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PHS Graduates Honored For Scoring Well On AP Exams
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12:42PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-nine Pittsfield High School students have been recognized for acing Advanced Placement examines.    Two students, Adam Shepardson and Stephen Taglieri, were named National AP Scholars. Shepardson is now attending Brown University and Taglieri is attending George Mason University. The designation is given to students who receive a score of at least 4 on all AP exams or a score of 4 or better on eight or more of the exams.   "We are very proud of our AP program at Pittsfield High School. Not only our AP scholars but also that our courses are open to all students," Principal Henry Duval said at last week's School Committee

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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park.   Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeeper's building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.   "We are going to fund all of the materials and stuff," Coscia said. "We'd like to get to it before the winter but I'm not 100 percent sure if we can or not."   The Little League is also

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Pittsfield Dedicates Adult Learning Center To William Stickney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, September 21, 2018
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William Travis, former superintendent of the Pittsfield schools, shares stories of Adult Learning Center founder Bill Stickney at the renaming of the center in Stickney's honor on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk.    Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office.   That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.   "The office wasn't going to close. It was always going to be

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
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The new Taconic High opened with 820 students, up more than 100 from last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.    But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But the doors are open and a ribbon-cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.   "Taconic opened up on time. We are on budget. And we are done-ish," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The auditorium is still under construction and students haven't been allowed in there. That was eyed as the very last

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Featured Speaker at MCLA's Dukakis Lecture
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Ta-Nehisi Coates NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Best-selling author, journalist and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will be this year's featured speaker at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' annual fall lectures series.   Also speaking this fall will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Coates is a winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award and author of "Between the World and Me," a number-one New York Times bestseller in 2015, which was required or recommended reading at more than 400 colleges and

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BCC's Director of Nursing Resigns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Nursing Tochi Urbani has resigned from Berkshire Community College.   Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn confirmed on Friday that Urbani submitted his resignation letter on Sept. 4 and will be leaving the college on Oct. 3. The resignation comes in the midst of college officials working to elevate the program's accreditation from a recently issued "approval with warning" status.   "At this point, we are placing a high priority on finding an interim director of nursing," Wynn said.    Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect

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MCLA Opens Year With Plans to Enhance Programming, Raise Visibility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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Birge, with his wife, Lisa, pulls raffle tickets for a good cause.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is welcoming just over 400 incoming students this year — but it wants more.    At the annual campus breakfast marking the start of the semester, college President James Birge detailed some of the priorities designed to "position MCLA to strengthen and enhance the college," including enrollment.   "This fall, we will welcome 415 new students to MCLA," Birge told the crowded cafeteria on Tuesday morning.. "This number is lower than last year at this time by about 25 students. Although we had budgeted for a

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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given

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Pittsfield Starts Another School Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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Martin McEvoy, or maybe more known as 'Dr. Mac,' is embracing his new job as the principal of Herberg Middle School. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials, firefighters, police officers, and community members stood in rows outside of each elementary school on Wednesday morning with arms stretched out to give each student a high five.   School is back.   Close to 70 community members used their morning to send a clear message to all of the returning students that the city as a whole is rooting for them.   "To see the smiles on the kid's faces, the parents, and the teachers, there is nothing better to start the year," said the school

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