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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
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The Whet Towel was the winning idea in this year's challenge.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There were three finalists for the third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurial Challenge on Wednesday night. They were different yet had one thing in common: being eco-friendly or at least all-natural.    But it was the pitch about making disposal razors last longer that stood out for the judges and deemed worthy of the $10,000 prize.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.    "For years, I've been using

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BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
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10:18AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is suspending its nursing program for a year.   The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.   "We have a 50-year history of graduating excellent practitioners and this brief pause allows us to address specific areas of focus that have been highlighted by our accrediting and licensing bodies," said college President Ellen Kennedy in

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College Notes: April & May 2019
01:10PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a junior atin Lewiston, Maine, recently presented the results of her environmental studies capstone project titled "Insulating Window Insert Interventions in Energy Injustice: Incentives, Barriers, & Strategies."    Ellrodt, the daughter of Dr. and Ms. Anthony G. Ellrodt and a 2016 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School, worked with two other students, Newell Woodworth of Lambertville, N.J., and Griff Golden of Riverside, Conn., on the project in collaboration with Window Dressers, a nonprofit working to help insulate homes.    As part of their environmental studies major, Ellrodt,

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Colegrove Park School Dismissed Early for Hot Water Issues
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10:59AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School pupils were released early on Thursday after the report of gas smell in the kitchen turned up a different problem in the hot water system.   
The school was evacuated for a gas smell then dismissed for a hot water problem. Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said the report of the smell came in before school started so students were gathered on arrival and evacuated to the nearby First Baptist Church.    "The alarm came in before the kids were at school so I believe the kids never entered the building," Meranti said. "They assembled the kids outside and we redirected them to their normal evacuation

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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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Clarksburg Mulling Food Service Contract With North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, April 08, 2019
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The School Committee meets Thursday night.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is holding off on a decision to contract with North Adams to feed its elementary schoolchildren.   The committee has mulling whether to contract out the cafeteria. There are some staffing changes occurring and there are some equipment needs, leading officials to consider which direction to take.     Cory Nicholas, food service director for the North Adams Public Schools, gave a presentation on Thursday night explained to the committee how he would provide breakfast and lunch to the school.    "You're considering bringing North Adams on board as a

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Northern Berkshire School Union Offers Business Post to SVC Veep
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:29PM / Friday, April 05, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A former treasurer for the city of North Adams has been offered the post of business administrator for the Northern Berkshire School Union.    Jennifer Macksey of North Adams has accepted the position, pending negotiations, Superintendent of Schools John Franzoni said Friday.    Macksey was one of three finalists for the position who were interviewed on Thursday evening at Clarksburg School. Nine members of the School Committee representing the union's five towns spent nearly 2 1/2 hours interviewing the three candidates and debating their choice, finally voting 7-2 to offer the post to Macksey.    Also interviewed were

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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service

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North Adams Elementary Students Get College Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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The after-school program provide a range of opportunities for North Adams students.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Kids 2 College after-school program gives city elementary students hands-on STEM experiences in a college classroom.   Although it was spring break and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students were off last week, class was in session in Venable Hall.   "We do a lot of project-based learning," Kids 2 College instructor AnnaMaria Sebastino said. "For example, we studied volcanos and today we are building a paper-mâché one … we do a lot of different things."   The program is a partnership between

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