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Five Running For Selectman in Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The race for the Board of Selectmen is on with five candidates vying for two seats this May.

Up for election is a three-year term currently held by John Duval and a second three-year term that was vacated with the resignation of Arthur "Skip" Harrington last year.

Duval, chairman of the board, will defend his seat from the other four candidates who returned their papers Monday.

James Bush, Heather Marie Cachat, Wayne Piaggi and Donald Sommer will be on the ballot this year.

The two highest vote-getters will win the seats and at least one of the challengers will be seated. However, it won't necessarily be a new face as Sommer has previously served on the board. He served one-term but failed to win re-election in 2010 and 2013. 

There are no other races on the ballot this year and although there are some new faces running, they are running unopposed.

Mike Mucci Jr. will run for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District unopposed and Lisa Gazaille will run for the Planning Board unopposed.

There are three open seats on the Parks Commission. Incumbent James Fassell will run for re-election and newcomers Cynthia Bird and Jacob Levesque will run for the remaining two seats.

Erica Girgenti will run for the Housing Authority unopposed and Jacob Levesque will run for the redevelopment authority unopposed.

All other positions will be filled by incumbents running unopposed.  

Candidates have until April 4 to withdraw and the election is May 7.

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Adams Housing Authority Rededicates McAndrews Community Center

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

The new dedication sign includes the names of the first director and board chair of the Housing Authority. 
ADAMS, Mass. — It started with changing out the old box lights in the community room at Columbia Valley.
It ended with fully refurbished room along with a refreshed kitchen and ladies room. 
Residents of the senior living facility gathered in the new community room on Wednesday to rededicate it to James McAndrew and welcome Housing Secretary Edward Augustus.
"This room hadn't been touched since the 1980s," said Adams Housing Authority Executive Director William Schrade, describing it as a place to gather that "wasn't friendly, wasn't smiling." 
So first came the box lights, and then in consultation with maintenance chief Matthew Puricelli. Then it was replacing the old leaky windows, and why not take off the old wallpaper and paint, and if you're doing that, might as well pull up the old carpet and put down a new one. 
"We thought we were done. I said kitchen really needed to be done because they has a 1970s look," said Schrade. "[Puricelli] took charge of that, too, and got creative and with the tools that were given to him.
"He knocked it out and then made the worst mistake and said, 'I've done all this I might as well finish and do the women's bathroom.' I said I think that's a great idea. [Secretary Augustus] is coming in three weeks, so you're gonna have to jump on this."
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