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COVID-19 cases have been reported at two of Northern Berkshire County’s major cultural institutions: MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and Williams College in Williamstown.

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North Adams, Massachusetts has put forward a draft of new municipal bylaws that would regulate short-term rentals.

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The North Adams, Massachusetts city council voted Tuesday night to fill the seat of a disgraced former councilor with a history of racist public comments with a different city resident carrying similar baggage.

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North Adams

Seven North Adams, Massachusetts residents are in the running to fill a vacant seat on the city council.

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The North Adams, Massachusetts city council is preparing to fill the seat of former councilor Robert Moulton, who resigned this week after making inflammatory comments about Black Lives Matter and COVID-19.

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Public school superintendents around Berkshire County are working around the clock to prepare contingency plans for the fall semester.

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North Adams, Massachusetts City Councilor Robert Moulton has resigned. The two-time mayoral candidate faced outcry after claiming last week that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization and that the threat of COVID-19 has been exaggerated by politicians.

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Three North Adams, Massachusetts city councilors will present a motion to censure a colleague after he described Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization and diminished the threat of COVID-19 last week.

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The Black Lives Matter organization in North Adams, Massachusetts says it will protest city council meetings until a member who called the movement a terrorist organization steps down.

The press release from the Northern Berkshire EMS about Robert Moulton's resignation.
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After calling Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization and diminishing the danger of COVID-19, North Adams, Massachusetts city councilor Robert Moulton is no longer the president of the Northern Berkshire EMS board of directors.

A still from the Northern Berkshire Community Television "Let's Talk About It." Two men sit at a table in front of a green curtain.
Northern Berkshire Community Television

A North Adams, Massachusetts city councilor claimed on a public access show Tuesday that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization intent on destroying the American family, and described the COVID-19 pandemic as minuscule.

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North Adams, Massachusetts city officials say an arrest was made Wednesday in connection with a non-fatal shooting Tuesday evening. 

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MASS MoCA has finally reopened its doors to the public with new art ready for visitors to enjoy. The museum features more than 40,000 square feet of brand new exhibitions. Due to the pandemic, there are slight changes when visiting. 

Visitors are asked to arrive with timed tickets that are purchased in advance. Sections in the museum that are under reservation only include James Turrell: Into the Light and Wendy Red Star’s Apsaalooke: Children of the large-Beaked Bird – which is in the KidSpace gallery. 

The museum will also be hosting its first public concert on Saturday, July 18 with returning performer Treya Lam. To tell us more, we welcome MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson.

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After months of closure, North Adams, Massachusetts art museum MASS MoCA is reopening its doors to visitors Saturday.

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Berkshire County’s second city – North Adams – will see one of its biggest draws, sprawling contemporary art museum MASS MoCA, reopen on Saturday. The museum has been shuttered since March because of the pandemic, which is impacting many aspects of life in northern Berkshire County. WAMC spoke with Mayor Tom Bernard about how the city is preparing, as well as how North Adams is weathering the pandemic and planning its 2021 operating budget.

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Protests against police brutality brought out thousands of demonstrators across the Northeast this weekend. WAMC was in northern Berkshire County Friday night.

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Following protests in Williamstown and North Adams Friday evening, hundreds gathered in Great Barrington Saturday afternoon for an NAACP sponsored Black Lives Matter rally.

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North Adams

The city of North Adams, Massachusetts has canceled all of its summer events due to public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Civic leaders in North Adams, Massachusetts are preparing for their budget process to begin before fiscal year 2021 starts on July 1st. The planning comes at a time when revenues are sharply down during the coronavirus pandemic. WAMC spoke with City Council Vice President Jason LaForest after Tuesday night’s meeting to get a sense of what Berkshire County’s second city can expect.

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Keith Bona is a long-serving member of the North Adams, Massachusetts city council – as well as the owner of Berkshire Emporium & Antiques in the Northern Berkshire city’s downtown He tells WAMC that efforts to govern the community of around 13,000 have been hamstrung by the COVID-19 pandemic and the budgetary concerns it raises. Bona says he disagrees with State Representative and former Mayor John Barrett about how the region needs to reshape its economy moving forward.

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Starting Monday, North Adams, Massachusetts is fining the Crane Stationery Plant a thousand dollars a day for operating against city orders.

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The Crane Stationery Plant in North Adams, Massachusetts is continuing to operate against the orders of Mayor Tom Bernard.

A sign that says "Crane" stands outside of a brick building
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Just over a week after announcing sweeping layoffs, the 220-year-old Crane Stationery Plant in North Adams, Massachusetts resumed operations today for the first time since March 18th. But North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard says the move violates an order he issued Sunday, which stipulates that the plant can only reopen if it solely works on essential business related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plant owner Mohawk Paper has not responded to interview requests from WAMC this week. Mayor Bernard spoke with WAMC Friday morning about the latest developments, and his message to the plant’s 229 workers.

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The mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts has issued a list of conditions required for a paper company to reopen its plant in the city, just days after it announced sweeping layoffs next month.

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With COVID-19 related shutdowns leading to a sharp spike in national unemployment claims and a steep economic downturn, most are pessimistic about the nature of business during the pandemic. But Berkshire County businessman David Moresi – President and CEO of North Adams-based Moresi and Associates – sees opportunity in the crisis. Between his ventures in restaurants, construction, and real estate – including the NORAD Mill business complex that Moresi renovated and leased himself – he employs a staff of around 100. Speaking with WAMC, he explains how the Great Recession of 2008  helped form his approach to business, as well as why he thinks Northern Berkshire County is due for a post-pandemic demographic shift.

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Cohoes, New York-based Mohawk Paper is refuting published reports that Crane Stationery Plant in North Adams, Massachusetts will close in June. But most of the workforce is being let go.

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Berkshire County school superintendents are preparing for remote learning to continue for the rest of the school year after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that schools will not reopen before summer break.

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Even if they can’t gather for services, spiritual leaders across Berkshire County are tending to their congregants in the anxious era of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On Tuesday, Massachusetts entered a new phase of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak with an order from Governor Charlie Baker to shutter all non-essential businesses. In North Adams, the city of 13,000 continues to develop its own measures to provide vital services while maintaining the curve-flattening social distancing experts have called for. WAMC spoke with Mayor Tom Bernard.

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Police departments around Berkshire County are adapting their service as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies.

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