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Taconic High Project Site Work Starts Monday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Saturday, March 19, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday, the Taconic High School property will start to look like a construction site.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said workers from J.H. Maxymillian Inc. will begin site work for the new high school. Maxymillian won one of three early contracts put out by the city for the $120.8 million new school.   "We have a construction trailer at Taconic and their work is going to start on Monday," McCandless said.    Maxymillian will be installing water retention basins and a bridge over a small creek, building out a parking lot, creating an access road and leveling the ground for construction among the work needed to prepare the land.

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Senate President Honored As 'Irish Person of the Year'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:10PM / Friday, March 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It took 15-year-old Mister Shaw most of his life to learn that people can recover from tragedy.    "After finding out my grandmother and baby sister had died in a tragic fire, I wasn't able to let things go," Shaw said. "I'd put up a struggle against anyone I thought was disrespecting my family but in all cases it wasn't really out of disrespect. I find it hard to let go of the tragedy of what happened."   Shaw was expelled from school for misbehaving. He then bounced around through agencies, institutions and foster families trying to control his behavior. On a daily basis he was causing disruptions and staff

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PHS Orchestra Performs in New York City
02:20PM / Friday, March 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra made Pittsfield proud on Friday, March 4,  performing at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The orchestra participated in the The National Orchestra Cup, finishing as first runner up and winning a trophy for Most Original Song Choice for Frank Bridge’s "Three Idylls" arrangement for string orchestra by Lukas Drew.
 
The experience also included a dinner cruise on the Hudson as well as a Broadway show ("Fiddler on the Roof").

 

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Zonta Club Award Applications Available
02:22PM / Monday, March 14, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Applications for the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Berkshire County.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements, and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
02:26PM / Monday, March 07, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 38 local students among the 114 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 27.

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.



Grade 12: Amelia Biancolo, of Richmond; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y., and Sarah Willson, Dalton.

Grade 11:

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Drury Grad Trumpeter & 'SNL' Saxophonist Return to Berkshires
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Sunday, March 06, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshires trumpeter Richard Boulger and "Saturday Night Live" saxophonist Alex Foster will return to the Berkshires to provide free instrumental band clinics in Pittsfield schools.

This week Foster, musical director of the Mingus Big Band, and saxophonist in the "SNL" house band will join Boulger, a North Adams native, recording artist, and protegé of the late Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, will make their way from New York City to run another series of free clinics.

Stearns Elementary, Reid and Herberg middle schools, and Pittsfield and Taconic high schools band students, as well as those from Wahconah Regional in Dalton, will be

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100K Gift Helps Brien Center Expand Youth Substance Abuse Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.   Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."   Mucia heads the Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program at the Brien Center. The program brings counselors into schools all over Berkshire County, provides intervention programs and holds forums and presentations, all with a focus of keeping students away from drugs and alcohol.   "The best way to reduce the opioid problem, which is obviously become huge, is to not start. Once an addict

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Pittsfield School Officials Not Happy With PARCC Results
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:52AM / Thursday, February 25, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is regretting the district's decision to pilot the PARCC test.   City schools entered a two-year agreement with the state for students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Career and College test.    While the results revealed some holes in the curriculum, McCandless said the district focused too much on the logistics of administrating the test, which could have better used.   "This was a pilot test of a test not a test of our students," McCandless said.    The state has opted against implementing the PARCC tests, which focuses on Common Core curriculum. Instead the focus

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Mount Greylock, Wahconah Receive State Financial Literacy Program Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Along with reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, students at Mount Greylock and Wahconah regional high schools this spring are going to focus on a fourth "r": the real world.   Earlier this month, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced 24 Financial Education Innovation Fund grants to schools around the commonwealth.   Wahconah and Mount Greylock are among the group that will share nearly $60,000 to hold "Credit for Life" fairs.   At Wahconah in Dalton, that means a second and expanded "Reality Day," an initiative created last spring by business teacher Jeffrey Pike.   At last year's event, students picked a career, received a

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Berkshire County Arc Accepting Applications for 2016 Scholarships
01:24PM / Monday, February 22, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group announce their 2016 scholarship award program.

High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will be given consideration.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services and academic achievement.  An independent panel of community

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