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Data Shows Serious Traffic Collisions On The Decline In The Berkshires

The county's rate of serious traffic accidents in the Berkshires is declining faster than the state average. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin reported Tuesday projections that show a continual decline in the number of vehicle fatalities and serious injuries. Based on five-year rolling averages calculated each year, there has been a 17.27 percent decline in fatalities and a 15.57 percent decline in serious injuries since 2011.

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North Adams Struggling to Recruit, Retain Police Officers

Low pay and high call volume are making it harder to attract and retain police officers in the city.

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Pittsfield Awarded 73K To Continue Youth Mentoring Programs

The city was awarded $73,000 dollars to continue its young violence prevention programming. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the next round of Charles E. Shannon Grant funding, of which $73,000 will be coming to help continue to Pittsfield Community Connection.

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Pittsfield Accepts Gift To Deploy Gunshot Detection System

On Monday night Sgt. Nicholas DeSantis heard gunshots and started heading in that direction. He noticed a suspicious car speeding away and chased it down. It led to the arrest of four individuals on gun-related charges. Police Chief Michael Wynn and his command staff then went and looked at the 911 calls reporting the shots. All four of the calls the department received were from the opposite side of the incident from where DeSantis was at the time. That means if he hadn't seen the car, he wo

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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Pittsfield Public Safety Advisory Awaits Mayoral Appointments

The Public Safety Advisory Committee wants to get working, but needs the mayor to appoint a full board. What was left of the sparse committee met on Monday and said they've been trying to meet with Mayor Linda Tyer about the committee to no avail. They plan to put a written request to meet with her in hopes to get the board together.

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Prayers, Remembrance at North Adams 9/11 Memorial

A vigil at St. Elizabeth's Church ended Sunday with a joint memorial with members of the public safety community to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including close to 500 first-responders. Parishioners at St. Elizabeth ended morning Mass with a procession carrying Our Lady of Fatima to the Veterans Memorial, where firefighters and police officers from several communities were standing at

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Pittsfield's Public Safety Advisory Committee To Get Fresh Start

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is going to get a fresh start. The committee is an offshoot of the Police Advisory Committee, which was reformed in 2012. Last year, the committee was expanded to include all of public safety. But, that was before the election. After the election many of the members of the committee resigned and it was reduced to next to nothing. Mayor Linda Tyer appointed some new members but there is still vacancies. The new group met in May and determined it needed more

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North Adams Panel Endorses Return of Center Street Parking Meters

The Public Safety Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend ordinance changes that will put parking meters back in the Center Street Parking Lot. The three members, however, sent a strong message during the discussion that the city should be looking at a parking plan for the entire downtown.

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North Adams Continues to Struggle With Overtime, Aging Workforce

"We've got some guys who are getting older ... but we have a committed staff," said Mayor Richard Alcombright. "But they have a lot of time ... all you need is three to call in sick." Seniority-driven sick and vacation time, along with employees out with injuries continues to take a toll on overtime. "We have an aging workforce and our average age is 45, 47," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said his department is preparing for rash of retirements in t

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Pittsfield Public Safety Advisory Group Resurges

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is awaiting direction from the mayor as to what they're role will be. The committee was reserected resurrected in 2012 as the Police Advisory Committee and last year the City Council approved an amendment which expanded the purview for all of public safety. The group met in October and in November Linda Tyer won the mayoral election. Many on the committee had been supporters of former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, who appointed them, and resigned. The committee wa

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North Adams Ending Year Under Budget; Increases Loom for 2017

The city expects to end the fiscal year without having to dip into reserves despite a bump in overtime costs for the police and fire departments. Treasurer David Fierro Jr. informed the Finance Committee last week during a review of the final months of fiscal 2016 that police and fire salaries are over budget for this year at a combined $225,000 because of greater than anticipated injuries on duty and overtime.

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Adams Compromise Outsources Dispatch But Retains 2 Workers

The Selectmen have agreed 4-1 to a compromise that would transfer dispatching services to the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, but retain two local dispatchers in the police station. Officials have been trying to eliminate the dispatch positions for

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Firefighters Learn Extrication Techniques in Dalton

The classes have been designed with a mixture of lecture and practical application with a major emphasis on safety.

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