One local bakery recently found a sweet spot on the ABC sitcom, "American Housewife." Boxes of the Lee-based Klara's Gourmet Cookies were spotted in the background of a recent episode. The scene takes place in a market-style cafe and the cookies are displayed on shelves where a central character, Taylor Otto, goes to sit with her volleyball teammates. Klara's posted about the brief appearance in a Feb. 12, Facebook post: "Look at this picture from American Housewife the other night. See what's in the background? Yes, our cookies."

The bakery owners posted that they had no idea how the product placement came about. "I guess their stylist thought they fit," they posted.

It appears the cookies are boxes of the lemon poppy seed shortbread variety. A friend of Klara's shared the screenshot pictured here.

Klara's posted, "Wow I still cannot believe it! Our #cookies made it to #Hollywood," a boon to the small Berkshire business.

The television video clip can be viewed in a Feb. 12 post at


Speaking of Hollywood, Pittsfield native turned actress and activist, Elizabeth Banks is having a banner year, and it's only February. Banks just celebrated her 43rd birthday on Feb. 10. A few days earlier, fans spotted her in the reprise role of Cam and Mitchell's sassy friend, Sal, on ABC's "Modern Family."

Last month the network also announced it's picking up Banks's dramedy pilot, "The Trustee," described as a "fun, female buddy cop comedy." The show's writers are Jay Sherick and David Ronn, and it's being co-produced by Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, under their Brownstone Productions. Warner Bros. Television is the production studio, according to various entertainment news reports.

Proudly from Pittsfield and Massachusetts, she tweeted after this year's New England Patriots' Super Bowl win: "Masshole for life. Berkshires proud. Brady = #GOAT. #Patriots #SuperBowl."

In January, Banks became active in the Women's March on Washington movement; she's previously met and talked with fellow activists like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as shared in a photo on her Twitter feed (@ElizabethBanks). She's repeatedly said she's "so moved" by the marchers and their continued activism and supported Sen. Warren in her stand against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. Banks tweeted on Feb. 8, "... From one Liz to another #LetLizSpeak #ShePersisted #StopSessions."

In the meantime, Banks is filming the third installment in the hit musical-comedy franchise, "Pitch Perfect," in which she plays Gail Abernathy-McKadden, a fictional say-anything commentator for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Co-stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return to the cast along with new addition, John Lithgow among others. Banks is co-producing the film after previously directing the second and co-producing the first in the series.

Keep going, Elizabeth! We're proud of you, too!


Taconic High School graduate Jamie Quadrozzi (2002) was also a part of the Super Bowl weekend action, as an honoree.

7 News in Miami on Feb. 3 reported that Quadrozzi, senior manager of game management and cheerleaders for the Miami Dolphins, was among the NFL honorees highlighted during FOX's Super Bowl weekend coverage, for going above and beyond to support U.S. troops.

7 News reported on how Quadrozzi is responsible for preparing the Dolphins' cheerleaders to perform for members of the military overseas. In 10 years, she has taken the squad on 11 overseas trips to visit the troops.

"I put forth the effort into tours because I think it's important," she said. "I think it's the right thing to do. Once you do one tour and you see the difference it makes on the military's faces — and a lot of times their families' faces — once you see it, you have to go back."

During the 2016 season, Quadrozzi announced as the Dolphins' "Salute to Service" nominee for her military tour contributions as a member of the Dolphins cheerleaders. Every November, around Veteran's Day, each NFL team celebrates Military Appreciation Day with a "Salute to Service" game.

"I'm not a big fan of being in the spotlight or limelight," said Quadrozzi. "I don't do good in front of big crowds of people."

Despite this, Quadrozzi said she's "extremely grateful" for the honor and to continue to do the work that she does.

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