Look ahead, Pittsfield: New year, new district attorney

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Our district attorney is arguably the most powerful person in Berkshire County, and come Wednesday we'll have a new one.

In November, Andrea Harrington handily won the countywide district attorney's seat — she earned about 63 percent of the vote — fending off a write-in campaign mounted by incumbent District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and capping a contentious election season. She first won her place on the ballot in September following a tight three-way Democratic primary with Caccaviello and Judith Knight.

Harrington, who ran a reformer's platform, will be sworn in by retired Supreme Judicial Court Judge Francis X. Spina on Wednesday during a public event, at 10 a.m. at the Berkshire Museum. She'll be the county's first female district attorney.

Harrington will take City Solicitor Rich Dohoney with her when she takes the reins of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office next month.

In other inaugural news, Gov. Charlie Baker formally signs on for another term this week — an event he'll mark with a spotlight tour around the state. We can expect him in Berkshire County on Friday, although his itinerary remains unclear.

Newly minted community radio station WTBR will mark a new chapter in Pittsfield with its first studio broadcast on Wednesday afternoon. The station at 89.7 FM lived long as a student-run station at Taconic High School, but after the district decided last year that it no longer wanted to be in the radio business, school leaders handed the station off to Pittsfield Community Television, at Federico Drive.

Happy New Year!

But before all that happens, we'll have to be sure to ring the new year in with oomph. One way to do that is with a Whiskey City and Mr. Doubtfire show Monday at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Dinner tickets are $50 and they buy you a full meal, entertainment from two bands, a champagne toast and midnight munchies. Showgoers coming after 9 p.m. who don't want dinner but still want music, munchies and bubbly can get tickets for $20.

At Tavern at the A, LiveWire and members of Bottom's Up will play country rock tunes on New Year's Eve, starting at 9 p.m. And a DJ BFG dance party replete with visual effects and mixed drinks kicks off at Greylock WORKS in North Adams at 8:30 p.m.

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


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