The mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are adding their voices to calls to rescind a "zero-tolerance" policy decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that has resulted in the separation of children from families attempting to cross the border illegally or requesting asylum.
The tasks are complex and no two days are the same. Challenges do not always fit into neat boxes as one moment you are managing the city finances through a recession, then a natural disaster might strike, and very often you find yourself taking on tasks that go well beyond the job description.
Hans Morris of Stockbridge donated $250 to the campaign of Thomas Bernard last month. Morris is a member of the group of investors who purchased New England Newspapers last year.
Mention of Morris' donation was omitted from an article in The Eagle on the pre-election campaign finance reports. iBerkshires also wrote an article about the filings but did not catch Morris' name in connection to the newspaper group.
Candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports in a timely fashion are penalized $25 a day up to $5,000 and must pay with their own, not their campaign, money by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. tangled over crime, economic development, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, students' "gangster" dressing, and what has become an albatross at every election, the Mohawk Theater.
One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.
Polls open for voters in North Adams at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. All five wards will be voting at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center this year. The City Council voted earlier this year to move the Ward 4 polling location to the parish center, where the other four wards have been for a number of years.
Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz failed to file campaign reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance by the Sept. 11 filing date. Each was being fined $25 a day until their report is filed. This is a personal fine and committee funds may not be used.
Three of the four mayoral candidates running in the preliminary election on Tuesday offered their positions on questions ranging from economic development to the opioid crisis at a forum Thursday held in the renovated Weave Shed at Greylock Works.
The first candidate for the corner office has thrown his hat into the ring less than a week after Mayor Richard Alcombright announced he would not run for a fifth term.
Thomas Bernard, a city native who is currently director of special projects at Smith College in Northampton, took out nomination papers Monday afternoon.
Mayor Richard Alcombright announced on Thursday afternoon that he would not run for a fifth term.
In a brief press conference in his office at City Hall, the Alcombright said it was time for new leadership to take over.
Mayor Richard Alcombright is indicating that he will run for a fifth term next year.
But that announcement was the one thing missing from his address to supporters at his "Picnic on the Patio" event last week at the Richmond Grille.