Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1 News and information about Ward 1, Pittsfield
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City Councilor Helen Moon is a registered nurse, and the Director of Special Projects at the Office of the Berkshire District Attorney, and has been a resident of Pittsfield since she moved here from Hampden County in 2009. She moved to the Berkshires to attend nursing school at Berkshire Community College. She continued with her nursing degree, completing her Bachelors of Nursing at Elms College in 2015. Since then Moon has formed a personal and professional community in the Berkshires. Prior to moving to the Berkshires, Moon has spent her personal and professional life advocating for the youth and under served. While studying American Studies, with a concentration in Asian American Studies and the Civil Rights Movement, at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Moon lived in an intentional house in Dorchester, Mass. The purpose of the intentional house was to work collaboratively to improve the area with community outreach. Collectively, they worked together to establish a community center, employ at-risk youth with planting and maintaining the community garden, as well as host weekly movie nights for the neighborhood. In addition to volunteering her time with the community center, Moon was also employed through a work-studies program at the Little House to be an educational coordinator for the at-risk youth in an after school program in Dorchester. After UMass Boston, Moon stayed in the Boston area and was employed as a residential and school councilor at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, Mass. While a councilor, Moon worked to establish a therapeutic home and school environment for adolescent girls with severe emotional and behavioral issues, through evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices. Throughout her time in Boston, Moon has partnered with various organizations to impart lasting changes to the youth in Boston. In addition, Moon has contributed her time with Korean-American youth groups, as well as working weekly at a food pantry in Somerville. Known as Loaves and Fishes, the local food pantry distributed hot meals, groceries and conversation to homeless individuals, many of whom were veterans. It is her love of children and people, from all walks of life, that has lead Moon to travel abroad. She has spent summers in Oaxaca, Mexico, teaching English in youth summer camps. Another summer was spent in Cairo, Egypt where she participated in women's empowerment groups. Probably her most impressionable trip was to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked for a summer as the director of a Somalian refugee children's summer program in 2007. It was there that she learned the meaning of leadership through service. While organizing a group of volunteer activists, Moon designed a summer camp for Somalian kids ranging from ages 5-18, with limited English abilities. Through her leadership, the refugee children participated in classes that included art, math, computer competency, English as a second language, and interpretive dances. With your help, Moon was elected to her first term as the Ward 1 City Councilor. She hopes to continue to utilize her skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking to listen to Ward 1 residents, and help shape the conversation for the future of Pittsfield. It is through her dedication to hard work, and her intersectional background, empowered by her life experiences that Moon asks for your vote for reelection as the Ward 1 City Councilor.

05/05/2020
www.mass.gov

The Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses
To support the needs of Massachusetts small businesses during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Application deadline is May 29, 2020.
Funding decisions will be made by June 12, 2020.

The State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) is proud to offer The Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses as an acknowledgement of the devastating economic impact that the COVID -19 pandemic has had on the Massachusetts small business community.

The Empowerment Grant Program aims to support the well-being and continuity of small businesses by providing access to capital and empowerment through engaging in OEE resources.

Grant resources will be focused on small business owners serving Massachusetts Gateway Cities. The State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment encourages minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and/or immigrant-owned small businesses located in gateway communities to apply.

For details, please see Section III of the Program Summary (https://www.mass.gov/doc/empowerment-grant-for-small-businesses-program-summary/download?mc_cid=59c50b87fd&mc_eid=ff3e9f9b25). Applicants are encouraged to illustrate how they can utilize funds to support initiatives that will allow them to continue operating during and/or after the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may request up to $2,500 for the proposed need.

Mayor Linda Tyer
05/05/2020

Mayor Linda Tyer

Good afternoon Pittsfielders,

On Monday, the Pittsfield Board of Health issued an emergency order to food establishments to establish procedures for ensuring maximum occupancy levels, social distancing, and facial coverings.

It’s important to note that the term “food establishment” is used in the order to incorporate a wide spectrum of food-related services and includes the following essential services: supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants offering take-out foods and other facilities where the public has general access and are especially susceptible to the transmission of disease.

While Gov. Baker's order goes into effect tomorrow, the BOH order will result in specific action steps in these establishments to maintain our ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read the order here:https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/corona_virus/BOH%20Emergency%20Order%20-%20Stores.pdf

04/28/2020

Stay at home extended until May 18th per Charlie Baker’s press conference today.

