get some terrific chances as the game went on. Pastrnak hit a post from the slot and then Torey Krug sprung Ondrej Kase on a breakaway from the offensive blue, but Kase remained snake-bitten as he could not lift his backhander over Vasilevskiy’s blocker.

The B’s finally took the lead with 1:08 left in the period, thanks to some terrific patience by Marchand on a line change. Marchand gained the offense blue line and was able to hang on to the puck while his linemates were changing. Eventually he moved the puck to Brandon Carlo at the right point.

Carlo’s flip shot looked like it was going just wide and into Vasilevskiy’s glove before Charlie Coyle got his stick blade on it and deflected it past the goalie.

“I’m glad my parents put me in Little League when I was younger,â€� joked Coyle, who scored on a similar play against Carolina.

The B’s were the better team in the first, outshooting Tampa 15-10. Despite the tight calls early, it was a physical first, with the B’s landing 18 hits and the Bolts 10.

Pastrnak then made it 2-0 at 4:34 of the second on the power play. With Victor Hedman in the box for tripping Anders Bjork and with David Krejci taking his spot on the top unit, the B’s kept the puck in the zone for over a minute, winning a couple of puck battles to keep the play alive. With the Tampa killers’ tongues hanging out, Krejci exchanged out high with Krug and calmly circled the zone until he reached the right side of the net. He fed it back out to the left side for Pastrnak, who sneaked a shortside shot past Vasilevskiy.

Bergeron was called for an offensive zone hold and, though the Bolts didn’t score, they finally got a little traction. They started putting some genuine heat on Halak, and the netminder rose to the occasion. He made several high-end saves, the best of which came on Barclay Goodrow. The Lightning were moving the puck brilliantly and Goodrow looked like he’d had have a tap-in at the right side of the net. But Halak was able to get his glove on it to knock it wide.

Though the B’s were outshot 18-7 in the second, Vasilevskiy still had to be very good. He made a great, stretching pad save on Charlie McAvoy off the rush and Kase was stoned again on another clean look off a Jake DeBrusk set-up

Tree Lands On Wakefield Home, Town Hit Hard By Passing Storms
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 22:22

WAKEFIELD (CBS) — The town of Wakefield is cleaning up Sunday night after a storm caused widespread damage. “It was worse than the wizard of OZ,” said Carole Giordano of Wakefield. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The Giordanos described the moment a massive tree fell on their house, trapping them inside: “I turned around, and the whole house shook and a gust of wind and lightning. The trees are down,” said Carole.

“I can’t even get out the front door,” said her husband of 59 years, Donald Giordano.

Storms brought this tree down in Wakefield Sunday evening (WBZ-TV)

Fierce winds uprooted trees and left some residents with no power and a mess to clean up.

“I just heard the wind, and everything started crashing down,” said Janine Mulligan of Wakefield, who, after receiving a call from her daughter, raced home to find her backyard destroyed.

“I heard crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, pop, pop,” said Michael Person. “You could hear all the transformers blowing. You could hear the trees cracking.”

Residents told WBZ-TV they believe a microburst hit the area, and they can’t believe how much damage it caused in such a short period. Old trees were ripped up across the town common.

Christina Gandolfo and Nick Mirlocca of Charlestown were preparing dinner when the storm rolled through.

“I was really afraid. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve lived in Wakefield my whole life,” said Gandolfo.

Like so many, the pair was shocked by the damage, but thankful no one was injured.

“We were right by the window, so we were pretty worried,” said Mirlocca.

Where to Worship in Dedham, Norwood and Westwood
Source:  News - Westwood Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 22:21

DEDHAMSt. Mary of the Assumption25 Avery St.781-326-0550; stmarysdedham.comRev. Wayne Belschner, pastorAll Masses have resumed and are celebrated in the church, with restrictions; visit the website for details.Masses are open to the public at 7 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.Mass livestreamed at 7 a.m.The church is open daily from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and St. Joseph Chapel is open daily to the public for [...]

Summer activities for the whole family
Source:  News - Wicked Local Walpole
Sunday, 23 August 2020 22:21

Note: Although many summer events, such as fairs and festivals, have been canceled due to the coronavirus, there's still plenty of summertime fun in the area.Many of these sites will have social distancing protocols in place, including the wearing of face masks where necessary. Visit the event website for details. BOWLING NEEDHAM BOWLAWAY: 16 Chestnut St., Needham. Tuesdays- [...]

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