Moonblast 2nd edition
Things are busy in Ward 1 and Pittsfield. We have a City Council meeting tonight and and this week's agenda includes the appointment of Thomas Sammons as permanent fire chief with the Pittsfield Fire Department, as well honoring several firefighters as they elevate in their ranks. Please join me congratulating Thomas Sammons and thanking our dedicated firefighters for their service. If you would like to congratulate them in person, please note that the Firefighters' Ball is on Saturday, October 26th at 6:00pm at Proprietor's Lodge.
We are also approving a grant from MassDOT for the Complete Streets program to be funded at $353,562 for:
Allen Street: replace sidewalks ($18,969).
Fenn/Allen + Fenn/Willis: new ramps, replace sidewalks ($14,179)
Wahconah Street: buffered bike lanes, SLMs ($67,193)
Burbank Street: new midblock crosswalk, curb extensions, ramps ($10,035)
East Street/Elm Street: add crossing island, ped signals ($20,028)
Lincoln Street: new ramps, crosswalk markings ($14,937)
West Street/Hurlbut Street: add crossing island, ramps, crosswalk markings ($8,276)
Elm Street: add bike lanes ($8,645)
Springside Avenue/Grove Street: new signal, ped signals, ramps, crosswalk ($151,407)
Union Street: replace sidewalk ($39,893)
Through additional state grant funding, the City of Pittsfield will commission the design of a dog park at Burbank Park. Construction for the dog park, with additional grant funding through the Stanton Foundation, is projected for 2021.
In other news, my campaign team and I have been busy planning events, door-knocking and engaging voters. We love hearing from you about your concerns and your hopes for how to move Pittsfield forward. We have some important dates coming up, so make sure you mark it in your calendar.
Thursday, September 19th - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: September's Third Thursday starts with Walk a Mile, a fundraiser to benefit Elizabeth Freeman Center. EFC works to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Berkshire County. Please join me in raising awareness and dollars so that EFC can continue their important work. If you would like to join Team Moon and raise support for EFC, please register here: https://www.runreg.com/walkamile19. Walk starts at 5:30.
Tuesday, September 17th - Preliminary Election. Election hours are 7:00AM-8:00PM at Reid Middle School (for ward 1 voters). Ward 1 does not have a preliminary election, but make sure you go vote for the mayoral race! Unfortunately, voter registration for the preliminary election has passed, but if you need an absentee ballot, respond to this email with your address and the phrase, "absentee ballot" and we'll drop off/mail an application to you!
Saturday, September 21st - Springside Park Clean-up. Join Team Moon for a biannual clean up of Ward 1 park - Springside. Springside Park is the biggest park in Pittsfield and needs some TLC. Join us for a cleaning hike, 9:00AM-3:00PM. Gloves and trash bags provided.
Calling all volunteers! If you are passionate about making a difference to move Pittsfield forward, please consider volunteering on Team Moon. We have a diverse group of change-makers and are excited to get to work. Reply back with "Ready to Join" as the subject and we will plug you in.
Lawn signs We distributed 130+ lawn signs this weekend! Thank you for showing your support. If you don't have a lawn sign and would like one, reply back with "lawn sign."
As always, I am incredibly grateful for the privilege of serving as your Ward 1 City Councilor and I humbly ask for your continued support this election. Join me, and let's move Pittsfield forward.
In solidarity, Helen Moon Pittsfield City Councilor, Ward 1
Some of you have asked, "What are Image Descriptions?"
Image descriptions are written descriptions of pictures/logos for people who use screen readers due to being blind or low vision. It is important because it makes our email blasts more accessible. Here at Team Moon, we're still getting the hang of using image descriptions. If you would like to learn more, check out: https://livingwithdisability.tumblr.com/post/124066767358/all-about-image-descriptions. The author gives a good break down of why and how.