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Susan Geller's photograph of this summerís Tanglewood in the City at the Pittsfield Common won the Downtown Pittsfield photo challenge.

Lenox Woman Wins Pittsfield Photo Challenge

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Lenox woman's photograph of this summer’s Tanglewood in the City at the Pittsfield Common won the Downtown Pittsfield photo challenge.

The challenge, held this past fall, asked photographers to capture why downtown Pittsfield is the "Heart of the Berkshires". Entrants were encouraged to capture photos that showcased the beauty and personality of downtown Pittsfield.

The first-place winner, as determined by a panel of local judges, was Susan Geller of Lenox. Geller won a prize package donated by local downtown businesses, and her photo will be featured in Pittsfield’s 2020 Downtown Guide and a Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., social marketing campaign.

The second-place winner, Terry Holland, will also take home a prize package donated by local downtown businesses. The winning photo is an aerial view of North Street.

Honorable Mentions are by Shaun Muldowney, Gary Pratt, Maz Ghani, Elena V. Nuciforo, Meredyth Banahan, Lewis Reed and Christy Butler. The winners and honorable mentions can all be viewed online.

The winners of the Pittsfield Photo Challenge were decided by a panel of Pittsfield judges: Alex Reczkowski, director of the Berkshire Athenaeum; Cheryl Mirer, executive director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; Gary R. Levante, SVP of Corporate Responsibility & Culture for Berkshire Bank and first vice president of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; Jesse Cook-Dubin, partner at Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook and president of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; Lindsey Schmid, 1Berkshire's vice president of Tourism & Marketing and DPI board member; Kimberly Gritman, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.,'s marketing coordinator; Michael J. Wynn, chief of the Pittsfield Police Department; state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier; and Ty Allan Jackson, founder of Big Head Books and Read or Else.

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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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