"It feels like at this time with so many things changing every day this really is not the time to hold back on getting r...
04/16/2020
Pittsfield City Council Allocates $300,000 to Address Pandemic

"It feels like at this time with so many things changing every day this really is not the time to hold back on getting resources to the city and our first-responders," Ward 1 Councilor Helen moon said.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council pulled $300,000 from free cash to fund a new line item within the Emergency Management budget to assist in the city's effort to address the COVID-19...

City Hall - City of Pittsfield
04/13/2020

City Hall - City of Pittsfield

****Please avoid travel on Dan Casey Memorial Drive as the current high water levels may lead to flooding in the vicinity****

04/10/2020
Springside Park

Springside Park

Dear Friends of Springside:
The Friends of Springside Park Clean-up will be delayed this year due to the Covid-19 Issue. The City is currently holding off on allowing organized park events until further notice. I will provide an update as information is provided to me. We had originally applied for permission to hold this year's spring clean -up in May, however, it appears the date will be delayed to June or July.
Thanks,
Bernie Mack,
President of Friends of Springside Park😞

03/27/2020
www.mass.gov

Mass DPH update (https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-march-27-2020/download)

Mass cases: 3240
Berkshire County cases: 105
Pittsfield cases: 36

There are 823 new cases for a total of 3240 (yesterday was 2,417).

10 new deaths were reported for a total of 35.

More than 29,000 individuals have been tested, up from 23,621.

Age Group
≤19 years of age 63
20-29 years of age 567
30-39 years of age 581
40-49 years of age 526
50-59 years of age 597
60-69 years of age 442
≥ 70 years of age 462
Unknown 2

Governor Charlie Baker update this morning includes:1) State tax filing deadline July 152) State is asking 2nd home owne...
03/27/2020

Governor Charlie Baker update this morning includes:

1) State tax filing deadline July 15
2) State is asking 2nd home owners to reconsider coming here, but should they choose to, they should self-isolate for 2 weeks. Travelers will be greeted with electronic messages on highways and through media channels regarding this.
3) Buoyhealth.com rolls out online symptom checker for Coronavirus. Based on symptoms and exposure, it can connect you to a telehealth. All insurance plans within Massachusetts are waiving deductibles, copays and coinsurance for telehealth visits related to coronavirus.

Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to get latest updates via text from the Commonwealth.

There are two unemployment assistance town halls scheduled:
- Saturday, March 28,2020 at 12PM for Spanish speakers
- Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 12PM
You can join the meeting online or by phone. Sign up here: https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-dua-virtual-town-halls

Pittsfield -

There have been food-pickup priority zones established in areas with high concentrations of restaurants. The curbside zones are marked with blue and white "Food Pick-Up Priority" signs. The zones can fit two cars and feature free parking.

Take & Go meals provided for seniors from the City of Pittsfield Council on Aging. Pick up is located at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center (330 North Street). Available Monday-Friday 11:30-12:30. Transportation available 8:30-12:30 for medical appointments, pharmacy visits and emergency shopping trips. Call the senior center at 499-9346 to schedule.

And a reminder from our medical community, please stay home.

03/26/2020

Mass DPH COVID-19 Update (3/26)

Confirmed Cases = 2417
There are 579 new cases for a total of 2417. (yesterday = 1838)
10 new deaths were reported for a total of 25.
More than 23,500 individuals have been tested.

Berkshire County cases = 73

Age Breakdown:
≤19 years of age 53
20-29 years of age 425
30-39 years of age 433
40-49 years of age 386
50-59 years of age 437
60-69 years of age 329
≥ 70 years of age 352
Unknown 2

Please continue to use precautions and do our part to help prevent the spread of infection:
1) As reasonably possible, stay home
2) Wash your hands often (20 seconds) & disinfect high touch areas (door handles, counters)
3) Don't touch your face
4) Cough into a tissue (then throw away) or your elbow. Wash/sanitize hands after.
5) Practice distance from others (at least 6 ft.) when in public

If you are using personal protective equipment (PPE - face masks, gloves), please throw away disposable items appropriately. There have been reports of used gloves and face masks strewn over parking lots and left in shopping carts.

Stay safe. Virtually check in with your friends and neighbors.

03/26/2020

I was alerted to some guys in the neighborhood trying to steal from unlocked cars. Please lock your doors and cars. Stay safe everyone.

