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
Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: The Lost Secret of the Incas In this week's podcast, Don Morrison checks Machu Picchu off his bucket lists and shares some of the things he learned while visiting Peru. About this Podcast: Don Morrison is an author, lecturer, …
Creative Resources Conference canceled DALTON — Thursday's much-anticipated Creative Resources Conference, hosted by 1Berkshire, has been canceled.The third annual conference was to be an all-day event at the Stationery Factory, …
Advanced Learning Seminar promises deep dives on diverse topics, from swearing to eclipses to Russian corruption PITTSFIELD — Four speakers are offering a crash course in an eclectic array of topics from the psychology of swearing to a history of dwarfs in Europe's royal court at the One Day Advanced …
Adams-Cheshire School Committee opts against sharing superintendent with North Adams CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has, for now, kicked aside the concept of a shared superintendent, paving the way for the district hiring its own school boss.By a 6-0 …
Pittsfield woman injured in ATV crash over weekend PITTSFIELD — A young city woman escaped serious injury following an all-terrain vehicle accident off West Housatonic Street over the weekend.Lauren Russo, 22, was riding her ATV in the area of …
With city solicitor retiring, North Adams goes with municipal law firm KP Law for city's legal counsel NORTH ADAMS — The city has transitioned to a municipal law firm after the retirement of former City Solicitor John DeRosa.The city joined more than one-third of municipalities in Massachusetts …
Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield boys, girls track & field sprints to sweep of Lenox

GREAT BARRINGTON — Kevin Amenlemah wasn't sure what his crop of sprinters would look like at Pittsfield High this season. After practicing outside less than a handful of times, and seeing …

Opinion
Maintain momentum on opioid addiction

At last, the scourge of opioid addiction that has cast a shadow on every city, town and rural hamlet in the land shows the beginning signs of diminishing (Eagle, April 20). Thanks to increased …

Our Opinion: Tragedy doesn't make case for death penalty

Our Opinion: Earth Day's importance at a hazardous time

Columnists
Ruth Bass: The Fenway mystique has extra magic this season - so far

RICHMOND — A new Red Sox season often starts with a sigh. The players' equipment buses arrive in Boston, everyone is on the annual spring high, and then, they lose a bunch of April games. It's …

Clarence Fanto: Bulldog that he is, Giuliani could be Trump's ace in the hole

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: Championing rural broadband will require a new rep. in Congress

Letters
Letter: Don't use CPA money on a BCC turf field

To the editor:I object to using Pittsfield Community Preservation Act funds for the BCC turf field. As planned, the BCC turf field will use crumb rubber pellets made from more than 40,000 used car …

Letter: Goodwin right choice as Williamstown planner

Letter: Museum trustees, city will lose this war

Letter: Amatul-Wadud offers change in 1st District

Letter: Time to be on the lookout for motorcycles

State House News
Selection of offshore wind providers delayed 1 month

BOSTON — Faced with a Monday deadline to select a project that can deliver between 400 and 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the Bay State, utility companies working with the state …

Garden of peace bill returned to Legislature

Senate official: Rosenberg probe reaches 'end phase'

National Headlines
Bernie Sanders to unveil employment plan

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will unveil a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker "who wants or needs one," embracing …

