Letter: Blackmer Right Choice for City Council

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To the Editor:

My wife, Lisa Blackmer, is the most loving, hard-working, passionate person I know and she should be re-elected to the North Adams City Council.

When we were married 32 years ago, our family included my children from a previous marriage. Lisa loved them and raised them as her own. I watched her take care of them when they were sick, shuttle them to football games, band and numerous other activities, and teach them all that she knows. She never once complained when I had to work long shifts or spent 15 months guarding the governor.

Working as a state trooper covering the whole region, I worked hard to keep the people of Northern Berkshire safe and meet their needs through some very demanding times. I've watched Lisa work just as hard and care just as much about our community. I've never seen someone with more dedication and love for our city.

She has worked hard and effectively on the City Council and in Boston advocating for our region. She has balanced work and family, always in the service of others. I have no doubt that she will continue to work just as hard, listen just as carefully, and love just as fully as she has as a mother, grandmother, wife, and public servant.

I will be proud to cast my vote for my wife, Lisa Blackmer, for North Adams City Council on Tuesday. I hope you will join me.

Bill Blackmer
North Adams, Mass.



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North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are doing a "soft opening" this week of remote learning plans that will get students through the end of the school year. 
Berkshire County schools closed on March 13 for a presumed two weeks but that's been extended to May 4 by the state as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The district has already been connecting with students from the early days of the closure through online platforms reading stories, providing resources and materials for Advanced Placement, calling students and offering music lessons through Google hangouts. 
Once guidance came from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a series of professional development sessions were launched last week with summaries (found on the NAPS' website here) for parents and faculty and based on a longer document negotiated with the North Adams Teachers Association. 
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