PCTV and iBerkshires Hosting Preliminary Election Debates

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Candidates in the preliminary election will pitch their ideas during live debates hosted by Pittsfield Community Television in partnership with iBerkshires on Tuesday.

Debates will be held on Sept. 5 at the Berkshire Athenaeum beginning at 5 p.m. with Ward 2 followed by Ward 7 at 6 p.m. and the mayoral debate at 7 p.m.

These races will be trimmed on Sept. 19 in preparation for the general election on Nov. 7.

The mayoral debate will feature Peter Marchetti, John Krol, and Karen Kalinowsky.  The three are running to replace Mayor Linda Tyer, who is not seeking re-election.  

Krol is a former city councilor and Marchetti and Kalinowsky are current city councilors. This is the second mayoral bid for both Marchetti and Kalinowsky.

The Ward 2 debate will feature Soncere Williams, Alexander Blumin, and Brittany Bandani.  They are vying for the seat to replace current councilor Charles Kronick, who is not seeking re-election.

The Ward 7 debate will feature incumbent Anthony Maffuccio and challengers Jonathan Morey and Rhonda Serre. The other races did not meet the criteria for a preliminary.

The series of debates is moderated by representatives of iBerkshires and Pittsfield Community Television.  Panelists from WAMC, The Berkshire Edge, and iBerkshires will present questions to the candidates.  

PCTV and iBerkshires are also soliciting questions from the public.

Earlier this week, the city clerk’s office prepared for preliminary election day by testing the ward and precinct ballot machines.

There is just over a week left to register to vote for the election, with a deadline of Sept. 9.

The debates are open to the public and will be broadcast live on PCTV CityLink Channel 1303 in Pittsfield, on the PCTV Select App available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, iOS, and Google Play, and on the Pittsfield Community Television Facebook page.

Members of the public can submit questions for the candidates to election@pittsfieldtv.org and the panelists may choose to use the questions in the debates.

Pittsfield's preliminary election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19.  Polls open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.


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Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
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