Rabasco Wins Steel Rail Half Marathon

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco Sunday won the Steel Rail Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds.
Rabasco covered the course with a mile pace of 5:32 and finished nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Bissaillon of Merrimac.
Mount Greylock graduate Emily Kaegi was the first woman across the line, finishing in 1:29:02. She was followed by April Varellas of Adams in 1:31.46.
Six hundred, twenty-one competitors finished the half marathon, which is held in conjunction with an 8-kilometer race.
Adams' Justin Levesque won the 8K in 30:28, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up and first woman across the line Heather Cirka of Hudson, N.Y., who finished in 32:42.
Half Marathon Top 20
1. Mark Rambasco, Pittsfield, 1:12:39; 2. Mac Bissaillon, Merrimac, 1:12:51; 3. Matt Rabasco, Pittsfield, 1:16:41; 4. Connor Meehan, North Adams, 1:17:58; 5. Arturo Fernandez, Oakland, Calif., 1:19:09; 6. Jason Varney, Waltham, 1:20:33; 7. Ryan Serre, Pittsfield, 1:21:13; 8. Mitch Graves, Waltham, 1:21:40; 9. Nicholas Curelop, Great Barrington, 1:23:21; 10. Eric Ciocca, Northampton, 1:23:38; 11. Jordan Webb, Charlotte, N.C., 1:24:04; 12. Don Kjelleren, Williamstown, 1:25:14; 13. Michael Hoffert, Somerville, 1:25:16; 14. Ian McHugh, Syracuse, N.Y., 1:25:47; 15. Mike Spitzer, Sheffield, 1:25:56; 16. Sam Culver, Williamstown, 1:26:31; 17. Rob Van Der Kar, Averill Park, N.Y., 1:27:27; 18. Brian Kugel, Rocky Hill, Conn., 1:27:33; 19. Maxwell Spence, Pittsfield, 1:28:08; 20. Ed Chartier, Phillipston, 1:28:44.
8K Top 20
1. Justin Levesque, Adams, 30:28; 2. Heather Cirka, Hudson, N.Y., 32:42; 3. Allen Hall, Westford, 34:05; 4. Francisco Och, Great Barrington, 34:09; 5. Thomas Tracy, Rowley, 34:53; 6. Stephen Rondeau, North Adams, 34:57; 8. Blaine Freadman, Pittsfield, 35:08; 9. Ace Curtis, Pittsfield, 35:23; 10. Christopher Sherman, North Adams, 36:41; 11. Mia Albano, Pittsfield, 36:42; 12. Whitney Sparks, New York, N.Y., 37:02; 13. Kevin Crosier, Pittsfield, 37:03; 14. David Lipinski, Adams, 37:31; 15. David Hall, Pittsfield, 37:54; 16. Karen Tibbetts, 37:58; 17. David Kreps, Belchertown, 38:03; 18. Cassandra Lane, Lenox, 38:08; 19. Kimberly Gero, Pittsfield, 39:06; 20. Bernard Mack, Pittsfield, 39:21.
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Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Debate Education Issues

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Melissa Mazzeo says the schools are in crisis.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night. 
While both candidates agreed on some issues, challenger Mazzeo stressed safety and teachers' needs during the debate in the Pittsfield High School library and Tyer, the incumbent, the policies implemented during her tenure to address those concerns. 
Mazzeo said although the city has great teachers and students there are real issues in the school system.
"We need to face reality our schools are in a crisis," the councilor at large said. "The teachers are not being heard and not being supported and the policies everyone is trying to implement are not working ... tonight you will hear the mayor use some words such as dynamic, progressive and vibrant and every time she speaks those words I want you to ask yourself is she speaking to the truth"
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