Stuff & Things: Feb. 6

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No Gilded Gramaphone This Year
Local hopes were high that Pittsfield native Matt Cusson would bring home a Grammy on Sunday but it was not to be. 
Cusson had been nominated for his arrangement of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" for a cappella group Kings Return. He lost to John Beasley, who was nominated for his arrangement of Charlie Parker's "Scrapple from the Apple."
This was Cusson's first nomination and he was up against prior Grammy nominees and winners. He told iBerkshires that it felt surreal to get his first nomination. 'I'm glad, obviously, beyond glad it happened win or lose," he said.
Special Guests
Gov. Maura Healey will be attending Tuesday's State of the Union as the guest of U.S. Rep. Richie Neal. 
"Governor Healey has been a steadfast advocate for the people of Massachusetts throughout her career in public service, and I look forward to welcoming her to Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening," Neal said in a statement.
Healey, former attorney general, was sworn in a month ago.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has invited Eugénie Ouedraogo of Taunton, whom she met in 2021 at a roundtable about affordable child care. Ouedraogo is on the policy council of Triumph Inc., whose federally funded child care and early education programs have made it possible for her to pursue a degree in nursing. 
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is bringing Kate Dineen of Boston, who has advocated for codifying reproductive health rights and ensuring access to abortion. Dineen was forced to travel out of state and incur thousands in medical bills to terminate a fetus that suffered a catastrophic stroke late in her pregnancy. Her advocacy would aid in the passage of last year's abortion rights law in Massachusetts.   
Warmer Already
The deep freeze on Friday and Saturday swung almost 50 degree by Sunday. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., reported temperatures of minus-14 in North Adams and minus-16 in Pittsfield at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. By 11 a.m. the next day, it was 30 in North Adams and 28 in Pittsfield, differences of 44 degrees. The change was in more impressive, NWS reported, in Old Forge, N.Y., in Herkimer County, which went from minus-32 to 29 — a 61-degree difference in 31 hours. Wind chills over this frigid weekend ranged from between minus-30 to minus-40. 
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North Adams Council Rejects Housing Authority Candidate

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Several Housing Authority tenants spoke in opposition to a board member's reappointment. The council did not vote to approve. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The chair of the North Adams Housing Authority is out after a number of residents objected to his reappointment. 
The City Council rejected the reappointment of Colin Todd in a 7-1 vote, with only Councilor Peter Oleskiewicz voting in favor. Councilor Ashley Shade was absent. 
"It's in our best interest he is not re-elected," said Joanne Dunn of 45 Spring St., speaking during hearing of visitors at the beginning of the council meeting. "There are a lot of issues in the two buildings of the North Adams Housing has and in my neighborhood but if we don't revamp the board, we're not gonna get anywhere."
Councilor Jennifer Barbeau, liaison to the authority, described the authority's board as "hostile" both to herself and to residents who tried to attend meetings. 
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