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Selectwoman Christine Hoyt stands with new Ale House owners Robert Williams, Jen and Bill Lander, and Selectmen James Bush and Joseph Nowak.

Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Ale House held its grand reopening on Tuesday night with help from members of the Board of Selectmen. 
The pub on Hoosac Street had been closed for nearly a year before new owners Robert Williams and Jen and Bill Lander opened in July. The restaurant now has a  full menu and weekly live entertainment.
Selectmen arrived on Tuesday with a pair of giant scissors in hand and a red ribbon to officially wish the new Adams Ale House owners the best of luck. The board's making a tradition of celebrating the opening, and reopenings, of new businesses with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
"We would like to thank you for investing in our town and we wish you the best of luck," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said. "Congratulations."
The former Saints Hall was purchased and renovated by Erik Pizani and Nathan Girard in 2013. It was closed last year for what the owners said was re-staffing and renovations but never reopened.
Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building.
They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings. 
"It has been good. We are now serving lunch and we now have a full menu," Jen Lander said. "Everyone has been patient with us and we have been getting good reviews, so it has been a good process."
Lander added that they will also hold a bingo night and there will be weekly live entertainment. More information can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Williams said the town has been very accommodating. 
"They have been wonderful," he said. "We couldn’t have asked for a better community to come into."
Lander added that the townspeople themselves have been very supportive.
"Adams has been great throughout this entire process and the town itself has been wonderful," she said. "The customers themselves are happy to have us back and that has been a wonderful feeling to be new to the area but as though you have been welcomed home."
The Adams Ale House is located at 8-10 Hoosac St. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 to 10, with the bar open until midnight. For more information:

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Adams Town Meeting Accepts 40R Zoning Overlay

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Town Clerk Haley Meczywor speaks at town meeting. 
ADAMS, Mass. — Town meeting accepted all 28 articles on the annual town meeting warrant, including the controversial 40R zoning overlay and the fiscal 2021 budget of $16.3 million.
Town meeting was held outside at Bowe Field on Thursday to accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions and meeting members passed the bulk of the 28 articles in a single swift vote.
The night's discussion mostly focused on Article 20, the adoption of the 40R smart growth overlay district. This conversation started during the daylight and wrapped up around 7:40 p.m., long after the pavilion lights were turned on.
The state instituted 40R to incentivize developers to utilize existing structures to create market-value housing along with a certain percentage of affordable housing and commercial space. The statute provides incentives to towns, such as access to capital and a payment to municipalities to acknowledge and ease the impact of increased housing and traffic
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