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Stockbridge bans plastic bags, polystyrene

STOCKBRIDGE — Thin film plastic bags and disposable foam containers are soon to be passe in this Rockwellian town.The town's Board of Health on Thursday adopted regulations that would eliminate the bags at the check-out counter and prohibit …

Legal fights rack up expenses for MBI

As it spars in two federal courts, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute is not out of the woods on an earlier legal battle over its main asset, the $90 million fiber-optic middle mile. In a new financial accounting, the MBI lists an expense of more …

First 100 days

PITTSFIELD — "I think he's doing the best he can," said Kathryn Mickle.Mickle, a Pittsfield business owner, supports President Donald Trump. As events planner for the Berkshire County Republican Association, Mickle celebrated Trump's election …

Top Sport Stories
Celtics' Thomas expected back for Game 1 vs Wizards

WALTHAM — The already short break between rounds of the NBA playoffs won't provide much of a rest for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.Thomas left from the Celtics' first-round series-clinching victory over Chicago on Friday night to …

Berkshire County golf courses in good shape after winter

Berkshire County golf course guide, 2017

Bengals eye-opener: running back Joe Mixon in 2nd round

Local sports
High school roundup: Butler, Wahconah baseball defeat McCann Tech

DALTON — Pat Butler pitched six innings, allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out six and walking one for the Wahconah baseball team in its 6-0 win over McCann Tech.Trip Verdi recorded a two-out, two-run single for the Warriors …

MCLA baseball swept in doubleheader, but still clinches MASCAC tournament berth

Designated Hitter: Erika DeSanty's journey from Drury High School to Princeton

College roundup: Williams softball sweeps doubleheader

Quinto, Fraser to play in AJGA event at Waubeeka

Opinion
Our Opinion: Revenge porn, sexting, challenge state lawmakers

The internet moves with a speed that lawmakers can't begin to match. The challenge in trying to regulate abuses or discourage potential abuses on social media is to craft laws so they don't compromise civil liberties or come down with too heavy a …

Our Opinion: Funding formula is shortchanging state's schools

Our Opinion: NAACP leader fighting Du Bois' familiar fights

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Cuomo walks fine political line in Brinks case

Our Opinion: Berkshires reel from too many tragic deaths

Columnists
Ruth Bass: Some sprinkle seeds, some place each one as if setting a diamond

RICHMOND — Planting seeds apparently has a genetic component. Granddaughter Hannah, now 10 years old, has always loved to put on her boots and small garden gloves so she can dig, plant and get dirty in the garden — vegetable or flower. …

CLARENCE FANTO | Changing channels: The tube, rabbit ears and now the cable box?

Lauren R. Stevens: Bees are our friends, and need our help

Carole Owens: Tracking down Lynch House(s)

Diversity in teachers on the rise, with room to grow

Letters
Letter: McGurn will upgrade Egremont Select Board

To the editor:On May 9, Egremont voters will have the opportunity to vote for a new Selectman. I am in wholehearted support of George McGurn as candidate for Selectman.Mr. McGurn has an excellent track record in his worldwide business experiences …

Letter: Plainfield has role in fighting corruption

Letter: A Kumbaya moment for US and Mexico

Letter: Veterans gain influence by joining organizations

Letter: Building Stockbridge's future, while preserving tradition

Entertainment
Mary J. Blige's new album forged in pain and self-discovery

LOS ANGELES — Mary J. Blige may be spitting fireball lyrics about her soon-to-be ex-husband on her new album, but the songs didn't start from a place of anger and hate.It began with hope."This album ... (was) written from the perspective of me …

Suicide scene stirs debate, controversy over Netflix' "13 Reasons Why"

Brad Paisley makes images from music

Ellen DeGeneres marks a landmark anniversary

"Keep the Change," 'Bobbi Jene" take top Tribeca honors

Local News
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Meet Flavio Lichtenthal: Coffee hits all the right notes in his journey from Argentina to the Berkshires

Talk to Flavio Lichtenthal about his Argentinian childhood and soccer comes up a lot. On the streets of Buenos Aires that’s what boys play. “I was actually a totally mediocre soccer …

Cheshire election features two-way race for Select Board

CHESHIRE — With the town facing a difficult path ahead as its elementary school is set for closure, two candidates will face off in today's contest for Select Board.Edmund St. John IV, who until this month served as a member of the …

Marking an Eagle milestone

Dear Readers,"Democracy requires citizenship, and citizenship requires a town square." This sentence set in motion the process that led my colleagues and me to buy the company that publishes this newspaper and return it to local ownership.The …

Great Barrington town meeting preview

WHEN: 6 p.m. May 1WHERE: Monument Mountain Regional High SchoolSUMMARY: Voters will decide on a new solar bylaw, a trust policy for a safe and inclusive community, and for the town and schools to explore consolidating Monument Mountain Regional High …

Dalton annual town meeting preview

When: 7 p.m. May 1Where: Wahconah Regional High School, 150 Old Windsor RoadSUMMARYThis year, voters will decide the fate of the defunct old Dalton High School, located at 120 First St., along with voting on a town operating budget that has …
Lifestyles

How'd you get that job: Photographer Amanda Jones finds her niche among man's best friend

Jess Gamarijgamari@berkshireeagle.comAfter a long day of work, there's nothing like coming home to your best friend waiting by the door with their tail wagging, eyes wide and ears flopping as they jump up to greet you. It's that kind of joy that …

Artificial womb may help preemies

WASHINGTON — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.Today, …

Artificial womb may help preemies

WASHINGTON — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.Today, …

Are you a new college grad? Weigh your health insurance options carefully

As graduation approaches for thousands of young adults this spring, sorting out your health insurance options may seem more daunting than any political economics problem you came up against at school. You may not think it's a high priority, but …

What's the secret behind the flavors at SoCo Creamery?

If you work at SoCo Creamery, you start every day with — what else — ice cream. "The first thing we do every morning at 6 a.m. is taste the ice cream we made the day before," said Matt Scott, director of brand integrity and production at SoCo Creamery in Great Barrington, Mass.
The Arts

At Williams College, a prize-winning drama tests the mettle of its student cast

WILLIAMSTOWN — It's late afternoon at the '62 Center's Adams Memorial Theatre in Williamstown. Actors stand and sit on mismatched chairs, alone in their thoughts. A young man picks off a tune on a rickety wooden organ, a woman curls up on the …

La Voz de Tres: A musical collaboration in every way

PITTSFIELD — Natalia Bernal, Jason Ennis and Michael Eckroth check their egos at the door before performing as La Voz de Tres (The Voice of Three).The lack of vanity is apparent as the unique jazz trio hits the stage on equal footing, …

12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival will honor Christopher Plummer

PITTSFIELD — With a lineup of 80 narrative and documentary films, the 12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival is the biggest ever, says its founding executive director Kelley Vickery.

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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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