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Biz Briefs: Simon Scholarships, Canyon Ranch Luxury Residences
01:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016
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Locally, Emma Lezberg of Pittsfield and Erica Perrea of Hinsdale were each given scholarships.

A little help: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, parent company of the Lee Premium Outlets, have awarded 26 high school seniors with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships totaling more than $80,000.  

Locally, Emma Lezberg of Pittsfield and Erica Perrea of Hinsdale were each given scholarships.

Simon Youth Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate high school and to provide scholarship opportunities for the youth. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipients attended a celebratory reception on Wednesday, July 20, at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least one student in every U.S. community that is home to a Simon property. Since inception, 396 scholarships have been awarded to recipients across New England, exceeding more than $1.1 million in scholarships. This year, approximately $1.4 million will be awarded nationally across the Simon portfolio.

Luxury living: Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 19 luxury residences at Canyon Ranch in Lenox for the first time, following in the footsteps of other Canyon Ranch locations that have begun to offer residences for sale on the premises. By purchasing a property on the resort, homeowners have access to all of the resort amenities, which are represented by Great Barrington agents Gladys Montgomery and Marc Bachman.

The residences range in price from from $1,350,000 to $2,300,000 and are constructed with eco-friendly materials and contain open, spacious floor plans and high ceilings. Features include gas fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, architecturally detailed ceilings, walnut paneled entry doors, custom-designed cabinetry, quality kitchen appliances, stone countertops, a full-size washer and dryer, ample closet space and hardwood floors throughout. Multiple balconies and terraces overlook the surrounding property, which is pristinely maintained by Canyon Ranch site planning and landscape installation.

The resort also includes climate-controlled underground parking with elevator access as well as 24-hour on-site security.

Volunteer honors: Berkshire Bank has recognized 31 employees for their volunteerism in the community and has named three “top volunteers” through their Volunteer Service X-ellence Awards Program. These annual awards celebrate bank employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

The three award recipients were selected based on their strong record of volunteerism to nonprofit organizations through both company-supported activities and in individual service to the broader community. Each of the award winners also received a $1,000 donation to be made on their behalf to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

This year’s Volunteer X-ellence Award winners include:  

* Matt Nicholl, Business Banking Officer, Utica, N.Y., won the Volunteer Service X-ellence award for his leadership and participation in the Bank’s corporate volunteer program. Nicholl’s donation was made to the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica

* Dan Elias, a teller in Pittsfield, received the Volunteer Service X-ellence award for his individual volunteer service outside the Bank’s corporate program. Elias’s donation was made to the Catholic Youth Center.

* LeeAnn Morrone, a branch officer in Newington, Conn., received the Volunteer Service X-ellence award for her leadership and service in both company-supported and individual volunteer activities. Morrone’s donation was made to the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition, Berkshire Bank admitted 31 employees to their Community Service Honor Roll. Those employees eligible for the Honor Roll completed a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service in the last calendar year. Honorees included: Dawn Adams-Rea, Dorset, Vt.; Erin Albert, Lee; Theresa Andersen, Pittsfield; Patrick Browne, Needham; Robert Bucci, Greenville, N.Y.; Suzanne Byrne Pittsfield; Scott Cowlin, Pittsfield; Robert Curley, Albany, N.Y.; Joshua Cutler, Pittsfield; Lisa Davison, Rome, N.Y.; Jody DeMarco, Rotterdam, N.Y.; Daniel Elias, Pittsfield; Susan Gagne, East Longmeadow; Paul Gershkowitz, Needham; David Gonci, Pittsfield; Brian Hazard, Westborough; Gary Levante, Pittsfield; Leslie Lever, Ludlow, Vt.; LeeAnn Morrone, Newington, Conn.; Dawn Myers, Ilion, N.Y.; Kamella Niccum, Wilbraham; Matthew Nicholl, Utica, N.Y.; David R. Nolan, Needham; Leonard O'Dea, Pittsfield; Ann Ciepiela, Pittsfield; Monica Schlaepfer, West Winfield, N.Y.; Maria Schoonover, West Winfield, N.Y.; Ryan Shorette. Hartford, Conn.; Michael Smith, Greenfield; Gary Urkevich, Pittsfield; and Karen Worcester, Rutland, Vt.

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