North Adams Emergency Services Holding Toy Drive

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams emergency services to collect toys for local children for their annual toy drive. 
 
In a statement released Thursday morning, city emergency services announced that they will unlikely be able to collect toys outside of Walmart as they have done in past years.
 
Instead, they ask that new unwrapped toys be dropped off at the ambulance, fire, or police stations.
 
Local businesses interested in collecting toys can contact MaryAnn King at mking@northadams-ma.gov to receive their own drop-off box. 
 
All donations are due by Dec. 1. All toys are distributed locally. 
 
 

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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting. 
 
Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.
 
The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.
 
The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.
 
The school budget is at $2,967,609, up $129,192 or 4 percent over this year. Town officials had urged the school to cut back more but in a joint meeting last week agreed to dip into free cash to keep the prekindergarten for 4-year-olds free. 
 
Clarksburg's assessment to the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District is $363,220; the figure is based on the percentage of students enrolled at McCann Technical School. 
 
There are a number of spending articles for the $571,000 in free cash the town had certified earlier this year. The high number is over several years because the town had fallen behind on filings with the state. 
 
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