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Pittsfield Voters Will Narrow Candidate Field in 3 Races

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field in three races: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor. 
 
While the entire city will be deciding which two of the four candidates for mayor will be moving on to the general election in November, only Wards 5 and 6 will determine the top two candidates vying to representative their precincts. Neither ward has an incumbent running but both have former city councilors running. 
 
On the mayoral front, incumbent Linda Tyer is being challenged by Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, retired Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinowsky and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo.
 
Tyer, the city's first mayor to serve a four-year term, is seeking another four years in the corner office. Mazzeo, who's finishing up her fifth two-year term as a councilor at large, is considered one of the favorites in the preliminary election. 
 
However, Graves and Kalinowsky are hoping that their calls for new perspectives at City Hall will give them boost into the general election. Kalinowsky is calling for more accountability in both the city and school administration; Graves wants a more business-friendly administration, based on his own difficulties in dealing with permitting hurdles. 
 
 
In Ward 5, Jonathan Lothrop is seeking to a return to the seat he held for a dozen years before standing down in 2015. Maselli and Kavey say they could bring a new and different perspective that would benefit the residents of a ward that stretches from the downtown south across Wild Acres and the airport to Richmond Pond. 
 
 
In Ward 6, there are four candidates going into the preliminary but half will be eliminated by Tuesday night. They are Joseph Nichols, a former Ward 7 councilor and manager/chef of the Village Inn in Lenox; homelessness activist and construction worker Edward Carmel, retired businessman and outspoken critic of City Hall Craig Gaetani, and director of operations for the district attorney's office Dina Guiel Lampiasi.
 
 
Polling will occur from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17; find your polling location here.

Tags: election 2019,   mayor,   Pittsfield city council ,   preliminary election,   


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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program.  "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."

The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.

The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.

"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select.  The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.

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