BUSINESS BRIEFS: FCI Hires Educator; shredding day and food collection at Salisbury Bank; MOVA funds culturally specific victim services; BHS fundraiser remembers Dr John Reynolds; BCC is looking for tutors; The CHP is recruiting a nutritionist

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The Flying Cloud Institute hires Angela Parker

Greater Barrington— The Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) has hired Angela Parker as a science and art educator. In this role, Parker will lead the summer program, summer camps, classroom residencies, family STEAM challenge events, and work with the FCI team to inspire the next generation of artists and engineers. She brings multifaceted K-12 educational experiences to the organization as she continues to partner with local school districts to provide meaningful experiences for students.

Students from Lee Elementary School participate in a Flying Cloud Institute residency event. Photo courtesy of the FCI.

“I believe young people benefit from exploring the world through hands-on, interdisciplinary learning that sparks their curiosity. I am inspired by the Flying Cloud Institute’s commitment to STEAM programming that gives all students the opportunity to imagine themselves as scientists, innovators, and artists, and I want to use my program management and teaching skills to support this vital work,” says Parker.

Parker’s past experience includes launching a multi-site STEAM museum program for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in conjunction with the Connecticut Science Center. She also launched a tour titled “STEAM: Sketch Like a Scientist!” who made connections between the skills used by artists and scientists.

The Flying Cloud Institute, founded in New Marlborough in 1984, strives to inspire young people and educators through dynamic experiences with science and art that spark creativity. FCI offers a range of programs in the arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) that serve more than 2,000 local youth and educators each year. More information can be found at flyingcloudinstitute.org.

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Salisbury Bank is hosting a drive-through shredding day and food drive

Lakeville, Conn.— Salisbury Bank is continuing its initiative to combat identity theft while building goodwill in the community by sponsoring a free ShredEvent and food drive.

“Identity theft continues to be a concern for individuals and businesses. One way to make sure thieves don’t get access to information that might be confidential is to shred documents that contain personal information,” said Amy Raymond, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking, Equitable Lending and CRA agent at Salisbury Bank.

Community Drive-thru Shredding Day is open to everyone and will be held at the Millerton branch (87 Main Street, Millerton, NY) on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Each person can bring up to 4 boxes of paper (no binders please) for shredding by Legal Shred staff and Salisbury Bank volunteers.

Please consider bringing a non-perishable donation for a local food pantry. Priority items include: canned goods, powdered milk, whole grain cereals, cooking spices, macaroni and cheese, pancake/cake mixes, peanut butter, condiments, pasta, granola / oatmeal and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, wipes, socks, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and soap are also appreciated.

All shredded paper will be recycled and all collected items will be donated directly to local food pantries.

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MOVA awards $2.3 million for culturally specific victim services in Western Massachusetts

Boston- The Massachusetts Victims Assistance Office (MOVA) has awarded $2,389,303 to five victim services agencies that are led by and support communities of color in Western Massachusetts. The initial contracts, backed by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), each began August 1, 2022 and will last through June 30, 2024, spanning state fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

Community programs are all located in Hampden or Berkshire counties and provide violence-related services. These services range from gun violence and domestic violence to sexual assault and bullying/harassment. All services provided are culturally specific to subsets of local Black, Indigenous, and Colored (BIPOC) communities, with the most-served groups among recipients being local Hispanic and Black communities.

“MOVA envisions a Commonwealth in which all victims and survivors of crime can access high quality rights and services that reflect our diverse communities; culturally sensitive and trauma-informed; and in which their voices and experiences are heard, valued and amplified,” said Liam Lowney, Executive Director of MOVA.

The allocation of funds to support high-quality, culturally reflective services in Western Massachusetts aligns with MOVA’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. This targeted grant program aims for equity and accessibility, informed by an assessment and analysis of the needs and demographics of victim services in Massachusetts.

The following organizations will receive funding: Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups Through Education (BRIDGE); Enlace by Familias; Families Against Violence; Neglected Mothers, Reaching Out and Empowerment (MORE); and Parent Villages, Inc.

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The family of a beloved vet challenges the community to raise funds

Pittsfield— In response to the Berkshire Humane Society’s ‘Forever Family’ fundraising campaign, the family of well-known veterinarian Dr. John Reynolds announced yesterday that they will be donating $500,000 to the Berkshire Humane Society with a challenge launched to the community to match this amount. The million dollars raised will secure the right to name the Berkshire Humane Society animal shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield as “Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center. Dr. Reynolds tragically passed away last December in a kayaking accident.

“We were fortunate to know Dr. Reynolds as a veterinarian, board member of the Berkshire Humane Society and friend,” said chief executive John Perreault. “His death was a shock to us and to many people in the community. We miss him and are grateful to Dr. Reynolds’ family for honoring him in such a meaningful way while providing others with the opportunity to do so as well. Every donation to the Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center will be matched, dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of each donation.

Dr Reynolds has been closely associated with the Berkshire Humane Society since he established Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital in 1996. In 2012 he became a member of the society’s board of directors and in 2016 he was appointed Volunteer of the Year by the Berkshire Humane Society.

The Berkshire Humane Society’s Forever Family campaign aims to raise a total of $3.5 million to secure a brighter future for homeless animals and pet lovers in and around Berkshire County. The campaign is accepting donations to create a strong endowment, expand and update the homeless animal shelter at 214 Barker Road, and invest in programs to save animal lives.

For more information on how to contribute to the Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center fund, please visit berkshirehumane.org/drreynolds

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Berkshire Community College is looking for community peers and tutors

Pittsfield— Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites current students and community members to become tutors in all subjects, with a particular need for tutors in biology and chemistry.

Those interested in tutoring may be current BCC students who have achieved a grade of B or better in the courses they plan to teach, or they may be prominent figures in the community who have studied or experienced in the field. Retirees and graduate students are welcome to apply. Tutors are paid hourly and schedules are flexible.

BCC’s tutoring services are offered free of charge to all registered students. Tutors are trained to help students:

  • Clarify assignments
  • Organize materials
  • Understand the course content
  • Link readings to lectures
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes
  • Improve writing skills
  • Develop study strategies

To learn more about becoming a tutor, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/tutor, email [email protected], or call (413) 236-1650.

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Nutritionist Devyn Renzi joins the CHP nutrition team

Greater Barrington— Devyn Renzi, CNS, LDN, has joined the Community Health Programs Nutrition Team. She sees patients at

Devyn Renzi. Photo courtesy of CHP.

CHP practices in Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barrington, and is also available via telehealth.

A board-certified nutritionist and registered dietitian, Renzi earned her master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Conn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). She earned her associate’s degree in health sciences from Berkshire Community College.

As a certification candidate, Renzi has worked with MCLA students and private clients, providing nutrition assessments and nutrition education. Renzi previously worked as a nutrition intern at CHP where she developed print materials and helped develop the CHP Nutrition newsletter. At MCLA, she served as a mentor to other students pursuing studies in nutrition.

CHP nutrition staff are available at CHP offices throughout the county and via telehealth.

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