Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Recreational marijuana makes landfall in Pittsfield
Our city in the woods will get a glimmer this week of what the green wave will look like.
The city's first recreational cannabis sales will commence 11 a.m. Tuesday at Temescal Wellness, 10 Callahan Drive. Anticipating a line, the company will provide outdoor tents and portable bathrooms.
While the city's first is a novelty unto itself, legal marijuana's true impact on Pittsfield will take longer to see.
Some city boosters have argued the burgeoning industry could be a windfall for Pittsfield, a city hot on the trail for new tax growth. With seven retail cannabis outlets in the pipeline, pot shops could soon outpace Dunkin' in saturation.
To that point, an eighth marijuana retailer seeks a special permit this week from the Zoning Board of Appeals, which meets 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers. The Company, Pure Botanicals, recently signed a six-year lease for a small space at the rear of 239 West St.
BRTA and census take stock
The board of Berkshire Regional Transit Authority meets this week for the first time since a two-week strike caused service disruptions last month. The strike dealt a blow to ridership and revenues, and board members will review the extent of the damage.
Board members will also take a first look at a pilot program that could extend service into the evening for a route that runs from Berkshire Community College, down Tyler Street to Allendale and back again. The meeting will take place 4 p.m. Thursday at the transit authority offices.
Residents can be on the lookout for census documents arriving in the mail this week, which is an important tool that regional planners and local officials use to apply for funding and make projections.
People with census changes to make can send completed forms by mail or drop them off in the city clerk's office, the Berkshire Athenaeum or the Senior Center. Residents with no changes to make can also affirm their information online via the city's website.
The Morningside Neighborhood Initiative meets 5:45 p.m. Monday at Morningside School, and Taconic High School will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m Thursday.
Chad Tarves, the singer-songwriter who stole the show at Berkshire County's Got Talent, performs 9 p.m. Friday at Tavern at the A.
Next Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and there will be an event leading into the holiday on Sunday at Second Congregational Church. The church's annual celebration of King's life, which features the Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister, lead pastor of First Church Sommerville, is organized by Second Church, Multicultural Bridge and the Berkshire branch of the NAACP. The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m.
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