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Letter: Answers Needed on North Adams Health Department Backlog

The recent revelation that the City of North Adams has fallen behind in its responsibility to provide its citizens of the most basic legally required Health Inspections demands a community announcement as compelling as Mayor Alcombright announcing his recision of the Winter Parking Ban sent to all citizens.

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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.