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BCC and BRPC Offer Free 'Choke Saver' Training Certification
08:12AM / Monday, January 09, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will offer a free Choke Saver Training class offered on various dates in several locations throughout Berkshire County.     The 75-minute class provides participants with a two-year certification.    Local businesses, such as restaurants, that are required to have Choke Safe certified individuals on site are particularly encouraged to participate. Space is limited; each class can accept up to 30 students.    Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:15–11:30 am on the following dates: Jan. 9 at the Great Barrington Fire Station, 67 State Road,

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Bard College Accepting Submissions for Open-Access Academic Journal
08:45AM / Wednesday, January 04, 2023
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —The Early College Research Institute at Bard College at Simon's Rock is now accepting submissions for the newest issue of its digital, open-access academic journal focused on the early college movement, Early College Folio Volume 2, Issue 2.    More information about the journal can be found at https://simons-rock.edu/student-life/campus-experience/alumni-library/early-college-research-institute/early-college-folio-call-for-submissions.php.    According to a press release, with this issue entitled "Unconventional Paths to College Education," Early College Folio aims to exemplify the idea that early college allows diverse

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1Berkshire Accepting Applications for 2023-2024 Youth Leadership Program
11:59AM / Tuesday, December 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program (YLP) announced the launch of the application process for the YLP class of 2023-2024.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, open to all current sophomores in the Berkshires, selects a cohort of up to 30 motivated students from all backgrounds for this ten-month experience that will help them to explore the regional economy and develop their leadership skills. Once selected, students will begin the program with a 2.5-day, 2-night retreat in June 2023.   At the retreat, students will meet for the first time, begin to build deep connections, and learn about and advance their individual leadership

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Pignatelli Answers Student Questions on Government
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:45PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hands rose high for state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli as he took questions from the curious students at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School.    Fifth and eighth-grade students gathered around the dean of the Berkshire delegation to discuss local issues on Tuesday during a visit from the state representative.    "It was refreshing for me today to hear and learn that they knew some of the key issues in their particular community," Pignatelli said. "Whether it be water, or bridges, or roads or crosswalks, things that maybe aren't the sexiest things in the world, but are important to

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Flying Cloud Institute Appoints Afterschool Educator
11:59AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) has hired Liliana Atanacio as an Afterschool Science and Art Educator.    In this role, Atanacio will lead afterschool Girls Science Clubs and MakerSpaces, as well as in-school residencies. She brings an understanding of the interconnectedness of multiple disciplines and the ability to analyze systems and incorporate critical thinking to create positive change.   "STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education has had a transformative power on my own life. I love watching the next generation of learners and leaders in our community. Nothing makes me happier than helping and supporting their

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Simon's Rock Theater Program to Perform 'RIOT'
12:27PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock's Theater Program will perform "RIOT" on Thursday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 12.    "RIOT" is directed by Assistant Professor of Theater and alumna Sara Katzoff '97.   According to a press release, originally created and devised by the Wardrobe Ensemble from Bristol (United Kingdom), "RIOT" is a tale of violence, greed and cheap sofas. Set in a lamp-lit showroom, "RIOT" integrates live music, early 2000's nostalgia and eyewitness accounts to reimagine the story of an actual riot that broke out during the grand opening of an infamous Swedish furniture store

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BArT First Quarter Honor Roll
04:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.     Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors".  Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.   Students in

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Berkshire Waldorf High School Open House
04:00PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2022
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is holding an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm at the school located on 14 Pine Street.   The program will include a scene from the shcool's upcoming Shakespeare play, "Much Ado About Nothing," and a student panel. Guests are welcome to ask questions about the students' high school experience, the work they've done this year, and their plans for the future.   The school offers honors-level, college preparatory academics and is also integrated into the larger community, including classes and workshops in artists' studios, the use of local science labs and gyms, Shakespeare & Company, field

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Simon's Rock to host Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion
12:17PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion, which is an annual program sponsored by the Council for Inclusive Community (CIC).    According to a press release, the event provides designated time and space for the Simon's Rock community to deconstruct barriers to action on important social justice issues — in the classroom and in day-to-day life, using a theme. This year the theme is "Healing."   This year's keynote speaker will be Lesley Martinez on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in The McConnell Theater, located in the Daniel Arts Center. Martinez's keynote address is

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Literacy Network of South Berkshire to Open Tutor Resource Center
04:23PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
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LEE, Mass. The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the grand opening of the Susan Weintraub Tutor Resource Center at the LitNet headquarters on 32 Park St.   This new center will be a space for LitNet tutors and learners as well as the LitNet staff home base. A grand opening ceremony and gathering of Weintraub’s family, friends, and the LitNet staff and board will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM.    Susan Weintraub, who passed away on Feb. 19, 2022, was a longtime LitNet tutor and supporter as well as a board member for eleven years. Having received a master's degree from Columbia University in Speech Therapy, Weintraub brought

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