Market 32 Announces Salvation Army Holiday Kettle Donation Program Results

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Salvation Army bellringers at Price Chopper/Market 32 stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire raised nearly $580,000 through its six week "Red Kettle" holiday campaign. 
 
The money raised, a full $81,000 more than last year, will directly benefit those in need throughout the communities where the funds were collected.
 
"The annual Red Kettle campaign has become an integral part of the holiday season – both in our stores and our communities," said Pam Cerrone, Price Chopper/Market 32 director of community relations. "Being able to extend ourselves and welcome our community partners in support of friends and neighbors in need is a blessing."
 
The Salvation Army and Price Chopper/Market 32 have been collaborative partners in the communities they serve for more than 35 years.
 
"The Salvation Army is incredibly thankful for its continuing partnership with Price Chopper/Market 32 stores," said Major Kevin Stoops, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army, Empire State Division. "Each Christmas season, Salvation Army Red Kettles located in front of these stores raise money, which helps The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, and many other services to local families and individuals in need throughout the year. Thank you to our generous partners and donors for helping to make real change happen in the lives of others."
 
 
 
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West Side Residents Build Ideal Neighborhood At Zoning Session

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Program manager James McGrath opens the session at Conte Community School.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents mapped out a West Side they would like to see during an input session this week, utilizing multi-use properties to create robust density.

Held at Conte Community School on Monday, this was the second meeting of a project to examine zoning in the neighborhood. The Department of Community Development, in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has been working with an urban planning and design consulting team on the effort that will conclude on June 30.

"This is a really important project for your neighborhood," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

Multifamily houses with spaces to accommodate a small business were popular. A community center, church, year-round farmer's market, and even a place to draw in commerce appeared as elements on the tabletop street.

An emphasis was also placed on the amount of immigrants coming to the area in need of housing.

Max Douhoure, community outreach coordinator for Habitat, explained that he grew up in Africa where people liked to live together, which his build reflected.

"I wanted to improve their conditions," he said. "That’s what I did."

During the first meeting in November, the team heard desires for businesses and commercial uses — including a need for small, family-owned business support. The session provided an overview of what zoning is, what zoning can and can't do, how zoning can improve the community, and the impact on residents.

"Today's exercise is really about creating spaces in buildings and on properties to do a combination of residential [uses] that meet the needs and commercial uses that meet the needs of the neighborhood,"  Emily Keys Innes, principal of Innes Associates explained.

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