Berkshire Money Management Donates To Foster Families

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Dalton, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management dedicates $5,000 for foster family care packages.
To assist foster families during the COVID-19 era, a group of community members fueled by local business sponsors, including Berkshire Money Management, have created and distributed care packages for more than 200 area foster families. 
Each family received a gift bag with children's masks sewn by members of the community, school and art supplies, and a gift card to a local restaurant or grocery store, including Smokey Diva's and Wohrle's Foods in Pittsfield.
"I know so many foster families in the Berkshires who have opened their whole lives to vulnerable kids who are in need of supportive and loving homes," Nichole Dupont, BMM's community development director said. "So much extra pressure has been placed on these families as area schools and childcare centers have closed. We really want to encourage other businesses and organizations to look at the many unsung heroes in our community and show support in whatever ways they can."
According to a press release, Berkshire Money Management has been and will continue to support our local community during these most difficult times. 
BMM is an independent investment advisory firm based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The firm offers digital investing, business valuation, estate and retirement planning, and Social Security and Medicare coaching. 
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Dalton Police Department Looks For Kennel Options

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass.—The Police Department is looking for solutions for the lack of kennels in the area for displaced animals. 
When the Sonsini Animal Shelter closed the department converted their cells into a "very temporary kennel" to house dogs for short term situations, Police Chief Deanna Strout said. 
She added that although the Sonsini Animal Shelter looks like it is opening in North Adams, the new location will be out of the department’s reach.
The other immediate option would be to utlilize Berkshire Humane Society, but Strout said this option is too expensive. She said they want an "outrageous amount of money" to hold a space for the department.
"The amount of dogs that we would bring there, it's so minimal. It was upward of like $25,000 I think. We're talking maybe 5 to 10 dogs a year at most. So that's just not an option for us," Stout said. 
Strout said the department does not take surrendered dogs so the situation is manageable, at the moment. 
Also, Animal Control Officer Levi Lisi said most of the time the animals are picked up withing 24 or 48 hours.
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