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“The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.” — ALVIN TOFFLER, American writer-futurist (1928-2016)

The Greeting

Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle
Revelers celebrate ward results at the party for Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer at the Pittsfield Country Club on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. It was a rollicking election eve Tuesday night in North Adams and Pittsfield, where voters returned their mayors for another term, as well as welcomed newcomers and oldcomers alike to boards that govern their schools and cities. 

Here's those stories and more ...

TYER TAKES PITTSFIELD: After coming in second place in the September preliminary election, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer retains her seat in a contentious run against Melissa Mazzeo.

BERNARD, THE SEQUEL: North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard handily defeats citizen Rachel Branch to earn a second term in the city's corner office.

COHEN ET AL: Yuki Cohen, the mind behind Methuselah bar, lands herself an at large seat on the Pittsfield City Council. Incumbents Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip III and Pete White also held on to their seats. Other councilors elected were Helen Moon, Chris Connell, Patrick Kavey, Dina Guiel Lampiasi, Anthony Maffuccio, Kevin Morandi and Nicholas Caccamo.

SOME NEW, SOME OLD FACES: You'll recognize most of the names on the latest roster of North Adams city councilors.

SELF DEFENSE IN COURT?: A city man accused of killing another asks a Berkshire judge if he can defend himself in court.

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Noah Hoffenberg
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The News

Tyer wins second term as mayor of Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer came out on top Tuesday on the heels of a contentious race for the city's corner office.She won by 529 votes, according to unofficial tallies from City Hall, and … more

In landslide, Bernard wins second term as North Adams mayor

NORTH ADAMS — Incumbent Mayor Thomas Bernard has won a second term in the corner office, handily defeating challenger Rachel Branch in Tuesday's balloting.According to unofficial results … more

Cohen wins at large Pittsfield council spot; Moon, Connell, Kavey, Guiel Lampiasi, Maffuccio earn ward seats

PITTSFIELD — Yuki Cohen will be a new face among the three familiar at large city councilors next year. Cohen, a 51-year-old resident of South Church Street and owner of Methuselah Bar and … more

North Adams City Council: 2 former councilors and a newcomer win seats with incumbents

NORTH ADAMS — Voters have decided on the next nine members of the City Council from a list of 14 candidates.Picked to sit on the new City Council were past council member Lisa Blackmer, … more

2 newcomers elected to Pittsfield School Committee

PITTSFIELD — A new slate of School Committee members will take the helms as policymakers battle on staff and student retention issues, deteriorating infrastructure and important decisions about … more

Lenox voters to weigh in on short-term rentals, historical preservation

LENOX — Regulation, registration and inspection of short-term vacation rentals on Airbnb and other sites, and a bylaw to put a one-year brakes on demolition of historic houses, are the key … more

Defendant in 2017 Pittsfield slaying to get new lawyer

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of murder will have new counsel after telling a judge that he wanted to dismiss his attorney and represent himself at trial. The trial of J.C. Chadwell, 41, was … more

On school superintendent search, Lenox opts to go it alone

LENOX — Despite a suggestion by Lee School Committee Chairwoman Andrea Wadsworth to consider a search for a joint superintendent to fill vacancies in both districts, the Lenox School Committee … more


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The Weather

The Poll

The Landscape

Preserve your herbs and use them all year

A soft whirring has accompanied any and all guests in my kitchen over the last month. It's my food dehydrator, and for yet another year, it's earning its keep by drying out every last herb in my … more

Critic's Notebook: Remembering a Tanglewood Music Center champion

LENOX — Richard Ortner left Tanglewood under duress, but in a sense he never left.Ortner spent 23 years on the Tanglewood staff, the last 12 of them as the highly regarded administrator of the … more

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The Plan

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4 things not to miss this week, Nov. 3 - 9

Wear your pajamas to the Berkshire MuseumGet comfortable for a cozy night of storytelling. In celebration of Family Literacy Month, authors, artists, educators, and community members will share books … more

The Snap

Melissa Mazzeo joins her supporters to learn the results of her mayoral race against incumbent Linda Tyer at Mazzeo’s Ristorante in Pittsfield on Tuesday.

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