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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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The Ninth Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Hits North Street

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Local and state representatives join the march. See more photos here.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of men stepped into their high heels to participate in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes march on Thursday night. Although it was not the most graceful of miles, it raised some big money to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
 
"It takes a community to make change and we are that community and for the past nine years, we have been gathering here," Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick said before the march on North Street during Third Thursday. "We are increasing awareness, developing new partnerships, and we are creating new partnerships to reach people better and sooner."
 
The nonprofit center provides counseling, shelter, and legal advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence. It has offices in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington.
 
Broderick said this year so far they have raised at least $75,000. She said there is still money to be counted.
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