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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and want to include him is because Frani does," Donna Narey said. "She sets the tone for inclusion, not only for her class

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Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The times when Bill Schmick of Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him.   For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.   "We're just happy to give back after all you've given me," said Schmick, who also write money columns that appear on iBerkshires.   One of those

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North Adams Team Wins 18th Annual Robotics Challenge
11:39AM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — North Adams 4-H Students Winning at Technology (SWAT) defeated Herberg High Brain Power (HBP) from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, 79-65, in the finals to win the championship of "Animal Allies," the 18th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted Saturday, March 25, at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 26 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 180 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios that focused on improving interactions between people and animals. The event was sponsored by Berkshire Community College and the

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Taps New Development Director
11:50AM / Friday, March 10, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Edward Brozman as director of development.

Brozman brings extensive experience in higher education, development and community building to the school. Most recently, Brozman was the Chief Advancement Officer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Saint Joseph’s College (Standish, Maine) and executive director of Development and Alumni Relations at Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.). 
In the corporate sector, Brozman has been a sales and marketing executive for companies including

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Norman Rockwell Museum to Host Family Day for Muddy Brook Families
12:18PM / Monday, March 06, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — As part of its new Berkshire County Student Passport Program, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special day for families of Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School students, who recently completed the education outreach program, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Organized in collaboration with Muddy Brook, this special program is designed to engage students and families in immersive arts experiences," said Norman Rockwell Museum Deputy Director Stephanie Plunkett. "We hope to promote familiarity and involvement with the art of illustration and one of the region's premier cultural institutions."

Since starting the program

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Southern Berkshire Regional Selects New Superintendent
03:07PM / Friday, March 03, 2017
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District voted Thursday to enter into negotiations with Beth Regulbuto to become its next superintendent.

Regulbuto is currently the associate superintendent of schools at the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, where she has worked in different capacities since 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master's of education degree in organizational management.  

Prior to her administrative work at Hampden-Wilbraham, she was an early childhood and performing arts teacher for several decades. It is expected that a contract will be brought to the School Committee for

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McCann School Budget Reflects Hikes in Fixed Costs, Health Insurance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, February 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.    The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending plan will be covered by assessments to its nine districts for operations, transportation and capital projects. The total assessments are up less than one percent.    "The problem we run into when you look at the budget itself, the state Chapter 70 money is pretty much level, the numbers that are municipal assessments ... are fairly level for all

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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017
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When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state intersecting her

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces First Grade Teacher
01:06PM / Friday, February 17, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Tracy Fernbacher as first grade class teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

Fernbacher was selected from a pool of applicants after a national search. She earned her master of education in Waldorf Elementary Education from Antioch University (Keene, N.H.). She also holds a bachelor of business administration in International Management from Pace University (New York) and a vocational teacher's license from the New York State Department of Education.

Fernbacher brings broad Waldorf teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. The GBRSS Board of Trustees and Council of

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