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Controversial businessman Alex Kelly has withdrawn his skydiving company from the public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts.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Controversial businessman Alex Kelly has withdrawn his skydiving company from the public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts.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

WAMC News has learned that controversial business owner Alex Kelly — who operates Berkshire Skydiving out of the publicly-owned North Adams Airport — had his lease with Bennington Airport terminated by the state of Vermont in September over safety violations.

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council is standing with citizens who don’t want a public gun range to close.

Leaders in North Adams, Massachusetts have voted to withdraw the city police department from the state’s Civil Service system.

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Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.


With the Fresh Grass festival returning to MASS MoCA this weekend, North Adams, Massachusetts is preparing for an influx of traffic. 

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Nation’s Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges for 2019.

As their fall semester gets underway we are joined by MCLA President Dr. James F. Birge to talk about MCLA’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education relocating to Pittsfield; the addition of Men’s Lacrosse; a number of exciting programs, lectures, and events; DownStreet Art, and more.

MASS MoCA will present the 8th Annual FreshGrass Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 14-16.

FreshGrass is a wonderland of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, tucked into the 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum that is MASS MoCA. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is family-friendly and brimming with the brightest talent.

This year’s festival features Flogging Molly, Trampled by Turtles, Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, and many more artists – along with awards, workshops, tributes, FreshScores, and more!

Sue Killam and Jodi Joseph joins us to tell us more. Sue is the Managing Director for the Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA and Jodi is the museum's Director of Communications.

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An effort to prevent the closure of the public gun range in North Adams, Massachusetts, is underway. As WAMC reports, users of the range have the ear of the city’s public safety committee.

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard is near one year in office. The former Smith College Director of Special Projects says it will be a busy fall in Massachusetts’ smallest city. Bernard spoke with WAMC about a variety of issues facing the city, including its relationship with embattled cable giant Charter Spectrum.

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A North Adams, Massachusetts-based business incubator announced a $450,000 infusion from state and local sources Thursday.

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New wave rock icons Blondie will perform in Joe's Field at MASS MoCA on North Adams, Massachusetts on Friday, August 3 with special guests And The Kids.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and their recent album, "Pollinator," was named one of Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017.

The legendary Debbie Harry joins us.

The director of MASS MoCA was involved in a car-motorcycle collision that left one dead in North Adams Friday night.

North Adams, Massachusetts is celebrating baseball across the nation with "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball."  “Shades of Greatness” from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City anchors the exhibit, which also includes features on Berkshire County players like Hall of Famer Frank Grant and Jack Chesbro and memorabilia from Berkshire County teams through the years.

Dan Bosley is a lifelong baseball fan and was the president of the North Adams SteepleCats, a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for 7 years following 24 years in the Massachusetts State House. The North Adams SteepleCats have had over 120 former players drafted into professional baseball with nine making it to the Major Leagues.

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North Adams, Massachusetts Mayor Tom Bernard is moving to close the city’s public shooting range against the objections of some city council members and residents.

Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, curates "Come to Your Senses" in MASS MoCA’s Kidspace gallery and art-making studio, which will include new music by both of her parents. A program of Taylor’s long-running "Consenses" project, "Come to Your Senses" asks visual artists, poets, dancers, musicians, perfumers, chefs, and sculptors to use one another’s art as a catalyst to create their own work.

At Kidspace, the initial works of art, through which all other works were inspired, were created by 5th grade students in North Adams and Northern Berkshire schools. Come to Your Senses is the capstone of Kidspace’s “Art 4 Change” project. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 23, at from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kidspace.

To celebrate the opening of "Come to Your Senses," Sally Taylor will present an intimate one-night-only concert in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA at 7 p.m.

In a time of economic challenges and a declining population in Berkshire County, early education services offer an increasingly valuable resource to families.

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A business owner who received international infamy for two sexual assaults in the 1980s has brought his skydiving company to North Adams, Massachusetts.

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard is approaching the end of his first six months in office. He recently spoke with WAMC about what he’s accomplished and what challenges face the smallest city in Massachusetts.

A nonprofit North Adams gallery held an affordable art auction Tuesday night.

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Toonerville Trolley Records in Williamtown, Massachusetts, has shut its doors after 41 years. But the store’s legacy will live on.