Gunplay, Rail Trail Woes, and Just a Dash of Superbowl: This Week in Pittsfield

Still no new information in a shooting incident early Tuesday morning in which a man said to be in his 40s was found by police with a gunshot wound to his chest, wandering in the vicinity of Wahconah Street and Mohawk.  Investigators say the man has given conflicting accounts of what happened, but have not released further details, including the name of the man injured.

Despite earlier preference and an arguably more viable proposal by Pittsfield, the city lost out to northern Berkshires in a 4-3 vote Tuesday by the local Metropolitan Planning Organization to recommend federal funds for extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.

A semi-controversial redux benefit for Bartlett Ave fire victims at Chameleons nightclub Tuesday netted $377, about a hundred of it from a last minute raffle deftly organized by volunteer Sara Clement. Proceeds have been put into a fund established at Pittsfield Coop, where donations can still be made at any Coop location.

Pittsfield officials addressed concerns expressed by many residents about the perceived failure to effectively maintain roads in the days following mid January’s ice and snow storm.

The last section of the abandoned former Grossman’s/ Berkshire Street Railroad building was finally demolished Wednesday.  Rubble removal is ongoing.

–BRTA debuted new, hard-to-miss purple busses seen around county this week.

–An ambulance was rolled onto its side at the intersection of Lakeway Drive and Valentine Road when a car sped across the intersection without stopping. 

I have personally witnessed people driving horribly at this intersection many times before.  People blast across Valentine from Lakeway without stopping at the sign all the time.  Something about it makes people ignore the Stop even though it’s perfectly visible and also a common sense thing, as traffic is usually moving pretty fast on Valentine and can’t really be seen from Lakeway until you get right up to the intersection.

Not cool.  SLOW THE F DOWN, Pittsfield.

–Finally, though I’m not an enthusiast myself, no one can truly ignore the phenomenon of the Superbowl- check out YNN’s Brandon Walker reporting on who has the “home team advantage” here in the New England/New York borderland that is the Berkshires, featuring Mayor Bianchi, Tom Bowler, and others on their picks for Sunday
AND  Jenn Smith’s Berkshire Eagle feature on Superbowl Parties around the area, for those of you who haven’t picked a spot to catch the game from.

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