Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1 News and information about Ward 1, Pittsfield 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

07/09/2020
Michelle Wu

The history of Asian American justice cannot be separated from the history of Black activism. Racism against Asian Americans has its roots in the same racism targeting Black Americans, and just as Black activists fought with and for the AAPI community in our struggles for racial justice, we must also stand with them today and into the future.

I am proud to join AAPI community leaders from across the Commonwealth standing in solidarity with the Black community as partners in the fight against racism. All of us have to continue to speak up against anti-Blackness, empower Black businesses and voices, and work to dismantle systemic racism. Please share this video with members of your
community.

#Blacklivesmatter #mapoli

Thank you to the Asian-American community leaders who contributed to this video:

Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation
State Representative Tram Nguyen
Huiming Guo, Board Member, United Chinese Americans, Massachusetts Chapter
Quincy City Council President Nina Liang
Professor Paul Watanabe, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston
Sophia Wang, Policy Director, Office of Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn
Khang Nguyen, Vice President of Vietnamese American Community of MA
Marcie Viết Mai, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
Vira Douangmany Cage, MA Asian American Commission
Sam Hyun, MA Asian American Commission
Phila, Asian American Resource Workshop
Thúy Ana Thi Nguyen, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
State Representative Maria Duaime Robinson
Tam Le, Pho Hoa/Reign Drink Lab
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz
Roger Lau, Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
Monique Viết Mai, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
Leverett Wing, Executive Director, Commonwealth Seminar
Cinda Danh, Community Organizer & MA Democratic State Committee
Danielle Kim, MA Asian American Commission
Ben Hires, Executive Director, BCNC
Helen Haerhan Moon, Pittsfield City Councilor
Joan Dotroung, Asian American Resource Workshop
Nikko Mendoza, State Director, Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
Mehreen Butt, Wakefield Town Councilor
Bora Chiemruom, MA Asian American Commission
Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large
Avi Nguyen, Asian American Resource Workshop
Lisette Le, Executive Director of VietAID
State Representative Tackey Chan, State Representative
Karthik Subramanian, Company One Theatre
Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge

A special thank you to Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu for her leadership on this.

The history of Asian American justice cannot be separated from the history of Black activism. Racism against Asian Americans has its roots in the same racism targeting Black Americans, and just as Black activists fought with and for the AAPI community in our struggles for racial justice, we must also stand with them today and into the future.

We are proud to join AAPI community leaders from across the Commonwealth standing in solidarity with the Black community as partners in the fight against racism. All of us have to continue to speak up against anti-Blackness, empower Black businesses and voices, and work to dismantle systemic racism. Please share this video with members of your
community.

Thank you to the Asian-American community leaders who contributed to this video:
Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation
State Representative Tram Nguyen
Huiming Guo, Board Member, United Chinese Americans, Massachusetts Chapter
Quincy City Council President Nina Liang
Professor Paul Watanabe, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston
Sophia Wang, Policy Director, Office of Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn
Khang Nguyen, Vice President of Vietnamese American Community of MA
Marcie Viết Mai, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
Vira Douangmany Cage, MA Asian American Commission
Sam Hyun, MA Asian American Commission
Phila, Asian American Resource Workshop
Thúy Ana Thi Nguyen, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
State Representative Maria Robinson
Tam Le, Pho Hoa/Reign Drink Lab
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz
Roger Lau, Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
Monique Viết Mai, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
Leverett Wing, Executive Director, Commonwealth Seminar
Cinda Danh, Community Organizer & MA Democratic State Committee
Danielle Kim, MA Asian American Commission
Ben Hires, Executive Director, BCNC
Helen Moon, Pittsfield City Councilor
Joan Dotroung, Asian American Resource Workshop
Nikko Mendoza, State Director, Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
Mehreen Butt, Wakefield Town Councilor
Bora Chiemruom, MA Asian American Commission
Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large
Avi Nguyen, Asian American Resource Workshop
Lisette Le, Executive Director of VietAID
Tackey Chan, State Representative
Karthik Subramanian, Company One Theatre
Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge

Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option
07/08/2020
Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option

Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a bill Monday that allows all residents to have a vote-by-mail option for the 2020 primary and general elections."A bill has just been signed into law that will allow all Mass. voters to vote by mail without an excuse in any 2020 election," the elections d...

