Misfits, Saboteurs Win NBSA Spring Titles

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Quentin Gittens scored 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Misfits to the championship of the Northern Berkshire Sports Academy Spring League's A Division.
 
Carter Mungin scored 17 points, and Tayvon Sandifer and Deonte Sandifer each had a double-double in the title game win.
 
The Misfits qualified for the league playoffs as the No. 4 seed and knocked off the regular season's top squad to reach the title game.
 
The Saboteurs also qualified as the four seed for the tournament in the B Division. They went on to win the championship behind 20 points from Sam Larabee in the final game.
 
Nick Waterman had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Paree scored 12, and Austin Mendel pulled down 11 boards for the Sabs.
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North Adams Council OKs $49M Budget for Fiscal 2025

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $48,891,455 fiscal 2025 budget, up $1,481,385 or 3.12 percent over this year. 
 
The budget includes a school budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. 
 
The major drivers are the general increases in the cost of supplies, utilities and insurance; a 2 percent cost of living raise for nonunion employees; upgrades in software and equipment; reclassifications of several positions and additional clerical staff. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey provided the city budget, school budget, compensation and classification plan and capital improvement plan in a bound document with summaries and graphs explaining expenditures. 
 
Finance Committee members recommended the total to the full City Council, calling it "fiscally responsible."
 
Councilor Keith Bona, Finance chair, said committee members did raise objections or concerns during deliberations, particularly Councilor Andrew Fitch over the lack of a city planner and Councilor Ashley Shade over the need for more building maintenance. Shade voted against the public safety budget Tuesday over that issue.
 
"The majority did support each department recommending it to the council and again, there were some some minor changes between the draft budget and what's in front of us," he said. 
 
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