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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 Residents Fight Cell Tower Construction

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents hope Berkshire Superior Court rules on an injunction forcing Verizon to halt the construction on 150-foot cell tower on South Street.
 
Residents of Alma Street will have their date in court on Tuesday, claiming Verizon did not properly notify abutters before constructing a cell tower.
 
"I pray that the honorable judge not only rules in favor of our neighborhood, but at the same time also grants the injunction to stop work, preventing further damage, stress, and concerns associated with the tower being up and active," resident Courtney Gilardi said. "I would hope she would stop this tower from being placed in our neighborhood."
 
Verizon received the permitting from the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2017 to erect the 115-foot cellular tower. Work began in this spring.
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