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Healthy Steps Announces Hepatitis C Pilot Program

Healthy Steps is a harm reduction syringe exchange program out of Berkshire Medical Center that began in 2017. It works primarily with active-injection drug users to discard used needles and provide them with sterile supplies in hopes of preventing the transfer of HIV and Hepatitis C.

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COVID-19 Cases Increasing in Adams

Chairman David Rhoads gave the update at Wednesday's meeting and said there are now, once again, active cases for the first time in months.

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Adams Board of Health Addresses Open Meeting Law Issue

The board voted Wednesday to repeat the hearing after being informed that there was the potential of a complaint.

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Adams Board of Health Hearing Postponed Over Technical Difficulties

The Board of Health was forced to continue its tobacco cap public hearing because of complications with the Zoom platform.

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Adams Board of Health Ready for Tobacco Cap Hearing

Late last year, the Board of Health agreed to implement a new regulation that would limit the amount of tobacco sales permits allowed in town. The new regulation would not affect those already selling tobacco products.

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No COVID-19 Cases in Adams

The Board of Health is happy to report that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be slowing in town.

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Adams Board of Health Ready to Finalize Tobacco Regulations

Members answered some lingering questions Wednesday in regard to the proposed tobacco sales permit and hope to vote on a final draft next month.

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North Adams Health Board Refuses Vote on Crane Enforcement Order

Board members Kevin Lamb, acting as chairman, and October Cellana spent 90 minutes debating the board's authority over what they saw as determining essential versus nonessential work before Lamb motioned for a vote — and Cellana declined to second.

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Adams Board of Health Says It Controls Tobacco Decisions

The board had no real update Wednesday on its proposal to limit the number of tobacco purveyors but after some pushback from Selectman James Bush, Vice Chairman David Rhoads said members are willing to negotiate but the decision is theirs.

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Cigar Lounge Wants Better Communication With Adams Health Board

John Sheerin, who plans to open up a cigar lounge at the former Rascals on North Summer Street, met with the Board of Health last week to register his frustration.

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Adams Moving Forward With Tobacco Cap

The Board of Health plans to move forward with capping tabaco permits in town even after some push back from a selectman.

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Cheshire Hears From Building Inspector About School Issues

Several questions regarding code compliance and intended versus actual use of the building were raised by the building inspector and the Board of Health on Tuesday night. These issues will be addressed at a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

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Adams Board Of Health Give Cigar Lounge Variance

John and Tracy Sheerin plan to open a cigar lounge and humidor at the former Rascal's on North Summer Street. The board on Wednesday voted to extend the shot clock on their permit process to March 31, giving them time to properly apply for the permit the town mistakenly gave them in October.

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Williamstown Convenience Store Hit With Double License Suspension

The enforcement actions arise out of a November sting operation conducted by the Police Department against the store that resulted in eight criminal charges against one of its three full-time employees.

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Adams May Put a Cap on Tobacco Retailers

Chairman Peter Hoyt was cautious and noted the town just implemented Tobacco 21. He said it may be worth waiting to see how this has impacted youth smoking before taking any additional action.

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Adams Welcomes New Code Enforcement Officer

The Board of Health has welcomed newly hired Code Enforcement Officer Mark Blaisdell. He is the town's third code enforcement officer in as many years.

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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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