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Photo of Jenise Lucey, executive director; Ethel Patterson, board chair; and PJ Moynihan, production
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Photo of Jenise Lucey and Ethel Patterson seated during livestreamed gala

Berkshire South’s Gala Raised $90,000

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Photo of some of the Berkshire South staff members after receiving the Edwin A. Jaffe award for 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Berkshire South's Gala Raised $90,000 and awarded the Annual Edwin A. Jaffe Award to staff who met community needs during the pandemic
 
On Oct. 29 the Southern Berkshire community supported the work of their community center. Berkshire South Regional Community Center's first-ever distanced fundraising gala, Together Apart, raised $90,000 toward Community, Family and Youth Programming. 
 
"As a human services organization, Berkshire South has been called upon to activate our mission in more meaningful ways than ever before," Jenise Lucey, executive director said. "We are beyond grateful for our community, beyond grateful that we are able to continue this meaningful and important work especially now that there are more of those who need our help every day."
 
Each year at the gala, a recipient of the Edwin A. Jaffe Award is named. This award is named for the founder of Berkshire South. The Edwin A. Jaffe Award honors an individual or group that has exhibited an extraordinary commitment to building community and common purpose within the Berkshires. 
 
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Patterson presented this year's award "to the dedicated employees" of Berkshire South Regional Community Center.  
 
"This year, our team has been put to the test," Board Chair Ethel Patterson said. "They have given of themselves with every part of their being to make sure that the Center could help support the growing needs of the community. With their own personal lives turned upside-down by the pandemic, this team did everything in their power to continue to bring joy, console those in pain, support one another, and make a difference to everyone they served." 
 
See the gala video essay here.
 
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Great Barrington Police Get Traffic Enforcement Grant

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department was awarded an $11,955 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research to increase the number of traffic enforcement patrols.
 
Funding will cover five traffic enforcement campaigns in December, May and April and two next summer. Emphasis will be on impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding.
 
The department recently purchased a new speed trailer that is being used to gather statistics to help determine times and locations where grant patrols will do the most good. With three bridges under repair, more and more traffic is being diverted to residential neighborhoods and police are addressing that.
 
The grant also covers training for an accident reconstructionist, which requires six weeks of rigorous classroom and field study. Upon completion, the officer can present evidence and testify in court as an expert in accidents involving serious and fatal injuries.
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