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Pittsfield Health Officials Want To Curb Tick-borne Illnesses

The Board of Health is considering its options to reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases. The Health Department has been noticing a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses recently and is now wondering what options it has to help control it.

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Dumpsters Being Removed From Former Adams Paper Mill

Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak told the Board of Health on Wednesday that the business storing the full dumpsters on the 115 Howland Ave. property has moved most of them to a different location it also leases.

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Pittsfield Officials Shut Down Elm Street Convenience Store

Building, fire, and health officials have shut down an Elm Street retailer because the building had fallen into disrepair. On Aug. 28, Building Inspectors deemed 155 Elm Street "hazardous to life and limb" and restricted public access to it. The ceiling had collapsed on one half of the structure, and inspectors say there was significant water damage. A Board of Survey tour in early October upheld the building inspector's determination, and the Health Department followed up by suspending the o

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Adams Board of Health to Inspect Debris at Curtis Paper Mill

The Board of Health will inspect reported debris left at the former Curtis Paper Mill. The board heard last week from resident and Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Linda Cernik, who had concerns over the growing amount debris at the Howland Avenue mill.

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Pittsfield Board of Health Gets Update On Toter System Plan

Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight. An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes - a 35-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling - to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company who contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, to use trucks wit

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A Year Later, J.B. Paper Warehouse Remains a Pile of Rubble

It has been 11 months since one of the biggest fires the city has seen in decades. The sky was lit up for miles. Fire companies from all over the county descended on the scene to douse the flames towering high from the former J.B. Paper warehouse. And today, the remains of that night are still piled high. In 11 months, there has been little to no progress toward cleaning up the mess left behind and the cause of the fire remains unknown.

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North Adams Board of Health OKs Food Vendor, Resolves Cafe Issues

The inspectors also looked into a Facebook complaint about ants in a sandwich from a local pizzeria. The eatery was clean, had no violations, and no sign of any ants.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Tobacco Control Programs

Recently, the Board of Health was asked to ease the compliance standards. Currently, every three years a store clerk has to become certified, at a cost of $25, through watching 45 minutes worth of videos and taking an exam. Chairman Jay Green said the program is working and results show that, so he'd be hard pressed to advocate to loosen the restrictions.

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Adams Board of Health Asks Adams Auto Mill to Clean Up Property

A Grove Street resident came to the board Wednesday with a bag full of shredded blue tarp that she dug out of her yard. She said the tarps on the roof of the old mill are shredded by the wind and litter the entire neighborhood.

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Mosquito Control Project Ready for 2017 Program in Pittsfield

Last year was the "season that never was" when it came to mosquito control. But, this year Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project Superintendent Christopher Horton is back at it with approval for the 2017 plan from the Board of Health.

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Pittsfield Health Board Asked to Ease Tobacco Retailer Certification

David Bertolozzi has managed a gas station and convenience store for 27 years and hasn't been cited for a tobacco violation. But yet, every three years he has to pay the Tri-Town Health Department $25 to watch a lengthy video, which features information such as the anatomy of a cigarette, to be certified. All clerks are required to take the certification exam every three years.

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Adams Board Of Heath Address Pinnacle Park Dust Problem

The Board of Health says it will address dust issues at Pinnacle Park caused by Duke's Sand and Gravel. Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak told the board on Wednesday that residents of the mobile home park have made multiple complaints about dust from the gravel pit.

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Pittsfield Approves Needle Exchange Program

It took seven months to make the decision but on Wednesday the Board of Health approved a needle exchange program. The board approved the letter authorizing the state Department of Health to pursue a vendor for such a program. The state will now take over the process of funding, issuing a request for proposal, and ultimately opening a site. The issue had been before the board since August, neared a vote in December, and then was pushed until March.

