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Pittsfield Sees Low Incidence of Mosquito Virus, Rise in E-Cigarettes

Although the mosquito numbers were low, this was not the case in youth e-cigarette use and Armstrong said according to a recent Central Berkshire Prevention Needs survey use is on the rise.

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Adams Code Enforcement Officer to Retire

The Board of Health on Wednesday thanked Romaniak for his service to the town and wished him a happy retirement.

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Pittsfield Health Looking For Balance With New Microblading Laws

The Board of Health is trying to craft rules around microblading that both ensures public safety while also not being overly restrictive. The Health Department took up the issue in January after the city received multiple inquiries about opening a microblading practice. It's a relatively new trend similar to tattooing. It is a beauty service in which less permanent ink is injected into the skin for such things as eyebrows or eyeliner. It has been growing in popularity and when the questions a

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Signage, Public Awareness Means Less Dog Waste in Adams

Board of Health member Bruce Shepley said with new signage on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and public awareness there seems to be fewer dog feces on the trail.

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Berkshire Mosquito Control Gearing Up For 2019 Season

City Council President Peter Marchetti is asking that the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project be more proactive. The request comes after the Board of Health agreed last year to limit the number of adulticide sprayings. Marchetti particularly called for more catch basin treatments, citing that in 2014 and 2015 there were 3,922 and 3,820 catch basins treated respectfully whereas in 2017 and 2018 those numbers dropped to 3,460 and 3,407.

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Pittsfield Health Department Wants Health Educator on Staff

The Board of Health believes it needs to do more to promote public health. The county routinely ranks toward the bottom of the annual community health rankings. There are issues with a high rate of premature death, food insecurity, and children living in poverty. E-cigarette usage among teens is increasing. The rate of marijuana usage among teens is higher than most of the state. Children are more at risk for lead poisoning here than elsewhere.

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Adams Board of Health Wants Memorial Building Inspection

The Board of Health want to make sure the Memorial Building meets all standards before allowing it to be the town's emergency shelter.

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Two More Properties Added to Pittsfield's Demolition List

Two more homes have been added to the demolition list. The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.

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Adams to Update Emergency Management Plan

The move comes after a water-boil order that highlighted communications issues between governing boards and two storms that caused severe damage.

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Adams Board of Health Wants to Better Emergency Communication

The Board of Health wants to establish a clearer communication protocol for local emergencies, such as the boil water order issued nearly three weeks ago.

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Adams to Look at Food Vendor Policy

The board last week decided to review the food truck policy and perhaps craft a new one that limits last-minute inspections.

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Cheshire Selectmen Question Transfer Station Hours

The Selectmen on Tuesday questioned the Board of Health on its reasoning for the 40 percent reduction that has drawn multiple complaints from residents.

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Adams Board of Health May Share Abandoned Property List

Bruce Shepley told his fellow members Wednesday that their office does keep a record of abandoned properties.

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Pittsfield Health Complaint Raises Ire

Thelma Towne says one of her 87-year-old mother's few joys in life is to feed a few stray cats in the neighborhood. But, that came to a crashing halt on March 22 when Nuisance Control Officer Stephanie Provencher paid a visit to the Brown Street home. An anonymous complaint had been phoned into the Health Department that morning saying the food for the stray cats were starting to attract rats.

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Pittsfield Health: Flu Has Rapidly Increased In Last Two Weeks

In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms. Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.

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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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