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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Park Square after the tree lighting on Friday. See more pictures here.
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Patrick's Pub offers free hot chocolate.
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Pittsfield Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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City Council President Peter Marchetti welcomes the crowd. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The holiday season is officially on in Pittsfield with the annual tree lighting  Ceremony at Park Square.
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. 
"They are very crucial in getting this tree installed and decorated and making it more beautiful," she said. "Mother Nature challenged them this week but they worked hard to make tonight happen. I am grateful for all of them and the work they do each and every day." 
The Taconic High School chorus sang carols and Santa and Mrs. Claus were on scene after the lighting.
Hot chocolate was also available courtesy of Patrick’s Pub.
The city also asked that all those who attended come with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry. 
The tree lighting was followed by activities downtown for the Festive Frolic, hosted by Downtown Pittsfield Inc. that continues through Saturday.

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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.
Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.
"This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we carry and deploy."
Sammons said the grant was submitted in the fall and was a joint effort between the Fire, Police, and School departments. The grant was $9,735 in total; each kit cost around $650.
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