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Greylock Awards $14,500 in Scholarships
12:12PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union awarded two rounds of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.   Eighteen awards of $500 each were granted in Berkshire County and one in Columbia County, NY under the Credit Union's annual "Community Enrichment" scholarship program.    Five "Scholastic Achievement Awards" of $1,000 each were also awarded. These awards are available as a part of Greylock's employee benefit package. In total, 24 students were awarded $14,500 toward continuing education.    "Greylock is delighted to recognize our area's outstanding students with these scholarships," said

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BCC Announces Virtual Info Session
08:03AM / Friday, July 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session for its hospitality and culinary programs on Tuesday, August 10 at 12 pm.    Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and scrolling down to the "Program Info Sessions" section.   After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, BCC is relaunching its newly revised hospitality and culinary programs this fall. During the virtual information session, James Storey, BCC Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, Hospitality Management, will review various certification and degree offerings, describe some of the new

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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2021
03:25PM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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Two Berkshire County graduates have been accepted to in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the class of 2025. Gracie Towler of North Adams will be majoring in electrical engineering and Kate Kerwood of Pittsfield will be majoring in aeronautical engineering.

Michael Maruk of Pittsfield, a student atin Newton, presented at the university's Spring Symposium research showcase "The Invention of Now." The Spring Connected Learning Symposium is one of two annual research symposia held at Lasell University.   He participated in a video presentation, "What Does Conscious Awareness Mean To Me?" as one of Lasell's resident assistants. Graduations in Worcester awarded 490

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BCC Adds Licensed Practical Nurse Info Session
07:56AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) encourages prospective Licensed Practical Nursing students to apply to BCC for fall registration on or before the deadline of Monday, July 26.    Registrants are required to participate in a virtual information session. A new mandatory LPN Info Session has been added on Friday, July 23 at noon.   Panelists include Lori Moon, Dean of Nursing; Karrie Trautman, Coordinator of One Stop Operations; Tammy Westlake, Student Advising Coordinator; and Eleanore Velez, Admissions Counselor. Participants will learn the basic requirements of the program and get a course overview.   To register, visit

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BCC Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites prospective students to its next series of free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.      Virtual General Information Session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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Iron Mike Polidoro Scholarship Given to Three Local High School Graduates
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Sunday, July 18, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three local high school graduates were awarded the “Iron Mike Polidoro Scholarship" created in honor of Pittsfield Fire Department's former Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro, who passed away on March 30 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.   On Tuesday, a small ceremony was held at the Pittsfield Fire Department headquarters where the recipients received the scholarships.  Friends and family of Polidoro gathered for the occasion.   “He was an icon in the Pittsfield Fire Department and in Massachusetts," Fire Chief Thomas Sammons said. “It's great that the generosity of our community poured out and we are

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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Pittsfield Deputy Superintendant Search Committee to Have Final Candidates Next Week
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public School Deputy Superintendent search committee hopes to be able to recommend two to four finalist applicants to the school committee by July 22.   Superintendent Joseph Curtis told the school committee Wednesday that the 15 member committee will hold their first meeting Thursday to start the process of selecting finals from the applicant pool of 11.   "So the initial announcement in the survey called for ten to fourteen participants on the interview committee. We've actually had more," Curtis said. "But it was such a great representation of parents and staff that I reached out to all who applied to be on the

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