Local News
New Selectman in by a nose

OTIS — Gary Thomas is the town's newest selectman — by a nose. Thomas beat out Michael Ernst for the seat vacated by outgoing Selectman Roberta Sarnacki by only three votes in Tuesday's town election.Thomas received 171 votes to Ernst's …

Goodell wins spot on Select Board

CLARKSBURG — Kimberly Goodell has won a two-year term on the Select Board as a write-in candidate.Selectman Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr., who ran uncontested, coasted to a three-year term on the board in Tuesday's election.Only 190 out of 1,138 …

Carrie Saldo | Youth program gets new focus, new digs

New digs A reconfigured approach to Pittsfield Public Schools' alternative education programs is moving forward. The School Committee approved a one-year lease for about 2,000 square feet of space at 53 Eagle St. The $36,810 price tag includes daily …

Lenox to hire parking planner

LENOX — Does the town have a summer-season parking problem, or is it a "parker problem:" visitors or locals unwilling to walk several minutes to their destinations?Either way, and despite studies showing availability of spaces even on the …

Williamstown man charged with rape

NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown man is facing charges for allegedly raping a woman on two separate occasions — one of which he recorded on his cellphone.Robert Billington, 33, is accused of raping the woman once in Williamstown and once in …

"Courage Wall" to be unveiled during Railroad Street Youth Project's annual Block Party

GREAT BARRINGTON - For a dose of courage, come on down to the alleyway, grab some chalk and write on the wall. The Courage Wall is up and about to be officially unveiled on Saturday at the Railroad Street Youth Project's annual Block Party at 1 p.m.

Top Sport Stories
Berkshire County high school athletes set for Central/West Mass. track and field championships

The Central/West Massachusetts track and field championships kick off this morning, with Pittsfield and Taconic headed to Fitchburg State University for the Division I meet while the rest of the teams in Berkshire County will be at Westfield State …

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

Pat Storie hits milestone as Mount Greylock boys lacrosse beats Lee

Local sports
Central/West Mass. lacrosse seedings released

FISKDALE - The journey back to the Central/West Massachusetts Division III championship game will have to be as a No. 3 seed for the Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team.The seeding meetings for the Central/West Mass. lacrosse tournaments were held at …

Williams softball tops St. Catherine to stay alive in NCAA Division III Tournament

Roundup: Genaway's homer lifts Wahconah baseball to win over Pittsfield

Breaking Kingsbread: PHS great Sedale Jones returns to Berkshires to give back to local youth athletes

Pittsfield softball sweeps season series with Taconic, finishes unbeaten in Berkshire North

Opinion
Our Opinion: A major leap in evolution of Mass MoCA

Who would have believed two decades ago that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams would today be unveiling its third and final phase, mammoth Building 6? Well, not everybody, but after early stops and starts as the unlikely …

Our Opinion: Keep pushing for NYC rail link

Our Opinion: Pittsfield confronts harsh realities of budget process

Our Opinion: Berkshire Bank's Boston presence should pay off

Our Opinion: Common ground may be reached on dental bills

Columnists
Rabbi Josh Breindel: Gift of remembrance

PITTSFIELD — As Memorial Day draws near, I'm feeling the power of this time of remembrance. Most days, the news comes at me thick and fast. It seems like every hour brings a new political development or foreign incident. As a result, I find …

Mehernosh Khan, M.D.: A time for dragons

Anne Horrigan Geary: Farmers and their markets

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Fall of Confederate statues a small victory in war against racism

Derek Gentile | Why we remember war and sacrifice on Memorial Day

Letters
Letter: Riding the wind for revenue savings

To the editor:The public-use Otis Wind Project at the Williams Stone Quarry will produce estimated budgetary gains of $200,000-$250,000 annually. Financed with loans, a $400,000 grant, and a $2.7 million subsidy, the community is going to come out …

Letter: Past time to honor service in Cold War

Letter: Grim warning from future

Letter: Kindness in Hinsdale

Letter: Assn. for blind thanks, welcomes, volunteers

Entertainment
Supercharged superstar Dwayne Johnson floats on success

LOS ANGELES — In 2000, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was trying to break into Hollywood. He was off to an OK start. The pro-wrestler already had a following, a role in "The Mummy Returns" and high-wattage charm. He also had no acting experience, …

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Town Players slates readings of seven short plays in one program

Kids illuminate Cannes' screens

ESPN adds former coach Chip Kelly to college football broadcast team

Local News

VIDEO | Connecting Point: Berkshire Landscapes to debut over Memorial Day weekend

Berkshire Eagle editor Kevin Moran and Features Editor Lindsey Hollenbaugh talk with Connecting Point's Jim Madigan about what's new at the newspaper, including the new Berkshire Landscapes …

Reyes sentenced up to 12 years in state prison for child rape

PITTSFIELD — There are certain crimes for which there are no words to describe them, according to Judge Edward McDonough, "but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try."Horrendous, cruel, shocking, brutal and terrifying were some of the words …

Pittsfield police recognized for service

The Berkshire EaglePITTSFIELD — At the May 18 police memorial ceremony in observance of National Police Week, the following commendations were presented.- Officer James Parise was awarded a weapons seizure commendation from a Feb. 26, 2016, …

Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee sends budget back to towns

SHEFFIELD — Following a 48-minute discussion that often took a circuitous route, the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee of Thursday voted 9-1 to return the same school budget to its member towns that it had approved on March 27.

Will we get a train to NYC?

Attracting tourism. Promoting relocation. Fostering economic development.To meet those key goals for Berkshire County, the Senate has taken a first step toward a future seasonal passenger rail service between Berkshire County and New York City, said …
Lifestyles

Backyard flights of fancy: Hobbits, dragons, pirates, oh my!

Many a kid (and grown-up) has dreamed of having a magical playhouse. If you've got more cash than carpentry skills, there are creative entepreneurs who specialize in bringing those storybook flights of fancy alive with Hobbit holes, treehouses, …

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME: 'You just have to keep going'

In 1981, Alexandra Lloyd was a 25-year-old opera singer."One day, it was just 'ah-ah'" she said, motioning to her throat. And that was only the beginning. In 1995, her hands stopped functioning properly. At the time, she was a massage therapist. In …

The Scene | Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner shines light on Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — In her moving, honest and inspirational speech, The Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner guest speaker, Amy Alexander, spoke in memory of her father when she quoted Norman Vincent Peale, the American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking: “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”
The Arts

Mass MoCA takes the Cake

NORTH ADAMS — John McCrae, the lead singer and founder of the alt-rock band Cake, conceded in a phone interview that the group's iconic sound did not manifest itself right away. No," he said, with a short laugh.

12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival is ready to unreel

Movies often speak to the trials and tribulations of our times. Movies often provide an escape from the trials and tribulations of our times as well. Finding a balance between those two roles during these turbulent times was one of the challenges …

Let the guitar rock your world at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — The guitar may well be the best-known, most familiar instrument in the world. Now, a new exhibit opening Friday at the Berkshire Museum, goes behind the sounds and shapes that have bound the guitar and all its forms — …
Podcast: A Brief History of Mass MoCA
S01 Episode 19: A brief history of Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson discusses the museum’s rich history, the institution’s impact on the regional economy and the future of Mass MoCA following the opening of Building 6 at the sprawling complex of former mill buildings in North Adams.

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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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