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NAMI Berkshire County Accepting Award Nominations
01:07PM / Monday, June 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County is seeking award nominations for the 2016 Eunice Zorobo Awards, which will be presented during the organization’s annual meeting in September.

Following are the 2016 Euince Zorbo Award categories:

Member of the Year
This award recognizes a member as someone who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County’s activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness.

Citizen of the Year
This award is given to someone who has shown an understanding of mental illnesses and advocates for improvement in treatment of those who live with mental


Biz Briefs: Fairfield Inn & Suites Honored for Performance
12:13PM / Monday, June 06, 2016

What a performance: The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Great Barrington has been presented with the Performance Award.

Receiving the Silver award the Fairfield Inn & Suites/Great Barrington is thrilled to share this remarkable achievement with the Marriott International and Fairfield Inn & Suites community as well as all of Great Barrington.

“Our dedicated team is making a difference by consistently putting the guests’ needs first, enabling them to make the most of their time in the Berkshires. We are very proud that the associates create an atmosphere that our visitors can call home,” said Patty Jordan, general manager.

In addition to the Silver


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Berkshires Beat: Local Students Compete in Science Fair
11:58AM / Monday, June 06, 2016

Good job: Several middle schoolers from Berkshire County placed at the State Science and Engineering Fair at Worcester Technical High School on Saturday.

Noah Pereault from St. Agnes won a second place for his project, "The Sugar Situation."

Sydni Jamros, Nick Alibozek and Emily Godfrey from Hoosac got an honorable mention for "Hoverboard," as did BaRT student Fransisco Alicandri for "Which Alloy Conductors Conduct the Best?" and St. Agnes student Emma Kotelnick for "Do You See What I See?"

The Massachusetts Middle School Science & Engineering Fair is a forum for students in grades six through eight to explore "real world" science


Message of Hope for St. Joe Graduates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:08PM / Sunday, June 05, 2016

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski called on the graduates to be 'people of hope.' See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The optimism that pervades all high school graduations took on a theological dimension at Sunday's St. Joseph Central School commencement.   The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski had his homily teed up by a Gospel reading that focused on the healing power of God.   "Today's readings are filled with hope," Rozanski told the graduates and communicants at Sunday's baccalaureate Mass and commencement. "Today's graduation is a sign of hope.   Rozanski told the 34 graduates that they need to be people of hope as they


BArT 'Harvests' Hundredth Graduate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The "A" in BArT stands for "Arts."   But for a few moments at Saturday morning's commencement exercises, it sounded like the charter public school was an aggie school.   Assistant Principal and science teacher Miles Wheat picked just the right metaphor for the day.   "Gardening," Wheat said to the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School. "There is something magical to me about watching a garden grow. I never get over the wonder of the harvest. It amazes me and humbles me every time."   Even though, as a biology teacher, he can explain to his students how plants


BCC Grads Told Future May Be Murky But to Keep Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

Sen. Benjamin Downing gives the commencement address at Tanglewood. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Laura Forero thought she wanted to go into computer programming.   But one semester in at Berkshire Community College, she realized it wasn't for her. She finished up her classes and tried to figure out what to do instead.    "I realized that I did not see programming in my future. I realized this was not after all something I wanted to do. However, I did not see my decision as a failure. Instead I learned that I did not want to do something so it was kind of a success," Forero said.    The next semester she changed majors to


Pittsfield Realtor Named State Realtor of the Year
04:32PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Realtors Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts (RCA-MA) has awarded Barb Davis-Hassan the prestigious Realtor of the Year Award.

Davis-Hassan of Pittsfield and broker/owner of Barb Hassan Realty, serves as the 2016 RCA-MA president. A realtor since 1988, she has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager designation, the Certified Residential Specialist designation, and the Graduate of the Realtor Institute designation.

Davis-Hassan has been a member of the Board of Directors of the RCA-MA since 2008. She serves as a MAR state director, serves on MAR’s Government Affairs Committee,

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Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Family Support and Advocacy
01:25PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Amy Robandt to director of family support and advocacy.

Robandt has been with the agency more than seven years and previously served as the director of Family Services. In her new role, she joins the agency’s Senior Management Team and will oversee Berkshire County Arc’s Advocacy and Family Support Services, which include the agency’s self-advocacy groups, Adult Family Care program, the Central and Southern Berkshire County Family Support Center, individualized support services and agency intakes and referrals.

“I am so happy to have this opportunity to continue supporting individuals and their families


Advantage Employee Network Announces New Coordinator
01:15PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc announces Wendy Lane Wright as the coordinator of Advantage Employee Network (AEN) – the employment division of Berkshire County Arc.

AEN provides comprehensive, individualized employment services that help people with disabilities to succeed in life and work. Wright will help AEN continue to grow and provide cutting-edge employment services by assisting and overseeing a successful, well-established employment program.

Over the last 13 years, Wright served Behavioral Health Network's Abilities Unlimited and Carson Center Programs as a human resource and communications professional, networking, recruiting, inspiring, coaching and


Pittsfield Students Inducted into National Honor Society from Massachusetts Virtual School
11:56AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eric Worrick and Eric DuPont of Pittsfield were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) this spring as part of the first class from TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the state’s newest and largest full-time, tuition-free virtual public school for students in grades K-12.  

NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Sixteen students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at TECCA


Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 3-9
10:52AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

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