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Kurland joins county counseling center

Jayme Kurland, a licensed social worker, has joined the staff at the Counseling Center in the Berkshires, the organization has announced.

She previously worked for the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, as a treatment coordinator for Germaine Lawrence Inc. in Arlington, and as a senior counselor for the Victory Program in Boston.

Kurland holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University. She lives with her husband in Becket.

The Counseling Center in the Berkshre has been helping those in need of counseling for 40 years, and employs 11 clinicians at its offices in Great Barrington, Pittsfield and Williamstown.


Springside on Macy’s fundraising program

Springside Park has been selected as a recipient of Macy’s "Heart Your Park" fundraising program. The initiative aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

Through March 31, customers at Macy’s store in the Berkshire Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, and 100 percent of those donations will benefit Springside Park.

Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

Pittsfield’s largest park, Springside Park is one of 550 parks across the country that will benefit from Macy’s "Heart Your Park" program this spring.

For a list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s "Heart Your Park," visit

North Adams:

Coalition to hold jobs and education forum

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will hold a forum titled, "Jobs and Education for a Stronger Workforce" on Friday at the First Baptist Church. The hours are 10 a.m. to noon.

The current state of the Northern Berkshire job market will be discussed. Participants will receive a clearer picture of what the current labor market is and what it will be like in the future; clarity about the transition from education to employment; and a better understanding of success strategies for people employed, how employment can be sustained, and how to help people looking for work.

The forum will be followed by a community walk sponsored by nBCC.

Information: Al Bashevkin, (413) 663-7588, abashevkin@


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