News & Notes: Dalton to Decide Senior Center, Lenox Wants Elms

By Larry KratkaBerkshire News Network
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Dalton Voters To Decide Senior Center Fate

DALTON, Mass. — It looks like voters will be making the final decision on which Senior Center plan to implement. On Monday night, the Senior Center Feasibility Study Committee made its final recommendations.

They are (1) to build a new 4,200-square-foot building on town-owned land behind the old Dalton High School for $1.3 million; (2) to renovate the ground floor of the Dalton Youth Center behind Town Hall for $743,000 or (3) to expand space currently available at the W. Murray Crane Community House, which currently houses the Council on Aging offices. The cost of the third option is unknown.

Voters will have to approve one of those recommendations at a special town meeting.

Lenox Seeking Donations for Elm Designation

LENOX, Mass. — The town of Lenox has been invited to be one of 1,000 communities to receive the Liberty Tree Memorial designation.

The award is given by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute in Keene, N.H. Town officials say the designation will help make it possible to restore the elm trees that once graced the town's streets. The town is accepting donations to help make this happen.

Donations of any amount are being welcomed at Town Hall. The Elm research Institute will donate a 14- to 19-foot tall American Liberty elm for public planting.

North Adams Man Charged with Drug Sale

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man, who was arrested for allegedly selling drugs in Pittsfield, was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday.

Mahadi Shadi Thompson, 28, of 74 Bracewell Ave., appeared before Judge John Agostini. Thompson pled not guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine, second offense. Agostini released him on $500 cash or $5,000 surety bail.

The charge stems from the sale of cocaine in Pittsfield on Oct. 1, 2008.


Adams Town Charter Under Review

ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams' charter is coming under review. Selectman Chairman Donald Sommer has put together a group of nine residents to go over the charter, to determine what might have to be tinkered with. The current town charter was instituted in 1983.

The committee will be meeting with various other town committees and boards to solicit any changes. A written report will be given to the Selectmen for review next April.

Mezze Moves Offices to Former Le Jardin

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mezze Inc. offices and Mezze Catering have moved into the former Le Jardin restaurant and inn at 777 Cold Spring Road.

The Mezze group owns Mezze Bistro and Bar on Water Street and allium in Great Barrington. A third restaurant, Cafe Latino on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts campus in North Adams, closed this week at the end of its lease. Mezze Catering had been operating out of Cafe Latino.

The partnership of Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody purchased the Cold Spring Road property this past April for $575,000. It last operated as Jae's Inn but closed in June 2008.

Lanesborough Earned $15,302 in Credits
By Al Hartheimer
 
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Lanesborough earned $15,302 in insurance premium credits on its workmen's compensation and property casualty insurance costs. The town earned the credits through its participation in the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association loss prevention and risk-management activities programs. MIIA is the town's insurance provider.
 
Member municipalities earn incremental insurance credits through proactive and voluntary participation in MIIA training activities over the course of the year and by implementing loss-control measures and instituting management policies and procedures that reduce injuries, accidents and property damage.

MIIA is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts.
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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 23-29

SAVE THE DATE
NOVEMBER 2nd - Masquerade at Greylock WORKS
On November 2nd, three weeks before FESTIVE, come to gWorks to dance in disguise at our MASQUERADE Halloween costume party! Doors open at 8pm !
Celebrate your costume ingenuity with DJ BFG spinning seamless upbeat dance music within immersive theatrical lighting choreographed by LJ McZawa.
Whether you're coming out in a dramatic mask + your favorite party clothes or a full-body transformation, our local friends are joining in on the fun to motivate your creativity with Costume Themes and PRIZES.
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Wednesday 10/23
9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Terrific Tots Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  


10:30 A.M. (FREE), PARENTING, Parenting Workshop: Surviving your Adolescents nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, Room 213, (413) 663-7588 More information.  


11:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Little Wonders Baby Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information. 

