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116 Comments

  1. July 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

    A group of undergraduates from the iCons program at UMass Amherst has developed a science case study for self-directed high school students. It is designed to help a student work through a global problem and develop a potential solution to the problem. You can see it at https://spark.adobe.com/page/lmNQi/ .

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  2. lisesheehan said,

    July 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Hi, I’m looking for a home rental in the area. I live in Amherst now, in the same apt for 10 years, but I need to get out into a more rural area. I’m looking for a smallish house, 2-3 bedrooms. I’d prefer in a location with no or spotty cell reception and some privacy, like a backyard with no view from neighbors. However, I’m open to any smaller home rentals in the area. Thanks so much. lisesheehan@yahoo.com or 413-687-0952

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  3. Roslyn Helfen said,

    July 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Retired couple looking for private apt/cabin/house sitting situation for approx. 3 to 4 weeks starting around Sept. 1-7 til Sept. 28. We want extended visit with family. Vicinity between Northampton and Goshen or similar distance from NH.

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  4. John Schatz said,

    July 7, 2016 at 9:24 am

    The Academy at Charlemont anticipates open coaching positions in 2016-17 for teams of 7th-12th students in soccer, cross-country, basketball, skiing, and Ultimate Frisbee. Candidates should apply online at http://www.charlemont.org/welcome/employment/ or contact athletics@charlemont.org

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  5. July 1, 2016 at 7:16 am

    HELP WANTED: OFFICE CLEANING HUNTINGTON & WORTHINGTON
    3 early evenings per week
    Approximately 3 1/2 hours per night (6 to 9:30)
    $12.75 per hour to start
    For more information on our company feel free to visit:
    Greatwhitecleaning.com
    or find us on Facebook using our user name @attackingdirt

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  6. June 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Are you 62 or older and looking for an affordable, independent living apartment in the country?

    Waitlists are open until August 1, 2016

    Hilltown CDC is currently opening their waitlists for both Phase I and Phase II apartments at Westhampton Woods Senior Housing community. All units are 1-bedroom, single-story design. Applicants’ names will be put in randomized order, and added to the current waitlists.

    Apartments may be rented by households 1 Person 2 Person
    with the following incomes: Household Household
    30% Area Median Income: $17,500 $20,000
    50% Area Median Income: $29,150 $33,300
    60% Area Median Income: $34,980 $39,960

    Typical rents range from $700-$740

    Contact Cindy, at Hilltown CDC for more information or an application
    (413) 296-4536 x105 or email: CindyT@HilltownCDC.org or visit us online at http://www.hilltowncdc.org/hilltown-housing/

    Completed Applications may be mailed, dropped off at Hilltown CDC, faxed or scanned and emailed and must be received by August 1, 2016

    Mail: Hilltown CDC, P.O. Box 17, Chesterfield, MA 01012

    In Person: 387 Main Rd., Chesterfield (Rt. 143) / Fax 413-296-4020
    This is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

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  7. Laurie said,

    May 13, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Leaping Rabbit Farm is seeking homesteading rental opportunity for our heirloom birds gsd and gardens. Flexible move time up to end of July, great references and a strong desire for continued community connection. Non-smoking. Three bedrooms and wood stove preferred. Able to meet organic growing regulations practices. ashandvine@hotmail.com

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  8. Gini Traub said,

    May 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Valley Bird Festival Saturday, May 7
    FREE and open to All.
    For families, people who are curious about birds, and experienced birders.
    For more information please visit http://www.KestrelTrust.org or email JimLafley@gmail.com

    at the Silvio Conte Refuge 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley
    6:30 a.m. Early Bird Walk
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Falconry Demonstrations at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Bird Banding every half hour. Ongoing Activities – Kestrel Nest Box Spotting Scope, Barn Swallow project, Watershed on Wheels, Information tables, and Self-guided nature trail.

    10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. At Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Coombs Road, Easthampton, MA. Eyes on Owls Live Presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ongoing Activities – Bird walks, Bird banding, Bird crafts and games for families, StoryWalk,® Information and vendor tables.

    Sponsored by US Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Audubon, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Hampshire Bird Club, Friends of Fort River Refuge, Department of Fish and Wildlife, New England Environmental, Inc., Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Hadley Garden Center, Kestrel Land Trust.

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  9. Jeanne said,

    May 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Service for Peace
    Please join The First Church of Deerfield in Old Deerfield, MA. on Sunday, May 8th, at 10:00 for an Interfaith Peace Service to raise understanding and respect across religious traditions in a time when many are calling for division and isolation. We also hoped to raise awareness of the Syrian refugees’ struggle and the Syrian American Medical Society’, work with refugees.
    Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener of Temple Israel, Greenfield ,MA. and Dr. M. Saleem Bajwa from the Western Massachusetts Islamic Center will be co-presiding over the service with our Interim Minister Rev. Winston Baldwin.
    It will be a Family Service of sacred readings, reflections and a shared children’s story, The Golden Rule. The worship service will also include choral music and hymns lead by The First Church Choir and Thomas Pousont our Music Director.

    The cookbook Soup for Syria will be sold during fellowship time after the service. Half the proceeds of the book go to the Syrian American Medical Society(SAMS).

    All Are Welcome To Join This Uplifting Service!!!

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  10. April 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Gateway Kindergarten Screenings

    Huntington – Anyone living in the six Gateway hilltowns (Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery and Russell) who has a child who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2016, is asked to call their local elementary school to schedule a Kindergarten Screening.

    Families from the towns of Huntington, Montgomery and Russell are asked to contact Mrs. Jodi Fairman at Littleville Elementary School (685-1300). The Littleville Kindergarten Screening will be held on Monday, May 16 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Families from the towns of Blandford, Chester and Middlefield are advised to contact Mrs. Donna Morrissey at Chester Elementary School at 685-1360. The Chester Elementary School Kindergarten Screening will be held on Monday, May 23 between 8 and 11 a.m.

    Kindergarten screenings will be held by appointment. Gateway teachers and staff will evaluate the children on speech and language, learning style, and recognition of letters, names and sounds. There will be no school for current kindergarten children on the day that their school is holding a screening.

    Families who have notified their school office will receive a Kindergarten registration packet.

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  11. Sabra Billings said,

    February 2, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Discussion for Parents: Challenges with Educational Options

    Looking for parents interested in a free discussion about challenges with their child’s education in the traditional system and their apprehensions about navigating possible alternative educational opportunities. I am a working parent of three who is very interested in this topic. This will be a casual discussion most relevant to parents of teens or older elementary school children and is only a discussion – not an attempt to sell anything. I’m starting to explore what the needs are in this area and expect we will all get something out of this group conversation. The group size will be limited to 6 people and it will be an open, confidential and non-judgmental discussion. Refreshments will be served. 6:30-8pm on Thursday, February 18th in Bernardston, MA. Please respond to sabraeliza@gmail.com to RSVP and get additional details.

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  12. January 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    2016 Vocational school application process for Gateway students

    Huntington – Parents and guardians of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students interested in applying to Smith Vocational or Westfield Technical Academy for the 2016-17 school year. Applications are available in the Jr. High School Guidance Office for 8th graders, and in the High School Guidance Office for any interested high school students.

    All parents should note that an application for a vocational program must be submitted to the Junior High School Guidance Office (for students currently in grade 8) or the Senior High School Guidance Office (for students currently in high school) by Monday, March 1, 2016, in order for students to be eligible. In addition to submitting the application, an interview with the Vocational Program Admissions Counselor along with a recommendation from the Gateway Guidance Counselor will need to be obtained for each applicant. All students choosing to complete an online application should notify the Gateway Jr. High School or High School Guidance Office.

    Students looking for a vocational education are reminded that Gateway offers a fully accredited vocational program in welding. The welding program uses a virtual welding system that allows students to safely learn and practice new techniques. Students interested in visiting the Gateway welding program are always welcome and should see their guidance counselor to arrange a visit. This option affords students to stay at their home school, which features a strong academic program that allows for a Career/ Technology track with different graduation requirements. Gateway also offers strong athletic programs that include Varsity and Junior Varsity options.

    Parents/guardians of 8th grade students are encouraged to contact Mr. William Romani regarding the vocational application process. Mr. Romani can be reached by phone (685-1207) or email (wromani@grsd.org ). Current high school students who wish to apply for a vocational school next year may contact the high school guidance office (685-1107).

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  13. Paula Bilodeau said,

    January 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    FY16 Housing Rehab Program

    Hilltown CDC will be submitting a grant application for FY16 to continue the Housing Rehab Program for the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Westhampton, and Worthington. If you have used the Housing Rehab Program in the past, would like to use it in the future, or know someone who could benefit from using the program, we’d like to hear from you. Do you have any ideas for changes to the program, any input regarding the design of the program, or any suggestions for improving our overall effectiveness?

    Please call or email your ideas no later than January 21, 2016.
    All suggestions for improvements are welcome.
    Please be sure to request an application if interested when calling or emailing.

    Contact Paula Bilodeau, Program Manager, at (413) 296-4536, ext. 123 or email paulab@hilltowncdc.org for more information or an application.
    Funding is provided by the US Dept. of HUD/DHCD and MA CDBG Programs.

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  14. January 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to Build 2 Affordable Homes in Amherst. Homes are priced at no more than $135,000. Eligible applicants will have incomes up to 50% of area median income which is adjusted for family size.

    Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that applications are available for 2 homeownership opportunities in Amherst. The application deadline is February 1st, 2016. Both units will have three bedrooms and 1.5 baths and are designed to be “visitable” by someone in a wheelchair.

    Families interested in submitting an application are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:

    Bangs Community Center Amherst Jones Library
    70 Boltwood Walk Amherst, MA 01002 43 Amity St Amherst, MA
    Tues January 12th 6pm Sun January 24th 3pm

    During the information session, potential applicants will learn about Habitat’s selection criteria and how to prepare a complete application. The selection criteria include housing need, ability to make modest mortgage payments, and willingness to partner with Habitat, such as participating in the construction of the home and other Habitat projects.

    Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity (PVH) serves Hampshire and Franklin Counties; they seek to eliminate homelessness and substandard housing by making decent affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action for all people. PVH builds homes with volunteer labor and donations of material, supplies, land, and services. PVH then sells each home with a no-interest mortgage to a low-income family. The family becomes an active Habitat partner contributing many hours of sweat equity during the construction of their home. Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 35 families since their founding in 1989. Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity housing provider.

    For information about becoming a Habitat homeowner, donating, or volunteering please visit our website at http://www.pvhabitat.org or call the Pioneer Valley Habitat office at 413-586-5430.

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  15. December 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Parenting Transgender Youth in Western MA. A guide for parents, guardians, and supportive adults. A publication of Community Action Youth Programs & Northampton Prevention Coalition http://wp.me/a2aDO-eFO

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  16. Pat Adams said,

    December 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Bethany A/G is hosting it’s 41st year of the Spectacular Singing Christmas Tree. There are four performances this coming week-end Dec.11-13. This is a free event: Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 6:00; Sunday at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. 580 Main St., Agawam, MA 789-2930
    http://www.bethany-ag.org

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  17. Susan Riley said,

    November 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    NEWS — SILENT SOLIDARITY MARCH

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    For more information contact:
    Susan Riley
    gracenohte@verizon.net

    Cummington Mass – A silent solidarity march in support of resistance to the proposed Kinder-Morgan pipe yard will begin at 9:30AM on Sunday, December 13 at the Cummington Village Church, 32 Main Street Cummington, Mass. The march will be followed by a free showing of the documentary Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water at the Village Church at 2PM.

    Marchers will proceed 5.1 miles uphill to the Waryjasz Farm field, site of a weekly protest against turning the 300 acre APR (Agricultural Protection Restriction) farmland into a construction yard. Marchers are asked to proceed in silence, or chanting quietly, focusing on prayers and concerns for the land, animals and all people along the pipeline route. Individuals are welcome to join along the way; a car will follow the marchers for those who wish to ride. People can also join the march at the junction of Route 116 and Plainfield Road at approximately noon to 12:30PM to walk the last ½ mile to the field. Parking is available at the Mr. Tire lot on the corner. Steve Philbrick, Minister of West Cummington Congregational Church, will offer a blessing at the field.

    Risks and realities associated with pipelines and compressor stations are well documented and include carcinogenic gases being released into the air on a regular basis, leaks of methane gas, explosions and fires, light and sound pollution, and contamination of local water sources. According to Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH who spoke recently in Nassau, NY, on the topic “Health Impacts of Living Within 10 Miles of a Compressor Station”, symptoms occurring in children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems include stinging eyes and throat, irregular heartbeat, depression, and liver impairment.

    Immediately following the march, there will be a showing of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water, a 70- minute documentary focusing on the opposition from both sides of the political spectrum to the ubiquitous practice of fracking for natural gas and the health and environmental reasons behind it. This important documentary will be shown free of charge at the Cummington Village Church. Desserts and coffee will be served. All are welcome. Participants who wish to be informed of weather conditions, etc. or have quest ions can, e-mail: Susan Riley

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  18. patakeith said,

    November 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Grandfamilies News
    Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/friends – Raising others Children – Support Groups

    Williamsburg- 3rd Monday, 1-2:30 pm, 141 Main St., Haydenville- November 16th: a special art activity with Marie Westburg, Williamsburg Senior Center Director. Supplies will be provided to use and to take home. A similar art activity will be available for children that attend. Please call to reserve childcare.

    Huntington- 4th Wednesday, 10:15-11:45 am, Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road (Route 20), Huntington. Childcare provided. Please note: Nov. mtg. changed to: Wed. 18th at 10 am.

    You may ask, just what are Grandfamilies? Grandfamilies is the name used to describe families that are created when a relative or friend rises to care for other relatives children. This happens for a multitude of reasons, with the occurrence on the rise. There are even great grandparents parenting again! Along with the satisfaction of helping and the joy, there are many difficulties that also surface. Among them, grief for the child, the parents and yourself, financial strain on your budget, lost independence for you and your family and perhaps the need to change or leave your employment. We at the United Arc believe that this is often too hard to navigate on your own. To help alleviate your difficulties and added stress we offer support groups where you are welcome to come, to learn about resources, to share and be heard. Talking with others that are in the same position and possibly experiencing similar problems can provide great relief. Our groups are relaxed, friendly and supportive. We invite you to join us at any one or all of the groups listed below. If you are unable to attend a group but would like someone to talk to we can meet or speak on the phone.

