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MCLA Professors, Accounting Students to Prepare Virtual Tax Returns Through VITA Program
10:12AM / Thursday, April 16, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two MCLA accounting professors and their students will again be preparing tax returns for local low-income residents — this time, virtually — through Habitat for Humanity's VITA program.

MCLA's new virtual VITA location, approved by the IRS, will be working through the end of April 2020 preparing eligible taxpayers' returns and helping ensure Berkshire County residents receive their coronavirus stimulus payment from the federal government. 

Individual taxpayers may be eligible for a $1,200 stimulus payment; married taxpayers filing jointly may be eligible for a 2,400 stimulus. In addition, taxpayers are eligible for an additional $500

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Pittsfield School Committee Without Draft Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With no Chapter 70 information currently available, the school district faces uncertainty in terms of building a budget.   The School Committee agreed Wednesday to, if possible, continue an upcoming budget hearing allowing more time to find possible solutions for looming deadlines.   "It seems preposterous to put out a budget when we don’t know if we will be funded or not," Chairwoman Kathrine Yon said. "... It is really wild right now."   Superintendent Jason McCandless first apologized for having little budget information in hand and said his team has struggled to build a budget without revenue

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Hoosac Valley Girls Promote Social Distancing, Support for Frontline Workers in Video
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The two-time state champion Hoosac Valley girls basketball team is sending a dual message with the video it created for social media this month.   Like a lot of basketball teams, the Hurricanes have caught the craze of posting a video montage of players who cannot gather in one place but can virtually unite as a ball is passed from outside the frame to each team member and then relayed to the next, who catches and passes in their own backyard or driveway.   The videos are a fun take on the concepts of social distancing and staying connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Hoosac Valley coach Ron Wojcik decided to put a different spin on

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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Discusses Bus Contract Adjustment During Prolonged Closure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee asked the district's superintendent Tuesday to negotiate an amended bus contract for the remainder of the COVID-19 closure.   The issue is that the buses are not running while school is not in session by order of Gov. Charlie Baker, but school officials are concerned that if the bus drivers, who currently are laid off, find other jobs, contractor Dufour Tours could have trouble filling those positions when schools reopen, whether that is next month or in September.   The district's assistant superintendent and business manager advised the subcommittee that it is a

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Mount Greylock Committee OKs 'Disappointing' Deal to Get Remote Learning Started
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted on Wednesday to approve a memorandum of agreement with the district's teachers that the entire committee characterized as "disappointing" but "the best we could do."   In a vote of 3-1 at a special remote meeting of the panel, it followed up an 80-minute executive session to review the MOA with a vote that set the parameters for "remote learning" in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Both the district's elementary schools and middle-high school have been closed since March 13, and public schools throughout the commonwealth are closed until at

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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
09:54AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17.

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

Ella Biancolo, Emily Carmel and Angela Guachione, Pittsfield; Meredith (Mere) Hall, Adams; Ria Kedia, Pittsfield; Emma

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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement ceremonies.   President Jamie Birge on Thursday confirmed to the board of trustees what he'd written weeks before on the college's website: some way, some how there would be a presentation of diplomas.   "I can tell you we will have commencement, but we don't know the date of that yet," he said during the call-in meeting of the trustees. "We will

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Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel on Friday sent a community-wide email announcing that school's commencement and reunion weekend weekend will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Seniors, while I am heartbroken that graduation cannot happen in the conventional way at the conventional time, I am determined that you will have your moment," Mandel wrote. "Rather than deciding for you what that should look like, my colleagues and I want to start by asking you."   Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation

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Mount Greylock Continues Teacher Talks Over Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee met on Tuesday but did not have a resolution on two issues stemming from the school closure that entered its third week on Monday.   Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.   On Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and other members of the administration sent an email to the district's families explaining plans for remote learning the PreK-12 district.   "We met this afternoon with the [teachers

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Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
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The drive by tried to go past all the houses of tiny Hancock School's 49 students.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Members of the Hancock School community drove through Hancock, Lanesborough, and Cheshire to say a quick hello to students during what they called a "COVID-19 Ride By."   In these times of school closures and social distancing, the participants said its always nice to see a familiar face in person even if it is from your front lawn.   "Peer and social contact are necessary to maintain a healthy, balanced emotion outlook. Something like this keeps us positive, upbeat, and our interrelationships strong," teacher Janet Tremblay

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