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Gilbane, City Settle On 'Guaranteed Maximum Price' For Taconic Construction
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:38AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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John Benzinger from Skanska presented the GMP on Monday. PITTSFIELD,Mass. — The city and Gilbane Building Co. have settled on a guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new Taconic High School.    The price for construction only is $97,757,373, which is equal to the project established months ago by the state. Now that the bids for the construction are in, Gilbane and the School Building Needs Commission finalized that construction budget, outlining the cost of each item and subcontracts.    "Tonight was a reaffirmation that that was number. Almost two years ago, the [Massachusetts School Building Authority] said this is the number. The City

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BCC, Springfield College Sign Articulation Agreement For Exercise Science
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:12PM / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Jeffrey Moulton found success through BCC and then transferring to Springfield College and hopes others will take advantage of the opportunity as well. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeffrey Moulton was approaching graduation and he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life.   He sat with his advisers multiple times and they urged him to continue his education. He applied and was accepted to Springfield College and there he found the same level of support and "family atmosphere" he had at Berkshire Community College.   Moulton graduated from BCC with a degree in physical fitness and entered Springfield College's applied exercise science

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Young Man Living With Disability Awarded Reiter & Walsh Scholarship
12:55PM / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Alex Tierney of Pittsfield is the recipient of Reiter & Walsh P.C.'s second annual birth injury scholarship.

Alex wrote about his diagnosis of fetal stroke, as well as his use of assistive technologies during his academic career. While doctors predicted he would never walk, talk or be in a mainstream classroom, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with high honors and devoted his time to tutoring and mentoring children with disabilities.

Alex used his essay to explain his motivations for enrolling in George Mason University's Master's Program in Assistive Technology. He describes his own personal use of assistive technologies

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Local Student Begins Providence College Career Volunteering in Community
11:27AM / Friday, September 16, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Benjamin T. Wampler, son of Scott and Kristen Wampler of Pittsfield, was among nearly 150 Providence College Class of 2020 incoming first-year students who participated in Urban Action, a program that supports community service projects in the Providence, R.I., community.

Volunteering for Urban Action, under the leadership of upper classmates, increases a new student's understanding of urban issues while simultaneously introducing them to Providence. PC's 26th annual Urban Action program took place from Aug. 22-24.

PC students worked in the Providence community at the 02908 Club, a local off-campus housing group, in the Elmhurst neighborhood; in the

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BCC to Host Film Production Workshop
12:55PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College in collaboration with the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will offer Beginning Film Production I starting Sept. 20.

The workshop will provide a foundation in the principles, techniques and equipment involved in video production, from script to final edit. Students will write, produce, direct and edit individual short projects and participate in group projects. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand the basics of narrative, scripting, camera operation, direction, lighting, sound and non-linear editing. They will also demonstrate proficiency in camera operation including framing, exposure, focus and

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MCLA Starts Off Semester With New Leader, More Students & $2M Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is starting of the 2016 fall semester in a good place.

For the first time in two years, it has a permanent president at the helm, enrollment is up and it was just awarded $2 million to help it keep doing what it's been doing so well: retaining and graduating its low-income and students of color.

President James F. "Jaimie" Birge announced at Tuesday's traditional convocation breakfast that the college was told last week it would receive a $2.177 million federal "Strengthening Institutions Program" grant.

"Last week, the U.S. Department of Education recognized MCLA as one of only 13

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Pro-Charter School PAC Spent Close To $4K on Bloomberg Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:54AM / Friday, September 02, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A national pro-charter school organization has dumped nearly $4,000 into support of House of Representatives candidate Michael Bloomberg's campaign.   According to finance reports, Democrats for Education Reform spent $3,510.20 on direct mailers supporting the candidate and another $320 for the design. The design was done through Bartlett Interactive of Concord and the mailing was done by Novus Group in Boston. DFER is based out of Washington, D.C., and New York City and has spent a massive amount of money supporting candidates in Massachusetts.   The organization has been active in supporting the passage of Question 2, which would raise the cap on

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North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016
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School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.
 


School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31


School opens Monday, Aug. 22

School begins Friday, Sept. 2

School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Thursday, Sept. 1
Bus Routes


School opens Thursday, Sept. 1
Bus Routes

 

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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every

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Future of WTBR-FM Remains Uncertain
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, August 22, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The future of WTBR-FM is still uncertain.   The radio station "Brave FM," stationed at Taconic High School, was once under threat of being silenced because of budget and interest. It is now facing the challenge of the new high school project's impacts on the tower location.   In 2014, the idea of ending operations because of shrinking interest was floated but community members overwhelmingly voiced support and it stayed on the air.    Now, with the construction of a new Taconic High School, Superintendent Jason McCandless is trying to find a solution as to where to put the tower.    "We could be looking at $125,000

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