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We're happy to get out and deliver the Brown Bags to Elders in our community who have been eligible for this program. Ou...
03/27/2020

We're happy to get out and deliver the Brown Bags to Elders in our community who have been eligible for this program. Our staff dropped the pre-stuffed bag from the Food Bank of Western Mass at the person's door and gave a wave from the car as they drove on. We're happy to do our part to continue to serve our community, with a few provisions to ensure everyone's safety.

The Adams COA sweetened the bag with a roll of Toilet Paper! Thanks to a handful of our friends who had kind messages hung in their windows for our staff!

Today's Mobile Food Bank was a well operated success! We were able to keep community members safe in their vehicles and ...
03/24/2020

Today's Mobile Food Bank was a well operated success! We were able to keep community members safe in their vehicles and provide them with access to fruit, veggies and frozen meats at no cost to them.

This truly was a community effort, we had health care providers and banks donate the bags, we had support from the Forrest Wardens Department, Select Board Members, Board of Health, Adams/Cheshire School District, No. Berkshire Emergency Operations Center, Berkshire Community Action Council, Adams Department of Public Works, COA staff, current volunteers and new volunteers.

A BIG thank you to the Food Bank of Western Mass for putting in back braking hours to get us a distribution today. Together, you all make our community better. Attached are a few pictures I was able to get. We hope you enjoyed yourself and had a few moments of normalcy with feel good fun.

If you see someone's name down below, please tag them and shoot them a THANK YOU! They hustled for their community today!

Rebecca Sawyer
Heather Emerson
Ed St. John
Elizabeth Hill
Aleta Moncecchi
Pat Conroy-Shepley
Bruce Shepley
Sarah Avery
Jim Bush
Christine Hoyt
Peter Hoyt
Myron Proper
Tonia Beauchamp
John Naughton
Jolene Drosehn
Dick Kleiner
Toby Alves
Aaron Girgenti
Erica Girgenti
Deb Leonczyk
Barb Lagowski
John Socha
Michelle Pause
Aiyana Will
Jen Aviles
Katie Clarke
Ryan Biros
Josh Alletson
Cole Stevens
John Harris Jr.
David Holt Jr.
Barb Proper

03/23/2020

MOBILE FOOD BANK UPDATE: PLEASE READ ALL!!!

Hi, this is Erica Girgenti, the director for the Adams Council on Aging and we're happy to announce that we will be hosting tomorrow's scheduled Mobile Food Bank at 10am. But DON’T stop listening just yet. In light of the COVID19 threat we will be making some provisions on how to best provide you with access to the food bank's distribution. Keeping both you safe and our volunteers.

Per usual, it is one distribution per household, regardless of age or income. With that being said, you have to be here to collect your own bag, you CAN NOT collect for yourself and your family or friend who can’t leave the house.

We will have parking available in The Visitor Center parking lot and in the parking lot adjacent to us at 5 Hoosac St. We will have volunteers at all entrances and they will be asking you to stay in your cars. Once you've safely parked please turn your hazards on, this will show our volunteers that you're ready to receive your bag. Please make sure that either your backseat or trunk is accessible. We understand that some people will have to walk in, it will clearly be identified as to where you are to line up, but if you can drive in, we would prefer you do that. If you have no choice but to walk in, please, if possible, only send ONE person.

The line will clearly be marked with caution cones designating a 7’ space between each person. It is important that you adhere to these restrictions.

While our distribution is first come first serve the food bank of Western Mass has upped our quantity supply to accommodate an increase in households who have had a sudden loss of income. Of course, as always, there is a risk of arriving and us not having any distribution left. We ask for your cooperation and understanding. We have also increased the distribution time from one hour to two hours to accommodate the increase in product.

The time of our distribution will begin at 10 a.m. and last until product is gone or 12 p.m. whichever comes sooner.

In previous weeks we've used your bags however thanks to the cooperation of some community members which include Mountain One, Adams Community Bank, Bane Care, Pope John Paul Charity Center, Fallon Health, and Greylock Bank, we will have bags pre-stuffed using clean, new, reusable bags or paper bags for you.

The weather is not in our favor, we will have any changes to our plan on our answering machine at 743-8333 and posted on social media if the weather is prohibiting the truck from safely navigating over from Hatfield.

We are working on finding a new distribution site for upcoming Mobile Food Bank Events. Stay tuned for more information regarding out next April 14th distribution.

We asked you to please cooperate with our volunteers tomorrow. Thank you for your understanding, as always, were here to continue to provide service for you. Stay safe.

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Solve 2020 N95-Type Mask Shortage
03/21/2020
Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Solve 2020 N95-Type Mask Shortage

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Solve 2020 N95-Type Mask Shortage

If you want to rally the world to your cause, think like a little bird and tweet. Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Photo: Kately Bowden

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03/19/2020

Beware of Scams!

