As our city continues to evolve into a more diverse and dynamic community, we bring forward this resolution of being a safe and inclusive city as a means of embracing and appreciating our future together.
WHEREAS, the North Adams City Council asserts that the City of North Adams does not and shall not tolerate hate crimes and expressions of hate such as malicious acts designed to promote fear, discourage civil discourse, marginalize a community of individuals, or unfairly and inequitably mistreat any member of our community; resident or visitor; and
WHEREAS, the City of North Adams supports respect for civil and human rights and recognizes that pursuant to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution whereby congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of any religion; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, Article 3, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and Article 5, “No one shall be subjected to…degrading treatment;”
WHEREAS, the North Adams City Council stands in strong opposition to white supremacist, white nationalist, and authoritarianism beliefs, policies, actions and rhetoric that engender hatred; and
WHEREAS, the North Adams City Council believes in the rights of all people to lead lives of peace and dignity, free of fear, harassment, violence, and undo process; and
WHEREAS, the North Adams City Council is committed to protecting the residents of and visitors to the City of North Adams from racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, anti-immigrant, and antirefugee sentiments and acts, those targeting others based on religious belief and practice, and all other targeting of residents and visitors based on their identities or perceived identities; and
NOW THEREFOR BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of North Adams, Massachusetts emphasizes its commitment to the values of freedom, justice, and equality that bind us as a community.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we stand in solidarity with, and advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of, every resident of, and visitor to North Adams regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity, national origin, citizenship or of any perceived or actual identity.
That we commit to working towards a community, country and world that are non discriminatory, welcoming, just, inclusive, and pluralistic.
That the City of North Adams will be intolerant of and strongly condemn hate crimes, acts of vandalism, discrimination, harassment, and violence towards members of our community and beyond.
That the City Council of the City of North Adams supports the immediate response and action by the North Adams Police Department and our regional judicial system, to hold those responsible for said hate crimes and discriminatory actions, accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
That we call upon all members of our community to engage in positive community-building and take the necessary and courageous steps to prevent and respond to discrimination and hatred whenever and wherever they see it.
That we urge our local, state and federal leaders to promote the values and commitments expressed in this resolution.
That the City Council of the City of North Adams stands in solidarity with those communities nationwide that support and are committed to the values and commitments expressed herein.
AND BE IT ORDERED: that the City Clerk of the City of North Adams shall cause a copy of this resolution to be sent to U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey; Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo; U.S. Representatives Richard Neal; Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg; Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds; Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi; Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier; Massachusetts State Representative Paul
Mark; Massachusetts State Representative William Smitty Pignatelli; and the North Adams Police and Fire Departments.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Robin First dreams of establishing a new community in North Adams, MA

Adapted from an article that first appeared in

by Alan Zoldan

There is an empty school building in the quaint Berkshire town of North Adams, where New Hempstead residents Norman and Robin First have been making real estate deals for the past 10 years.

Sullivan School is a 58,000 sq. ft., elementary school building with a 1960’s modern modular design that once accommodated over 350 students. It was a fully operating public school as recently as 2015, and it is literally in “teacher-ready” condition, with  an institutional cafeteria kitchen, new roof and classrooms still equipped with desks and blackboards.  It is literally “turn-key.

Situated on a 12-acre plateau with a panoramic view of the Berkshire Mountains, the building is but a short walk away from Windsor lake, a public park offering the community swimming, picnicking and  state of the art playground recreation.

The vacant school building is owned by the city of North Adams and will be offered up for RFP (request for proposal) in the spring – meaning that it can very probably be acquired for a fraction of its true value. And Ms. First, who has a proven talent for sniffing out outstanding real estate bargains, believes that it would make a perfect setting for a religious day school.

“My vision and aspiration,” says Robin, “is that this magnificent  mountain top campus become a shared inspiration attracting young Jewish families. We have found  in all of our time here, The City of North Adams and all of its officials  to be unequivocally warm, welcoming, supportive and unprejudiced  The new Mayor, Tom Bernard, is absolutely thrilled with the idea of a private Jewish school and would love to consider our RFP.

“Norman and I have been fortunate to discover this up and coming area.  Other parts of Berkshire county, like nearby Lenox and Lee are super expensive, as the area has always been reserved for the elite culture and  wealthy artist community.  Properties in North Adams  are  disproportionately low in comparison to other Berkshire county’s towns and an absolute bargain, in comparison to the entire US  country!! North Adams  has  gone undiscovered. and has been undervalued until recently.

“We’ve been investing in this city for 10 years – buying, renovating, renting, and recently selling – learning  as we go, but never disillusioned as we learn and discover more and more with each project... 

