Campaign Notes & Articles 2009

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 Election News

Alcombright's Victory Speech

Updated Debate Schedule

Final Numbers: Alcombright Wins, 3,046 to 2,166.

Final Numbers: Ruberto wins, 6,658 to 6,449.
North Adams          
Sept. 30 Debate story & audio
Video only

Oct. 14  Debate story & audio
Video only

City Council
Oct. 21 Debate story & Audio
Oct. 22 'Pub' Debate story & audio

Oct. 26 Debate

Audio of Oct. 30 Debate

City Council
Oct. 20 Debate story & Audio

News Stories
North Adams

Fox News on Election reaction

Alcombright Topples Barrett, State's Dean of Mayors

North Adams Has a New Mayor!

North Adams City Council Candidates for 2009

North Adams City Council Candidates in Their Own Words

Economic Development Dominates
North Adams Council Debate

Live Blog the North Adams City Council Debate

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Meet Again

Video of Oct. 14 North Adams Mayoral Debate

Barrett, Alcombright Spar in First Debate

North Adams Democrats Slate Local Candidate Rally

Barrett Kicks Off Campaign Touting Experience, Accomplishments

Barrett Planning Run for Record 14th Term

Alcombright Campaigns on Economic Development, Community Involvement

15 Vying for City Council in North Adams

Alcombright Plans Run for Mayor of North Adams

Fox News 9 has Ruberto's victory speech

Ruberto Re-elected in Pittsfield

Final Ruberto, Bianchi Debate Moved to Friday

Bianchi Bows Out of Chamber of Commerce Debate

Ruberto, Bianchi Continue Jabs Over PEDA, Crime
Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debate on Economic Development

Ruberto, Bianchi Spar in 'Pub' Debate

Pittsfield Council Candidates Meet in Debates

Bianchi, Ruberto Will Face Off in November

Pittsfield Candidates Make Final Pitch Before Preliminary

Ward 7 Candidates Split on Rooms Tax

Pittsfield Candidates Make Pitch to Voters

Forum Slated for Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates

Ward 4 Candidates Suggest Savings, Crime Watch

Ward 2 Candidates Talk Trash, PEDA

Ruberto Seeks Re-Election to Keep Pittsfield on Track

Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Spar on Finances, Accountability

Pittsfield Preliminary Ballot Set; Caccomo Takes No. 1 Spot

Malumphy Launches Campaign for Mayor

The Candidates  (listed according to ballot)
North Adams
Barrett Runs on Experience                   
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ending
weeks of speculation, Mayor John Barrett III took out nomination
papers on Tuesday afternoon to run for re-election. More ...

Barrett Web site
  Alcombright Runs
on Economy

— Richard Alcombright kicked off his campaign for mayor this morning with a call for the community to come together to chart the city's future. More ...

Alcombright Web site
Barrett Reflects on Accomplishments with Capital News 9

Kerry Endorses Barrett for Mayor
  BerkshireFinearts endorses Alcombright

Coakley Endorses Alcombright

Alcombright Addresses Concerns About His Qualifications

Alcombright Discusses Taxes

Alcombright Attacks 'Whisper Campaign'

Alcombright Announces His Plan for Debates

Alcombright Reaffirms Goals

Alcombright Outlines Three Cs Strategy

Alcombright Releases Initial Economic Development Ideas

City Council
Lisa Blackmer Michael Bloom

City Council Candidate Michael Bloom
Ronald Boucher

Boucher Backs Housing Commission
Gailanne Cariddi Marie Harpin
Alan Marden

Marden Running for 12th Council Term
Robert R. Moulton Jr. Michael S. Boland

Boland Kicks Off Council Campaign Aug. 28
David A. Bond

Bond Wants to Connect City to World

Bond Wants to Serve City
Keith J. Bona
Eric R. Buddington

Buddington Pledges Openness, Practicality
Brian L. Flagg
Flagg Outlines ABCs for North Adams

Flagg Campaign Plans City Walkthrough
David A. Lamarre
Lamarre Details Stance as Councilor

Lamarre Introduces Himself to Voters
Gregory B. Roach

Roach Sees Future Potential in City's Past

Roach Announces Bid for City Council
Dennis J. Whitney

Whitney Announces Campaign Treasurer

The Candidates
Ruberto Runs for 4th Term
Mayor James Ruberto
made it official this
morning when he
formally announced
that he would run
for a fourth term in office.
More ...
  Bianchi Runs for Mayor
Election 2009: Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debates

Ruberto Receives Strong Endorsements

Ruberto Challenges Opponent on Small-Business Aid

Ruberto issues Challenge for Education Debate

Ruberto Seeks Re-Election to Keep Pittsfield on Track

Ruberto Slates Open House Sept. 17

  Bianchi Would Convene Education Forum

Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debate on Economic Development

Building Council Backs Bianchi

Bianchi hosts Coffee Meet & Greet at Capitol Square

Bianchi Hosts Pasta Dinner at Italian American Club

Bianchi hosts Coffee & Conversation at Rose Manor

Bianchi Plans Meet & Greet at Providence Court

Bianchi Hosts Fundraiser at Polish Falcon Club

Bianchi Hosts Small Business Forum
Here's the 2007 election news.

