Berkshire United Way celebrates 100 Years of Service

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PITTSFIELD, Mass — The board of directors and staff of Berkshire United Way invite members of the community to attend the organization's 100th anniversary celebration 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 
During the celebration Berkshire United Way will present the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award to Mary Wheat. She has been an active volunteer and guiding light with the South Community Food Pantry for more than 20 years. She also was a founder and longtime chair of the Thanksgiving Angels meal program. 
The event also will feature guest speaker Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, professor emeritus of History and Political Science at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, who will reflect on the shared history of Berkshire United Way and the over the past 100 years. Jones-Sneed is a scholar and local history expert whose research and writing has focused extensively on the Berkshires and the local dimensions of African American history. 
Berkshire United Way was founded on April 7, 1924, as the Pittsfield Community Fund Association.
According to a press release:
As times and needs have changed, Berkshire United Way has adapted and evolved to remain relevant and effective in responding to the most pressing challenges facing people in Berkshire County. This anniversary event provides an opportunity to celebrate?100?years?of spirit and generosity in the Berkshires and to look forward to a bright, equitable, and vibrant future where everyone in our community can thrive.  
For event tickets and more information visit or call 413-442-6948 x12.

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Two Large Scale Drug Traffickers Arrested and Arraigned

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On May 23 and May 24, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office arraigned two individuals, Michael Caropreso and George Stewart, on drug trafficking charges. 
Both Defendants were arrested on warrants following prior investigations into drug trafficking. The investigations were conducted by the Pittsfield Police Department and the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.
Michael Caropreso, age 50 of Becket, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on May 23. When the Defendant was arrested, he possessed approximately 56 grams of cocaine. Caropreso is charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, 36 grams or more, less than 100 grams. He is being held on $150,000 cash bail.
George Stewart, age 44 of Pittsfield, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on May 24. When the Defendant was arrested, he had approximately 300 grams of cocaine and an illegal firearm. Additionally, Stewart had an outstanding warrant at the time of his arrest. 
Stewart is charged with:
  • Trafficking in Cocaine, 200 grams or more
  • Possession of Firearm in a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm Without an FID Card
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card
  • Firearm Violation With 3 Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
  • Stewart is being held on $250,000 cash bail.
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