NASA baffled by mysterious ice circles in the Arctic

At least 10 killed in van attack

Local News
Suspect who allegedly exchanged gunfire during Asiyanna Jones killing to get new lawyer PITTSFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for a city woman charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Asiyanna Jones in October has been postponed — again — due to a conflict.Carey …
105, with more life to live: Barbara Broderick of Lee celebrates her birthday in style LEE — Barbara Broderick has lived a full life for 105 years.The Pittsfield native taught foreign languages (she speaks five of them), religiously played the piano and organ — the latter …
Snail talk likely to dominate Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's listening session STOCKBRIDGE — When Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stops by the Town Offices for a public meeting with the Select Board on Tuesday morning, she'll get an earful about some of the major issues facing the …
Best way to enjoy spring finally arriving: From behind the handlebars PITTSFIELD — After the icy grip of this brutal winter, Sunday's blazing sun and temperatures in the upper 50s made for a great day to be on a bicycle.I had been waiting for such a day and the City Street Ride in …
New Stockbridge committee eyes 'transparent guidelines' on PILOT payments from tax-exempt properties STOCKBRIDGE — The PILOT Program Committee established by the Select Board to consider a policy for payments in lieu of taxes from the town's long list of tax-exempt properties is seeking …
Community News
Pittsfield: Rally will celebrate autism awareness The Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County announces an Autism Awareness rally celebrating the accomplishments of individuals with autism from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Park Square.The rally …
Great Barrington: Memorial tribute to Derek Gentile A tribute to the late Derek Gentile, longtime Berkshire Eagle reporter, will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road.The BTUs band will be …
North Adams: Annual Humane Race to aid homeless animals Berkshire Humane Society's 16th annual Humane Race, a timed 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk benefiting homeless animals, will be hosted by the city of North Adams on Saturday, April 28. Participants are …
Great Barrington: Sustainable agriculture scholarship available Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Greenagers is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior or young person under the age of 25 pursuing secondary education or work experience in the …
North Adams: Four Freedoms Coalition hosting civic workshops The Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Step Up! Empowering Ourselves," a day of free non-partisan civic workshops, on Saturday, April 28, …
Berkshire Landscapes
A portrait of a second act SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Performers Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas have a history in construction. In Wilmington, N.C., the couple transformed an automotive garage into the 50-seat Red Barn Studio …
Canty seeks to find discovery once more NORTHAMPTON — In February 2015, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri declared that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty was "ready to be discovered" following the release of her …
Berkshire School student reaches finals of NEA's Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge SHEFFIELD — Though his parents live in New York City, Berkshire School senior Tucker Donelan doesn't attend ballyhooed Broadway musicals much."I'm not going to go see 'Chicago,'" the …
The Arts
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you attend the April 28 artist reception for "Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles and Mannequins" at The Artist Book Foundation's Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery, don't ask the …
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
Music
Post-punk band Ganser: Lanesborough native part of group that isn't afraid to ramp up the anxiety Lanesborough native Nadia Garofalo wasn't a stand-out music student as a child."I think it was really frustrating for me and the music teacher," she said of trying to learn guitar during elementary …
Lifestyles
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Where have all the pigeons gone? Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Friday is Arbor Day - plant or hug a tree! This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate …
Vaccinated against shingles? Great. Do it again. Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get …
State News

Judge: Charter school cap to remain in place

BOSTON (AP) — Charter school advocates have failed in a recent attempt to lift the ceiling on the number of charter schools permitted to operate across Massachusetts.The Boston Globe reports …

Court weighs punishment for judge for courthouse affair

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his chambers has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system and can no longer command the respect …

Husband of ex-Senate leader pleads not guilty to sex charges

BOSTON (AP) — The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg looks forward to defending himself in court after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges that he …

RFK funeral train photo exhibit: Kennedy's final journey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 50 years ago this June fractured the nation just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years …

Police: Man in thong doing laps in lot exposed himself

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a Massachusetts man they say ran around a middle school parking lot wearing nothing but a thong and twice exposed himself to a woman walking her …

National News

A look at how Marvel Studios built a box-office juggernaut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel Studios has built a movie empire that has not only proved crowd-pleasing, but has also racked up box-office profits to the tune of nearly $15 billion in the 10 years …

MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America says he is optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business.Rivkin and John Fithian, the …

Atlanta attorney who killed wife to be sentenced next month

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta attorney who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting his business executive wife is to be sentenced next month.Claud "Tex" McIver is set for sentencing May 23. …

Former Christie allies: Bridge realignment didn't break law

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The tales of political vendettas and back-room machinations that animated the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were replaced Tuesday with comparatively …

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's ouster

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after two weeks of protests against his rule has caught the opposition off guard: The protesters had …

World News

A look at how Marvel Studios built a box-office juggernaut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel Studios has built a movie empire that has not only proved crowd-pleasing, but has also racked up box-office profits to the tune of nearly $15 billion in the 10 years …

MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America says he is optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business.Rivkin and John Fithian, the …

Former Christie allies: Bridge realignment didn't break law

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The tales of political vendettas and back-room machinations that animated the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were replaced Tuesday with comparatively …

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's ouster

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after two weeks of protests against his rule has caught the opposition off guard: The protesters had …

Court weighs punishment for judge for courthouse affair

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his chambers has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system and can no longer command the respect …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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