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Clark Art Hosts Williams College Chamber Music Gala
08:00AM / Monday, May 06, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, May 12 at 3 pm the Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by the Williams College Music Department.    The program of piano, string, and wind chamber music showcases Williams students performing selections from their spring semester chamber music collaborations.    This free concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524.

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Amphibious Toads Procreate in Perplexing Amplexus
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
08:09PM / Sunday, May 05, 2024
 
Toads lay their eggs in the spring along the edges of waterways. Photos by Tor Hansen. My first impressions of toads came about when my father Len Hansen rented a seaside house high on a sand dune in North Truro, Cape Cod back in 1954.    With Cape Cod Bay stretching out to the west, and Twinefield so abundant in wildflowers to the east, North Truro became a naturalist's dream, where I could search for sea shells at the seashore, or chase beetles and butterflies with my trusty green butterfly net.    Twinefield was a treasure trove for wildlife — a vast glacial rolling sandplain shaped by successive glaciers, its sandy soil rich in silicon,

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Drury Hosts Inaugural Government Appreciation Day
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:17PM / Sunday, May 05, 2024

State Rep. John Barrett III explains his role in the state Legislature to students during Government Appreciation Day at Drury on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eighth-grade students learned about civics firsthand during the school's inaugural Massachusetts Government Appreciation Day.   "Government is strongest when every individual feels as though they are part of the process," said civics teacher Patrick Boulger, before introducing the Friday's guest speakers. "Today is the day when you have an opportunity to be part of this process and learn from individuals who have dedicated their lives to government service."   The event is a new

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Weekend Outlook: First Fridays, Record Show, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including First Friday Festivities, a record show, and more.   Editor's Pick   Pittsfield's Inaugural First Friday at Five Downtown Pittsfield Time: 5 p.m.    The city has combined Third Thursdays and the First Fridays Artswalks to establish First Fridays at Five.    Downtown Pittsfield will be alive with activities, including a maker's market on North Street, a Pop-Up Dance Zone in Persip Park with fire dancer Opal Raven Cirque, Art in the Park with Mike Carty at Sottile Park, live pottery in Palace Park with Jim Horsford, and a Family Fun Zone at Dunham Mall.    There will

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Drury Hosts Inaugural Government Appreciation Day
08:00AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School will hold its inaugural Massachusetts Government Appreciation Day on Friday, May 3, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.   Lead by civics teacher Patrick Boulger, this event marks an addition to the 8th grade civics curriculum, aiming to equip students with practical insights into the intricacies of state and local governance ahead of the 8th grade civics Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.    This initiative aligns with Drury High School's efforts to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become active and informed citizens, and draws on the contributions, experience, and knowledge of invited speakers to

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North Adams Hopes to Transform Y Into Community Recreation Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey updates members of the former YMCA on the status of the roof project and plans for reopening.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has plans to keep the former YMCA as a community center.   "The city of North Adams is very committed to having a recreation center not only for our youth but our young at heart," Mayor Jennifer Macksey said to the applause of some 50 or more YMCA members on Wednesday. "So we are really working hard and making sure we can have all those touch points."   The fate of the facility attached to Brayton School has been in limbo since the closure of the pool last year because of structural issues and the

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Adams Lions Club Golf Tourney Set for May 18
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04:57AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lions Club’s annual golf tournament will be Saturday, May 18, at Forest Park Country Club.   Teams of four will compete in a 9-hole scramble format with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.   Proceeds will support Lions initiatives, including scholarships for local high school graduates and community events, such as a Halloween parade for local children and lunch for senior citizens. In addition, the club assists residents who need help with vision and hearing loss-related needs and supports research to cure eye diseases and diabetes.   The entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and includes nine holes of golf, carts, longest drive and

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North Adams School Panel Recommends $20M Budget That Cuts 26 Jobs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, May 01, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee will be presented next week with a $20 million spending plan for fiscal 2025 that includes closing Greylock School and a reduction of 26 full-time positions.    The Finance and Facilities committee is recommending the budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. This is funded by $16,418,826 in state Chapter 70 education funds, local funding of $3,938,270 (up $100,000 over this year) and a drawdown of school funds of $575,237.    The budget is up overall because of rising contractural costs, inflation and a hike in the cost of out-of-district tuition.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the

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MCLA's Tax Assistance Program Helped Return Over $1M to Community
08:00AM / Tuesday, April 30, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) celebrates its five-year anniversary, marking a half-decade of service to the community.

In that time, students helped return more than $1 million in refunds to taxpayers. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has continued to thrive, offering assistance to individuals and families in need.

According to MCLA Professor of Accounting Tara Barboza, an enrolled agent with the United States Department of the Treasury and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the students in the Department of Business Administration, who participate in

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Clarksburg Holds Information Session CPA Warrant Article
07:33PM / Monday, April 29, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational meeting on the Community Preservation Act will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at the Clarksburg Elementary School.   Voters at the annual town meeting on May 29 will be asked to approve adoption of the state law which will allow the town to collect a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes for use for affordable housing, open space and recreation, and historic preservation. A percentage of the funds collected by the town are matched by the state.   The Historical Commission requested the question be placed on the town meeting warrant. Passage at town meeting would put the CPA on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.    The

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North Adams Helmet Giveaway A Success
By Daniel Matz, iBerkshires correspondent
05:30PM / Monday, April 29, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey with Sebastyn Donovan, who let her ride his scooter.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On a bright, hazy Saturday afternoon, three North Adams institutions joined forces to bring a little safety to the community.   Representatives of the North Adams Police Department, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC), and North Adams School Public Schools set up shop at the Noel Field playground to give away bike helmets to citizens of all ages, and to raffle off bicycles and scooters to a few lucky children in the neighborhood.   The initiative was sparked by the Police Department's acquisition of bike helmets as part of a Municipal Road Safety

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MCLA in Talks With Anonymous Donor for Art Museum, Art Lab
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Monday, April 29, 2024

Andre Lynch, the new vice provost for institutional equity and belonging, introduces himself to the trustees, some of whom were participating remotely. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts may be in line for up to a $10 million donation that will include a campus art museum.    President Jamie Birge told the board of trustees on Thursday that  the college has been in discussions for the last couple years with a donor who wishes at this point to remain anonymous.   "It's a donor that has a history of working with public liberal arts institutions to advance the arts that those institutions," he said.  "This donor

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