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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
Staff Reports,
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.   Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.    The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.   "I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
Staff Reports,
10:33PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The paratransit strike is entering its second week with no sign of resolution.   The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.    One individual, who wished to remain anonymous, told iBerkshires they'd used up sick time because they were unable to get to work last week and a friend lost her job for the same reason.    "If this strike goes on much longer I don't know if I will have a job or how I will pay for housing," the frustrated BRTA rider wrote.   Transit officials have been working to

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Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2018 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
04:37PM / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner

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Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing School Alumni
02:30PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
Together again

Sixty-three alumni of the Putnam Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing joined leaders from Southwestern Vermont Health Care for a reunion lunch on Dec. 6. The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

The lunch was the final event in a year-long celebration of the hospital's centennial. The year was marked by "A Century of Caring," a historical exhibit which traveled to every region the health system serves; Centennial Community Day, a free event that drew 4,000 people to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus in Bennington; and

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'
02:17PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Anne Gobi, chairs of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, were honored as River Heroes on Wednesday evening at the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance annual dinner.

Pignatelli and Gobi, of Spencer, were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in July that allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the

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Lenox Broker Installed as 2019 President of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors  
01:10PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Anne Meczywor, broker/associate at Roberts & Associates Realty Inc. in Lenox, has been installed as president of the 24,000-member Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019. 
Meczywor's term officially begins on January 1, 2019. 

As president, Meczywor will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee; represent the association at important meetings and business functions; and act as the official spokesperson for the association on issues related to the real estate industry and local

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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts Association of Realtors
01:05PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

HINSDALE, Mass. — Barbara Osborne, a Realtor at Bishop West Real Estate, has been elected Western Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019.

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional representative.

On the state level, Osborne was a

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Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Welcomes New Trustee
01:00PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Peter F. Levin, a 50-year veteran of the investment management industry and both a Lenox and Cincinnati resident, has joined the Board of Trustees of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires.

Levin is the founder of and former CEO and chairman of Greystone Investment Management. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan School of Law. Levin is a chartered financial analyst and serves on the boards of several philanthropic foundations.

"Peter brings extensive investment experience and a philanthropic background to VIM.  He will be a great addition to our Board of Trustees," says Arthur Peisner, chairperson of the Board of

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations
12:54PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has announced that it has appointed Stephen Rotter as director of retail operations.

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy.

A native of Portland, Ore., Rotter holds a B.A. in business management and is a graduate of Western Oregon University and Western Governors University. Most recently Rotter was the direct store delivery operations specialist for Shaw's Supermarkets, with stores throughout New England. Previously he held management positions for

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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team
12:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sarah E. Gaffey as a mortgage and business development officer based in the North Adams branch.

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

"Sarah is the perfect fit for the Greylock family," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, senior vice president and chief lending officer with Greylock. "She has a keen understanding of mortgage lending and is known throughout the community for her exceptional customer service. We are thrilled that Sarah has

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