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Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships
03:36PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held their scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club in June inin conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.

Since 1987 the Pittsfield UNICO chapter has given out over $285,000 in scholarships throughout Berkshire County. The ceremony was the culmination of the chapter’s fundraising efforts throughout the year which included a wine tasting, a golf tournament and other events.

The UNICO Scholarship Committee, chaired by Julie Salatino, awarded 16 scholarships totaling $15,000 dollars. The Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship committee, chaired by past

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Contaminated Soil Adds to Cost of Taconic High Site Work
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Getting rid of construction debris found in the soil at the site of the new Taconic High School will require construction managers to dip into contingency funds for the first time.   John Benzinger of consulting firm Skanska USA said three types of materials were found in the soil: contamination, construction debris, and unusable soils. He estimates more than a half-million dollars will be needed to dispose and replace the materials found.   "Someone obviously dumped some stuff they shouldn't have when they built that soccer field," Benzinger said. "This material needs to be sent to a disposal facility."   The contamination is

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
10:42AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 40 local students among the 112 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended June 1.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Amelia Biancolo, of Dalton; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y.; and Sarah Willson,

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Taconic High Building Project Site Work Picking Up In Summer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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Much of the material being excavated is being kept on site to be re-used. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With school out, site work on the new Taconic High School is picking up.   The site of the new school, directly across the driveway from the current building, is under heavy construction, with equipment, material piles and dozens of workers getting the ground ready for vertical construction.    "They've started pouring the footings, which are the below-level anchors to the building," Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Tuesday.    The project is being managed by Gilbane Construction in tandem with project managers from Skanska USA. So far, site

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MCLA, BCC Offer Summer Program to Aid Transition to College
01:57PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, will offer the first MCLA/BCC Dual Enrollment: Summer 2016 Academy from July 6 through Aug. 5, to provide an intensive college readiness experience to local, newly graduated high school students.

This pilot program, directed toward newly graduated high school students from Pittsfield and northern Berkshire County, will include two Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program academic courses, which will prepare them to attend MCLA or BCC this fall. In addition, each student will

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Lists Graduates, Award Recipients
03:42PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Adult Learning Center's Graduation took place June 15 at Crosby Elementary School.

Among the 40 adult students earning a high school equivalency, 36 achieved their goal by successfully passing the HiSET exam and another four completed the Adult Diploma program.
 

2016 Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Award Recipients

William Stickney Scholarship: Samuel Acquah, Lorraine Akor, Don R. Ross, Gabriel J. Schultheis

Linda Hermanski Positive Mindset Award: Linda Brown

Persistence and Dedication Award: Carlos Barrillas

Committed to Excellence Award: Maribel Maza-Quispe

Samuel Acquah, Lorraine Akor, Christine A. Baker, Nicole M. Bianco, Adrian

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
03:35PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging up to $1,400 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

* Victoria A. Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School

* Cody Ciepiela, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Down Syndrome Family Group Scholarship, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.)

* Elizabeth B. Bean, St. Joseph High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award,

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Berkshire Country Day School Celebrates Awards, Graduation
03:22PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated an Awards and Graduation Ceremony on June 15.

Fourteen students graduated from BCD.
 

Members of the Class of 2016 are:

* William Hakan Blomquist, Hillsdale, N.Y.

* Nicolas Frederic Capala, Spencertown, N.Y.
 
* Samantha Veta Mavis Elliott, Pittsfield, Mass.
 
* Samuel Maher Ferrone, Spencertown, N.Y.
 
* Maxwell Bradshaw Kittredge, Dalton, Mass.

* Tibor Kane Lazar, Kinderhook, N.Y.

*  Rosemary Elizabeth Lindsay, Lakeville, Conn.

*  Finn Iverson Mathews, Lenox, Mass.

* Dorree Sainoi Ndooki, Great Barrington, Mass.

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
02:55PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2016 Dean’s List.

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, 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 159 students

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Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo
02:47PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took the top prize in the Youth Art Expo, sponsored by the countywide coaltion Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy.

Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah High School, Miss Halls School, Taconic High School and Monument Mountain High School. The expo’s theme was, “Nine months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more …” Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that

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