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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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Price Rite Marketplace Shows Off Remodel to Happy Customers

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Hugh Black of Pittsfield braved the cold temperatures to be at the reopening.
 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A brighter, redesigned, upgraded Price Rite Marketplace opened Friday morning on Dalton Avenue.

The 25-year-old grocery chain is rebranding all of its Massachusetts locations with a goal of an improved customer experience.

People were lined up before 7 a.m. for the 8 o'clock opening. The temperature was a seasonable 15 degrees so there was a fair amount of foot shuffling and blowing into hands. By 7:30, the number grew to several dozen and by the time 8 o'clock neared, it was close to 200 and stretched right around the perimeter of the parking lot.

The first 400 customers received a $20 gift card. They ran out within the first 45 minutes.

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