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BCC Hosts Pittsfield Ward, Mayoral Debates for Preliminary Election

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hosting the Pittsfield's Ward 5 and Ward 6 debates on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, at its main campus, 1350 West St.
 
There are three city races that have sufficient candidates that will appear on the Sept. 17 municipal preliminary election ballot: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor. In each case, the top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 city election, which will also feature the other contested races. 
 
The mayoral forum will take place at BCC on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., also in K-111.
 
The Aug. 19 event will feature the Ward 5 candidates at 6 p.m. and the Ward 6 candidates at 7 p.m. All candidates have been invited and all are expected.
 
The Ward 5 candidates are: Jonathan Lothrop, Eugene Maselli, and Patrick Kavey. 
 
In Ward 6, the council candidates are: Edward Carmel, Craig Gaetani, Dina Guiel Lampiasi, and Joseph Nichols. 
 
Local radio personality Larry Kratka will host both debates. The debates will air live on Pittsfield Community Television with repeat telecasts prior to the preliminary election. They will also be posted on Pittsfield Community Television's web site, pittsfieldtv.org, for streaming.
 
The event is free and open to the public.

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Brien Center Awarded $360K Curb Risky High School Student Behavior

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has been awarded a total of $357,480 in state grants that will fund a first-of-its kind program in two Berkshire County high schools that is designed to reduce such risky behaviors as smoking, vaping, drinking and substance misuse that could compromise students' futures.
 
The local organization applied for the funds through a competitive grant process offered for the first time by the state Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services. The bureau awarded 18 grants statewide, with the Brien Center winning two of them.
 
The grants will fund new and intensive services at Taconic High School in Pittsfield and Drury High School in North Adams – schools that already work closely with the Brien Center's youth programs. The schools are not identified because their students have riskier behaviors. Schools identified for the grants have a strong internal system to identify high-risk youth.
 
"We have had substance abuse educators in most Berkshire schools for 25 years on a limited basis due to funding," said M. Christine Macbeth, president and CEO of the Brien Center. "However, both Taconic and Drury have utilized our services to their fullest potential. This new grant will allow us to expand our collaboration to a much higher level."
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