When now former Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, who served the Berkshires as a prosecutor for more than 35 years, announced his retirement about two weeks ago he expressed his confidence and trust in his then First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to take over for him.

This is what Capeless had to say about Caccaviello when he made his retirement announcement:


Now, Caccaviello will get the chance to make Capeless proud. He was sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was held in the Courtroom of Berkshire Superior Court on East Street in Pittsfield. Superior Court Justice John Agostini administered the oath of office, and Sheriff Thomas Bowler presided as Master of Ceremonies.

The appointment of Caccaviello mid-term didn’t sit well with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. They felt that the move gives him an advantage over potential opponents in the November election. When Capeless made his announcement, he made it clear that he was making the move now so that Caccaviello would have the benefit of running as District Attorney, as he was able to do 14 years ago.


Justice Calls Hearing In Boston Concerning Art Sale

The issue of Berkshire Museum art sales will go before a judge for only the second time next week.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Justice David Lowy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County is calling the parties on both sides to a hearing Tuesday, March 20th at noon in the historic John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston.

A notice that was posted on Wednesday to the case docket summons attorneys for the museum and the Attorney General’s Office to the session. The hearing will be open to the public.

The Pittsfield museum, last month, won the support of Attorney General Maura Healey to petition the court for permission to allow it to sell up to $55 million worth of works from its collection. Attorneys working with people opposed to the sales also will address Lowy during the session Tuesday.


RMV To Shut-down For Computer System Upgrades

If you have business at the Registry of Motor Vehicles to take care of such as inspections, license renewals, or registrations, you may want to take care of it soon. Berkshire residents planning on doing any of those tasks and more later next week will have to change their plans. The state is preparing to shut down Registry of Motor Vehicles services from 7 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. March 26th.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the shutdown will allow for a changeover to a new computer system that will comply with federal and state mandates, according to a release announcing the change. All RMV services, including inspections and license renewals, will be unavailable, with the exception of law enforcement. Online services also will be down during that time, according to Judith Riley, MassDOT spokeswoman.

AAA branch locations that offer registry services also will be unable to provide them.