Elizabeth Freeman Center
06/30/2020
Elizabeth Freeman Center

Elizabeth Freeman Center

Letter: Legacy of first Pride resonates today

To the editor:

As LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2020 nears its close, and has felt very different from Pride months of years past, it's important to remember how this year's Pride has a striking resemblance to the first "which wasn't a parade, or a celebration, or a party, but a riot. On June 27,1969, police violently raided The Stonewall Inn, targeting drag queens, transgender people, and gay people, most of whom were Black and brown people. What followed were protests led by Black and brown trans people such as Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera, whose activism and action are the reason we are able to have Pride to this day.

Every day at Elizabeth Freeman Center, I and my fellow advocates work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It is not lost on us that our country's structural racism and police brutality mirror the abuse our clients experience, and that on both the systemic and the individual level, this violence disproportionately targets marginalized communities.

For those of us working at Elizabeth Freeman Center's LGBTQ Access Project (aka Team Rainbow), which provides help and healing to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, we see daily the impact of this violence on the lives, bodies, loves, and dreams of Black and brown LGBTQ+ people. Team Rainbow stands with our Black and brown community against the murder of Black and brown people by law enforcement, and against systemic racism. We will continue to support Black and brown LGBTQ+ people surviving relationship or sexual violence by providing counseling, support, advocacy, and healing. And we commit to broadening and deepening our anti-racist work, honoring the spirit and legacy of the first Pride.

Bailey Brissett.

Pittsfield

The writer is LGBTQ counselor/advocate, Elizabeth Freeman Center. To find out more about the Center's LGBTQ Access Project, visit elizabethfreemancenter.org/rainbow.

Thank you to Pittsfield firefighter and EMT Jeff Giacoletto for your years of service to our community. Congratulations ...
06/29/2020

Thank you to Pittsfield firefighter and EMT Jeff Giacoletto for your years of service to our community. Congratulations on a long a dedicated career. 🔥 👨‍🚒

Pittsfield Fire Dept I.A.F.F. 2647 would like to take a moment to Honor and Thank Fire Fighter/EMT Jeff Giacoletto, who is working his final shift today after 32 years and 3 months of Faithful service to the Citizens of Pittsfield. Fire Fighter Giacoletto spent his entire career working out of Headquarters and was a quintessential "Truckie" Jeff shared his knowledge with the younger Fire Fighters and his vast experience will be missed. Jeff received his Associates degree in Fire Science and was an original member of the PFD Dive team. We are definitely going to miss the fresh Vegetables Jeff would bring to the station from his garden. We would like to Wish "JLG" a Long and Healthy retirement. Good Luck in your next adventure.......🚒🇱🇷️

Today, June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth. A day that honors freedom for our Black community. It's a day to remember how...
06/19/2020

Today, June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth. A day that honors freedom for our Black community.

It's a day to remember how far we have come, but also acknowledge how far we have to go in the fight for equality. A fight that not only means Black Americans can live and be free, but also thrive. #CelebrateFreedom

Pittsfield Parks Recreation
06/16/2020

Pittsfield Parks Recreation

We have some good news!

Playgrounds across the city at parks and schools re-open today (Monday, June 15th)!

Please play it safe by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing/sanitizing hands before and after your visit.

Mayor Linda Tyer
06/15/2020

Mayor Linda Tyer

Gov. Baker has announced that 50 pop-up COVID testing sites across the state will be available on June 17-18 for anyone who has attended a large gathering over the last two weeks. Testing will be free of charge.