03/18/2020

TRIVIA for Wednesday: see comments...

03/18/2020

Berkshire Medical Center has set up a toll-free hotline to answer any questions or concerns about COVID-19. The hotline is available 7 days a week from 7am – 7pm and can be reached by calling: 1-855-262-5465

03/17/2020

COA Staff made 156 calls today out to 156 community members to check in and make sure everyone was doing okay, had enough food to last them at least 1 to 2 weeks and were aware of the local shopping hours offered by Adams Market for over 60 and immune compromised adults.

Overall feedback, they were all good! We made a couple errand runs for people concerned about toilet paper, of all things, but we got them some to ease their concerns.

We also inquired to some about the 2020 Census.. please make sure people are completing their census! Start asking around! We can assist people to get this done! It directly funds senior center funding and we could use all the funds we can get!

Onward to tomorrow when we will continue to make more phone calls to more households! We're here to support you in any way we can.

03/17/2020

TRIVIA QUESTION:
Who was the first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952 and championed women and labor rights in that country?

See comments for more Trivia..

03/17/2020

In an effort to keep people socially engaged, even if through media.. we're going to introduce a few games. The first being

WHAT AM I?

Below, you'll find a question. Try to guess 'what I am?' as time passes throughout the day and into the next we'll post another clue. The first person to guess the correct answer will win a gift card. Look in the comments for your first clue!

Despite it all, our staff is onsite and festive, keeping a respectable distance away from each other.
03/17/2020

Despite it all, our staff is onsite and festive, keeping a respectable distance away from each other.

03/16/2020

Effective as of March 17, 2020:

In response to safety concerns and to protect the health of our employees, the Visitor Center will be closed to the general public and its facilities non-accessible until further notice. The departments and services within the building will also have limited access. They are as follows:

The Adams Council on Aging will be closed to the general public for walk-in services. We will continue to offer essential transportation services on a pre-arranged basis. All meetings and events are canceled until further notice. For the time being, Council on Aging staff are onsite and will be determining if an in-person meeting would be necessary by calling us at 413-743-8333. For ANY needs relatable to the older adult population, i.e. access to health care, transportation, nutrition, etc. we advise you to contact our staff via phone so that we may access your needs and how we may best address them.

The Adams Retirement Board may be reached via phone at 413-743-5575

The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste may be reached via phone at 413-743-8208

Circumstances are unfolding rapidly and may change in a moment’s notice. We appreciate your cooperation during this time.

Kindly,

Erica Girgenti

03/16/2020

MOBILE FOOD BANK:
It is with great regret to share with you that we have made the decision to cancel future dates Mobile Food Bank events. Rest assure, once we are in the clear of all this we will resume as usual.

This decision does not come easy. We do have one of the largest mobiles in Western Mass and with people being home from work are at risk of drawing an even larger crowd. Our volunteers are those identified as "at-risk" and our county has the second largest over 65 population in Massachusetts. We need to keep both our community, employees and volunteers safe.

We have provisions to continue our Brown Bag program for those currently enrolled and will provided rides to the Market during the "elderly" identified hours.

As always, thank you for understanding and call our office at 743-8333 with any questions.

Information is changing every minute. For the time being, I'd like to thank Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Ama...
03/16/2020
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition |Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Information is changing every minute. For the time being, I'd like to thank Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Amanda Chilson for compiling this information about Food Programs...

Dear Friends of the Food System,
I hope you are doing all you can to remain healthy during this time. There are many questions, concerns, challenges and people conversing around food access and food distribution. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns or challenges that you, your organization, school, farm, etc. are facing in hopes that the North Berkshire Food Access Collaborative can do what we can to support. Also please share anything that you are currently doing to support food access and distribution or are interested in doing as we can come together to support as well!

FOOD ACCESS AND DISTRIBUTION UPDATES:

North Adams Public Schools is participating in the Emergency Feeding Summer Food Service Program. Grab and Go style meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows. Children must be present to receive one breakfast and one lunch per day:
Brayton Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00

Colegrove Park Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00

Mohawk Forest Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch, 11:00-12:00

Greylock Valley Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00

Adams Cheshire Elementary School: will operate breakfast and lunch program starting Monday, March 16th at Hoosac Valley Elementary School. While they are closed, students can pick up a Grab and Go breakfast and lunch package between 9:00-11:00am Monday through Friday in the cafeteria. Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up. This will be available for free for all children 18 and under.

Al Nelson Friendship Center in North Adams and the Williamstown Food Pantry have opted to modify their routines to continue to remain open. Click here to read more.

Pope John Paul Charity Center food pantry in Adams announced it will be closed until further notice.

