BUSINESS BRIEFS: Seminar on financial abuse of seniors, fraud; 1Berkshire REDO Fund; BCC, Jacob’s Pillow adds staff; Summerville leaves Salisbury Bank

Salisbury Bank is holding a free seminar on senior financial abuse and fraud

LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Salisbury Bank and Trust Company will be offering a free seminar to raise awareness of financial abuse of older people, on Wednesday, June 1 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 the Douglas Library (108 Main St., North Canaan, Connecticut).

Widespread and easily overlooked, financial abuse of the elderly is a growing problem in today’s society, and healthcare fraud drains billions of dollars from our pockets every year. This seminar will help empower you and your family members to protect confidential banking information and healthcare accounts, as well as teach you how to spot and report suspicious behavior. Presenters will answer the following questions:

  • How can I protect myself or a loved one from financial abuse?
  • How is Medicare fraud, abuse, or error defined?
  • Why are individuals reluctant to report that they have become a victim?
  • What are the most common types of banking and health insurance scams?
  • Who do I contact if I suspect fraud and scams?

About the presenters: Audrey Cole is the senior health insurance patrol for the Western Connecticut Region Agency on Aging. Stacey Curtis is Vice President, Branch Administrator, Branch Manager of Newburgh.

To register click here. You can also call Genia at 860-453-3496 or email [email protected] (please enter “Fraud” in the subject line).


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1Berkshire Announces $605,000 in Regional Economic Development Organization Funding

PITTSFIELD – 1Berkshire announces it has received more than $605,000 in grants from the Regional Economic Development Organization as part of the recently announced $2.1 million in funding through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. As the Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) for the Berkshires, 1Berkshire has led requests for a variety of collaborative efforts to help inject capital to support the regional economy. In addition to the Corporate Resource Translation Project and the recently launched Best Foot Forward Facade Improvement Micro-Grant Program, these funds will go to projects such as:

  • The expansion and revival of the 1Berkshire jobs business. This effort has enabled 1Berkshire to add new digital features to its job posting platform which focuses marketing investments on recruiting candidates from outside markets. The relaunched platform is now hosted on, providing increased organic interaction with visitors and those interested in moving to the area.
  • Downtown commercial district signage in the City of Adams. In partnership with the city and proAdams, this effort will invest in signage to help promote pedestrian traffic around commercial corridors and connect the corridors to visitors to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and Greylock Glen.
  • Great Barrington Art Box Project. In conjunction with the City of Great Barrington, this effort will help expand the area’s creative venue portfolio by supporting the creation and installation of vinyl art coverings on a series of downtown electrical boxes. city.
  • Mohawk Theater facade and marquee improvement project. In partnership with the City of North Adams, this funding will support significant improvements and updates to this historic landmark and visual anchor in the city’s downtown core. By updating the visuals and functionality of the marquee, this effort will not only improve the viability of the Mohawk’s redevelopment in the future, but will also bring this visual beacon back to life as a way to stimulate foot traffic in the commercial district.
  • North Adams Permit Guide and Best Practices. Working with the City of North Adams and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, this funding will help update and improve permit processes and user navigation through the city’s permit systems to make the path to opening a business more accessible.
  • Pop-Up North Berkshire. In partnership with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and proAdams, as well as the Town of Adams and the Town of North Adams, this effort will bring four pop-up businesses to both communities for seasonal operations through summer 2022. This effort will help fill vacant storefronts and contribute to the array of downtown businesses and destinations in both communities.
  • Content generation for online outdoor recreation asset map and business connectivity. In conjunction with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and regional outdoor recreation stakeholders, this effort will provide content for an upcoming online outdoor recreation website to help visitors navigate the more 300 outdoor recreation assets from the region and helping them find their way around our town centers to help drive commerce.
  • Williamstown Downtown Banner Project. In partnership with the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, this effort will result in the installation of banners in downtown hallways to inform visitors of the opportunities at their fingertips and showcase the beauty of the area.


