What is 'swatting'? Why is it done and how should students, staff and parents respond to 'swatting' incidents at schools?
Michael G. Masters, national director and CEO of the Secure Community Network, answered The Eagle's questions about swatting so that we can better understand what happened at our high schools.
Sunshine should break out following early morning rain on Saturday, but evening rin and possible thunder will lead to a steep slide back to 30 by dawn on Sunday.
An investigation into the incident not only cleared the tractor-trailer driver but cited the driver of the other vehicle, that was allegedly hit, for driving over the double yellow line.
Joshua Vallieres resigned Friday after less than a year on the job.
Dale Wilson accessed the illicit images at his residence in Berkshire County, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
While residents approved a $650,000 expenditure for a new fire truck, they rejected town efforts to seek grants for a new multi-use municipal building.
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
- 'A moment of joy and an act of defiance': What Transgender Day of Visibility means to trans people in the Berkshires
- Both sides agree that the man accused of killing Dennis Bernardi in Clarksburg last year is unfit to stand trial
- April is packed with live music lineups in the Berkshires
- Four people arrested after $5,000 in perfume and cologne were stolen from Ulta Beauty store in Pittsfield
- Lauren R. Stevens: Chestnut trees and genetic engineering
- Greylock Federal Credit Union is moving to a larger location in Lee
- A New York man who just completed a prison sentence for child sex assault is accused of a 2017 child rape in Lee
- Suspect in alleged Cheshire hit-and-run car accident cleared of wrongdoing; other driver cited
- With a match from free cash secured, Pittsfield officials plan to jump-start 'phase two' of renovations to Springside House
- Amici co-owner says he hopes to reopen the West Stockbridge restaurant by the end of May
- Photos: New cafe open in the Berkshire Emporium & Antiques shop in North Adams
- Photos: Pittsfield YMCA swimmer Alex Sotek to swim at nationals
- Photos: Adams residents beat the cold at ThunderFest 2023
- Photos: Ukrainian egg decorating workshop at First Congregational in Williamstown
- Photos: Today in History for March 30
- Photos: 2023 Berkshire Robotics Challenge
- Photos: Berkshire Eagle readers share photos of Tuesday's nor'easter
- Photos: Thrift shopping in the Berkshires
- Here's what this snowstorm looks like in the Berkshires
After a tragedy like the one in Nashville and the fake threats to several Berkshire districts, our school communities are left with questions we never wanted and too few answers.
Emma Ryan: How Berkshire thrift shops helped a transgender woman find her style for less in a safe, welcoming space
Considering how expensive transitioning already is — and the increased likelihood of trans people to be unemployed or underemployed — thrift shopping can become an important part exploring your gender identity.
The U.S. Labor Department reports that underage-labor violations are up 69 percent in the past four years.
Palestinians are members of our big, messy human family. They are as decent, and at times as indecent, as any other group of people on earth. They are men and women, adults and children. They have hopes, dreams and fears. They want to live their lives in a place where they have opportunity, autonomy and community.
Lawmakers say what happened in Nashville likely wouldn't happen in Massachusetts due to 'red flag' laws, but are pushing to pass more gun safety legislation
Massachusetts lawmakers renewed their commitment to passing an omnibus gun bill this session, with a focus on ghost guns, reducing violence through a public health lens by investing in community programs, and making Massachusetts a leader in the collection and analysis of gun data and research.
A Massachusetts woman convicted of beating her 11-month-old niece to death more than five years ago while she was caring for the girl has been sentenced to up to 7 years in prison. Thursday's sentencing of 32-year-old Shu Feng Hsu, of Quincy, came several days after she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of the baby, who was taken to the hospital in February 2018 with blunt force head and brain injuries consistent with a 40 mph vehicle crash. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to 18 years behind bars for Hsu given the age of defenselessness of the victim and the defendant’s position of authority.
