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

The News

Adams Select Board picks Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum president as new town administrator

ADAMS — The Select Board on Wednesday chose as its new town administrator a candidate who has put in plenty of miles in Northern Berkshire over the years, and not just in a car.With a vote of … more

Pittsfield mayor looks to help homeowners spruce up exteriors

PITTSFIELD — Seniors with pensions that aren't keeping up, young professionals saddled with student debt and single mothers dreaming of their own home. These are the people Mayor Linda Tyer had … more

Thomas Krens cleared to turn former Sleepy's into home base, showroom

NORTH ADAMS — Efforts to redevelop North Adams will now be front and center in the city's downtown.The North Adams Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow arts developer … more

Amid dangerous times, a 'Blessing of Journalists' in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — For journalists overseas, the job is becoming increasingly dangerous. Even here at home, concerns are growing over press freedom. Knowing this, for the second year in a row, the … more

New coalition invites Neal to forum but might have to meet without him

A new Western Massachusetts alliance will gather Friday to talk politics, though the guest of honor might not attend.As of Wednesday, members of the CD1 Progressive Coalition were still hoping that … more

Human Rights Commission struggles to find place in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — After 11 people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year, city Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig wanted to take a stand.He drafted a resolution that he felt … more

The Weather


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The Business

Blantyre: New amenities; different management

LENOX — Blantyre will re-open May 1 with some new amenities, but without the group that has managed the luxury lodging establishment since it changed hands two years ago. more

BCC launching fast-track hospitality/culinary program

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College will be launching a fast-track hospitality and culinary program on March 18. The grant-funded pilot initiative includes three non-credit, part-time … more

Psychic consultant cleared to open on Ashland Street

NORTH ADAMS — A psychic consulting business has been given the green light to open on Ashland Street.Stone Psychic Services on Tuesday won unanimous approval from the North Adams Redevelopment … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. offers burlesque with a bit of cheek

PITTSFIELD — At the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the annual 10-day revival of the Pittsfield arts scene during the dead of winter, Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co.'s performances have contributed … more

Five things to do if you're on a budget this week, Feb. 21-27

Catch the show
Williams' Visiting Artist Series brings La Voz de Tres, featuring vocalist Natalia Bernal, pianist Mike Eckroth, and seven-string guitarist Jason Ennis, with cellist Eugene … more

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