Mazzeo Announces Campaign For Pittsfield Mayor

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a decade on the City Council, Melissa Mazzeo intends to run for mayor.
 
In a prepared statement, she said she's focused on "addressing our growing crime rates and drug epidemic, auditing our city processes and rejecting the notion of doing things because that's how it has been done, investing in public infrastructure without putting the city into debt, and holding GE accountable for their broken promises and the resulting undeveloped business park.
 
"Pittsfield is at a crossroads right now, and our residents deserve a leader who will facilitate real change and progress that our community desperately needs," reads a release Mazzeo sent on Thursday. 
 
"Together we can finally address crucial issues like undrivable roads and poorly maintained infrastructure, the ongoing consequences from corporate recklessness in GE, and bringing good-paying stable jobs to the City. Lip service is not enough; it's time for action."
 
Mazzeo was first elected to the City Council in 2009 and won re-election five terms. She served as council president for one term. She is board president at the Gladys Allen Brigham Center, a member of Zonta International, a youth softball coach, and a member of the Here At Home Committee.
 
She joins Craig Gaetani, Karen Kalinowsky, and Scott Graves as potential challengers to incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer, who previously launched a campaign for re-election.
 
Mazzeo made her announcement Thursday morning as she took out papers in City Hall but iBerkshires was not notified of  the event. A press release was sent to iBerkshires later in the evening.

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Hinsdale Man To Compete In Professional BBQ Competition

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Rinaldi with Myron Mixon, celebrity chef and four-time barbecue World Champion.
HINSDALE, Mass. — Professional barbecue teams from all over New England will compete at the Harpoon BBQ Festival in Windsor, Vt., on July 27-28, with hopes of being crowned the grand champion and earning a ticket to the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. 
 
And Berkshire County's own George Rinaldi will be among them.
 
Rinaldi, 54, of Hinsdale, has been competing on the professional Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned circuit for eight years. He and his family travel to six or seven competitions annually. They've been all over New England, as well as in New Jersey, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas. At a typical event, competitors must deliver their entries in four categories (chicken, ribs, pork and brisket) to the master judges by pre-specified times — and not a second later.
 
Rinaldi's skills have earned many trophies, including a first-place prize for his Ribs Division win at a recent competition in New Jersey. 
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