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MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy
12:22PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the third year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting its "413 STEM Ready Academy," from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5.

The intensive, summer residency program gives students at the region's community colleges insight into what it is like to attend a four-year institution, and encourages them to earn a bachelor's degree.

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science,

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Mount Greylock Building Project Budget Tracking Well
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, August 01, 2016

School Building Committee members Nancy Rauscher, left, and Jesse Wirtes, along with Trip Elmore and Rachel Milaschewski of Dore & Whittier, participate in the committee's first meeting in the school's library.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday received good news about the contingency budget on the district's $64.8 million addition/renovation project.

Owners project manager Trip Elmore of Dore & Whittier Management Partners told the committee that although some of the contingency is being used during the project's design development phase, that is part of the plan.

"We thought it best, and it's the way

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Berkshire Reps Return Enthusiastic About Democratic Party
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark went into the Democratic National Convention with reservations about the political process.   But, four days later — after hours of speeches and networking with fellow Democrats from all over the country — he's been reinvigorated.   "I saw core values of the party and core values of what America stands for," Mark said on Friday as he embarked on the long drive back from Philadelphia to the Berkshires. "I feel good at the end of the week about what my party believes in."   The Democratic Party coalesced during the week behind Hillary Clinton as its nominee for president. The convention signaled

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DownStreet Art Partners With Marafanyi for Community Project
03:04PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art will partner with West African drumming group Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song to host a series of creative labs as part of the “Marafanyi Meets the Mural” project.

The project is a creative response to Egyptian artist Alaa Awad’s mural, “Justice,” commissioned by DownStreet Art in 2014. The mural will serve as inspiration for this community art-making collaboration led by teaching and performing artists of Marafanyi Dance, Drum and Song - Lara Gonzalez, Yael Shacham and Lisa Gonzalez-Howell.

For this community artistic collaboration, Marafanyi will join with inter-generational community members of all abilities during

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Beauty Professionals Needed to Help Cancer Patients
01:46PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

BOSTON — The American Cancer Society will hold its next Look Good Feel Better volunteer training class for licensed beauty professionals on Monday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Aztra Zenica Hope Lodge, 125 South Huntington Ave., Boston.

Locally, volunteer cosmetologists are especially needed in the Berkshires, Methuen and Greater Boston areas.The four and a half-hour class will train volunteers to teach beauty, skin care and hair techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. A session for Fall 2016 in Great Barrington will be announced in the future.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration

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Arts Program for Israeli, Palestinian and American Students Displays its Work
12:48PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Local residents and visitors to the area this weekend will have the rare opportunity to meet a delegation of 25 Israeli, Palestinian and American high school students who have been living and working together at the Buxton School for the Artsbridge Intercultural Leadership Program.

The three-week summer program is produced by Artsbridge Inc., a Boston-area nonprofit, and Berkshires-based Music in Common. Both organizations use the arts to bring people in conflict together. Until now, each had their own summer program that brought Palestinian and Israeli teens to the States and this is the first year the two have partnered to produce their programs together as

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Local Bowling Giant Superneau Dies at 54
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:42PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

Gary Superneau and his family were involved with Mount Greylock Bowl for years. CHESHIRE, Mass. — To all who knew him, Gary Superneau was simply "Soup."   His impact on the North County community was simply super.   Superneau, 54, died on Wednesday after a long illness.   The former owner and manager of Mount Greylock Bowl in North Adams was remembered by lifelong friend Rick Moon as someone with a passion for bowling and a love of people, especially young people.   "I think his biggest thing would be the kids," Moon said. "Kids were everything, the junior bowlers.   "No matter what was going on, he would step up by having

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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Williams, Town Partner to Build Solar Array on Capped Landfill
03:14PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College and the town of Williamstown have signed an agreement that moves forward a previously stalled solar energy project that will provide low-cost, renewable energy to town facilities, the fire district and the regional school district.

The project aligns with the college’s climate change response plan goals to support local and regional renewable energy projects.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will invest approximately $6 million to complete construction of a 1.9-megawatt solar array on the capped town landfill on Simonds Road. The town began the project in 2014 with a commercial developer but after initial designs and studies

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Berkshire Reps Proud to Be Part of Historic Moment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:47PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier began her Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.   As a Massachusetts whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention, she was the one with the forms for them to cast their votes. The delayed flight of one delegate meant logistics had to be figured out to get that vote in. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegate's hand.    "My role is to make sure all of my delegates did that so there was some corralling. We needed to have people in their seats," Farley-Bouvier said.   The

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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:27PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

During late July into early August, the classical music festival high season, anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings at Tanglewood this week include Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mahler's Ninth, concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius, with solo star turns by world-renowned soloists, and much more.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is concluding its on-going three-week Summer Music Festival of new music - Bang on a Can (BOAC), curated by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.

Hungry for still more musical options?

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Financial Tips for Single Parents
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:01PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parenting is never an easy job – and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you're doing it on your own.

As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below, you may be able to make life easier – for you and your children.

* Create a "safety net." On any given day, you could incur an unexpected – and unexpectedly large – expense, such as major car repair, a new furnace or a toothache-inducing bill from your dentist. Your daily cash flow may not be enough to cover these bills, and you won't want to tap into some of your long-term investments or retirement

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