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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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NBCC Honors NBEOC Team, Remembers Joe Manning

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition presented the Northern Berkshire Emergency Operations Center Team with the Hero Award at their 35th annual meeting.
 
"This goes to a group of individuals that came together as a team to make sure this community stayed connected, informed, and were supplied with the necessary resources," board President Jennifer Civello said Friday at the meeting that was held at Greylock Works. "All while ensuring the safety systems continued uninterrupted during the pandemic."
 
Every year at its annual meeting, NBCC presents the Hero Award to a group or individual who has made a difference in the region.
 
This year the choice was clear — the Northern Berkshire Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) Team, who quickly mobilized and reacted to a global pandemic that was firming its grip around Berkshire County.
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