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Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street.   The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.   On Wednesday, the School Committee approved a lease with Scarafoni Associates to lease much smaller space at 53 Eagle St. for the one program at the center remaining off-site. The school will lease 2,045 square feet of space at $18 per square foot — for a total cost of

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Five Reid Students Honored For Building Positive School Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:43PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five Reid Middle School students were honored for their community involvement on Wednesday.   The Say It Proud Awards, presented by the Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, are given out to youth who make positive impacts. Three of the winning Reid students sit on the school council and two others on Students Against Destructive Decisions.   The partnership gives the awards to commend teens who make positive decisions and good choices as the organization strives toward creating a more positive and healthy environment for the city's youth. The organization says by honoring young people for their efforts, it helps further

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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20
08:44AM / Thursday, May 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fresh off being named the "Best Annual Consignment Sale" in the Berkshires, the annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO clothing sale will be held Saturday, May, 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The sale has been an annual or bi-annual event for more than 10 years and is the largest fundraiser for the school's PTO, raising approximately enough to cover the money the PTO annually gives to each classroom at the school to help with academic materials.

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Saturday, May 13, 2017
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—  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the world upside down.   "There are forces in America today that want to take us back to another place, another time," he told the graduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning. "We've come too far, we've made too much progress and we must not go back, we must go forward as a nation."   The Georgia Democrat was met with rounds of applause as he spoke from the stage at MCLA's 118th commencement exercises in the Amsler Campus

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Mildred Elley Graduates 100th Class, 25th From Pittsfield Campus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Thursday, May 11, 2017
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William Brown sang 'I'm Moving On' to the audience at Barrington Stage. More photos from the graduation ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Logan Adams-Malone entered Mildred Elley, she made a pact with her daughter that the two would be the best they could be.   "I wanted to bring a genuine compassion for the sick and sympathy for those who are or have been going down the wrong road, who just need to smile if only for a second," Adams-Malone said.   "But, I gained so much more."   Her daughter was entering the 8th grade and the two made the pact to do the best they could. When Adams-Malone made the president's

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Letter: BAtT Fundraiser Success Because of Community Support
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01:00PM / Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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On Saturday, April 8, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School hosted our 10th annual "Get BART Smart" fundraiser – and raised $27,843 (net) for the school's college preparatory programs. Over 130 people attended – and re-lived their high school years through our team trivia game. A huge "thank you" to all who played and made it a great evening!

This night would not have been possible without the support of over a hundred local organizations and businesses.

Our High Honor Roll sponsors: Aladco Linen Services; Berkshire Bank; Cord Master Engineering; Primary Venture Partners; Shine Wire Products Inc.; Smith Watson & Company, LLP; and

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Taconic Construction: Walls Going Up, Power Coming On
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Sunday, May 07, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The wrap around the construction site at Taconic High School is expected to be fully removed soon.   The work has ramped up in recent week with the onset of nicer weather. On Thursday, there were close to 150 workers on site through various subcontracts working on the $120 million high school project.   The exterior precast being placed around the entire building had just begun and is expected to be completed by the end of May. The window frames are on site and will be installed following the precast work. And in two weeks, permanent power will energize the job site, placing a generator.   The flooring on the third floor is nearly complete,

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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.    "This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time," metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. "You know how far you've come in the short seven weeks we had here. ...   "I hope you got a lot of out of it, and not just the hands-on welding but what you learned in the classroom as well. You not only learned how, you learned why. And you need

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition
01:06PM / Monday, May 01, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the seventh annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Lisa Kelly Kane (Early Childhood – Community Setting), director of St. Paul's Children Center of Stockbridge; Robin Poirot (PreK-Grade 2), a kindergarten

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