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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Superintendent Jason McCandless outlines his plan on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.     City Council unanimously approved a spending plan layout Tuesday that will provide the school district with a $1,285,600 shot in the arm — pumping resources in both the elementary and middle schools.    "We know that this money was directly and specifically aimed at communities that need it the most," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.  "I can assure you ... many of our

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Pittsfield Schools Launching New African-American Studies Courses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Mabel Hamilton provides opening remarks about the importance of the classes. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mabel Hamilton remembers when stories of African American history weren't just passed down from family to family, but were reinforced in schools.   The city school system had offered African American studies, delving into the history and contributions of the black community as part of the American story. But a few decades ago, the school district cut the class and that history faded from the curriculum.   "Life is a cycle and if we do not know where we come from, we will not know where we are going," Hamilton said.   Hamilton was addressing a crowd at

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Increased Chapter 70 Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee set a spending plan for an extra $1.3 million increase in state funding that it hadn't anticipated Monday night.   The plan is eyed to benefit the middle and elementary schools as well as alternative programs.   The School Committee held a special meeting Monday to approve the state funding increase that will go before the City Council on Tuesday night.    "We tend to ... base our numbers on not the rosiest scenarios but the most likely scenarios," Superintendent Jason McCandless said. "This is one of the few times in my career I have seen, in terms of finances, the rosiest scenario play

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Sunday, August 11, 2019
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Lever's Jeffrey Thomas gives a T-shirt to intern Jade Schnauber because she's kind of a big deal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They say that doing is the best way to learn. So for 10 weeks, 44 college students have had a chance experience how their education can be applied to real-world settings.    The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.   For Steven Luciano of Boston, who is studying international business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was a chance

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Miss Hall's School Names Dean of Equity and Inclusion
11:13AM / Friday, August 09, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has hired Paula M. Lima Jones of Amherst, Mass., as the school's first dean of equity and inclusion.

In this new role, Lima Jones will provide direction and leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Miss Hall's, working closely with students and adults to facilitate a culture of inclusivity on and beyond the MHS campus. A member of the school's senior Leadership Team, Lima Jones will join the dean of academics and faculty and dean of students to launch new DEI programming and strengthen ongoing institutional efforts toward achieving the school's strategic goal of inclusive community.

"I am thrilled

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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with long-term exposure to synthetic surfaces are highly anecdotal and do not stand up to scientific scrutiny, proponents say. And the health benefits of a

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College Notes: June & July 2019
03:51PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
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Maya Finston-Fox of Monterey was among 30students who gave up a week of summer break to make a difference through BW's Alternative Break service program. The Berea, Ohio, college's program facilitated four experiences with student volunteers traveling to Clarkston, Ga.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and Raleigh, N.C.   Finston-Fox, a political science major and graduate of Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, volunteered to take part in the experience in Portland. The team of nine students partnered with the YWCA of Greater Portland to learn about domestic violence against women and how college students can be better advocates for their community and peers. The YWCA of

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
11:30AM / Monday, July 08, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2019 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.

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Jasmine Hyatt, Megan Meczywor, Samantha Rodriguez, Andrea Roya, Keira

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UNICO Awards Scholarships to Berkshire County Students
11:42AM / Friday, July 05, 2019
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The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO National and its Scholarship Committee awarded  $14,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates who are continuing their post secondary education.

The students are:

* Sarah Aitken of Pittsfield High School received the Francis Sanginetti Scholarship. Sarah will be attending the University of Massachusetts, where she will study nursing.  She is the daughter of Daniel and Tammy Aitken of Pittsfield.

* Timothy Clayton of Wahconah Regional High School received the Brian Piccolo Scholarship.  He will be attending Endicott College. He is the son of Steven and Kimberly Clayton of Dalton.

* Joseph Cracolici of Pittsfield High School received a

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