Car Seat Installation and Inspection Event In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Health Department announced a Car Seat Installation/Inspection event on Saturday, May 4, 2024.
This event will occur rain or shine at the Pittsfield Highway Facility (rear entrance) located at 81 Hawthorne Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are required and registration can be completed at the following link:
Car seat installations/inspections take about 30-45 minutes and include education on installing the seat, proper use of the seat, and general vehicle safety. Free car seats are available if needed.
Appointments are first come, first served based on the number of certified technicians available. There is no need to book more than one appointment if more than one car seat needs to be installed.
If unable to attend this event, contact the city's Health Department at (413) 499-9411 Extension 852 or email Gabrielle DiMassimo at to schedule a private appointment for car seat installation/inspection with one of our certified technicians. To register for the event with a Spanish-speaking representative, call 413-499-9411.
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Pittsfield Police Threaten Criminal Charges for Orbeez Guns

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department has doubled down on the school district's public warning about toy gel guns.

On Monday, Pittsfield Police issued a release about Orby or Orbeez toy guns, reporting that in recent weeks, there have been "numerous complaints" about juveniles playing with Orbeez and other similar air-powered toy guns that shoot gel pellets.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Joseph Curtis sent a memo to the school community about the "concerning trend" of gel pellet guns. The toy guns shoot gel or water beads and are said to pose a risk of physical harm and being mistaken for a real firearm.

The police promised "low tolerance" for incidents involving the toy guns and possible criminal charges for repeat or more serious offenses. It was also noted that charges can still be made if children are playing with them together, as state law doesn’t allow for consent to assault and battery.

"The Pittsfield Police Department will have low tolerance for incidents involving Orbeez or other similar toy guns. Under Massachusetts General Law chapter 269 section 12B, it is unlawful for a person under 18 to possess or shoot such an air powered rifle unless they are with an adult. It is also unlawful for anyone to shoot a projectile on, from or over a public way," the department wrote.

"Other possible criminal charges include Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon during a Breach of the Peace. It is important to note that under Massachusetts General Law, a person cannot consent to an assault and battery. That means that even if the children are playing together, criminal charges could result especially if there is injury."

Police say they have already confiscated a number of these toy guns and in many instances, they were returned to the parents with a warning. The toy guns and gel beads are secured behind a locked case in Walmart on Hubbard Avenue, many indicating that they are for ages 14 and older.

They asked that parents speak to their children about "the dangers and consequences of playing with these toy guns." Reportedly, police have observed instances of people freezing the pellets to cause further damage and driving erratically through the downtown while using them.

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