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Traffic Commission Endorses Plan to Ease Traffic at Herberg School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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The plan calls for no parking on the non-school side of the streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending a new plan to ease congestion at Herberg Middle School.   The commission endorsed a plan on Thursday that calls for no parking on the non-school sides of Pomeroy Avenue and Marshall Street. It will also extend no parking on the school side of Pomeroy from Beverly to the school, where the road bends.   The particular focus is to avoid safety hazards of children crossing the streets during the busy times when school starts and ends.    "The most worrisome times of the year for me is in the deep winter months when it is still

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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:58PM / Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Rudy Sacco was one of many who opposed the name change. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision.   The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.    Local Italian groups agree that Columbus was a controversial figure but they also said he was accomplished and made a huge impact on the world. They feel eliminating the

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following

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Mildred Elley Graduates Ready To Achieve
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
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Jennifer Linscott has presented the presidential achievement award. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 100 students became Mildred Elley alumni after crossing the Barrington Stage during Thursday's graduation ceremony.   First to address the graduates was Pittsfield Campus President Annette Jeffes, who asked the graduates to reflect on their time at Mildred Elley.   "Graduation is one of the greatest times in our lives, and it gives you the opportunity to stop and celebrate the culmination of all of your efforts and to truly absorb your new status and start with a new chapter in your life," Jeffes said.   Students graduated with certificates in massage

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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BCC Hires new Community Outreach Counselor for Enrollment Services
08:02PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Karen Ruiz León has joined Berkshire Community College as the community outreach counselor for enrollment services.

Ruiz León, who lives in North Adams, previously worked at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she was the advancement communications and engagement associate. Along with her duties in that role, she was also a key part of many of MCLA’s diversity initiatives.  

Ruiz León’s strong and dedicated diversity background and her multilingual abilities will be a major asset as she engages with the many populations across the Berkshires and tries to help them find their pathway to BCC and beyond.

The community

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Welcomes New Director of Information Technology, Coordinator of Academic Computing
04:02PM / Monday, May 14, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced that Arlen Rauschkolb has joined the college as director of Information Technology and Christian Tenczar has joined as the new coordinator of Academic Computing.

Rauschkolb brings decades of experience in technology management for higher education, including community colleges. He also has a rich academic background with a B.A. in anthropology, M.S. in social and philosophical foundations, M.S. in urban affairs, and doctoral program in urban education.

Rauschkolb is actively involved with organizations that advance academic technology, where he has been a frequent presenter. He is a natural collaborator and a true

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network, which advice to heed and which advice to discard," said the astronaut and aeronautical engineer,

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