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Nicole Sequino

Professional Writer / Freelance Journalist

Location icon United States

A professional freelance writer and editor, I have covered crime, travel, education, and politics as a reporter, as well as served as an editor for Long Island travel publications.

With a "nose for news," I am known for uncovering stories using reliable sources, while building professional relationships with clients and sources. I can write clever, interesting features, as well as investigative news, and I always meet my deadlines. In addition, my teaching background ensures that my articles are grammatically correct and well-written.

The Berkshire Eagle
Lime-green pants expose ghost

A thief attempts to hide from police beneath sheets during a Halloween fest, but his lime-green pants give him away.

Car & Travel Magazine, AAA New York
Escape to Alcatraz

An excursion to Alcatraz reveals the island's sinister tales.


WHY DRIVERS EXHIBIT ROAD RAGE "We sometimes get a pretty strong sense of security by having this armor wrapped around us. The question is, would we be this aggressive if we didn't have our cars?" Car & Travel recently spoke with Jonathan Alpert, a licensed psychotherapist and advice columnist based in Manhattan who specializes in road rage cases.

Berkshire Eagle
In schools, concern

PITTSFIELD - His haul was small but noteworthy: a dozen red, black and camouflage bandanas. Russell Quetti, the chief law-enforcement guardian at Pittsfield High School for the past four years, said he saw more evidence of gang-related activity at the school during the 2006-07 academic year than at any other point during his tenure.

The Berkshire Eagle
'A turf issue'

Nearly a year ago, early in the morning of July 25, Kijona Osmond was fatally shot through the back of the head and the front of the neck in a North Adams apartment. It was an unforgiving summer day, when waves of heat rose from the pavement.

The Berkshire Eagle
Couric: Go for it

WILLIAMSTOWN - Out of all of the advice CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric offered graduates yesterday morning, she urged them to pursue a career that stirs their passion and to take fearless risks in that pursuit. Couric addressed 559 graduating members of the class of 2007 at the 218th commencement at Williams College.

St. Joseph's Press
School Newspaper

Led students in writing, editing, and designing a newspaper for their school.

Berkshire Eagle
Shrinking religion

Father C.J. Waitekus leads Christmas Eve Mass at St. Ann's Church in Lenox. Eighteen priests manage the 29 Catholic churches still active in the Berkshires. Some, such as Waitekus, oversee multiple parishes because of the shrinking number of priests and churchgoers in the Diocese of Springfield, which oversees Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts.

Berkshire Eagle
Olsen: Horse killed husband

PITTSFIELD - A Lanesborough woman facing murder charges in the death of her husband told police dispatchers she believed he was kicked to death by their horse, according to police, who described the crime scene as "a horrific sight."

The Berkshire Eagle
Emotional start for rape trial

PITTSFIELD - With her eyes focused on the floor for most of her testimony, the alleged victim testified yesterday as the trial against Aaron Kincaid and William E. Jansen, two of three men accused of raping a 27-year-old former Dalton woman and videotaping the attack, opened in Berkshire Superior Court yesterday.

The Berkshire Eagle
Inspired to share the divine

PITTSFIELD - Michael Wood Jr., a 22-year-old Pittsfield native, recalled the time he arrived early for Mass as an altar boy at St. Mark Church and the Rev. Henry Borsch asked him if had ever considered becoming a priest.

Long Island Autumn Travel Guide
Wineries & Drive Tours

Autumn is Long Island's most colorful season, with fall foliage, festivals, and events from Montauk to Great Neck.

The Berkshire Eagle
'Decisions that affect people's lives'

PITTSFIELD - Three months after the retirement of Judge Alfred A. Barbalunga, the chief justice has appointed the Honorable Fredric D. Rutberg to preside as first justice over Central Berkshire District Court. Rutberg, 61, said he sought after the appointment after spending years traveling to 12 district courts in western Massachusetts, including Pittsfield, to hear criminal cases.

Riverside Industries Gives Scholarships | Riverside Industries

By NICOLE SEQUINO, Staff Writer Saturday, June 22, 2002 - EASTHAMPTON - Rebecca Hill, 18, shares her genes and birthday with her twin brother, Howie. For the last three years, she's also shared his pain. In 1999, when the Hills lived in Poultney, Vt., with their father, Howie had a serious car accident.

Berkshire Eagle
Grand jury indicts Sawin, eight others

PITTSFIELD - A Berkshire County grand jury has handed down indictments against nine people, including Kyle W. Sawin, the Hancock man facing a new set of drug offenses after being acquitted in a similar case last year.

Berkshire Eagle
Killer's deal earns leniency

PITTSFIELD - Christopher A. Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday for shooting his 48-year-old stepfather to death at his mother's bidding.

Berkshire Eagle
Framed horse redeemed

OLD CHATHAM, N.Y. - Hanna, a fussy 33-year-old mare, does little more than eat, sleep and entertain schoolchildren these days. But considering what she's been through, it's a pretty good life.

Berkshire Eagle
City detectives detail Townsend's capture

PITTSFIELD - On March 23, 2006, Pittsfield Police Detective Thomas Harrington stood in the rear of an apartment building in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y., with the duty of making sure that no one fled, while other police officers attempted to capture Seymour G. Townsend.

Berkshire Eagle
Johnston convicted of murder

NORTHAMPTON -- Bryan R. Johnston, the 24-year-old Dalton native who had aspired to a law enforcement career, was found guilty of first-degree murder yesterday for shooting his childhood friend with a high-powered assault rifle. Johnston was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, the maximum sentence under state law.

Berkshire Eagle
Lamb guilty

PITTSFIELD - Damien J. Lamb, a former Becket man, was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday for slaying 21-year-old Brandon LaBonte in Becket on the night of Feb. 16, 2005, and leaving no trace of the body. Lamb, 24, of Davenport, Iowa, shook his head in apparent disbelief as the verdict was read against him.

Berkshire Eagle
For some gays, the rural scene is home

NORTH ADAMS -- Just last week, said Jonah Flattery, a 19-year-old college sophomore, he was walking out of a cafe toward the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art when a teenage girl in a car screamed anti-gay epithets at him. As a gay man growing up in the Berkshires, Flattery said he has learned not to take insults to heart.

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