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Budget cuts coming: NORTH ADAMS -- In order to eliminate a $650,000 budget deficit and balance the city’s fiscal 2013 budget prior to setting the tax rate, Mayor Richard J. Alcombright will bring a number of recommended cuts and reserve fund transfers before the City Council on Tuesday.
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Barrett and a different campaign trail: NORTH ADAMS -- City Councilor and former Mayor John Barrett III speaks with the Transcript about his participation in the 2012 campaign as a part of "the truth squad" -- a group of mayors and lawmakers pulled together by the Obama campaign to shed light on opponent Mitt Romney’s governing style.
During the campaign, Barrett visited five battleground states and attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa, holding press conferences, visiting newsrooms and meeting voters in each.
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City kicks in for food pantry: NORTH ADAMS -- Mayor Richard J. Alcombright was among the volunteers who unloaded donated food from city trucks Friday at The Friendship Center Food Pantry, after city schools and offices collected food for the Eagle Street center.
Director of Food Distribution Mark Lincourt estimated this year’s drive yielded 1,900 pounds of food. Lincourt said the food pantry an arm of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, is open on Wednesdays and will begin opening at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than usual.
While the panty served about 80 families at this time last year, Lincourt said now that number is closer to 140, with about 1,150 members in North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida. He added that he expects the membership to grow in the coming months.
"I think it’s going to be a rough winter," he said.
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