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North Adams Council Election Garnering Interest

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thirteen people have so far pulled nomination papers for City Council and Mayor Thomas Bernard has announced he will seek re-election. 
 
Bernard will make a formal announcement on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. He pulled his nomination papers on Friday for second two-year term. 
 
"I look forward to working with the residents of North Adams as we continue to build our shared future on a foundation of economic development, community revitalization, and sustainability," he said in a press release. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation my team and I established with the support of so many in our community."
 
Council incumbents taking out papers so far include Keith Bona, Marie T. Harpin, Benjamin Lamb, Jason M. LaForest, and Wayne Wilkinson. Bona, current council president is attempting his fifth consecutive term; he also served several terms in the 1990s.  Harpin and LaForest were first elected in 2017, and Wilkinson was returned that year after losing his seat in the prior election and then being appointed to complete a term. 
 
Lamb was elected 2013, part of a cohort of younger candidates who significantly changed the face of council. So far, he is the only one of that group standing for election this year. Both Eric Buddington and Joshua Moran, who came into office with him, have indicated they will be not be running for a fourth term. Rebbecca Cohen and Paul Hopkins, who both won office in 2017, have not taken out nomination papers at this point. 
 
Should all the incumbents running be re-elected, that will still leave at four open seats on the nine-person council. 
 
Taking out papers for council as of late last week are Ronald Sheldon, Bryan A. Sapienza, Robert Cardimino and Roger Eurbin, all of whom have run, or indicated a desire to run, in the past. Also taking out papers are newcomers Jonathan Schnauber, Cameron Lapine, Peter J. Oleskiewicz (who ran in the preliminary mayoral race in 2017), and Jessica Sweeney. 
 
There are also three seats up for election on the School Committee currently held by Karen Bond, Nicholas Fahey and Tara Jacobs and three on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Technical School District (McCann School Committee) currently held by Rachel Branch, George Canales and William Diamond. Branch has indicated she does not plan to run for a second term.
 
Update: Jacobs has returned her papers for School Committee and Bond has said she intends to run.
 
Nomination papers have been available since April 2 and must be submitted with the required 50 signatures of registered voters by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19. The last day to withdraw is Aug. 6. 
 
Should there be a preliminary election — in the case of three mayoral candidates or 19 council candidates — the last day to register to vote is Aug. 28 by 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, is Oct. 16; absentee ballots must be completed by noon on Monday, Nov. 4.

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Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event

Tourists awards

Tourists, the 48-room hotel that opened in North Adams in 2018, will receive the 2019 Putting the Berkshires on the Map honor in recognition of the substantial contribution that they have made to the Berkshire economy. This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.

"In the past 18 months, no property has garnered as much press or shone a light on the Berkshires more consistently than Tourists," said Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire said. "With over $15 million in private investment, this project has assembled and reimagined a diverse collection of properties that illuminate the deep and complex history of North Adams. They’ve developed relationships and opportunities with new investors to the region, and created an incredible experience for guests.”

Tourists is a hotel and riverside retreat inspired by the classic American roadside motor lodge, set in North Adams at the confluence of the Mohawk Trail, the Hoosic River and the Appalachian Trail. The property is a union of design and nature, home to woodland trails, riverbank vistas, sculptural installations, unique food experiences, and more. Since opening in August of 2018, Tourists has welcomed nearly 10,000 guests to North Adams, many on their first visit to the region.

In addition to honoring TOURISTS, 1Berkshire’s Celebrate the Berkshires will also showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several Trendsetter Award categories. The entire community is invited to come celebrate these achievements and commitments that have strengthened the local economy and helped the region grow. Visit the website to reserve tickets.

 

Plastic bag ban

Big Y Foods is eliminating single-use plastic bags at the checkouts from its more than 80 supermarket and specialty store locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut on Aug. 1. The grocer will offer discounts on reusable bags through the month of August as customers transition away from plastic.
 

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