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Lazits Leading Lions to First in Ivies
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:01AM / Thursday, April 04, 2024
Taconic High School graduate and Columbia University junior Anton Lazits is hitting .253 for the Lions this spring.   Lazits has six home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs in starting all 22 games for the Lions, who are 10-12 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League heading into this weekend's games at Dartmouth.   He started the year with two home runs and four RBIs in Columbia's 15-6 loss at Florida on Feb. 23.   Saturday's 11:30 Columbia game against the Big Green is scheduled to be telecast on ESPN-plus.   Staying in the Ivies, Taconic graduate Nick Guachione has appeared in seven games at the University of Pennsylvania. He has drawn two walks and been hit by a

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Spring Webinar Series for Nonprofits
04:10PM / Tuesday, April 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Through the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, nonprofits can sign up for a series of six short webinars on "Increased impact through Strategic Partnerships."    Presenter Alice Ruhnke from GrantStation will provide practical insights and actionable strategies for nonprofit leaders to harness the power of partnerships across various sectors for greater impact and success.   Webinar topics include: April 8 - Identify and Cultivate Meaningful Partnerships April 22 - Maximize Growth by Partnering with Businesses May 6 - Increase Your Impact Through Nonprofit Partnerships May 20 - How to Cultivate Local Government

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CATA: Making an Impact 30 Years and Counting
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:02PM / Monday, April 01, 2024

Grace Boucher poses with her painting at a CATA exhibit at the Clark Art Institute. The nonprofit holds more than 2,000 workshops a year and increased the number of participants it by 25 percent. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An idea to encourage artistic opportunities for people with disabilities that began in Sandy Newman's living room 30 years ago is now a successful showcase for them tell their stories through a wide range of media and performance.   Community Access to the Arts began in 1993 with a textile class led by Newman that served 12 women from the Riverbrook Residence. It now serves about 950 people, who display their art through public events,

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Senator Mark April Office Hours
08:00AM / Monday, April 01, 2024
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in April.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to share ideas on current or potential state legislation, or to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, April 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town

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MassDOT Advisory: Lane Closures in Otis
02:18PM / Friday, March 29, 2024
OTIS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing lane closures along I-90 will be in effect beginning Monday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m., in Otis and Blandford.   These include: Lane closures on I-90 westbound, in Otis and Blandford, between mile markers 23.5 and 27.0. Lane closures on I-90 eastbound, in Otis and Blandford, between mile markers 21.5 and 27.0 Lane closures on I-90 eastbound and westbound, in Blandford, at mile marker 26.1.  Work in these locations will begin on Monday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m., and will be conducted through Friday morning, during evening and overnight hours. Each day, work will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude

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Students Named to Simon's Rock Fall 2023 Dean's List
08:02AM / Friday, March 29, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock congratulates the students named to the fall 2023 Dean's List for their outstanding academic achievement.   To be eligible for this honor, a student must carry 14 or more credits and achieve a grade point average of 3.5.   Sophia Krans of Monterey    Wilkinson McCallister of Great Barrington    Rei Puentedura of Williamstown    Ben Rosenbaier of Gt Barrington    Lucy Swindlehurst of Becket    Allesandro Vinai of Great Barrington    Cathy Zhang of Great Barrington

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Welcomes Players for 13th Season
By Leland Barnes, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:27AM / Friday, March 29, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. –  As it enters its 13th season, the Berkshire Adult Baseball League has a new commissioner.   Jared Martin takes over the reins this spring from BABL founder Lou Orazio.   The league, which has games mostly on Sunday mornings with some weeknights throughout the season, runs from early May through mid-August in two divisions, the 20-and-over Division and the 33-and-over Division.   “The 20+ year old division is full of mostly competitive players, while the 33+ year old division is a more fun environment and less on the competitive side of things,” Martin said.   As of late March, the league has 13 teams lined up for the 2024

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North Adams Regional Reopens With Ribbon-Cutting Celebration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:08PM / Thursday, March 28, 2024

BHS President and CEO Darlene Rodowicz welcomes the gathering to the celebration of the hospital's reopening 10 years to the day it closed.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The joyful celebration on Thursday at North Adams Regional Hospital was a far cry from the scene 10 years ago when protests and tears marked the facility's closing.    Hospital officials, local leaders, medical staff, residents and elected officials gathered under a tent on the campus to mark the efforts over the past decade to restore NARH and cut the ribbon officially reopening the 136-year-old medical center.    "This hospital under previous ownership closed its doors. It was a

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Simon's Rock Awarded Freedom to Read Grant
01:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock was awarded a Freedom to Read Grant by the Newburger Schwartz Family Foundation.    The grant was awarded to support the Alumni Library and Bard Queer Leadership Project in building a more robust collection of queer scholarship, starting a Queer Book Club, and hosting Drag Story Time events in partnership with Drag Story Hour of the Berkshires.   According to a press release:   In response to current educational threats with book bans affecting schools and libraries across the country and further proposed legislation against LGBTQ+ people's access to basic rights and education, Simon's Rock is

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Chamber Music by Local Composers to be Premiered at Simon's Rock
11:18AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A program of chamber music for clarinet, strings, and piano will feature first performances by two Berkshire County composers on Sunday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m. in Kellogg Music Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock as part of the South Berkshire Concert Series.     Admission to the concert is free of charge.    "To a Child Dancing in the Wind" by Alice Spatz is inspired by the poem of the same  title by William Butler Yeats, whose lines are read at the start of each movement. "Klezmer-ish" by Larry Wallach offers personal impressions of this folk-and-jazz form of Jewish music, and features a

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Governor Swears In Youth Advisory Council
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2024
BOSTON — Governor Maura Healey swore in the members of her Youth Advisory Council.    Established through an executive order, Council members will advise the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the entire administration on critical issues impacting Massachusetts, such as civic engagement, education, climate, housing, mental health and youth violence.    The Council is made up of 60 young people, ranging ages 16-21, from every region in Massachusetts, who will serve a two-year appointment.     From Berkshire County:   Aleksei Chang, Williamstown     Cameryn Wilk, Pittsfield     Leslye

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ArtWeek Berkshires 2024 Welcoming Submissions
04:00PM / Monday, March 25, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — ArtWeek Berkshires, a county-wide collaboration, will take place May 17-27.

The ArtWeek committee posted its call for artists.  The non-juried event is free to all Berkshire County individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in showcasing creative work. Submissions from actors, cartoonists, crafters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, mimes, multimedia artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, puppeteers, theater artists, visual artists, writers – and more – are welcome. 

The event will feature open studios, gallery talks, theater, performances, workshops, and more interactive experiences.

ArtWeek

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