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Berkshire Community College announces new staff

Pittsfield Campus of Berkshire Community College. Photo courtesy BCC

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces the addition of four new full-time staff members, as well as a change in employment status for one staff member.

New team

Nick Delmolino joins BCC as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, where he will support the fundraising efforts of the Berkshire Community College Foundation. He will work to continue to build relationships in the community to help achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals. Delmolino, a native of Berkshire County, is back in Pittsfield after spending the past 18 years living in Wyoming. There, he served as director of advancement at the Teton Raptor Center and previously senior director of marketing and communications at Teton Science Schools. Delmolino attended BCC and later earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western New England University.

Bill Jennings joins BCC as Director of Information Technology. Jennings recently worked for over 14 years at Iredale Cosmetics in Great Barrington. He started his career there as a system administrator, then became an infrastructure manager and finally an IT manager, a position he has held for the past seven years. He has over 30 years of IT experience, including as IT Support and Customer Service Manager at Workshoplive and as a System Administrator at Starbase Technologies, both in Pittsfield. Jennings holds a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the University of Bridgeport.

Tom Spiro joins BCC as a Clerk IV for the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) program. Spiro is part of a team that provides assistance to students and prospective students with logistical administrative information. Spiro comes to BCC from the alumni relations office at UMass Amherst. Previously, he was coordinator of the 2+2 program at Elms College. He holds a master’s degree in natural resource management from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Oneonta.

sabrina squires joined BCC as Library Assistant III for Circulation. Squires graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies and Religious Studies. She most recently worked as a circulation coordinator for the Neil Hellman Library at College of Saint Rose in Albany, where she served a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty.

Updated employment status

Sean Reagan, formerly Academic Advisor for the BCC Academic Advisory Team, is now Academic Advisor for Allied Health. Prior to joining BCC in November 2021, he taught English and Journalism at Holyoke Community College for 10 years. He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Western New England University School of Law and Goddard College.


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Lila Kanner joins Jacob’s Pillow as Director of Philanthropy

Lila Kanner. Photo courtesy Jacob’s Pillow

SPOILER — Jacob’s Pillow announces that Lila Kanner will join Jacob’s Pillow as its new Director of Philanthropy. She will take up her new duties on May 23.

Kanner brings to The Pillow more than 20 years of experience in the arts and a decade in fundraising leadership. Most recently, she served as Acting Director of Development at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she led a development team responsible for delivering campaigns, major gifts, memberships, operations, community relations elders and events. Prior to her time at The Courtauld, she served as Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Art Museums.

In her new role, Kanner will work with the Executive and Artistic Director, Board of Directors and staff to advance the pillow’s development goals. She will play a key role in strengthening the organization’s major gifts and will be essential in creating a new development and stewardship plan for the future.

Among other international cultural organizations, Kanner has held positions at Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue; the fabric workshop and museum; and Art21: Art in the 21st Century, a television series featuring contemporary artists on PBS. She grew up in Pittsfield and graduated with honors from Wellesley College. She holds an MA in Modern Art History and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University.


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Betsy Summerville retires from Salisbury Bank

Betsy Summerville. Photo courtesy of Salisbury Bank

LAKEVILLE, Conn.. — Salisbury Bank and Trust Company announces the retirement of Betsy Summerville, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail and Lending Operations.

Summerville held various positions during her tenure at the Bank, including Executive Vice President, Chief Retail Officer (2014-2019), Senior Vice President, Retail Banking (2007-2014 ) and Vice President, Special Projects (2003-2007 ).

“Betsy has been integral to the success of Salisbury Bank and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Bank over the past 18 years,” said Bank President and CEO Rick Cantele. “She offered inspiration, guidance, support and leadership to those around her. Betsy’s teamwork, generosity, kindness and integrity will be greatly missed.

The entire Bank team and the Board of Directors express their deepest thanks and appreciation for all her hard work and wish her the best as she embarks on this new journey towards retirement. Betsy’s last day will be June 3, 2022.


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