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Left to right: Steve Seddon of SS Home Improvements, Egremont Select Board Chair George McGurn, Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce board President Julie Hannum, Chamber member services coordinator Rachel Coll, Egremont Select Board member Mary Brazie, Chamber executive director Betsy Andrus and Spring Burke of Salisbury Bank at the June 4 ribbon cutting of the Chamber's new visitors' booth in Egremont. Photo courtesy Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

Business Briefs: Berkshire Chamber visitors’ booth; Carr Hardware in Springfield; honors for William Pitt Sotheby’s agents; Barnbrook Realty in Pittsfield; BCC, WNE transfer agreement

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By Friday, Jun 7, 2019 Trade and Commerce

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce opens new visitors’ booth

South Egremont — Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce employees, board members, Egremont Select Board members, and contractor Steven Seddon of SS Home Improvements gathered June 4 on the property of Kenver Ltd. for an informal ribbon cutting to initiate the Chamber’s new visitors’ booth.

Said Chamber executive director Betsy Andrus, “We began planning the visitors’ booth two years ago with the intent to collaborate with local contractors and create a ‘green’ project.” The Chamber received a donation of vintage solid-wood doors, which were transformed into a structure fit for withstanding the elements.

Community members and Chamber board members volunteered time to create the structure, overseen by Seddon. The booth is filled with maps, local information and local events, and highlights Chamber members. There is also a corkboard for the town to post events and other town information.

The town of Egremont is divided with multiple hubs; Kenver Ltd. owner Lucinda Vermeulen offered her property as a setting for the booth because of its central location. Of the Chamber’s nine towns, five have agreed to host a visitors’ booth. The Chamber is now in search of a contractor to build and sponsor its next booth, which will be located in Otis.

–E.E.

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Carr Paint and Decorating Center in Springfield. Photo courtesy Carr Hardware

Carr Paint & Decorating Center now open In Springfield

Springfield — Carr Hardware has opened Carr Paint & Decorating Center at 358 Cooley St., Five Town Plaza.

Carr Paint is a state of the art, “Store of the Future” collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional-grade Benjamin Moore products. Carr Paint also stocks the full line of Graber window treatments and offers in-home measuring, consultation and professional installation. Also featured are indoor and outdoor rugs by Kaleen. Carr Paint also offers free local job site delivery, aggressive pricing, early store hours and a dedicated outside sales force. Carr Paint is an approved supplier to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium through their statewide contracts.

For more information, contact Carr Paint & Decorating Center at (413) 266-8235.

–E.E.

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William Pitt Sotheby’s agents achieve top producer status

Gladys Montgomery. Photo courtesy William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Berkshire County — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Gladys Montgomery of the firm’s Great Barrington and Lenox brokerages was the top producing agent in 2018 among all real estate agents in Berkshire County based on closed dollar volume, according to the Berkshire County Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Also according to the MLS, Tonia Scalise, also of the company’s two Berkshires brokerages, was the top selling agent in 2018 among all real estate agents in central Berkshire County based on closed-dollar volume.

Tonia Scalise. Photo courtesy William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Montgomery was one of the first six agents to launch the company’s Berkshires presence in 2013. She played an instrumental role in building the business to its current market share position in Berkshire County. Prior to real estate, she worked for 25 years in international strategic marketing and as a writer, editor and author focused on architecture and design.

Scalise joined William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in 2017 after running her own brokerage firm for almost 10 years. She is recognized as a top multi-million dollar producer in Pittsfield and the surrounding areas, with approximately 30 years of experience in the industry.

–E.E.

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Barnbrook Realty to open Pittsfield office

Barnbrook Realty’s new office at 77 East St., Pittsfield. Photo courtesy Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Barnbrook Realty

Pittsfield — To expand its service in central and northern Berkshire County, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Barnbrook Realty will open its third sales and marketing center to the public Tuesday, June 11, at 77 East St., which will allow the Pittsfield team of licensed professional real estate advisors to better serve central Berkshire buyers and sellers. The team includes longtime local realty leaders Nicholas Sanginetti, Buddy Lewis, Trish Petricca, Mary and Tony Blair, Mark Charland, and Adam Perusse.

Said Barnbrook Realty co-owner Maureen White-Kirkby: “We are excited to have a home for our central county team. The new location is the next natural step for the company as we continue to grow and expand north from our regional sales and marketing center in downtown Great Barrington. We opened the sales center in Lenox in 2016, which proved a major success. … We will continue to serve our central Berkshire clients with the amazing team we are building.”

–E.E.

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Berkshire Community College, Western New England University sign health sciences transfer agreement

Jennifer Berne, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Berkshire Community College, and Evan T. Robinson, Ph.D., dean of Western New England University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the June 3 signing of a health sciences transfer agreement between the two schools. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Western New England University signed an articulation agreement with Berkshire Community College to benefit students who earn an associate degree in health sciences, pre-professional transfer option at BCC and wish to continue their studies at WNE’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The signing took place Monday, June 3, at BCC’s main campus.

The articulation will allow students who have completed their associate degree in science at BCC, and who have met WNE admissions requirements, to enter WNE’s pharmacy program. The opportunity is supported by WNE, which will offer accepted BCC students $15,000 per year for two years of the program.

Through this coordinated program of study at both institutions, students may obtain an associate degree issued by BCC, and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy studies and a doctor of pharmacy degree issued by WNE.

–E.E.


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