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Simon's Rock Presents Tongji Philip Qian's Duration of Status
12:25PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Bard College at Simon's Rock's Hillman-Jackson Gallery presents Tongji Philip Qian's "Duration of Status: Recent works on paper among other things," which showcases primarily works on paper from the past two years such as graphite and pigment marker drawings, etchings, and woodblock prints.   Other mediums in the presentation vary, but include leather structures and painted wooden panels.    The artist describes this two-gallery project with the following statement:    "I am more interested in duration and efficiency rather than time and productivity. I think I know when to not create work, and I make sure I

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Some Snow and Ice on the Way
12:16PM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
The US National Weather Service has released a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 7,  morning to 1 am Wednesday morning.   Expect mixed precipitation with snow and sleet accumulation of up to one inch. Ice accumulation should be a light glaze.   Precipitation will start as a mix of snow and rain, transitioning into sleet mixing with freezing rain. Precipitation will taper off into a drizzle towards midnight Tuesday.   Plan for slippery road conditions   Temperatures will be warmer in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday.   On Thursday, Feb. 9, Accuweather predicts some snow without a significant accumulation. There will be a high of

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Great Barrington Set Series of Budget Planning Meetings
08:14AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— At Town Hall, planning is under way for the 2024 fiscal year municipal budget and Annual Town Meeting.   In February and March the Selectboard and Finance Committee hold a series of FY24 budget planning sessions, and the public is invited to attend in-person at Town Hall, or via Zoom.   Online meeting links will be posted on the town calendar on the hearing dates.   Meetings are Feb. 28, March 1, March 7 and 8, with a final public hearing on March 22. All meetings are at 6 p.m. via Zoom.   The first three meetings will review budgets for specific departments, so town residents can join whichever evening includes topics of interest. A review

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South Berkshire Holding Conversation on Possible Merger
05:36PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
SHEFFIELD, Mass. —  A community-led conversation about a potential merger between Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills regional school districts is slated for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Mount Everett Regional School.   The meeting will be held in the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center and will include Superintendent Dr. Beth Regulbuto and school district leadership.    The conversation will be regarding any questions, concerns, or ideas the public may have about the potential district merger.   "The objective of this conversation is for the School Committee to have an opportunity to gain perspective from the school community, to gather feedback

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Daytime Pavement Repair Operations on I-90 Westbound in Becket
12:53PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
BECKET, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced it will be conducting daytime hour pavement repair operations on I-90 westbound at mile marker 17.3 in Becket.     The work will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will require temporary lane closures. (This work was previously announced to occur on Feb. 8 but will be conducted instead on Feb. 7.)   Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.   Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.    All scheduled

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BArT Second Quarter Honor Roll
08:20AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the second 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 Grade 6 who

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Berkshires Heading Into a Deep Freeze
04:06PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
Enjoy the "warmer" weather while it lasts because towards the end of the week temperatures will be in the single digits in the Berkshires.   Thursday will be the nicest day of the week with partly sunny skies and a high of 36.   Overnight into Friday, there is a chance of some snow flurries. Accuweather predicts little to no accumulation. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is predicting snow squalls, gusty winds, and plummeting temperatures expected late Thursday night into the wee hours for Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont.    The NWS has set a wind chill warning from Friday, Feb. 3, starting at 1 a.m. through Saturday at 1 p.m.   Expect

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State Fire Marshal: Keep Warm, Keep Safe During Cold Snap
01:44PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
STOW, Mass. — With bitter cold temperatures heading our way this weekend, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is reminding residents to "Keep Warm, Keep Safe" and avoid fire and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards while heating their homes.   "Home heating equipment is the second-leading cause of residential fires and the main source of carbon monoxide at home," Ostroskey said. "Working smoke and CO alarms are your first line of defense against these hazards. With furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters working overtime this weekend, be sure they're installed on every floor of your home and test them to be sure you and your family are

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BArT Educator Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
12:10PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Alex Chautin, an English Language Arts teacher at Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).    Chautin was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession, said a press release.     Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award.    "Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve

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Nomination Papers for Great Barrington Town Offices Available
10:56AM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Candidates can now begin taking out nomination papers to run for election to a board or committee.   The last day to take out papers is March 17. The last day to return papers is March 21, by 5 pm   Papers need a minimum of 30 signatures    The annual town election is May 9.   "Half of the job is knowing how the town works and answering residents' questions and the other half is listening," said outgoing Selectboard member Ed Abrahams, who won't seek re-election after serving three terms. "If you have a serious interest in town government operations and in our community, this is a great

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Market 32 Earns URAC Reaccreditation in Specialty Pharmacy
01:30PM / Monday, January 30, 2023
SCHENECTADY, NY. — Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarkets announced that its specialty pharmacy has been reaccredited under the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) specialty pharmacy accreditation 4.0 standards.    The company first launched specialty pharmacy services in 2015.   According to a press release, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality, setting high standards for clinical practice, consumer protections, performance measurement, operations infrastructure, and risk management.    "Receiving this URAC accreditation reinforces the commitment of our Specialty Pharmacy team to provide the highest quality of

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MassDOT Advisory: West Stock Bridge Gaurdrail and Bridge Repair
08:23AM / Friday, January 27, 2023
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reported that it will be conducting guardrail and bridge repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Blandford, West Stockbridge, Montgomery, and Russell.    The work will be conducted at different times and locations in the day and evening on Monday, Jan. 30, and during the day on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Lane closures will be in place during repair operations.    The location and schedule for the work will be as follows:   Blandford     Guardrail repair work will be conducted on I-90 eastbound at mile marker 28.5 in the breakdown lane on Monday, Jan. 30, and

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