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

The News

Potential unified school district still a prime topic for county education task force

DALTON — A Berkshire County group is ramping up its efforts to improve the quality of education in local schools as enrollment continues to decline.The Berkshire County Education Task Force … more

On the 140th anniversary of the first F. W. Woolworth store, a look back at its Berkshire footprint

On Feb. 22, 1879, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first store, "Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store," in Utica, N.Y. The store saw limited success and closed within months, but that didn't deter the … more

Singer-songwriter Annie Lennox bringing art installation to Mass MoCA in May

Berkshire Eagle staffNORTH ADAMS — Eurythmics co-founder, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, is coming to to Mass MoCA this spring with "Annie Lennox: Now I Let You Go...," an installation of … more

Judge denies lower bail for suspect in Ashley Reservoir shooting

PITTSFIELD — One of the four men charged in a shooting near Ashley Reservoir last August that left a man critically injured was denied a request Thursday to have his bail reduced.Daquan … more

No bail for man charged with leading Pittsfield police on foot chase while carrying stolen gun

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of fleeing from police and carrying a stolen loaded revolver was ordered held without the right to bail for 120 days Wednesday.Andre K. Austin, 32, has pleaded … more

More turnover at Egremont Police Dept. with resignation of 10th officer in 2 years

EGREMONT — A man who served as chief of the Egremont Police Department for a little over a year has resigned from the force.Tyler Race, who was chief from 2016-17, gave the Select Board his … more

The Weather


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The Business

EPA to review cleanup of former disposal site

LANESBOROUGH — A one-acre former disposal site on Balance Rock Road that once served as a dumping ground for General Electric is one of 14 Superfund sites in Massachusetts that are required to … more

BBPW to hold mentorship meeting

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Business and Professional Women will hold its mentorship meeting March 4 at Mazzeo's Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield. Guest panel speakers will include Berkshire … more

UCP receives national accreditation

PITTSFIELD — UCP of Western Massachusetts, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, has received national certification from the Council on Accreditation. This national organization … more

The Poll

The Landscape

The Oscars are ready for their close-up

Sunday's Oscar telecast can't come soon enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has been periodically shooting itself in the foot in the run-up to its annual awards … more

Kaki King redefines guitar playing

NORTH ADAMS — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's website bills guitarist Kaki King's Saturday night performance as a multimedia, work-in-progress "exploration of big data in … more

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Max Galdos-Shapiro, camp director and education coordinator for Mass Audubon, helps campers identify which direction white-tailed deer have traveled through the snow during a vacation camp Thursday at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.

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