The owner of two Boston pizza shops already facing a forced labor charge for allegedly coercing an employee not legally in the U.S. to work long hours has been indicted on additional charges. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Stavros Papantoniadis has been indicted on four counts of forced labor and three counts of attempted forced labor in connection with seven workers. Prosecutors allege he hired people who were not in the U.S. legally, forced or attempted to force them to work long hours, underpaid them, and kept them in line by verbally and physically abusing them. A message was left with his attorney.
Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh and his teammates took the ice on Tuesday night in Boston while thinking about the tragedy back home. On Monday, a fatal grade school shooting in Nashville left six dead, including three children. McDonagh said the team was thinking about the victims as the Predators beat the NHL-leading Bruins 2-1. McDonagh didn't fly on the team charter Monday. He stayed with his three young daughters in Tennessee and instead traveled to Boston on Tuesday. The Predators and Bruins wore helmet stickers to show support for The Covenant School, where three 9-year-old students and three adult staffers were killed. The Bruins also held a moment of silence before the national anthem.
MCLA’s Green Living Seminar series continues on April 5 with a talk titled “Economics of Recycling and Producer Responsibility Policies.”
North Adams Public Schools, along with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, announce the official designation of the Early College program at Drury-MCLA. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education approved the full designation on March 15.
The city of Pittsfield's spring paving list is available on the Department of Public Services page on the city’s website.
Massachusetts for Safe Technology announces an expert forum about cell tower exposure from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, via Zoom.
For about three weeks per medium-sized painting, artist Janet Rickus looks at squash, lemons, or a carefully selected group of ceramic crockery. Painters (myself included) often bristle at the discussion about the time invested in a painting because it’s the one of the least accurate measures of a painter’s skill or a painting’s value.
Book Review: In the 'The Little Mo Effect,' a Berkshires-based orthopedic surgeon's life is changed by a charismatic Moroccan boy
A vacation trip to Morocco with three girlfriends buoyed Dr. Pier Boutin's spirits — and changed her life.
Does your pollinator garden violate your community's weed ordinance? Before you mow, here are a few steps to take to keep it growing strong
You planted a meadow of native grasses and wildflowers to nourish bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You are savoring the resulting explosion of flowers, when out of the blue you receive a notice of violation from your town government or homeowners association. It seems that you have violated the community’s “weed ordinance.” What now?
Here's how The Airborne Toxic Event's Mikel Jollett went from being a music journalist to starting a band and writing a New York Times bestseller
Mikel Jollett, author of "Hollywood Park" and frontman of The Airborne Toxic Event, will speak on the topics of trauma and creativity as part of a new speaker series focused on mental health and trauma at Williams College. The talk, 7:30 p.m. April 4 is free and open to the public.
The fact that the government and the private sector have rushed to assure all of us that the system is stable, and a few bank failures are nothing to get upset about was commendable and expected.
The All-Berkshires Swim Teams were awarded and plenty of County swimmers were honored with Monument Mountain leading the pack.
Jayson Tatum scored 40 points, Jaylen Brown added 30 and the Boston Celtics steamrolled the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
Adley Rutschman became the first catcher in major league history with five hits on opening day, and the Baltimore Orioles survived a wild ninth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 10-9.
Eagle sports columnist Howard Herman had his usual seat in the Fenway Park press box for the Boston Red Sox's 2023 opener. He looks back at the unsuccessful 10-9 loss to Baltimore in game one of 162.
Things to do this week in Berkshire County
A tribute to those we have lost, December 2022 - February 2023
Prepare for the long-term with The Berkshire Eagle’s annual guide to financial readiness and life planning.
A tribute to those we have lost, September - November 2022
The best of the best of Berkshire County, chosen by Berkshire Eagle readers
1Berkshire presents the official guide to the 66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade.
The annual guide to preparing your home for the coming New England winter.
Berkshire Community College presents an annual roundup of forty young leaders making a difference in Berkshire County.