Two Berkshire Residents Join CDCSB Board of Directors

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. 
 
Don Eaton, of Stockbridge, and Joe Grachmal, of Great Barrington, were elected to serve a three-year term this week on the nonprofit's Board of Directors.
 
Don Eaton is an account director at Toole Insurance Agency in Lee. Professionally, Eaton works with clients in the construction and other related sectors in Massachusetts and Eastern New York, and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designations. In his personal time, he has devoted many years to volunteerism and philanthropy and currently serves as a deacon for the Congregational Church in Stockbridge. Don has a keen interest in affordable housing and is dedicated to supporting small businesses. He joined the CDCSB Board with the intent to serve on the Economic Development subcommittees and working closely with the organization's new Small Business Technical Assistance Program.
 
Joe Grachmal is a 2019 Harvard graduate and Great Barrington resident with a passion for municipal innovation and supporting small towns. In fact, Grachmal is currently developing a private municipal innovation company called Ulpian Labs, which will "engage the next generation of leaders to address crucial challenges facing small to mid-sized municipalities." He is also a Lead America Hometown Fellow. Joe has a passion for all things sustainable and took an interest in the CDCSB's mission of building affordable housing. With Joe's experience, he will serve on the Board's Marketing and Fundraising subcommittee and contribute to the work on developing affordable housing projects in the Berkshires.
 
The Board of Directors also includes Jim Harwood, President; Richard Stanley, Vice President; Cara Becker, Treasurer; Anthony Blair, Clerk; Erik Bruun; Jeffrey Cohen; Cara Davis; Thomas Doyle; Robin Helfland; Michael Igoe, Rufus Jones; Richard Melluzo; Rachel Moriarty; and David Thorne.
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Festival Latino of the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Festival Latino of the Berkshires is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Sept.  25 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
The even will be held rain or shine, at Green Park (behind the Town Hall) and Saint James Place on Main Street in Great Barrington. 
 
There will be Latin American folkloric dance companies and live music performances, language, dance, and cultural education activities, artisans, and a variety of Latin cuisine vendors. The Festival Latino of the Berkshires has been known for its high-quality performances and community spirit. 
 
The event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and open to the public. 
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