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Part two of the year ahead with Mayor Alcombright: NORTH ADAMS -- Despite the prospect of the next five fiscal budget cycles being very "tight," Mayor Richard J. Alcombright says he remains optimistic about the coming year, as the city's business community continues to grow and add more jobs.
"I think this budget is going to be tough, but I'll know more next week after the Massachusetts Municipal Association conference," Alcombright said Tuesday, during an interview at his office. "We were kind of poised for some increases -- at least in our own mind, with the market coming back -- in municipal state aid. With last month's announcements of the emergency 9c cuts, we wonder if that's a not-so-subtle message to not expect much come July 1. We're forecasting for the budget now. We're putting in numbers of flat funding for state aid."
Debate arises over new fire station plan: WILLIAMSTOWN -- An attorney representing the Fire District has drafted a purchase and sales agreement for property on Main Street owned by the late Kurt Lehovec, with the intention to build a new fire station. But some residents were fired up at Wednesday afternoon's Fire District meeting and expressed concern about the route the project has taken.
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Community comes together: ADAMS -- Friends of Robert Wadsworth, who lost his house in a fire two weeks ago, have organized a benefit dinner scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Adams Turn Hall on Saturday.
Wadsworth, a 48-year-old corrections officer, lost everything in the fire. Local businesses have made generous donations --including a hand-made guitar from local guitar maker Nick Lenski -- and these will be raffled at a Chinese auction. Live music will be played at the event by Tom Corrigan and Friends.
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