Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block

The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Eligible Berkshire residents can get free tax help through VITA program

NORTH ADAMS — As a seasonal worker, Diane Miranda doesn't have a lot of money to throw around.So instead of paying an accounting firm $300 to file her taxes, she's taking advantage of the free …

Amazon sites: Boston in, Berkshires out

PITTSFIELD — Considering whom they were up against, both Pittsfield and Lee were long shots at best to make the next round of sites that Amazon is considering as a location for its second …

Eversource nixes plan for large solar array in Dalton

DALTON — Eversource has withdrawn its plans for one of its largest solar arrays in the state, which was slated to be installed off High Street, citing the cost and time involved for substation …

Chatham, N.Y., man arrested in connection with attempted rape in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Police arrested a Chatham, N.Y., man last week whom they believe assaulted a woman and attempted to rape her outside a convenience store on Stockbridge Road. In a statement …

When Berkshire Museum injunction ends, private art sale could follow, attorney cautions

PITTSFIELD — A collector intent on acquiring Berkshire Museum works could be waiting in the wings, an attorney said, ready to leap. When an injunction barring sales of museum pieces expires in …

Risk to kids dominates Williamstown forum on proposed pot store

WILLIAMSTOWN — Is marijuana addicting?That is among the questions debated Tuesday night during an informational session hosted by the Select Board.The session, in the auditorium of Williamstown …

Top Sport Stories
Higuera hits Wilkins for late and-one to lift Pittsfield boys basketball to win over Drury

PITTSFIELD — Playing its first home basketball game in over a month, the Pittsfield boys basketball team had a chance to show its home crowd how much it has progressed since the beginning of …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Assessing Lelling's words on state pot industry

Massachusetts' newly-appointed U.S. Attorney, Andrew Lelling, touched off a firestorm earlier this month when he uttered some words that weren't exactly what the state's leaders and its rapidly …

Our Opinion: Exploring what's next for Berkshire Mall

Our Opinion: Lenox, state confront short-term rental issue

Letter: Our diversity is source of strength, power

Our Opinion: Meals on Wheels helps the needy, benefits taxpayers

Letters
Letter: Two ideal columns for MLK Day

To the editor:Rochelle O'Gorman's Jan. 15 oped column ("Listening to, talking with, a dark-skinned daughter) was wonderful — so appropriate on a day we recognize and celebrate the great Rev. …

Letter: Republicans determined to keep workers poor

Letter: Trump's promises have become so many lies

Letter: One year in, Trump an awful president

Letter: Government at war with poor, young, workers

State House News
Rosenberg: Short-term rental regs 'not rocket science'

BOSTON — Airbnb runs ads asking state government to tax their short-term rentals, the hotel industry wants an even regulatory playing field with competitors, and yet for three years Beacon Hill …

Risk of federal prosecution weighing on Mass. pot industry

Tax revenue accord sets stage for new state spending plans

National Headlines
Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel in the Russia investigation instead of …

Bannon subpoenaed in Mueller's Russia inquiry

White House fuels debate with statistics on terrorism

World News
Local News

Enrollment interest high for South Egremont School

EGREMONT — When South Egremont School reopens in the fall following a one-year hiatus, there may be more students that want to enroll than the school can accommodate.And organizers of an …

Snow day? For school superintendents, it's a tough call

LENOX — It may be the diciest challenge facing a superintendent — whether to call off or delay school because of snow or extreme cold.Wednesday was an especially difficult case as 6 a.m. …

Legal Bills: Who's paying the freight for the Berkshire Museum?

PITTSFIELD — Since hit with lawsuits in October, the Berkshire Museum has mounted a vigorous legal defense of its plan to sell 40 of its most prized works of art. It's hardly a cheap defense. …

Power back on at Berkshire Mall as questions still linger about partial outage's cause

PITTSFIELD — Power has been restored to the Berkshire Mall following a daylong partial outage that began Tuesday, but the reason for the interruption remains unclear.By 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, …

The Eagle, Berkshire Health Systems team up for Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo this weekend

PITTSFIELD — Need help keeping that healthier-you New Year's resolution? Check out the "Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo," which will offer advice on physical fitness, and help buoy the …
Berkshire Landscapes

Pizza delivery driver: Delivering something hot during the cold

PITTSFIELD — Last Friday night, with the temperature hovering just above 0 and the wind chill far south of that, Dan Sala pounded a bare fist on the dashboard of his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The …

Dear, Dr. King: A letter from Pittsfield

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, WordXWord offered an open call for poets to develop work that reflects on, is inspired by, or otherwise connects with the legacy of Dr King. The challenge …

A chat with Hamish Linklater

On past Thanksgiving weekends, Berkshire County residents may have spotted Hamish Linklater playing parking-lot football with some former Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School classmates. "Like …
The Arts

Life force pulses through new show at Williams College Museum of Art

WILLIAMSTOWN — A serpent leans its head through an opening in the stone. In its open mouth, a man's head is floating with closed eyes, as though he is asleep. A maize god looks down from above, …

Art and business intertwine

DALTON — Sculptures and spreadsheets will mingle at an upcoming art exhibit.On Friday, Jan. 19, Berkshire Money Management will host a one-night display of 23 local artists' work throughout its …

Nature reaches out in Natasha Bowdoin's "Maneater" at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — In her new paper-cut collage mural in the Hunter Hallway at Mass MoCA, Houston, Texas-based artist Natasha Bowdoin brings all of her influences into a large-scale swirl of flora …
Music

Big weekends bookend area's pop music offerings

It was a slow climb to the peak of the Berkshires' 2017 pop music performance schedule. But the pinnacle provided sounds that reverberated far beyond the county's mountainous terrain.During a …

Highs and lows of classical season: Nelsons leaves BSO mark

If you could attend only one Berkshire classical-music concert in 2017, "Das Rheingold" at Tanglewood was the one to hear.The Wagner opera, conducted by Andris Nelsons with Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan, …
Lifestyles

Drag with attitude in Berkshire County

SOUTH EGREMONT — Growing up near Greenville, S.C., Philip Calabro didn't like the drag scene."It was pageant drag, which I was not interested in at all. It was all these girls with the big …

Dear popcorn, we love you

Popcorn. One whiff and you have to have some. It goes hand-in-hand with ball games, parties and movies. October has been designated National Popcorn Poppin' Month — and this Friday, Jan. 19, is …

RSV - common, yet potentially dangerous childhood illness

It started out as a runny nose and a cough — typical cold symptoms.Then things took a turn for the worse.Courtney S. Martin noticed that her 19-month-old son, Calvin, was having coughing fits. …
State News
National News
Sick Bridges: Failing Spans; Scant Dollars
Sick Bridges | Failing Spans; Scant Dollars

The Berkshire Eagle offers readers a guide to the sorry state of bridges in Berkshire County.  Odds are good you cross at least one sick bridge on your daily travels. State Department …

Diagnosis: Discord | Nurses Strike at Berkshire Medical Center

Over 100 nurses on strike march outside of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. After a year of failed negotiations with the hospital, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and nurses …

2018 Winter Games

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