The Northern Berkshire United Way invites the public to attend its annual Victory Celebration breakfast, to be held on Thursday, May 27 at the Williams Inn.
The program will include a wrap up of the 2009 – 2010 campaign, and will honor volunteers and donors from the campaign. The Northern Berkshire United Way supports 23 member agencies in meeting the needs of the Northern Berkshire community.
The breakfast begins at 7:45 and is open to the community. Tickets are $15. RSVP to the Northern Berkshire United way at 413-663-9062 by May 24.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity held a dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for a new home they will be building in the city's Morningside area to help a low-income family achieve home ownership. Attendees of Saturday's groundbreaking at 94 Lincoln St. included Mayor James M. Ruberto, Ward 2 Councilor Peter White, members of the Morningside Advisory Committee and Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Carolyn Valli.
The Kehoes, a family of 11 (nine kids and two parents) will move into their new six-bedroom, two-bathroom home when work is completed. Members of the family have helped with the building of other families' homes in Pittsfield, learning such skills as installing sheetrock, framing, siding, insulating, and electrical work. Work on their home is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is collaborating with community partner Taconic High School, whose carpentry students will be working on the home, along with Habitat for Humanity volunteers coming from as far away as New York City. See more photos, passed on to us by Kimberly Rawson and Dawn Carberry, on our Facebook page.
Next Saturday, mail carriers with routes in Pittsield, Dalton, Hinsdale and Lanesborough will be doing more than delivering and picking up mail.
Letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable donations for a food drive conducted by local branch No. 286 of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service and Berkshire United Way, on May 8. Donations will be distributed later to a number of local food pantries by volunteers from Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Community Action Council and Berkshire Youth United.
The NALC "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is held nationwide and is the largest one-day food drive in the country. According to NALC, last year 73.4 million pounds of non-perishable donations were collected across the country, and this year the NALC expects to reach a record one billion pounds collected since the drive's inception in 1993.
The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
Residents interested in donating food should put their non-perishable items in bags and leave them by their mailbox.
Railroad Street Youth Project, an organization serving young people ages 14-25 in South Berkshire County, is getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary next month. Several activities, open to the public, are planned.
On Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m., RSYP'S board of directors will host a barbecue to honor former and current staff and youth outside the Schneider Youth Building, at the skate park in Great Barrington. Youth under 25 may attend for free; tickets are $10 for others.
On Saturday, May 15 from 1 to 7 p.m., there will be an afternoon full of free community events outside the Scheider Youth Building, including an art project work day at the skatepark, youth artwork market, planting a home garden with Greenagers, skate competition, basketball tournament, local food vendors, child-friendly activities, and music by young people. From 8 to 11 p.m., there will be a Higher Organix concert with youth performers and a supersonic dance party outside the building. Tickets for the concert and party are $10.
On Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a brunch at Castle Street Cafe honoring RSYP's founding board chairman, Erik Bruun. Tickets are $100. Afterwards, from 1:30 to 2:30, the celebration moves to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, featuring an interactive presentation of past and present youth projects. Town of Great Barrington Manager Kevin O’Donnell and State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will speak; the event honors RSYP founder Amanda Root. Tickets are $10.
From 2:45 to 4:30, the Mahaiwe will put on a performance of Eric Bogosian's play "SubUrbia." Tickets are $10, but anyone who attended the 1999 performance (the very first RSYP youth-inspired project) can see the play for free.
For more information, call 413-528-2475 or visit rsyp.org
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Center for Ecological Technology's hosting an information session on the new state building stretch code this Thursday, April 29, at 7 at the Williams Inn.
The town's looking to adopt the code as part of its pursuit toward becoming a Green Community. The code's been placed on the town warrant.
It calls for higher-energy efficiency standards in new construction, whether new homes or additions, and covers certain commercial buildings as well. Proponents say the extra cost (anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000) will be quickly paid back through energy costs.
About a third of the state's municipalities have indicated they will pursue adoption of the code this year. Pittsfield adopted it last week.
An overview of the new standards and the cost/benefits will be presented. The public is encouraged to attend. For information contact, Nancy Nylen of CET at 413-458-5688 or Lauren Gaherty of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission at 413-442-1521, Ext. 35.