Pittsfield Traffic Commission Makes South Church Street Changes

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission approved the elimination of "No Parking" on a portion of South Church Street and the removal of a taxicab stand.
 
The commission held a brief meeting on Thursday to approve some requests from the mayor's office referred to it by the City Council.
 
City Engineer Ricardo Morales said these changes are really preparing the street for future work.
 
"We are essentially allowing with these, parking on the street," he said. "We want to widen the street."
 
He said eventually they would like to install bike lanes on the st.
 
As for the taxi stand, Morales said it goes back to the 1970s and there really is no use for it anymore.
 
The commission did file a request from Police Capt. Kirchner requesting that "Police Vehicle Parking Only" signs are installed on School Street.
 
Chairman Mark Brennan said they have discussed this possibility in the past and that City Councilor Peter Marchetti said it is just not possible.
 
There is little parking around the police station.

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Pittsfield Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council President Peter Marchetti welcomes the crowd. 
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Hundreds gathered at Park Square on Friday night to bring in the holiday season with song and cheer as they lit up the Park Square Christmas tree.
 
"On behalf of Mayor Tyer and the entire City Council, I want to welcome you to the tree lighting ceremony and wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the city," Council President Peter Marchetti said. "Tonight is a very special moment in the city."
 
Recreation Activities Coordinator Becky Manship thanked all who made the event possible especially the parks maintenance crew. 
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