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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

2024 Regional Transportation Plan Under Development
04:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) has begun work on developing the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Berkshire County.    The RTP has a 20-year planning horizon and is updated every four years. The plan serves as the County's overarching transportation planning document and is required to ensure the region remains eligible to receive federal transportation funding. The RTP employs a systematic approach to evaluate the performance of the transportation system, to identify "needs" or deficiencies in the system, and to develop solutions that best address any existing gaps to meet the region's

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Pittsfield Announces New Partnership for Mattress Recycling
02:06PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's disposal ban, which prohibits mattresses for inclusion in waste disposal or transport for disposal beginning Nov. 1, the city of Pittsfield Department of Public Services and Utilities has partnered with Tough Stuff Recycling (TSR) to offer a curbside pickup service for mattresses in the city.   The ban prohibits mattress disposal via the city's bulky waste sticker program.   Under the new system, residents can schedule a pickup appointment through the company's online scheduling system at https://order.toughstuffrecycling.com. TSR's service fee is $55 per

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MCLA Information Sessions for Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
08:25AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) will host information sessions for those interested in completing a Bachelor's Degree or pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).    The 30-minute information sessions will be available in person and online in North Adams and Pittsfield.    The community is invited to the Nov. 1 information session at 5 p.m. remotely online only, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. in Pittsfield at 66 Allen St., and Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in North Adams, MCLA Eldridge Hall room 206, with optional remote registration for the latter two sessions.    MCLA's

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Pittsfield Council Designates Private Ways for Snow Removal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:05AM / Monday, October 31, 2022

PITTSFIELD Mass. — In advance of the season's first snowfall, the City Council last week voted to designate eight private streets for plowing.

These include Applewood Lane, Churchill Crest, Westbrook Terrace, Southbrook Lane, Northbrook Lane, Eastbrook Lane, Pheasant Way, and Old Farm Lane.

The streets include townhomes, condominiums, and a gated community. All have a homeowners association (HOA) fee that pays for services within the association and pays city taxes.

The petition was brought forward by Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi and supported unanimously.

"I support this petition. I think that every resident that pays taxes for services from the city should get

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Maria's European Delights To Close in Pittsfield
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The smell of homemade soup, stuffed cabbage, and kielbasa fill the small yet lively Eastern European deli as patrons send Maria Sekowski off on her journey in retirement.    Sekowski announced on her Facebook page in early October that she would be closing her doors at the end of the year with plans to retire.    Patrons expressed their congratulations but were greatly saddened by this loss to the community. Many customers said they are going to miss her welcoming and energetic personality.    The curtains will close on Sekowski's impromptu musical numbers and karaoke sessions. Music by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael

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Pittsfield Park of Honor Continues to Remember Veterans
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Sunday, October 30, 2022

The event has been held for a decade. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of American flags are swaying in Park Square to honor those who served the country.

The Park of Honor had its opening ceremony on Saturday. In the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield's annual fundraiser, flags are purchased in honor of local veterans to raise money for scholarships that support children and grandchildren of veterans.

President Curtis Janey pointed out that the park was not completely full of flags this year but wants to have it packed for the event's 10th anniversary next year. More than 400 were sold, covering about half of the park.

"Sometimes things change with the economy and with

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Lanesborough ARPA Committee Approves Funds for Police Station Sitework
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Saturday, October 29, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The American Rescue Plan Act Committee has approved $15,000 for geotechnical and other sitework for the combined police and ambulance building project. 

Police Station Committee Chair Kristen Tool asked the Select Board for the money on Monday, which the board granted pending ARPA Committee approval. The group unanimously approved the allocation.    "She met with [Town Administrator Joshua Lang] on the subject. Josh suggested ARPA money, because there is not any money set aside for that," said Police Chief Robert Derksen.    The committee also approved and additional $4,000 for technology improvements for the town, $1,800 for

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Pittsfield Halloween Parade Attracts 5,000 Attendees
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Saturday, October 29, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — The city's annual Halloween parade rose from the dead on Friday after a two-year absence.

Around 5,000 people lined Tyler Street to watch a procession of floats, schools, and other organizations dressed to the nine in their spookiest garb for the 76th parade.

There was undeniable excitement — and fright — in the air for the return of the event that fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

"This is one of our largest parades we have had in quite some time," Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Rebecca Manship said.

"We have a bunch of new participants, too, so that tells me that the community has missed

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Pittsfield Police Union Delays Body Camera Pilot
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:02AM / Saturday, October 29, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department's implementation of a body camera pilot program is being held up by concerns from the union.

On Tuesday, the City Council tabled a status update from the department on body-worn cameras, which have been requested by the council and community members since the police killing of Miguel Estrella in March.

In May, the council formally voted to endorse the use of surveillance technology.

"We're delayed at the moment but we've made quite a bit of progress on the program as a whole," Captain Gary Traversa said.  

He reported that progress had been delayed for the prior 10 days due to issues with the police union but

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State Senate Candidates Clash on Abortion, Fair Share, Police Reform in Debate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Saturday, October 29, 2022

The candidates answer questions on energy, abortion, homeless, police reform and other topics during the hourlong debate with PCTV's Shawn Serre as moderator. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Senate candidates Paul Mark and Brendan Phair covered regional and national issues in a debate hosted by Pittsfield Community Television and iBerkshires on Thursday evening at the PCTV studios.

The two had significantly different views on abortion rights, gender-affirming care, police reform, and the Fair Share Amendment.

Phair, an independent candidate, described himself as "pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-energy, pro-business, pro-parental rights, and pro-law enforcement"

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@theMarket: Markets Consolidate Before the Fed
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Friday, October 28, 2022
Traders are hoping for good news from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Nov. 2. Stocks have been rallying in anticipation, but the Fed has disappointed before. Will they do it again?   The bulls figure it this way: The economy is expected to weaken, at least moderately. However, the third quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came in a bit better than expected rising 2.6 percent versus the 2.3 percent expected. So, there is no real proof that the bulls are right quite yet.   As for the slowing of inflation, there is little evidence of that as well. The Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCE) is a measure of prices that Americans pay for goods and services and

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Deadline for Adams License Renewal Paperwork Nov. 21
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Thursday, October 27, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — The town will soon send out annual license renewal information to businesses, which the Board of Selectmen intends to approve on Dec. 7.

The board's Local Licensing Authority Subcommittee met Monday to discuss the renewal timeline, deciding on a Nov. 21 deadline for returning renewal paperwork. Board Vice Chair Cristine Hoyt said businesses should receive the necessary paperwork before the end of the month.

"Nobody can sign off on anything until the month of November, so we typically have not set anything until closer to the start of November," she said. "So this week or next week is really the earliest that anybody would get their

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