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How do we get in the fast lane?

sstafford@berkshireeagle.comlparnass@berkshireeagle.comWILLIAMSTOWN — While many Berkshires towns still lack broadband service, Williamstown wants even faster internet than it gets from phone or cable firms.After more than a year of study, the …

Carrie Saldo | On the Record: Gunshot alert to be running this spring

ShotSpotter update
The gunshot alert system known as ShotSpotter could be in place by the end of April, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn. …

Snow, overtime pinch Pittsfield's budget

PITTSFIELD — Unusually mild temperatures already have melted much of the snow that fell in three rapid-fire winter storms just two weeks ago, but it's a safe bet that city snow plows will need to get back on the road before the real spring …

Local sports
Six seniors finish basketball careers at Miss Hall's

PITTSFIELD — Although it may not have been accompanied by the result they wanted, the Miss Hall's basketball seniors finished their careers on Saturday.Watkinson stormed back from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Hurricanes 46-36. …

Mount Greylock's Devin Pelletier fifth at All-State wrestling tournament

College roundup: Williams men's hockey advances to NESCAC tournament semifinals

Opinion
Our Opinion: Science, so critical to Berkshires, is under attack

It is hard to grasp from this vantage point in the 21st century that it would be seen as necessary to hold a rally in support of science. But that is what scientists and supporters did last Sunday in Boston in response to the serious threat posed to …

Our Opinion: Deportations may backfire in state

Our Opinion: Stand up for state transgender laws

Lifestyles
Have something to say to your member of Congress? Here's how to find them

Nathan Williams is no novice to the political process. But suddenly there's a crop of people newly engaged and eager to participate, and since the November election, he's been looking for ways to help those people channel their desired activism.He …

A Polish treat: Behind the scenes look at the paczki process

Is your doctor over-prescribing?

What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

On set with the 'Natural Cook'

The Arts
Dance Dhamaka honors traditional Indian dance

WILLIAMSTOWN >> The dancers are holding candles, one in each hand. They cup their hands, so the flames seem to ride on their palms. They hold out their arms and extend them overhead, spinning.The candles are called diya, and families light …

Who will take home the Oscar? Here's our predictions ...

Experience 10 flavors of jazz with DeChamplain Trio

Entertainment
Dinosaur Zoo Live coming to the Mahaiwe

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live family-friendly show at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23. "Hang on to your seats! Dinosaur Zoo Live is a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience," said …

Watch Met Opera's 'Rusalka' live broadcast in the Berkshires

Beyonce out of Coachella; will perform in 2018

Local News

Sacco named acting regional director of DCR

PITTSFIELD — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation still seeks a replacement for the Berkshires area chief removed in January after pornography was reportedly found on his office computer.In the meantime, Dom Sacco, DCR's …

Lenox to update plan for future affordable housing

LENOX — In a town where the median price of a home is $321,000 and only 7 percent of housing is considered "affordable" by state guidelines, the Lenox Housing Trust is planning a brainstorming session Monday to explore potential solutions.The …

Community offers tribute to man killed in hit-run

PITTSFIELD — The minister looked like Santa, one girl said. But there was no sack of presents. The gifts inside The Christian Center, the preacher told dozens Thursday, was their presence."Thank you for coming out and honoring the life of a …

Big crowd triggers fire code: Friends Grille required to install sprinkler system

PITTSFIELD — A city bar and restaurant was cited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit last weekend for having twice as many people inside as it is legally allowed.

What do we need? How to get there?

WILLIAMSTOWN — Food insecurity, homelessness, lack of affordable health care and opioid addiction.Those are just a few of the urgent problems facing Northern Berkshire County, according to representatives of local social agencies."We have a …
State News

Report examines family homelessness in Massachusetts

BOSTON — Massachusetts experienced one of the largest increases in family homelessness in the nation since the 2008 fiscal year, according to a new report that found the number of Bay State families receiving emergency housing assistance has …

Kicking fossil fuels

BOSTON — Massachusetts environmentalists have long dreamed of a green future in which the state shakes off its reliance on fossil fuels. Now they have a date: 2050.That's just three decades away, but backers of the effort, including dozens of …

Jeep buried in sand dune for 40 years is finally unearthed

TRURO — A Jeep buried in sand in Massachusetts 40 years ago has finally been dug out.Work crews early Friday pulled out the rusted remnants of what John Munsnuff says was once his family's "beach buggy" at the home they've long owned near …

UMass-Amherst's Old Chapel reopens after $21M renovation

AMHERST — An iconic building on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus has opened for the first time in almost two decades.The university announced Thursday that the first floor of the Old Chapel is now open weekdays for study, …
Nation & world news

In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump

MARION, Ala. — Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House.During Barack Obama's eight …

Muhammad Ali's son reportedly detained at airport, asked twice about his religion

Muhammad Ali Jr. had just returned to Florida from Jamaica, where he had accompanied his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was there giving a speech about black history.After arriving at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, Ali Jr. — son of …

A call for special inquiry

A senior Republican lawmaker on Friday agreed that a special prosecutor should investigate Russia's alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election.Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., became one of the few Republican representatives to publicly …

Lawmakers question Senate Russia probe after Trump contacts

The Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat warned the panel's chairman over reports that the Republican worked with the White House to try to squash negative stories about Russian interference in last year's U.S. elections, calling it a threat …
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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