Berkshire Communities Impacted By National Cellular Outages

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city made an announcement Thursday morning that with the nationwide cellular service outage, the city's parking meters are currently out of service.
 
Because of this, no parking tickets will be issued for meter violations today. All other parking regulations remain in effect. 
 
The Associated Press reported Thursday morning that widespread outages have impacted AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers.
 
Using data from Downdetector, the Associated Press reported that  AT&T had more than 64,000 outages in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago while Cricket Wireless had more than 13,000.
 
Verizon and T-Mobile seem to be less impacted. Verizon had more than 4,000 outages and T-Mobile had more than 1,900 outages. Boost Mobile had about 700 outages.
 
At this time, it is not known what has caused the outages.
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Toy Library Installed at Onota Lake

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Feel free to use or leave a toy at Onota Lake's newest infrastructure meant to foster community and benefit kids.

Burbank Park now has a toy library thanks to Wahconah Regional High School senior Alexandra Bills. Located along the wall at the beach area, the green and blue structure features two shelves with sand toys that can be used to enhance children's visits.

The Parks Commission supported Bills' proposal in February as part of her National Honors Society individual service project and it was installed this month. Measuring about 4 feet wide and 5.8 feet tall, it was built by the student and her father with donated materials from a local lumber company.

Friends and family members provided toys to fill the library such as pails, shovels, Frisbees, and trucks.

"I wanted to create a toy library like the other examples in Berkshire County from the sled library to the book libraries," she told the commission in February.

"But I wanted to make it toys for Onota Lake because a lot of kids forget their toys or some kids can't afford toys."

Bills lives nearby and will check on the library weekly — if not daily — to ensure the operation is running smoothly.  A sign reading "Borrow-Play-Return" asks community members to clean up after themselves after using the toys.

It was built to accommodate children's heights and will be stored during the winter season.

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