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November 2019
Reminder: Tuesday, November 5 is Election Day

Polls at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Please note that the City Clerk's office will be closed on election day, Tuesday, November 5.
The View from Main and Marshall

I had so much fun at this year’s Fall Foliage Parade. It’s clear that the theme “There’s No Place Like Home In the Berkshires” captured everyone’s imagination and contributed to the incredible creativity and positive energy on display among the marching units and at every step along the parade route!

It takes months of planning and countless hours of hard work to organize and present the parade. Thank you to the team at 1Berkshire for once again being a great partner and a resource to the amazing volunteer committee that is the heart and soul of the parade. Thank you to the groups that built such amazing floats, the bands and participants, and everyone who worked on the front lines and behind the scenes to make the parade such a success.

Thank you Congressman Richard Neal, Senator Adam Hinds, Representative John Barrett, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, D.A. Andrea Harrington, Sheriff Tom Bowler, and the members of the North Adams City Council who walked the parade route.

I’ve known Doctor Len Radin most of my life, acted for and with him, and enjoyed his work as a director and mentor for so many incredibly talented Drury students. Given the parade theme, Doc was a natural choice for Grand Marshall, and he approached the role with his characteristic enthusiasm.

And, as always, I can’t say enough about my incredible colleagues in the city of North Adams for the dedication and attention to detail that helps make every community event possible. Thank you to staff in Public Safety, Public Services, and the Office of Community Events for their commitment to our city and all our residents and visitors in our community. Although the parade typically marks the end of a busy season of activities and community events, North Adams keeps moving year round. The pace may slow down slightly, but the hard work and commitment to bringing people together never stops. We're already looking ahead to the holiday tree lighting on Wednesday, November 27. Hope to see you there!
Holiday Food Drive - and a Challenge!
 
The City of North Adams will hold a food drive from Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 22, 2019. The drive will benefit the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative’s Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry, located at 43 Eagle Street in North Adams.
 
Collection boxes decorated by students from the North Adams Public Schools will be available at City Hall, the North Adams Police and Fire Departments, the North Adams Public Library, the North Adams Public Schools, and the Mary Spitzer Senior Center.
 
Suggested non-perishable foods for donation include: tuna; peanut butter; brown rice; whole wheat pasta; pasta sauce; low sodium canned vegetables (e.g. potatoes, green beans, carrots); low sodium soups; whole grain cereals (low sugar) and/or oatmeal; canned fruits (no sugar added); and beans (e.g. kidney beans and garbanzo beans). In addition, personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo also are welcome.

Donations will be delivered to the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry on Monday, November 25.

And here's the challenge: Last year we set a record by collecting over 1,000 pounds of food. That's impressive, but let's try to double it this year, and work together to donate 2,000 pounds (one ton!) of food to support the Friendship Center! 

Thank you to everyone in the City and the North Adams Public Schools who helped to organize this food drive. Thank you in advance also to those who support this effort.
Economic and Cultural Development Field Trip

In October, Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and a team of city, business, and community leaders in Easthampton hosted a visit with their counterparts in North Adams. We had a great day learning about what’s happening in Easthampton, and sharing ideas about building our cultural districts, downtown and neighborhood development, adaptive reuse, planning and zoning priorities, and inclusive redevelopment, among other topics - and we ended up the day with a great ride along the bike trail using Valley Bike Share pedal assist bikes.

One thing that stood out as a strength in both North Adams and Easthampton is the importance and the power of collaboration in moving things forward. It’s clear we have a lot in common and a lot that each of our communities can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to hosting a reciprocal visit to North Adams soon.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 3

Don't forget to set back your clocks 1 hour on Sunday, November 3, to account for the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Upcoming events
  • Saturday, November 2: Monthly indoor Farmers' Market, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Green, 85 Main Street.
  • Saturday, November 2: North Adams Museum of History and Science grand opening, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Holiday Inn.
  • Monday, November 11: North Adams Veterans' Day Parade and Ceremony. The parade begins at the American Legion and concludes at the Veterans Memorial Park with the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.
  • Wednesday, November 27: North Adams Holiday Tree Lighting, 6:00 p.m., Main Street and Monument Square (between the Baptist and First Congregational Churches).
For more information about upcoming city events please visit the North Adams event calendar or subscribe to the North Adams Happenings email list.
REMINDER: THE WINTER PARKING BAN BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Per City ordinance, "No person shall park any vehicle, except in an emergency, on any street or highway for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day. This ban shall be in effect from November 1 to April 15, or at such time that the Mayor declares a state of emergency."
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