    Greenfield- 1st Tuesday, 5:15-6:45 pm & 3rd Wednesday, 12:30-2 pm, 90 Federal St., Greenfield. Childcare provided.
    Turners Falls- 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 11:30-1 pm, 294 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Please call to reserve childcare.

    Self care is very important and too often the last to make time for. You are important, even more so now with your added responsibilities. Make this a priority for you and join us! Just drop in. Refreshments served.
    For additional information, please call or email Pat Keith, Grandfamilies Program Coordinator, United Arc. patkeith@unitedarc.org, 413-563-1981

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  19. October 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Preschool aged children and their families/ caregivers are invited to The Bement School in historic Deerfield on Thursday, October 29 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Our guests will enjoy a story hour, make crafts, have a snack, and then enjoy a play performance by our first grade class. For more information: http://www.bement.org/bementplay15.pdf

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  20. anne said,

    October 8, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Clapp Memorial Library Book Sale BELCHERTOWN
    Oct 12-Oct 17, 2015

    http://www.friendsofclapplibrary.org

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  21. September 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    The Berkshire Museum has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The program will enable low-income families (two adults and two children) to visit the Berkshire Museum free with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Families can also visit any participating museum year-round for a minimal fee. Museums for All is part of the Berkshire Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all.

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  22. September 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Chicopee Downtown Block Party is happening Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 12:00 pm until 11:00 pm… food/drink, live entertainment and LOTS OF FAMILY FUN!
    The mission of this event is ” to promote the downtown as a public space with many functions and envision a bustling future for its streetscape” Free admission, and plenty of parking.
    We at the Chicopee Cultural Council will be there too, asking for opinions on what types of programs you as our community members would like to see funded by the generous grants we regrant locally from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
    For more information please visit http://chicopeeblockparty.blogspot.com/

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  23. Ed Kaler said,

    September 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Location:
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)

    Members: Adult $5.00, Child free
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

    Join us for the perfect introduction to nature. This one-hour hike will allow your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them, and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. This is an opportunity to explore the changing nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month. Feel free to stay longer to play in the nature play area or have a picnic lunch.
    Instructions:

    Please dress for the weather, we will be outdoors the whole time.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  24. Community Acttion's Parent-Child Development Center said,

    September 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    NEW INFANT/TODDLER PROGRAMS!

    The Parent -Child Development Center is proud to now offer additional programs for Infants and Toddlers and pregnant women.

    *New Early Head Start Infant/Toddler full-day, full-year classrooms in Turners Falls

    *New Early Head Start home-visiting program for pregnant women and children 0-3 in Western Hampden County

    *New Early Head Start Toddler full-day (7 hour) classroom) in Westfield

    We continue to offer FREE Head Start half-day preschool programs and FREE Early Head Start and Head Start home-visiting programs as well as state-subsidized, sliding scale options for your full-day childcare needs. Limited transportation available.

    Apply now for our new program options!
    Franklin County 413- 475-1405
    Hampshire County 413-387-1250
    Western Hampden County 413-654-1770.

    For more information visit:
    http://www.communityaction.us/parent-child-development-center-child-care-headstart-birth-3.html

    Find us on Facebook!:
    https://www.facebook.com/ParentChildDevelopmentCenter

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  25. Shelly Bathe Lenn said,

    September 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

    New Session Opens at The Garden

    Northampton, MA – The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens opens October 18, 2015 for new and returning bereaved families. All families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a close family member are invited to be a part of this support group free of charge.

    “Bringing my kids to The Garden helps us to make our first baby steps to mend our hearts and go on.” a Garden participant told us. Young people meet in small groups participating in projects; games and activities meant to facilitate their grieving process and led by trained and supervised adult volunteers. Adult family members meet separately with other caregivers to talk about how to support their children, who may or may not outwardly show their grief.

    The Garden will provide bereavement support at no cost to grieving families with young children from throughout Western Massachusetts beginning October 18. All groups are held at Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice at 168 Industrial Dr. in Northampton on Sunday afternoons.

    Families are encouraged to call now to schedule an intake interview or obtain more information. Contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at 413 582 5312 or via email shelly.thegarden@gmail.com

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  26. Ed Kaler said,

    August 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Labor Day Canoe
    Mon, Sep 07, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location:
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, 127 Combs Rd.

    Audience:
    Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members:
    Adult $15.00, Child $15.00
    Nonmembers:
    Adult $20.00, Child $20.00

    Enjoy a late summer paddle down the Mill River. We’ll keep an eye out for beaver as well as several bird species.
    Instructions and Directions:
    Dress to be on the water, possible, water shoes and a hat are recommended. Please bring water.

    For all programs below:
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  27. Shelly Bathe Lenn said,

    August 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Northampton, MA (August 24, 2015)—The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens—a program of Cooley-Dickinson VNA & Hospice supports grieving young people and their families at no charge, announces a Call for Artists. The Garden seeks local artists to participate in an inaugural fundraising silent-auction as part of the Garden Party scheduled for October 4th. The Garden Party will take place in the Healing Garden at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA

    We look forward to an incredible silent-auction!

    Artists are invited to submit a uniquely designed, 3-d watering can. The artist may paint, sculpt, transform, or adorn a watering can using mosaic, mirrors, tiles, or other media. The watering can may range in size from 12”-24”. Upon request an aluminum watering can to be provided by The Garden. All materials required for designing the watering can are the responsibility of the artist.

    All artist-designed watering cans and supplemental materials must be completed by October 1. Please contact Shelly Bathe Lenn with any questions at shelly_lenn@cooley-dickinson.org or 413 582 5312.

    Thank you.

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  28. Kate said,

    August 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Join us at Bug Hill Farm for…
    Odessa Piper loves Seasonal Pies!
    …Grand finale summer event on the farm…
    Sunday, August 22nd – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Full event: $55, Luncheon only: $25, Workshop only: $30

    Register here or call the farm 413-628-3980
    http://www.bughillfarm.org

    Since our last luncheon & workshop, Tastes of Summer, was such a success, we’ve invited Chef Odessa Piper back to demonstrate her recipes for sweet and savory pies at an extra, grand finale summer event on the farm!

    James Beard Award-winning Chef Odessa Piper has discovered delicious combinations of seasonal ingredients encased in pies and tarts. Following a beautiful farm luncheon featuring Odessa’s recipes, she will share and demonstrate her secrets for these fabulous dishes.

    Perfect preparation for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays!
    Wow your friends and family with deliciously flakey crusts and exciting, new fillings.

    Luncheon Menu & Workshop
    Luncheon served at 12:45
    Herbed Phyllo canapés with Bug Hill Farm Za’atar and Roast Tomatoes
    Parmesan Cups filled with salad of whole leaf herbs, autumn raspberries, creamy French Feta, and Bug Hill Farm Berry Shrub Vinaigrette
    Peach caramel Hickorynut Tarts

    Farm tour at 1:45
    Experience Bug Hill’s gardens, perennial plantings, and farm store. Participants will have the opportunity to sample from the variety of products we make on the farm.

    Workshop demonstrations at 2:15
    Odessa will share how dishes from the luncheon menu were made, providing recipes for delicious ways to encase fruits, herbs, and vegetables of the season in a variety of pies.

    She will cover tricks to tame difficult phyllo pastry into a reliable dough for canapés and tarts. Participants will also make serving cups out of parmesan cheese with a crisp, salty casing to compliment an entree salad of herbs and berries.
    We hope to see you there!

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  29. Andrew Grant-Thomas said,

    July 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hey folks – in November my partner, Melissa, and I will launch a project called EmbraceRace. We’d very much welcome the participation of members from the Hilltown Families community.

    The idea is to pull together an online community of discussion and practice around caring for and socializing young kids in the context of race. We’ll have a web site, podcast, Facebook page, and other platforms, all forming an interactive community ofsupport for those of us – parents, teachers, counselors, grandparents, day careproviders, aunts and uncles – trying to raise kids with healthy racial sensibilities. Kid bloggers are more than welcome too!

    Please note that EmbraceRace is not only for parents! It’s for anyone who has a role in the lives of children and/or anyone who might have useful information, insight, questions, concerns, or experiences to share w/those who do – about race, for example. It’s for a great many of us!

    The heart and soul of the initiative will be the thoughts and ideas and questions and experiences that folks bring to the community table, often in the form of blog posts. Here’re some things to consider if you – or someone you know – might want to blog for EmbraceRace.

    1. If you’re a parent, teacher, other caretaker, you don’t have to focus on your interaction with your kid(s) about race. EmbraceRace is largely about how adults engage with race and making ourselves more informed and thoughtful about it. Thinking of it that way really opens up the blogging possibilities.

    2. Write (or record audio or video or …) about something you care about and want to engage. We hope people see this as an opportunity.

    3. Don’t be afraid to make a little ‘project’ out of this. It can be just you, your thoughts, and your computer. It can also be you interviewing your kids. Or interviewing your parents about that race-related thing that happened in 8th grade. It could be a series of response posts between you and whomever. Or… who knows? Have fun with this!

    4. Frequency and regularity of posting are up to you. We can very probably make whatever works for you work for EmbraceRace.

    5. Be as thoughtful and honest as possible. Hey – none of us is likely to lay bare everything we think and feel around race (and family, friends, etc.) on a blog site. But being as honest and thoughtful as you can about your experiences and thinking – not relying on cliches or standby family narratives – will probably be most helpful to you and your audience. If you want anonymity, you can post under your first name or initials.

    6. You don’t need to be an ‘authority’ on raising children or race, much less both, to post. In fact, our main premise is that very few of us can or would claim authority at that very challenging intersection. Engage anyway. Speak your mind, your experiences, insights, convictions, doubts, concerns… speak them anyway.

    7. 300-1000 words sounds about right. We probably won’t be too strict about length; folks should take the space to say what they want to say. That said, we think people generally will prefer to read 800 words than 1600 words, so we would prefer the former as well.

    If interested, please contact me at agrantth@yahoo.com or Melissa at melissagiraud@gmail.com. And if you know folks you think would be interested, please share this note with them.

    Thanks!

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  30. Kate said,

    July 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Join us at Bug Hill Farm for…

    Tastes of Summer Farm-To-Table Luncheon & Workshop
    with guest chef Didi Emmons and food writer Odessa Piper

    12:30 to 3:30 on Saturday, August 1st
    rain date: August 2nd

    $55 for luncheon & workshop; $45 workshop; $15 luncheon
    Register online here or call the farm at 413-628-3980!
    http://www.bughillfarm.org

    A delicious luncheon meal inspired by local cultivated and wild foods from the region, followed bycooking demonstrations with culinary herb expert and author of Wild Flavors, Didi Emmons, and local foods pioneer and chef of the farm-to-table restaurant L’Etoile, Odessa Piper.

    The meal will feature Bug Hill’s fruits, as well as ingredients from local farms. Copies of Didi’s cookbook as well as Odessa’s booklet, “The Market Kitchen,” will be available for purchase. Stay after the workshop for pick-your-own berries, culinary herbs, and cutting flowers, plus a tour of the farm!

    Menu
    Appetizer: farm-grown Za’atar and Hummus by farm intern Miriam
    Salad: Baby Arugula greens with purslane, currants, & anise hyssop flowers, dressed in spicy smoked lime dressing
    Soup: Ajo Blanco Gazpacho with rhubarb, raspberries, anise hyssop, & almonds
    Palette cleanser: Black Currant Sorbet made from Bug Hill berries and leaves by Fortini Gelato
    Entrée: Grilled Lavash Sandwiches with roasted squash, eggplant, and kale, gooseberries and currants, goat cheese, & thai basil pesto
    Dessert: Bumble berry tart with anise hyssop flower buds
    Drinks: Sparkling water flavored with Kiss of Cassis, Elderflower Power, & Black & Blue shrub

    We hope to see you there!

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  31. Darcie Sosa said,

    July 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise (TONE) program aims to improve the health and well-being of teens ages 13 to 18. As teens progress through the program, they’ll earn free memberships and TONE gear along the way. Each teen must receive a quick physical assessment and fitness room orientation from one of our personal trainers prior to starting. Enrollment is free and on a rolling basis. Participation provides access to the Norris Aquatics Center, the Fitzpatrick Fitness Center, Beinecke Gymnasium and all of our free to member fitness and aquatics classes.

    TONE Perks:
    • FREE Trial Membership (to complete requirements; see below)
    • Personalized Wellness Plan
    • Exclusive TONE T-shirts for signing up
    • Earn Community Service Credits
    • Exclusive TONE Nutrition/Cooking Workshops
    • Earn a FREE Youth Membership (upon meeting requirements)

    Tone 1 Requirements: Receive a free 3 month trial membership while you complete the following:
    • 30 Workout Hours
    • 3 Hours Community Service (either at the Center or in the Community)
    • 2 Workshops
    • 1 Fitness Class (includes Aquatics Classes)
    Complete these requirements and earn a FREE 6 month membership, TONE water bottle, and access to TONE 2.

    Tone 2 Requirements: Receive a free 6 month trial membership while you complete the following:
    • 40 Workout Hours
    • 4 Hours of Community Service (either at the Center or in the Community)
    • 2 Workshops
    • 2 Fitness Classes (includes Aquatics Classes)
    • Refer 1 friend to the program
    Complete these requirements and earn a FREE 6 month membership and TONE gym bag.

    TONE logoTo enroll, pick up a packet at the front desk or in the fitness office. For more information, please contact our Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum (YIPC) Coordinator at (413) 528-2810 ext. 30 or email YIPC@berkshiresouth.org.

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  32. July 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon (Cada Luna Azul)
    July 29 – August 23 on Wednesdays – Sundays at 8 p.m.
    948 Conway Road in Ashfield

    Once a Blue Moon (Cada Luna Azul) is the first Latin American based spectacle in the company’s history, taking its story from the magic realism of Isabel Allende, Bioy Casares, and Jodorowski, as well as the popular theatre that Double Edge co-artistic director and actor Carlos Uriona created in his 20 years of work in his native Argentina. Joining us this Summer to compose the music will be Micaela Farias Gomez from Santadiabla and Manuel Uriona from Santadiabla and La Bersuit, visiting from Argentina; and Michal Kuriata from Poland who is creating the puppetry. the highly visual and imaginative performance will lead the audience alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of Double Edge’s Farm, and will include sets created in collaboration with local and international visual artists and craftspeople, and the excitement of the Latin American carnival.

    Double Edge Theatre offers discounted ticket packages for families, as well as discounted tickets for groups of 8 or up. The Spectacle performances are family-friendly and we often have children from age 4 and up in attendance.

