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Brian Fitzpatrick wanted to put on the event to raise awareness specifically for the safety of those with disabilities.
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Pittsfield Walk Raises Awareness For Pedestrian Safety

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The group met at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday to take the walk.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A group of residents took a walk down North Street on Monday in an effort to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

And, fittingly, the group nearly got run over by a driver who did not stop.

The event was headed by Brian Fitzpatrick who wanted to particularly raise awareness regarding the safety of those with disabilities.
 
The walk kicked off from City Hall at 10 a.m. with Police Sgt. Marc Maddalena, Mayor Linda Tyer, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, City Councilor Kevin Morandi and more. 
 
The group walked down North Street to Maplewood and back with Maddalena leading the way. The event was put on by the city, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, Ad Lib, and the Commission on Disabilities.
 
The group's collective walk was geared toward shedding light on pedestrian safety. When Fitzpatrick and crew attempted to cross North Street near Bradford, a driver whizzed past. Officer Darren Derby was assigned to walk and quickly chased down the operator and issued a ticket.
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Pittsfield Candidates Debate Needs of Ward 5

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Moderator Larry Kratka asks questions at BCC. 
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Jonathan Lothrop, Eugene Maselli, and Patrick Kavey — seated in the order their names will appear on the ballot — took questions in Room K-111 at Berkshire Community College. The debate, moderated by radio host Larry Kratka, was sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted by BCC; Pittsfield Community Television broadcast the debate live. 
 
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