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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of

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Mount Everett Fall Festival Features Bard's 'Romeo & Juliet'
08:14PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
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  SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School's Fall Festival production of "Romeo and Juliet" begins this weekend.   Performances are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, both at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Consolati Performing Arts Center (TAC PAC). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.   This year's show will also perform at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:15 p.m. More information can be found at shakespeare.org.

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 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.

Gianna Fosty, Terra Lim, Jonathan Nondo, Marissa

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McCandless Sets Record Straight on Rumored Incident at Herberg
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02:13PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A personnel manner took on a life of its own on social media Thursday and Friday.   On Thursday, school administrators at Herberg Middle School dealt with a "personnel" matter with an employee. The district took steps to shield the children from seeing or hearing what was happening. Those tidbits of information then grew as the conversation about the matter spread on Facebook, dovetailing into accusations of teacher misconduct and arrests.   "It had absolutely nothing to do with children and no arrests were made," Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Friday. "There was not a single student involved and there were no allegations

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Miss Hall's School Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Competition
01:58PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School seniors Lin Hou, of Shenzhen, China, and Elizabeth Tagliaferro of Pittsfield have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The designation means that Hou and Tagliaferro placed among the top 5 percent of the approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarships, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.

The designation recognizes the students’ academic promise and their exceptional performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT.

In addition to their academic

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Girls Inc. Launches 'Eureka!' Program, Focus On STEM Education
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
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In honor of the launch of the new program, Mayor Linda Tyer presented Brigham Center CEO Kelly Marion a copy of 'She Persisted' written by Chelsea Clinton. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The students who stand out for BCC's Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Kaminski are the ones who come in with bold dreams.   It is the women who come from a family of nurses and want to take that a step forward and become biochemists. Or the girl who starts out thinking about becoming a teacher and instead aims to become a data analyst.   It is the women who refuse to just accept what society tells them they can and cannot do that stands out to Kaminski because at one time women

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Pittsfield Schools Leasing More Space On Eagle Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Saturday, October 28, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is increasing the amount of space it leases on Eagle Street.   Earlier this year, the department moved its Student Resource Center out of leased space at St. Luke's Square to Eagle Street. But, after moving into the fourth floor, it realized it was too small.   "The space is smaller than what we left on Whipple Street the previous year and we have struggled with certain aspects of the set up of the space," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The SRC was supposed to be operating with 2,045 square feet but the number of students and the layout posed difficulties. The landlord, Scarafoni Associates, informed the

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Pittsfield Looking to Turnaround Poor MCAS Scores
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Superintendent Jason McCandless said the district improvement plan had been overhauled with more specifics to address issues shown through the MCAS data. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday mornings, the second-grade teachers at Morningside Elementary School gather in a conference room. Their classrooms are being managed by support staff.   Together they all look at the week's lesson plans. The veteran teachers weigh in on what they've seen children struggle with and what they've found that works. They anticipate problems that could occur.   The newer teachers bring an energy and new science behind education, suggesting changes here and there. They plan out the

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