    For more information, visit http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org/blue-moon.html

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  33. Kerry said,

    July 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Hello! Cultural Care Au Pair is currently seeking a Local Childcare Consultant (LCC) for the Northampton area.

    You are an organizer, a mediator, a diplomat, a marketer and an advocate. You will find that working closely with host families and au pairs and marketing the Cultural Care Au Pair program are some of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the local childcare coordinator role.

    Become a local childcare consultant (LCC) in your community!

    Cultural Care Au Pair provides flexible, affordable childcare for American families, and we rely on our local childcare consultants (LCCs) to provide on-the-ground support for host parents and au pairs during their year together. As an LCC, you are an independent contractor working out of your home office and have access to the main office as needed throughout the year.

    As an LCC, you’ll have the opportunity to:
    Provide local families with a much-needed customer service
    Develop friendships with au pairs from all over the world
    Become the local expert on au pair childcare in your community
    Earn commission and other incentives based on your success
    Qualify for domestic and international incentive trips
    Network and learn with like-minded colleagues at local and national meetings
    Have fun!

    Interested? Learn more about the local childcare coordinator position or submit your qualifications today!

    http://consultant.culturalcare.com/local-childcare-consultant.html

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  34. July 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Free fun outdoor yoga in Southwick, Wednesday evenings in July. July 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 7:00 to 8:15. BYOM (Bring your own mat).

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  35. Eve Rosenfeld said,

    June 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    I’m a research assistant at Harvard, working on a research study to understand typically developing children’s social and emotional development. We have a study for kids ages 8-13 and their parents, in order to better understand what factors lead to the development of social problems in kids. We’re recruiting families to participate this summer. We try to keep the study FUN for the kids (they receive prizes and gift cards) and parents are reimbursed as well for their time. It’s a great way to get involved and be a part of science!

    The study information is below, if you are interested!

    Thanks for your consideration! Please let me know if you have ANY questions!

    Best,
    Eve Rosenfeld

    Healthy Kids Study:
    The Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology lab at Harvard University is enrolling children ages 8-13 in a study exploring how the brain processes social situations and how this relates to children’s experiences of the world around them and their social relationships.
    Your child may be eligible to participate if she or he:
    1) Is between the ages of 8-13
    2) Has no history of mental illness (e.g. anxiety, depression, psychosis)
    3) Has no history of neurological problems

    The study involves 2 parts:
    1) A 3-4 hour behavioral session that includes questionnaires and interviews with a researcher. ($10/hour for the family)
    2) A one-hour long brain scan during which your child will be asked to do some simple tasks ($25/hour for the family)

    Additionally, your child will have a choice of receiving a gift card at the end of each part of the study.
    To learn more about participating please call Sarah Hope Lincoln at 559-904-4431 or email childsocialstudy@gmail.com

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  36. June 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES FOR HILLTOWN TEENS AND FAMILIES: Compiled by the Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force, this handy guide can help families living in the hilltowns find the services they need.

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  37. June 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    MASS MoCA is looking to hire individuals to work part time in Kidspace. Two positions are open: Kidspace ArtBar Assistant (part time; weekend hours required) & Art Ninjas Camp Counselors (seasonal part-time). See http://www.massmoca.org/opportunities.php

    Camp Counselors work with the Camp Director to run the Art Ninjas Camp. Each camp day revolves around a weekly theme and daily mission, and will include art projects, outdoor play, yoga/meditation, exploration in the MASS MoCA galleries, and free time. Each week includes a day-long hike. Campers range from ages 5-12; there are 20 campers per camp session. You may read more about the specifics of each camp here [http://kidspace.massmoca.org/art-camps/].

    Responsibilities:

     Provide a safe and healthy environment for all campers

     Assist with leading art projects

     Effectively monitor campers’ behaviors

     Set up and clean up art activities and maintain cleanliness of camp space

     Serve as a positive role model for the campers

     Problem-solve through situations and seek assistance when necessary

     Maintain open communication with all camp staff

     Guide campers in participating successfully in all camp activities

     Participate in staff meetings (Monday and Friday afternoons)

    Qualifications:

     18 years or older

     Experience working with children

     Ability to work and communicate with a variety of age and skill levels

     Ability to think quickly and effectively on your feet

     Energetic, responsible, dependable, and adaptable

    Preferred:

     Art-making experience

     Camp counselor or art teaching experience

     CPR/First Aid certified

    $10/hour. Hours are 8:15am-5pm, Monday-Fridays, from August 10-28. One training day is required on Wednesday, August 5, from 9am-5pm. If you are not already certified, there will be a mandatory CPR and First Aid training (date to be determined). We will be doing a CORI (background) check for all accepted applicants.

    Please email your resume and application (found at http://www.massmoca.org/opportunities.php) to Museum Educator and Camp Director Hilary Knecht at education@massmoca.org.

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  38. June 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    MASS MoCA is looking to hire individuals to work part time in Kidspace. Two positions are open: Kidspace ArtBar Assistant (part time; weekend hours required) & Art Ninjas Camp Counselors (seasonal part-time). See http://www.massmoca.org/opportunities.php

    ArtBar assistants oversee public hours in the Kidspace gallery, facilitating drop-in art-making experiences for families. The ArtBar offers dynamic art activities that are thematically connected to current MASS MoCA exhibitions, especially the Kidspace exhibition, Walk in My Shoes. Assistants would fill in part-time, as needed. Responsibilities include preparing and tidying the gallery, welcoming visitors and answering questions, and supporting art-making by explaining and distributing art projects and materials. Successful candidates should be friendly, outgoing, and interested in the arts, and have flexible schedules.

    $10/hour. Shifts are from 10am-7pm on Thursdays-Saturdays and 10am-6pm on Sundays-Wednesdays. Position would have occasional hours in July and move to 30+ hours per week from August 10 – September 7 (subject to availability). Preferably, the candidate would be available to stay on to work occasional weekend hours as-needed throughout the school year. Must be 18 years or older to apply.

    Please email your resume and cover letter to Museum Educator Hilary Knecht at education@massmoca.org.

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  39. Timothy L. said,

    June 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    AMHERST COMMUNITY BAND CONCERTS IN SWEETSER PARK – 6/12, 7/17, 8/14

    The Amherst Business improvement District in collaboration with Tim Anderson, director of the UMass Minuteman marching band, is thrilled to announce the launch of three Amherst Community Band Concerts this summer. The concerts are scheduled for June 12, July 17, and August 14 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Sweetser Park in downtown Amherst.

    The first Amherst Community band concert on June 12th kicks off the Amherst BID’s ‘Downtown Beats’, a series of musical events, aimed to bring more music and people into downtown Amherst during the summer. Another component of Downtown Beats is the Kendrick Park Summer Concert series, comprised of four concerts scheduled for July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 5:30-8:00pm. The Kendrick Park series will have musical acts from a variety of genres.

    All concerts during Amherst BID’s Downtown Beats are free and open to the public. Food will not be sold at the concerts. Attendees are encouraged to purchase food and drinks at the many delicious restaurants surrounding both concert venues.

    For more information about the Amherst BID and upcoming events, visit http://www.amherstdowntown.com

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  40. Sarah said,

    May 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    SANTANDER AND NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION LAUNCH 2015
    SANTANDER SOCCER SCHOLARS PROGRAM
    Parents Invited to Nominate Children; Sweepstakes Honors Star Students with Once-in-a-Lifetime In-Game Opportunities at Each Home Game throughout 2015 Season

    What: In celebration of its commitment to education and the successful start to the New England Revolution’s 2015 season, Santander Bank, N.A. has announced the launch of its second consecutive Santander Soccer Scholars program. The program gives New England youth the chance to win a unique VIP Match Day experience with the Revolution in recognition of their academic achievement.

    To participate in the Santander Soccer Scholars program, parents are invited to submit up to 100 words highlighting their child’s finest academic accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year (www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars), between April 7 and October 1, 2015.

    *Sweepstakes open only to individual legal residents of the six (6) New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) who have attained the age of majority in their state of residence as of the date of entry. Participants in the Revolution clinic must be between the ages of six and 17. This Sweepstakes begins at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on April 7, 2015 and ends at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 1, 2015 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

    Who: New England parents and their children, ages six through 17

    When: Scholars selected at random from entries on a rolling basis; one winner per each New England Revolution home game
    Now through October 1, 2015

    Where: Matches held at: Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035

    Enter online: http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars

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  41. May 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Gator Grins returns to the Gateway Complex

    Huntington – Gator Grins—the school-based dental services program in the Gateway Regional School District—is returning from Chester Elementary school and will begin clinic hours on Tuesday, May 12 with students at Gateway complex and Littleville elementary.

    Once staff are back on the Gateway campus, the program will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the school year and start up again in September. Gator Grins will be serving students attending Littleville Elementary School, Gateway Regional Middle School, and the Jr./Sr. High School.

    Both Gator Grins and the Gateway School-Based Health Center are operated by Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc.

    Gator Grins provides comprehensive dental exams, x-rays, dental cleaning, fluoride varnishes, dental sealants, amalgam (silver-colored) and composite (white) fillings and emergency dental care. Students who need more extensive treatment are referred to Huntington or Worthington Health Center where they would be accompanied by their parents/caregivers. Services are funded through grants and insurance billing; no student is denied dental care because of an inability to pay. Under the direction of HCHC’s Dental Department Director, Dr. MaryLou Stuart, Gator Grins Director Dr. Emily Bowden, registered dental hygienists Liz Spooner and Lori Paquette, dental assistant Susan Hedges, coordinator Kristen Brakey and Program Manager Kiirsten Cooper.

    Over its first few years, the program has grown to serve over 400 Gateway students. In addition, as more students receive routine and preventative dental care on a regular basis, the resources required for restorative (fillings) work has decreased substantially.

    In addition to providing comprehensive dental care, staff from Gator Grins is also available to do classroom educational demonstrations if requested by teachers.

    Parents who wish to enroll their child(ren) into Gator Grins need to complete a permission form and medical history, which are available on the Gateway website (www.grsd.org), under the Parents & Students drop-down menu > forms) or the http://www.hchcweb.org website or by contacting the people listed below. If your child has an existing treatment plan that needs to be signed, please do so as soon as possible. Gator Grins cannot begin treatment on any student without permission.

    Please contact Kristen Brakey, Gator Grins program coordinator (413) 667-3009, ext. 239 or Kirsten Cooper at (413) 667-1042 ext. 103 if you have questions.

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  42. April 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    The Hitchcock Center is breaking ground! Amherst, MA

    On May 1, 2015, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment will break ground for a world-class environmental center designed and constructed to the world’s toughest standards for sustainable development. The 9000 square-foot Center will be New England’s first public environmental education facility to join the Living Building Challenge™, 20 performance standards that require buildings to be self-sufficient for energy and water and to meet strict requirements for green materials and for the quality of its indoor environment. Worldwide, fewer than ten buildings have been fully certified as living buildings. Speakers include Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Representative Ellen Story, Acting Commissioner Dan Burgess of the MA Department of Energy Resources, Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College and other community representatives. Read more here. Please join us on May 1, 2015 at 4:30pm. RSVP via email or by calling 413-256-6006. Parking provided at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.

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  43. April 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Northampton Mayor’s Youth Commission Announces BenchWalk 2015
    An event aimed at bringing art to the downtown area and celebrating Northampton

    Today, the Northampton Mayor’s Youth Commission announced BenchWalk 2015, The Summer Festival, a celebration of art and public space. BenchWalk is a public art project funded by local businesses, organizations, and residents. Artists and Northampton schools will be invited to create unique and imaginative paintings on the benches of downtown Northampton later this spring. Awards will be given to the artists for originality and creativity.

    The Youth Commission, through donations from local businesses, will be paying selected artists to paint the benches of downtown Northampton. Each artist will be paid a stipend of $200-$450. Artists will have a period to submit proposals before they are judged by a jury and narrowed down to the best designs. During May, there will be a time period for artists to paint the benches.

    BenchWalk was inspired by a similar project discussed in 2005 by the Youth Commission. Additionally, the recent challenges facing Northampton’s downtown area helped reignite the Youth Commission’s determination to create BenchWalk and celebrate public space.

    The Youth Commission has worked closely with the Northampton Arts Council, Department of Public Works, and Mayor’s Office in designing and launching BenchWalk. Additionally, the Youth Commission has worked with local artist David Teeple, who has played an important role as a mentor and an art expert. He has been an advisor for budgeting, choosing paint, and event logistics.

    Northampton City Council President and Youth Commission Liaison, William H. Dwight strongly endorsed the Youth Commission’s initiative.

    BenchWalk and the Youth Commission’s recent sponsorship and vote in support of the Northampton plastic bag ban join a growing list of initiatives the Youth Commission has worked on to improve their community.

    For artists interested in submitting a proposal and people interested in donating, please visit http://www.northamptonma.gov/benchwalk or email nohobenchwalk@gmail.com.

    ABOUT THE YOUTH COMMISSION

    The Northampton Youth Commission serves to create a means of communication between city leaders and young people in Northampton. The Northampton Youth Commission is a group of people between the ages of 13 – 18 who are interested in working to improve the lives of young people in the community by discussing issues of concern and working to provide solutions. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions to involve youth in the community.

    For more information contact: nohobenchwalk@gmail.com or hampmyc@gmail.com for the Youth Commission and others involved in BenchWalk:
    Jonathan Goldman- jgoldman@northampton-k12.us or 413-695-8773
    Mariel Lutz- mlutz@northampton-k12.us
    Bill Dwight- bdwight@comcast.net or 413-262-6710

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  44. April 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

    The Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ (FRCOG) Citizen Corps Program will hold a training for medical and non-medical personnel who want to volunteer in times of disaster on
    Saturday, April 25th
    from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    at the Hawlemont Regional School,
    10 School Street, Charlemont, MA 01339.

    Medical Reserve Corps volunteers assist in medical emergencies such as disasters, catastrophic incidents, mass vaccinations and prophylaxis for potential epidemics. Roles are assigned depending on the volunteer’s license, qualifications and training. Medical personnel from all areas are needed but even those without licenses can help in numerous ways.

    There are a set of required classes and then an expectation that the volunteer will keep up with necessary trainings in the future. The MRC holds occasional drills, an annual meeting, and short monthly meetings.
    All volunteers must complete a CORI check, a Personal and Family Preparedness Plan, two Incident Command classes and CPR/First Aid certification (if not already certified) within one year of joining the MRC.

    Registration is required. Questions can be directed to the MRC Coordinator at 413-774-3167 X137 or emailed to citizencorps@frcog.org.