03/25/2020
www.mass.gov

Update from Governor Charlie Baker (3/25):

1) Schools closed until May 4th
2)Reuseable bags are not allowed; stores will not charge for plastic/paper bags

There are 679 new cases for a total of 1838 and 4 new deaths were reported for a total of 15 total deaths statewide. More than 6000 additional individuals tested for a total 19,794

Current confirmed cases in MA:1838
In Berkshire County: 71

Age Group
≤19 years of age 41
20-29 years of age 326
30-39 years of age 322
40-49 years of age 313
50-59 years of age 330
60-69 years of age 249
≥ 70 years of age 255
Unknown 2

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-march-25-2020/download

03/20/2020
State House News Service

Governor Baker COVID-19 Live Update 3/20

On the day that Massachusetts health officials announced the state's first coronavirus death, Gov. Charlie Baker pledged action from his administration to protect renters and homeowners, touted a new effort to collect critical health care supplies, and again encouraged social distancing practices to help mitigate spread of the respiratory illness.

Berkshire Eagle
03/18/2020
Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Eagle

Starting Monday, Otto's Kitchen & Comfort at 95 East St. will begin a delivery service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Otto's doesn't currently serve dinner in-house, so, dinner delivery will consist of a single entree that will change on a daily basis.

DSVTaskForce
03/17/2020
DSVTaskForce

DSVTaskForce

"For some Americans, these measures [social distancing] are inconvenient but ultimately doable. But for others, such as victims of domestic violence for whom work is a necessary respite from the unpredictability of their partner’s abuse, there can be more immediate danger inside the home than outside it."

During this global pandemic, as our community takes precautions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the isolation, loss of economic security and increased stress and anxiety may cause some to be in more danger within their own homes.

According to one article (https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1005253/domestic-violence-cases-surge-during-covid-19-epidemic), China saw a 3x increase in cases of domestic violence due to the Covid-19.

So, as we hunker down for the next several weeks, try to keep an extra eye on your friends, neighbors, family members, or coworkers. Call/text/email them to check in. We can all play a part in keeping our community safe.

Need help?
* Elizabeth Freeman Center Hotline (available 24/7): 1-866-401-2425
* Berkshire District Attorney's Office VWA Hotline: 1-855-ASK-VWAS (855-275-8927)
* National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

03/17/2020
Senator Adam Hinds

Senator Adam Hinds

Protecting small businesses and other groups most financially impacted by the coronavirus is of the utmost importance to keep our communities thriving. This afternoon Governor Charlie Baker announced a $10 million relief fund for small businesses in Massachusetts affected by #COVID19.

The recovery loan fund will provide emergency capital of up to $75,000 for businesses and non-profits with under 50 full-time and part-time employees. Loans are immediately available and no payments will be due for the first six months.

Business owners can complete applications at empoweringsmallbusiness.org and can email applications to [email protected] with the subject line, “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund.”

03/14/2020
Mayor Linda Tyer

Mayor Linda Tyer

COVID 19: BMC and Fairview Hospital Enact Changes to Visitation Policy

Please note Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital have enacted several changes to its visitation policy, effective Sunday, March 15, as part of its effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. For more information and details, please visit: https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/body.cfm?id=4261&fr=true

03/13/2020
Mayor Linda Tyer

Mayor Linda Tyer

***COVID-19 Update: Pittsfield Public Schools to close from the end of business today, March 13 through March 30.***

COVID-19 continues to be a rapidly evolving situation both globally, within the City of Pittsfield, and in the Berkshires. As I indicated during yesterday’s press conference, the city’s action plan would be adjusted as necessary. In recognition of these highly fluid circumstances, and with much thought, discussion, and consideration, the Pittsfield Public Schools will be closed from the end of business, today, Friday, March 13 through, Monday, March 30 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The closure includes all PPS students at all 12 schools, all off-site programs and, and all day (non-residential) special education programs. This was not an easy decision to make as it has a tremendous impact on our community. However, the health and well-being of our students, teachers, and their families is our top priority as we continue to navigate through this public health emergency. To learn more about this closure and for additional details, please click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CAP8YLlc_Ao5tSf6zVqDXVshm8bI-ATEmQPZnJcGXJM/preview

We will continue to provide you with comprehensive information and updates as available.

