City of North Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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Sec. 14-1 Bathing in the nude in public.

No person in a state of nudity shall bathe in any pond or stream or any place exposed to public view within the city limits.

Sec. 14-2 Curfew.

(a) 
No person under the age of 16 years shall be or remain upon any street after 10:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of such minor or unless such minor is in the performance of an errand or duty directed by a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of such minor, or unless the lawful employment of such minor makes it necessary for him to be upon the street during such hours; provided, however, that the foregoing exceptions shall not be applicable when such minor is playing or unnecessarily loitering in or upon the street, whether he is alone or accompanied by another person.
(b) 
No parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 16 years shall permit such minor to be in or upon any street after 10:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m. except as provided hereinabove.
(c) 
No person under the age of 16 years arrested under the provisions of this section shall be placed or held in confinement until the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody shall have been notified and shall have refused to be responsible for the observance of the provisions of this section by such minor.

Sec. 14-3 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted June 14, 1988 (No. 9625-4), deleted former § 14-3, which pertained to throwing dead animals, etc. into streams and other bodies of water. Former § 14-3 did not contain history notation and is presumed derived from the original codification.

Sec. 14-3.1 Drinking or possessing alcoholic beverages in public places.

[Ord. of 10-26-1976, §§ 1, 2; Ord. of 2-9-1999]
(a) 
No person shall drink or possess in an open or partially consumed container any alcoholic beverages as defined in MGL c. 138, § 1, while on, in or upon any public way or public place to which the public has a right of access, excluding premises licensed under said Chapter 138, or in, on or upon private lands without the consent of the owner or person in control thereof.

Sec. 14-4 Disorderly conduct.

[Ord. of 7-28-1981][1]
No person shall engage in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior, or create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor. A person who engages in such conduct with the purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof shall be guilty of disorderly conduct. "Public" as used herein shall mean affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access.
[1]
Cross References: Disorderly conduct in parks and recreation areas, § 7-27(9); playing games in streets and on sidewalks, § 21-23.

Sec. 14-4.1 Noise.

[Ord. of 7-22-1986; Ord. of 2-9-1999]
(a) 
No person shall willfully or intentionally permit or cause a noise which is objectionable due to volume, intermittence, beat frequency or shrillness to be transmitted outside the property where it originates, and in no case shall such noise exceed 65 decibels at any property line.

Sec. 14-5 Firearms—Discharging.

No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm within the settled section of the city, provided that this section shall not apply to the use of such weapons in the lawful defense of the person, family or property or in the performance of any duty required by law, nor to the firing of a salute or cannon or artillery by permission of the City Manager, nor to public or private shooting galleries which have been inspected and approved by the Chief of Police (Commissioner of Public Safety).[1]
[1]
Cross reference: Discharging weapons in streets or on sidewalks, § 21-24.

Sec. 14-6 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted June 14, 1988 (No. 9625-4), deleted former § 14-6, which pertained to the distribution of handbills. Former § 14-6 did not contain history notation and is presumed derived from the original codification.

Sec. 14-7 Injuring public property, etc.

No person shall mar, injure or deface any public building, police signal box, fire alarm signal box or other city property or attach any handbill, advertisement or drawing thereto.[1]
[1]
Cross references: Injuring, etc., shrubs, lawns, etc., under jurisdiction of park and recreation commission, § 7-27(5); injuring, etc., traffic signs, signals or markers, § 13-25; injuring, etc., parking meters, § 13-64.

Sec. 14-8 Loitering, etc.—In public buildings.

No person shall loiter upon the steps of or on any other projection from any church, hotel, hall or public building, or in any hall, space or way leading thereto, so as to incommode or obstruct the passage to or from such church, hall, hotel or building. Every person so loitering shall, when so ordered by a member of the Police Department (division), watchman, owner, agent or other person having charge of such church, hotel, hall or other public building, immediately depart therefrom.

Sec. 14-8.1 Same—On public sidewalks.

[5-25-1965]
(a) 
The word "obstruct," as used in this section, shall mean to stand or loiter in or on a public sidewalk [in a manner] that hinders, impedes or blocks a way of passage or prevents progress thereon when there is no alternative course of travel available in or on such sidewalk being used by travelers or pedestrians.
(b) 
No person shall stand or loiter on a public sidewalk who, together with another or others, obstructs the free passage of travelers or pedestrians thereon; and no person shall hinder, impede or block the free and open ingress and egress to and from any stairway, doorway, vestibule or passageway leading to any business enterprise or building, after being requested by a member of the Police Department (division) or any person to permit travelers and pedestrians unobstructed passage on such sidewalk or to and from any business enterprise or building.
(c) 
No person shall jostle or roughly crowd members of the public on a public sidewalk.

Sec. 14-8.2 Same—In the nighttime.

[3-22-1966; 4-12-1966]
No person shall, in the nighttime, be in or about public or private buildings or premises within the city where he has no right or permission to be, under suspicious circumstances, and without being able to give satisfactory account of the same.

Sec. 14-9 Peeping toms.

No person, except an officer of the law in the performance of his duties, shall enter upon the premises of another or upon any public property with the intention of peeping into the windows of a house or other building or of spying in any manner upon any person or persons therein.

Sec. 14-9.1 through § 14-9.2. (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted May 26, 1987 (No. 95221-1), deleted former §§ 14-9.1 and 14-9.2, which pertained to the restraint of dogs, as derived from Ords. of 6-27-1966; 8-10-1976, §§ 1, 2; 7-11-1978; 3-23-1982 and 11-13-1984. Provisions regarding the regulation of dogs are currently set out in Ch. 27 of this Code.

Sec. 14-10 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted June 14, 1988 (No. 9625-4), deleted former § 14-10, which pertained to spitting in public places. Former § 14-10 did not contain history notation and is presumed derived from the original codification.

Sec. 14-11 Minors in possession of tobacco.

[Ord. of 5-13-1997]
No person under the age of 18 may purchase or possess a cigarette, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigar or any tobacco in any forms except in the event of a Board of Health Compliance Check. Any person who violates this section may be subject to the confiscation of the tobacco product by the police, who may also notify the violator's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the violation.