Pittsfield Residential Drop-Off for Yard Waste Ends Dec. 1

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As a reminder, the temporary drop-off period for residential yard waste at the Casella transfer station ends Thursday, Dec. 1. 
 
The transfer station is located at 500 Hubbard Ave.
 
The remaining hours of operation are as follows:
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday; and
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday.
 
Customers must provide proof of residency in Pittsfield with a valid ID, or an ID combined with matching name on utility bill, or another similar document. This service is not meant for contractors or businesses to drop off yard waste. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed to drop off yard waste.
 
Residents will be required to empty bags into designated containers. The items listed below are acceptable:
• tree trimming/branches;
• leaves, and house/garden plants; and
• brush and grass clippings.
The items listed below are NOT considered yard waste:
• soil, sod or other similar materials;
• bricks, stones or other similar materials; and
• plastic bags.
 
For more information, please call the Department of Public Services and Utilities at 413-499-9330.

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Owner of Abandoned Cats Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

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Kelly Hathaway of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of animal cruelty in Central Berkshire District Court as part of a plea agreement. Following the plea agreement, she was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and follow any after care as instructed by the court.
 
She was placed on two years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. She is not allowed to possess any animals and was ordered to surrender any she has in her care. She is also prohibited from volunteering with any animal groups.
 
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