MOLARI Welcomes HealthCare Coordinator, Congratulates Promoted Supervisor

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MOLARI HealthCare Services announced the addition of Ariana Lysonski-Phillips as a HealthCare Coordinator. 
Additionally, they announced the promotion of Isabella French to the position of HealthCare Supervisor.
In Ariana Lysonski-Phillips role as HealthCare Coordinator, she will facilitate connections between caregivers and clients, to better serve the home healthcare needs of the Berkshire County community.
Isabella French has been promoted to the position of HealthCare Supervisor. In her new role, she will work closely with MOLARI's caregivers and clients in Central Berkshire County, ensuring that each client receives personalized care tailored to their unique needs. 
"We are delighted to welcome Ariana Lysonski-Phillips to our team and congratulate Isabella French on her well-deserved promotion," said Lee Rudin, Director of HealthCare of MOLARI Employment and HealthCare Services. "Their combined expertise and dedication to providing exceptional care will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to serve our community and make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve."
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Pittsfield ConCom OKs Zebra Mussel Treatment

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Conservation Commission has OKed a zebra mussel pesticide treatment in Onota Lake if the invasive species are confirmed.

On Thursday, the panel approved a notice of intent application for the use of EarthTec QZ within a specified treatment area of the lake.  

"We're not entirely 100 percent sure that there is an infestation of zebra mussels at Onota Lake. Last September, a water sample was taken and the DNA of zebra mussel was detected in that water sample. This was a water sample taken near the boat ramp at Burbank Park. Subsequent water samples were taken later in the fall and very early this spring, there were still non-detects in those water samples for DNA showing the presence of zebra mussels," Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

"We continue to, most recently as this Tuesday, we are sampling for zebra mussel EDNA and we should know the results of those samples certainly by early next week."

McGrath addressed the commission with a sense of urgency, as the lake is currently around 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the zebra mussels begin to activate around 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  He described it as "an opportunity to take what could be a potential massively serious ecological issue at Onota Lake and nip it in the bud."

"What we're proposing here is a collaborative approach where there are many stakeholders involved," he said. "This is not Jim McGrath proposing the use of EarthTec QZ at the lake. This is something we have been very deliberative about."

The application was continued from the previous meeting so that it could be filed as a state Ecological Restoration Limited Project.

"Really what it means is that it's eligible, which I think this project meets the eligibility requirements, it affords the right to not have to comply with general performance standards for the resource area that's being impacted," Conservation Agent Robert Van Der Kar said.

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