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Northern Berkshire Celebrates Spirit of Caring Award Recipients
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:22PM / Friday, May 10, 2024

NBUW Executive Director Patti Messina recognizes two 'dynamic' women retiring this year: Janice Broderick and Christine MacBeth.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way on Thursday saluted members of the community who have stepped beyond their roles to help and support others.    Among them was state Rep. John Barrett III, former longtime mayor of North Adams, who was recognized not only for his efforts on behalf of the city for so many years but a "softer side" not always apparent.    The celebration was NBUW's sixth annual Spirit of Caring Awards, held at Norad Mill and attended by its member agencies, sponsors and

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Greylock Federal Promotes North Adams Branch Manager
04:00PM / Friday, May 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced the promotion of Nikki Jannicelli to branch manager of its North Adams branch on Ashland Street.   "I am thrilled about Nikki's tenure as manager of the North Adams branch," said Senior Vice President, Retail Services Robert Sims. "She's been working for Greylock for nearly 22 years, including approximately 11 years at our North Adams branch. She's very well-known and liked by the community, so I couldn't think of a better person to lead the team there."   In her role, Jannicelli oversees all activities for the North Adams branch, manages the location's staff of seven, and

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Berkshire Communities Awarded FY25 Chapter 90 Funds
04:00PM / Friday, May 10, 2024
BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey signed legislation at an event in Melrose which authorizes $200 million for fiscal year 2025 to fund bridge and road maintenance and other infrastructure projects in municipalities across the state under the Chapter 90 program In addition, the legislation will fund a total of $175 million more for six transportation infrastructure grant programs.    The Chapter 90 program provides municipalities with an annual funding source for improvements to and investments in local transportation networks. Every municipality in the state is allocated a portion of total program dollars, which allows them to evaluate their unique transportation needs and goals

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Scholarship Offered to BArT Graduates
10:35AM / Friday, May 10, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. — Graduates of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) who have completed their first year of college are invited to apply for the Julia Bowen Bridge to College Scholarship.   The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BArT's founding executive director. Through her service to the school, Bowen demonstrated her commitment to supporting all students' successful path to and through college. In this spirit, the scholarship was created by and is managed by the BArT Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BArT alumni through their college career.   A scholarship of up to $1,250 will be awarded to a

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Clarksburg FinCom, Select Board Agree on $1.9M Town Operating Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:47AM / Friday, May 10, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is looking at an operating budget of $1,859,413 for fiscal 2025, down a percent from this year largely because of debt falling off.   Town officials are projecting a total budget at about $5.1 million, however, the School Committee is not expected to approve a school budget for two more weeks so no final number has been determined.   Town officials said they've asked the school budget to come in at a 2 percent increase. Finance Committee member Carla Fosser asked what would happen if it was more than that.    "Then we would need to make cuts," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney, adding, "I'm a product of that

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Mother's Day: Weekend Outlook
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:01PM / Thursday, May 09, 2024
There are a variety of events this Mother's Day weekend, from tea parties to cake decorating to live music and more.    Editor's Pick    Daffodil and Tulip Festival Naumkeag, Stockbridge Thursday through Sunday    The historic home and garden will conclude its annual Daffodil and Tulip Festival this weekend. The festival showcases more than 150,000 daffodils, tulips, and minor bulbs across eight acres of land.   The 48-acre estate will be decorated "with a variety of blooms, containers, displays and decorations against the backdrop of stunning views of Monument Mountain and the Berkshire Hills," the website said.   Mixed bouquets,

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MCLA to Host Graduate Programs Info Session at BIC
08:00AM / Thursday, May 09, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host information sessions for its graduate programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education (MEd) on Tuesday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield.    A virtual session will be held on May 30 at noon.   Prospective students are invited to meet with faculty, students, and staff to learn more about how to continue their education in two of MCLA's programs designed to support the rising workforce needs in the Berkshires and beyond.    According to a press release:    The MBA program is committed to redefining the educational

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Drury Revives Senior Citizens Prom
04:00PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The project-based learning Game of Life class at Drury High School announced the return of the Senior Citizens Prom.    Scheduled for May 14 from 5–7 p.m. in the Drury cafeteria, this event welcomes individuals of all ages to join in the festivities.   The Senior Citizens Prom promises an evening of dancing, camaraderie, and intergenerational connections.    "We are thrilled to bring back the Senior Citizens Prom," said Patrick Boulger, a co-teacher of the Game of Life class. "This event exemplifies our dedication to integrating Portrait of a Graduate competencies into our curriculum, promoting community engagement,

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1Berkshire Announces Technical Assistance Offerings
11:12AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, thanks in part to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, announced their next slate of technical assistance offerings through the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program (BERP).   Through a series of three years of cohorts since 2021, the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has been able to support more than 110 businesses through targeted training offerings, resulting in notable business improvements, and quantified by the over $2,000,000 in funding collectively accessed by businesses through their participation.    Going into the Spring/Summer of 2024, the series continues with the next two

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North Adams Schools Talk Final Budget Numbers for Public Hearing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024

The elementary schools will be phasing in a new math curriculum over the next two years.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee received the presentation given last week to the Finance & Facilities committee for the fiscal 2025 spending plan.   The subcommittee is recommending the budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. This was expected to be 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. This will also include the closure of Greylock School at the end of this year and the reduction of 26 full-time

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DiLego Jewelry to Close After Nearly 100 Years in Business
By Daniel Matz, iBerkshires correspondent
05:28AM / Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Sisters Pamela Costine, left, and Cynthia Lamore have been operating the store since their aunts retired in 1987. Both started working in the business as teens.  Lamore's decided it's time to retire.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DiLego Jewelery Store, the family-owned business that has been a staple of North Adams for nearly a century, will be closing this summer.    The closure was announced on the store's Facebook page late Sunday night, where it immediately drew comments of remembrance and well-wishing.   Cindy Lamore, whose great uncle Frank DiLego opened the store on Main Street in the late 1930s, said the shop will cease operations following

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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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