Boston: State cultural council funds appropriated

Governor Deval Patrick has allocated a new appropriation for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

These funds allow the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment to support capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that expand access and education in the arts, history, and sciences; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Guidelines for both capital grants and planning grants are now available at Public information sessions are scheduled to take place in January.

Lee: Big Y Express Convenience Store open

Big Y Foods Inc. has opened its first Big Y Express and Convenience store at 320 Housatonic St. adjacent to Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The regional supermarket chain partnered with the F.L. Roberts Co. of Springfield on the venture.

The 2,000 square foot location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It features eight gas pumps, the traditional F.L. Roberts product mix, and Big Y proprietary brands such as grocery, snacks, and freshly made to eat offerings.

Pittsfield: Berkshire Chamber of Commerce appoints new board members

The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce appointed several board members to one or three year terms at its annual meeting on Dec. 11.

Nominated for three year terms that expire in 2016 were: Brenda Burdick, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems; C. Jeffrey Cook, Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP; Lori Gazzillo, Berkshire Bank; Linda Gaspardi Febles, Coakley Pierpan Dolan & Collins Insurance Agency; and Larry Hazzard, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

The other nominees for three year terms were: Rick Hawes, Berkshire County Arc; Riad Maher, MRA Laboratories; Chip Moore, The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank; Susan Seely, Signature Associates Inc. Real Estate; and Karen Zink, Berkshire Gas Company,

Appointed to one year terms that expire in 2014 were: Cheryl Larson, United Personnel; BYP Chair, Brad Felix, Greylock Federal Credit Union; Eugene Dellea, Hillcrest Campus of BMC; Stephanie Kinstle, Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club; Gerard Burke, Hillcrest Educational Centers; and Mark McKenna, Lee Bank

SPRINGFIELD -- The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts will sponsor a six session course beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to help individuals prepare for the Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s Licensing Exam.

Sessions will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Home Builders and Remodelers headquarters at 240 Cadwell Drive in Springfield.

The license exam is authorized by the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and administered by Thomson Prometric. Registration forms to enroll for the state exam will be distributed at the program’s first session.

The fee is $250 for members of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association, and $350 for non-members. Enrollment is limited.

Information/registration: Sandra Doucette, (413) 733-3126.