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  45. Adam Cohen said,

    March 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

    The Myth of the Perfect Parent:
    How the Buddha’s Teachings on Perception Helps Us See Through This Myth
    Sunday, March 29, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm
    A meditation and discussion with Adi Bemak

    Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley
    Eastworks, 2nd Floor
    116 Pleasant Street
    Suite 242
    Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
    413-527-0388
    http://insightpv.org/calendar/
    $5-10 optional donation for Insight PV; opportunity to donate to the teacher
    No pre-registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

    Adi Bemak will kick off a five-week series focused on the “Myth of the Perfect Parent”, hosted by the Insight PV parent meditation group. You are welcome to attend any and all weeks.

    The weeks in April will be facilitated by members of the Insight PV parent group, exploring such topics as:
    What does it mean to be a “good enough” parent?
    Reconciling work/life priorities as a parent
    What expectations do we have at different development stages? (pregnancy, birth, baby, pre-school, adolescent, adult)
    How to accept ourselves as we are, while at the same time being open to change?

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  46. Monica Moran said,

    March 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

    The pizza party fundraiser for Hilltown Safety at Home will be from 6-9pm at the VFW in Russell this Friday, March 6th. It is sponsored by Friends of Hilltown Safety at Home. For more information call Phil at 413-977-1234 or email southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com.

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  47. Monica Moran said,

    March 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Come to a family friendly pizza party fundraiser this Friday at the VFW in Russell! There will be music and lots and lots of raffles. There will be pizza, veggies, salad, and desserts! Kids under 5 come for free. Others pay $10 per person or $25 for a family. All money raised will go to Hilltown Safety at Home, which funds a domestic violence advocate in the hilltowns.

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  48. February 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    NORTHAMPTON KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2015 DATES & TIMES

    Please come to one of the following registration sessions:

    Wednesday March 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
    Thursday March 5 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Saturday March 7 from 10 am – 12:00 noon

    All Sessions to be held at: JFK Middle School’s Community Room, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA.

    Family-friendly activities from 10:00 a.m. to noon March 7 to coincide with kindergarten registration. Activities include a local storyteller, story time, other fun activities, and a chance to practice getting on and off a school bus.

    Save Time: Download Registration Forms online: http://northampton-
    k12.us/kindergarten-registration

    Required Documents: child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency (1 of the following: utility bill, mortgage/tax payment, signed lease, bank/credit card statement, pay stub), child’s health record: BOTH immunizations and proof of a physical exam, parent’s photo id.

    General Questions? Ball Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator at (413) 587-1471. Registration Questions? Call Jennifer Towler, Registrar at (413) 587-1328

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  49. writerjax said,

    February 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts Scholarship Committee announces scholarship applications are now available online at http://www.adclubwm.org. Applications will also be available through guidance departments at high schools in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties, or by contacting the Ad Club at 413-736-2582.

    Western Massachusetts seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or technical school to study advertising, communications, marketing or graphics arts and will be attending in September 2015 are encouraged to apply. The scholarship must be applied against tuition and fees at the school. Candidates will be judged on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service and/or work experience, a demonstrated interest in advertising, communications, marketing or graphic design, personal recommendations, and a letter of introduction outlining future plans.

    In 2015, one $1000 scholarship will be awarded. Completed scholarship applications and all support materials must be submitted to the Ad Club and postmarked by Friday, February 27, 2015. Scholarship decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee of Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, and are considered final. The scholarship will be awarded at the Ad Club’s Creative Awards show in May.

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  50. February 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    30th Annual Maple Fest and Craft Fair

    Chester, Massachusetts, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshires, is celebrating the beginning of spring with a Festival. March is the month that heralds the start of the sugaring season, as days warm and lengthen, and the first signs of spring become visible .You are invited to visit Chester Center to experience old time sugaring first hand and relive simpler times.

    Come to the hills to cure your cabin fever and spend a day in the country, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, as the Chester Hill Association sponsors its 30th Annual Maple Fest, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., on the Skyline Trail in old Chester Center.

    Begin your day with a traditional Country Breakfast consisting of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, juice, coffee and featuring local maple syrup. Breakfast will be served continuously from 9:00 A.M. ‘til noon at the First Congregational Church. The cost for adults is $8.00 and $5.00 for children under 10. After breakfast, visit local artisans and craftspeople, at the old schoolhouse across the road.

    Begin the afternoon listening to the sound of the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, scheduled to play at the church at noon. Enjoy farm animals, check out a working fire truck and marvel at furniture made from tree branches. All day long, wagons pulled by tractors will carry guests back and forth to High Meadows Sugar House to observe the production of maple syrup. This year we will again offer wagon rides powered by a team of draft horses. In addition, the children will be able to ride through the snowy fields on sleds pulled by snowmobiles.

    Latecomers to the Maple Fest may purchase coffee, soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and the famous Chester Chili from the food cart throughout the day. Also, be sure to purchase your raffle tickets- the prizes feature unique local products, gift certificates and a large basket of Chester Hill products.

    The Chester Hill Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of the area, is the sponsor for this event. The Chester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, partially funds the Maple Fest.

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  51. Toni said,

    February 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Hilltown Community Development Corporation is now accepting applications for an affordable housing lottery.

    Apartments are located in Haydenville, Williamsburg, and Chesterfield, and include all newly renovated and affordable studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom sized units.

    There are mobility and sensory adapted units available. Income restrictions apply; this is an equal housing opportunity.

    Units will become available between April 1, 2015-Feb. 2016.

    Applications can be mailed or emailed, or found at local town offices and libraries. Tenants will be chosen through a lottery in June 2015. The application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015.

    Please contact Teri at 413-296-4536 x110 or TeriR@HilltownCDC.org for more information, or visit http://www.HilltownCDC.org for an application.

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  52. February 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    The Gateway Regional Guidance Department invites area eighth grade students and their parents/guardians to an informative presentation on the transition from junior high school to Gateway Regional High School.

    This event will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students, parents and guardians will meet the high school guidance counselors, learn about the course scheduling process and graduation requirements, and discover high school clubs and activities. Current high school students will also serve on a Question and Answer panel, and will answer student and parent questions about the high school experience. Guided tours of the building will take place at the end of the presentation.

    Students who are applying to area vocational schools are also encouraged to attend the information session, although students applying to a vocational school for the fall MUST have their application materials into the guidance office by March 2nd in order to be eligible..

    If you are planning to attend, please RSVP for the February 26th event by calling the high school guidance office at (413) 685-1107 or emailing jiglesias@grsd.org.

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  53. January 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    6th Grade Openings!
    The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, now located in Easthampton, is expanding its 6th grade class and has a number of openings in that grade this year in addition to the usual Kindergarten spaces.
    The lottery is February 5, so applications need to be turned in by Feb. 4. You can find them and more information about the school at: http://www.hilltowncharter.org .

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  54. January 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Archery Classes in Florence

    From: kfbissell@gmail.com [mailto:kfbissell@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Kyle Bissell
    Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:02 PM
    Subject: Winter Archery: Instructor Cert. Course, New Sessions, Winter Camp.
    ***
    ***Hello Archers!

    1). Level I USA Archery Instructor Certification course. 9AM-5PM, Saturday, February 7 at our Florence range. $100 plus $25 for educational materials. E-mail Kyle to register or for more information. For people 15 years of age and older.

    2). New Winter Sessions begin the week of February 10. Reserve your space online. Held at our indoor heated 221 Pine Street location, Florence.

    3). February Vacation Archery Camp is filling up! Check it out and reserve your space soon. Mon-Fri., Feb 16-20. 8:30-3:00. Ages 7 – up.

    I hope you are all well!

    Kyle


    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    http://www.AmherstArchery.com
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  55. January 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Homeschool Ice Skating tomorrow FRIDAY Jan 23 2015 UMASS Mullins Ctr in Amherst for families

    Amherst

    Date: Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:05 am
    Cost $5.00 per child, this includes ice skates no extra cost.
    Adults are FREE, this included ice skates no extra cost.
    According to the web site http://www.mullinscenter.com/events/detail/home-school-skate
    Cost is $5.00 per child
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    Fri, Jan 30, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    BRING COINS for the meters nickels, dimes and quarters. Quarters will give you 15 minutes of time.
    Bring cash. However, Brad will accept check too.
    Don’t go near the Zamboni PLEASE. OFF Limits to non employees. Do not take out AHA buckets. You may bring your own CLEAN buckets. Buckets are good for new ice skaters to learn. Sorry.
    NO street shoes on the ice. Dirt, stones, rocks and salt ruins the ice.
    Check the PVHG WEB SITE in case of changes.
    New beginners might wear snow pants. It makes falling less painful and more fun to fall. Wear mittens or gloves to protect them. Your welcome to wear a bike helmet or hockey helmet. Optional.
    NO LAYING DOWN on the ice. Kids can get hurt from the blades.
    Bring your own water and snacks. Vending machines do not always work. I think they take quarters and dollars.
    Put your name on your stuff with phone number (it helps). Check lost and found if you come often.
    Parking at meters only in front and back of building.

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  56. Jill Wheat said,

    January 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Preschool/Toddler Music Group Update: This group has switched from Thursday to SUNDAY afternoons from 3:30PM-4:30PM with about 30-45min’s of lead music/movement activity & about 30-15min’s of free play. Starts 1/18

    This is a parent/child group meaning that parents actively participate in singing/moving activities with the child they bring. Free play happens for a short time afterwards but not during the guided music time. It works best with children at least 2 years old up to 5 years but other ages are welcome with parent adaptations. 5 Sundays starting 1/18 at 215 Richview Ave, North Adams in the downstairs studio room. 3 children will make this happen. Please spread the word………Hope you can make it!

    Pre-Registration required please by 1/16 so that we know if the group will run & planning can happen. Email Jill to pre-register & for more info or go to the website link.

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  57. Monica Moran said,

    January 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Do you know where to get help if you or someone you know is being hurt by a partner? 74% of hilltowners do!! Help us raise that to 100%! Tell your friends and family members about these confidential resources in the hilltowns:

    Hilltown Safety at Home: cell 413-559-8039 or office 413-685-3911
    (domestic violence advocate who can meet at a safe place in the hilltowns)
    Safe Passage: 888-345-5282 (24/7 hotline) and services in Northampton
    Center for Women and Comm: 888-337-0800 (24/7 hotline) and services in Amherst and Huntington
    GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: 800-832-1901
    Moving Forward (for offenders): 888-636-9050

    Thank you!
    Monica Moran for the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force
    Visit us on Facebook at Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force or email us at southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com

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  58. January 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Parents of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students interested in applying to Smith Vocational or Westfield Vocational High Schools for the 2015-16 school year. Applications are available in the Jr. High School Guidance Office for 8th student. Current high school students who wish to apply for a vocational school next year may contact the high school guidance office (413) 685-1107.

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  59. Diane said,

    January 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    PARENTS: Are you looking for something constructive for your kids to do?

    KIDS: Bored? Want someone to hang out with and have fun?

    The Youth Mentoring Program of CCB is looking to match school-age children with a mature, caring adult to spend time at a community organization once a week. For more information please contact Diane Morris at dmorris@ccberkshire.org or 413-663-6593 ext. 39. You can also download an application at http://www.ccberkshire.org. We hope to hear from you soon!

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  60. Hilltown CDC said,

    December 26, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Public Hearing
    Monday January 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
    For the planning of the FY15 CDBG grant.
    Participating communities: Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru,
    Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington
    Where: Town of Chesterfield Selectboard Meeting Room

    Come share your input on proposed projects:
    – Housing Rehabilitation
    – Hilltown Elder Network
    – Health Outreach Program for Elders
    – Hilltown Food Pantry
    – Childcare Subsidy Program

    Your participation and input on these programs is greatly appreciated! If you cannot make the hearing, but would like to provide input, please contact Bea by Friday January 9th at 413-296-4536, ext. 115 or beavh@hilltowncdc.org

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  61. December 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The Gateway Family Center in Huntington, MA, receives many requests during the holidays for socks, sized from infant through adult. That’s why Meghan Crane and Grace LeBarron, 8th are heading up a sock drive for the Gateway Family Center. From now through January 12, new socks may be donated at collection boxes throughout the Gateway hilltowns. All donated socks will be distributed through the Gateway Family Center.

    Donations boxes are located at Gateway Regional High School, Littleville Elementary School, Chester Elementary School, and Porter Memorial Library in Blandford. If you have any questions, please email hilltownsockdrive@gmail.com.

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  62. Sheri Levson said,

    November 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    AUDITIONS FOR FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Dec 7 at 3:30pm and Dec 10 at 7pm – Open auditions for anyone age 9 and older. Males, ages 14 – 35 who can learn to dance, are especially encouraged to audition! Please prepare a song that is NOT from Fiddler! An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA

    Performance dates are March 26-29, 2015. For more information contact Sheri Levson 413-736-3619 or levsong@verizon.net

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premier!

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  63. November 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program. Ideal participants must be committed to making positive change in the Northern Berkshires and learning how to assist residents in accessing available services.

    The training will take place over a 6-month period and meet every Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm beginning February 19, 2015. As part of the training, participants will learn of the many health and human service providers and community organizations in the northern Berkshire region. In addition, participants will engage in workshops and training on topics such as different styles of leadership, accessing local government, public speaking, community organizing, conflict management, how to create a neighborhood association and other related topics. In addition to the training, participants will be broken into groups to complete a community project of their choosing, aimed at meeting and/or addressing a community need.

    A letter of interest is required to register for the training. Please send a letter of interest and your full contact information to 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247 or email jsweeney@nbccoalition.org no later than January 20, 2015. For more information, call Jess or Annie at 413-663-7588.

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  64. November 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK TO OPEN TWO-YEAR COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL IN THE FALL OF 2015
     
    GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS., November 3, 2014—Nearly fifty years after becoming America’s first early college, Bard College at Simon’s Rock will establish the nation’s first ninth and tenth grade program that enables both boarding and day students to receive their associate of arts degree in just four years.
     
    Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Mass., will welcome its first ninth-grade class in the fall of 2015, according to Leon Botstein, president of Bard College. Upon completing the tenth grade, Academy students begin full-time college study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, earning their AA after two years and, in the case of over half the college’s students, their bachelor of arts degree after two more.
     
