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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center

Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.

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Bigg Daddy's Cheesesteaks Opens Downtown Pittsfield Location

There is no longer a need for people in Pittsfield to drive down to the city of brotherly love to get Geno's or Pats or Tony Luke's cheesesteaks. Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks are now available right on North Street. Xavier Jones opened Bigg Daddy's Philly Steak House in Crawford Square on Friday. It is his second location since starting what he envisions will be a local franchise last January.

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Pittsfield's Capitol Marquee Bids Come In High, Council Still Supportive

The bids to repair the Capitol Theatre marquee are higher than anticipated. But, the City Council feels it is worth it. "In my opinion, the marquee is a jewel," said Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Simonelli.

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Berkshire Lightscapes Kicking Off Fundraising to Light Up Pittsfield

The nonprofit committee organized by the Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association was approved last month for a $50,000 Commonwealth Places/MassDevelopment matching grant. It hopes to raise the $50,000 in matching funds by May 18.

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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Non-profit Looking at New Ways to Light Up Downtown

On Thursday, the group lit up the former Agricultural Bank building at 100 North St. so the community, other businesses, and the committee can see for themselves what it would be like here.

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Pittsfield To Add Handicapped Parking Downtown

Despite a recommendation to deny the proposed handicapped parking spaces, the City Council adopted a measure increasing the number of downtown spaces. The additional spots have been a long time coming when Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pressed the issue of the number of issues on North Street.

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Pittsfield City Council Supports Capitol Marquee Restoration

The City Council is supportive of efforts to restore the historic Capitol marquee outside of the senior center. The structure of the 1928 marquee is structurally failing and Barry Architects have estimated a $142,030 cost to fully restore it. The city is considering allocating $50,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funds and funding the rest through the capital budget.

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Pittsfield Looking to Restore Capitol Marquee

The city is looking at spending some $150,000 to restore the historic Capitol marquee outside of the senior center. Barry Architects did an assessment of the structure and determined there are significant repairs needed.

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more. The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.

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Methuselah Ordered By Licensing Board To Donate Five-Days of Profits

Instead of having her liquor license suspended for five days, Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen is donating the profits from those days to a local non-profit. Methuselah was called before the Licensing Board to answer to an incident on Nov. 25, 2016, when a 17-year-old was drinking at the bar and then was shot moments after right outside of the door. The Licensing Board agreed on Monday to stay a license suspension for a year, meaning if there are any violations in the next year the suspension is a

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'Four Freedoms' March Set for Saturday in Pittsfield

It was an "unprecedented" time in 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation and called for a world "founded upon four essential human freedoms." It's been 76 years since then and the resolve of the Berkshires remains strong toward securing exactly that. On Saturday, hundreds will be marching down North Street to stand up for those four freedoms FDR cited : the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from wan

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Bagels Too to Close in Downtown Pittsfield

Bagels Too is closing after nearly 30 years. Owner Susan Gordon said she was unable to secure a new lease and will close in early 2017. Gordon has run the downtown eatery since 1987. But she has been looking to sell the store and retire. She is currently looking for a new downtown location.

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Allegrone Finishes Redevelopment of Historic Onota Building

Allegrone Construction has completed a $9 million renovation of the historic Onota Building on North Street. The company held an open house on Wednesday to show off the 25 rental units, rooftop deck, and six retail spaces. Already more than half of the housing units have been leased with move in day just a few weeks away on Nov. 15.

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