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McCann Honors Former School Committee Members
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:35AM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday recognized former members Thomas Mahar and Rebecca O'Hearn.   Mahar and O'Hearn, who both recently stepped down from the committee, were awarded plaques from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   "I have always noticed over the years what a great committee this is with so many different resources from all different areas," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "There is so much expertise here that the school has relied upon … and what is best for the students has been our common goal throughout the years and both of you exemplify

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MCLA Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members
01:16PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed 10 new, full-time faculty members, including nine assistant professors and one instructor, to eight departments on campus.

Dr. Travis Beaver has joined MCLA as an assistant professor in the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department. He comes to the college from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where he was an assistant professor of sociology. He earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of gender and sexuality, with a specific focus on men and masculinities. His forthcoming book chapter

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Featured Speaker at MCLA's Dukakis Lecture
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Ta-Nehisi Coates NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Best-selling author, journalist and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will be this year's featured speaker at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' annual fall lectures series.   Also speaking this fall will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Coates is a winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award and author of "Between the World and Me," a number-one New York Times bestseller in 2015, which was required or recommended reading at more than 400 colleges and

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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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McCann Tech Opening Day 2016
03:30PM / Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, for Grades 9 through 12 .

Grade 9 students will report to the cafeteria for orientation. Students in Grades 10 and 11 should report to their respective technical areas. Grade 12 students will report to the gymnasium for attendance and pertinent senior information.

Bus routes

School lunches

Postsecondary students will also report to their respective technical areas at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.


School will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. McCann school buses will run their regular route schedules.

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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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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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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2018
03:21PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary and high school students in the North Adams Public Schools in Grades K-8, and Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2017. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, all students in kindergarten through Grade 12 will attend.

Both days are full days of school. Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools starting on Tuesday and one breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Additional meals may be purchased for a fee. Contact Cory Nicholas, food service director, at 413-776-1631 or cnicholas@napsk12.org with any questions.

Lunch menus are also posted here.


Cancellations are listed on television on

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North Adams Public School Bus Routes 2018-19
03:00PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools open Tuesday, Sept. 4, for Grades kindergarten through 8 and transferring Drury High students; school will be open for all grades on Wednesday.

More information can be found here.
 

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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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