North Adams Commission Passes on River Street Parking Ban

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is holding off on any changes to parking along River Street near the Corner Store. 
 
The commission had received a letter from resident Nancy Bullett and several phone calls from residents about congestion specifically between Holden and North Holden streets caused by cars parked along River Street.
 
"The way the cars were parked right up to the corner and with the high, like the SUVs, and that [drivers turning out of  North Holden] really couldn't see oncoming traffic," Chair MaryAnn King told the commission on March 8. "You had to like almost pull out halfway in the road to turn before you can see oncoming traffic."
 
She said she didn't want to hurt any businesses by prohibiting parking along the north side and so had spoken with the police. The result was the Highway Department installed new signs for "no parking here to corner" on both sides of the street to remind motorists that parking within 20 feet of an intersection is prohibited. 
 
The south side of River from the store almost to North Adams Sheet Metal is a 15-minute parking zone that was being abused, King said, "officers have been made aware of it, officers have been ticketing in that area."
 
"I have noticed since the signs have gone up, it really has alleviated a lot of the congestion in that area," King said, later adding, "I would like to leave well enough alone for now just to see like, I said, I don't see it as congested and I have been frequenting that area."
 
She asked for authorization to draw up a letter to local businesses to remind them it is a 15-minute zone and the violators could be cited. She also noted that there is city owned property nearby where people are parking and, despite some chatter of Facebook about being ticketed, she said no one has been ticketed for parking in those empty lots. 
 
Commissioner Marie T. Harpin said she had driven through there a number of times over the past couple weeks because of the complaints.
 
"I just drove back around this way and it does seem that those signs that you put up have helped because it really only leaves maybe one or two cars that you could park on that side of the street," she said.
 
City Councilor Bryan Sapienza, who had also brought up the issue at council before being informed the Traffic Commission was handling it, said the signs may be working but in the future, "we may not have a choice" in banning parking on that stretch. 
 
The commission also held off on any decisions regarding a second crosswalk near Greylock School. King said she had received a memo from the principal and reached out but had not gotten a response by the time of the meeting. 
 
There was a question of whether having two crosswalks that close together would pass state muster and King was concerned about cars being parked between two close crosswalks. The matter was table until more information was forthcoming. 

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North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge June 2023

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mayor's Fitness Challenge (MFC) is back for the month of June, calling on the community to make a conscientious effort at healthier habits by participating in this community-wide fitness challenge.

This will be the 7th Annual MFC for North Adams.

Community members of all ages are encouraged to register and participate either as individuals or as part of a team, to wrack up points for the chance to earn prizes at the conclusion of the challenge. Participants will be working to build and track points by eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water, and participating in physical activity. There are also daily challenges for points.

Registration will be held on Thursday, June 1, and Friday June 2, 2023. nbCC will be tabling in front of the office, located at 61 Main Street, North Adams, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

on June 1, registering participants and handing out tracking packets and t-shirts. On June 2, members of the nbCC team will begin the day at 7:30 a.m. at the kick-off of the Eagle Street Coffee Date series, signing participants up while they enjoy free coffee and baked goods hosted by Mayor Macksey and the City of North Adams.

The Coalition team will also be registering participants during June's First Friday festivities which will include the Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kick-off. The theme of June's First Friday is "Proud of Progress" and will include the painting of a new street mural, exhibition openings, live music and business specials.

The MFC kick-off event will include registration, free games, demonstrations from various local MFC partners, information tables, and activities located either on Main Street or Eagle Street. Some examples of activities include a gong bath at the Terra Nova Church space on Main Street, a bike rodeo on Eagle Street, and free smoothies hosted by the First Baptist Church youth group. Mayor Macksey will be out and about and plans to demonstrate some sparring with Gail Grandchamp. Registration for MFC will be available from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Just look for the nbCC tables and MFC shirts! T-shirts are in limited supply and will be first come, first served.

Weekly events in this year's challenge include outdoor yoga classes, lawn games at Windsor Lake, the downtown bike around, and weekly hikes in places like the Cascades, Tannery Falls, Sunset Rock Trail, and Natural Bridge State Park. Additionally, several local fitness studios will be offering deals of membership, free classes, and other incentives to participate.

The challenge runs throughout the month of June. The final day to track points will be Monday, June 26, and all participants must turn in their tracking packets by 6:00 p.m. that afternoon. There will be a Wrap Party at Windsor Lake, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. where the individual and team winners will be announced and receive their  prizes. There will be live music from the band Pandemic Relief, lawn games and everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Snacks will also be available for purchase from the BFAIR concession stand.

This event has been organized by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge Planning Team, and the City of North Adams. The full calendar of MFC Events can be found below, online at  nbccoalition.org calendar page, or on the back of the MFC points tracker that every participant receives. For daily updates or weather announcements, participants can  follow the nbCC facebook or instagram accounts.

2023 MFC Schedule 

Week 1 | June 1-3 |Registration & Kick-off 

6/1 | 8:30a.m. - 6p.m. |  nbCC Office, 61 Main Street, North Adams  - Register teams/individuals & pick up your MFC packets and t-shirts

6/2 | 7:30 - 9:00a.m. | Eagle St. - Register during the Eagle Street Coffee Date kick-off sponsored by Mayor Macksey and the City.

