In the Berkshires: Young adult support subject of conference

Tuesday June 19, 2012


Young adult support subject of conference

The Berkshire County Systems of Care will present a full day conference at Berkshire Community Col lege titled "Engaging and Supporting Young Adults" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Successful transition from adolescence into adulthood and independence is critical as many young adults face major issues with little to no support and direction.

The goal of the conference is to highlight strategies for engaging these young adults and identify existing services within Berkshire County.

Keynote speaker Rick Cresta from Boston Uni versity will lead a panel discussion consisting of youth from the community.

Cost is $30 and includes continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. For information and to register, contact Antonio Riello at DYS, (413) 443-4130 by June 19.


YMCA registering
for fitness program

The Pittsfield Family YMCA is registering for Fit & Fab!, a fitness program for women of all fitness levels. The program is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 20 to Aug. 15.

These group training programs focus on cardiovascular workouts, resistance training, toning, stretching, coordination, and balance.

The cost is $60 for members and $85 for non-members.

Register at the Y's Welcome Center. Infor mation: or Michelle Kettler at (413) 499-7650, ext. 33, or


Anshe Amunim honors
member Cole-Duffy

Debora Cole-Duffy will be honored as the 2012 Temple Anshe Amunim member of the year, President Howard Shapiro has announced. The award will be given at the temple's 143rd annual meeting today.

Over the years, Cole-Duffy has been involved with a variety of temple leadership activities. She is currently a member of the temple's board of trustees, where she serves as chair of the Leadership Committee. She is also the temple auditor.

She has been co-president for a three-year term and vice president, and has served on the Religious Education and Personnel committees. She also is an 18-year member of the volunteer choir.

Cole-Duffy and her family, which includes husband Jim Duffy and sons Michael and Glenn Duffy, have been members of temple since 1994.

Working in human services, family welfare, educational counseling and administration and clinical practice, she is now the director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at ServiceNet Inc. in Pittsfield.

She is active in leadership efforts with the Suicide Prevention Coalition and other committees. She also serves the Berkshire Probate and Family Court as a guardian ad litem.

To commemorate this award, the temple will place a gold leaf on the Tree of Life in the Temple's Library. A donation in Cole-Duffy's honor may be made by sending a check to Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.


Democratic Committee
to meet June 26

The Becket Democratic Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Town Hall. The committee will plan toward the 2012 election cycle. For more information, call (551) 208-0215.


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