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Pittsfield Delays Needle Exchange Vote Until March, Maybe Longer

At the request of the mayor and City Council, the Board of Health has put the brakes on the opening of a needle exchange program. Just one month ago the board was ready and planning to vote in favor of giving the authorization to allow Tapestry Health to pursue opening one somewhere in the city in tandem with the state Department of Public Health.

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Adams Board Of Health To Crack Down On Uncovered Trash Haulers

The Board of Health has agreed to crackdown on commercial trash haulers operating incorrectly or without a permit. After board members aired concerns Wednesday about haulers operating without permits and driving with uncovered loads, Chairman Bruce Shepley said he would follow up with the Police Department and explain the board's grievances.

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Adams Increases Board Of Health Fees

The Board of Health reviewed all its fees and has made some increases that will come into play the first of the year. The board voted last week to hike fees to make them more in line with surrounding communities and to make sure they cover the cost within the department.

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Pittsfield Health Director: No Lead, Copper Issues With Drinking Water

The water in Pittsfield's schools do not have any issues with lead or copper, according to the Health Department. Health Director Gina Armstrong reported on Wednesday that the water in all of the municipally-owned buildings were tested for the chemicals and none findings were above actionable levels. The report is unlike the one recently released in North Adams, where some 50 water points turned out to have excessive amounts of lead and copper.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Wait for Council Comments on Needle Exchange

It is very unlikely the City Council will change the mind of the Board of Health when it comes to opening a needle exchange. But, the Board of Health does want to wait until the council has a chance to weigh in before making the decision.

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Three Resign From Pittsfield's Board of Health

A combined 22 years of experience on the Board of Health is leaving the board. Three board members submitted resignation letters, all ending their terms at the end of the month. Chairwoman Roberta Orsi, who has served on the board since its inception 12 years ago, Cynthia Geyer, who has six years on the board, and Dominica D'Avella, who has been on for the last four, submitted resignations over the last few months. "I think it is a loss to the city," said Jay Green, one of only two members

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Pittsfield Health Officials Reluctantly Approve Tobacco License On East Street

The Board of Health made a decision it didn't want to make. It approved the transfer of a tobacco retail permit to a location it tried so hard to disallow. On Wednesday, the board approved the transfer of Rina Shah's tobacco permit to 730 East Street, a space being leased Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, a pair who had been denied a permit for the exact location. The pair had purchased the former O'Connell's and intended to open Gas Man but only late into the process, after spending hundreds of

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Adams Increases Age for Tobacco Sales to 21

The Board of Health has banned the selling of tobacco products to those under the age of 21 in town and updated its regulations. The board heard no opposition to its proposals during a public hearing on Tuesday night and voted to put the new regulations in effect on Feb. 1, 2017.

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Williamstown Restaurant Closed for Building Code Violations

The town Friday ordered the temporary closure of a Main Street restaurant after an inspection revealed the business' failure to address previously identified violations of the building code. Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen at its Monday night meeting that Chopsticks Restaurant was found to be in violation of several parts of the building code some of which first were identified a year ago.

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Adams Board of Health Sets Tobacco 21 Hearing

The Board of Health set the public hearing on raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoon board member Bruce Shepley updated the Board of Health on some lingering questions they had on the new regulations and the board agreed it was time to move toward adoption.

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Lanesborough Settles Tax Appeal With Berkshire Mall

The town has settled the tax appeal lawsuits with the former owners of the Berkshire Mall. The former owners, Strategic Property Services under Berkshire Mall LLC., had appealed its assessment for both fiscal year 2015 and 2016. But, when in preparing for its sale to Kohan Retail Investment Group, the owners sought a settlement agreement with the town and the Baker Hill Road District on those assessments and a lawsuit.

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Adams Tobacco 21 Public Hearing to Be Held In October

The Board of Health has a few final questions and changes to make to its draft of Tobacco 21 regulations and plans to hold a public hearing in October. The new regulations provided by Tri-Town Health were reviewed last week to eliminate redundancies already in the Adams regulations. The board also tweaked the draft regulations, and made a list of questions to ask Tri-Town.

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