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Local author Dan Sadlowski reads from his new book 'The Universe Is Rooting for You.'

Local Author Releasing New Children's Book

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local author Dan Sadlowski will hold an official release celebration for his new children's book, "The Universe Is Rooting for You," from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Hubbard Ave.

In "The Universe Is Rooting for You," a little boy surprisingly discovers everything in the universe and in nature is truly rooting for him - the sun, moon, stars, leaves, trees, and more. This children's book aims to inspire readers everywhere to appreciate the natural world around them, connect with nature and give back.

Four local artists worked collaboratively to complete this children’s book. In addition to author and art director Sadlowski, from Pittsfield, the illustrations/watercolors were done by Allison Pierce from Brighton, Mass., the digital editing and mastering were done by Emily Gabriel of Pittsfield and the watercolor guest artist is Samantha Sadlowski of Pittsfield.

Sadlowski is the author of the beloved children's book "Finding Brooklyn - And The Next Great Superhero." "Finding Brooklyn" boasts the first original female superhero in a children's book. This resilient story encourages readers to feel empowered, be different and believe they have superpowers within.

"Nature is so awe-inspiring and loves us in so many ways," Sadlowski writes in an author's note in the book. "Encourage your children, students, family members, friends, and yourself to connect with nature. Explore it. Go on new adventures. Open your imagination, heart, and mind. Look around, who knows what you may find."

Each book comes with a custom packet of wildflower seeds. At the end of the story, readers will find a list of simple ways they can connect with nature and give back. These are simplified yet empowering ways to take care of nature, start a positive conversation on climate change, and list action-based natural climate solutions.


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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.
Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.
"This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we carry and deploy."
Sammons said the grant was submitted in the fall and was a joint effort between the Fire, Police, and School departments. The grant was $9,735 in total; each kit cost around $650.
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