In Brief

Thursday June 14, 2012

Lee: Bank taps manager for Pittsfield branch

Heather Bartini has joined the staff at Lee Bank and will manage the bank’s newest branch at 75 North St. in Pittsfield when it opens in July. She will be responsible for the development of retail business in the Pittsfield area.

A graduate of both Berkshire Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Bartini has 25 years of retail branch banking experience in Berkshire County. She lives in Pittsfield with her husband, Timothy, and children Hannah and Dean.

The North Street branch will offer a full array of business and personal products including teller and ATM services.

Pittsfield: Loop walking program to debut Mon.

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will kickoff the new Downtown Loop Walking Program at 12:15 p.m. on Monday. The rain date is 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The two-mile loop runs from the Visitors Center at the Colonial Theatre, around Park Square, up North Street to Berkshire Medical Center and back. Signage will be installed on the loop on Friday.

Berkshire Health Systems will offer blood pressures, and apply health information on hydration and stretching at between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Dunham Mall.

Great Barrington: Economics author to speak

Kathleen C. Engel, co-author of "The Subprime Virus," will speak on Thursday, June 21 at The American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St.

The talk will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required.

Engel is the dean of intellectual life at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston. She and co-author Patricia A. McCoy are experts in the law and economics of financial regulation and consumer lending.

"The Subprime Virus" reveals how consumer abuses in a once obscure corner of the home mortgage market led to the near meltdown of the world’s financial system.

To register, RSVP to, or call (888) 528-1216.


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