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North Adams Planning Board Member Lynette Bond Joins Mayoral Race

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Planning Board member Lynette Ritland Bond has taken out papers to run for mayor.
 
Bond has a been a member of the Planning Board since 2013 and was one of the leaders in the push to approve the Colegrove Park Elementary School project.
 
The director of development for grants and research at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts joins previously announced candidates Joshua Paul Vallieres, Aprilyn Carsno and Rachel Branch, all of whom have returned their nomination papers.
 
So far 15 people have taken out papers for the nine at-large seats on the City Council, including incumbents Lisa Blackmer, Peter Oleskiewicz, Jessica Sweeney and Wayne Wilkinson, and the newest councilor, Bryan K. Sapienza, who was sworn in on Tuesday to fill a vacant seat. 
 
The others are Jennifer Barbeau, Roger Eurbin, Raymond A. Moore, Barbara Ellen Murray, Michael I. Obasohan, Jesse Lee Egan Poirier, Ashley M. Shade, Heidi Shartrand-Newell and Ronald Sheldon.
 
Of these, Murray, Poirier, Sapienza and Shade have returned nomination papers.  
 
Heather Putman Boulger and Emily Daunis are the only incumbents so far to take out papers for re-election for School Committee. Daunis was appointed last year but her seat will be on the ballot to fill the final two years of a four-year term. The other incumbents are Ian Bergeron, James Holmes and David I. Sookey, who ran unsuccessfully for committee in the last election, has also taken out papers.
 
There are two North Adams seats up for election on the McCann School Committee. Gary Rivers has taken out papers for re-election but his colleague on the committee, Paul Gigliotti, died last week. A moment of silence was held for the longtime committee member at the McCann graduation on Wednesday.
 
The last day to submit nomination papers for certification of signatures is July 23. If there are more than two mayoral candidates or more than 18 City Council candidates, a preliminary election will be held on Sept. 21.

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Governor Pushing for Two-Month Sales Tax Holiday

BOSTON — The governor is proposing a two-month-long sales tax holiday this year as a way to support local economies and that would put an estimated $900 million back into residents' pockets. 
 
A sales tax holiday is already on the books for Aug. 14-16, a weekend of tax relief in August that's now a law in the state at this point. The Baker-Polito administration filed legislation on Wednesday to expand the sales tax holiday to the entire months of August and September.
 
"A two-month sales tax holiday will provide a boost to Massachusetts' taxpayers and Main Street economies as we continue to recover from COVID-19," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday in a statement. "Massachusetts' economic recovery is off to a good start, but it's crucial that the commonwealth takes action now to spur more economic activity in communities and support taxpayers. Thanks to stronger than expected tax revenues, the commonwealth has managed to grow the rainy day fund to a balance higher than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and we can also afford to return these tax dollars to our residents and small businesses."
 
State tax revenues for fiscal 2021, he said, continues to "significantly exceed projections." Sales tax revenues to date are 14.9 percent above benchmark and revenues across the board means the state is poised to end the fiscal year with a significant surplus.
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