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State broadband unit says 'middle mile' operation still assured

The "middle mile" internet backbone serving Western and Central Massachusetts is secure despite a bankruptcy filing, a state official said Thursday. But it appears the state has just three months to repair relations with the network's private-sector …

Pittsfield plans public meetings on school budget with 'real and substantive cuts'

PITTSFIELD — Anticipating nearly $1.7 million in budget cuts, and the potential loss of 65 positions, the Pittsfield School Committee wants to give itself and the public additional time to mull over the difficult decisions it is facing in …

Lanesborough looks at accepting Cheshire students

LANESBOROUGH — The Select Board is looking to Cheshire for more students to boost enrollment and revenue at Lanesborough Elementary School.With Cheshire Elementary set to close in June, board Chairman John Goerlach has suggested the local …

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Kelsey backs out of UMass gig hour before intro

AMHERST — Thirty minutes before the Pat Kelsey era was supposed to begin at the University of Massachusetts, it came to a shockingly abrupt end.Kelsey, who was named UMass head basketball coach on Tuesday, asked to be released from his …

NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

Thomas scores 25; Celtics stay hot at home with 109-100 win

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

Local sports
College roundup: Williams softball splits doubleheader

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Another day, another doubleheader split for the Williams College softball team. This time, the Ephs had to go into extra innings twice.Kristina Alvarado's RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning broke a tie and helped …

College Roundup: Williams men's basketball finishes season ranked No. 5

Berkshire County sports notes: Quinto to receive sportsmanship award

UMass men's basketball hires Kelsey as head coach

Prep/College roundup: Guachione again an All-Star for Miss Hall's

Opinion
Our Opinion: Making progress on Pittsfield's workplace diversity

The quick reaction by City Hall and city leaders to criticism of Pittsfield's affirmative action policies attests to how seriously this issue is regarded. Pittsfield is playing catch-up after years of stagnation. Progress is likely to come in fits …

Our Opinion: Familiar Berkshire cable fight to be fought once more

Our Opinion: Marijuana law turf war can be avoided

Our Opinion: The right mix for Great Barrington

Our Opinion: Local elections have magnified impact in 2017

Columnists
Derek Gentile: Stereotyping Muslims wrongheaded on either side of the pond

PITTSFIELD — A couple years ago, (well, it was more like 20 years ago; I sometimes forget how old I am), I met a couple from England, Barry and Mary.No seriously, those were their names. I think his name was actually Barrett, but I called him …

Robert F. Jakubowicz: Jeopardizing progress FDR began

Phyllis McGuire | View from the Village: E-etiquette a conundrum, but it's worth it to stay in touch

Clellie Lynch: Across the hills, into cloud forest

David Tebaldi: Arts, humanities are needed more than ever

Letters
Letter: Attack on judge is attack on government

To the editor:In a recent letter to the editor, a writer sought to justify Trump's use of the phrase "so-called" as a legitimate adjective describing the jurist who struck down an executive order on immigration. The writer incorrectly identifies the …

Letter: City should focus on residents, not on immigrants

Letter: Elderly come last

Letter: More on the history of Allendale's Sea Bee

Letter: Proverbs reveal plenty about Trump, Republicans

Entertainment
Jimmy Breslin remembered as peerless prose stylist

NEW YORK — Generations of New York journalists and political leaders joined Jimmy Breslin's family Wednesday in celebrating the life of the pugnacious Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who championed the downtrodden and battled corrupt public …

Soprano goes for broke in "Idomeneo"

PEOPLE: Diane Sawyer gets another interview with Caitlyn Jenner; Woody Harrelson giving up pot; Naturi Naughton expecting first child

Carefully preserved and groomed treasures line the walls of New York's Cathedral of St. John

Chamber choir reaches across time to explore work by Bach and Brahms

Local News

Cocaine charges lowered against Pittsfield man; defendant placed on probation

PITTSFIELD — An expired inspection sticker and a suspicious comment helped land a city man in Berkshire Superior Court on a drug charge Tuesday.Eric D. Hunt, 51, pleaded guilty before Judge John Agostini to charges of possession of cocaine …

Pittsfield man pleads not guilty to OUI charge stemming from accident with police cruiser

PITTSFIELD — A city man said the traffic signal at Valentine Road and Jason Street was yellow when he was struck by a police cruiser on Tuesday night.Nicholas C. Ricciarini, 36, is facing a second drunken driving charge being hit by the …

A year in jail for Pittsfield man caught with 100 bags of heroin at traffic stop

PITTSFIELD — A Clarksburg man caught with more than 100 bags of heroin during a traffic stop has been sentenced to a year in jail.Riley W. Nolan, 23, who had been working on a physics degree, told Judge John Agostini he intends to resume his …

Trial in 2015 fatal Pittsfield shooting set to begin in July

PITTSFIELD — If all goes according to schedule, the trial of Thomas Lee Newman, accused in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Keenan Pellot, Jr. in 2015, will begin sometime in July, almost two years after the incident.Newman, 20, is being held …

Suspect in multiple bank robberies held on $100,000 bail

PITTSFIELD — The man accused of three armed robberies of banks in Berkshire and Hampshire counties had a bail of $100,000 set in Central Berkshire District Court Wednesday.Mike Bedford, 42, of North Street, Pittsfield, faces one count of armed …
Lifestyles

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.

Pile your plate high with pie - host your own pie contest

Does anyone really need an excuse to eat pie?We don't, here at The Berkshire Eagle, but sometimes we like to celebrate random holidays — such as Pi Day (March 14) by holding a pie contest.

Peak time for flu, colds: Why does sickness surge in winter's chilly temperatures?

As winter drags on, so does the season for colds, stomach viruses, strep and the flu.Many illnesses occur most frequently in the winter months. And peak season can last through May.It's not clear why winter brings so many health woes, says Pritish …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal; It's spring! Time to start gardening chores

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we …
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 …

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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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