In brief

Pittsfield: The Brien Center confirms new CEO

The Brien Center's board of directors voted unanimously to confirm Christine Macbeth as the center's chief executive officer at their October meeting. Macbeth had been serving as The Brien Center's interim CEO since January.

"This was the best outcome we could have hoped for. Ms. Macbeth has done an outstanding job as interim CEO and previously as assistant executive officer," board President Thomas Stokes said.

Macbeth joined The Brien Center as assistant executive officer in 2010. In that role she had direct responsibility for human resources, programmatic and clinical operations, liaising with funding sources and quality management. The board asked Macbeth to serve as interim CEO in December 2011 following the resignation of then CEO Catherine Doherty.

Pittsfield: The Rotary Club donates dictionaries

As part of Rotary International's worldwide literacy initiative, the Rotary Club of Pittsfield will be donating children's dictionaries to every third-grade student in Pittsfield and Richmond next week for the ninth year.

The MacMillan Dictionary for Children will be distributed as follows:

Monday, Dec. 3: Stearns School, 9 a.m.; Richmond Consolidated School, 9 a.m.; Crosby School, 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4: Egremont School, 9 a.m.; St. Mark School, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Conte Community School, 9 a.m.; Allendale School, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec.


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6: Williams School, 9 a.m.; Morningside Community School, 9:50 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7: Capeless School, 10:30 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Pittsfield's Dictionary Distribution Project ordered 488 dictionaries at a cost of almost $4,600, through a buying consortium of Rotary Clubs in California, during October. Once delivery is complete in December, the Club will have distributed 4,507 dictionaries in Pittsfield and Richmond, an investment of $39,600, plus two "talking dictionaries" for the visually impaired at $500 each.

Sheffield: Fund awards $15,000 in grants

The Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has awarded $15,000 in grants to seven nonprofit organizations.

They include the Berkshire Environmental Action Team; Greenagers; the Great Barrington Land Conservancy; Housatonic Valley Association; Hoosic River Watershed Association; Flying Cloud Institute; and the Muddy Brook Elementary School.