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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Criticism of September Vote on Synthetic Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is still waiting for proposal from its architect to design new athletic fields, more than a month after the School Committee authorized the administration to move forward on obtaining those designs.   But while the committee was not able to take any action on the project at its Thursday meeting, it did hear from critics of the plan to install a synthetic turf multisport field at the middle/high school.   District Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Thursday reported that architect Perkins Eastman did not provide a proposal for its design services in time for the School Committee to consider awarding the

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BCC Receives Nearly $870,000 From the Commonwealth's SUCCESS Fund
12:11PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received an allocation of $869,377 from the state legislature as part of a $16 million fund distributed to all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth.    The allocation is earmarked for the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) Fund, which focuses on vulnerable populations. The funding, which was requested through the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), covers the period through June 30, 2022, but will likely be renewed if the program proves successful.    The majority of BCC's SUCCESS funding will be spent on staffing, including hiring

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MCLA to Hold In-Person and Virtual Admission Events
07:56AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Office of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting in-person tours and events, including open houses on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.    Prospective students and their families are welcome to register for open houses, Saturday tours, and virtual events that offer information and perspective about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarships, and more.     "It's exciting that we have prospective students on campus for tours and open houses again," said MCLA Director of Admission Kayla Hollins. "And it's great to see our student ambassadors go back to what they enjoy doing, which is giving tours

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BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit

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School Mask Mandate Extended to November
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11:01AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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BOSTON — The mask requirement in schools has been extended out another month.    Public school children aged 5 and older and all staff will have to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Nov. 1, with certain exemptions.   The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August declared "exigent circumstances" and authorized the Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to institute universal masking based on a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state near the end of July.    The mandate was put in place until at least Oct. 1. On Monday, Riley determined to extend the mask requirement "after consulting with medical experts and state

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BCC Announces New Hires, Promotions
01:50PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of ten new staff and faculty members, in addition to three promotions.       Chris Bodnar has joined BCC as Director of Procurement in the Administration and Finance Division, bringing 20 years of experience in buying, purchasing, planning and inventory management with KB Toys and a hardware store chain. He has studied business administration at the University of Connecticut, Houston Baptist University, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and Berkshire Community College. A resident of Hillsdale, NY, he lives with his girlfriend Noreen and has three grown

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BAAMS Appoints New Board, Expands Programming
04:00PM / Friday, September 24, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. (BAAMS) announced the addition of a new Board of Directors and eBAAMS PLUS.    Richard Boulger, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, said he is delighted with the new leadership change.   "I could not be more thrilled to have a new board that is impassioned and truly understands the value, mission, and importance of BAAMS. Having a board that brings the same level of heart and commitment as our faculty is truly inspirational," Boulger said.   The new board is Edward "Ted" Wesley, President, Michelle Daunais, Secretary, and Maria Isotti,

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MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
11:53AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.     This event is free and open to the public. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/85908275667.    This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of painter and

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MCLA Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
01:41PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA welcomes four new faculty members to campus for the fall 2021 semester: Andrew Best, Assistant Professor of Biology; Rebecca Relyea, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences; Yavuz Ceylan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Sean Scanlon: Visiting Assistant Professor of History.    "I look forward to welcoming these new faculty to the already outstanding group of educators I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the summer," said Richard Glejzer, MCLA's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "They will be joining a community of dedicated and talented teachers, scholars, and artists who have persevered and guided

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:00PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 9 for the 2021-2022 school year and for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2022-2023 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.    The easiest way to apply is to click here or to type https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form into your web browser.   More information on the

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