How can we?
That's the question Mayor Linda Tyer posed to the new City Council and School Committee on Tuesday. Tyer is midway through her four-year term, the first four-year term in the city's history, and welcomed on Tuesday a City Council and new School Committee.
Three city police officers were advanced to the rank of sergeant and sworn in at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau gave the oath of office to Albert Zoito, Mark Bailey and Anthony Beverly before a crowd of family and friends.
Three new officers were sworn in as permanent members of the police force and a firefighter was promoted at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Mayor Richard Alcombright has made it a practice to bring the city's public safety personnel into council chambers to be sworn in so that the community can see them on the local access channel, Northern Berkshire Community Television.
Adam Hinds was sworn in Wednesday as the Berkshire's newest state senator.
Hinds took the oath of office in the Senate Chambers on Beacon Hill Wednesday to serve the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in November to fill the shoes of Benjamin Downing, who chose not to run for re-election.
It was standing room only in the City Council Chambers Tuesday night, filled with supporters of Frederick Conyers Jr. who was introduced as the newest firefighter.
Conyers was one of five names the mayor sent along to the council for appointment - joined by Michael Anthony, Max LaCasse, Jarrett Robitaille and Jesse Underwood-Miller - but his stood out after recent controversy over his background.
Seven new public safety officers were sworn in on Tuesday to the "most noble professions" in a promotional celebration at City Hall
It was the first time such a public event had been held, at least as far as Police Chief Michael Wynn knew.
An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee.
The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short- and long-term areas.