Lenox Elects Mitts to Board of Selectmen

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LENOX, Mass. — Town meeting rejected an affordable housing plan last week but easily elected the chairman of the Affordable Housing Trust, MaryBeth Frazier Mitts, to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. 
 
Mitts garnered 462 votes against Max Scherff's 114 and Michael Feder's 78 to win the seat being vacated by three-term Selectman Kenneth Fowler. Mitts has also served on the School Committee. 
 
On May 2, town meeting had rejected a proposal to convey the so-called six-acre Sawmill Brook land to develop into 41 affordable and nine-market rate apartments. The land would have served as the town's matching funds to qualify for tax credits. It failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed by 73 votes. 
 
The selectman's seat was the only race on the ballot. Elected unopposed were John J. McNinch as moderator, Dianne Romeo to a three-year term on the Board of Health; Thomas Romeo to a three-year term as assessor; Robert Vaughan to a three-year term on the School Committee; and James Harwood to a five-year term on the Planning Board. 
 
The turnout for Monday's election was 18 percent, with 657 of 3,631 registered voters casting ballots. 
 
Last week's town meeting did pass a zoning bylaw to allow adult marijuana business as a non-unanimous voice vote that met the two-thirds required votes and a marijuana sales tax that passed by unanimous voice vote. A citizens' petition to prohibit recreational marijuana failed on a voice vote and two other articles were tabled by the petitioner. 
 
Town meeting saw 618 of 3,628 registered voters in attendance, or 17 percent. 

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Shakespeare & Company Names Interim Director of Center For Actor Training

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company recently appointed Susan Dibble as interim director for the company's Center for Actor Training.

Dibble, a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, is an educator and artist. Her movement work was seen on stage this past season in "Twelfth Night" and for the past four decades she has been faculty member for the training program, teaching at the Month Long Intensive, Summer Shakespeare Intensive (formerly the Summer Training Institute), and various workshops.
 
"We're truly thrilled to welcome Susan Dibble on board as interim director of training," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "Susan has a keen eye on all that is exciting about the training program and the company's work: a vigilance toward the specificity of language and honesty in acting, a generosity of spirit, and a clarity of purpose on stage. She brings a depth of knowledge from within and a breadth of experience from elsewhere that will enrich the training on a personal and a professional level for all participants going forward."

Dibble is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She graduated from SUNY College at Purchase with a B.F.A. in Dance in 1976. For the past 39 years, she has worked at Shakespeare & Company as a master teacher of movement and dance for actors, movement director and choreographer, at the same time teaching at a variety of universities including the NYU Tisch MFA in Acting Program. She joined the faculty of the Theater Arts Department at Brandeis University, where she is a full professor and teaches Movement for Actors, Modern Dance, Choreography, Clown, Mask, Period Styles, and Historical Dance. She has been on the faculty at Brandeis for 31 years and served as Theater Arts Department chair for eight years. Dibble received the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts at Brandeis.

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