Pittsfield: Realtor completes advanced training

Lora Kozlowski of Century 21 A. Perras Realty Inc. recently completed comprehensive training allowing her to utilize the coveted Realtor Professional Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) and e-PRO designations.

She completed the training after joining A. Perras Realty, located on 481 Dalton Ave., in January 2011. In 2012, Kozlowski achieved $2 million dollar sales status.

By becoming an e-PRO, Kozlowski can use the most advanced real estate technology to provide consumers with exceptional service, and can also utilize the many benefits of
e-PRO certification. She can be accessed on the e-PRO website at www.epronar.com.

Lenox: Foundation awards poet residencies

Poets Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, of Texas, and Lilah Hegnauer, of Virginia, have been awarded six-month residencies from the Amy Clampitt Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

The Amy Clampitt Residency Program provides a poet or literary scholar with the rare gift of extended time and a reasonable stipend so that he or she may substantially further his or her creative work. Selected candidates live in Amy Clampitt's prior residence, a three-bedroom cottage in a quiet residential neighborhood a few minutes' walk from the village of Lenox.

Aptowicz's residency at the Clampitt House began in February and ends in July. Hegnauer will reside there from August until January 2014.


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The residency is named in honor of the poet Amy Clampitt, who wrote prolifically from her cottage until her death in 1994.

Boston: CFO, Harvard prof on state debt panel

Akash Deep, a professor of finance at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Philip Shapiro, the chief financial officer of Babson College, have been appointed to the new Massachusetts Capital Debt Affordability Committee by state Treasurer Steven Grossman.

Created last year, the committee is comprised of seven voting members and is charged with studying the affordability of the state current and proposed debt levels.

This effort will include developing affordability metrics and using those metrics to compare Massachusetts against 11 other states. By law, the committee is required to produce a report to the governor and the general court by Sept. 10 each year.