Local News
Mass. House Speaker DeLeo hints at marijuana tax compromise

BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo has conceded that the House may be willing to move off its position that retail marijuana sales be taxed at 28 percent, and the Democratic leader remains hopeful that the panel negotiating a compromise pot …

Dalton ready for plastic bag ban

DALTON — This time next year, plastic bags at checkout in town will be a thing of the past.To some, it's a long time coming. "I'm surprised that it takes a bylaw to do this at this point," said Brian Gibbons, owner of Berkshire Organics. "It …

Election scheduled to fill late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat

NORTH ADAMS — A special election has been scheduled for Nov. 7 to replace state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Monday adopted an order from House Speaker Robert DeLeo setting the election for the 1st …

Pittsfield's $1.4 million deficit shows the deep costs of snow and ice removal

PITTSFIELD — Facing a $1.4 million deficit for snow and ice removal, the City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve spending from three separate sources to cover that gap. Snow and ice removal is the only budget account that can deficit …

Case not closed: Debate still rages over impact of legal marijuana on youth

Debate raged last fall in the weeks before voters legalized recreational marijuana: Would it imperil the health and safety of young people?With legal sales a year away, that debate continues in Berkshire County.It's no longer a matter of yes or no. …

Private investigator now involved in search for missing Clarksburg woman

CLARKSBURG — A private investigator has now added her background and expertise to the ongoing search for Joanne "Jo" Ringer, who has been missing since early March."I believe we have narrowed the (search) area significantly," said Sarah Stein, …

Top Sport Stories
Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways after dismal 3-year run

NEW YORK — Phil Jackson wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony and wouldn't rule out dealing Kristaps Porzingis.Turns out, Jackson is the one leaving.Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history, …

Pittsfield Post 68 rains hits on East Longmeadow

Kelly, McDonald win third Pewter Cup in four years

Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff

Local sports
Ex-Sun Gage rising in minors

The gold standard of players who spent a summer playing college league baseball in Pittsfield has been Atlanta's Matt Adams. Matt Gage is looking to become No. 2 on that exclusive list.Gage, who played for the 2012 Pittsfield Suns, is in his third …

Roundup: SteepleCats, Suns both lose on the road

SteepleCats walk one off, defeat Muskrats in ninth

McCall wraps up his coaching staff for UMass men's basketball

Roundup: Pittsfield Post 68 Junior team wins pair of games

Opinion
Our Opinion: Women's caucus will energize Berkshire politics

Why don't more women run for local political office? The answer is far more complex that one might think. Of course, there's residual bias from a time when men did all the leading in public and private life. The way local politics are structured, …

Editorial: New threat looms for organic stores

Our Opinion: Berkshire role in next initiative on life sciences

Our Opinion: MCC arts access initiative will expand horizons

Our Opinion: Needle exchanges help rebuild lives

Columnists
Clellie Lynch: Lofty lords of the flies

from the overgrown fence row,his three notes so laden with gravityI wonder is this song or his lamentone wing among the green going going?" Arts of Joy, Kevin Stein 2008EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — As we ease towards July, the morning chorus, still …

Clellie Lynch: Lofty lords of the flies

Jamie Gass: Students would benefit from Jules Verne's voyages

Carole Owens" Building upon our knowledge of Wharton

John Seven: In North Adams, a coming together over culture and compassion

Letters
Letter: Many fond memories of Bob Blafield

To the editor:Living in New York State I did not learn of Bob Blafield's death until Sunday, June 25. I wish I could have been at the memorial service to represent myself, and my mother and stepfather Joan White and Robert Paine Grose, who hired him …

Letter: Many helped resurrect uncle's military story

Letter: A fantastic 'Ragtime'

Letter: Prepare our young people for legalized marijuana

Letter: Keep voter control of pot shops

Entertainment
Album Reviews: ZZ Ward whips up a "Storm"; TLC returns in grand style

ZZ Ward "The Storm" Hollywood RecordsRelease date: June 30Genre: Blues rock; R&B; pop rockReview: You'll hardly find ZZ Ward (ZZ is short for Zsuzsanna, or Susan in Hungarian) described the same way twice. Bluesy, pop-inflected, drawing from the …

Fallon squeaks by Colbert in late night ratings

CNN accepts resignations of three news staffers involved in retracted story

"Transformers" limps into No. 1 box office spot

"Beatriz at Dinner" proves to be a sign of the times

Local News

County Fare | Playing around, the Advanced Band makes city tour at end of school year

