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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

MCLA's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Extended
01:38PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality program, has had its ITQ grant extended for another two years, which will allow more than 40 additional educators to participate, and an expansion of existing programming.

The grant, which began in 2013, serves Berkshire County preschool through second grade teachers by providing rich opportunities for them to learn about and implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education model.

Sites presently being served include North Adams Public Schools, Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Northern Berkshire


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
Staff Reports,
12:41PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 30.   Aaron Tarjick, 40, of Windsor pleaded guilty to 25 counts of larceny over $250, 13 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime, nine counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, seven counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of larceny under $250, and a single count of larceny of a motor vehicle.   The charges stem from a series of housebreaks in Berkshire County between October 22, 2010 and November 13, 2012.   He was ordered to serve 15 to 17 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the breaking and entering and


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

MCLA Professor to Receive 'Friend of Art Education of the Year Award'
12:29PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Donovan, a fine and performing arts professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Friend of Art Education of the Year Award for 2017 at the 2016 Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Conference.

The conference, titled "Redefining Art Education," is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lesley University in Cambridge.

Donovan was selected for her passion and dedication to creative learning and the arts, for the great work she does in the field of art education, and for her contributions to teaching and learning in Massachusetts, according to the MAEA Awards Committee.

An affiliate of the


Berkshires Beat: Grant Helps Farmers Market Continue Its Mission
12:24PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Farmers market grant: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has awarded the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market $10,000 to support its work in fostering good eating habits, active lifestyles, and healthy environments,

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market was started with the belief that everyone in our community should have access to healthy food. With 50 percent of city residents being low-income, the market was located in the Morningside neighborhood, which has even lower rates, where more than 80 percent of elementary school students qualify for free lunch and where there are no grocery stores in walking distance.

Two years ago, the market launched its Double Value Program, a


Biz Briefs: Bookstore in Lenox Features in New Book
11:43AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Bookstore features: The Bookstore in Lenox is featured in a new book that offers a look inside local bookstores that have thrived as central hubs of conversation and learning. Famous New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein's new book "Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores" invites readers into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.

The Bookstore is not just in Eckstein’s collection of great local bookstores, they kick the whole thing off as the first book featured right on page one. Owner Matt Tannenbaum said that making it into a book like this that only has spots for so many stores


Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 10, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to reflect that others had


Berkshire Taconic Announces Final Round of 2016 Grant Deadlines
10:09AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2016.

Covering the period from October 1 through Dec. 31, the fall cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.


For nonprofits

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy. The fund has up to $100,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Nov. 1.

The Central Berkshire Fund supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations serving


McCann Students Repair Clarksburg Town Hall Facade
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Friday, October 07, 2016
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — McCann Technical School students are giving Town Hall a facelift using donated funds.   With tighter budgets through the years, Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it has been hard to keep up with the aging and deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930s as the Briggsville School.   "We were looking at Town Hall and its many needs," McKinney said. "It is a solid structure, well built but it has had a level of neglect and it really needed some attention."   McKinney said about 15 months ago, with the blessing of the Select Board, he started a fundraising campaign and was able to raise

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Clarksburg School Attains Level 1 Status
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School has achieved a Level 1 status based on last spring's standardized tests.

"Staff and teachers really worked hard over a number of years to reach this level," Superintendent Jon Lev said at Thursday's School Committee meeting.

The levels, running from 1 to 5, are based on the percentage of students mastering proficiency levels in English-Language Arts and math in the lower grades. Level 1 is the highest that can be achieved.

Clarksburg has been administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, or PARCC, for the past two years. Some students also took the Massachusetts Comprehensive


Keene State Tops MCLA Volleyball
09:39PM / Thursday, October 06, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team attempted a late comeback, but it wasn't meant to be as the Keene State Owls took a 3-2 win this evening in non-conference action at Amsler Campus Center Gym.   The first set was back and forth and stayed close until MCLA (9-11) made a late run and defeated the Owls 25-20. Keene State (11-7) went on to take the next two sets by scores of 25-6 and 25-21. MCLA came back and won the fourth set, 25-21, but Keene State held strong and took the last set 15-7 to secure the win.   The Owls were paced by setter Katie Cunningham's game high 43 assists. She fed Rachel Lamica (15 kills) and Courtney Collins (15 kills) to lead the


Mount Greylock Ramble, Ramblefest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:41PM / Thursday, October 06, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — Ramblefest and the Mount Greylock Ramble return to Adams this Columbus Day weekend with a magical twist.   Anyone who has driven through Adams this week may have noticed a magical air in town, specifically the wizard hat atop the President McKinley statue welcoming people to Adams — home of Pottermore's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.   "This is the best time of year in the Berkshires, as far as I am concerned, and it's a great time to get up to the top of the mountain to makes some friends and have some fun," Ray Gargan of ProAdams said. "Maybe 'Harry Potter' will bring some new people who have never


'Queen of Katwe': Commanding Performance
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:28PM / Thursday, October 06, 2016

You should see director Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe," especially if you want to feel miserable, sad, perhaps a little guilty, frustrated and angry on the way to becoming a better person.

It's the true story of how Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl, had her life changed after learning the game of chess. But that's just the movie's way to get us into Poorest Africa … to abash us with its divulgences of the Third World. Expect no really great surprises. What an absolute downer it would be if the impoverished Phiona had no talent to pull her from the muck and mire of squalor.

None of this is to say that folks with absolutely no social conscience won't find


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