Six People Displaced, Kitten Rescued After Pittsfield Fire

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six people are homeless after a first-floor fire in their apartment building Saturday on South Atlantic Avenue. 
No one was injured and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Firefighters were called at about 4:11 a.m. on Saturday for a reported structure fire at 17-19 South Atlantic. They found heavy fire was showing from the first floor, according to Deputy Chief Matthew Noyes. 
A second alarm was called and, in all, in Engines 1, 3, 5 and 6 responded. Crews performed primary and secondary searches of the building and a
kitten was located and transferred to a medic crew for care.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes. Six residents were displaced and were being assisted by the American Red Cross. 

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Second Chance Composting Comes to Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Second Chance Composting has recently brought their Residential Community Composting Program to Pittsfield.  
Memberships are open and ongoing for the 9 South Atlantic Avenue drop off location.  The program runs continuously all year, through all 4 seasons.
Memberships start at $9.99 per month, offering unlimited drop off of household food scraps to the location each month.  Members save their food scraps at home, and at their convenience, bring them to 9 South Atlantic Avenue and drop their material into the tote.  Members can come as little or as often as needed each month.  Any and all food and food scraps are accepted, including meat, fish, dairy, bones, and shells.  There are also other membership pricing options available for those who wish to receive finished compost back.
In addition to the new Pittsfield location, Second Chance Composting currently has drop off locations in North Adams, Williamstown, and Adams, which have continuous and ongoing membership signups.
Second Chance Composting picks up the material every week and it is brought to their MassDEP certified facility in Cheshire to process the food scraps into compost, which is then distributed back to the community to grow more food, flowers, plants, and trees.
Those interested in learning more or signing up for a membership can do so by visiting
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