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Second Wine Tasting Scheduled to Support Pittsfield Educators
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven school teachers were able to hone their craft over the summer in ways they previously wouldn't have been able to.   One took courses on how to better teach children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, another to bolster literacy, another to work deeper with curriculum, another learned to speak Spanish to communicate better.   The seven teachers were all given grants to attend conferences or classes by the Pittsfield Education Foundation. The non-profit formed a year ago to help educators in the Pittsfield school system. The organization, formed by teachers, raises money to help educators do more.   "The challenge is that

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Southern Vermont College to Close Doors
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12:01PM / Monday, March 04, 2019
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College, facing "insurmountable pressure," will close at the end of the spring semester.    In an announcement made Monday morning, President David R. Evans cited declining enrollment, financial pressure, and adverse action by the college's regional accreditor concerning institutional resources.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., has agreed to accept SVC's new students in the fall semester. MCLA staff are expected to be on the Vermont campus on Tuesday afternoon to meet with any interested students.    "Following notice at the end of January from the New England Commission of

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BCC Announces Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Several Other New Hires
02:18PM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new director of Safety and Security and a new building maintenance supervisor II. It has also announced it has a new adjunct faculty fellow and interim dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Ellis Richardson has been hired as the new Director of Safety and Security. Richardson, a retired chief of police for the city of Hudson in New York, brings an extensive law enforcement background with a community-building mindset. He most recently worked as the Public Safety sergeant for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He attended University at Albany and received an associate's degree from Columbia-Greene

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Pittsfield Schools Projecting Surplus But With Areas of Concern
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuition payments are down significantly this year but the savings is being eaten up by other areas of the school budget.   Deputy Superintendent Kristin Behnke provided the School Committee with a mid-year budget report on Wednesday. The good news is that the trend appears to a show a surplus at the end of the year, thanks to the tuition savings and other under budget trending lines.   But there are other areas in which the trend is the opposite and on Wednesday the School Committee honed in on understanding those lines.   The tuition expense is mostly driven in special education when the district is responsible for needs programming the school

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Alumna Donates $5 Million To Support Teachers At Miss Hall's School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Theresa Thompson PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School will bolster its efforts to attract and retain faculty with the help of the largest single gift the school's ever received.   Theresa Thompson, who graduated from the all-girls school in 1964, donated $5 million with an eye toward retaining faculty who deliver innovative curriculum at the school.   "The gift is directed to supporting salaries ... the salaries are our largest expense and our most valuable asset," said Head of School Julia Heaton on Wednesday.    Heaton said the gift had been in the works for some time and is being celebrated this year to honor Thompson's 55th

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Mamma Mia!'
11:53AM / Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble makes plans for a wedding in its upcoming winter musical, the ABBA-inspired "Mamma Mia!"

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. All shows take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Visit the website for tickets or call 413-443-6401.

Set on a fictional Greek Island, "Mamma Mia!" tells the story of Sophie, who dreams of a "perfect"

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College Notes: January, February & March 2019
04:53PM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Sports management majors Rachael Donahue of Pittsfield and Jacqueline Lemaire of North Adams were among 10 students from thewho spent part of their winter session in Australia. They are the first cohort to participate in the college's "J-Term" program of academic study and cultural experiences.   The students arrived in Sydney in time to take in the New Year's celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and returned to Springfield for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 14. The two-week course, "International Business in Asia Pacific," was delivered through Global Academic Ventures, a Sydney-based academic

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Activists Press Neal to Support Green New Deal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two dozen protesters Wednesday demonstrated outside the Pittsfield office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to encourage him to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.   Three of the activists — all students at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown — went inside to make their case to a member of Neal's staff.   "A 2013 report predicts that by 2100, the climate here will be like that in South Carolina," junior Maddy Art said. "And also, my grandpa works in [Williams College's] Hopkins Forest. He's a forest biologist, and he's been researching the biodiversity for decades. He uses data that goes back

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Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for students.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth-graders and ninth-graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.    "This is indeed a violation of our student's civil rights," Superintendent Jason McCandless said of the citation.   The

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Three Students Receive VFW Scholarships
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 recognized three Berkshire County high school students who composed essays on the importance of voting.   Dozens attended the award ceremony Monday held at the American Legion building banquet hall where a combined $2,950 in scholarships were given out to Hannah Berkel, Kailey Sultaire, and Kathrine Wilson.   "We are very proud of you and we placed high-qualifying standards on the recipients of these awards because we believe the winners will have high visibility in the community and will serve as role models," Arnold Perras, commander of VFW Post 448 said. "All of you are a credit to your school and

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