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Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp Enrollment Open
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, June 16, 2019
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp returns this August and sign-ups are open now.    In mid-August, high school and middle school students throughout the county will get a chance to sit in with a group of master jazz musicians at Hoosac Valley High School.     "The students will be able to hear and play with some of the top musicians in the world today," professional trumpeter and North Adams native Richard Boulger said. "It is a real pleasure to see how the students are inspired by hearing our faculty. Not to mention, hearing how much the students progress in just a matter of days."   This is the second Jazz Camp

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Adult Learning Center Grads Get New Lease on Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, June 14, 2019
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Student speaker Brittany Sullivan shared her story of how she turned her life around. More photos from there ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Brittany Sullivan lost her sister, her life spiraled out of control.    "When I was 14 years old, my sister died suddenly in a car accident. This sent me into a downward spiral that led me to drinking, smoking, and dipping into opioids, which eventually got me kicked out of my home at 17. Shortly after, I dropped out of high school," Sullivan said.   At the time Sullivan was already struggling with depression. She felt that she was "stupid and inadequate." That feeling had set in

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State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Teens on Healthy Interactions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Thursday, June 13, 2019
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The roundtable (more like rectangular table) conversation drew a large group. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sometimes a teenager will take to social media to complain about another. It causes riffs between the two individuals.   The original poster's friends ask what it was all about and they respond they were just venting. That's when the friends should step in and tell the poster to go talk to the individual about it. That is a better way to solve problems.   Such a scenario takes place within 30 seconds and in animated form through a series of videos recently released by the state Department of Public Health. Another shows someone intervening in a bullying situation.

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MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Professor Lisa Donovan, director other institute, center, speaks with attendees before symposium begins.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.   The college launched its new Institute for Arts and Humanities on Wednesday morning with a three-day conference on diversity, equity and inclusion that included an address that night by activist and commentator Nikki Giovanni and a lunchtime talk by Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, on Thursday.   The institute was made possible by a three-year $360,000 grant from The

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Mount Greylock School District Seeks Williamstown Resident to Fill Vacant Committee Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has a vacancy on its School Committee and less than a month to fill the position.   School Committee Vice Chairman Dan Caplinger informed the Williamstown Select Board on Monday that Joe Bergeron, one of four Williamstown residents on and chairman of the seven-person committee, has resigned.   The committee is seeking applicants for another Williamstown resident to fill out the remainder of Bergeron's term, which expires with the November 2020 biennial election.   The regional agreement that binds Williamstown and Lanesborough, last approved by the voters two years ago, spells out the procedure for

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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Anti-Bias Training Program Seeks to Create Leaders in Berkshire Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, June 10, 2019
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At Wednesday's ceremony, the audience and students took part in one of the interactive sessions focusing on identity. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It takes confidence for a student to speak out and interfere when another is being harassed or bullied.

It takes confidence and skill to step in when somebody is being targeting other students with hateful words.

Schools traditionally would bring in a speaker or hold an assembly and adults would preach to the students when something bad like bullying happened.   And then the assembly would end and there wouldn't be anything until it happened again.   Phil Fogelman, director of the Anti-Defamation League's World

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PHS Students Ready to Be Accountable Adults
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:18PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Pittsfield High School's class of 2019 is ready to be held accountable.   That's what Superintendent Jason McCandless wants from the students -- to hold themselves accountable. That means being reflective about their words or actions, looking at themselves before blaming others, fix what they've broken, be true to their work, keep promises, show gratitude, ask for help when needed and return the favor, and be kind.   "We do want you to leave the world better than you found it but to do this you must leave here today with renewed dedication to taking responsibility each and every moment of each and every day for your own behavior,"

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Taconic Graduates 'Class of Change'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:19PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019
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For some it was a time to dance across the stage. More photos can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.   The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.   "If I went back in time and told my freshman self that she'd come to miss all of that, she probably would have slapped me. But, falling ceiling tiles and antifreeze smelling

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Lenox High Graduates Ready to Take Flight
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The 49 graduates of Lenox Memorial High School are ready for the risks ahead as they leave the close-knit class of 2019 and learn to fly.   The class is similar to the monarch butterfly that the students had rushed to see emerge from its chrysalis after weeks of waiting, said valedictorian Magdalena Sorrentino from the stage of the Shed at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon.   "We want to so badly to witness this first life, to see the transformation of a little caterpillar to the majestic butterfly," she said, but their teacher advised patience and that the insect would emerge when it was ready. We saw the crinkly chrysalis slide away to reveal

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