Letter: Towle Deserves Our Vote

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To the Editor:

Kevin Towle has earned and deserves our vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10, as the next state representative for the 1st Berkshire District.

Kevin Towle has continued the great work of the Honorable Gailanne Cariddi whom we lost in June.

If you stopped by the office in recent months, you would see every bill she sponsored listed on the wall. He explained to me that he was going to work to see every one of those bills passed. To do that, he has worked diligently and effectively with the commonwealth legislators and Western Massachusetts delegation.

This summer Kevin assisted me with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to have my Senior Circuit Breaker funds released. For low-income seniors these funds offer relief for property taxes over and above what seniors ought to be paying and helps to keep them in their homes.

I am sure there are many stories like mine about his assistance to constituents; his gentle and caring manner; his open and welcoming demeanor, and his very apparent integrity while serving the First District residents.

No one is more qualified to fill this office, as he is already, and has been, more than effectively doing the work.

Please vote for Kevin Towle as our First Berkshire District State representative on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Thank You!

Rachel Branch
North Adams, 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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