    In 1979, Bard joined with Simon’s Rock Early College, founded in Great Barrington in 1966 by pioneering educator Elizabeth Blodgett Hall for students who wanted to start college in their junior year of high school. Today, Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls 350 students. Most Simon’s Rock graduates proceed to earn graduate degrees at highly selective universities. Alumni include seven Fulbright Fellows, one Rhodes Scholar, a MacArthur Fellow and six alumni on the Forbes 30 under 30. The Princeton Review recently rated Simon’s Rock higher than Harvard, Yale or Princeton for academics.
     
    Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock will be modeled in part after the Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSEC), alternative public schools in New York City, Newark, and Cleveland, where students complete both high school and the associate of arts degree in four years. In 2012-13, BHSEC Manhattan was ranked as one of highest performing public high schools in New York City, with an A grade, from the New York City Department of Education.
     
    “Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is a reflection of the tremendous success experienced by the BHSECs, which, in turn, owe their existence to the achievements of Simon’s Rock,” said President Botstein, who is also a professor of arts and humanities at Bard and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra. “The addition of the ninth and tenth grades completes Simon’s Rock’s standing as the senior and flagship protagonist of the early college movement.”
     
    The dean of Bard Academy will be Ian Bickford, a Bard College at Simon’s Rock graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree at Stanford University, and his doctorate at the City University of New York.

    Dr. Bickford, a former professor of English at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and BSHEC Queens, points out that the Academy will better prepare students to enter and thrive in college after just two years of high school. The Academy program will capitalize on the intellectual strengths of the College: seminar-style classes that offer authentic exchange among students; a curriculum that embraces clear writing as both a means to and a reflection of clear thinking; a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry; and opportunities for sustained, independent research by students.
     
    “The traditional high school structure can be drawn out and wasteful, with the last two years devoted to students preparing for standardized testing, filling out college applications, and taking courses merely to enhance their admission prospects,” he says. “We’re looking for students who want to take control of their education, who are intellectually ambitious and curious, who feel frustrated at being told to wait, students who would be better served interacting with teachers who are experts in their fields.”
     
    While the new academy will share the college’s philosophy, faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities on a bucolic 275-acre campus, its students will reside in a separate dormitory with a dedicated residential staff and study their own liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Academy students will be assigned a faculty advisor, while students in the College will serve as role models and mentors, providing academic tutoring and advice.
     
    Dr. Bickford notes that all members of the Academy and the College are taught by faculty who have earned the highest degrees in their fields. “Who better, after all, to help students prepare for college than their future college professors?” he notes.
     
    Peter Laipson, Provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock said in summation, “The new entry point to Simon’s Rock offered by the Academy enriches our longstanding mission to provide students the opportunity to begin college at a younger age in the company of intellectual and social peers. Elizabeth Blodgett Hall founded Simon’s Rock because she believed that the educational path most students followed was a waste of their time and talents. She realized that they were eager to do much more sophisticated work than was asked or expected of them, especially in the last two years of high school. She was right, and both Simon’s Rock and the institutions it has inspired and helped lead – the BHSECs – demonstrate convincingly that we have a better model. We take younger students seriously as thinkers and provide them opportunities to engage with challenging ideas and questions. In turn, they demonstrate a truly remarkable capacity for deep, rigorous, and independent thought.”

    Prospective Academy students and parents are invited to visit the school’s Web page at simons-rock.edu/academy, call 1-800-235-7186 or email bardacademy@simons-rock.edu for more information or to schedule a visit. An information session and reception will be held at the campus on 84 Alford Road in Great Barrington, MA on November 10 from 4p.m.-6p.m. and is open to educators, community members and the general public. Attendees are asked to RSVP to bardacademy@simons-rock.edu.

    Contact:

    Kimberly Rock
    Director of Communications
    Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    (413) 528-7229
    krock@simons-rock.edu

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  65. October 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Wild & Scenic VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
    Tidying the East Branch Trail Workday
    Join us Saturday October 11th 9am. – 1pm.
    Bring your gloves, shovels & sense of humor
    Meet at the TTOR Chesterfield Gorge parking area
    Sign up by calling 413 623-2070

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  66. Rachel Jones said,

    September 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Good Morning,

    My name is Rachel Jones and I am the Director of the Gateway to College Program at Springfield Technical Community College. This is a scholarship program for Springfield students, ages 16-20, who have dropped out of school or at-risk of not completing high school, but have a desire to get back on track and earn a diploma and go to college. What makes Gateway to College truly unique is that our students will not only have a chance to earn a high school diploma, but Gateway participants will also be earning college credits toward an associate’s degree or certificate here at STCC.

    Gateway to College at STCC is an educational alternative for young motivated people who may not have had success in other learning environments. Gateway to College students, can expect to be challenged, just as any high school or college student would be. Our philosophy as a program and as a staff is that all students have the ability to achieve academic success and deserve the highest quality of education. We just ask that students are willing to focus and work hard.

    Students selected to participate in the Gateway to College Scholarship program will have no out of pocket expenses for their tuition, fees, or books while participating in the program. In addition to academic and financial assistance, students will have an Academic Counselor dedicated to their success. The Academic Counselor guides students through the college experience as an advisor, instructor and a mentor. They will assist students with different facets of the college experience -everything from teaching students about careers and time management to providing referrals to community resources.

    We encourage you to pass along this information and the attached brochure to any young person who may be a good fit for this terrific opportunity and please feel free to contact us for more
    information at 413-755-4581, stop by our office on campus in building 16 (Garvey Hall) room 285 or http://www.stcc.edu/gatewaytocollege/

    If you’d like for me to come to speak with potential students and/or your staff, please let me know. Also, we’d love if you were able to include our program information on your website as another resource for young people.

    Best,

    Rachel Jones

    Director, Gateway to College

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  67. September 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    WILLIAMSBURG CULTURAL COUNCIL The Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

    SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS

    The Williamsburg CC has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Williamsburg.

    For specific guidelines and complete information on the Williamsburg Cultural Council, contact the Council at: BurgyCC@yahoo.com. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp. Application forms are also available at Meekins Library and the Town Clerk’s office.

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  68. September 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Great Job opportunity for sharing your enthusiasm for health and food. Flexibility on hours, days. Qualities sought: Cook/ teacher/ food coop organizer/ gardener/ health & nutrition coach. Mainly Cook, able to feed 30+ efficiently, familiar with commercial kitchen equipment, good at meats as well as vegetarian dishes. Passed CORI check & ServSafe. Good at independent initiative.
    Where: Middlefield Ma (Western Mass), beautiful country location with dining hall and community kitchen of a nonprofit members’ organization (Blossom Center), plus employee wellness program for 20-person businesses (AzureGreen.net & Abyss Distribution). See http://www.Ezmereld.org for place.
    Call Marin (Tamarin) at AzureGreen 413-623-2155 x111 for info or interview.

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  69. September 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens opens October 19, 2014 for new and returning bereaved families. All families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a close family member are invited to be a part of this support group free of charge.

    Children meet in small groups participating in projects; games and activities meant to facilitate their grieving process and led by trained and supervised adult volunteers. Adult family members meet separately with other caregivers to talk about how to support their children, who may or may not outwardly show their grief.

    The Garden will provide bereavement support at no cost to families with young children from throughout the Hampshire and Franklin counties All groups are held at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton on Sunday afternoons.

    Families are encouraged to call immediately to schedule an intake interview or obtain more information. Contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at 413 584 7086 or via email shelly.thegarden@gmail.com

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  70. Lezlie Densmore said,

    September 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Every year, volunteers from La Leche League organize a Nursing Mothers’ Booth at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.The fair runs from Sept 12 – 28 this year. Typically 1600 people will use this space over the 17 day fair. We also hand out breastfeeding information sheets and contact info for Leaders in MA, RI, CT, and VT.
    We need volunteers to help staff the booth. I’ve got some of the schedule filled in with last year’s volunteers, but we need more help. Please consider volunteering for a 4 hour shift. I have free tickets and parking passes for the volunteers and you’re welcome to explore the fair the rest of the day. If you have a small child and can only cover 2 hours, that’s fine as well.
    All that’s required is to greet mothers, hand out LLL information, keep an eye on the booth. We want mothers and their families to feel welcome. If you know someone that might be interested, please give them my email address.

    Thanks!
    Lezlie Densmore
    LLL Big E coordinator
    LezlieDen@gmail.com

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  71. August 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Parent-Child Home Program
    Free Books! Free Toys! Fun Activities!
    We can enhance the skills you already give your child.

    Help your child get ready for school by reading and playing with them! The Parent-Child Home
    Program can show you how, through half-hour home visits scheduled at your convenience. A trained home visitor can work with you and your child on skills to support their success in school. Best of all, you get to keep the high-quality books and toys they bring, completely free! Eligible children are between 16 and 36 months. Now enrolling for the new program year beginning in September!!
    Space is limited; call Chiara at 413-664-4821.

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  72. August 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Please help, Mrs. Cimini (me) get her classroom ready for school… Consider donating to We’ve Got the Right Stuff a DONORS CHOOSE Classroom Project!
    I am 4th grade teacher at Craneville Elementary School in the Central Berkshire Regional School District who needs your help! To learn more about the details of this project, please read below or follow the provided project link: http://bit.ly/TzxC8w (you can also copy and paste the link into your web browser)… Thank you!
    What is your fondest memory of school? My hopes and dreams are for ALL my students to remember wanting to come to school ready to learn each day, knowing that they were cared for, trusted, believed in, and greeted each day where they are socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.
    My students take on the roles of a Reading and Writing Workshop Model, Responsive Classroom. They are the creators, drivers, and believers behind how our classroom looks like, feels like, and sounds like throughout our day, every day! They are the facilitators in their learning and I am their guide in their success and growth. A Growth mindset! I not only challenge myself, but also my students to stop thinking about each school subject, content area as segregated learning, instead we will be challenged to see how each subject is relevant to one another and to the real world. Our reading block is not just reading the way we remember it, instead it is a cross curricular LITERACY block, learning across the genres, including Social Studies/History, Science/Engineering, Mathematics, and English Language Arts. We are a blended classroom – traditional, digital; built and based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills!
    Imagine taking the ultimate United States of America field trip. In our classroom students will do just this. The following is a description of variety of materials I am requesting and how students will use them in the classroom. It begins with book boxes that will be able to hold 60 nonfiction textbooks, picture books, National Geographic books, DK Eyewitness books on US states, national parks, national landmarks, symbols, and our democracy. Students will explore North America with the requested atlases, puzzles, games, activities, flashcards, coloring books, and more. Now imagine science without any experiments. Not in this room! I’ve requested science station kits where students will become weather and climate experts, build weather stations, listen to and record live meteorologist broadcasts on iPads with the new earbuds/mics I have added to our cart; science kits so students can build and understand electrical and magnetic circuits and generate light, sound, and heat energy.
    In addition to content coverage, students will systematically acquire knowledge in literature and other disciplines through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be college and career ready by focusing on complex texts outside of literature, this will also ensure students are being prepared to read, write, and research across the curriculum, including history and science. « hide
    My students need a digital and print library, and resources for an integrated, multi-sensory E.L.A., Math, Social Studies/History and Science/Engineering Curriculum!

    Project: Link: http://bit.ly/TzxC8w

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  73. August 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    RIDE FOR AUTISM & FAMILY FUN DAY
    to raise funds & awareness for Autism in Western Massachusetts
    benefiting Community Resources for People with Autism

    Saturday, August 16th

    Start location: East Longmeadow Senior Center

    End location: Millside Park, 2 Ferry Street, Easthampton (behind the American Legion)

    Registration Motorcycle Ride (East Longmeadow) 9:30am – 11:00am
    Motorcycle Ride (East Longmeadow to Easthampton) 11:30am – 1:00pm
    BBQ & Family Fun Day (Easthampton): 12 noon – 3pm

    Get your motors running! And raise funds and awareness for Autism in Western Mass! Community Resources for People with Autism is benefiting from the American Legion Riders’ Ride For Autism. The motorcycle ride starts with Registration, coffee and donuts at the East Longmeadow Senior Center. Kickstands go up at 11:30 a.m. and the whole thing ends in Easthampton in Millside Park. Millside Park is behind the American Legion Hall on Pleasant Street and snuggled between the Manhan Rail Bike Path and Easthampton’s Lower Mill Pond, making it easy for families to get to walking, biking, by car, or even canoe!

    Participating in the ride is $30 (including BBQ & Family Fun Day). Tickets are also available for the BBQ alone and are $15 for adults and $10 for kids (12 & under). The Family Fun Day with music, crafts, and bounce castle is free for everyone! The Ride for Autism’s Family Fun Day is a fun way to raise money and awareness for individuals with autism in western Mass Everyone is invited to join for music, barbeque, a bounce castle, raffle prizes from area businesses, and crafts!

    All proceeds will go to Community Resources for People with Autism programming. Community Resources for People with Autism provides support, practical help, information, and advocacy to over 1,600 families in all four counties of western Massachusetts.

    Register online today by visiting http://www.communityresourcesforautism.org

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  74. farmerbsm said,

    August 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Red Gate Farm is using Kickstarter to raise money for Buckland-Sheburne Elementary students to participate in a overnight school visit next spring. We are looking for pledges and help spreading the word! Check it out!

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  75. July 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Teen volunteer opportunities!

    Eastern States Exposition’s Storrowton Village Museum is extending an invitation to individuals ages 14 and up to volunteer as costumed guides in our classic 1800s village during The Big E.

    Volunteers are needed to act as hosts, conducting guided tours of the Village’s historic buildings and to work in the Village Gift Shop during this year’s Big E, Sept. 12 – 28, 2014. Training sessions for prospective volunteers begin Wednesday, August 20. To participate, volunteers must complete a Volunteer Interest Form and schedule an in-person interview with a Storrowton Village staff member. Selected volunteers must be available to attend all three training sessions which take place August 20, August 27, and September 3 at 1pm and 6pm.

    Village volunteers dress in Early American-inspired apparel to give fairgoers a glimpse of New England’s past. Interpreting the roles of 19th century New Englanders, volunteers will gain a wealth of knowledge about crafts, food and daily life of the era while participating in the excitement of The Big E.

    Costumes, parking and admission for volunteers on-duty will be provided by The Big E as well as a 25 percent discount on items purchased at the gift shops operated by Storrowton Village. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend the staff field trip, picnic and the annual Big E staff party.

    Volunteering at Storrowton Village is a rewarding experience. Past volunteers have said that the interaction with the public and other Village volunteers and the friendships they make is the most memorable part of their commitment to the Village.

