Letter: Blackmer Has the Vision for City Council

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To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for North Adams City Council. In particular, Lisa's vision for our community’s future is one that takes into account decades of being a mother, working in municipal government, and serving on the school council, which she did with my father in the mid-nineties.

Lisa's vision for us is one that takes into account all the details of the challenges our city faces and meets them head on. Lisa understands that for this region to experience more economic growth, we need to capitalize on our assets. We need to have the best schools, safe neighborhoods, and invest in our infrastructure.

I know Lisa both personally and professionally. I attended elementary through high school with both of Lisa's children. Lisa worked hard as a parent leader for 20 years. I have also served with Lisa on the North Adams City Council for two terms and appreciate how prepared she was for some nuanced municipal issues.

Lisa Blackmer has paid her dues and walked the walk. With Lisa, I am especially impressed with her work in Boston at the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Lisa donates her time driving back and forth to Boston for the MMA and served as its president. (the first from North Adams) This is in addition to being a mother, grandmother, and wife to William Blackmer, a retired state police lieutenant and station commander for Northern Berkshire.

Lisa will be an outstanding voice in the city, our children, and our future. She is the right choice to make on Nov. 5.

Jennifer Breen, Esq.
North Adams, Mass.



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Monroe Leads MCLA Men Past Rivier

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ki-Shawn Monroe scored a career best 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to a convincing 92-69 win this afternoon over visiting Rivier in the Amsler Campus Center on Saturday.
In the opening half, the MCLA defense held Rivier to just 26% shooting while the home team converted on a sizzling 67% of their attempts. MCLA (5-4) led just 15-12 early on, but used a 16-3 spurt to increase the lead to 31-15 with 7:22 left in the half. The Trailblazers would continue the offensive onslaught and lead 53-28 at the half.
Chris Becker was outstanding in the opening half for MCLA. The center went 7-for-7 from the floor for 14 first half points. Ki-Shawn Monroe tallied 11 points and eight boards in the opening half of play. 
MCLA was never challenged in the second half as they cruised to victory.
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