Business Briefs: Grant for Berkshire Pulse; new hires at BCC; Salisbury Bank promotes Peterson; Greylock awards scholarships; BTCF grant deadlines

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By Friday, Jun 23 Trade and Commerce
Greylock Federal Credit Union awarded scholarships to area college-bound high school students. Left to right: Meghan McGrath, Greylock community support specialist; Jessie Downer; Cody Latimer; Hannah Dargie; Joesph Bouvier; Niku Darashi; Pete Mirante, Greylock senior vice president, manager/branch administration (see item below). Photo courtesy Greylock Federal Credit Union

Berkshire Pulse receives $84,000 grant

Housatonic — The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund recently awarded $84,000 to Berkshire Pulse to make its third-floor dance studios Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and accessible to every member of the community. With the help of a lead gift from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust as well as gifts from the Feigenbaum Foundation and the Great Barrington Community Preservation Act fund, Berkshire Pulse now has all funds necessary to proceed with the project.

“Berkshire Pulse is working to ensure that every person in the community has equal access to our studios and classes,” said Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Pulse’s board chair. “This includes students with disabilities, dancers from Community Access to the Arts, and elderly students who regularly attend therapeutic movement classes.”

In addition to installing the elevator, Berkshire Pulse will make accessibility and site improvements to its parking area, entry vestibule and downstairs access leading to the elevator. The total cost of the project is $214,000.


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Berkshire Community College announces five new hires

Tricia Guerino

Tricia Guerino

Jonah Sykes

Jonah Sykes

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced the addition of five new faculty and staff members.

Tricia Guerino joined BCC as an assistant professor of nursing in the licensed practical nursing program. She has been a staff/charge nurse in the emergency department at Berkshire Medical Center and was also its clinical nurse manager of critical care services. Guerino’s nursing education started at BCC before she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing through Elms College in Chicopee. She is now working on a doctorate in nursing practice and lives in Adams with her husband and three dogs.

Colleen Kays is an accountant in the student billing office. Kays holds an associate degree in selected studies from BCC and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Adams State College. She has worked as a data coordinator and a support and stabilization coordinator at Berkshire Children and Families for the past seven years and, prior to that, worked in accounts payable at KB Toys. Kays lives in Dalton with her husband and three children.

Deborah Thayer

Deborah Thayer

Jonah Sykes is the manager of marketing and communications. Sykes previously worked for six years at Berkshire United Way as executive assistant, coordinator of marketing and communications, and as development manager. Sykes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and a Master of Arts in public communication from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He serves as the chair of Berkshire Young Professionals and lives in Pittsfield with his husband, two dogs and two cats.

Deborah Thayer is a database analyst in the information technology department. Thayer comes to BCC from CSC. She received her associate degree in science at BCC and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from MCLA. Thayer lives in Lanesborough and brings more than 25 years of experience in software development lifecycle, quality assurance and data analysis.

Kathy Timpane

Kathy Timpane

Kathy Timpane is the learning specialist in the disability resource center. She comes to BCC from the College Internship Program in Lee, where she served as a student advisor and wellness instructor. Prior to her work at CIP, she served as an adventure-based counselor program coordinator and clinical case manager at Hillcrest Educational Center in Lenox. Timpane has a Bachelor of Arts in human services from Springfield College and lives in Lenoxdale with her husband.


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Salisbury Bank promotes Peterson

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced the promotion of Jennifer Peterson to lending compliance specialist and assistant Community Reinvestment Act officer. As assistant CRA officer, Peterson will continue in her role to provide critical support to the CRA officer and will assume responsibility for various aspects of the CRA requirements.

A resident of Sharon, Peterson has been with Salisbury Bank since 2013, working behind the scenes to assist with all aspects of lending, particularly with compliance-related issues and reporting requirements.


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Greylock awards $4,000 in scholarships

Pittsfield — Greylock Federal Credit Union has awarded scholarships to college-bound high school seniors from eight Berkshire County high schools, each of whom received $500 from its community enrichment scholarship program.

Applicants were judged on community involvement and an essay titled “What does community mean to me?” Scholarships were awarded to those who demonstrated an outstanding level of community and volunteer work. The scholarships are to be applied toward tuition at state-accredited or nationally accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities.

The recipients are Devon Atwell of Lee Middle and High School, Jessie Downer of Wahconah High School in Dalton, Joseph Bouvier of Lenox Memorial Middle & High School, Nicholas Gray of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Niku Darashi of Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown, Hannah Dargie of Pittsfield High School, and Cody Latimer of Taconic High School.


BTCF announces third round of grant deadlines

Sheffield — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the third round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017. Regional nonprofits, school communities and artists are invited to apply for funding during the summer grants cycle, which runs from Saturday, July 1, through Saturday, Sept. 30.

For nonprofits

The Artist’s Resource Trust Fund for Organizations provides grants to nonprofit organizations to purchase, exhibit or commission work created by regional artists. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Applications are due Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund supports projects that focus on improving water quality and protecting the community’s natural resources. Applicants must be able to match the grant in cash or in-kind services. The fund has $21,000 available for grantmaking. Applications are due Saturday, Sept. 30.

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies and community organizations that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy. The fund has up to $100,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 15.

For school communities

The Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership provides grants to teachers, school administrators, students and community members with projects that inspire and engage students in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 15.

For artists

The Artist’s Resource Trust Fund for Individuals provides grants to artists aged 35 and older who live in New England or Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties in New York and who seek funding to produce, exhibit or commission their work. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Applications are due Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The Martha Boschen Porter Fund supports emerging artists and artists who want to take their work in different directions. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to individual artists or collaborative efforts. Applications are due Saturday, July 15.

Online grant applications are available.


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