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WTF to host “In Solidarity: A Panel Discussion” to consider systemic racism- how arts & communities respond

On Tuesday, June 9, 4 PM, Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts In Solidarity: A Panel Discussion
Facebook Live   
As we (WTF) reflect on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, we ask ourselves: what role does art and community play as we process, respond, and begin to move forward? Through our work—the words of playwrights and the power of generative artists—we endeavor to manifest the power of truth and unconditional love.

Join us to engage this complex question with panelists:
– Shirley Edgerton, Berkshire County community leader and Cultural Proficiency Coach for Pittsfield Public Schools

– Mandy Greenfield, WTF Artistic Director
– LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, PhD, WTF Trustee and Williams College Associate Professor of Africana Studies 
– Harrison David Rivers, current WTF-commissioned playwright, former WTF Playwright-in-Residence, author of Where Storms are Born
– Laura Savia, WTF Associate Artistic Director

B’shire Botanical Gardens online class: Planting Design Part 1- Form & Texture, starts June 16

This online class meets four consecutive Weds, June 16 – July 7 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. To register: Berkshire Botanical Gardens

In this four-week course for the home gardener or seasoned professional, garden designer David Dew Bruner will help you develop the skills you need to create effective planting designs. Explore the use of form and texture as it applies to plant choice and design in the ornamental garden. Design concepts and presentation will be covered. Learn representative drawing techniques to use in your designs through a series of exercises. A final project will be assigned, allowing students to synthesize and apply their learning.

David Dew Bruner, A.S.L.A., is an award-winning landscape architect and fine artist with over 35 years of experience in the field. In addition to serving as Deputy Administrator of Riverside Park in New York City, his diverse background includes amusement park design, historic restoration and all scales of residential design. Originally from New Orleans, David holds a B.L.A. and a B.F.A. from LSU as well as an M.L.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Required text: Professional Planting Design by Scott Scarfone

Celebrate with Mt. Greylock Class of 2020! Watch MG Virtual Senior Night Program at 7pm, Fri, June 5 on WilliNet TV ch 1303

Click here at 7pm, Friday, June 5 to watch “MG Pre-Graduation Virtual Ceremony”  Enjoy Senior Speeches, Student Academic Awards, Teacher & Staff member of the Year, Senior Class Officers, Mt. Greylock Administrators address the Class of 2020 during this virtual celebration of Mt. Greylock Seniors the night before their drive-thru graduation! Tune in to WilliNet TV channel 1303 at 7:00pm, Friday, June 5, 2020 & here on willinet.org.

Reopening Massachusetts: COVID-19 Control Plan, Workplace Safety Standards, Guidelines


Before reopening ALL businesses must follow these guidelines:

What supplies do I need to reopen my business or return to work?
As an employer, you must:

  • Require masks and coverings for all employees
  • Provide handwashing supplies and capabilities
  • Sanitize high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site
  • Additional mandatory workplace safety standards can be found here
  • As an employee, you must wear a face covering or mask at your workplace
  • Southern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced starting this week any private, non-profit or non-governmental organizations that are requesting PPE supplies should follow this new process: Send an email to reoc34.manager@mass.gov
    • In the email include:
      • Agency Information
      • Contact Person
      • Staff Size
      • Specific items, including sizes and quantities
      • Burn rate of the items (requests should be limited to enough for 7 days)
      • Address they want it shipped
WEBINAR:  Reopening your Restaurant:  Thrive Not Just Survive!
Receive industry-specific guidance for reopening your business and hear examples from business owners on how they are adapting to COVID-19 and plans to reopen their businesses.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar – Zoom
Cost: Free
Register HereRestaurants will be permitted to provide outdoor dining service, with restrictions, upon the start of Phase II; providing continued positive progression of public health data, indoor dining may be authorized by a subsequent order during Phase II. In order to provide improved opportunities for outdoor table service, the order also provides flexibility to a local licensing authority to grant approval for a change for any type of license that permits the sale of alcoholic beverages for on- premises consumption. In both outdoor and indoor dining cases, restaurants will be required to comply with sector-specific COVID-19 workplace safety rules for restaurants.