Preliminary Election News
General Election: Nov. 3
Mayor's Race
Ballot order: Nicholas J. Caccamo, Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, incumbent James M. Ruberto, Mark A. Marciano, Rick E. Moon, Daniel L. Bianchi, Paul Kwasniowski, Stephen A. Fillio, Lisa M. Boyd and Jeffrey W. Ferrin.

Nicholas J. Caccamo

Election 2009: Caccamo Sees Solutions in Buying Local

Election 2009: Caccamo Goal Is Sustainable Community

Election 2009: Caccamo Plans Savings With Energy Efficiency

Pam Malumphy

Election 2009: Malumphy Passing Out Baseball IOUs

Election 2009: Malumphy Sets Central Block Party

Election 2009: Malumphy Offers Apples for Teachers

Election 2009: Malumphy Taking Unpaid Leave for Campaign

Malumphy Launches Campaign for Pittsfield Mayor

Election 2009: Malumphy Campaign Invites Candidates to 'Cert Celebration'

Election 2009: Malumphy Formally Announces for Pittsfield Mayor

Election 2009: Malumphy Takes out papers

Mark Marciano
Election 2009: Marciano Wants to Clean Up City Hall

City Council Campaigns
Election 2009: Dinner for Peter White
Election 2009: Krol Sets Campaign Kick Off

Special Senate Election

Follow all the Senate events & related news at Blue Mass.
Gov. Deval Patrick has set the special election to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat for Jan. 19.
Coakley has taken out papers and announced her plans to run for the Senate.

Martha doesn't fool around: here's the Web site (She's also leading in our smackdown poll.) At least one contender is out after Joe Kennedy said on Labor Day he wouldn't run. Coakley is currently the only declared Democratic candidate; if that changes (and it's likely), a primary will be held Dec. 8. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano of Somerville will announce his intention to run on Friday. Capauno represents much of the Boston area in the 8th District.

Coakley has been endorsed by Emily's List, the influential fund-raising foundation for women candidates.

Results of our Berkshires Smackdown! poll,
ending Sept. 14.

Looking Ahead in the House
 BTW Category
Nuciforo Gearing for Run
The Associated Press is reporting that Berkshire Middle Registrar of Deeds Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. has filed as a candidate for the 1st Massachusetts District seat now held by John W. Olver. But he won't run until 2012.

2010 challenger for Olver
SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. - Michael Engel, resident of Southampton and a former Easthampton elected official, is running as an independent candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Massachusetts 1st District in 2010 against incumbent John W. Olver, an Amherst Democrat.

Engel, professor emeritus of political science at Westfield State College and current business owner, said he believes the federal government is wasting time and money trying to fix the old, failed economic and financial system, and that working people have gained little or nothing from those efforts. It is time, he claims, for citizens to start building a new system.

His role as a member of the House would therefore be to represent, work with, and provide resources for those who are organizing for meaningful social, economic, and political changes in America.

Engel's campaign will be an innovative, Web-based, personal grass-roots effort posing a direct challenge to the conventional million-dollar-plus campaigns conducted by congressional incumbents.

Submitted by the Campaign to Elect Michael Engel

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

Next Thursday, July 18 is 3rd Thursday: Food & Drink!
July's 3rd Thursday celebrates the city's cuisine, with more than a dozen food vendors popping up at the celebration, along with the two dozen brick-and-mortar restaurants that dot North Street. There will be almost 100 vendors in all! 
3rd Thursday's presenting sponsor, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will be offering FREE snow cones at Palace Park. The Boy Scouts of America will be bringing its rock climbing wall, and Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness will offer FREE Zumba in Park Square. 
Entertainment will be provided by Berkshire Bateria, Jacob's Pillow and Music in Common, plus enjoy a sneak peak at Barrington Stage and Ragtag Theatre's  Hansel and Gretel and Berkshire Theatre Group's Shrek The Musical. 5-8 p.m.
The Let's Go Pink Art Exhibition is a cancer awareness exhibit that will be on view at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield throughout October, 2019. The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as part of that month's First Friday Artswalk. A portion of all sales will benefit two local organizations: 20% of sales to BTG PLAYS!, 15% of sales to BMC Integrative Health Program's intuitive painting class for cancer patients, and the other 65% to the artist. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 6. All artists will be notified of acceptance on or before Sept. 9. For more information, please email the Let's Go Pink 2019 team at
100 Years of Nat King ColeCelebrate the centennial birthday of the unforgettable Nat King Cole with timeless songs and intimate stories told and sung by two-time Grammy nominee Clint Holmes, accompanied by award-winning pianist and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company. 
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Hunks: The Show at The A | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Jessica Wilson at Rusty Anchor | SAT Food for Thought Dinner w/Simon Winchester at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Polish Falcons | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Live on the Lake: Shyne at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Lady Di & The Dukes at Mazzeo's | THU Fabrizio & The Fever at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Explore the science of YOU during this annual celebration of science, invention and sensory fun! Explore the brain, transform into a germ, follow the life of a sneeze and more. Don't miss the grand finale at 7:15 p.m. Berkshire Museum. FREE, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Incredibles 2 at Berkshire Museum SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Learn to Code at Miss Hall's School TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Circus Minimus at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Project SpaceCRAFT at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Screening of Wall-E at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Solar System Paint & Snack at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Gallery Scavenger Hunts at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Restorative Yoga w/Live Music at BYDF
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