Friday, July 19, 2024

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Special needs performing arts camp seeks children to participate

Pizzi invites neurodivergent children, children with autism who have low support needs, and any child with a disability to join the camp, which is free, and set to run August 5 through 9 at Berkshire Community College.

Business Briefs: Pittsfield Better Block; new BCC education department; reading app aids literacy; BIC pop-up fundraiser; Williamstown Community Chest grants

BCC's new education department will introduce learning as a cohort model–students will go through the same classes together as a group, with online and face-to-face component.

IS183 artist profile: Brielle Rizzotti

Whether creating her own work, planning a curriculum or teaching students a new technique or media, each activity supports and strengthens Brielle Rizzotti's understanding of the other.

Rotary honors Terry Chamberland: Firefighter, coach and tireless volunteer

Chamberland's portfolio of volunteerism and community involvement is extensive includes, but is not limited to, 41 years with the Great Barrington Fire Department, with a current rank of deputy chief; eucharistic minister and usher at St. Peter's Church; and coach and director in numerous girls’ softball and basketball leagues.

MVRMS English instructor Alison Fisher honored as exceptional educator

"My values have remained consistent: honor equity over equality, teach explicitly, and create an environment that encourages empathy and social justice.” --- Alison Fisher, faculty member at Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Bits & Bytes: Live Out Loud conference; climate change roundtable; Berkshire South 5K fundraiser; CAS art exhibit; ‘Behind Closed Doors’

The Live Out Loud conference's keynote speaker will be Pat Griffin, a longtime advocate for LGBT equality in sports, who will speak on “Seeking Common Ground: LGBTQ People and People of Faith in College Athletics.”

Business Briefs: Salisbury Bank donates to CDC; Business Bootcamp; Williams students win food insecurity grant; Roberts joins CIP

Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus and Moo-Mami, a student cooking group, will continue a long-term project with the college’s Dining Services to gather, prepare, and distribute free, healthy meals to area housing communities and organizations.

Bits & Bytes: Radius Playwrights Festival; journalism symposium; Leonel Morales at Hotchkiss; Balkan food stories; ‘Thanks for the Fish’

The purpose of Radius Playwrights Festival is to cultivate and celebrate local talent, explains Ann Garner, managing director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

Bits & Bytes: Churches address addiction epidemic; community radio documentary; Berkshire Natural History Conference; Arbor Day in New Marlborough; calls for art

The screening of "Outermost Radio" will be co-sponsored by Great Barrington’s community radio station WBCR, which is currently undergoing reconstruction and renewal and seeking studio space from which to resume live broadcasts.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Library reopens; prescription drug take-back; Big BOOM Bash; birdsong workshop; paint and oil collection; Hotchkiss dance performance

The county-wide biannual prescription drug take-back day will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at eight locations across the county.

News Briefs: MASSPIRG foresees a viable clean energy future

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the United States has the technical potential to meet its current electricity needs more than 100 times over with solar energy and more than 10 times over with wind energy.

Bits & Bytes: Emel Mathlouthi at MCLA; ‘Live Out Loud’ at BCC; ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at MMRHS; social justice talk at Simon’s Rock; Carol...

The annual Live Out Loud conference at BCC draws upwards of 100 participants who learn about and discuss issues of vital interest to the local and national LGBTQIA+ communities.

B.E.A.T., guardians of the (Berkshire) environment

No Fracked Gas in Mass is a relatively recently initiated B.E.A.T. program. Organized by Rose Wessel, it opposes the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

News Briefs: MASSPIRG launches clean energy campaign

This semester the student advocacy group is focusing its efforts on climate change.

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