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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts will receive over $32 million in federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill was signed in March to hasten the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession. With half of the money in hand and the rest hitting city coffers next May, Mayor Linda Tyer has described it as a once in a lifetime windfall for the community. WAMC asked the mayor how she plans to spend the money, and why the voices of city residents will inform the final disbursements.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

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A Pittsfield, Massachusetts woman has been recognized by the state for her work with youth and families. 

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At its first in-person meeting since March 2020, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council accepted $32 million in federal relief funds, received a COVID-19 update and more.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts board of health heard a report on radiofrequency emissions from a controversial cell tower at its meeting Wednesday night.

The agenda for the July 7th Pittsfield, Massachusetts Board of Health meeting
City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Board of Health has unanimously backed a petition calling for three Berkshire County power plants to transition to green energy.

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Josh Landes / WAMC News

Tonight, a piece of video art will be projected onto the wall of a historic theatre in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Tonight, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Board of Health will hear a petition calling for three Berkshire County power plants to transition to green energy. The Berkshire Environmental Action Team’s No Fracked Gas in Mass initiative is behind the effort. The group says it would reduce the environmental and health impacts from the “peaker” plants that come online during spikes in energy use by customers. They’ve also organized an ongoing Friday afternoon demonstration series against the plants on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield by one of the peakers located on Merrill Road. WAMC spoke with No Fracked Gas in Mass program director Rose Wessell about the initiative.

A Wahconah Park sign advertises the May 27th home opener in a field in front of the park itself
Josh Landes / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is teaming up with its local Future Collegiate League Baseball club to hold pop-up COVID vaccine clinics this summer.

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Tricia Farley-Bouvier is the 3rd Berkshire District State Representative, representing much of Pittsfield, Massachusetts for the past decade. The Democrat is co-chair of the Massachusetts House Progressive Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling. She spoke with WAMC  about the state budget for fiscal year 2022, which begins Thursday, the bombshell Boston Globe investigation connecting Governor Charlie Baker’s administration to the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and more.

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The longtime publisher of the Pittsfield Gazette died after a bout with cancer on June 11th. WAMC has this remembrance.

A map of Pittsfield's Morningside Neighborhood
City of Pittsfield

This month, the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts began a multimillion dollar reimagining of one of its major thoroughfares. Tyler Street is perpendicular and to the east of the downtown strip, connecting economic hubs like Berkshire Medical Center and General Dynamics. Pittsfield’s Commissioner of Public Utilities Ricardo Morales says the project, slated for completion at the end of 2022, includes a new roundabout and new bicycle lanes. He spoke with WAMC about the city’s vision for a new Tyler Street, and what’s next for Pittsfield’s street improvements.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council is asking Mayor Linda Tyer to present a plan to address rising gun violence at its next meeting in July.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

On March 12th, 2020, Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer announced a state of emergency as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic hit home. On Tuesday, both Pittsfield and the commonwealth formally ended the state of emergency and rescinded all remaining pandemic restrictions. Tyer spoke with WAMC about the milestone, what the pandemic cost the city, and the potential lasting impacts of COVID-19.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has approved a budget for fiscal year 2022.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

Last winter, we brought you the story of a community of unhoused people living in a public park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Seven months later, they’re still there – despite renewed efforts from the city to remove them.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

Police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have called on the public to help them in curbing an uptick in gun violence in the city this spring.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has preliminarily approved a budget for the 2022 fiscal year. 

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council approved the proposed fiscal year 2022 police budget Tuesday night after a long debate about spending on law enforcement.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

Budget meetings have begun in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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The ribbon will be cut Monday on a long-awaited new park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

A stone building with a colonnade.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is reporting its lowest COVID-19 rates in months as the city returns to the state’s “green” designation for coronavirus transmission.

A Wahconah Park sign advertises the May 27th home opener in a field in front of the park itself
Josh Landes / WAMC

For the first time since 2019, baseball will return to historic Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this week.

A stone building with a colonnade.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council will return to in-person meetings on June 22nd.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

First responders in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have located and recovered the body of a man reported missing from New York state.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts gave a COVID-19 update at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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Dalton Lampro / Nick Caccamo

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Ward 3 City Councilor Nick Caccamo, 35, has accepted a job as town administrator of Williamsburg, Massachusetts. The Hampshire County community about 30 miles east of Pittsfield sits on the Mill River and abuts Northampton. The four-term veteran of Pittsfield politics told WAMC in February he wouldn’t seek another term this fall. Caccamo, who starts the job on Monday, spoke with WAMC about the job.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

Pittsfield, Massachusetts police say they’re searching a city lake for a missing New York State resident. 

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City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Councilor Helen Moon says she won’t seek a third two-year term in this fall’s municipal election.

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Yuki Cohen

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has suspended the liquor and entertainment licenses of a downtown bar and eatery owned by a city councilor.

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