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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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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Still Wrapping Up
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, July 05, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School may have been home to a full year of classes and may look to be a finished product, but there is still work going on at the school this summer, and visitors to campus should take note.   "We're working with the commissioning agent on wrapping up commissioning and the punch list," Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the School Building Committee on Tuesday. "There is some interior work going on with exterior landscape and concrete work. If a [construction] sign is posted, it's a real sign.   "We're not having any tours at this time because of items in the hallway we need out of rooms

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:27PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 49 local students among the 159 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 28.

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.

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Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Mary Howe, Pittsfield; Faia Kronick,

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

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Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich,

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Herberg Set to Take on Ambitious Improvement Plan Thanks to State Grant
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Monday, June 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thanks to a $900,000 state grant, Herberg Middle School is poised to vastly improve the academics in the building.   Herberg has had low scores on state assessments leading it into "turnaround status" and Principal Martin McEvoy and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Lisa Lesser crafted an ambitious plan to change those results. Earlier this month, the state not only approved the plan but also awarded $900,000 over the next three years to implement it.   "One of the main things we are focusing on is investing in teachers and building capacity to be able to reach all learners that come to our school," McEvoy, who just

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Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp Enrollment Open
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, June 16, 2019
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp returns this August and sign-ups are open now.    In mid-August, high school and middle school students throughout the county will get a chance to sit in with a group of master jazz musicians at Hoosac Valley High School.     "The students will be able to hear and play with some of the top musicians in the world today," professional trumpeter and North Adams native Richard Boulger said. "It is a real pleasure to see how the students are inspired by hearing our faculty. Not to mention, hearing how much the students progress in just a matter of days."   This is the second Jazz Camp

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Adult Learning Center Grads Get New Lease on Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, June 14, 2019
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Student speaker Brittany Sullivan shared her story of how she turned her life around. More photos from there ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Brittany Sullivan lost her sister, her life spiraled out of control.    "When I was 14 years old, my sister died suddenly in a car accident. This sent me into a downward spiral that led me to drinking, smoking, and dipping into opioids, which eventually got me kicked out of my home at 17. Shortly after, I dropped out of high school," Sullivan said.   At the time Sullivan was already struggling with depression. She felt that she was "stupid and inadequate." That feeling had set in

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