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Northern Berkshire Coalition Recognizes Good Works

Instead of congregating for breakfast and speeches and recognitions, Executive Director Amber Besaw turned to another model of neighborly engagement for the group's 33rd annual meeting.

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Neighborlies Celebrate Good Deeds in North County

The Northern Berkshire Community Coaltion's Neighborlies Awards was event the largest so far in more than a decade or longer.

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Coalition Tackles Vaping, Alcohol Use in Community

But vaping remains an "invisible crisis" in North Berkshire, along with the misuse of alcohol, according to Wendy Penner, the Coalition's director of Prevention and Wellness.

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Envisions 'Inclusive Development'

Instead of focusing on what people were afraid of with new challenges of community investment, participants in the October forum were asked to instead look at what "inclusive development" they would like to see.

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Brainstorms Topics for Year

But when the topics are narrowed down and announced, Executive Director Amber Besaw warned, people in the room on Friday shouldn't be surprised if they saw ideas they hadn't heard mentioned in the room at The Green. That's because, for the first time, the Coalition held a call-in session on Aug. 23 to gather ideas. And, Coalition staffers will be hitting the streets and community events to talk to still more people about the needs.

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'Guardians' Sculptures Being Removed from Natural Bridge Park

This art installation, although originally intended for the Ashuwillticook Trail, was placed at the Natural Bridge State Park here in North Adams where it has remained for the past 15 years.

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Coalition Celebrates Another Year of Building Community

Parts of that hole, however, could be filled by the inspiring and uplifting words of the speakers who came to the podium on Friday to share what the idea of "building community" the theme of the meeting, complete with a Lego brick motif and cake meant to them.

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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring

The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.

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North Adams Addiction Recovery Center Holds Open House

The community center has open hours on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 at the Green and is free and open to all.

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green

Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the importance of those "three Rs" - but also of their pitfalls.

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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum

Seven youths from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers - and how that can change.

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Listens to Community's Kids

The topics brought together people from all walks of life with an interest in the health and well-being of North Berkshire children, including school nurses and pediatricians, child care providers and social workers, education officials and many, many parents with first-hand interest and experience.

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