Meet Paulino Aguilar: He came to the Berkshires to provide a better future for his family in El Salvador

Paulino Aguilar survived an encounter with El Salvador’s notorious death squads in the 1980’s. Aguilar taught high school students in gang-ridden San Salvador until he moved to Pittsfield in 2002. He lived on North Street and started work at 3 in the morning at the former Morningside Bakery on Tyler Street.

“They said that was dangerous,” Aguilar says, chuckling. “ I said, ‘ Dangerous? I come from El Salvador. This is very safe.’”