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Pittsfield Board of Health Takes Hard Line With Tobacco Sellers

The Board of Health levied stiff penalties for a business owner who did not comply with tobacco permitting regulations and denied a new business the chance. A week after hearing testimony from the owner of Zuke's Soups and Variety on West Street and the proprietors of Gas Man on East Street, the board on Wednesday handed out the decisions. Zuke's is facing a 90-day suspension and a $500 fine for being late in renewing the application and Gas Man was denied a permit, despite investing some $40

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Dunkin' Still Hoping for Styrofoam Ban Waiver in Pittsfield

The Board of Health has yet to render a decision on whether Dunkin' Donuts will receive a waiver from the city's polystyrene ban. Dunkin Brands is asking that its 24-ounce cup lids be exempted from the Styrofoam ban that goes into affect in July. According to Christine Riley Miller, of Dunkin Brands, the company has double-walled paper cups with recyclable lids for the other sizes. However, lids haven't been developed for the largest size the stores offer.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Ask Board of Health to Limit Backyard Fowl

After town meeting tabled a vote to implement new regulations on backyard fowl, the Board of Selectmen are asking the Board of Health to adopt such a law. The Selectmen approved on Monday sending two new regulations to the Board of Health, which will not need town meeting approval. The first would limit the number of animals on a property less than one acre and the other would call for owners of fowl to register with town hall. "The main focus of it is, people who are on lots of less than

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Adams Parks Commission Approves Tick Signage

The Parks Commission voted Wednesday to allow the Board of Health to place informational signs about ticks at town parks. Board of Health member Bruce Shepley showed the commission a nationally distributed sign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that listed best practices on how to avoid and remove ticks and prevent Lyme disease.

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Adams to Clean Up Littered Syringes

The Board of Health is looking at options to keep syringes and other sharps off the streets. Board member Bruce Shepley told other board members Wednesday that the sharps and syringe problem in Adams may be more severe than originally understood.

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North Adams Health Department Condemns Apartment Building

Twenty-one people are currently without a home after city officials condemned an eight-unit apartment house for "life safety issues." The three-decker structure at 35-37 High St. was abruptly evacuated on Wednesday evening because of fears the electrical load was so high it could have caused a fire.

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Adams Board of Health Mulls Improper Demolition

The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December. The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.

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Adams Board Of Health Updating Tobacco Regulations

The Board of Health agreed to update all tobacco regulations during the process of increase the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21. The Board of Health decided Tuesday at a workshop meeting that the tobacco age increase would not be a new regulation, but an amendment. However, while working with Tri-Town Health Department it may be a chance to make sure all of their tobacco regulations are up to date.

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Improper Demolition Procedure Could Mean Trouble For Adams

Two town boards are expressing concerns over what they say was the improper demolition of two outbuildings on the Hoosac Valley Coal & Grain property. Conservation Commissioner Thomas Robinson told his commission on Thursday that a citizen had called him about the building on Cook Street the town took for back taxes.

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Adams Code Enforcement Officer to Leave Post

Scott Koczela told the Board of Health on Wednesday that he will be working for the state Department of Public Health in Northampton starting the Jan. 25. Koczela thanked the board members and said he will miss working for the town. "This is my home town where I grew up and lived in for most of my life," he said. "I care a lot about it and I just wanted it to succeed, see it get better, and protect it from people that were here to exploit it ... I enjoyed working here for most of my 10 yea

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Pittsfield Board of Health Seeking Amendments to Tobacco Law

In July of 2014, the Board of Health capped the number of permits to sell tobacco permits at 25, less than the city currently has issued. The goal was to reduce the number of stores selling the products over time. However, there has yet to be a reduction in permits and the board has found areas in the language that need buttoning up.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Reject Plan to Hire Cleaner for Police Station

"We really do want our workplaces to be as clean as possible." — Paul Sieloff

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Clarksburg Board of Health Demands to East Road Cleanup

"You would think writing a letter would be a simple task." — Cynthia Schock