Multifamily homes from 2-4 family can be purchased and restored for under $140,000. providing owners with a positive cash flow of 14%. + !  The  net return averages above 14%.  The taxes are ridiculously cheap, even in consideration that the city is overwhelmingly generous in giving back to  its citizens and the infrastructure.  This is another reason we love this city.

Just walking the streets in the  city, near to main street, and Mass Moca, I have taken to keeping a notebook of   the blighted properties.  I then research the owners and make offers.  There are  just too many deals for us alone.  The redevelopment of these areas is trending now, and I want to share these opportunities with others.  I have experience in negotiating  the best deal , based on my knowledge of the area and what the rehab costs will be,and can wholesale them to you. 

Rehabbing the properties has never been streamline.  I can not say we have an established and sound contracting team. Local help is cheap but  comes with its challenges, but the potential to  helping you rehab  is still possible, as we grow.  We will share our resources to help you build.

The time is now for establishing a robust community in the Berkshires. The energy is high, and the potential of the city is soon to explode. “I believe that the upscale demand for affordable Berkshire   homes will soon drive up the prices.  . “This opportunity for acquiring the school and purchasing homes at these very absurd-friendly prices will not last for long.”

Thus, my message is  to young, and young in spirit, creative families with a pioneering spirit:

“My aim is to gather 100 families, ready to plunge  into this exciting, empowering, and  enriching move.  Think investment, think summer get away, dream big; an affordable progressive school in the Berkshires.

There are many reasons why the Berkshires is becoming a trendy vacation destination and vibrant community. Mass MoCA, housed in a huge former mill, is the largest modern art museum in the world, attracting community and guests year long. Parks, lakes, nature trails, and many museums and other cultural attractions are nearby. A bike path and beautifying the walkability of the city is in the works as part of the city’s ”2030 vision Plan”.   Robin First told us, “North Adams is a city with a holistic  vision.  It has the quaintness of the country with the energy of a city.

To learn about more things to do in the area, go to

The mission and philosophy of the school has yet to evolve, but my wish is that school should be holistic in learning, including the creative and healing  arts. The vision can envision the school having an adult education component, for Torah learning as well as classes in the creative and healing arts.

Please visit Robin’s  website at or email to learn more.

Young Investors, No Need to Beware

I can be your mentor and help you actualize your goals.  As my husband said today, to a possible investor, “You don’t have to have big balls to invest in North Adams!” (His name is Norm, but he’s not the norm.)

At the end of the day, the prices are small, the returns are large. It’s a no brainer; even for the meek of heart.

Check out my website,, and then call, text or email me.  Text is better than call.

Looking forward,


North Adams is a Special City with a Holistic Vision Plan

It’s rare to find a city that genuinely cares for the community.

Go to  www.vision2030.wp.northadams-ma.govGo to “Documents” at the header to read the comprehensive plan.

You will be amazed!

Speaking of Holistic Health, tomorrow is a new day.  Drink 2 liters of water. It makes a difference. Your body will be happy and grateful to you.

Greetings from Mountain Health!

Yours Truly,

Robin First





Duplexes for Sale, Fully Occupied, Turnkey with Owner Financing


34 North Holden St., North Adams, MA

2 units:

  1. 3 BR, 1 bath – rent $850, rented
  2. 5 BR, 2 bath – rent $1150, rented

Upstairs: New hot water baseboard furnace, upper floor all electric, tenants pay  all utilities

Insurance-$658. taxes-$1554.00, garbage-$240. water- apx. $800.00

Purchase price $147,000. owner financing available.


89 Bracewell  

2 1-BR units, rents $600, $650

Purchase price $89,000


186 Houghton 

Unit 1- 3 BR; rent $850

Unit 2- 2 BR; rent $775

Tenants pay utilities, rented

Deleaded, new high efficiency Bosch furnaces

Purchase price $139,000

How does Mountain Health get its name?

Mountain Health began as Norm’s and my  Mountain Health Holistic Health Education Center, after our first handy man special experience and 4 of our 6 kids.

Norm and I meet at  Ohashi Shiatsu Massage  School in New York City, in which the teacher said “pick a partner”.  I picked Norm.

Another part of the history is, that Norm introduced me to Holistic Health and Healing. He brought me a juicer (to borrow) on our first date.  He also  brought me to his naturopathic doctor and master herbalist.

This began our devotion to of natural healthy living and holistic healing. I used that “borrowed” juicer.


Fast forward, we had 6 natural, 5 healthy home births and 6 healthy children.  I absolutely attribute these blessings to my devotion to healthy living.


So to stay true to my wish to raise a city, let’s get healthy.


  • This will begin to remove the obstructions and build vitality, individually and collectively to build healthy communities.