3 Berkshire women saluted as 'heroines' of public engagement

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Three Berkshire residents are among those recognized in the Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women's Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020.

The honorees are:

- Anne Nemetz-Carlson, of Williamstown, recommended by state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams;

- Cheryl Rose, of Dalton, recommended by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru;

- Jane Winn, of Pittsfield, recommended by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield.

Each year's Commonwealth Heroines are recognized for performing "unheralded acts daily that make our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns better places to live," according to a booklet publicizing this year's honorees.

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Nemetz-Carlson has been president and CEO of Child Care of the Berkshires since 1983. Barrett cited her expansion of child care programming and broader participation in the Northern Berkshire community.

"Anne is a proven leader and most worthy of this recognition as she has had a positive and meaningful impact upon hundreds of children and families in Berkshire County," Barrett said in a statement.

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Rose was recognized for her advocacy and public engagement, particularly on environmental issues, as well as her involvement with town committees and boards in Dalton.

"She participates in our democracy in a way that is very rarely seen," Mark said.

Winn is executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and was recognized for work to achieve "an equitable and sustainable future."

"Jane's steadfast and longtime advocacy for our environment, especially for environmental justice, has made a huge [but sometimes unnoticed] difference in the Berkshires and beyond," Farley-Bouvier said in a release.

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"Jane is one of Pittsfield's most long-standing environmental advocates and champions," said Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer. "We appreciate her continuous contributions to our community."

Winn will be recognized at Tuesday's virtual Pittsfield City Council meeting.

Also honored was Kimberly Longey, of Plainfield in Hampshire County, at the recommendation of state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield. Longey most recently volunteered as manager for the Plainfield Light and Telecommunications Department after being a champion of her town's drive to create a broadband internet network.

While each class usually is celebrated at the Statehouse in June, this year's class was celebrated through an online slideshow.

Danny Jin, a Report for America corps member, is The Eagle's Statehouse news reporter. He can be reached at djin@berkshireeagle.com, @djinreports on Twitter and 413-496-6221.


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