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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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Pittsfield Finance Committee Approves Johns Building Supply Expansion

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

William Koziara of Johns Building explains to the subcommittee his plans for expansion. The committee is recommending a tax financing agreement for the project.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The finance subcommittee approved a tax increment financing agreement with Johns Building Supply.
 
The committee voted Thursday to recommend the TIF to the full City Council that would benefit the building supply company as it constructs a 8,000-square-foot retail and office space at 850 Crane Ave.
 
"I will support this local and it is good to see a local business using these programs to get some things done to grow their business," Councilor at Large Earl Persip said. 
 
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