North Adams, Pittsfield open warming centers during period of frigid temps

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PITTSFIELD — The county's two cities are opening warming centers Thursday to help residents cope with a blast of Arctic air that is expected to send temperatures into the teens during the day and single digits at night.

The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St. in Pittsfield, has been designated as the official warming center for those seeking relief from the cold, according to a news release from the city of Pittsfield. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the onsite cafe will have hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate, as well as snacks. Breakfast and lunch will also be available.

To arrange free transportation, call the Senior Center at 413-499-9346.

A second facility — the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave. — will also be open from 9 a.m. 9 p.m. to offer refuge from the cold.

For more information about Pittsfield's overnight shelter services, contact Barton's Crossing at 413-442-1445.

Those dealing with weather-related emergencies after-hours are asked to call the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700.

Meanwhile, the city of North Adams has opened the Mary Spitzer Senior Center, at 116 Ashland St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and the North Adams Public Library, at 74 Church St., from noon to 8.

"Both are available to community members looking for respite from the cold," said Mayor Thomas Bernard in a statement Thursday.

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