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Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
02:43PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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PITTSFIELD — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will take to the high seas this fall, pursuing the story of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" and performing the award-winning play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; and in a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. It opens with a young orphan and his two companions shipping out aboard the Neverland from Victorian England to a distant island. Also on board is a trunk of

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BArT Blows Its Own Horn at Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Sunday, November 06, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Four days before Massachusetts voters decide whether to raise the commonwealth's cap on charter schools, the director of Berkshire County's lone charter school Friday made the case for continued support of the junior-senior high school.

Julia Bowen told a crowd at the school's annual Fall Breakfast that the politicking around Question 2 on Tuesday's ballot has included repetition of misconceptions about charter schools that do not apply to the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   One thing that particularly stuck in her craw: the charge from Question 2 opponents that charter schools, unlike traditional public schools, enjoy the

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Cokie Roberts Shares Election Thoughts At MCLA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Saturday, November 05, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In all her years covering politics, Cokie Roberts said she has never seen an election like this one.   "It’s bad," ABC News and NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts said Thursday at a press conference. "We have seen divisions in American society before but nothing like this."   Roberts, who has won numerous awards throughout her over 40 years in the business, spoke at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Thursday night as the featured speaker for the sixth annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture.   When asked why Republican nominee Donald Trump has made it so far, Roberts said it comes down to

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Clarksburg School To Hold Visioning Session On New Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:00AM / Friday, November 04, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The elementary school will host a visioning session next week to gain input from teachers, administrators and parents to better inform the plans for a new school.   Principal Tara Barnes told the School Committee Thursday that an architect and education consultant will visit the school Nov. 9 to gather information about what teachers, administrators and parents want from the new building.   "It is going to be all day, and they are going to meet with a small group and then the entire staff at the end of the day," Barnes said. "It should be great."   She added that they will get teachers up to speed on what a new building can

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Drury High Senior Earns Top Academic Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:59AM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School senior Alexandra Bernard was presented with this year's Superintendent's Award for her academic achievements.

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence is given to the highest ranking high school senior within a district.

"Alexandra is a worthy nominee," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.

Bernard, daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Bernard of North Adams, has taken honors classes and six Advanced Placement classes.

"She not only has the highest [grade point average] in the senior class but she has been an active member of

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No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016
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MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is sending.
  The opposition says the expansion of the charter school system will devastate the traditional public school system by allocating more public funding to the privately-run schools.   "The message you are sending across the nation is powerful. What you are saying is that big business, corporations, you cannot buy public education. That's the message that needs to

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Chris Trapper to Perform at Drury High School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring singer-songwriter Chris Trapper to the Drury auditorium this Saturday.

Boston-based Trapper is former front man for the late-'90s alternative rock band The Push Stars and his music has been featured on televisions shows and movies including "Malcolm in the Middle" and "There’s Something About Mary."

He will play at the Drury After Dark concert series this weekend.

"He is really great and he has some really great music, and I think it is going to appeal to a lot of the community and school community as well," DPAM student and senior Alex Bernard said.

Bernard said the

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MCLA to Host Open House for Prospective Students
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host the second of three fall open house events for high school and transfer students interested in applying for admission to attend MCLA for the spring of 2017 or the fall 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 29. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Amsler Campus Center.

In addition to touring the campus, prospective students and families can learn more about the admissions and financial aid process; student life; attend an academic program overview; and explore the many opportunities MCLA has to offer, such as internships, study abroad, our honors program and undergraduate research.

Those who wish to find out more about

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently recognized the academic achievements of 103 students during an Honors Convocation Program.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

 

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Aaron R. Biros, Jeremy R. Patterson, Chelise M. Rondeau

Rebecca J. Simmons

Amy L. Brassard, Katie Clarke, Dudley R. Johnson, Emily A. Thurston

Henry J. Fristik

Marion T. Brooks, Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John C. Morrissey, Valerie L. Rose, Bridget

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MCLA to Hold Open Houses For MBA, MEd Degrees
12:19PM / Monday, October 24, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer open house events in Pittsfield and on the MCLA campus for those interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees, earning their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Master of Education (MEd) degree, and more.

Two open houses will be held: on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the MCLA campus in Bowman Hall, room 217. Both events will begin at 6 p.m.

MCLA’s Degree Completion, MBA and MEd programs are designed to meet the needs of working adult learners. MCLA’s Degree Completion programs, designed to take just over two years to

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