Letter: Blackmer Stands Above the Rest

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To the Editor:

I'm writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative.

I met Lisa through volunteer work in the community and have always been impressed by her work ethic. She is everywhere at once and has always believed in contributing to the whole of Northern Berkshire, not just one town or city. Looking at all of the candidates, Lisa stands above the rest in her grace, knowledge, and experience. She and her husband, Bill, have shown their dedication to our community time and time again.

One of Lisa's most impressive qualities is her ability to listen to others and research every issue the community deals with. She takes in all of the sides presented – sometimes more than just two – and she has been known to change her mind because of the insight others gave to an issue. She does not seek the limelight, but seeks to make the right decisions.

That is why Lisa has my vote on Tuesday for State Representative, I hope she has yours.

Sharon DeMyer-Nemser
Williamstown, Mass.



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North Adams Gets $600K Grant to Make Brayton Access Safer

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A nearly $600,000 state grant is going to make it safer for children to cross from Brayton Hill Apartments to Brayton School. 
The city was recently awarded $598,255 through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program to make infrastructure improvements at the entrance to the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and install sidewalks in the area of the school. The City Council accepted the grant on Tuesday. 
"This grant is an incredible opportunity for the Brayton Elementary School neighborhood and will help support pedestrian and bike safety," said Barbara Malkas, superintendent of North Adams Public Schools. "The end result of the project will facilitate behaviors that promote health and wellness in a world that can be focused on our electronic devices. We're thrilled to be a recipient of this grant and the positive effects it will have on the children and families in our community."
The steep driveway into the parking lot of the YMCA, which is attached to the school, and a problematic crosswalk were a focus of the City Council earlier this year. No one is sure when the crosswalk was first painted but it's never been in compliance because it doesn't run between sidewalks but rather cuts across Brickyard Court between a dirt pathway through private land and the corner of the driveway. There is also a visibility factor because of the incline of both the road and the driveway.
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