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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Nursing Graduates
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020

BCC, like many other schools, has been forced to be creative in recognizing its graduates during the pandemic. The graduates have often put their own spin on the unusual ceremonies. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Twenty-seven graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College and 57 associate degree in nursing graduates were recognized on Tuesday night for a combination drive-through and remote ceremony in order to observe social distancing protocols because to COVID-19.     Ann Tierney, a nursing adviser, retired nurse practitioner and professor of nursing, addressed the practical nursing students while Lynn Geldert,

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Pittsfield to Explore Forming Office Of Diversity
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:01PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will explore creating an office of diversity, equity, and inclusion to address issues in both the city government and the schools.   The School Committee accepted an anti-racism resolution last week but some members wanted to do more and committee member Alison McGee asked that a subcommittee be formed to make sure the school district follows through on the resolution.   This began a larger discussion on addressing racism in the schools and School Committee member Dennis Powell said just accepting a resolution wasn't enough and more accountability was needed.   "This is really something that I am very concerned about and it is

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Massachusetts Lifting 14-Day Isolation for Certain Travelers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
BOSTON — The state is welcoming travelers from surrounding states that have controlled the spread of the novel coronavirus.    Beginning July 1, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey will not be expected to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine advisory put in place more than two months ago.    However, those arriving from other areas — including residents returning home to Massachusetts from them — are still being asked to continue the two-week isolation period.   Gov. Charlie Baker said at Tuesday's COVID-19 update that lifting these restrictions is based on data showing that

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Lenox Re-Elects Incumbents in Low Turnout Election
12:07PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — The town of Lenox has posted the unofficial results for Monday's annual town election. All incumbents were returned to their positions unchallenged. 

The turnout was extremely low with less than 3 percent, or 93, of the town's 3,693 voters casting ballots.    Re-elected were John J. McNinch as moderator with 72 votes; Warren E. Archey (68) and William David Roche Jr. (63) to the Board of Selectmen; John R. Kearns (75) to the Board of Health; Wayne W. Lemanski (77) as assesor; and Christine Mauro(62) and Robert D. Munch (61) to the School Committee.    Lauryn Franzoni Pederson garnered 63 votes running unopposed to the Planning Board.

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BTG to Host 'Sunset Cinema' Outside at Taconic High School
11:26AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will show family-friendly films at its newly established Sunset Cinema outside at Taconic High School on Valentine Road on July 10-11 and July 16-18.

The cinema will begin on Friday, July 10, with Disney’s "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!," a movie about an intrepid group of kids called the newsies in 1899, who fought corporate America and won. Winner of two Tony Awards, "Newsies" follows the real life story of Jack Kelly, who takes on the system that cheats them out of wages while raising prices at their expense.

"Newsies feels so right for this time and for our community, BTG Artistic Director and CEO Kate

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2020 dean's list.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. 

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 138 students qualified for high honors:

Connecticut

Canaan: Kaitlynn Huften, Emily

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Berkshire County Arc Announces Scholarship Winners
10:03AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients for high school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services.

The winners are:

• Madison Tobin, Pittsfield High School graduate to attend Roger Williams University with a major in elementary education/special education.

• Viictoria Tynan, Taconic High School graduate to attend MCLA and major in social work.

• Jordyn Gagliardi, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Fitchburg State College to major in criminal justice. 

• Kate Mathews, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend University of New Hampshire's College of Health

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Work to Achieve Your Financial Independence
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:51AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Over the past few months, just about everyone has felt the loss of some type of freedom, whether it's being able to travel, engage in social gatherings or participate in other activities we previously took for granted. 

Still, as we prepare to observe Independence Day, it's comforting to realize all the freedoms we still have in this country. And taking the right steps can also help you achieve your financial independence.

Here are some moves to consider:

• Build an emergency fund. It's a good idea to create an emergency fund consisting of three to six months' worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid, low-risk account. With this fund in place, you

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License Board Permit Rusty Anchor to Open Deck
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Although not all members were in agreement, the Licensing Board gave the Rusty Anchor permission to temporarily serve outdoors.   The board voted 3-2 on Monday to allow the bar on Lake Pontoosuc to open up seating and serve beer and wine on its patio under the governor's orders for Phase 2 that allows for outside dining.   "This is a really unique situation and I really think we could make a decision here without getting ourselves in trouble and really support this," board member Dennis Powell said.   Board members Kathleen Amuso and Thomas Campoli voted in the negative because they felt legally they could not allow the opening because

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Williams College Announces Plan for Return of Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Monday, June 29, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday morning announced that students will be welcomed back to campus beginning in August for a semester of " 'hybrid' courses that blend in-person and remote instruction."

In a 3,400-hundred word letter to the college community, President Maud S. Mandel explained that the college's faculty and administration have designed a return from the spring's campus closure that aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Students will be allowed to choose to take the year off with no penalty, and the college has lowered the number of

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Pittsfield Schools Looking to Fund Internet For Families
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, June 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In preparation for the possibility of further remote learning, the school administration is exploring the use of CARES Act funding to provide all students with internet access.   Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee last week that the plan is to tap the district's $1.5 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act allocation to purchase mobile hotspots for families without an internet connection.    "We do continue to examine the means of getting much closer to 100 percent of our families connected to the internet," he said. "With a high-quality internet that works for our

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Pittsfield Receives CARES Act Funding
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Sunday, June 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council last week accepted $900,000.00 from the state through the CARES Act to be used for COVID-19 pandemic related expenses.   This is the first installment of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ACT funding and the council voted Tuesday to officially accept it.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood told the council that it will be placed in a special revenues account with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding and will be used for COVID-19 related purchases as the city reopens.   "As we go forward and reopen we will have to purchase window shields, more [personal protective equipment], and other

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