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A private investment group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says two new housing developments will create 36 new units by 2022.

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Two Berkshire County nursing and rehabilitation facilities continue to see COVID-19 cases spike among staff and residents.

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A plan to remove unhoused residents living in city parks is set to go into effect in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Tuesday.

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A loan program designed to improve the housing stock of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has finally been accepted by the city council almost two years after its introduction.


A sign for Springside Park
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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has set a December 1st deadline to remove unhoused residents living in public parks.

A park has a "Park of Honor" banner flanked by American flags on one side and a row of flags including a Blue Lives Matter one on the other.
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is contending with a spike in coronavirus spread in the weeks following private social gatherings at homes and in restaurants in late October. With its public school buildings shuttered until December 4th and a suspension of in-person dining at city eateries in place, public health officials have voiced concerned about what impact Thanksgiving could have on efforts to halt the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Linda Tyer spoke with WAMC on Tuesday about the ongoing fight against COVID, as well as a controversial downtown Blue Lives Matter display.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Last week, Pittsfield, Massachusetts issued new public health orders including the closure of public school buildings through December 4th and a suspension of table service at city restaurants following a spike in COVID-19 cases. Since late October, around 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the city of about 42,000. Dr. Alan Kulberg, chairman of the Pittsfield Board Of Health, spoke with WAMC about how the city is responding to the surge, fueled by Halloween parties and restaurant gatherings last month. Kulberg says now he’s concerned about Thanksgiving.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The city of Pittsfield is suspending table service at city restaurants starting Friday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The city school district is also transitioning to all-remote learning through December 4. 

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is alerting residents to a major spike in COVID-19 cases related to house parties and dining inside restaurants. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stands at a podium in front of a marble building with a row of people standing on either side of him
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As new COVID-19 related public health orders from Governor Charlie Baker go into effect today across Massachusetts, Berkshire County communities are getting ready to implement them.

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On Election Day, Massachusetts voters embraced a ballot measure that would standardize vehicle data access while rejecting one that would instate a ranked choice voting system in 2022.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

With coronavirus cases mounting in the city, top health officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are imploring residents to observe public health measures.

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Pittsfield Public Schools

The head of Berkshire County’s largest school district, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is moving on to take over a new district Monday.

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Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group

Two Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based theatre companies are receiving million dollar gifts from the estate of a late matron of the arts.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts reintroduced a home improvement program with a tortured legislative history at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

"I Am So Quiet Like Fish." is painted on a sidewalk
Tessa Kelly

As Pittsfield, Massachusetts carries out a project to make its downtown corridor more pedestrian and biker friendly, a new art project will bring the voices of local students to city streets. 

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The Berkshire County District Attorney's Office

The Berkshire County District Attorney’s office says a multi-agency drug and weapons bust Tuesday night secured thousands of bags of heroin, weapons, and cash. 

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Josh Landes / WAMC

Pittsfield, Massachusetts has unveiled a new additional compensation scheme for bilingual employees.

A long building with a real estate sign and a large trash container outside of it sits off a long sidewalk
Josh Landes / WAMC

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts says the city plans to reopen the former St. Joseph’s High School to shelter its unhoused population this winter. The building was opened as a temporary shelter in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was outcry when it was closed by the city’s human services provider, ServiceNet, in July. Conversation about the unhoused continues in Pittsfield – especially following a suicide in a city park last month. WAMC spoke with Mayor Linda Tyer about how the plan for shelter during the cold months came together.

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Berkshire County Sheriff's Office

The Berkshire County District Attorney’s office says a Pittsfield, Massachusetts man who escaped custody and triggered a manhunt in 2019 has been convicted.

A red sign in the lawn of the Columbia Arms Apartments, which are also the administrative headquarters of the Pittsfield Housing Authority
Josh Landes / WAMC

Constance Scott began working at the Pittsfield Housing Authority in 1988 as a receptionist, and worked her way up. Now, she’s taking over the agency as its new Executive Director. The PHA manages low-rent public housing and Section 8 programs in the city of around 43,000. Scott spoke with WAMC about her plans, and how her initial expectations of its mission years ago were changed.

A blue sign with a map of ski trails sits in front of a wooded hillside.
Josh Landes / WAMC

This spring, the private investment group Mill Town Capital announced that it had acquired the Bousquet Mountain ski resort in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After promising a revamp of the 85-year-old outdoor recreation facility, a new general manager was named last month. WAMC spoke with Kevin McMillan – formerly the GM of Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort in Charlemont – about what he hopes to bring to Bousquet, as well as the local ski hero he’ll be working with.

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The Pittsfield, Massachusetts public schools are planning for a return to in-person learning later this fall.

Signs are taped to the inside of a glass facade telling customers that they must wear masks and remain six feet apart inside the restaurant
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County restaurant owners are adjusting after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker relaxed COVID-19 related indoor seating limits.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council approved an $8.5 million borrowing plan at Tuesday night’s meeting. The meeting also featured a councilor sparring with the mayor.

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Pittsfield Public Schools / http://www.pittsfield.net/

Court documents detail sexual misconduct allegations against a baseball coach involving students at a Pittsfield, Massachusetts high school. A warning to listeners that this story contains details some listeners will find disturbing.

A crowd of young people mill in front of an entrance with "TACONIC" spelled out in metal over it
Pittsfield Public Schools / http://www.pittsfield.net/

On Thursday, a junior varsity baseball coach at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on multiple charges related to sexual misconduct with students at the school. WAMC spoke with Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington about the case, and why she thinks more allegations against Scott Nimons could emerge. Neither the school nor the superintendent immediately responded to request for comment.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

On Wednesday, water use restrictions in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are moving from voluntary to mandatory as the city’s water supply continues to drop amid a statewide drought. Outdoor water activities like watering lawns and gardens, washing cars or filling swimming pools must happen before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and only on alternating days. Pittsfield’s Department of Public Services and Utilities will be enforcing the new restrictions, with fines issued for all offenses after the first. WAMC spoke with Department Commissioner Ricardo Morales.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

Residents of a Pittsfield, Massachusetts neighborhood brought their frustration with a construction project to this week’s city council meeting.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Berkshire District Attorney’s office has confirmed the identity of an Pittsfielder who took his own life in a homeless encampment Tuesday evening. 

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