Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Restaurant week, election questions and spring cleaning

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We're still waiting to hear from an important council incumbent, Councilor At Large Melissa Mazzeo, about her plans for November. All the others are spoken for — Councilors Tony Simonelli and John Krol announced their intentions to step down, and the rest have pulled nomination papers for their current seats.

On the mayoral front, Mayor Linda Tyer so far has two challengers: Craig Gaetani and Scott Graves. Will there be more? Tuesday marks two weeks since papers became available at City Hall.

The newly formed Police Advisory and Review Board meets this week for a second time, but won't yet get down to business. Board members will brush up on Open Meeting Law, public records and conflicts of interest.

Beyond that, it's shaping up to be a relatively quiet week at City Hall. City offices will be closed Monday in observance of Patriot's Day, and city schools are out on break this week.

Spring cleaning and festivities

Temperatures are warming and it's a perfect time to get out and break that cabin fever with some downtown dining deals. Restaurant week continues through Saturday — back after a multiyear hiatus — bringing with it discounts and special offerings at 23 downtown eateries.

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The 75th annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morningside Community School, where youngsters can take their chances at finding the lucky golden egg.

Earth Day cleanup at Springside Park commences 9 a.m. Saturday.

And if you get into any spring cleaning on your home turf as the weather warms this week, then keep in mind Earth Day is next week and the Berkshire Athenaeum will collect old tech, televisions excluded, beginning April 22.

Heads up

Worried about cuts to power supply, flooding or other natural hazards? The city is holding a listening session 6 p.m. Thursday at Hotel on North as it lays the foundation for grant funding to patch up Pittsfield's vulnerabilities to disaster.

Those looking to launch new careers can get connected at 1Berkshire's annual career fair, starting 10 a.m. at Taconic High School.

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


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