In Berkshire County, testing sites include Berkshire Medical Center and CVS at 107 West St. in Pittsfield and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/gettested

Tomorrow night is the school budget. If you would like to speak during public comment, you can call (312) 626-6799 - mee...
06/11/2020
Pittsfield Public Schools to cut 140 teachers, administrators

Tomorrow night is the school budget. If you would like to speak during public comment, you can call (312) 626-6799 - meeting ID: 932 4322 0578, press # and then # again.

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Public Schools superintendent on Wednesday announced the staggering reduction of nearly 140 teachers and administrators in preparation for a 10 percent cut to state …

🌈 Happy Pride Month! 🌈 We can’t celebrate the way we normally would for #Pride but we can still celebrate each other, ou...
06/01/2020

🌈 Happy Pride Month! 🌈 We can’t celebrate the way we normally would for #Pride but we can still celebrate each other, our community and love. ❤️ @ Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Today at 3pm at Park Square. Also will be live streamed on NAACP-Berkshire County Branch. Remember to wear a mask.
05/30/2020

Today at 3pm at Park Square. Also will be live streamed on NAACP-Berkshire County Branch.

Remember to wear a mask.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
05/28/2020

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

Even with restrictions being lifted, small businesses still need your support! And some of our beloved small businesses have not been able to open yet! Buy gift cards as gifts or as a treat for yourself. With Father's Day coming up, why not purchase a gift card for Dad!

Over 50 businesses are participating in Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.'s Online Gift Card Store! Buy now, help now, spend later!

SHOP NOW: https://business.downtownpittsfield.com/store

If you love a small business in Pittsfield, please help them out by buying a gift card today to spend IN PERSON hopefully someday soon!

#heartoftheberkshires #shopsmall

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
05/26/2020

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

Berkshire COVID-19 Fund Help-A-Thon to Air May 28
Presented by PCTV and simulcast across Berkshire County
When: Thursday, May 28 from 5-7 pm; re-air Sunday, May 31 from 6-8 pm.

Who: More than 30 artists connected to Berkshire County are joining forces to raise awareness about the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County, including legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff and local musicians Randy Cormier, Matt Cusson, Jonathan Denmark, Mike Duffy, Jeff Hunt, Steve Sears, Bobby Sweet and Jack Waldheim; comedian Kevin Bartini; local award-winning children’s book author Ty Allan Jackson; and more.

Elected officials participating include: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Jane Swift, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state representatives Tricia Farley-Bouvier and John Barrett, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer

Plus: Stories from some of the fund’s grantees and local interfaith clergy offering prayers for those lost, struggling and serving our communities.

Why: To raise awareness and funding for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest.

Where: TV: Pittsfield Community Television's Access Pittsfield, channel 1301; Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp. (NBCTC) in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire and Clarksburg, channel 1301; WilliNet, Williamstown Community TV, channel 1303; Dalton Community TV, channel 1301; Lanesborough Community Access, channel 191; and Community Television for the Southern Berkshires (CTSB) in Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and Sheffield, channel 1301

Radio: WTBR-FM 89.7 Pittsfield Community Radio and WMNB-LP 107.1 FM

Online: PCTV and Berkshire United Way pages and PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV devices and at www.pittsfieldtv.org.

More: Established on March 19 through a coalition of philanthropic organizations, business partners and generous individuals, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County has awarded over $1.4 million in grants to nonprofits working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

To learn more about the Berkshire COVID-19 Fund Help-a-Thon, visit https://www.berkshireunitedway.org/helpathon.

Today we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Thank you. ❤️As we remember the sacrifices of heros...
05/25/2020

Today we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Thank you. ❤️

As we remember the sacrifices of heros, please stay safe.

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1
05/18/2020

Helen Moon, City Councilor -Ward 1

Reopening Plan for MA
05/18/2020

Reopening Plan for MA

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😞

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Thank you Helen for all your support!!!
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!!!