The Greeting

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Good morning, 

TGIF everybody, although since it feels like half the world has been on vacation this week, you may or may not be glad to see Friday arrive this time. 
Here's the proof that at the Eagle, we're always working to bring you the latest, greatest news:
The Berkshire County Education Task Force continues its push to improve education in the region amid declining enrollment and resources. The group of seasoned educators meets again Saturday.
A judge has ruled that state police violated the constitutional rights of a man who they believed was not telling the truth about a 2016 homicide he claimed to have witnessed.
And in a court case relating to a serious shooting last summer, a judge has declined a suspect's request to lower his bail. The incident at the Ashley Reservoir in the town of Washington left a Cheshire man with significant head injuries.
On the municipal front, the neighboring towns of West Stockbridge and Richmond have agreed to share a town administrator after the current West Stockbridge administrative assistant retires in December. Add it to the long line of services the communities already share.
In Stockbridge, where the town is facing four separate lawsuits, officials are looking at doubling the budget for legal expenses in the coming year. 
And don't miss these gems:
Waxing nostalgic: Take a trip down memory lane and visit the long-shuttered F.W. Woolworth stores in Adams and Pittsfield on the 140th anniversary of the company's founding. The company has since undergone restructuring — it's lone remaining successor now operates as Footlocker. Who knew?
Welcome chapter: Williamstown columnist Phyllis McGuire shares her relief that the renovations are complete at her beloved David and Joyce Milne Public Library -- including the front entrance. 
New management: And speaking of renovations, work will wrap up soon at the Blantyre estate in Lenox. When the doors swing back open May 1, the company that owns the Gilded Age cottage will also handle the management of the inn, which had been outsourced to a R.I.-based company.
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Very best,
Tom Tripicco

Senior Managing Editor

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