Group honors attorney as advisor in philanthropy

Attorney Steven J. Schwartz, a Monterey resident, has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Advisor in Philanthropy Award by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. He has chosen the Children's Study Home to receive a $1,000 grant.

Schwartz is a founding member of the Springfield law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C., which serves Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

A graduate of Babson College and the Boston College School of Law, Schwartz is regularly selected to the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America lists. He is also a member of the Berkshire Hatchery Foundation.

Elder law attorney to speak on senior care services

Elder attorney Paula Almgren of Lenox will speak at a free informational presentation on senior care services on Thursday, March 24 at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1561 Cold Spring Road.

The hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Almgren's discussion will focus on strategies for families who are facing the often complex landscape of paying for senior care services.

Due to an expected high level of interest and limited space, RSVPs are necessary for attendance.

To RSVP, call Sweet Brook's admissions office at 413 358-8172, or email Kira Breard at


Local businesses partner with Habitat for Humanity

Otto's Breakfast & Deli and Pittsfield's Subway franchise have joined Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity as official restaurant partners. They will provide lunches once per month to Habitat volunteers on job sites.

Info: Katherine Lukens at (413) 442-3181.