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John Duval and Howard Rosenberg, seen outside the town garage Monday afternoon, were elected to the Adams Board of Selectmen.

New Selectmen Elected in Adams and Cheshire

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Incumbent John Duval and political newcomer Howard Rosenberg took the two open selectmen seats in Adams on Monday night.
Duval and Rosenberg were the clear winners in the town election with both collecting more votes than the third candidate and former selectman Donald Sommer.
Rosenberg received 727 votes and Duval, 572 votes. Sommer received 278 votes 
There were no other races in Adams and open seats were either filled by incumbents or candidates running unopposed.
Around 1 p.m. in Adams, just over 450 of the town's 6,084 registered voters had cast their ballots.
In Cheshire, there were two open selectmen seats, and Raymond Killeen and Shawn McGrath were the top vote-getters. Killeen received 252 votes and McGrath received 244 votes. Candidate Michael Biagini Jr. received 158 votes.
There were no incumbents running for selectman in Cheshire. Selectman Ronald DeAngelis did not run for another term and Robert Ciskowski resigned from the board earlier this year.
All other seats were filled by incumbents or candidates running unopposed.
In Cheshire at around 2 p.m., 173 of the town's 2,501 registered voters had voted. By the end of the day, 362 votes, or 14 percent, were cast.

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Adams Lifts State of Emergency, Gears Up for Summer & Fall Events

By Gregory FournieriBerkshires Correspondent

ADAMS, Mass. — The COVID-19 state of emergency in Adams is over.

Town Administrator Jay Green reported that Adams has lifted the state of emergency implemented for the pandemic. This originally went into effect in March 2020, and was lifted by the town to bring Adams into line with other local communities and the state of Massachusetts, which ended the public health emergency on June 15.

"Dare I say we are slowly approaching normalcy again," Green said Wednesday.

Selectman Joseph Nowak pointed out that despite the state of emergencies being lifted, local businesses may still require their patrons to wear masks. Moreover, Green said if COVID cases were to rise again in Adams, the Board of Health would have the authority to mandate masks independent of this decision by the Selectmen.

This, however, does not appear likely. Green reported that over roughly the last month, there were zero new reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Adams.

Adams joins Pittsfield, North Adams, and other towns in Berkshire County in lifting its state of emergency for the first time in more than a year.

In part to facilitate the return to normalcy, the Events Committee applied for and was granted space on the Town Hall lawn for outdoor movies on July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20. These movies are family-friendly and begin at dusk. There will not be vendors, so attendees are advised to bring their own snacks and drinks.

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