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The North Adams, Massachusetts city council has put off a final vote on the 2020 budget. 

The mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts says he’ll run for re-election this fall.

In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest museum for contemporary art in the world, but just three decades before, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned remains of a shuttered factory.

Jennifer Trainer's new documentary film, “Museum Town” tells that story.

“Museum Town” shows how a small rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca. “Museum Town” will be the closing night film for this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival, screening at 7 p.m. on June 2 at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

An early and longtime director of development and public relations for MASS MoCA, Jennifer Trainer is now the President & CEO and Hancock Shaker Village. “Museum Town” is her first movie.

The NORAD Mill's lobby sign has a list of businesses on each floor of the building
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A major mill redevelopment project in North Adams, Massachusetts continues to expand.

Joe Donahue and Annie Lennox at MASS MoCA
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Many people know Annie Lennox as the voice who has sold over 83 million records both as a solo artist and as one half of The Eurythmics, an Oscar and Grammy award winning artist and a tireless activist. Now, at Mass MoCA, she presents: "Annie Lennox: 'Now I Let You Go...,'" an exhibition comprised of hundreds of artifacts culled from her personal collection of memorabilia, found objects, and personal effects accrued throughout her lifetime and revealed within a large earthen mound.

The exhibition — part material diary, part art installation — is accompanied by a printed "field guide" in which Lennox annotates many of the objects on display; identifying the objects and adding recollections, personal stories, and provenance.

'Now I Let You Go…' opens June 1 at MASS MoCA as part of the museum’s 20th Anniversary celebration.

Between two congratulatory signs, a uniformed man speaks at a podium in front of four uniformed officers carrying flags while a child on the edge of the stage looks up at him
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The new police chief of North Adams, Massachusetts, was officially sworn in this afternoon.

In North Adams, Massachusetts, budget season is underway. First-term mayor Tom Bernard just checked off a major decision for the year with the appointment of Jason Wood as the city’s new police chief earlier this month. Now, Bernard has presented a more than $44 million budget to the city council finance subcommittee. Bernard spoke with WAMC about the spending plan’s focus and the ongoing challenge of downtown revitalization.

MASS MoCA clock tower sunset
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MASS MoCA is holding holding a summerlong birthday celebration to mark its 20th year with performances, installations, and the return of the Solid Sound Festival.

Headlining the birthday bash on May 25 will be Annie Lennox in a sold-out gig. Capturing MASS MoCA’s energy and spirit of embracing music and art in all forms, the 20th birthday party spreads across the museum campus — from Marshall Street to the interior courtyards and galleries — encompassing new exhibitions, wild versions of your favorite games, terrific music by performers from both near and far, great food and a world of fun.

Star attractions for the rest of summer include Solid Sound, The Pretenders, Annie Lennox, Maggie Rogers and Laurie Anderson – just to name a few. We hear all about it now with Director of Communications Jodi Joseph and Director of Performing Arts Sue Killam.

Two men stand in an office with wood paneled walls.
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Lieutenant Jason Wood of the North Adams Police Department has been appointed the city’s new police chief.

North Adams, Massachusetts, has a new police chief.

The mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, says the city’s search for a new police chief is narrowing down.

The official seal of the North Adams Police Department.
North Adams Police Department

While it searches for a new police chief, North Adams, Massachusetts has designated the department’s official number two.

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The mayor of North Adams says his city is strong and getting stronger.

With snow predicted for tonight, the mayor of North Adams is delaying his State of the City address until Thursday. 

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The public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts is getting a new administrative building.

A structure fire in North Adams, Massachusetts has left 11 without a home.

The mayor of North Adams is beginning the second year of his term.

It was a busy year in Berkshire County — from infrastructure projects to unprecedented political turnover, and from the conclusion of a controversial art sale to standoffs between workers and employers.

The effects of the ongoing government shutdown could hit the Berkshires' most vulnerable population the hardest.

After a city council vote Wednesday, North Adams, Massachusetts is one step closer to finding a new police chief.

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council voted to restore the titles of fire and police chief to the departments’ leaders.

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Members of the North Adams community gathered at the public library Tuesday to announce donations to the city from late Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi.

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The top cop in North Adams, Massachusetts is retiring in early 2019.

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Controversial businessman Alex Kelly has withdrawn his skydiving company from the public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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Controversial businessman Alex Kelly has withdrawn his skydiving company from the public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council met last night with an eye on the coming year. WAMC spoke today with city council president Keith Bona. Bona, an 18-year veteran of the council, has held its top post for the past year. He was asked about the tax levy to be set for fiscal year 2019.

Municipal leaders in the Berkshires are responding to criticisms made by former District Attorney David Capeless in an interview with WAMC last week.

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Calls for transparency resounded at Tuesday night’s city council meeting in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

On Tuesday, October 30 4AD presents tUnE-yArDs and U.S. Girls in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. tUnE-yArDs are Merrill Garbus and long-time collaborator, bassist Nate Brenner. They’re joined on the tour by percussionist Hamir Atwal.

Using loop pedals, ukulele, incredible vocals and more, tUnE-yArDs creates dance-pop with a message. NPR’s Ann Powers called their music “synth-driven mash-ups of global rhythms and art-punk.” This year tUnE-yArDs provided an atmospheric score for Boots Riley’s film, the sci-fi sneak-hit of the summer, “Sorry to Bother You” and, in January, they released “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.”

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There are new details today about the abrupt termination of sex offender and skydiving business owner Alex Kelly’s lease at the Bennington Airport in September. WAMC, using a public records request with Vermont’s Agency of Transportation Public Records, received the full letter of termination from the state of Vermont to Kelly, whose lease with the state was ended in late September.