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Simon's Rock Food Pantry Accepting Donations
10:45AM / Monday, January 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —  Simon's Rock has officially opened an on-campus food pantry, the Rocker Pantry, for students who may be experiencing food insecurity or simply need extra assistance.   However, the Rocker Pantry is open to all students. The Rocker Pantry also provides necessary cold-weather gear, clothing, hygiene products, and various household supplies.   The Rocker Pantry is accepting donations on campus. Local community members can find donation boxes at the Kilpatrick Athletic Center   At the moment, the Rocker Pantry is seeking the following donations: Nonperishable food items  Financial gifts     "Food insecurity on

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Berkshire Waldorf School Waives All General and Financial Aid Application Fees
08:00AM / Sunday, January 07, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School has waived all application and financial aid fees to apply for enrollment in the private secondary school.    "We want to ensure that anyone who wants to be considered for application can do so without worry about cost. Over 80 percent of our students' families receive financial aid. We don't want the application fees to be an impediment for future families to consider enrolling in the high school," said Teresa O'Brient, BWHS Board Chair and owner of Williams & Sons Country Store on Main Street in Stockbridge.   "We value a diverse student population, with teenagers from all

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Berkshire South Regional Community Center New Board Of Trustees
12:32PM / Friday, January 05, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center announced on Jan. 1, 2024, Erica Jaffe is joining the Board of Trustees as the Board Chair.    Jaffe is stepping in for Barbara Manring who has served as the acting Interim Chair for the last two years. Other newly appointed officers include Tony Scott, Second Vice Chair, and Jaclyn Sinay, Clerk. Ethel Patterson is also returning to the BSRCC Board after a two-year hiatus.   Erica Jaffe, a full-time Housatonic resident, brings over 15 years of branding and marketing experience through her work at New York-based creative agencies including BrandFire, 100 Mile Group, and MGX Lab. Most recently, Jaffe

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Stockbridge Grange Community Dinner
03:43PM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stockbridge Grange is having a community dinner Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024 featuring baked beans and ham with dessert choices of chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.     Dinner is $15.00 per person, take out only with 12-1:30 pm pick up at the Stockbridge Grange Hall at 51 Church Street, Stockbridge.  Orders may be made by calling 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.     The reservation deadline Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  

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Carpenter Breaks School Assist Record at Framingham State
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:16AM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
Framingham State senior point guard Gwendolyn Carpenter last month broke the all time assist record at the school.   Her 466th career assist came in a win over Curry College on Dec. 9, breaking a 5-year-old school record.   Carpenter was averaging more than seven assists per game going into Wednesday's home game against Westfield State. She also led the Rams (11-1) in minutes played, averaging 36.8 minutes per contest and had scored 9.4 points per game.   Carpenter is no stranger to breaking records. As a senior at Mount Everett, she set Berkshire County's all-time scoring mark for high school basketball.   Framingham State visits MCLA on Wednesday, Jan.

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BHS Reinstitutes Masking and Updates Visitor Guidelines
05:31PM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of a significant increase in the incidence of respiratory illness locally, Berkshire Health Systems has resumed mandatory masking for staff, patients and visitors, and has instituted changes in its visitation policy, effective on Wednesday, Jan. 3.   The updated masking and visitation guidelines impact Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the North Adams and Hillcrest Campuses of BMC and BMC and Fairview provider practices across the county.   "The new year has brought with it a new wave of respiratory illness. As always, BHS has been monitoring the infection levels in our region so that we can act promptly and effectively to keep

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Great Barrington Community Impact Fund Committee Recommends Awards
10:47AM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town Community Impact Fund Committee has recommended the distribution of the following funds to area nonprofits: Railroad Street Youth Project, $162,000 for community work to educate and mentor youth in the community. Rural Recovery Resources, $100,000 to support the addition of a bilingual recovery coach. Volunteers in Medicine, $56,000 to support substance abuse counseling work, which also received CIF funding last year. Great Barrington Police Department, $182,000 over two years to help fund a Co-responder Program, which includes a mental health professional to accompany police to calls when needed. Funds are received annually by the town from

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Happy New Year From iBerkshires.com
iBerkshires Staff,
07:01AM / Monday, January 01, 2024

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2024.

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Dewey Hall Gets $15K Donation Boost Toward Preservation and Planning
12:46PM / Sunday, December 31, 2023
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Memorial Hall has received a donation boost toward its preservation and planning goals.     Housatonic Heritage has granted a $15,000 Heritage Partnership grant. This will go toward a $35,000 matching grant for feasibility and planning from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities fund announced in July.    "This $15,000 gets us much closer toward raising the match for the MCCF grant. The total cost of the project is unknown, but it is likely to exceed $70,000," said Dewey Hall President Beth Carlson. "This is vital foundational work necessary for the stable future of Dewey Hall."   While working to secure the

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Taconic Boys Basketball Was Top Story of '23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:04AM / Friday, December 29, 2023
The year started with one high school state championship on the show and ended with another on the hardwood.     In between, there were plenty of team titles, tournament runs and individual accomplishments to keep Berkshire County high school and youth sports fans in the seats and on the sidelines.   Although not every successful season ended in the ultimate prize, there was plenty to be proud of along the way. And here is a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered in 2023:   No. 1 Taconic Boys Basketball Of all the state championships won this year – and there were several – perhaps none was sweeter than that of the Thunder in the Division 5 State

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Merry Christmas from iBerkshires
10:46AM / Monday, December 25, 2023

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Christmas Eve Poem
06:07PM / Sunday, December 24, 2023

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