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Clark Art Announces Research And Academic Program Fellowships
10:26AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program (RAP) announces the appointment of its 2021–2022 class of fellows for the upcoming academic year.   The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Through RAP, the Clark hosts a residential fellowship program that welcomes top international scholars for periods ranging from two to nine months. To date, the community of Clark Fellows numbers more than 400 individuals hailing from thirty countries, forming a global network of scholars united through the shared

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Perform Benefit Show For Greenagers
12:46AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
ERGEMONT, Mass. — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will present a benefit concert for Greenagers, outdoors under a tent on July 7 at 6 p.m. outdoors under a tent at the April Hill Conservation Center.    An outdoor reception follows for top-tier ticket holders; tickets can be purchased at greenagers.org/tickets.   On learning of Greenagers' outdoor education and job programs for teens and young adults in the Berkshires, Ma and Ax offered to team up for this outdoor event. The evening includes a conversation with the musicians and Greenagers Executive Director, Will Conklin.   Ma and Ax, in a shared statement, commended Greenagers' commitment to

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BCC Offers Admissions Info Sessions
04:34PM / Wednesday, June 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, MA — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer two free Virtual General Information Sessions in the month of July 2021: Wednesday, July 7 at 5 pm and Thursday, July 15 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.   Virtual General Information Session participants can: Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register, and choose classes Learn about BCC's affordability and its financial aid options Hear from staff about quality programs and student support services Discover how classes will

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Great Barrington Impact Fund Open for Applications
07:59AM / Wednesday, June 16, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for grants from the town's Community Impact Fund.   Applications are due Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. at Town Hall. More details and application paperwork can be found here.   For the 2022 fiscal year, the town has earmarked $350,000 for distribution among qualifying organizations, individuals, town committees and town departments seeking support for community benefit projects.   Applications will be reviewed by the town's Community Impact Fund committee, which then makes recommendations to the town manager.   The town's Community Impact Fund receives 3 percent of gross sales at cannabis dispensaries in

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Vaccinated Residents Can Win a 'VaxMillion'
Staff Reports,
01:17PM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
BOSTON – If avoiding a deadly disease isn't enough of a reason to be vaccinated, state officials are sweetning the jab with a chance to win $1 million.   The Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway is for residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated residents 18 and older will have the opportunity to enter to win one of five $1 million cash prizes. Fully vaccinated residents between 12 and 17 years of age may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.   "The commonwealth leads the nation in vaccinating our residents, with almost four million people fully vaccinated, and our goal remains ensuring everyone that wants a

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Father's Day Gifts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:25AM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
If you're a dad, you may be in line to get some nice gifts on Father's Day. But your greatest gift may be your ability to help your children. One way of doing that is to get them started in the world of investing – and making a few investments on their behalf.   Here are three possibilities:   529 plan – If you invest in a 529 education savings plan, your earnings can grow federally tax-free, provided the money is used for qualified educational expenses. (Withdrawals not used for these expenses will generally incur taxes and penalties on investment earnings.) If you invest in your own state's 529 plan, you might receive some state tax benefits, too,

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BCC 'One Stop' Construction Underway as Welcome Center Takes Shape
08:01AM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) aims to streamline its admissions and enrollment process with its One Stop Student Success project, currently under construction on campus as part of a $5.5 million grant provided by Governor Baker's Capital Investment Plan for public higher education.    The overarching goal of this project is to make it easier for anyone who wants to access higher education to be able to do so with ease.   One of the most important parts of the One Stop project is the Welcome Center, located in the former dining hall in the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) building. The Welcome Center will be the gateway into newly consolidated offices

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Berkshire Rescue Team Seeks Donations for Vehicle
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team is aiming to raise $14,000 for a utility terrain rescue vehicle that is vital to their operations.   BMSAR is one of only two volunteer search and rescue teams in Massachusetts that are attached to the State Police Special Emergency Response Team, which is of "high value" for the organization.   It serves all of Western Massachusettes and sometimes assist in other parts of the commonwealth.   In order to respond to missing persons in the most efficient way, the team needs a vehicle that can handle rough terrain.   "We don't have a UTV vehicle ourselves, we can rely on the

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Fire Officials Warn Against Fireworks
04:02PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
STOW, Mass. — Fire Officials Urge People to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals.   "Public fireworks displays are back this year, and fire departments across the state are making sure they are safe for spectators and for shooters," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Illegal fireworks are risky, especially around children who will imitate what they see adults do. Let's keep our children safe."   Children and teens under 15 account for more than one-third of the severe fireworks burn injuries requiring emergency room visits in Massachusetts.   4th of July No Holiday for Firefighters   "The Fourth of July holiday is a busy

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College Notes: June 2021
03:40PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
Four local juniors attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute completed their required research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue.   • Augustine Asumadu of Pittsfield, majoring in management information systems, completed the project titled "Launching a Competitive Robotics Team" with Namibia Project Center.   • Mary Decelles of Pittsfield, majoring in mechanical engineering, completed the project titled "The Bright Darkness" with London Project Center.   • Danielle Lablanc of Pittsfield, majoring in mechanical engineering, completed the project

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Workforce Board Recognizes 5 with Impact Awards, Highlights Pandemic Efforts
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board on Thursday held its annual meeting virtually during which five local professionals were recognized with Workforce Impact Awards and the board highlighted its yearly efforts in meeting the demand for highly skilled workers in Berkshire County.     During fiscal 2021, the board leveraged more than $3.5 million to assist 662 employers, 2,600 job seekers, and 3,400 youth with workforce needs.     "Since March 2020, the Workforce Board assisted over 650 companies with their workforce needs, answering their immediate employment questions, connecting them to grants and economic development

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BCC Offers Medical Coding and Health Information Management Certificates
07:54AM / Monday, June 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is ready to prepare students for the growing field with its hybrid Medical Coding courses, which focus on how to use the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals.    Courses also include hands-on practice using medical coding software.      Students may enroll any time to begin the program this fall. The Medical Coding Certificate may be completed in two semesters, while the Health Information Management Certificate may be completed in three semesters.    Medical coders and health information specialists are responsible for safeguarding

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