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Pittsfield Police arrest fugitive wanted on murder charge

PITTSFIELD — City police have arrested one of the state's most wanted fugitives, believed to be responsible for the murder of a 65-year-old Everett man earlier this year.David Grossack, 47, was arrested on a warrant about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, …

Guiel challenges Morandi in Pittsfield's Ward 2

PITTSFIELD — The City Council's first political contest of 2017 has emerged as a possible showdown in Ward 2.On Tuesday, Dina Guiel announced she was challenging incumbent councilor Kevin Morandi in the fall. Should a third candidate enter the …

'Uncharted waters': As Cheshire Elementary's fate hangs in the balance, school board to hold emergency meeting

CHESHIRE — Neither town planned for this. The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has found itself locked in a budget showdown over the planned closure of Cheshire Elementary School, potentially positioning both towns for a vote on a …

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Rask backstops Bruins to important 4-1 win over Predators

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from a one-game absence and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night, boosting their playoff chances.Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Noel Acciari and David Backes …

Gamecocks' Frank Martin: New perceptions of him 'comical'

No Big Papi, but Red Sox still loaded with youth, pitching

Berkshire County Sports Notes, March 29

Local sports
College roundup: Williams baseball wins fourth in a row

TUCSON, Ariz. — Make it four straight wins for the Williams baseball team.The Ephs (4-2) broke open a close game by scoring four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth as they rolled to a 10-1 win over Gustavus Adolphus (8-4) Tuesday at …

College roundup: Williams softball falls to Vanguard

College roundup: Williams softball sweeps doubleheader

Williams men's lacrosse falls to Bates

Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: Back to the drawing board for UMass

Our Opinion: Tax initiatives have a sales job ahead

Ballot questions can change the landscape dramatically in Massachusetts, as approval last November of recreational marijuana in the state is sure to should a law fully making it reality be passed by summer. We're a ways from November of 2018 but a …

Our Opinion: Avoid rush for internet gambling gold

Our Opinion: The ongoing battle against opioid addiction

Our Opinion: An aggressive campaign against distracted driving

Our Opinion: Making progress on Pittsfield's workplace diversity

Francis Moriarty: Democracy with China's unique characteristics

HONG KONG — A China-controlled group of 1,194 electors — too few to fill Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre — has just selected the next leader of Hong Kong's 7.5 million people. The ratio of voters to population speaks volumes about …

Carole Owens: Remarkable history of the hill

Michael Durand: Eversource is investing in an improved system

John Seven: Despite botched ACA repeal, health care remains in peril

Ruth Bass: Blizzard blows, snow falls - time for seeds

Letter: Gorsuch fight shows statesmanship is gone

To the editor:I can't help but wonder what all the hoopla is all about regarding Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. I read recently that back in `06 he was confirmed to his current federal appellate court seat by a unanimous …

Letter: Lenox Democrats welcome more committee members

Letter: Proposal poses threat to character of New Lebanon

Letter: Emulate spider in protecting environment

Letter: Terror attacks worse in gun-plagued US

Wall Street's Fearless Girl gets to stay

NEW YORK — The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's famed "Charging Bull" will remain in place through February 2018 instead of being removed this coming Sunday, the mayor said.Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio …

Steep Canyon Rangers, Noam Pikelny deliver a bluegrass bonanza at the Mahaiwe

PEOPLE: Adele speculates about future; Abby leaves "Dance Moms" before sentencing; Bamderas okay after heart attack

Too much "CBS Sunday Morning" interview left on cutting room floor, Hannity says

"Beast" still a box office beauty; newcomers mixed

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Charter expands offer to 3 towns

WESTBOROUGH — Three more Berkshire County towns will be wooed by Charter Communications, as the cable giant shifts its focus west amid talks to close the broadband gap. This week, Charter added Becket, Peru and Tyringham as communities it is …

Lenox man charged with death threats

LENOX — A town man is facing multiple charges, including threatening to commit murder, for allegedly texting threatening messages to students at Curry College in Milton, according to local police.Sean Baruch, 19, of Golden Hill Road in Lenox …

More than 100 counts later, Tarjick burglary case nears close

PITTSFIELD — The criminal case against convicted burglar James "Jamie" Tarjick, Jr. appears to be over.Tarjick, 45, had already pleaded guilty last September to over 120 counts related to a nearly three-year crime spree involving break-ins and …

County Fare: Nurses union honors state Rep. Paul Mark as labor `ally'

The Massachusetts Nurses Association board of directors has honored state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, for being a "staunch ally to labor."Mark was presented with the group's 2017 Legislative Advocacy Award on March 22."Representative Mark has stood with …

Ex-Pittsfield Police Officer Jeffrey Coco gets 20 months in jail for stealing $228K from police union fund

PITTSFIELD — A former city police officer once entrusted as treasurer of the local union has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for stealing about $228,000 in union funds to support his opioid addiction. Jeffrey D. Coco, 44, an 18-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to larceny and identity theft charges.

Sharing a Legacy: Late Radio/TV Sitcom Pioneer Peg Lynch's memory shared through books, website

BECKET — When loved ones die, managing their material possessions from papers to property is a daunting task. For longtime British resident Astrid King, only child of radio and television sitcom pioneer Peg Lynch, emptying her Becket family home in just five days was almost insurmountable.

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Time to give your houseplants some love

Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your …

Is this drug worth the cost? Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap …

Scene: Stars come out for Williamstown Theatre Festival's Spring Gala

NEW YORK CITY — The Williamstown Theatre Festival honored one of its own during its annual Gala at TAO Downtown NYC on March 13.    In addition to being feted by Festival …

How to help children with autism make — and keep — friends

Matthew rarely was invited to birthday parties or play groups as a young child. On the few occasions he was included, his mother said a prayer and "hoped nothing bad would happen," she recalls.
The Arts

Banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny makes a statement

GREAT BARRINGTON — Getting into the studio and creating a solo record was not a new experience for banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny, but this time around, he admitted that it did require some adjustment. Chicago native Pikelny, 36, will be opening …

Choreographer Trisha Brown had deep ties to Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — There's no question that Trisha Brown was an "icon of postmodern dance" as proclaimed in a Berkshire Eagle headline on Wednesday. The beautiful accompanying photo of Trisha with her company on their last visit to the Pillow in 2011 …

Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge join Tanglewood's Popular Artists Series lineup

LENOX — Diana Ross and Melissa Etheridge are joining Tanglewood's 2017 Popular Artists lineup this summer.Ross will perform in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. Her daughter, American singer and actress Rhonda Ross, opens the …


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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