Berkshire Food Project: The Berkshire Food Project will remain open this week - but ONLY ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY (During its typical lunch hour, 12-1). We will have two meals prepared each of these days - so you will still be able to access a meal for Tuesday and Thursday, just the day BEFORE. Meals will be picked up for to go only - from the Breezeway. There will be no entering the building. Unsure of the status and acquiring food in the next few weeks, the Berkshire Food Project would greatly appreacite donations of gift cards to food establishments or markets, to potentailly distribute in the near future. A great way to support the local economy and community.

Community Bible Church of Williamstown-Open this Wednesday, March 18th, 12:00-2:00. If there are emergency food needs call the church office at 458-5556 or Phyllis Babcock at 413-663-6094.

This is a great time to support Feed It Forward at A-Ok and the Free Taco Board at Tres Ninos!

The FoodBank of Western MA Mobile Food Pantries are STILL RUNNING. Same days, time and locations in North Berkshire at this point. If any changes occur I will be sure to send an email.

Free Saturday Lunches at First Baptist Church, North Adams will resume as take out only on Saturday, March 28th, 11:00am-12:30pm.

Meals on Wheels is still running.

Salvation Army Food Pantry, Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm. Please meet at front door to receive food.

Harper Center (North Adams COA) will continue to provide life support transportation options with the van-medical trips and food shopping fall into this category.

If anyone has volunteer needs, donation needs, etc please let me know and I will help to share this information and support as we can!

This information and updates are fluid and ever-changing. I will be sure to share new information as I hear and please do not hesitate to connect with me as changes happen and I can get that back out to the Northern Berkshire Food Access Collaborative.

Take Care!
Amanda Chilson
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
61 Main St. Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-7588 Ext. 16
www.nbccoalition.org

Organizing, supporting and empowering the Northern Berkshires for over 33 years.

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN:As previously advertised, the Adams Visitor Center and ...
03/12/2020
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN:

As previously advertised, the Adams Visitor Center and Council on Aging was closed earlier this week as a precautionary measure to allow time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. This decision was made as a result of the large number of people who used the building during the community’s successful Thunderfest event this past weekend and the building’s weekly use as our Council on Aging which serves community members most vulnerable to both influenza and COVID-19. During this time, the Council on Aging took the time to host a training for its staff, in particular its transportation department.

Training was offered by Assistant Chief Amalio Jusino of Northern Berkshire EMS/Transport and other supporting agencies including the Town of Adams Emergency Management, Adams Ambulance Service, and Adams Board of Health Code Enforcement Officer. The training provided the local senior center and Town custodial staff with an opportunity to create a safety protocol for transporting constituents to and from their required destinations and an overview of proper sanitization methods designed to protect both staff and clients so that services may continue in a safe manner. It is important to note, that the closure and training was done to allow the opportunity to thoroughly clean and have uninterrupted education and training for senior center staff, as it is a vulnerable population the building primarily serves.

As a result of this training, Council on Aging business operations will continue as usual, opening the building tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2020 for transportation purposes and all programming except the daily lunch program. The lunch program will be suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure and in solidarity with guidance from MDPH to minimize the opportunity for community transmission, especially among our elderly and immune compromised community members. Through coordination of the Adams Council on Aging, current participants of the meal program should contact the Adams Council on Aging to explore the availability of emergency home delivered meals through Elder Services of Berkshire County. Additionally, the transportation department would be happy to provide transport to any number of the local restaurants in Adams or surrounding communities. Coordination for either option can be done by calling Adams COA at 413-743-8333. We hope this suspension will be brief, however this decision is made with much deliberation, upon guidance from the MDPH and in the interest of the public health with the goal to minimize the possibility of community spread. This suspension will also allow time to research best methods and practices to ensure proper sanitation when the program resumes.
Town officials continue to participate in Mass DPH conference calls, trainings and continue to monitor Federal, State and Regional agencies to ensure that we have current information and continue to keep our residents and our staff safe. One of the best ways you can prepare is to seek information from reliable sources. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites are updated regularly and are the best resources for comprehensive and current information to keep yourself informed.

The best method to fight COVID-19 and influenza is to continue to follow the protective measures that public health officials have emphasized to help prevent any virus, including recommendations to:
 Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
 Avoid touching your eyes and face.
 Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
 Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
 Stay home when feeling sick.
 If you are a member of a vulnerable population, i.e., elderly or immune compromised, avoid large gatherings.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Berkshire Medical Center also has established a local toll-free hotline for the community to use if they have questions or concerns about COVID-19. That number is 855-BMC-LINK, or 855-262-5465. The line is available 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents also may contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 617-983-6800.

With the attention COVID-19 continues to receive, it is important to stay informed and know the facts. Keeping the public safe, and healthy remains our top priority, and we are continuing to review and update our response, operations, and communication plans as this situation continues to evolve. We will use the town’s website, social media, local media, and our Reverse 911 system to provide information, updates, and special instructions as needed.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Jay R. Green, J.D.
Town Administrator
8 Park Street
Adams, Massachusetts 01220
413-743-8300 x170

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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