Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Residents to hit polls, heal neighborhood wounds and Walk a Mile

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Voters will choose their favorites this week during the city's preliminary election, which narrows three hotly contested fields.

Come Tuesday evening, the four-candidate race for mayor will winnow to two, as will bids for City Council seats in wards 5 and 6. Polls are open citywide from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the top two vote-getters in each field advance to the general election Nov. 5.

The ninth annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event strolls into town on Thursday during the last Third Thursday of the season. Each year, hundreds of heel-wearing people walk down North Street and raise around $70,000 for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, the city's domestic violence and rape crisis center.

And a new neighborhood group plans to host a cathartic community potluck at Durant Park on Friday from to 2 to 5 p.m. The event, organized by the Pittsfield Neighborhood Action Team, is intended to bring the West Side community together in the wake of last month's shooting death on Columbus Avenue.

Back in business

An outdoor cannabis cultivation facility proposed for Pecks Road will be considered this week by the Zoning Board of Appeals, which meets 7 p.m. Wednesday. Neighbors of the pending project's site have raised concerns similar to those sounded off recently by Great Barrington residents.

Students of Pittsfield Public Schools started the new school year with a fresh set of rules, including a ban on cellphones in the classroom. The district's new code of conduct, which looks to implement restorative justice practices and quell unwanted behaviors, will get a public airing this week during an informational session 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Taconic High School.

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And on Thursday, a controversial solar project proposed for a residential neighborhood along Barker Road is again up for review by the Conservation Commission. The developer, Cypress Creek Renewables, set aside the property earlier this year before city officials approved a ban on solar fields in residential neighborhoods.

Heads up

The Community Preservation Committee readies to launch its third funding cycle since city voters adopted the Community Preservation Act in 2016, and its members aim to hear from the public about how they're doing so far. The committee will host a hearing 6 p.m. Monday in City Hall room 203.

The Harvest of Hope returns to The Common on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The multicultural festival features food and live performances.

The renowned Young@Heart Chorus, an ensemble of Northampton-area performers ranging in age from 70 to 93, will perform 4 p.m. Sunday at the Colonial Theatre. The ticketed event will be hosted by Elder Services of Berkshire County as the organization marks its 45th anniversary.

And for those wishing to have a float in the 75th annual Halloween Parade, there will be a mandatory seminar 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall room 203.

What's up in Pittsfield? Tell me via email at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandadrane or by phone at 413-496-6296.


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