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Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

The 21st annual Downtown Celebration in North Adams, Massachusetts is under way at this hour. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the city’s Director of Community Events Suzy Helme about what she calls age-friendly festivities.   

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

It’s a five-way race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts. The preliminary election is in September.

North Adams, Massachusetts wants to borrow funds to review and upgrade the city’s water infrastructure.

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Candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts had until the close of business today to get their nomination signatures and papers to city hall to be certified. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Peter Oleskiewicz, who submitted his papers today to run for mayor.

Four Berkshire communities will share $3.2 million in federal grants for home improvements. 

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Another North Adams City Councilor is stepping into the race for mayor – the first contest without an incumbent in the western Massachusetts city in three decades. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Ronald Boucher about his decision to run.

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The race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts – the first without an incumbent in roughly three decades – has gained a familiar face. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with North Adams City Councilor Bob Moulton Jr. – who ran for mayor in 2013 –about his decision to run again.

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The candidates for mayor in North Adams, Massachusetts have put their campaign strategies to work – and there’s one who claims she won’t spend a dime on a campaign headquarters, lawn signs or mail outs. 

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The North Adams City Council has approved more than a quarter million dollars in free cash transfers. 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

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.