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Coalition Introduces Idea of 'Trauma-Informed' Community

The group of about 60 guests gathered on Friday, Nov. 16, to watch "Resilience," James Redford's film that chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists and educators who are using cutting-edge brain science to develop trauma-informed communities.

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Neighborlies Honor Community Members' Dedication

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

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North County Community Dedicated to Continuing Nelson's Story

Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.

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New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum on Relational Violence

The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating Change In North County (MIC INC), a group founded by North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb that aims to fill a "gap in the ecosystem" of support for victims of relational violence.

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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic

The word is being thrown around North Adams circles as more property is being bought and developed by "outsiders." Two recent projects included the development of the former Cariddi Mill into Greylock Works and the former Redwood Motel property in the Tourists resort.

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Police to Hold Alcohol Compliance Checks

Wendy Penner said that several years ago, the coalition decided for a couple of reasons to direct its efforts away from the compliance checks and toward at-risk behavior it perceived as more prevalent in the region.

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Heroes Unite Community at Coalition's Annual Meeting

Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, who has been collecting myriad honors and awards since leaving office in January after eight years as mayor, was given the Northern Berkshire Hero Award at the Coalition's annual meeting at the Williams Inn.

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development

Butler said that while there is a lot of "growth potential" in those sectors, people are always asking him about specific jobs that are available. On that front, the news is both good - and bad.

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NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'

The Freeman Center offers 24-hour support for these victims - mostly women but a small percentage of men, as well, around 2,000 every year from all towns, races and ages from a telephone hotline (866-401-2425), offices in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington, and a secure shelter in Pittsfield.

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Second Film Tackles North Berkshires' Opioid Crisis

"Voices for Recovery: Building a Recovery Community" is the second locally produced documentary that addresses the opioid crisis in North County. Produced by local videographer Joe Aidonidis, it is the sequel to last year's "Faces: Five Voices from One Community," which focused on personal stories around addiction and recovery.

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Coalition Forums Tackle Different Aspect of Addiction Epidemic

The topic of addiction was identified as one that residents wanted to address during the Coalition's Needs Assessment Forum in September, leading to the conversation with Bianchi and Frank Busener, a reintegration specialist, in November and the screening of "Voices for Recovery: Building a Recovery Community" at the December forum.

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Berkshires Beat: Coalition Holds Fall Neighborlies Awards Night

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum

The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population. The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.

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More Than a 'Thank You': The 'Neighborlies' Bring People Together

While its gone through some changes throughout the years, its purpose has remained the same: to provide residents the opportunity to go beyond a thank you and recognize neighbors, community groups, youth, and local businesses for simple acts of kindness and going the extra mile.

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Coalition Brainstorms Needs of Northern Berkshire Community

But on Friday, at the first monthly forum of the year, the 70 or so participants had a bit of a different kind of conversation about the community's needs: namely, how to shape how Northern Berkshire County wants to define itself going forward.

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Coalition Remembers Cariddi, Looks Back During Annual Meeting

The slideshow inspired a solemn silence in the ballroom of the Williams Inn on Friday, where around 200 people gathered for the annual meeting. When Alcombright returned to the podium later in the meeting to give the keynote address, he as usual inspired laughter among the crowd as he looked back at his eight years as mayor of North Adams. Alcombright announced earlier this month that he would not be seeking another term as mayor.

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Parents Sought for Substance Abuse Focus Groups

Two focus groups are being held: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, and noon Thursday, June 15. Both groups will be held at the Coalition offices at 61 Main St. and will include child care and food. Participants also will receive a $25 gift card for gas or groceries.

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Coalition on the Move for Transportation Discussion

The topic of that meeting was, appropriately enough, "You CAN Get There From Here," focusing on transportation issues and solutions. Participants rotated - transported, if you will - through several "stations" to learn about some new - and some old - initiatives happening in the realm transportation in Berkshire County.

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Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts

Those 2017 statistics culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians, parents, superintendents and other stakeholders were presented Monday at the Coalition offices in a news conference that brought many of those stakeholders together to interpret the numbers and discuss new strategies moving forward.

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Spring Neighborlies Celebrate Community Individuals Groups

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

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Community Involvement Discussed at Coalition Forum

At the April forum on Friday, the focus was not on those jobs, or what those people do from "9 to 5," but rather, on what they do from 5 to 9 p.m. when they are not working.

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Coalition Forum Focuses on Housing Insecurity in North County

According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average.

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Coalition Names Besaw Permanent Executive Director

Besaw has been with the Coalition for the past five years, holding positions of deputy director and program director for The Family Place. She brings her diverse background in medical social work, community mental health, clinical social work with children and families, program development, and community organizing to NBCC's mission of community support and action in Northern Berkshire County.

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