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Solid Sound Festival

Some 8,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage to the three-day Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend — the first of the summer. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts will once again seek a state grant to build a splash park. 

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Congressman Richard Neal visited Great Barrington, Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts Friday. The dean of the state delegation was in the Berkshires to make grant announcements.

Berkshire County is mourning the death of Gailanne Cariddi, a state representative from North Adams who died over the weekend at age 63. 

Pittsfield City Hall
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With Pittsfield City Councilors counting every penny, the biggest city in the Berkshires has approved a $156 million operating budget. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts would cut nine full-time teaching positions in the public schools under a $17.3 million budget for the next fiscal year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Mayor Richard Alcombright about the city’s overall budget and why he believes the city needs are necessary.

A panel discussion about growing up in the Digital Age in North Adams, Massachusetts is scheduled for Monday. 

North Adams Redevelopment Authority

North Adams, Massachusetts will expand the boundaries of its urban footprint.

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The first candidate hoping to replace retiring North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has emerged. The mayor announced last week that he would not seek a fifth term. 

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North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking a fifth term. 

Building 6 (Robert W. Wilson Building) at MASS MoCA
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MASS MoCA opens its newly renovated Building 6 this Sunday, giving the North Adams Campus – catch this - more gallery space than any other contemporary art museum in the country. The campus has always been big in scale and rambling. Now, we get more of a great thing.

Building 6 adds 105-Thousand square feet of gallery space – consisting of three floors of galleries, production studios, virtual reality galleries, event and performance space.

An all-day celebration will celebrate the grand opening for the new building, which will showcase installations by art-world stars such as Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, and James Turrell. Museum director Joe Thompson is here to tell us more. 

Facebook: North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge

North Adams kicked off its fourth annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge on Friday, with hopes of reaching a common goal for health and wellness in the city. 

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The City of North Adams is having a hard time attracting and retaining police officers. 

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North Adams has adopted a new strategy to deal with the growing elderly population in the city. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says up to 20 percent of children suffer from a mental illness at some point. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

The Baker administration has given North Adams a Green Communities designation, granting the city nearly $200,000 for clean energy projects. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

A community group has hosted an online-fundraising campaign to fix up and beautify historic Eagle Street in downtown North Adams. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

Entries are now in for the 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams. The jurors will start sifting through the applicants and commission 10 new community projects, performances and murals around the Western Massachusetts city. 

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The parents of two special needs children left unattended on a school bus in North Adams, Massachusetts last year have sued the city's schools and Mayor Richard Alcombright.

The Small Business Revolution is a movement created to shine a spotlight on the vital impact that small businesses have on our economy, our communities and our daily lives.

The organization traveled the country, capturing the inspiring stories of 100 small businesses and recognized that nowhere in America are small businesses more critical, and more under siege, than in our small towns. They created the Small Business Revolution – Main Street to help those small businesses, and in turn, those small towns, reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back.

Each season, The Small Business Revolution seeks out America’s most inspiring small towns, and award the winner with a $500,000 revitalization. The season 1 winner was Wabash, Indiana and voting is open now for the finalists in Season 2. The 5 finalists are Bristol Borough, PA; Georgetown, SC; Kingsburg, CA; Red Wing, MN; and North Adams, MA!

Eric Kerns, co-Founder, Bright Ideas Brewing and Partner in Hotel Development in North Adams and Suzy Helme, Community Events Director of North Adams join us to tell us more. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts is the focus this week of an organization committed to small businesses in small communities. Members of the Deluxe Small Business Revolution on Main Street are touring North Adams. They are gathering input to see if businesses in the western Massachusetts city deserve a half-million dollar award. 

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The city of North Adams is marking May 1 to May 7 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The nationally-recognized week seeks to increase public knowledge of the challenges children and their families face.

A piece of a water pipe that fed Overlook Terrace in North Adams. It frozen in Feb. 2015 leaving a handful of homes without running water for more than a week.
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North Adams has unveiled a wide-ranging five-year plan that aims to improve the city’s infrastructure and capital needs.

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Five homes in North Adams have been without running water for more than a week as subzero temperatures froze a nearly 100-year-old pipe.

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At its meeting Tuesday night, the North Adams City Council joined five other Berkshire County communities in passing resolutions that call for a full-service hospital in the region. 

  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is reflecting on her time at the college as she enters her final semester. Last month, Grant was announced as the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

She is the 11th person to hold the office, Grant was the first alumna, getting an undergraduate sociology degree from the then-North Adams State College.

Grant will finish out the fall semester at MCLA before assuming the chancellery position at UNC Asheville January 5th, replacing Anne Ponder, who is retiring after nine years at the helm. Grant didn’t apply for the job, but instead was nominated by fellow college leaders from around the country.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.

The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.

State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget approved by city councilors last week. The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.

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Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.

The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.