Last year, school officials asked their state representation to fight for funds to offset rising costs and flat revenues. The budget was dire enough to consolidation of its schools and restructuring of the school district.
The City Council on Tuesday accepted an unknown amount of money left by late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi for the North Adams Public Library.
Cariddi, who died at age 63 in June, named the library as a beneficiary under an insurance policy and apparently left cash benefits in her will.
No one's quite sure why state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's left a "mysterious and magical gift" to the library in support of astronomy.
But the city is "very, very grateful for this gift," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council as it voted to accept the amount of $7,465.47.
The Berkshire delegation is teaming up to ensure nothing of the late Gailanne Cariddi's work gets left behind.
A special election to fill Cariddi isn't until November but the rest of the delegation and staff has geared up to ensure a continuation of service. Kevin Towle, Cariddi's legislative aide, is still on the job as a local liaison and he has the rest of the delegation at his disposal to help the First Berkshire District.
The state was looking to reconstruct the bridge last year and the town began securing the needed easements. But, five pieces of land around the bridge are in control of the Department of Capital Asset Management and protected by Article 97 — a conservation restriction requiring a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to remove it for the construction.
A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.
"It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Just two weeks ago, Mayor Richard Alcombright had sent an email to his representative asking for a House resolution for an event.
On Monday, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's aide brought it to his office.
Services for state Rep. Gailanne Marie Cariddi begin Wednesday evening, June 21, with a wake from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.
Her funeral will take place on Thursday, June 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's.