I’m so incredibly sad to hear that Tavern at the A is not renewing their lease. With Sabrina, ChinHua, Matty G, Tim and ...
03/13/2020

I’m so incredibly sad to hear that Tavern at the A is not renewing their lease. With Sabrina, ChinHua, Matty G, Tim and Jessica’s generosity, I’ve hosted or participated in many community, campaign or council events there. And it was the location of both of my election parties.

Thank you for your contribution to Ward 1 and the City of Pittsfield.

They are open through March, so please stop by!

Yesterday, Mayor Linda Tyer, Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito updated the press and members of the community RE COVID-19 a...
03/13/2020

Yesterday, Mayor Linda Tyer, Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito updated the press and members of the community RE COVID-19 as it relates to the city of #Pittsfield and #Commonwealth. Both the City and the Commonwealth have declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days. As of yesterday, there were 95 positive or presumptive positive cases, our labs are able to process 4x more tests, and the Commonwealth is seeking federal dollars to aid in our efforts to contain the virus and mitigate harm to our communities.

You can do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

1. Wash 🧼 your hands 🖐 for 20 seconds with soap and water 💦 (sing happy birthday) OFTEN.
2. Use hand 🖐 sanitizer if water 💧 and soap 🧼 are not available. (Rub until hands are dry)
3. Cover your mouth 👄 when coughing or sneezing 🤧 into a tissue (throw away and use hand sanitizer) or into your elbow.
4. Practice social distancing, maintain a 6ft 🦶 distance between people who are sick/coughing 🤒. Rethink the events and gatherings you are attending. Try to stay away from large gatherings and crowds if possible.
5. Clean 🧽 your work/home 🏡 areas with disinfect.
6. Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
7. Don’t panic. Use self care as needed to help get through this stressful time.

If you have questions, call the nurse designated call line at BMC: 855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465)

#covid19 #mapoli

🚨 According to DPH (Dept. Of Public Health) there are malicious websites pretending to be a live map of coronavirus outb...
03/12/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

🚨 According to DPH (Dept. Of Public Health) there are malicious websites pretending to be a live map of coronavirus outbreak. Downloading the map or using the interactive browser will install malware (AZORult) onto your computer. Johns Hopkins particular .exe file mimics a real map. Please be wary as you research coronavirus. 🚨

You can find more information about the virus on www.cdc.gov/covid19, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 and www.cityofpittsfield.org/covid-19_(coronavirus)/

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1
03/08/2020

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1

To all women, I celebrate you. Your life and your voice matters. You should be celebrated today and everyday. ..This yea...
03/08/2020

To all women, I celebrate you. Your life and your voice matters. You should be celebrated today and everyday.
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This year, the campaign is #eachforequal. As we continue to fight for equal rights and equal pay, let’s acknowledge that for some of us this fight, though exhausting and beyond overdue, is not life threatening. And for others, their lives are at risk everyday for who they are and how they exist in this inequitable world.
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For my transgender sisters and gender non-conforming friends, and to our black and brown communities and indigenous peoples, this fight is even more costly. So to all of you, I honor you and thank you. May we live true to unite around fighting for equal rights and equitable access for all women. So that this day isn’t just about cute and shareable slogans, but doing the hard work to make it so. #IWD

03/05/2020
Pittsfield Community Television

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LIVE from Herberg Middle School - March 5, 2020

Today is Super Tuesday! If you are able to, please go and vote! Your voice matters. For Ward 1A & 1B in Pittsfield, your...
03/03/2020

Today is Super Tuesday! If you are able to, please go and vote! Your voice matters. For Ward 1A & 1B in Pittsfield, your polling location is at Reid Middle School. Polls open until 8PM. If you can’t vote because of transportation issues, DM me. #pittsfieldvotes #supertuesday

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Congratulations!
I found one of your blue Mylar campaign balloons on my property in Westmoreland NH today, 6/21/19.
When is the next city council meeting?
As a home owner in the 1b part of the ward, I would like to voice my opposition to the tax revenue giveaway to a mismanaged set of theaters. knowing that the tax rate for residences is about to decrease by a very minor figure and re evaluation will offset that plus some I'm concerned. As a retired person who managed to pay my taxes and fees for a lifetime, the tax burden is getting to a point of resentment. Why will one set of operators be more successful than the group that just failed. Why did'nt they pay their taxes like everyone else?
Where do I get a handicap sticker so it get picked up at my garage ?
Thank you standing with the BMC nurses again tonight!
Thanks for always standing with BMC nurses, Helen!
Thank you for my yard sign!!!