4:00 P.M. (FREE), FAMILY, Family Literacy Night Series The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  


6:00 P.M. (FREE), WORKSHOP, Educator Open House North Adams Public Library, 64 Church Street, More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), GAMES, Trivia Night! Ramunto's, 67 Main Street, (413) 398-5152 More information.

Thursday 10/24
9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), PARENTING, Kids Safety of America: Child Abuse and Neglect nbCC’s Conference Room, 61 Main Street, Room 213 More information.

4:00 P.M. (FREE), TUTORING, After School Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

4:30 P.M. (FREE), CONVERSATION, Spaghetti Supper with Tom Bernard North Adams American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive More information.

4:30 P.M. (FREE), FAMILY, Dad and Family Time- Bowling and Pizza Night Valley Park Bowling, Curran Highway More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Octoberfest in The Airport Rooms TOURISTS Welcome, 915 State Road More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), BIKING, Halloween West End Bike Around Greylock School, 100 Phelps Ave More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), OPEN MIC, OPEN MIC The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland Street More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), INFORMATIONAL, Milton Hershey School Family Event: North Adams, MA Freight Yard Pub & Restaurant, 1 Furnace Street More information.

7:30 P.M. (FREE), WRITING, Fiction Writing Workshop [open house] Common Folk, 85 Main Street More information.

7:30 P.M. (FREE), BINGO, Musical Bingo at Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill 41 Roberts Drive More information.

8:00 P.M. ($15), COMEDY, Comedy Night w/ Andy Sandford HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.
Friday 10/25
10:30 A.M. (FREE), CONVERSATION, Coffee with a Cop MCLA Campus Center, 375 Church Street More information.

10:30 A.M. (FREE), PARENTING, Ages and Stages The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Drop-In Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

12:00 P.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

7:00 P.M. (FREE), MOVIES, Halloween cartoon movie night MCLA Freel Library, Blackinton Street More information.

7:00 P.M. (By Donation), CRAFTING, Knitting Nights with Common Folk Common Folk, 73 Main Street More information.

7:00 P.M. ($1 and up), GAMES, BINGO! North Adams Elks 487 Lodge, 100 Eagle Street, (413) 664-9039 More information.

7:00 P.M. ($12 adv, $15 at the door), CONCERT, Gregory Douglass LIVE at HiLo North Adams HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

8:00 P.M. (Prices vary, click link for details), THEATER, Miss Julie MCLA Theatre, 375 Church Street More information.

9:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Karaoke Friday! State Street Tavern, 167 State Street, (413) 664-9152 More information.
Saturday 10/26
9:00 A.M. (FREE), CLOTHING DRIVE, Winter Clothing Drive First Baptist Church of North Adams, 131 Main Street More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), GARDENING, Gardening Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

12:30 P.M. (Child $5, Adults $8, Family $25), FUNDRAISER, AYJ Fund Children's Princess Concert MCLA Church St Center, 375 Church Street More information.

3:00 P.M. (Cost of Admission), ART, Opening Reception: Sarah Oppenheimer, Jenny Holzer, and ERRE MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), CONCERT, Fall Foliage Sunset Serenade - Jessica Gregory Wilson Wigwam Western Summit, 2350 Mohawk Trail More information.

8:00 P.M. (Prices vary, click link for details), THEATER, Miss Julie MCLA Theatre, 375 Church Street More information.

8:00 P.M. ($12 adv, $15 at the door), CONCERT, Misty Blues HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

8:00 P.M. (Prices Vary, see link for details), CONCERT, Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.
Sunday 10/27
2:00 P.M. (Prices vary, click link for details), THEATER, Miss Julie MCLA Theatre, 375 Church Street More information.

7:00 P.M. ($20 adv, $25 day of), CONCERT, Jeffrey Foucault HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.
Monday 10/28
5:00 P.M. (FREE), WORKSHOP, ROOTS Volunteer Training ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle Street More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), BIKING, nbCC Bike Collective The Armory, 206 Ashland Street More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), WORKSHOP, Communications Career Panel Bowman Hall - MCLA, 375 Church Street More information.
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