5:00-8:00 p.m. | Eagle St. - Register during First Friday and enjoy MFC kick-off events and activities!

 6/3 | 9a.m.-1p.m. | Shop at the North Adams Farmers Market.

9:30-11a.m. | Help the River St. Community Gardening Group 

11:30a.m. | Walk w/ Mayor Macksey at Natural Bridge  (Transportation available)

2:00p.m. | ROOTs Teen Center/nbCC Bike Collective Build a Bike Workshop |  206 Ashland St.

 

Week 2 | June 4 - 10th

6/4 - 10:00a.m. | Basketball games  |  Noel Field Courts, 310 State St.

7:15p.m. | Relaxation Yoga  |  North Adams Yoga, 26 Holden St.

6/5 - 3:30-5:30p.m. | Bike Collective Workshop hours |  206 Ashland St.

5:30p.m. | Downtown Bike Around  |  206 Ashland St.

6/6 - 12:00-1:00p.m. | BHS: Top 10 Most Powerful Lifestyle Interventions  | UNO Center, 157 River  St.

5:00p.m. | Tick Talk w/ CHP  |  UNO Center, 157 River  St.

6/7 - 5:30p.m. | Evening at Windsor Lake: Intro to Disk Golf,  live music, pack a picnic | Windsor Lake, Kemp Ave & Bradley St.

6/8 - 4:15p.m. | Free Yoga w/ Barb Malkas  |  Colegrove Park

6/9 - 7:30 - 9:00a.m. | Eagle Street Coffee Date | Eagle Street Parklet

        5:30 p.m. | Bocce Ball | UNO Center, 157 River  St.

6/10 - 9a.m. - 1p.m. | Shop at the North Adams Farmers Market.

9:30-11a.m. | Help the River St. Community Gardening Group 

11:30a.m. | Walk w/ Mayor Macksey at Cascades Trail (Transportation available)

2:00p.m. | ROOTs Teen Center/nbCC Bike Collective Build a Bike Workshop |  206 Ashland St.

         

Week 3 | June 11 - 17th

6/11 - 10:00a.m. | Basketball games  |  Noel Field Courts, 310 State St.

6/12 - 3:30-5:30p.m. | Bike Collective Workshop hours |  206 Ashland St.

5:30p.m. | Downtown Bike Around  |  206 Ashland St.

6/13 - 6:00-8:00p.m. | Appalachian Train (Overlook) Hike w/ Jeff K. | DCR trail head just past  Wigwam Western Summit

6/14 - 5:30p.m. | Evening at Windsor Lake: Lawn Games,  live music, pack a picnic | Windsor Lake, Kemp Ave & Bradley St.

6/15 - 4:30p.m. | Relay Races  |  Downtown & at MASS MoCA

6/16 - 7:30 - 9:00a.m. | Eagle Street Coffee Date | Eagle Street Parklet

          6:00 p.m. | Self Defense with Gail Grandchamp | UBG Park

6/17 - 9a.m. - 1p.m. | Shop at the North Adams Farmers Market.

9:30-11a.m. | Help the River St. Community Gardening Group 

11:30a.m. | Walk w/ Mayor Macksey at Tannery Falls (Transportation available)

 

Week 4 | June 18 - 24

6/18 - 10:00a.m. | Basketball games  |  Noel Field Courts, 310 State St.

6/19 - 3:30-5:30p.m. | Bike Collective Workshop hours |  206 Ashland St.

  5:30p.m. | Downtown Bike Around  |  206 Ashland St.

6/20 - 12:00p.m. | Lunch time stroll with nbCC  | Meet at 61 Main St.

  6:00p.m. | Conversation on Alzheimer's & Dementia  |  NA Public Library, 74  Church  St.

6/21 - 5:30p.m. | Evening at Windsor Lake: Nature Walk  live music, pack a picnic | Windsor Lake, Kemp Ave & Bradley St.

6/22 - 4:15p.m. | Free Yoga w/ Barb Malkas  |  Colegrove Park

6/23 - 7:30 - 9:00a.m. | Eagle Street Coffee Date | Eagle Street Parklet

         12:00 - 12:30 p.m. | BHS:Stretch & Strength |  UNO Center, 157 River  St.

          6:00-8:00 p.m. | Ice Skating Party! | 1267 S. Church  St.

6/24 - 9a.m. - 1p.m. | Shop at the North Adams Farmers Market.

9:30-11a.m. | Help the River St. Community Gardening Group 

11:30a.m. | Downtown Dog Walk w/ Mayor Macksey

 

Week 5 | June 25 - 28

6/25 - 10:00a.m. | Basketball games  |  Noel Field Courts, 310 State St.

6/26 - 3:30-5:30p.m. | Bike Collective Workshop hours |  206 Ashland St.

  5:30p.m. | Downtown Bike Around  |  206 Ashland St.

  6:00p.m. | DEADLINE TO TURN IN TRACKERS | 61 Main Street, Suite 218

6/28 - MFC Wrap Party! Winners announced, live music, games and celebration! | Windsor Lake, Kemp Ave & Bradley St.

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