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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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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society

Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that support the programs and services of Berkshire Humane Society. BHS has provided care to thousands of homeless animals over the past 27 years, and the horse show is one event that makes this lifesaving work possible.

Divisions to be held include: Short/Long Stirrup, Baby Green Hunter, Low/Adult Hunter, Novice Hunter, Pre-Children’s/Adult Equitation, Junior/Amateur Hunter, Children’s Equitation, Pony Hunter, Children’s Hunter Horse, Modified Junior Equitation, Junior Equitation, Adult Equitation, among others.

"We are so excited that the horse show has returned," said John Perreault, executive director for BHS. "This event is a great way for people of all ages to combine their love of horses and their compassion for all companion animals. We cannot thank Overmeade Farm and Berkshire Equestrian Center enough for their support. The Hart Family has made this event what it is today, and we’re thankful that Sarah Hogue at Berkshire Equestrian Center wants to continue this summer tradition that celebrates horses and helps homeless pets."

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