BCHS Welcomes Author, Music Writer

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday, Sept. 22, the Berkshire County Historical Society welcomes author Tom Piazza for a discussion of his latest novel. 
The program begins at 5:30 pm; tickets are $10 for BCHS members, $15 for nonmembers and can be purchased by using the BOOK NOW button at berkshirehistory.org.
This event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Tom Piazza's twelve books include the novels "The Auburn Conference" and "City Of Refuge," the short-story collection "Blues and Trouble," the post-Katrina manifesto "Why New Orleans Matters," and the essay collection "Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America."
He was a principal writer for the New Orleans-based HBO drama series "Treme," and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents "The Blues: A Musical Journey." 

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ServiceNet Announces Two New Senior Leadership Positions

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — ServiceNet, a nonprofit mental health and human services agency based in Northampton, is announced the promotion of two leaders in its Developmental and Brain Injury Services (DBIS) division.
Shawn Robinson, formerly Director of Vocational Services and of Prospect Meadow Farm in Hatfield, has been appointed Vice President of Vocational Services & Day Programs. Robinson, who has worked with ServiceNet since 2011, was recognized in 2023 as the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Person of the Year and he also received a Black Excellence on the Hill Award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. 
Mike Lalak, a former Senior Director of Operations in the DBIS division, has been appointed Vice President of DBIS Residential Services. Lalak first came to ServiceNet in 2012 as a program director and quickly rose through the ranks. He currently oversees 58 of ServiceNet's residential programs across western Massachusetts.   
"These promotions mark an important turning point for ServiceNet,” said Abbas Hamdan, Senior Vice President of DBIS.  “I have every confidence that Mike and Shawn will continue to drive our mission and continuing growth to still new heights.”
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