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A section of East Street was closed on Monday after an accident left a motorcyclist seriously injured.

Pittsfield Man Killed in Monday's Motorcycle-SUV Crash

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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The crash occurred at the Newell Street intersection.
Update at 6:10 p.m.: The motorcyclist involved in Monday morning's collision on East Street has died.
 
The victim was identified as Stanley Dipietro, 65, of Pittsfield, according to the Berkshire district attorney's office.
 
The DA's office states the preliminary investigation shows that a 2013 Harley Davidson operated by Dipietro was traveling east on East Street, entered the intersection with Newell Street, and collided head-on into a 2002 Honda CRV operated by 78-year-old Susan Shepardson, also of Pittsfield, who was turning left on Newell Street.
 
Action Ambulance transported Dipietro to Berkshire Medical Center, where he later died. Action Ambulance transported Shepardson and her passenger, Bruce Shepardson, 86, of Pittsfield, to BMC for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
 
The Pittsfield Police Traffic Unit is investigating the collision. Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision or the actions of either vehicle to contact Officer David Hallas at 413-448-9700, Ext. 560.

This is at least the fourth fatality involving a motorcycle this spring and the fifth with injuries.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motorcyclist is in serious condition after colliding with a sport utility vehicle on Monday morning on East Street.

 
The accident occurred at about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of East Street and Newell Street. The rider was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center.
 
The street was From around 11 am to at least 1:45 pm 
 
The East was blocked off from Teo's to the intersection  ]with Merrill Road and from the intersection of Newell Street and Parkside Avenue from around 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 
 
Pittsfield Police Sergeant Marc Maddalena said it was an "understatement" to say the motorcyclist is in serious condition.
 
The two occupants of the Honda CRV were also transported to Berkshire Medical Center but with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
According to police, the SUV was reportedly westbound on East Street and turning onto Newell Street and the motorcycle was eastbound when the crash occurred.
 
At the scene, the motorcycle was seen on its side, the SUV had severe damage to the front end where it collided with the bike, and debris was on the ground.
 
The collision is still under investigation to determine which party is at fault.
 
Police said further information was expected to be released later Monday.

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Lanesborough Tax Bills to Rise From Increased Property Values

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Due to increased value of properties in town, the tax bill for the average property owner is expected to increase by 6.45 percent in fiscal 2023.

The Select Board unanimously voted Monday to maintain a single tax rate for the town, estimated to be $17.67 per $1,000 of assessed value, a $1.43 decrease from FY2022. But the average tax bill will rise by $322 to $5,313, compared to $4,991 in FY2022.

"[The tax rate] is down again this year for the second year in a row," said Town Assessor Ross Vivori. "And a lot of that is because of the growth that we've had and the real estate market that's driving those values up and pushing that tax rate down."

The value of an average single-family home increased to $300,705, up by $39,405 compared to the average value last year. The total town value grew 14.6 percent to $508,755,124, an increase of just over $55 million from last year.

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