(PREVIEW) Restaurants
Additional resources below, include easy print versions of sector specific circular and check lists

The retail preview site can be found at:  Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses

Additional highlights include:

  • Limited store occupancy
    • Retailers must limit occupancy to the greater of the two: 8 persons per 1000 sq. feet of accessible indoor space, or 40% of the max permitted occupancy (includes customers and employees)
    • Shopping mall operators must limit occupancy to 40% at all general entrances; food courts, play areas, seating areas and arcades are to be closed
  • Fitting rooms must remain closed
  • Other standard requirements include face coverings, frequent cleanings, employee protocols, and more
WEBINAR:  Reopening Your Hospitality Business:  Thrive Not Just Survive!
Receive industry-specific guidance for reopening your business and hear examples from business owners on how they are adapting to COVID-19 and plans to reopen their businesses.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar – Zoom
Cost: Free
Register Here

(PREVIEW) Operators of Lodgings
Additional resources below, include easy print versions of sector specific circular and check lists.
Child Care & Summer Recreation Programs

Guidelines for Phased Reopening Issued for Child Care and Summer Camps

Child care programs licensed by EEC will be required to submit plans to the department to be approved once Phase II reopening begins. The Department will provide templates for submission as the process is launched and will utilize an attestation approval process. In order to mitigate the impact of business interruptions caused by fluctuations in family demand and changes in group sizes outlined in the health and safety guidelines, EEC will provide grants to programs that currently receive CCDBG subsidies through the first two months of reopening. More details on the reopening process and child care provider grant program will be released shortly.

Preparedness Planning: Prior to reopening, all programs must develop plans for daily health screenings and ways to identify children and staff who are sick, symptomatic, or who become exposed to coronavirus. Programs must also have a plan in place to handle possible closings, staff absences, and gaps in child attendance, as well as determine how to communicate with staff, parents, local boards of health and others.

  • Programs must screen all staff and children with a temperature check, before they are permitted to enter the child care space. Programs must establish one entry point to ensure no one is allowed in the building until they pass a health screening.

Group sizes and staffing: Group sizes must be restricted to a maximum of 10 children, with a total of 12 individuals including children and staff in each room. The infant-to-staff ratio is smaller, with 7 infants to 2 staff members and a maximum of group size of 9.

  • Children must remain with the same group each day and at all times while in care. Siblings should be kept in the same group, when suitable.
  • Groups must not be combined at any time.
  • The same staff must remain with the same group of children each day. Staff should not float between groups either during the day or from day-to-day, with some limited exceptions. Group transportation should only be provided during the phased reopening when there is no other option to transport children to and from the program. Programs intending to provide transportation services should follow detailed guidance.

For summer day camps: Campers and counselors will need daily health screenings, including temperature and other checks for signs and symptoms of illness. Camps will need plans in place for when a staff member or child becomes sick.

  • Camp spaces will need to be prepared to ensure physical distancing.
  • Camps will need to have at least two health services staff on site at all times.
  • Other protocols require campers and counselors to stay together in their groups and staff will not be able to move between groups either during the day or from day-to-day, unless needed to provide supervision of specialized activities such as swimming.
  • Snacks and meals should be brought from home, pre-packaged, or ready-to-serve in individual portions to minimize handling and preparation. When this is not feasible, staff must prepare and serve meals. No family-style food service.
  • Camps may not take campers on field trips or for other offsite travel.
Nursing Homes

Guidance for nursing homes, rest homes and assisted living facilities detailing how to safely allow scheduled visits with residents to occur. These measures include:

  • A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 cannot be visited. A resident who has recovered from COVID-19 may be visited.
  • Visitors must be screened for fever or respiratory symptoms. Any individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 infection will not be permitted to visit with a resident.
  • A long-term care facility staff member trained in patient safety and infection control measures must always remain with the resident during the visit.
  • Visits must be limited to no more than two individuals. A visitor must always remain at least 6 feet from the resident and attending staff member(s) during the visit.
  • Staff and residents must wear a surgical face mask and visitors must wear a face covering or mask for the duration of the visit.

THANK YOU Williamstown Chamber of Commerce for compiling this info and links!!

Jacob’s Pillow invites you to FREE: “Dance We Must” on Sat, June 20, 7pm.

A virtual event: Dance We Must on June 20 will be an amazing hour of performances, with a special taste of the Pillow. Click to RSVP.