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Town Accountant Mary Beverly, Selectmen Chairman John Duval and Christine Hoyt discuss the next steps in finding a new town administrator.

Adams to Post Town Administrator Job

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The position of town administrator will be posted at the end of the week and officials hope to wrap up the entire process in four to six months.
"It is a pretty aggressive timetable and I think we are all aware of that but that is what we are aiming for," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said Wednesday. 
Former Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco left the post at the expiration of his three-year contract in December. Mazzucco is now the general manager of Norwood.
Since his departure, the Selectmen's personnel subcommittee has been outlining the search and hiring process.
While the town conducts this search process, Community Development Director Donna Cesan has taken over the position in the interim, as she had before Mazzucco was hired.
Town Accountant Mary Beverly said the advertisements should be posted at the end of the week and that the advertising is being done in more places than in 2014.
"The last search we did was on a shoestring budget but we do not anticipate this being much more," she said.
Beverly said there will be a cost to this and she will have a better handle on that later in the month.
Duval said because the town has not budgeted for advertising or a search process there will most likely need to be a reserve fund transfer.
Hoyt said the composition of the search committee should be finalized at the end of the month.
"We have some names of people who have come forward, but we haven't reviewed their qualifications yet," Hoyt said. "So we do have those willing volunteers so far and I am sure we will have a few more."
Selectman John Duval noted that this year, two selectmen will sit on the seven-member search committee.
The board members had agreed that they wanted to have more involvement in the process instead of handing over all responsibilities to a search committee. 
During the search for Mazzucco in 2014, the selectmen only interviewed three candidates the search committee chose as finalists.
Hoyt said the subcommittee did look at hiring a firm to help in the process. She said although it seemed to be cost prohibitive, they have not ruled it out completely
The subcommittee will bring these recommendations to the full board at a future meeting for a vote.

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Dancecapade Members Return From Disney World

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

The girls got to go behind the scenes at the Florida theme park.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly a dozen local girls had the chance to perform in front of thousands at Disney World last year.
Dancecapade owner Jaclyn Grabicki brought 11 of her dancers to the Florida theme park in mid-December to perform alongside 45 other studios. 
"When I opened my studio that was something that I kind of prided myself on. I wanted to give the girls opportunities to get out of this area to see other venues," she said. "Watching them dance at Disney and watching them perform was the greatest thing for me to see because it is something that you don't think you are ever going to be able to do for them." 
Grabicki said the trip was not a competition but rather an opportunity for her girls to perform on a world stage at Disney Springs and a parade through the Magic Kingdom. 
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