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Mount Greylock Building Issues to Be Addressed this Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the new Mount Greylock Regional School will continue through the summer months, the School Committee learned last week.   During a brief early evening open session on Wednesday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the committee that the middle-high school will again be an "active work site" after the planned last day of classes on June 24.   The work will include taking care of some items still on the punch list since the school opened for classes in September, but it also includes the replacement of carpet tiles in several areas, including the band room, orchestra room, media center (library), main office, guidance suite and pupil

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Extends 'Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion'
12:02PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
da Vinci continues

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" at the Berkshire Museum has been extended through September 8 due to popular demand. Since opening on Feb. 9, the exhibit as driven increased visitor volume, drawing nearly 50 percent more visits this winter and spring than during the same period in 2018. The exhibition, which was scheduled to end May 19, will now continue through the busy summer tourism season, ending after Labor Day.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" combines the drawings and mechanical inventions of one of the world's greatest thinkers with the history of his life in a hands-on experience for all ages. Museum visitors are invited to

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Filmmaking Workshops Offered for Youths
11:37AM / Monday, May 20, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and Berkshire Community College are offering summer filmmaking workshops for youths and teens.

A filmmaking intensive for 15- to 19-year-olds will be held June 24-June 28 and one of 11- to 14-year-olds will be held July 8-12. These week long workshops will meet daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BCC’s South County Campus, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington.

The purpose of the workshops are twofold: for kids to experience what it’s like to work on a real movie crew from creation of an idea to the final edit of the project and for the group to produce a high quality short film championed in every aspect by everyone in

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Rabasco Wins Steel Rail Half Marathon
07:28PM / Sunday, May 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco Sunday won the Steel Rail Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds.   Rabasco covered the course with a mile pace of 5:32 and finished nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Bissaillon of Merrimac.   Mount Greylock graduate Emily Kaegi was the first woman across the line, finishing in 1:29:02. She was followed by April Varellas of Adams in 1:31.46.   Six hundred, twenty-one competitors finished the half marathon, which is held in conjunction with an 8-kilometer race.   Adams' Justin Levesque won the 8K in 30:28, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up and first woman across the line Heather

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:23AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Marshall Raser, owner of Carr Hardward, is given the Downtown Person of the Year Award for not only owning a longstanding business but for his volunteer efforts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Something new, something old, and something colorful.   The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival to Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.   "Berkshire Pride Festival is more than an event, however, it has become a touchstone of the community that

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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Amber Besaw, director of NBCC, welcomes the gathering to the recovery center's open house on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.    That strong start was celebrated on Tuesday evening with an open house to get the word out that a safe space for sharing was available to those affected by addiction.    "We don't subscribe to one form of therapy or recovery," said peer counselor David Risch. "We do it by ourselves. We share our experiences, strength and hope in recovery. And if we want to break the stigma of

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Pittsfield Resurfaces Tennis Courts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

The high school coaches and parents have been urging the city to improve the courts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's tennis courts were in serious disrepair and parents and coaches certainly took notice.   They began advocating the city to fix them. The high school teams practice and play on them and the coaches felt not only were the courts in poor condition but also posed a safety hazard.   So the city "accelerated" the capital plans to repair them. The administration knew it had to do something and had originally eyed repairs a few years from now but then moved it up to begin in the fall. Now there's only two more courts left  to

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is

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Berkshire Educators Rally Support For 'Fund Our Future' Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:40AM / Saturday, May 18, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier joined in support of the efforts. The lawmakers will be taking bills up this session. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate's budget would give an additional $5 million in funding to Pittsfield Public Schools.   But is only addressing one of four areas cited by the Foundation Formula Budget Review Commission, which found in 2015 that the state has dramatically underfunded the public schools for health care, special education, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged students.   State Sen. Adam Hinds wants you to imagine what the local schools could do if all four aspects were fully

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Pittsfield To Re-examine Downtown Parking Meters
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:18PM / Friday, May 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program.   Berkshire Nautilus owner Jim Ramondetta has submitted a petition to the City Council with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta claims the city had not kept him informed of the move and that meters would hinder his business. He's fighting for 90-minute parking, like he has now, instead.   Council Vice President John Krol filed a petition with the council to do just that in the new lot. The current Columbus Avenue garage is torn down and construction of a new

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BCC hires new TRiO Academic Counselor
10:54AM / Friday, May 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired Michael Obasohan as the new TRiO Academic Counselor in the TRiO Student Support Services Program.

Obasohan previously worked as the assistant director of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Education and as an adjunct faculty member at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

He received his master of science degree for higher education in general administration from Bay Path University and his bachelor of arts management degree from MCLA. He lives in North Adams.

The TRiO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Service program at BCC is a free federally funded program under the U.S. Department of

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Community Health Programs Taps New Board Member
10:42AM / Friday, May 17, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The board of directors of Community Health Programs has named Celia Clancy of Lenox as a new member.

Clancy is CEO of Celia Clancy Consulting and past CEO/president of The Fitzpatrick Companies. She brings to the board her background in retail and consumer goods business leadership and consulting. She has worked with public, private, family-owned private equity and ESOP companies; her expertise includes strategic planning, business process improvement, merchandising, direct consumer marketing and manufacturing.

"Celia brings an extraordinary background in business leadership and marketing to the board," said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of CHP. 

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