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MCLA Receives $20K From Berkshire Bank Foundation For Summer STEM Academy
11:56AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Bank Foundation has awarded MCLA $20,000 to fund the Berkshire Bank STEM Academy, which accepts up to 20 incoming first-year students enrolled in a STEM major or who have expressed interest in STEM fields.     According to a press release, the five day program is designed to introduce incoming students to careers in STEM. Students will network with STEM faculty, students, and staff in the interest of developing a deeper relationship with those involved in STEM careers in the Berkshires. The program's ultimate goal is to encourage more students to secure jobs in the Berkshires and remain here after graduation.    The

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BRTA Releases New Mask Requirements
08:03AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Berkshire Regional Planning Authority will enforce new mask regulations per the Center for Disease Control and federal law.

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will: board only people who wear masks; instruct people that wearing a mask is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law; monitor for any person who is not wearing a mask and seek compliance from such a person; at the earliest safe opportunity, disembark any person who refuses to comply; and notify people of the requirement to make sure they aware of and comply with the requirement to wear a mask. People are

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State Fire Marshal Announces Burn Awareness Week
04:06AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
STOW,Mass. —National Burn Awareness week is Feb. 7-13, 2021.   "Burn Awareness Week is an opportunity for fire, health, and medical professionals to review some simple safety steps people can take to prevent burn injuries at home, at work, and outdoors," State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said.   This year's theme from the American Burn Association is "Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!" While most electrical burn injuries occur in the work environment 48 percent over the past ten years, in 2019 an 11-year old suffered an electrical burn.   Electrical fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts. Using major

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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking Input on Placemaking Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Thursday, February 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Public space for art — and where that art may have the most impact — are among the priorities being laid out in the city's public arts master plan.   The Public Arts Commission began the process last year of developing a plan that aligns with the city's master plan. The vision sees public art as part of the community's identity as an "arts destination and center for creativity" in terms of culture, community, economy and design.    The commission recently completed a section prioritizing placement of public art and is seeking feedback from the community. The draft can be found on the city's website.   Last

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Baker: No Apologies for Prioritizing Vulnerable Populations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday once again defended his administration COVID-19 track record while saying that it has been open to responding to criticism throughout the pandemic.   In an appearance at Fenway Park to herald one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites, Baker was asked about those who continue to question the state's strategy to roll out vaccines by targeting specific populations on a phased basis.   Baker said he himself was not satisfied with all aspects of the state's response to COVID-19, but he was not going to apologize for the phased approach to vaccine distribution.   "The first thing I would say is I get how unhappy

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MCLA Gallery 51 Virtual Video Art Exhibit
08:05AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA Gallery 51's new virtual exhibit, "A Tourist in Your Own Home," will open Saturday, Feb. 13, with an opening event held virtually at 5 p.m. on Feb. 13. 

This event is free and open to the public via Zoom; those who would like to attend can register here. After the opening, the show will be viewable via the G51 website at mcla.edu/gallery51. 

This virtual video exhibition marks the launch of the "Hostile Terrain" exhibition opening later this spring at Gallery 51. With works by the Sanctuary City Project already displayed on campus, this is the next phase in this campus-wide project.  

Curated by artist

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North Adams Schools Accepted Into 'Pool Testing' Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The school district has been accepted into a pilot program for "pool" testing of students and their teachers for the novel coronavirus.     "It is just another added layer of providing additional mitigation for the safety of our students and our staff as we think about returning to the hybrid model for in person learning," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday.   Pool testing means mixing samples from a group, such as a classroom, and testing for COVID-19 antigens. A negative test means the entire group is clear; a positive test means that each person in the pool would have to follow up with

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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City Woman Wins Hometown Holidays Gift Basket
by TunnelVision
09:18PM / Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Jonathan Secor had some help in pulling the winning ticket. Congrats to Janet O'Neill of North Adams who won the big Hometown Holidays gift basket on Thursday. O'Neill won some $1,300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise.

The drawing could be entered by spending $50 downtown during the Thursday night Hometown Holiday events. Jonathan Secor of MCLA Gallery 51 said 62 people had entered the contest (including the editor of iBerkshires &mdash amazing how much cat toys cost nowadays).

Secor contacted O'Neill who  was excited and surprised at winning. "No, I'm not kidding," Secor assured her

We

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