Local News
Lawmakers to meet June 5 in Lenox to talk short-term rental tax

LENOX — With high season approaching for homeowners who rent space to visitors through Airbnb and similar online services, a push is on from the state to consider imposing taxes and as well as potential health and safety regulations similar to …

St. Charles welcomes new pastor

PITTSFIELD — A city native who eyed the priesthood as an adolescent is the new pastor at St. Charles Church.The Rev. Michael Wood will succeed Rev. Peter Gregory, who announced his retirement from pastoral duties in March after guiding the …

New Selectman in by a nose

OTIS — Gary Thomas is the town's newest selectman — by a nose. Thomas beat out Michael Ernst for the seat vacated by outgoing Selectman Roberta Sarnacki by only three votes in Tuesday's town election.Thomas received 171 votes to Ernst's …

Goodell wins spot on Select Board

CLARKSBURG — Kimberly Goodell has won a two-year term on the Select Board as a write-in candidate.Selectman Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr., who ran uncontested, coasted to a three-year term on the board in Tuesday's election.Only 190 out of 1,138 …

Carrie Saldo | Youth program gets new focus, new digs

New digs A reconfigured approach to Pittsfield Public Schools' alternative education programs is moving forward. The School Committee approved a one-year lease for about 2,000 square feet of space at 53 Eagle St. The $36,810 price tag includes daily …

Lenox to hire parking planner

LENOX — Does the town have a summer-season parking problem, or is it a "parker problem:" visitors or locals unwilling to walk several minutes to their destinations?Either way, and despite studies showing availability of spaces even on the …

Top Sport Stories
Drury's Connor Meehan earns victory at Central/West Mass. Division II boys track and field championships

WESTFIELD — In one of the final races of his high school career, Drury senior Connor Meehan stepped onto the track and Westfield State University as the man with the target on his back in the 800-meter run.His competitors got a real good look …

Meisberger, Gamberoni win at Central/West Mass. Division II girls track and field championships

St. Joseph baseball celebrates Senior Day for the final time

Berkshire Woods and Waters: It's fishing derby time

Local sports
Williams softball stays alive with victory over rival Amherst

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — When the Williams College softball team clinched its Super Regional win a week ago, the players knew they might face a rival in the NCAA Division III championships.That's because Williams and Amherst both made their way …

Roundup: Keagan McGrath, Hoosac Valley baseball defeat Lenox

Pittsfield, Taconic participate in Central/West Mass. Division I track and field championships

Designated Hitter: Double standard for TV playoffs

Taconic baseball tops Pittsfield, improves to 19-0

Opinion
Our Opinion: Remembering JFK on an appropriate American holiday

How appropriate that the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy would fall on Memorial Day. The president was a hero of World War II, but beyond his acts of bravery, the combination of pragmatism and idealism that he brought to the White House …

Our Opinion: A major leap in evolution of Mass MoCA

Our Opinion: Keep pushing for NYC rail link

Our Opinion: Pittsfield confronts harsh realities of budget process

Our Opinion: Berkshire Bank's Boston presence should pay off

Columnists
Ruth Bass: Readers ask for good news, but they actually prefer the negatives

RICHMOND — People perpetually ask why newspapers and television just bring the bad news. Why not print or televise some good news, they want to know. Well, for one thing, news gatherers are basically in the business of telling you about things …

Charles Joffe-Halpern: CBO analysis exposes Trumpcare

Lauren R. Stevens: Nature doesn't strew trash; so why do we?

Clarence Fanto | Open hostility to journalists isn't costing votes, yet

Rabbi Josh Breindel: Gift of remembrance

Letters
Letter: Eagle article was unfair to Mike Case

To the editor:I was greatly disappointed by the May 23 article "2-vote difference ousts incumbent selectman in Washington."I fault Mr. Grillon's invocation of Mike Case's resignation from the Department of Conservation and Recreation as sleazy …

Letter: Difficult to grasp terrorist mentality

Letter: Grateful for care from hospital professionals

Letter: BHS should end spin, focus on improvements

Letter: Young people can learn from Du Bois' example

Entertainment
Mayim Bialik combines intelligence and experience in new book

LOS ANGELES — Mayim Bialik plays smart on TV's "The Big Bang Theory" and is smart in real life, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience as evidence.She joins her intelligence with experience in "Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular," a …

PEOPLE: Principal ABT dancer pens memoir; "Modern Family" star clarifies health issues; Gold Star father writes about American history for young readers

Supercharged superstar Dwayne Johnson floats on success

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Town Players slates readings of seven short plays in one program

Local News

Pittsfield schools aim to attract more kids

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Public Schools wants your kids.And to that end, the district may begin aggressively marketing its educational offerings to increase its enrollment.Pittsfield's school system has seen a drop in student rolls both …

Bikers gather, and ride, to honor veterans

DALTON — This year's annual Remembrance Ride held a little more importance for local veterans and family members. Specifically, the family of Nils "Eric" Jacobsson. Jacobsson, who served in the Vietnam conflict and was an 11-year veteran of …

VIDEO | Mass MoCA's Building 6

Explore Mass MoCA's newest space, Building 6, which adds an additional 105,000-square-feet of gallery space. Building 6 officially opens on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Living monuments to service

LENOX — Nearly 75 years after serving their country, Max Silver, Bernie Handler and Gabe Valenzeula shared an experience of a lifetime honoring the role they played during World War II.The trio boarded a plane in Albany, N.Y., earlier this …

Lost again: Echoes of a WWI hero's suicide

PITTSFIELD — Memorial Day, when Americans reckon with war's cost, came early that year. It was Dec. 11, 1921. Three thousand people crowded into the State Armory in Pittsfield to honor the late Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, famed leader of …
Lifestyles

Backyard flights of fancy: Hobbits, dragons, pirates, oh my!

Many a kid (and grown-up) has dreamed of having a magical playhouse. If you've got more cash than carpentry skills, there are creative entepreneurs who specialize in bringing those storybook flights of fancy alive with Hobbit holes, treehouses, …

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME: 'You just have to keep going'

In 1981, Alexandra Lloyd was a 25-year-old opera singer."One day, it was just 'ah-ah'" she said, motioning to her throat. And that was only the beginning. In 1995, her hands stopped functioning properly. At the time, she was a massage therapist. In …

The Scene | Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner shines light on Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — In her moving, honest and inspirational speech, The Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner guest speaker, Amy Alexander, spoke in memory of her father when she quoted Norman Vincent Peale, the American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking: “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”
The Arts

Mass MoCA takes the Cake

NORTH ADAMS — John McCrae, the lead singer and founder of the alt-rock band Cake, conceded in a phone interview that the group's iconic sound did not manifest itself right away. No," he said, with a short laugh.

12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival is ready to unreel

Movies often speak to the trials and tribulations of our times. Movies often provide an escape from the trials and tribulations of our times as well. Finding a balance between those two roles during these turbulent times was one of the challenges …

Let the guitar rock your world at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — The guitar may well be the best-known, most familiar instrument in the world. Now, a new exhibit opening Friday at the Berkshire Museum, goes behind the sounds and shapes that have bound the guitar and all its forms — …
Podcast: A Brief History of Mass MoCA
S01 Episode 19: A brief history of Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson discusses the museum’s rich history, the institution’s impact on the regional economy and the future of Mass MoCA following the opening of Building 6 at the sprawling complex of former mill buildings in North Adams.

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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