Berkshire Music School elects four new trustees

Brenda Burdick, Lynn Festa, Paul Houston and Jean Stackhouse were elected to the Berkshire Music School's Board of Trustees at the board's annual meeting on June 21.

New officers for the 2016-17 fiscal year are: Kate Barton, president; Jeffry Bradway, vice president; Marianne Hall, secretary, and Laura Rosenthal, treasurer.

Outgoing trustees include Lyndon Moors; Vickie Hornstein; Sarah Kohrs; Paul Sundberg; Roger Suters; and James Wojtaszek.

Burdick is a marketing/public relations director at General Dynamics; Festa is an occupational therapist; and Houston is an associate actuary at the Berkshire Life Insurance Company and a fellow in the Society of Actuaries.

Stackhouse is a member of the school's piano faculty and will represent the faculty on the board.


Foreclosure petitions rise in Berkshires, Massachusetts

Foreclosure petitions rose again in the Berkshires in June as 14 were filed compared to 8 in June 2015, an increase of 75.0 percent. The filing of foreclosure petitions represents the first step in the foreclosure process.

Year-to-date, foreclosure petitions in the Berkshires were up 52.3 percent during the first six month of 2016, from 86 at this time last year to 131, according to the Warren Group of Boston, which tracks state real estate transactions.


The number of foreclosure auctions in the Berkshires, however, was down 18.2 percent in June from the same month last year, but is up 41.2 percent for the year.

Statewide, foreclosure petitions rose 13.1 percent in June compared to the same month last year, marking the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in foreclosure starts. Petitions represent the first step in the foreclosure process while auctions represent the last.

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