    For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Storrowton Village Museum before August 15, 2014 at 413-205-5051, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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  76. July 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Become a Parent Aide! For over 31 years, the PAVE program has been providing home-based support to Hampshire Cty. parents who are stressed & often isolated from a supportive community. The program’s goal is to strengthen & empower parents by giving them new tools to help them in their parenting journey. Compassion, common sense & the ability to listen to a parent are required. Berkshire Children & Families will provide the training & supervision. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Sept. training now forming. No commitment required until after you have completed the training. For more information, call Lydia at Berkshire Children & Families 413-584-5690 Ext. 144 or email lvernon-jones@bcfcma.org.

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  77. July 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Senate Passes Bill to Assist Individuals with Autism

    The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, unanimously passed a bill to expand treatment and support for individuals with autism or a developmental disability across the Commonwealth, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced.

    The bill creates a 35-member commission on autism within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to make recommendations about how to improve the services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and to monitor the implementation of policies impacting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

    It requires MassHealth to cover medically necessary treatments for individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, including services for applied behavior analysis.

    The bill expands the types of services that are available through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to an individual with a developmental disability, as well as requires DDS and the Department of Mental Health to collaborate to ensure that the needs of individuals with both a developmental disability and a mental illness are met.

    Additionally, the bill requires programs that provide residential or day care services and treatment for persons with a developmental disability to obtain a license from DDS. It also requires DDS to provide transportation for education, day care or treatment as part of the department’s community developmental disability services.

    To help support a successful learning environment, the bill requires administrators and teachers to have training in strategies for effective inclusive schooling for children with autism. Additionally, the bill creates an endorsement in autism through the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for licensed special education teachers who complete the necessary coursework and field experiences in order to address the specific educational needs of students with autism. It also authorizes the Board to issue an autism endorsement to current special education teachers who work with students with autism and effectively demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies to fulfill this authorization.

    The Senate and House of Representatives will now form a conference committee to produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the Governor.

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  78. July 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    WESTFIELD HISTORY
    Historical Museum
    Edwin Smith Historical Museum

    The Edwin Smith Historical Museum is a treasure trove of Westfield history dating back to Westfield ‘s colonial settlement in the 1600s. Opened in 1927 and named in honor of Edwin Smith, the co-founder of the H.B. Smith Company.

    Some of the Westfield History Museum treasures include:

    Original documents from General George Washington and John Hancock
    The 1634 Pulpit Bible used by Reverend Edward Taylor, First Pastor of the Church of Westfield
    Westfield maps
    Historical toys
    Portraits
    Buggy whips made in Westfield

    Hours: Wednesdays 4:00 pm-7:00 pm and Saturdays 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. or by appointment

    Visit Westfield History Digital Collection: http://edwin.westath.org/

    Closed on all library holidays. To schedule a tour of the Historical Museum, please call Kate Deviny at 413-562-0716.

    (Source: http://westath.org/westfield-history/historical-museum)

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  79. June 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Today is the last day to tell your State Senator not to take away local zoning boards’ ability to regulate antenna placement in our communities!

    The MA Senate is scheduled to vote on its Economic Bill Tuesday July 1.

    The MA House version passed already, with a pro-industry provision that strips communities of local zoning rights.

    The Senate has a stand-alone version S2183. Link to letter from Massachusetts Municipal Association to Senate:

    http://www.mma.org/advocacy-mainmenu-100/letters-to-state-leaders/13431-mma-letter-to-senate-asking-members-to-oppose-proposals-to-remove-local-authority-in-siting-of-wireless-facilities

    Please email MA Senators today and re-iterate the MMA recommendation:

    “Please oppose any attempt to pass S. 2183 or any amendment to the Senate’s economic development bill that would strip cities and towns of the ability to regulate wireless antennas. The Legislature should wait until the FCC makes its final ruling on national standards.”

    Jennifer.Flanagan@masenate.gov; Gale.Candaras@masenate.gov; Michael.Moore@masenate.gov; Richard.Ross@masenate.gov; Anthony.Petruccelli@masenate.gov; Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov; Brian.Joyce@masenate.gov; Donald.Humason@masenate.gov; Eileen.Donoghue@masenate.gov; James.Timilty@masenate.gov; Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov; Mike.Rush@masenate.gov; Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov; Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov; Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov; Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov; Stephen.Brewer@masenate.gov; Thomas.McGee@masenate.gov; Thomas.Kennedy@masenate.gov; Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov; Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov; Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov; Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov; Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov; James.Eldridge@masenate.gov; James.Welch@masenate.gov; Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov; Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov; John.Keenan@masenate.gov; Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov; Kathleen.OConnorIves@masenate.gov; Kenneth.Donnelly@masenate.gov; Linda.DorcenaForry@masenate.gov; Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov; Richard.Moore@masenate.gov; Robert.Hedlund@masenate.gov; Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov; Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov; Therese.Murray@masenate.gov; William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov;

    Jonathan Mirin and Godeliève Richard
    Directors, Piti Théâtre Company
    413 625 6569

    ​EMF Resources: http://www.ptco.org/emf
    Bee Week: Springfield, July 7 – 12 – http://www.beeweek.org

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  80. June 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The Hilltown Community Health Centers’ Family Support program and the Prison Birth Project (Amherst, MA) were the recipients of a generous gift from Network Health of sixty breastpumps. Magaly Colon, Senior Community Relations Representative for Network Health, personally delivered the breastpumps to the Gateway Family Center on Tuesday, June 24th. Hilltown Community Health Centers’ Family Support Director Kim Savery and Prison Birth Project Leadership Circle member Eli Stark (also of the Hilltown Community Health Centers Chesterfield office) gratefully received them. These breastpumps are for families in the hilltowns as well as incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers.

    Hilltown Community Health Centers’ Family Support Program offers free services to new and expectant mothers, including Childbirth Education, The Happiest Baby on the Block classes, Brazleton Newborn Behavioral Observations, Home Visiting and Support, Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaires, Parent and Family Education and support groups. In addition, the Gateway Family Center offers Parent Child Playgroups, School Readiness, Family and Community Education and social supports. For more information, please contact Kim Savery at 667-2203 or ksavery@hchcweb.org.

    The Prison Birth Project (PBP) is an organization that works within a reproductive justice framework to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership training with people at the intersection of the criminal justice system and motherhood. PBP’s programs include The Doula Project, which provides Doula care to women who are incarcerated at Western Mass Regional Women’s Correctional Center, and Mothers Among Us, a support group that explores the effects of oppression in women’s lives and more. PBP is grateful for the breastpumps which will be given to breastfeeding moms on the inside as well as our members who have come home. For more information visit theprisonbirthproject.org.

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  81. June 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Greetings!

    This is a friendly reminder that free registration for the 2014 season of ACTh Summer Arts program ends on May 30th.

    There are still a few spaces available in each session and scholarship money is available for families in need of assistance.

    Avoid $10 registration fee and sign up your young artist now!
    Find out our complete program details and register online at:

    http://www.acth.org/program-overview/

    Thank you and I hope all are well,

    Rachel Silverman,
    Admin Director
    Ashfield Community Theater
    Summer Arts Program

    A Full Day Visual & Performing Arts Education – Our core mission is to guide creative exploration and growth in a safe and fun environment, enriching the lives of children in the Hilltowns and beyond.

    email: summer@acth.org
    http://www.ACTH.org

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  82. June 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Communities That Care Coalition to Present at White House

    The Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) will present at the White House next week at a one-day summit on prevention in education. The summit, on Tuesday June 10th, is being co-hosted by the Federal Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and brings together approximately 30 of the top policy-makers in education and in youth substance abuse prevention.

    The day’s agenda begins with several top policy-makers providing opening remarks, then several prominent researchers will make the case for the importance of prioritizing prevention in education. Next, Kat Allen (FRCOG Partnership for Youth Co-Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Coalition since 2004) will represent the Coalition in a panel of four “successful programs”. The other successful programs are a recovery high school, a school-linked juvenile justice reform program, and a school implementing Brief Screening and Intervention (SBIRT). The rest of the day is dedicated to question and answer with the panelists and open discussion among the group as to how to best integrate prevention into education. The summit organizers have said that they expect this summit will catalyze the prevention platform for the country for the coming years.

    The Communities That Care Coalition is a collaborative of dozens of Franklin County and North Quabbin agencies (including schools, human-service agencies, law enforcement, town government, businesses, faith-based-organizations, the hospital, and more) that works to reduce youth substance use and promote positive youth development. In 2003 the Coalition set out to decrease the following four measures by 10% by 2009: (1) alcohol use in the past 30 days among 8th graders, (2) marijuana use in the past 30 days among 8th graders, (3) tobacco use in the past 30 days among 8th graders, and (4) binge drinking in the past 2 weeks among 12th graders.  These goals were surpassed within the first 3 years of work – largely due to the integration of evidence-based prevention education into schools – and 2013 teen health survey data show that over the course of the decade of the coalition’s work these measures decreased 47%, 48%, 43%, and 46% respectively. These outcomes have caught the attention of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and most recently the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which led to the White House invitation.

    According to Allen, despite these successes, the coalition recognizes that there is still much work to be done in youth substance abuse prevention in the area, as the current opioid crisis demonstrates: “I am hopeful that next week’s presentation will not only provide the opportunity to give input on national policy, but will also help bring attention and resources to all of the important and effective substance abuse prevention work that is being done in our region and beyond”.

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  83. June 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

    SEEKING apartment in the $700 range that allows 1 dog (boxer mix) and 2 cats. Single 26 year old male with great rental history. Can be reached by email chrislabombard@gmail.com

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  84. June 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Stephen Kulik (D- Worthington) presented the new, official Plainfield town flag to the Superintendent of the Bureau of the State House, Tammy Kraus at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Flags in the Massachusetts State House.

    Once properly cataloged by the Bureau, Plainfield’s flag will be added to the impressive array of municipal flags in the Great Hall of Flags to be admired by all State House visitors.

    The Great Hall of Flags serves as the largest function room in the Massachusetts State House. Two decades ago the Bureau began collecting flags from the 351 Commonwealth communities to display them throughout the Great Hall, thereby improving the acoustics of the room. Officials are seeking to complete the collection this year, in time for the 20th anniversary of the program.

    Since 2009 Downing and Kulik have periodically written to Boards of Selectmen in the communities not currently represented in the Great Hall, inviting them to submit a flag. Prior to today Downing has proudly sponsored flag presentation ceremonies for Egremont, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and Worthington.

    The adoption of Plainfield’s new flag was driven by the late Jim Pilgrim. In February 2011 he learned Downing was sponsoring a flag design contest with the City of Pittsfield and contacted the Senator to inquire whether Plainfield had a flag. Upon learning his community was not represented in the Great Hall Mr. Pilgrim requested that the Select Board hold a contest to design a town flag.

    Following his request, the Select Board announced a flag design contest, during which several designs were submitted by Plainfield residents. After much deliberation a winning design submitted by Alfred (Jim) Feeley was chosen by the Select Board. The colors and patterns used by Mr. Feeley in his flag design represent Plainfield’s beautiful landscape and history in agriculture:

    Background of green hills: symbolize that Plainfield is one of the “hilltowns” of western Massachusetts;
    Blue wavy lines: symbolic of Plainfield’s many rivers and streams;
    Blue sky with wavy white lines: symbolic of Plainfield’s open rural skies;
    Ring of grain: symbolize Plainfield’s agricultural zoning and open fields for produce; and
    Rooster: An exact copy of the original weathervane on top of the original town hall, also symbolic of the “Right to Farm”.

    Paula King, Plainfield’s Administrative Secretary notes that a wooden cut-out of this rooster is currently on display by the Plainfield Historical Society at the Shaw-Hudson House.

    There are ten remaining towns in Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district without a flag in the Great Hall: Alford, Hawley, Middlefield, New Ashford, Savoy, Westhampton, West Stockbridge, Williamsburg, Williamstown and Windsor. Additionally, Kulik’s 1st Franklin district is missing flags from Montague and Whately. In total, there are 25 missing town flags from communities statewide that if presented, would complete the Great Hall’s collection.

    Downing and Kulik are together renewing their call to these twelve communities to submit a flag to State House officials.

    Susan Greendyke Lachevre, Art Collections Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Commission advises that flags prepared for display in the Great Hall should meet the following specifications:

    Flags should measure 4 x 6’ and have a 3” pole sleeve (not grommets) at the hoist end of the flag for threading onto a 1” diameter pole;
    Nylon or cotton muslin flags are preferred, although flags may be constructed of any strong material, either single or double faced;
    Flags may be handmade or commercially produced, and printed or decorated in any stable, permanent fashion;
    Images may be one-sided, but two-sided decoration is encouraged; and
    Fringe is optional.

    Residents or officials seeking information on creating a flag are encouraged to contact Downing’s or Kulik’s State House office.

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  85. Jill Wheat said,

    May 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    CALL FOR SINGERS: Anyone want to do a little singing in the northern Berkshires? Adults of all ages & kids grade 4 or over who will concentrate on learning music are welcome. All voice parts needed! Charles Marshall of All Saint’s Church is accompanying with Jill Wheat directing/singing. Dates: 6/22, 6/29 & 7/6 from 2-4, dress rehearsal Wed 7/9 at 7PM & performance Friday 7/11 at 7:30PM. Rehearsals at 215 Richview Ave., North Adams. Singers contribute $15 to help pay for sheet music. Potential music includes: For the Beauty of the Earth, Draw the Circle Wide, Blue Waters of the North, Out on the Mira, The Ash Grove, Ride the Chariot & 2 more TBA. The concert will be free. Donations will be collected toward production costs & to be donated to local charities. Email Jill Wheat to join in the music making at songsailormusic@yahoo.com

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  86. May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Child Learning and Development (CLAD) Lab at Amherst College seeks volunteers to participate in a study about how children learn from others. We are looking for children ages 0-7. Parental consent will be obtained, and the one-time visit will take no more than 30 minutes. Our lab is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, but we can also try to accommodate weekend or evening times. If you are interested or would like more information, please call our lab at (413) 542-5670 or email us at cladlab@amherst.edu. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cladlab! We look forward to hearing from you!

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  87. bobbijogirroir said,

    May 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Holyoke Credit Union is Offering a FREE to the Public Home Buyer Information Session
    WHEN: Thursday, 5/22/14 at 6:00
    WHERE: Holyoke Credit Union, 490 Westfield St, Holyoke, MA
    RSVP to Hold your Spot(s) @ 413-519-5636

    The seminar is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the home buying process to avoid pitfalls, save time and money. The presenters will include Loan Specialists from Holyoke Credit Union, Attorney Sam Bilotti of Murphy McCoubrey of Chicopee and Realtors from First Choice Real Estate.

