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Lenox Memorial Names Top Students for Class of 2023

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LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High School has named Maxwell Adam and Jack O'Brien as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2023.
Both students will speak at graduation exercises at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tanglewood. 
Adam is the son of Dr. Wendy Adam and Sharon Alpert of Lenox. He is a member of the National Honor Society and "As Schools Match Wits" competition Quiz Team, president of the Math Club and Investment Club, a volunteer tutor, Peer Mentor, captain of the cross country and track teams and also volunteers at Berkshire Thunder, a local youth running group, during the summer. 
National Merit Commended students, he has received the Cornell Book Award; gold medals in the National Latin Exam, AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction awards; Achievement Awards in World History, World Language, Mathematics and Expository Writing. He led his team to a cross country State Championship in 2022, earning MVP honors for Berkshire County, and is an all-state qualifier on the track. 
Adam will be attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he will pursue majors in mathematical sciences and environmental computation while competing as a part of the cross country and track teams for the Mules. He aspires to use data and technology to make decisions that will positively impact peoples' lives.
O'Brien is the son of Isabel Roche and Stephen O'Brien of Lenox. He is a member of the varsity tennis team, the Active Minds club, the National Honor Society, and the National Art Honor Society, as well as the Peer Mentoring and Peer Tutoring programs. In September 2022, he co-led the implementation of BeKind21, a program that aims to promote random acts of kindness at the school throughout the month of September. 
He is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and has also received academic awards in photography, French, expository writing, and mathematics, as well as the Harvard Book Award.
O'Brien will be attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he plans to study history and government.

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Pittsfield ZBA Grants Casella Permit for Waste Transfer Facility

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals calls Casella's planned redevelopment of the former trash incinerator an improvement to the site.

Last week, the panel approved a special permit to allow a waste transfer facility at the site on 500 Hubbard Ave. Casella Waste Management purchased the waste transfer facility on Hubbard Avenue from Community Eco Power LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2021 and has demolished it for redevelopment into a waste transfer station.

The owners say the trash will be brought to the facility and transferred away daily. Concerns that were voiced about the project include odor and impacts to the surrounding area but Casella says the new operation will be less of an impact than the former.

"I think this is going to be a vast improvement based upon the facility that was there previously. I know that sometimes you would get a sight of the other one, they used to dump the waste and it was laying like a floating pond," board member John Fitzgerald said.

"And since the trash is not going to be there, it's going to be in and out, I think the odor will be reduced and I think the vermin will be reduced."

It was also pointed out that the site has handled trash for 40 years.

"I think a lot of the odor before was related to burning," board member Esther Anderson "And there's not going to be burning so it it's going to be greatly reducing the amount of odor and if it's not sitting there is no place for vermin to be."

The former incinerator, including a 118-foot tall stack, has already been demolished a fabric structure is being used temporarily for waste handling.

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