Look Ahead, Pittsfield: City ballot shakes out in time for summer soirees

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With Friday's nomination deadline for Pittsfield election contests, this week will deliver a first look at how the ballot is shaping up.

So far the city clerk has certified signatures for four mayoral candidates, including incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer, Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves and retired police officer Karen Kalinowsky.

In the City Council's at large race, five certified candidates — Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen, Jay Hamling, and incumbent councilors Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip and Pete White — are running for four seats.

The clerk has certified three candidates in the race to replace Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers, including former Councilor Jonathan Lothrop, former School Committee member Eugene Maselli and Patrick Kavey. In Ward 6, Dina Guiel Lampiasi, operations chief for the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, and Ed Carmel, chairman of the Homeless Prevention Committee, are certified to go head-to-head for outgoing Councilor John Krol's seat.

Incumbent councilors Helen Moon, Kevin Morandi and Nick Caccamo are certified to run in their respective wards, as is Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, who faces off against Mike Merriam, of the city's Traffic Commission.

And in Ward 7, the clerk has certified former Councilor Anthony Maffuccio and J. David Pope.

The field will be narrowed by a preliminary election Sept. 17. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Parks, conservation and summer soirees

On Thursday, the city's Conservation Commission will consider granting clearance for a proposed solar project that's causing a stir along Barker Road. The Community Development Board and Zoning Board of Appeals are waiting on the commission's take before weighing in on the 4-megawatt solar facility.

The commission is also scheduled to review preliminary plans to restore Springside Pond. Work on the historic pond will be significant and costly, city officials have said, and so the goal is to obtain the required permitting before seeking funding partners.

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The Park Commission, which meets Tuesday, will take another look at a new set of regulations for parks and recreation areas. The proposed changes, sparked by a string of BB gun incidents in Springside Park, include updated language on firearms, marijuana use, general conduct and after-hours trespassing.

Speaking of Springside, the park is normally quiet after dark, but that won't be the case Saturday. The Springside Conservancy will host a soiree under the stars starting at 8 p.m., complete with food, cocktails and dancing. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds go to the park.

On Friday at The Common, "Tanglewood in the City" will bring the sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra into downtown Pittsfield. The free event, based on a similar tradition at the Boston Common, includes a live video transmission of that night's Tanglewood program, conducted by Andris Nelsons, on a 15-by-27-foot screen.

Activities start at 5 p.m. and the live transmission begins at 8 p.m.

And on Thursday, North Street gets busy with a midsummer Third Thursday celebration.

Heads up

Members of the disabled community and public officials plan to gather Monday in an attempt to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. The group will gather on Allen Street at 10 a.m. before heading along North Street.

The Christian Center hosts the annual Westside Community Day on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music, food, bounce houses, games and raffles. All activities and food are free.

Berkshire County Mosquito Control plans to spray late Monday evening on streets immediately surrounding Brattlebrook Park and Marchesio Park. Rain date is Tuesday.

Road construction continues this week, with work on Stoddard, Pontoosuc and Glenwood avenues, as well as Myrtle, Pine, and Grove streets. The work will interrupt on-street parking along Pontoosuc Avenue, Stoddard Avenue and Myrtle Street Monday through Wednesday.

What's up in Pittsfield? Tell me via email at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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