    The seminar is intended to help inform and educate new homebuyers (or homeowners who are looking to sell and buy who want to know of lending guideline changes). Topics will include advice on buying a home, how to pre-qualify and the various steps through the mortgage application process, equity of home ownership and the benefits of owning vs. renting.

    All sponsors are offering special incentives to seminar participants attending if purchasing in 2014. Door prize, give-aways and light refreshments will be available. For more information about the seminar or to register contact Bobbi-Jo Girroir, Realtor at 413-519-5636 or Christine Chouinard, Realtor at 413-363-8333.

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  88. Barbara Goodchild said,

    May 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Shelburne Falls Farmers Market will be starting May 23rd and continuing on each Friday until October 24th on Friday afternoons, from 2 – 6:30pm, at the Baptist Corner Lot, at the corner of Main and Water Streets in Shelburne Falls. The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market features fresh produce, local meat, maple syrup, pickles, jams, jellies, marmalades, jewelry, wood crafts, seated body work, herbal products, mushrooms, fresh baked goods, wool, wool products, hand woven items, strawberries, fresh eggs, plant starts, flowers, soap, silk screened clothing, children’s activities, and more. It is a beautiful place to get your local products, visit with neighbors, let the kids play, relax on the green, and meet new friends.
    New this year, the market is hosting “3rd Friday Picnics” during market hours. People are asked to bring a picnic dish to share & a chair. Vendors will have fresh salad fixings for sale with free salad dressings offered by the market.
    The Market is looking for a new market manager, musicians to play, and vendors selling cheese, ready-to-eat foods or drinks, and honey. If you can offer any of these please contact Chris Dwight, Shelburne Falls Market Manager 413-773-5666.

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  89. April 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm


    Great Barrington Waldorf High School: Trip to Cuba
    A group of students and faculty from a small Berkshire high school recently returned from a place not too far away, but largely unknown to a majority of Americans.
    Sonia Cintrón was among a group of five students and three teachers from the Great Barrington Waldorf High School in Stockbridge who spent 15 days in Cuba.
    “She asked me last summer, ‘How would you like to go to Cuba?” Cintrón recalled. “My reply was when do I go?”
    Cintrón, a Spanish teacher and native of Puerto Rico, was approached by Andrea Panaritis about a potential trip to the island nation. Panaritis is the executive director of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, an agency aimed at strengthening U.S.-Cuba relations.
    “I think that what the average American thinks about Cuba is probably still related frankly to the Cuban Revolution, maybe Fidel [Castro], cigars, and some bygone era of casinos and bars,” said Panaritis.
    Panaritis says the U.S. trade and visiting embargo on its neighbor 90 miles to the south restricts American access to things like vaccines created in Cuba used around the globe, not to mention the cultural and economic opportunities developing there after decades of communism.
    “Some folks say that the embargo on Cuba is bad for Cubans, it’s also on some levels bad for us,” said Panaritis.
    Panaritis’ son Kosta Koufis was one of the students on the trip. The junior says he wanted to learn more about Cuba’s changing political scene.
    “It’s a country in a changing state,” Koufis said. “I wanted to go because I thought it would be interesting to see how the people are reacting and using socialism and capitalism to live their lives.”
    Traveling across the island’s northwestern and southwestern provinces, the group visited historical places like the site of the infamous U.S.-led Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. Koufis says what he learned is quite different than what he’s read in U.S. history books.
    “They have a lot of anti-American propaganda at the Bay of Pigs so it’s definitely a drastic change from what is taught here,” said Koufis.
    Cintrón says it was important for her students to learn both sides of the story.
    “I wanted my students to hear that side of the encounter of the Bay of Pigs,” Cintrón said.I happened to be alive when it happened and I remember that very well. So for me personally it was a great experience to see their side of the story.”
    The trip was allowed as part of a person-to-person educational exchange. The group stayed with Cuban families while visiting an orphanage, creating art with people with Down’s syndrome and working with peers on community projects. Sophomore Annabelle O’Neill says she wanted a chance to do what most in the U.S. can’t.
    “They are just like us,” O’Neill said. “They are just trying to find where they want to go in life.”
    Koufis says interacting with people his age made the trip that much more enjoyable, especially over a game of baseball.
    “I don’t know, I felt like I kept up with them, but on a whole they definitely kicked our butts,” said Koufis.
    Faculty chair Stephen Sagarin says the Cuban journey and additional trips to Peru, Columbia and Germany support the school’s slogan: “Small School, Big World.”
    “If we want to make the world more peaceful and just, one of the ways we can do that is through cultural exchange and getting to know people in different parts of the world separate from political and economic differences,” said Sagarin.
    As for picking up any slang Spanish words or strengthening their skills with the foreign language…O’Neill explains.
    “I think I am understanding Spanish a lot better,” O’Neill said. “I don’t know how much better I’m getting at speaking it.”
    The community is welcome to join to the group May 9th at Waldorf High School at 7 p.m. to view pictures and discuss the trip.

     

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  90. Hilltown CDC said,

    April 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Notice of Public Hearing
    The Chesterfield Selectboard will hold a public hearing regarding the implementation of the CDBG FY13 Program administered by the Hilltown CDC. The hearing will take place Tuesday May 20, at 5:00 in the Select Board room in the Town Office Building, 422 Main Rd, Chesterfield. Building is accessible to persons with disabilities.

    A review of the following programs will be conducted: Housing Rehabilitation, Hilltown Elder Network, Health Outreach Program for Elders, Families Together, Childcare Subsidy and Hilltown Food Pantry.

    Anyone interested in sharing ideas or comments regarding these programs is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend but would still like to provide feedback, please send an email to beavh@hilltowncdc.org or mail your comments to Hilltown CDC, PO Box 17, Chesterfield, MA 01012

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  91. April 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE HILLTOWNS: Hilltown Safety at Home (HS@H) provides a part-time domestic violence Advocate to hilltown residents who call 413-559-8039. The Advocate can help with safety planning, with understanding people who abuse, with understanding the court system, with transportation to court if needed, and with accessing critical support services. The Advocate can work with people on the phone or in person, and can also help friends and family members who are trying to support a loved one who is being abused. If you need help in an emergency, call 911 or the Safe Passage hotline at 1-888-345-5282.

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  92. April 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Call for Artists
    La Noche de San Juan Lantern Parade

    The Holyoke Winter Carnival is seeking individual artists and art-related organizations from across the Pioneer Valley and Western Mass. interested in creating hand-made illuminated lanterns to show in its first La Noche de San Juan Lantern Parade on Saturday June 21, 2014.

    The summer solstice celebration will take place at Holyoke Heritage State Park beginning at dusk. The procession will begin at the Merry-Go-Round and follow paths around the Canal and into the Park. All are invited to be a part of this collaborative community project, whether you are an experienced artisan or just someone who would like to learn how to make lanterns and is willing to devote Community groups and families will be encouraged to make lanterns at home and bring them to the parade or they can attend planned lantern making workshops leading up to the event.

    Artists interested in making more elaborate 3-D lanterns or other sculptural figures are encouraged to participate. This is a first time event for Holyoke and we want it to be silly, festive, whimsical, and delightful for all. The La Noche de San Juan Lantern Parade is free and open to residents of all communities. Artists deadline for expressing interest in participating is Saturday.

    For more information, contact Ken Johnston, Holyoke Winter Carnival, at holyokewintercarnival@yahoo.com, or phone (413) 244-6766.

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  93. April 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

    From Anny Jean-Jacques Domercant, Director Governor’s Office of Community Affairs:

    Governor Deval Patrick has prioritized ending youth violence in our communities, and as part of a multi-facet strategy created the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council to incorporate youth voices into the policy-making process. The Youth Council serves as a critical resource in advising the Governor in making decisions and setting policy to improve the lives of young people throughout the Commonwealth.

    The Governor’s Office will be selecting 28 new Youth Council members to represent Massachusetts’ 14 counties, two Council members per county. Members serve for 2 years. We are now aggressively seeking to contact and recruit potential candidates throughout the state to apply for membership in the Youth Council.

    Youth Council applicants should be passionate, motivated and emerging leaders between the ages of 14 and 20. Their responsibilities will include: attending bimonthly meetings and conference calls, advocating for youth issues and incorporating the ideas of other youth and young adults into the creation of effective policy.

    The Youth Council has advocated on various issues in the Patrick Administration; including the historic anti-bullying legislation that Governor Patrick signed in May 2010. To learn more about activities, initiatives and trainings that the Youth Council has participated in please visit http://www.mass.gov/governor/youthcouncil or contact Anny Jean-Jacques Domercant at the Governor’s Office of Community Affairs (617-725-4020).

    Please forward this along with the attached application and flyer, to your network including any interested youth. Please note that the application deadline is May 29, 2014. Thank you for your support and attention to this matter!

    Sincerely,
    Anny Jean-Jacques Domercant
    Director
    Governor’s Office of Community Affairs
    State House, Room 271-M
    Boston, Ma 02133
    617-725-4020

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  94. April 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    TICK TESTING

    State grant allows University of Massachusetts researchers to offer free tick testing in 32 communities, including 10 in Franklin County: http://www.gazettenet.com/news/townbytown/deerfield/11589395-95/state-grant-allows-university-of-massachusetts-researchers-to-offer-free-tick-testing-in-32

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  95. April 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I am sixty-three year old female and in all those years I’ve only had
    two absolutely honest mechanics I trusted completely, that is, until
    today.

    I was given an estimate of $1,200 by a dealership to fix my car. I
    was told that the repairs were so serious they needed to be done
    immediately. I took my car to the Worthington Garage, Tim, Owner, 58
    Huntington Rd., Worthington, MA (413) 238-5967. He put my car on the
    lift and explained in detail each of the “needed” repairs and assured
    me there were some problems that would be needing fixing in the future
    but even then, certain parts did not need to be completely replaced
    and could be fixed for much less money. He refused to take anything
    for his inspection.

    I want to publicly commend Tim for his honesty and integrity, which is
    in such scarcity today. He could have agreed with what the dealer told
    me but instead, chose to be upfront about what was truly warranted.

    After meeting Tim, the third most absolutely honest mechanic ever in
    my life, I’m going to make sure to keep up my AAA Plus membership as,
    if my car needs repairs it will be towed from Easthampton (where I
    live) to Tim’s Worthington Garage. I also plan to tell everyone I know
    about him.

    Andrea Tangredi, Easthampton, MA

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  96. April 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Hilltown Families is hiring an Online Content Assistant (part-time). Job description posted on Idealist: http://www.idealist.org/step/discover/share/jr/view/job/pJc9MDmSc8Np/

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  97. March 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    RH Conwell Community Education Center Launches Campaign
    to Keep Community School Open for 2014-2015 School Year

    Worthington, MA, March 26, 2014: The R.H. Conwell Community Education Center (RHCCEC), a private school that serves the families of the Hilltowns, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $300,000 so that it can remain open for another year. The school, which was opened in 2010 in response to the closing the town’s public school and which accepts all children regardless of ability to pay, has been supported by private donations for the last four school years. Since there is pending legislation that will, if passed by the Massachusetts Senate, enable the town to reopen a public school in 2015, RHCCEC only needs to operate for one more year. The community is being asked to support the school to ensure that its children will not be displaced for the coming school year, and can seamlessly transition from the private school to the public one.

    The R.H. Conwell public school was a public school until 2010, when it was closed by the Gateway Regional School District. Parents, friends and community members came together who had organized before the closing to find an alternative to closure (including fundraising and a charter school application), banded together to re-open Conwell as a private school, funded almost exclusively by donations. It has received no federal, state, or town funding and charges a very minimal tuition. No child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Unfortunately, its largest benefactors find themselves unable to sustain the level of commitment, and the school must turn to the larger community for support.

    In addition to opening a private school, Worthington’s community has, against all odds and with exceptionally broad support among residents, pursued withdrawal from Gateway Regional School District. The decision to close the elementary school was against all the community’s input and support. In order to withdraw, a home rule petition was filed by town legislators as a result of an overwhelmingly supportive vote at the Annual Town Meeting. The bill, H3574, has passed the House of Representatives, and the town is now waiting for the Senate to pass the bill. Once the bill passes, Worthington can withdraw from Gateway, and open RH Conwell as a public school again in September 2015, this time under town control. Worthington will then enter into a contract with Hampshire Regional School District to ensure the education of students grades 7-12, and for superintendency and other administrative services.

    In order to provide an education in the community in the interim, RHCCEC must raise enough money to be able to open its doors again this fall. Parents, teachers, and community members are working together to raise money, and are taking donations of all sizes. Donations can be sent directly to the school, made through the schools website at http://www.rhccec.org, or donors can visit the campaign’s website at http://igg.me/at/RHConwell/x/6488179.

    RHCCEC’s goal is to secure the majority of the funds before the end of May, so that it can assure school staff and parents that the school will remain open for its final year.

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  98. March 21, 2014 at 6:38 am

    MotherWoman writes: Calling all moms and dads! Do you have a story to tell about how the lack of supportive family policies (such as maternity/paternity leave (paid or unpaid), lack of paid sick time, etc… has affected your experience of motherhood/parenthood? MotherWoman would love to interview you for an upcoming video.

    We are looking for 5-8 stories from families from diverse backgrounds. At the video shoot, the amazing and well sought after family photographer (Sarah Prall Photography) will take a beautiful portrait of you with your child for our video, and you will receive this portrait as an invaluable gift and a ‘thank you’ from us!

    The video/photo shoot is scheduled for March 29/30 in Belchertown, MA (you must be able to travel to location). To express your interest about this opportunity, email nadya@motherwoman.org.

