Election 2009: Ruberto Receives Strong Endorsements

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray has joined other key leaders in endorsing Mayor James Ruberto. 

During a visit to Pittsfield on Thursday, Oct. 29, Murray said, "Mayor Ruberto has been a strong and effective advocate for the city of Pittsfield and has been a great partner in promoting economic development." 

State Rep. Christopher Speranzo also praised Ruberto's teamwork, saying, "Mayor Ruberto works continuously with the state to improve Pittsfield, whether promoting downtown development or securing assistance for our neighborhoods."

"Mayor Ruberto is clearly the best choice to lead Pittsfield during tough times," said Pittsfield City Council President Gerald Lee, adding his endorsement. "We are true partners and I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship."

In October, Ruberto received the support of five former Pittsfield mayors who sponsored a fundraiser for his campaign: Paul Brindle, Ray DelGallo, Evan Dobelle, Gerald Doyle and Ed Reilly.

"I am supporting Mayor Ruberto in his re-election campaign, and I urge the voters of Pittsfield to maintain his steady leadership for their city," said District Attorney David Capeless, whose endorsement was announced earlier in the month.

At the final mayoral debate on Friday, Oct. 30, Ruberto thanked the group of leaders for their support of his candidacy.

"I am so proud to have the endorsements of other key leaders, people who share a vision for a better Pittsfield and a stronger commonwealth," Ruberto said. "Senator Downing and Representative Speranzo are strong advocates for Pittsfield on Beacon Hill, and I am so thankful for their support. I am honored that the lieutenant governor took the time to provide his endorsement during his visit this week. My partnership with President Gerry Lee and the City Council makes everything else possible. And the endorsement of District Attorney Capeless means a lot to me as we have worked so hard together to enhance public safety.

"My track record is all about forming partnerships, and we are all part of the same team that will get us through this difficult economy."
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Nonprofit Center Hosting Online Auction

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is holding an online auction from March 16-31 to raise money for its educational programs and services for nonprofits.

The "Nonprofit Necessities" online auction features items needed by nonprofit organizations as well as things that appeal to the general public.

"Our local businesses and consultants are very generous in their support of our programs because they value the contributions of nonprofits to our community," NPC founder Liana Toscanini said.

The NPC is accepting donations of products and services through March 31.

Nonprofits and their board members are encouraged to bid on practical items they might not normally be able to afford such as consulting, billboard advertising, bylaw review, event photography or marketing services. 

The public can also bid on everything from local honey to a week on Cape Cod to a "microneedling" rejuvenating skin treatment. Visit npcberkshires.org to learn more and connect to the auction.

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