Moonblast 2nd Edition
I hope this email finds you well. It has been a busy month here in Ward 1 and in Pittsfield!
Last month I attended the retirement celebration for Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski. Serving the City of Pittsfield for 32 years (with a 45 year career), he has dedicated his life's work to keeping us safe. We thank him for his contributions and service to our city and wish him a happy retirement.
Also in September, Team Moon joined many others to Walk a Mile in Her Shoesand raise needed dollars for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. With your help, the Walk raised over $90,000. Thank you for participating and supporting the important work that EFC does for our community. Speaking of the Elizabeth Freeman Center, did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? You can continue to do your part to raise awareness by wearing purple this month and reading, sharing and talking about the book, No Visible Bruises, What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. A portion of the proceeds from books purchased at The Bookstore in Lenox, The Bookloft in Great Barrington and The Williams Bookstore in Williamstown will go to the Freeman Center. Check out the author Rachel Louise Snyder on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (http://www.cc.com/video-clips/5pti3p/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-rachel-louise-snyder----no-visible-bruises--and-a-closer-look-at-domestic-abuse---extended-interview).
The annual Springside Park Cleanup had a great turn out despite the drizzly weather. Team Moon volunteers were out there early to join our neighbors in cleaning and maintaining our beautiful Ward 1 park. In addition to the cleanup, construction has started on the Springside House. Looking forward to seeing the progress!
Finally, this past weekend, I attended two fundraisers that are near and dear to my heart. Friday night was the Roots Rising Hoedown Throwdown. Roots Rising works hard to bring our downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market to life through youth development. They employ local teens to work the farms, the markets and now, a food truck. If you have not heard of Roots Rising and their amazing work, check them out. They are building community through food. What could be better than that? (https://www.rootsrising.org)
Saturday night was spent listening to the wonderful sounds of the one and only Ms. Wanda Houston and Paul Green for a benefit in honor of Rites of Passage and Empowerment (ROPE). Rope is a women led mentoring group that empowers young Black women to achieve their highest potential. Thank you to Dr. Shirley Edgerton, and all the ladies of ROPE, for a wonderful evening.
What's coming up:Tonight (Tuesday 10/8) is City Council. Meeting is held in City Council Chambers at Pittsfield City Hall (70 Allen Street). Starts at 7:00PM. Agenda can be found here: https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/government/city_council/docs/cc_packet_10_8_19.pdf.Thursday, 10/10 at 10AM, the long anticipated Wayfair will be opening their doors to Pittsfield adding 300 jobs to our local economy. Friday, October 11th - Here & Now Fashion Show. Tyler St. Lab (730 Tyler St). Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM.Monday, October 14th - Morningside Neighborhood Initiative will be held at the Tyler St. Lab (730 Tyler Street) at 5:45 PM. Friday, October 25th - Pittsfield Halloween Parade, starts at 7:00 PM on Tyler St.SAVE THE DATE The election is right around the corner! Here are some dates to keep in mind:Saturday, October 26th - Action Saturday: Join Team Moon for door knocking and phone banking!
Wednesday, October 16th is the deadline to register to vote! Voter's office open until 8:00 p.m. Or you can go online: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
Tuesday, November 5th - Election Day: Polls are open 8AM-8PM. Don't know where to vote? Enter your address here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspxLawn signs We are still taking requests for lawn signs. Reply back with "Lawn Sign!" and your address and we'll hook you up!
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 Pronouns: she/her/hers Pittsfield City Councilor, Ward 1