Prior to the end of the school year, Pittsfield Public Schools elementary band teacher, Senta Brodeur, took her students out on tour. The Advanced Band, which meets after school, is "mostly made up of fifth-grade second-year students but also …

18-year-old held as dangerous

PITTSFIELD — A city teen accused of shooting a man in June has been ordered held without bail for up to four months.William J. Brown IV, 18, is charged with wounding the man following a physical altercation on June 2. He left the scene and …

6.6 MW solar project planned for Partridge Road in Lanesborough

LANESBOROUGH — Eversource has gone to Plan B to boost solar energy in Lanesborough.The town's electricity provider is gearing up to construct a 6.6 megawatt solar array on land it's leasing from Petricca Industries along Partridge Road.The …

Boston University Tanglewood Institute expands mission with optimistic look to future

LENOX — Boston University's summer program for high-school age musicians — a fixture on the Tanglewood scene since 1966 — has an expanded mission and an extended lease on life, fresh from its 50th-anniversary celebrations last …

Man gets prison term after admitting Pittsfield heroin sales

PITTSFIELD — A city man who prosecutors described as a drug "businessman" pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in three separate heroin distribution cases.Max Bohan, 26, was sentenced to up to five years in state prison, following a plea hearing …
Berkshire Landscapes

Lenox Garden Club tour gets a makeover ... and a detour

This is not your mother's garden club tour."We've reinvented the wheel," Hilary Somers Deely, co-chairwoman of the Lenox Garden Club's House and Garden Tour, said during a recent interview with The Eagle.

A cup of coffee with John Stirratt (breakfast can wait)

NORTH ADAMS — As a New Orleans native, John Stirratt knows coffee — and breakfast."It's my favorite meal of the day," he said while we shared a poolside table Thursday morning at The Porches Inn, where Stirratt was staying with his …

Barrington Stage Company's 'The Birds' never takes flight

PITTSFIELD — Irish playwright Conor McPherson is, at his best, a masterly, profoundly nuanced storyteller with a gift for weaving the elements of theater into spellbinding — not to mention unsettling and chilling — narrative.But …
The Arts

Laurie Norton Moffatt reflects on 40 years with Norman

STOCKBRIDGE — Laurie Norton Moffatt, the director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum, recently celebrated 40 years with the institution. Moffatt's association with the museum began in 1977, when she started as a summer intern while …

'Ragtime' - a musical to make you laugh, cry and think

PITTSFIELD — Joe Calarco, who is directing the musical "Ragtime" at Barrington Stage Company — which officially opens Saturday evening after a series of previews that began Wednesday — says he is "drawn to intimate and inspiring …

The world comes together at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — For its director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is more than a place to watch performers, world-renowned and upstart alike. "We want people to know this is a place to linger," said Pamela Tatge, who in April marked a year on …
Music

At 53, Natalie Merchant is enjoying the best of two possible worlds

LENOX — For singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, singing in a band in her early years was a means to an end. "It seemed like a great way to get out of my small town [Jamestown] in upstate New York and get to New York City," she recalled in a …

Opera with 1,000 laughs

GREAT BARRINGTON —- Sliced and diced, shuffled like cards, Pergolesi's two comic operas were good for 1,000 laughs and a few tears.The Boston Early Music Festival linked "La serva padrona" and "Livietta e "Tracollo" in a pair of performances …
Lifestyles

Ripe for the picking: Everything you need to know about strawberry season

There is nothing like biting into one of the first strawberries of the season, perhaps still warm from the sun in the field of a pick-your-own farm. The sweet, strawberry scent as you hold it by the crown to bring it to your mouth ... and then the …

The Scene | SculptureNow is 'Sculpture Wow' at The Mount

LENOX — The vast and lush grounds of Edith Wharton's country estate were once again brimming with visitors and multifaceted sculptures as The Mount and SculptureNow kicked off their fifth year of collaboration with a free opening celebration and grand reception on Sunday, June 11, for "Nexus." …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n for your houseplants

With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of …
Podcast: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood
Berkshire Landscapes Podcast Ep. 5: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood

Listen and Subscribe | Soundcloud | iTunes | Android | Stitcher What's happening this weekend? Join Berkshire Landscapes Podcast host Carrie Saldo as she chats with Berkshire Eagle Features …

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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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