Something new, something old, and something colorful.
The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival which brings nearly a thousand people to the common or Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.
The city's tennis courts were in serious disrepair and parents and coaches certainly took notice.
They began advocating the city to fix them. The high school teams practice and bring in other schools to play. But coaches felt not only were the courts in poor condition but also posed a safety hazard.
The state Senate's budget would give an additional $5 million in funding to Pittsfield Public Schools.
But, is only addressing one of four areas cited by the Foundation Formula Budget Review Commission, which found in 2015 that the state has dramatically underfunded the public schools for health care, special education, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged students.
The effort to bring the city's zoning up to date has been "very slow and very tedious," beginning several years ago with cleaning up language and sections in the ordinances and moving on to the latest update of aligning zones with property boundaries.
Williams College senior Jill Jenkin made sure it was the latter, racing over to the left-field line just in front of the warning track and leaping to snare a vicious line drive for the third and final out of the bottom of the seventh, preserving the Ephs 1-0 win over Ithaca College in Game One of the best-of-three NCAA Div. III Tournament Super Regional Friday at Kostrinsky Field.
A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program.
Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta submitted a petition with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta claims the city had not kept him informed of the move and that meters would hinder his business. He's righting back, calling for 90-minute parking, like he has now, instead.
A biology and religion double major from Rockport, Mass., Hurst plans to study molecular medicine at the University of St. Andrews, investigating a potential pathogenic mechanism of fatal arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions. He also hopes to gain a better understanding of Scottish views on nationalized healthcare system in that country as a means of comparison to the U.S. system.
The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by
the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!
Town Administrator Jay Green told the board on Wednesday that he had received communications from Sen. Adam Hinds' office in regard to a state budget amendment that would secure nearly $50,000 for the park.
Mayor Linda Tyer has a tentative plan to get rid of the eyesore of a former Hess gas station on Tyler Street.
In the proposed capital budget, Tyer is seeking funds to purchase the property and turn it into green space. The mayor said on Monday the parcel has been identified as an important piece of redevelopment on Tyler Street and the city has agreed to take ownership, provided the owners are willing to sell.
In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity.
The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. The officer tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen. There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm
At least some of the land the town bought more than a decade ago to service seniors could somewhat serve its intended purpose soon.
The town had bought around 19 acres of land bordered by Prospect Street and North Main Street in 2007 with the intent to build a new senior center and senior housing units. Berkshire Housing Development headed efforts to craft plans for the senior housing aspect but the recession hit and the federal funds eyed for construction dried up. The property has sat for m