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Gabriel Abbott School Starts Off School Year With Anti-Bullying Blitz
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
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FLORIDA, Mass. — The class of third-graders at Gabriel Abbott Memorial School were quick to raise their hands on Friday as their bingo square was called out.    This game wasn't about numbers but about attitudes, empathy and safety.    Each block had a word or phrase related to bullying and relationships like verbal and emotional, trusted adults, walk away, kindness and "think before you click."   "Our words can really hurt someone," said Carol Mulcahy, director for community outreach and education for the Berkshire district attorney's office, describing the feeling of being bullied as "feeling it in your

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Clarksburg School Making Slow Progress on Repairs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Friday, October 05, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Officials and volunteers are still working out the kinks on an ambitious plan to make necessary renovations to Clarksburg School.

There was a rush of volunteers in the wake of last year's failed school vote but progress has been slow — hampered by lack of funding, bidding procedures and lines of communication between town and school officials.

"The town is the school, the school is the town, it's never going to be successful if it's an us versus them," said Superintendent of School John Franzoni at brief meeting of the ad hoc school renovation committee. "We have to work together. ... If we don't make these improvements to

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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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LEE, Mass. — Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year.    And the legislators urged them to keep up the pressure.    "The pressure we feel at home can translate into action at the State House," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, explaining that when they speak with legislative leaders, "I can go and say this is the most important issue in Pittsfield."   But while the Pittsfield representative is a firm believer in grassroots activism, she said the critical part of the equation is finding new revenue.    "We're underfunding

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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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North Adams Recognizes Child Cancer Month, Sandy Hook Promise
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Kathy Arabia explains some of the activities the AYJ Fund is involved in the fight against a deadly childhood cancer.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is recognizing initiatives for children this month that are designed to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the effects of bullying.    Mayor Thomas Bernard read two proclamations last Tuesday recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the city's participation in a weeklong program from the Sandy Hook Promise, a gun-violence prevention movement built on the 2012 mass shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.     Go Gold for Kids With Cancer in September is a national

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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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