Adams Holding Informal Information Session on 40R Smart Growth

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ADAMS, Mass. — Residents wishing to learn more about the town's consideration of a Smart Growth Overlay District are invited to a public information session on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac St. 
The purpose of the informal session will be to provide information to the community at large about the town's proposed adoption of the Smart Growth Overlay District, also known as Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40R. 
The Planning Board has proposed that the town's zoning bylaws be amended to establish a Smart Growth Overlay District. 
The purpose of the district is to encourage the revitalization of existing buildings through preservation, reuse, renovation and repurposing of underutilized historic structures using a mixed-use concept that typically includes both commercial and residential components. 
Successful mixed-use projects, similar to Adams' own Berkshire Mills Apartments, may help achieve several local, community and regional goals such as downtown revitalization, expanding the tax base, diversifying the town's housing stock composition, and increasing the amount of available housing to attract new residents that will serve the Berkshires workforce.
By adopting a Smart Growth Overlay District, the town hopes to position itself to access state incentive payments, maintain a consistent high level of design quality for such projects, and emerge as a premier place to live, work and play in the Berkshires. 
Anticipated topics to be addressed at the public information session include what is the Smart Growth Overlay District, what is the potential economic impact of such development in Adams, and an overview of the proposed bylaw and how it will work.

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Bishop Homers in Greylock Thunder Win

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder under-18 travel softball team took home one win from their double-header on Sunday.
The Thunder won its first game, 10-4 over the Valley Storm, as Rylie Bishop started it off in the second inning with a home run over the left field fence, followed in the third by Alexa Kinley with a solid hit, giving her an easy triple and Emma Newberry bringing her home off a single to left field.
In the fifth Logan Stansfield, Alexa, Emma, Amanda Novak (with a triple), and Kali Vanuni all scored. The Thunder wrapped up with Logan and Brodi Rosier each hitting a single and getting around the bases to score the final two runs.  Amanda and Rylynn Witek shared time in the pitching circle, with each allowing only two runs each for the opposition.
Game 2 didn't go as planned with a 16-6 loss to the Warriors. Madi Puppolo crossed home plate twice, and Rylynn, Jordyn Codding, Alexa, and Amanda each scored one. Madi, Kiki Carrigan, and Amanda each pitched well, but the opponents' bats were hot, with all but one of their girls connecting with the ball and scoring.
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