Barrett Fund Awards $77K in Adams, Cheshire, Savoy

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $77,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations in the three towns.

According to Berkshire Taconic, the Barrett Fund has distributed nearly $2 million over the last 14 years for projects in the Adams, Cheshire and Savoy area.

The following nonprofit groups received grants in 2009:

Youth Center, Inc.: $10,000 for programming for youth, including outreach, a drop-in center, classes and special events.

Childcare of the Berkshires: $4,500 for Healthy Families, a program that provides support and parenting education for young mothers in the Adams community.

Berkshire Nursing Families: $10,000 for Breastfeeding Support Services, a program that provides comprehensive breastfeeding support services for families in Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.

Elder Services of Berkshire County: $5,000 for Meals on Wheels and group meals for seniors in Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.

Parish of John Paul Charity Outreach Center: $2,000 for Baby Place Program, a program that provides sustainable foods, diapers, formula, baby foods and clothing for infants.

Elizabeth Freeman Center: $15,000 for Violence Prevention Program in Hoosac Valley High School to help youth develop skills to identify, deal with and prevent violence for themselves and their peers.

Neighbor to Neighbor Berkshire County: $2,128 for emergency assistance for local residents in economic distress.

Hoosac Valley High School: $5,000 for a metal shop program, which enhances and expands the community service opportunities and develops viable career paths for students at the high school.

C.T. Plunkett School: $5,000 for Transition to K, a program for families of young children that provides them with activities and opportunities to make the transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible.

Adams Police Department: $6,000 for the Police Athletic League, a program that allows the department to work closely with area youth in a structured athletic setting through the game of basketball.

Town of Savoy Police Department: $400 for a temporary garage for the police cruiser.

Topia Arts Center: $12,000 to create a safer environment at the theater and a more functional facility for users of the space.

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams Cheshire and Savoy was established in 1995 by Margery Barrett with stock that she inherited from Specialty Minerals. The fund is overseen by a committee of local residents who review applications and award grants. Applications are available online at or by calling 413-528-8039.
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Berkshires Beat: CATA to Break Ground on Future Home

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Community Access to the Arts will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the organization's future home at 420 Stockbridge Road on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. The new arts center will establish a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.

"After 26 years of renting space, CATA will now have a true home--one that will double our existing space for artists with disabilities," said Margaret Keller, CATA's executive director. "With the growth we've achieved in recent years, we have been bursting at the seams. Now, after intensive planning, we are ready to take this pivotal step forward to give our CATA artists the space they deserve. We can't wait to share our plans with the wider community at the groundbreaking and in the months ahead."

The two-story, 6,400-square-foot facility will double the organization's existing studio space, with two new art studios— one for visual arts and writing, the other for dance and performing arts. CATA's new arts center will also embody the principles of Universal Design, making the facility accessible to every person. For the first time, the building will bring the organization’s studios and offices under the same roof.

Formerly the Renaissance Arts Center, the building will undergo an extensive renovation to prepare for its new life as the CATA Arts Center. Architects Clark & Green are leading the design of the renovation and Allegrone is managing construction. Construction is slated to begin in July, with the building opening in early 2020.

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