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Williams College Inducts Mandel as 18th College President
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Sunday, September 09, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Shortly after being inducted as the 18th president of Williams College, historian Maud S. Mandel shared a bit of her family's history that helps inform her worldview.   Mandel told the crowd gathered in Chapin Hall how her family fled the Holocaust in the 1930s only to have their ship of refugees denied entry into the United States. And she mentioned how lucky they were to eventually be given sanctuary by Great Britain, one of the few European nations not to eventually be occupied by Nazi Germany.   "These histories — of my mother's narrow escape and of the murder of her extended family — are formative to my thinking

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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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Q&A: Girls Nation Gives Mount Greylock Senior New Sense of Patriotism
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Monday, September 03, 2018
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McComish out registering voters in Arizona earlier this summer.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Karen Magnusdottir McComish spent her summer learning about America and gaining an appreciation for those, like her, who one day will help lead it.   McComish, a politically active teen who helped organize her school's response to gun violence last winter, represented Massachusetts at the 72nd American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation, a program that brings together 100 of the nation's best and brightest for a week of study and debate in Washington, D.C.   "Before this program, I was hopeful for a compassionate, forward-thinking

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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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Williamstown Issues Temporary Certificate of Occupancy at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town of Williamstown on Thursday afternoon issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the new Mount Greylock Regional School.   Earlier in the day, school and town officials clarified that the issues holding up the TCO were typical for a building project of this size and in no way related to the functionality of the renovated and expanded middle-high school.   Wednesday night, the newly expanded school district's Transition Committee decided to delay the start of the school year by two days after the $64 million project last week failed to obtain the TCO it needs to allow faculty and staff to begin preparing for the academic

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Mount Greylock Postpones First Day Of School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30AM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School will not open on time.   The Transition Committee voted on Wednesday to delay opening day until Monday, September 10. The change only applies to the middle and high school and not the elementary schools and was caused by delays in the construction of the new $64 million building.   The district has yet to be issued a temporary certificate of occupancy and while school officials believe that will be coming soon, they still want ample time for teachers and administrators to settle into the new building.   "Right now, we've run out of time," Superintendent Kimberly Grady said. "As this

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Vermont Health-Care System, College Partner on Nursing Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Southern Vermont College will also open its four-year nursing program to SVHC nurses with associate's degrees.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — The demand for registered nurses is expected to grow by at least a quarter over the next decade or so — and the state is looking at 3,000 vacancies.    "I sit on the Vermont Business Roundtable," said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, on Tuesday. "They see the crisis that's brewing: 3,000 vacancies in nursing positions in Vermont.  It's a big number ... it's a huge number.     "So what we're saying is 'how do we get ahead of that

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Mount Greylock Building Project Fails to Obtain Certificate of Occupancy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:50PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After repeated public assurances from its construction manager that the new Mount Greylock Regional School will be ready for the Sept. 6 opening of school, the district Friday informed staff and families that the building failed Thursday in its second attempt to obtain a temporary certificate of occupancy.   "[Thursday's] inspection indicated that there remain tasks to complete before the TCO can be issued, and a new inspection has been set for next week," Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Principal Mary MacDonald wrote in an email addressed to "The Mount Greylock Community."   "Our community has been anticipating an

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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy
By Sandeep Kumar,
03:23PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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"Back to school" is just around the corner for our Berkshire County children. The new school year can be an adjustment challenge for the whole family – but your children's health can remain strong during this busy transition, and on into the school year.

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year – regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in between.

Sleep

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