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Barr Foundation Funds 'Portrait of a Graduate' Project for Five Berkshire County High Schools
02:05PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Barr Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the Berkshire County Education Task Force and Berkshire Tomorrows, an arm of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, to enable five County high schools to develop "a portrait of a graduate."

The participating schools are the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Drury High School, Lee Middle and High School, Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

The Barr Foundation describes "A Portrait of a Graduate" as "a collective vision of what all high school students will know and be able to do by graduation. To create a portrait of a graduate educators, parents, students,


Berkshire Theatre Group Seeks Young Actors For 'Little Mermaid Jr.'
12:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child actors who are currently in third through ninth grade for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Junior."

The roles are open to members of the Berkshire community. This production will be directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover, and will run April 24-27 at The Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield).

Auditions will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition time slot, call 413-448-8084, ext. 23.

Students should arrive ready to learn a


Clark Art Institute Names Director of its Research and Academic Program
04:49PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Caroline Fowler has appointed to serve as the Starr director of its Research and Academic Program.

Fowler joined the Clark staff in 2018 as associate director of the Research and Academic Program. She was named interim director later that year and has led the program for the past year.

"After undertaking a thorough search and interviewing a host of candidates from around the globe, we came to recognize that the best candidate to fill this important role was one who was already a member of our staff and who has been making important contributions to the Research and Academic Program," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon director of the Clark Art Institute.


BFAIR Names New Vice President of Quality Compliance
04:41PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Erin Shea has been promoted to the vice president of Quality Compliance at BFAIR, a new member to the senior management team.

Shea holds a bachelor's in social work from Our Lady of Elm's College and is a licensed social worker with more than 15 years of progressive experience supporting elders and individuals with disabilities and their families. She began her career at United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts and as a social worker with Berkshire Health Care Systems.

Over the past 10 years, Shea has assumed a variety of roles at BFAIR, one as the assistant director of the Day Habilitation Center. In April 2019, Erin was promoted to the director


BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Melody Fisher has been hired as the assistant professor of psychology at the college. Previously, she taught at BCC as an adjunct for three years and has taught in Boston, Mass. Recently, Fisher worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers as a clinician and for Williams College running an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children. She lives in Williamstown, has a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and has earned her doctorate degree at UMass-Boston.

Sarah Giasullo has been hired as the assistant professor of


Berkshire Community College Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College was one of eight state organizations that was recognized at the 13th annual Leading by Example awards for clean energy initiatives in public higher education in the commonwealth by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

The Leading by Example program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset


Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Snags $25,000 Grant
03:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is awarding Berkshire Bridges Working Cities additional funding to sustain the Working Cities Pittsfield initiative into its fourth year.

The funding of $25,000 will enable the next stage of its work creating a just, thriving and safe Berkshires for all. This milestone also unleashes the opportunity to pursue additional tactical funding for projects to implement the Working Cities principles.

The new award was granted after an extensive application and interview process involving more than a dozen community leaders. The Berkshire coalition includes members of the nonprofit, school system, city government, resident and business


Financial Moves for Life's 'Inflection Points'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:04PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

You've probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it's also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you'll need to make the right financial moves.

Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them:

* Marriage: When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities


Second Storm Brings Snow to Region Over Monday Night
02:52PM / Monday, December 16, 2019
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday as yet another snowstorm bears down on the Berkshires.    Depending on which forecast you look at, we're in for anywhere from 4 to 6 inches or up to 12 inches. The snow is expected to begin late  Monday tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning making for slippery and snowy roads Tuesday morning.    And right behind the snow is another deep freeze moving as an arctic cold front moves in on Wednesday night. Ugh.   The National Weather Service says snow squalls are possible on Wednesday, as an arctic cold front crosses the region. Behind the front, bitter cold


North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory.    Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."   Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt.    "I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not


Supplemental Bill Has $1M for Rural Schools, $200K for Barton's Crossing
03:03PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
BOSTON — The Legislature's recently passed $541 million closeout supplemental budget for fiscal 2019 includes another $1 million rural school aid, for in fiscal 2020, for a total of $3.5 million in rural school aid this fiscal year.    "I'm happy to see this bill make those investments in public education, regional school transportation, public transportation, among many other areas " said state Sen. Adam Hinds, who has been a strong proponent of increasing aid to the schools in his largely rural district. "It is my hope that, in providing this additional investment, we can expand this program and make meaningful investments in more school


Lanesborough Tigers Show Improvement, but Drop Second Game at World Championships Sports,
08:59AM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
CANTON, Ohio -- The Lanesborough Tigers Friday dropped their second of two games at the World Youth Football Championships, falling to the Montana Outlaws, 30-0.   "The Outlaws had a very well-oiled passing attack that included four or five wideouts on each play, which is something the Tigers have never played defense against," Lanesborough coach Jason Pause said. "We eventually adjusted and improved our defense against the West Coast style offense, but not before getting down several touchdowns from some big pass plays."   In Friday's consolation game, the Tigers' offense had more success than it did in Thursday's tournament opener, but it was


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