North Adams Schools, NBCC to Host Walk to School Day

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools will be celebrating "Walk to School Day," with students, parents, teachers, administrators and local "celebrities", on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
"Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, alleviating traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
There will be opportunities to walk with "walking school buses". There will also be "park and walk" sites for families that live outside the routes and/or farther from the schools.
These sites are: Sullivan School Parking Lot on Kemp Ave., Flynn and Dagnoli on West Main St. and the old Price Chopper parking lot, departing these sites between 7:55 am - 8:10 am. The "walking school bus" routes and park and walk sites can be found at and on the North Adams Public Schools Facebook page.
For any further information or questions please call or email Emily Schiavoni at or Jessi Byrne at or 413-663-7588.
The event is being organized by Safe Routes to School and the North Adams Public Schools Safe Routes to School Task Force.

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Brien Center Announces New President & CEO

Diana L. Knaebe
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center, the leading provider of behavioral health services in Berkshire County, announces the appointment of Diana L. Knaebe as its new president and CEO effective July 1.
Knaebe brings more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health-care sector, holding key leadership positions across various renowned organizations. Her impressive track record includes leading non-profit and governmental organizations and serving on the board of a national behavioral health networking organization.
She was president of Memorial Behavioral Health and system administrator of Behavioral Health at
Memorial Health System in Springfield, Ill. Additionally, she has held significant roles such as the state
director of the Illinois Division of Mental Health and president/CEO of Heritage Behavioral Health Center in
Decatur, Ill. 
Knaebe's career began as a therapist in her home state of Michigan, where she and the organizations
she led received numerous state and national awards for excellence in behavioral health. She is a graduate of San Diego State University, earning a bachelor's in psychology, and holds a master of social work degree from Western Michigan University. 
Current President and CEO Chris Macbeth, who announced her retirement last December, expressed confidence in Knaebe's leadership. 
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