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North Adams Planners Approve Dog Museum

Jan 10, 2018
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North Adams, Massachusetts planners have approved an art museum devoted to man’s best friend. 

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A murder in North Adams, Massachusetts last week was the first reported homicide of a transgender person in the country in 2018. 

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A North Adams, Massachusetts man was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts is putting together a working group to study retail pot. 

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An airport commissioner in North Adams, Massachusetts was fired Thursday amid an ongoing police investigation.

Tom Bernard Becomes North Adams Mayor Monday

Dec 29, 2017
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With the new year comes a new era in Berkshire County politics. North Adams will swear-in just its third mayor in the past 34 years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor-elect Tom Bernard at City Hall Thursday to discuss the first order of business in Massachusetts’ smallest city.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has cleared North Adams after it was mandated to test lead and copper in its water supply. 


Williamstown and Williams College will fund a regional ambulance merger. 

With changes coming to city hall, a proposed moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses in North Adams, Massachusetts is up in the air. Governor Charlie Baker signed a law this year allowing communities to opt out of recreational pot sales.

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The studio residency program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is accepting applications from Puerto Rican artists affected by Hurricane Maria. 

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The state’s economic development arm has once again denied a grant application to help get the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts off the ground.

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North Adams has the fifth-highest commercial tax rate of any Massachusetts municipality, according to the state Department of Revenue. The City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal to shift some of the fiscal burden from commercial taxpayers to residents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright, who crafted the plan.

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Greylock Works in North Adams, Massachusetts will receive nearly $2 million in state funds for capital improvements. 

North Adams Elects Tom Bernard As Mayor

Nov 7, 2017
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North Adams, Massachusetts has elected a new mayor. 

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts will pick a new mayor tomorrow. It’s the first election in more than three decades without an incumbent.

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A North Adams mayoral candidate is criticizing The Berkshire Eagle for not disclosing a campaign contribution made by one of the newspaper’s owners. 

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A North Adams, Massachusetts mayoral candidate has missed the filing deadline for campaign finances for the second time. 

With the vote set for next week, the two candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts sparred over education, state funding and city investments during a debate Monday night. 

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With election day a week away, the two candidates for mayor of North Adams had their final debate Monday night at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

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North Adams – Massachusetts’ smallest city – has the highest rate of violent crime in state. That’s according to a recent report by the FBI analyzing cases of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Richard Alcombright to discuss city law enforcement.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says North Adams failed to properly maintain the level of pH required in its water supply for three years. 

Williamstown, North Adams EMS To Merge

Sep 23, 2017

Ambulance services in Williamstown and adjacent North Adams, Massachusetts plan to merge. 

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During her tour of northern Berkshire County Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey visited a new construction firm in North Adams that has tapped into the “tiny house” market. 

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Area residents are getting together for a rally, walk and vigil to raise awareness of opioid addiction and recovery Saturday in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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The field of mayoral candidates in North Adams, Massachusetts has been pared from five to two. 

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts will narrow the field of mayoral candidates down to two today. 

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An undergraduate political science class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is teaming up with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce to host a candidate forum at the Greylock Mill on Thursday night. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Professor Samantha Pettey to talk about the class project.

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry has signed on to design the new Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

A pub in North Adams, Massachusetts is withholding the rent it owes to the city’s redevelopment authority, contending the city has let the building fall into disrepair. 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council approved two different budgets at its August meeting Tuesday in North Adams: a flat-funded $15.7 million plan, and another including $2 million in cuts favored by Republican Governor Charlie Baker. The council is optimistic funds could be reallocated after the legislature’s summer recess.