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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has closed its basketball and tennis courts and its skate park in hopes of stemming the spread of coronavirus.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is changing its meal schedule for city students with public schools closed until at least May 4th.

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Even if they can’t gather for services, spiritual leaders across Berkshire County are tending to their congregants in the anxious era of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has launched an online store to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer addressed the city Monday about the COVID-19 outbreak. Pittsfield is in its second week of closed schools and public offices, and a statewide closure of all non-essential businesses begins at noon Tuesday. There are 16 reported cases of the virus in the city. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with Tyer in the studios of Pittsfield Community Television.

Senior citizens will be able to pick up take-and-go meals in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts starting Tuesday.

The Pittsfield Public School System has added a new location where children can to pick up food while schools are closed.

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Police departments around Berkshire County are adapting their service as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with Pittsfield leaders about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak today.

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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has issued a local state of emergency declaration so it can qualify for state and federal funds related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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At its meeting Tuesday night, the Pittsfield City Council continued discussing the possibility of seasonal alternate side parking.

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On Thursday, Pittsfield, Massachusetts held a chaotic public meeting about the controversial new EPA mediated Rest Of River cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The plan has attracted vocal opposition from some county residents, largely in response to the creation of a new toxic waste dump in Lee. For some Pittsfielders at the meeting, the plan stirred up painful feelings of betrayal from the city’s long history of pollution by General Electric. Mayor Linda Tyer spoke with WAMC that night about why she chose to sign on to the agreement.

Communities are responding to the first reported case of COVID-19 in Berkshire County.

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts says Berkshire County’s largest community is developing a coronavirus preparedness plan.

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Pittsfield Community Television is launching a new talk show – and its first episode features the mayor discussing school resource officers in the city’s schools.

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The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is moving to re-introduce a loan program for home improvements after the last city council voted it down in 2019.

The Berkshire Theatre Group has announced its 2020 summer theatrical season, with a casting sneak-peek. And Kate Maguire - Artistic Director, CEO, and new WAMC panelist – is here to tell us more.

The 2020 season – which marks ten years since the announcement of the merger between The Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Festival – includes classics, three world premieres, and plenty in between.


A group called Berkshire County Mass4Trump is holding a local rally in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this weekend.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will be in the Berkshires Friday to announce new housing rehabilitation grants for gateway communities.

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Tuesday night, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council accepted a city proclamation celebrating two citizens and debated the merits of reviving its youth commission.

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Early voting in the March 3rd Massachusetts primary began this morning, and Berkshire County voters were ready.

This month, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council voted to redistrict the Tyler Street neighborhood in a move officials say will expand how residents and business owners can use its space. WAMC sat down with city planner CJ Hoss to talk about the plan, and how it coincides with similar efforts in other parts of the city.

Early voting for the Massachusetts presidential primary begins Monday, and city officials Berkshire County’s largest city say they’re ready to start collecting ballots.

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Last week, Pittsfield, Massachusetts named former city engineer Ricardo Morales its new commissioner of Public Services and Utilities. Morales was hired by the city in 2018 after a career in the private sector working in construction and an education in civil engineering. Mayor Linda Tyer says overseeing the multimillion dollar upgrade of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and carrying out the redesign of Tyler Street would be among Morales’ top priorities. Morales sat down with WAMC to talk about his vision for the department, as well as the status of projects like the wastewater treatment plant.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts has appointed a new commissioner of Public Services and Utilities.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has voted to ban the sale of animals from breeding mills.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department says it responded to two unrelated fires in a 12-hour window between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Barrington Stage Company’s ninth annual 10X10 New Play Festival will have performances February 13 through March 8 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The new play festival is part of Pittsfield’s 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

The new play festival is part of the 2020 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival which is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, and the City of Pittsfield.

Actor Peggy Pharr Wilson is performing in 5 of the 10 news plays on offer this year. She has acted often at Barrington Stage - as well as at many other theaters - and is one of Barrington Stage’s newest Artistic Associates.

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Tonight, Pittsfield, Massachusetts is holding a public input meeting on an expansion of the city skate park.

Staffing shortages in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts police department and the role of resource officers in the city’s schools were discussed at this week’s city council meeting.