The Greeting

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Good aternoon, 

The snow and ice that slickened roads and recoated driveways overnight is quickly melting, and better days are ahead, according to the National Weather Service. Think spring!
 
In news that should warm hearts in communities across the Berkshires: 
 
The town of Adams finally selected a new town administrator to replace Tony Mazzucco, who left in December 2017. Jay Green, president of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, edged out Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin and an economic development official from Vermont.
 
In Pittsfield, Mayor Linda Tyer has rolled out a new program that would help homeowners receive zero-interest loans for such things as roof replacements and other exterior repairs. 
 
Arts consultant Thomas Krens has secured permission to transform the former Sleepy's mattress store into a base of operations for his ambitious efforts to create a "cultural corridor" between North Adams and Williamstown -- most notably, the proposed Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.

And don't miss these fine stories:
 
Not too late: A leading voice in the climate change movement tells a Williams College audience that while not nearly enough has been done to blunt the effect of rising global temperatures, there's still time to stem the tide.
 
Existential crisis: Should the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission take a stand on global and national issues such as white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-Semitism, or should it focus its efforts on education and outreach to make a difference in the local community?
 
Conditional approval: The Proprietor's Lodge gets a needed green light from the Pittsfield Community Development Board to expand its capacity without adding more parking. The expansion will allow the business to build a platform on Pontoosuc Lake, but it must take steps to ensure visitors are not creating a nuisance for neighbors.

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Very best,

Tom Tripicco
Senior Managing Editor



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