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Drury High Staging Production of 'Alice in Wonderland'
03:36PM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Stage Company will performing a version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" this weekend.   Performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 11, at both 2 and 7 p.m.   The play is directed by teacher Liz Urban and features 15 Drury students from Grades 7 through 12 as well as a student production crew.   "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was written by Carroll in 1865 and is the story of a young girl who follows a white rabbit through a hole that takes her to an fantasy kingdom. In pursuit of the rabbit, she encounters the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and a

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BRTA Service Planning Survey
12:10PM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is asking for public opinion on what riders would like to see at the BRTA.    The BRTA is seeking input from customers and community members about current and future bus services. Users are asked to share candid input about what the BRTA should prioritize in the coming years.   Answers will guide the BRTA planning principles, as the region emerges from the pandemic. To take the survey, go to https://bit.ly/brta-survey-2021.   All individual responses will remain anonymous, while the overall information and results will be shared publicly and with BRTA stakeholders.    Particpants can add

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Berkshire County Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Conservation District received grant funding to address the decline of native pollinators and their host plants across all landscapes.   The funding comes from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. The funds will help the district continue its commitment to conservation and sustainability in the community.     This funding will enable the district to launch a new program to support habitats, including pollinator plantings and to increase the number of Berkshire communities adopting

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North Adams Planners Get Apartment Plans for Porter Block
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The second and third floors would have three apartments in the same layout. Plans by Barry Berg Architect of New York City.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Developer Veselko Buntic envisions transforming the Tower and Porter Block into eight apartments with two storefronts on the main level and two bedrooms on the top with penthouse views.   Buntic's plans for the 125-year-old structure will go before the Planning Board on Monday.    The Long Island City, N.Y., investor had come under fire from the community members over the slow pace of work in the North Adams buildings he's purchased over the past five years or so. Buntic also owns the Dowlin Block

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MCLA Department of Business Administration Earns ACBSP Accreditation
04:03PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Department of Business Administration has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).    This accreditation covers all the department's business degree paths, as well as the College's Master of Business Administration program.    According to a press release, ACBSP is a a global accreditation agency that focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP's student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from

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Local Veterans Mark 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:22PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Pittsfield Veterans Service Officer John Herrera speaks at the ceremony on Tuesday morning. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu that sparked the nation's entrance into World War II.

About 80 servicemen from Berkshire County were stationed at or near Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, including more than 40 from Dalton and Pittsfield.
 
Two of them were killed in action during the surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski and Army Air Forces 1st Sgt. Edward Burns.  

The 18-year-old Sadlowski from Pittsfield was an

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Clarksburg Filling Empty Board Seat; Town Administrator Interviews Set
Staff Reports,
01:17PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town expects to have a new Select Board member in place at the conclusion of the special election on Tuesday, allowing officials to move forward in filling some important positions.    The three-person board has been down to one member since October, part of an exodus of officials that has left the town in limbo.   The only name on Tuesday's ballot is Jeffrey Levanos, a veteran member of both the Select Board and School Committee. A Select Board meeting — the first in nearly two months — is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the Community Center.    The agenda includes interviews of three candidates for town

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SVMC's Primary Care Practices Earn Honors for Patient-Centered Care
12:38PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
BENNINGTON, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced that each of its five primary care practices in Vermont—SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal—have achieved recognition for providing personalized, effective, and efficient primary care.    The medical practices have been re-designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   "This designation requires an extraordinary commitment to continual

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BRTA Route 14 To Resume Full Service
12:25PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)'s bus route 14 will resume back to its full- service schedule starting at 7 A.M. on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.   The reduced service schedule will continue on BRTA bus routes 4, 5, 11, 15, and 16. The reduced service schedule is in place in response to a staffing shortage.   BRTA is and has been striving to hire additional drivers through a multifaceted approach.    Those interested in becoming a BRTA operator, visit https://berkshirerta.com/about/employment-opportunities/   Call the BRTA at (413) 499-2782 #1 with any questions about these service changes or employment opportunities.

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Charitable gifts can still provide tax benefits
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:10AM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
It's the season of giving. Of course, you may be thinking of the gifts you're planning to give to your loved ones and friends, but you may well want to extend your generosity beyond your immediate circle to support charitable organizations whose work you support. If you can afford to donate to charitable groups, your gifts will be much appreciated in these challenging times. And when you give, you may also receive something in return: tax benefits.   To understand the tax advantages of charitable giving, let's quickly look at a little recent history. Up until a few years ago, many people itemized deductions on their tax returns, including gifts to qualified charitable

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Clarksburg School Recognizes Olivia Zoito as Project 351 Ambassador
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Olivia Zoito will be the town's Project 351 Ambassador this year. The eighth-grader's selection was noted at last week's School Committee.   The statewide nonprofit organization seeks to mentor youth leaders and encourage community service. Participants — one from each of the state's 351 municipalities — choose a community service project. They are provided opportunities for learning team building and civic engagement through a Service Leadership Academy and other partnerships and advisers.   "There were a few applicants," said Principal Tara Barnes. "We ask students to write a letter telling us why they

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Man Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Two Children
04:18PM / Monday, December 06, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man who fled from prosecution a decade ago will serve eight to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two children.   Juan Harry, 54, on Friday was convicted on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and one count of rape of a child. Judge John Agostini sentenced Harry to serve eight to 10 years in State Prison, aligning with state sentencing recommendations.   The North Adams Police Department arrested Harry for sexually assaulting two 11-year-old girls in 2003. Harry fled the area on the first day the Court expected to begin the trial in 2010. In August of this year, Nassau County, N.Y. Police arrested Harry on the default

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