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  99. March 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The newly revitalized Easthampton Prevention Coalition (name to change too) is meeting on the fourth Thurs. of the month. Come March 27 from 4-5:30 pm at 50 Payson Ave, 2nd Floor. Anyone interested in promoting healthy behaviors among Easthampton youth and preventing underage drinking and drug use is welcome to attend! We focus on community level change and have representation from all sectors of Easthampton. Any questions or to find out more, contact Coalition Coordinator Ruth Ever at (413) 207-5725 or email at rever@epsd.us or check our website: http://www.epsd.us/epc/epc.html

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  100. Barbara Goodchild said,

    March 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

    The 3rd “Music Fills the Pantry Variety Show”, featuring local talent will be held Sat. Apr. 5, 2014 (snow date Sun. Apr. 6), from 5 to 8 pm at Fellowship Hall, Little Mohawk Rd, Shelburne, MA. If you or your child would like to perform, we are looking for more, 1 – 10 minute acts. Sing, dance, stories, jokes, skits, etc are all welcome for this family friendly event. Performers choose the hour they would like to perform in (so you don’t have to stay the whole time). The Variety Show benefits the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry in Ashfield and the Good Neighbors Food Pantry in Charlemont. For more info. or to request a signup form, please contact: Barbara Goodchild – ebgoodchild@hughes.net

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  101. March 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Did you know that financial fraud is the fastest growing form of elder abuse? One in every five Americans age 65 or older has been abused financially. To learn more, please make plans to join JFS Elder Care Program at a workshop about Preventing Financial Fraud on Tuesday, March 18, 10-11:30am in Jewish Family Service’s Community Room, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. Tim Roberts, Assistant Vice President for Financial Crimes and Fraud Management at TD Bank will cover key topics that include: what is elder fraud; common types of scams; identity theft; ways to protect yourself.

    This program is free and open to the public. It is specifically designed to help older adults, their families and/or caregivers learn about financial exploitation and how to better protect themselves and their loved one from being victims of fraud. After this workshop, you will be better informed able to recognize and avoid a scam. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited: 413-737-2601; info@jfswm.org.

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  102. cotswold293 said,

    March 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    SHARE YOUR HEART AND HOME!
    HOST FAMILIES are needed for international exchange students for the
    2014/2015 academic year. The students will arrive in early August and will
    stay with the host family until the end of the high school year. They are in need of caring families (with or without children) to provide a home and share with them this unique experience. The host family will provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding, and a genuine desire to share the American way of life with a youngster from overseas. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal expenses. The SHARE! High School Exchange Program is sponsored by Educational Resource Development Trust, a global educational non-profit foundation. For more information, please contact Heather Baylis at baylisfarm@gmail.com or 413 623 0136.
    http://www.erdtshare.org/

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  103. February 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Free Film Series: “Are Your Kids Sext Up?”

    Zonta Club of Northampton Area has put together a free film series, “Are Your Kids Sext Up?” This series will build awareness and open up community discussions about the very real challenges girls and young women face locally. Included topics will be teen dating violence; rape culture on college campuses; the commonplace teen culture of taking naked photos and sending them out into the world via text, Facebook, SnapChat, or email; and the sexualization and marginalization of young girls and women in video games, music videos, movies, and other media. Parents and educators will walk away with a better understanding of the daily struggles kids face and empowered with ideas for discussing and tackling these important issues.

    Screenings take place Feb 26, Mar 26 & Apr 30 at the Unitarian Society Social Room (220 Main St., Northampton) from 6-7:30pm.

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  104. Rachel Jones said,

    February 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

    My name is Rachel Jones and I am the Director of the Gateway to College Program at Springfield Technical Community College. This is a scholarship program for Springfield students, ages 16-20, who have dropped out of school or at-risk of not completing high school, but have a desire to get back on track and earn a diploma and go to college. What makes Gateway to College truly unique is that our students will not only have a chance to earn a high school diploma, but Gateway participants will also be earning college credits toward an associate’s degree or certificate here at STCC.

    Gateway to College at STCC is an educational alternative for young motivated people who may not have had success in other learning environments. Gateway to College students, can expect to be challenged, just as any high school or college student would be. Our philosophy as a program and as a staff is that all students have the ability to achieve academic success and deserve the highest quality of education. We just ask that students are willing to focus and work hard.

    Students selected to participate in the Gateway to College Scholarship program will have no out of pocket expenses for their tuition, fees, or books while participating in the program. In addition to academic and financial assistance, students will have an Academic Counselor dedicated to their success. The Academic Counselor guides students through the college experience as an advisor, instructor and a mentor. They will assist students with different facets of the college experience -everything from teaching students about careers and time management to providing referrals to community resources.

    We encourage you to pass along this information and the attached brochure to any young person who may be a good fit for this terrific opportunity and please feel free to contact us for more
    information at 413-755-4581, stop by our office on campus in building 16 (Garvey Hall) room 285 or http://www.stcc.edu/gatewaytocollege/

    If you’d like for me to come to speak with potential students, please let me know. Also, we’d love if you were able to include our program information on your website as another resource for young people.

    Best,

    Rachel Jones

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  105. February 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    From Northern Berkshire Community Coalition:

    Youth-Led Conference Empowers Youth to Take Initiative in Their Lives

    The eighth annual 411 in the 413, the only youth-led conference in the county, will take place on Wednesday April 16th, 2014. The mission of the “411 in the 413” Conference is to empower youth to take initiative in their lives and in the future. The event has been coordinated by a group of youth and their supervisors from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Railroad Street Youth Project of Great Barrington, and Pittsfield Prevention Partnership.

    This year’s theme is #GetConnected. The day will provide participants an opportunity to discover new things about themselves, others, new activities, and the outdoors. The conference takes place at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in Becket, MA and offers youth a chance to share their ideas and make their voices heard!

    In preparation for the event, we are seeking creative, dynamic speakers and interactive workshop facilitators. The focus of this year’s conference is to make connections with other teens, with new interests, and with nature. For more info, contact Stephanie Bosley at (413) 663-7588 or sbosley@nbccoaliton.org. To submit a proposal online, visit
    http://bit.ly/411inthe413 or http://nbccoalition.org/forms for hard copy.

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  106. February 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Biocitizen Our Place Summercamp Scholarship Program 2014

    Thanks to the generosity of the Hilltown 6 potters, and of the camper parents and supporters who attended our Flavors of Nonotuck fundraiser last July at the Lone Wolf Cafe in Amherst, we are able this year to offer 10 scholarships, which fully cover the $300.00 camp tuition.

    To learn about Our Place, please explore this description: http://biocitizen.org/our-place-summercamp-2014

    If you would like to apply for the Our Place Scholarship, we ask you to send us (via emailed Word document to info@biocitizen.org):

    —Your contact information

    —Your child’s name, age and school

    —A statement of interest and of need: that places your request for assistance in the context of these Hampshire County Census figures:

    Median Income for 2010:

    family of 2 67K
    family of 3 83K
    family of 4 102K
    family of 5 105K

    Applications must be received by Saturday, February 22, 2014. Decisions will be announced one week later, on March 1, 2014.

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  107. Gina Beavers said,

    February 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Community Music School of Springfield is excited to launch our “Sonido Musica” program. This is a new Latin instrumental outreach program made possible by a generous grant from MassMutual. But we need your help, too! We’re looking for violins, violas and cellos in good condition for our middle school participants. CMSS is a 501(C)3 and
    all donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated! Visit us at http://www.CommunityMusicSchool.com or on Facebook. Thank you!

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  108. Zoey said,

    February 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I am honored and thrilled to offer a local woman a full day of pampering through my business Style by Zoey in collaboration with Ode boutique of Northampton, Changes hair salon and Dani fine photography. Hurry and nominate yourself or a friend. Two weeks left to snag these amazing prices. Follow the link to apply:

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  109. Katy Eiseman said,

    February 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Please sign this petition to support Berkshire Trail Elementary School, which serves Cummington and Windsor. Some of you may have heard about the ongoing tension between Berkshire Trail and certain members of the regional school committee, who are seeking further cuts to the school. The sixth grade has already been cut, and several administrative and teaching positions have been reduced. Meanwhile, last school year, the school partnered with Expeditionary Learning Schools and began an innovative, comprehensive program that I believe is taking the school in the right direction.

    Here’s the link to the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/782/225/426/keep-berkshire-trail-elementray-schools-integrity/#sign

    For anyone interested in helping support the school in other ways, letters to the School Committee are helpful, and here is schedule of upcoming meetings (parental/community support at these meetings is important):

    Finance Subcommittee Meetings.
    Monday, Feb 3 at Nessacus Middle School (Dalton)
    Thursday, Feb 6 at Nessacus Middle School (Dalton)

    Voting on the budget takes place at the School Committee Meetings. They are scheduled for:
    Thursday, Feb 13 at 7:00 at Berkshire Trail (tentative budget adoption)
    Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 at Nessacus (public hearing on budget)
    Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 at Nessacus (budget adoption)

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  110. January 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

    The Hilltown Village is actively seeking families to serve. They have several volunteers waiting to be matched with families with newborns. Let your friends and neighbors living in the Western halves of Franklin and Hampshire county know about this grassroots, FREE postpartum support program: they provide: Home Visits; Resource Kits; Food calendars; Mothers’ groups; access to the Village Closet (free hand-me-down maternity, baby and little kid clothes and gear). Learn more at http://www.hilltownvillage.wordpress.com

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  111. January 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    The Academy at Charlemont’s board of trustees has announced that Dr. Brian Bloomfield will serve as Head of School, beginning July 1, 2014. Visit http://www.charlemont.org for the full text of this announcement.

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  112. Monica Moran said,

    January 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force

    We want to thank the 326 hilltown residents who took our survey and we want to share this press release below with information from survey results. For the full report you can visit us on Facebook at Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force or email us at southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com

    PRESS RELEASE

    TASK FORCE RELEASES RESULTS OF HILLTOWN DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVEY

    RESULTS SHOW BROAD AGREEMENT ABOUT WHAT ABUSE IS AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE, BUT REVEAL MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT WHAT OTHERS BELIEVE

    In a survey taken by 326 hilltown residents, 96% of respondents agreed “It is possible to abuse someone without using physical violence.” However, only 66% of those surveyed believe other hilltown residents would agree with this statement.

    Eighty-five percent of hilltown residents agreed that “Abuse is never the fault of the person being abused,’ but only 54% thought others in the community would agree with this statement.

    The Task Force believes it is critical to correct theses misperceptions. Research shows that perception gaps like these are common, and affect what people think and how they act. When misperceptions are corrected, attitudes and behaviors often shift.

    The Task Force wants to make sure that people who are abusive know the community does not support or accept their behavior – even if their abuse is not physical. Studies show that perpetrators of abuse both over-estimate the percent of people who share their attitudes, and rely on their false beliefs to justify their behavior.

    The Task Force also hopes that when people who are abused realize few people blame them, they will feel more comfortable asking for help, and will be less likely to remain silent for fear of being blamed.

    Among the non-physical behaviors identified as abusive by at least 90% of survey respondents were ‘controlling where you go and what you do’, ‘a pattern of name calling and put downs’, ‘extreme jealousy or possessiveness’, ‘isolating you from family or friends’, ‘threatening you, your loved ones, or your pets’, ‘threatening to take the children away’, ‘threatening you by referring to weapons in the home’, ‘making jobs impossible to keep’, and ‘controlling all the money’. These behaviors are often used together over time to exert power and control over a partner.
    The survey also asked about the behavior of those who see abuse or ‘bystanders’. Most respondents reported that they did or said something if someone they know was abused (69%) or someone they know was abusive (51%). To help those who are abused, the Task Force recommends listening without judging, reminding people that the abuse is not their fault, and referring people to local resources. If someone is abusive, the Task Force recommends making sure you are safe before doing anything. Then, interventions can include pointing out specific behaviors that are abusive, referring people to batterer intervention groups, or calling the police.

    Most also believe the police would be helpful if they called because of abuse, and 67% said they would call the police if they or someone they cared about was being abused.

    The Task Force is encouraged that 74% of hilltown residents surveyed know of at least one agency they can go to for help if they are someone they know is abused. These agencies include Safe Passage (413-586-5066), Hilltown Safety at Home (413-559-8039), Center for Women and Community (413-658-4756) , YWCA New Beginnings (413-667-8784), the GLBTQ DV Project (800-832-1901) and for people who are abusive, Moving Forward (888-636-9050).

    The survey was distributed throughout the community from April through August 2013. Surveys were distributed at libraries, town halls, community agencies, community fairs and picnics, and through mailings, various websites, Facebook and senior citizen groups. A $200 raffle prize was used to encourage residents to take the survey.

    The Task Force plans to use survey findings to conduct an outreach and education campaign beginning next month.

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  113. January 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Part IV – Items of General Interest
    Lactation Expenses as Medical Expenses

    Announcement 2011-14
    The Internal Revenue Service has concluded that breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation are medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code because, like obstetric care, they are for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman. Therefore, if the remaining requirements of § 213(a) are met (for example, the taxpayer’s total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income), expenses paid for breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation are deductible medical expenses. Amounts reimbursed for these expenses under flexible spending arrangements, Archer medical savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, or health savings accounts are not income to the taxpayer.

    The Service will revise Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses, to include this information.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    For additional information concerning this announcement, contact Amy S. Wei of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting) at (202) 622-7900 (not a toll-free call).

    [Source: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-11-14.pdf%5D

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  114. December 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Volunteers in Northampton Schools (VINS): Are you interested in being a community volunteer? Do you have just 1-2 hours a week of time to give local schools? VINS is recruiting volunteers for library assistance, individual and small group tutoring, Math Club activity guides, and classroom/resource assistance. If you are available to volunteer please contact VINS. 413.587.1332

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  115. November 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hilltown residents will be reviewing their town’s “to-do” lists at their upcoming Community Development Strategy meetings, to be held in each respective town during the months of November and December.

    Residents are invited to participate in this process to review last year’s goals and recommend new community improvement projects for the coming year. These important planning sessions are facilitated by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation.

    The strategy sessions will be held in the Selectboard meeting rooms in each town at the following times:

    — Worthington Town Offices, Tuesday, November 26, at 7:30pm,
    — Peru Town Offices, Monday November 25, at 7:00pm,
    — Goshen Town Hall, Tuesday, December 9, at 7:00pm,

    If your family lives in any of the aforementioned towns, please consider attending the meeting in your town to provide input. To participate in the Community Development Block Grant Program, each town must complete an annual Community Development Strategy document, which includes an outline of the town’s goals and a priority list of community projects. After each public meeting, selectmen in the towns will review public input and edit the Community Development Strategies to reflect the Town’s goals and projects that may be eligible for federal block grant funding. For information about the review process or to request a copy of your town’s CDS document, contact Christopolis at the Hilltown CDC at davec@hilltowncdc.org or 413-296-4536.

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  116. November 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Gateway High School’s Student Council is collecting non-perishable food items from November 13 through November 22, 2013, to help area families have a better Thanksgiving. Students will receive a spirit point for each item they bring in, with double points awarded on November 20. Items may be brought to Ms. Lavigueur in room 154 or to The Swamp after school. Donations will be given to the Huntington Food Pantry.

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