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Pittsfield Voters to Choose Mayor, City Council & School Committee

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will elect a mayor, a new City Council, and School Committee on Tuesday.
Polls throughout the city open at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 5. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer, who was first elected in 2015, is being challenged by 10-year Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo.
Eight candidates will vie for the four at-large City Council seats, including the seat being vacated by Mazzeo. Incumbents are Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip III, and Peter White; they are being challenged by newcomers Alexander Blumin, Yuki Cohen, Richard Latura, Jay Hamling, and Auron Stark. 
In Ward 1, incumbent Helen Moon will defend her seat from former councilor Keneth Warren Jr.
Councilor Kevin Morandi will hold his Ward 2 seat unopposed as will Ward 3 councilor Nicholas J. Caccamo.
This is not the case for Ward 4, where incumbent Chris Connell is being challenged by Michael Merriam.
With councilor Donna Todd Rivers vacating her Ward 5 seat after two terms, the seat is up for grabs. It's lead to former city councilor, Jonathan Lothrop, attempting to regain the seat if he can find off newcomer Patrick Kavey.
Ward 6 Councilor John Krol is moving out of the area and so did not seek re-election. That has left his seat open and another former city councilor, Joe Nichols, is vying for it against Dina Guiel Lampiasi, who is making her second run for office. 
Yet a third former city councilor, Anthony Maffucio, and J. David Pope are vying for the Ward 7 seat left vacant by Anthony Simonelli, who did not seek re-election.
The other race on the ballot is for School Committee and incumbents William Cameron, Dan Elias, Dennis Powell, and current Chairwoman Katherine Yon will look to hold four of the six open seats.
Mark Brazeau, Alison McGee and Tom Perrea are hoping to gain three of those seats. 
The city clerk position is also up for election but incumbent Michele Benjamin is running unopposed.
Voting will take place in the following polling stations: 
  • Ward 1 precincts A and B polling stations will both be at Reid Middle School on 950 North St.
  • The Ward 2 precinct A polling station will be Morningside Community School on 100 Burbank Street and the percent B polling station will be the Somerset Fire Station on 9 Somerset Ave.
  • The Ward 3 precinct A polling station will be Providence Court on 379 East St. and the precinct B polling station will be at Egremont School on 84 on Egremont Ave.  
  • The Ward 4 precinct A polling station will be at Herberg Middle School on 501 Pomeroy Ave. and Precinct B will be at Williams School at 50 Bushey Rd.
  • Both Ward 5 Precincts A and B polling stations will be at the Pittsfield Library. 
  • The Ward 6 Precinct A polling station is Columbus Arms Housing on 65 Columbus Ave. and the Precinct B polling station is at Conte Community School on 200 West Union St.
  • The Ward 7 Precinct A polling station is at the fire station on 54 Pecks Rd. and the Precinct B polling station is at Capleless Elementary School on 86 Brooks Ave.
Polls close at 8 p.m., watch for iBerkshires election coverage. 

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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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