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NAACP to Host Virtual Freedom Fund Awards
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The NAACP's Berkshire County Branch will be hosting its annual Freedom Fund Awards event virtually on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.   The yearly event raises funds to provide stipends to students of color in Berkshire County who are planning on attending college or trade school the following year. Last
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Pittsfield Councilors Ask for Accountability on Police Grants
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city councilors are asking for more transparency and accountability within the Pittsfield Police Department in relation to department spending.   Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon and Councilor at Large Earl Persip III pointed out the need for accountability at last week's council meeting in regard to
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City of Pittsfield Rolls Out New COVID-19 Vaccination Information Hotline
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In light of mounting inquiries regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, the City of Pittsfield's Department of Health has established a new dedicated hotline to provide residents with updated information.  The hotline, which can be accessed by calling 413-449-5575. Information will be updated on Mondays or as
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Pittsfield Council Gets Report on Parking, Plowing for December Storm
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is facing shortages of snow plow contractors and is looking for a solution.   Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales told the City Council last week that Pittsfield has been short-staffed for contractors. The number of contractors that sign up for work with the city has
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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on
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Pittsfield Council Rejects Call to Refer Investigations of Restaurants
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council does not believe its job is to police restaurants on COVID-19 violations. The council last week rejected another petition from Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio, this one requesting the Licensing Board review any alleged COVID-19 violations. This petition was amended from the original, which
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Pittsfield Gets $475K for Second Installment of Block Grant Funds
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield received its second allocation of Community Development Block Grants in the amount of $475,103.00. The federally funded program is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted
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Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
There's a winter weather advisory in effect overnight Friday in the Berkshires and a chance of up to 5 inches of snow.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.    The snowfall could
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Discharged Weapon Incident
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are currently investigating a weapon discharge on Onota Street and are seeking information.    On Thursday, Jan. 14 at approximately 7:45pm, Pittsfield Police Department personnel responded to the area of Onota Street for a ShotSpotter activation indicating multiple
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Third Generation D’Amour Family Appointments at Big Y
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announced the promotion of the following 3rd generation D'Amour family members.  Colin M. D'Amour has been named senior director of Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, and Christian P. D'Amour is director of e-commerce. Both appointments
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