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Pittsfield Speedskating Club Welcome New Members

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Parks Speed Skating Club will begin skating Oct. 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street.
 
Beginners, people interested in good exercise and those interested in racing will join people of all ages for this fun activity.
 
The club offers a free trial session. Then, you have the option to pay as you go for $25 a session for adults and $15 for children under  18.
 
Seasonal  memberships are  $350 adults, $150 children and $500 for families. 
 
Skate rentals are available.
 
New skaters will be required to make a reservation by calling Arthur Milano at 413-441-2691. Boys and Girls Club COVID regulations will be maintained to keep everyone safe.
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Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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