Business Briefs: CIP gains senior advisor; NEPR moves to BCC; new head chef for Stagecoach Tavern; banking class in Spanish; Shred Day at Salisbury Bank

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By Wednesday, Aug 16 Trade and Commerce

College Internship Program gains senior advisor

Stephen Shore. Photo courtesy College Internship Program

Stephen Shore. Photo courtesy College Internship Program

Pittsfield — Internationally renowned autism expert, author and advocate Stephen Shore has been tapped to serve as a senior advisor to the national leadership team at the College Internship Program. Shore will provide expertise regarding the implementation of new services and enhancements for CIP’s core curriculum.

Nonverbal until the age of four, Shore was diagnosed with “strong autistic tendencies” and deemed “too sick” for outpatient treatment. After much support from his parents and others, Shore now presents at conferences around the world and is a faculty member at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where his research focuses on matching best practices to the needs of people with autism. He is the author of many books including Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and College for Students with Disabilities. In addition to serving on CIP’s board, Shore is a current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and an advisory board member of the Autism Society. He also serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research and other autism-related organizations.

–E.E.

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New England Public Radio moves office to BCC campus

Adam Frenier. Photo: Joyce Skowyra/New England Public Radio

Adam Frenier. Photo: Joyce Skowyra/New England Public Radio

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced that New England Public Radio’s Berkshire bureau has moved its office to BCC’s main campus. Adam Frenier, NEPR’s Berkshire County reporter, has moved into Room 207 in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, from which he will cover Berkshire County for NEPR’s news programs. Frenier, whose broadcast career spans 15 years and includes stints as a sports host and producer, has been with NEPR since 2011 and has covered Berkshire County since the opening of the bureau in 2015. BCC and NEPR have had a partnership since 2015, when NEPR offered to facilitate up to three internship positions per year for BCC students.

–E.E.

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Stagecoach Tavern hires new head chef

Laurel Barkan. Photo courtesy Stagecoach Tavern

Laurel Barkan. Photo courtesy Stagecoach Tavern

Sheffield — Stagecoach Tavern has hired Laurel Barkan as its new head chef. Barkan is originally from San Francisco where she learned the art of cooking working under acclaimed chefs such as Judy Rodgers at Zuni Café. She spent the last decade in Mexico cooking for restaurants, retreat centers and private families.

Barkan is passionate about local, sustainably produced ingredients and slow food. She draws inspiration from a variety of world cuisines while utilizing ingredients that are fresh and in season. Said Barkan, “Coming from coastal California and later Mexico, I’m also excited about working with the seasons. I’m looking forward to playing around with summer and fall flavors. I’m even excited about preparing for winter through canning and preserving: I think it’ll be a real push to be more creative!”

–E.E.

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Greylock to offer Spanish-language banking class

Pittsfield — Greylock Federal Credit Union will offer a free class titled “Basic Banking & Credit” on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Berkshire Children & Families during the monthly meeting of the Latino Family Support Group. The class, which will cover strategies for managing money using the right tools, will be taught in Spanish and led by Cindy Shogry-Raimer, Greylock’s vice president, director of community development and Gloria Escobar, Greylock’s community development coordinator. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Gloria Escobar at (413) 236-4875 or gescobar@greylock.org.

–E.E.

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Salisbury Bank to hold Shred Day

Millerton, N.Y. — Salisbury Bank and Trust Company will hold a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Millerton location. Each participant may bring up to four boxes of paper for shredding. Salisbury Bank offers Shred Day to help in the fight against identity theft. All shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, call Salisbury Bank at (518) 789-9802.

–E.E.


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