The Greeting

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

Hello, Berkshires! Time to rise and shine and grab the new year by the lapels. To riff off Tony the Tiger: "This year is going to be grrrrrrreat!"

Today is New Year's Day. Our Eagle reporters, editors, photographers, press operators and delivery people don't take holidays off, for the most part. There's always a handful of Eaglers plugging away, keeping the news flowing to the good people of Berkshire County.

Whatever your reading style (light, heavy or speedy), there's always something in The Eagle to suit your needs. Why, just last night, the team at Eagle HQ produced these fine headlines:

MENTAL OVER SHORT-TERM RENTALS?: These residential units have everyone in a huff, from landlords and tenants to housing advocates and taxpayers. Here's what the new law means for you

IT'S BLOWING HARD OUT THERE: Heavy winds hit the Berkshires, along with some warmer air. Could this be connected? Eagle weather maven Clarence Fanto breaks it down. Also, here's today's Accuweather forecast.

GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL: A fellow who goes by "Gunz" Beckett is caught after allegedly robbing two sandwich shops in Pittsfield. 

2020 VISION: Politically minded Berkshirites share their thoughts about Elizabeth Warren's announcement Monday that she's running for the U.S. presidency.

'TWAS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, YOUR HONOR: A man has his bail lowered significantly after allegedly going on a shopping spree in a stolen car and using stolen credit cards on the day after Christmas.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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The News

Need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Here's what you can do

PITTSFIELD — The time to deck the halls has come and gone, and now it's nigh time to ditch the pine needles.Those with a tree to dispatch of can take them to local farms, and Pittsfield … more

Berkshire politicos weigh in on Warren's 2020 bid

Connect with Middle America and ignore President Trump's rhetoric.Those are two bits of local political advice for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren should she run for the White House in 2020.On Monday, … more

Former Eagleton School student recounts abuse by staff

GREAT BARRINGTON — Limbs twisted to what felt like the breaking point. A fist to the larynx that left him gasping. A former Eagleton School student recalls those abuses and other acts so … more

Changing the world with a $10 bill: Pittsfield faith leaders renew 'Do Some Good With This' challenge

PITTSFIELD — Earlier this fall, when the Mega Millions lottery offered up a jackpot of more than $1.5 billion, people pondered lavishly about how they would spend such a sum.But what would you … more

Broadband company starts fiber build in downtown Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — A new option for state-of-the-art broadband connectivity is coming to the downtown.Monterey-based Fiber Connect of the Berkshires has begun work on a fiber-optic system that … more

Wildlife grants headed to 5 Berkshire groups

The Berkshire EagleFive Berkshire groups will share about $130,000 in state grants to improve or preserve wildlife habitats.The Baker-Polito administration listed grant awards Thursday from the … more

Man charged with armed robbery of 4 Pittsfield businesses in 10 days

PITTSFIELD — "You remember last time?"That's what 35-year-old Jameail C. Beckett allegedly told a clerk at Angelina's Sub Shop on West Housatonic Friday night as he held a gun to the worker's … more

Top Stories of 2018: No. 2: Adult-use cannabis sales hit the registers

What a long, strange trip it's been.After voters in 2016 approved adult use of cannabis, the state finally fulfilled the promise of retail weed in November, when pot shops opened in Northampton and … more

The Weather

The Business

What the state's new short-term rental law means for Berkshire homeowners

Now that Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a first-in-the-nation state law to tax and regulate the short-term housing rental market, officials in Lenox, Stockbridge and Richmond are assessing the impact. … more

The View


Our Opinion: Green Communities grants continue to pay dividends

The designation of Sandisfield as a Green Community, enabling the South Berkshire town to qualify for state grants in exchange for committing to reducing energy consumption and lowering emissions, is … more

Ruth Bass: Culturally and politically, the hair on your head packs power

RICHMOND — Hair may not seem like a global issue, but it is and probably always has been, its importance indicated a while ago when it even became the title of a radical musical that set the … more

Letter: Pig carcasses photo sickened reader

To the editor:Friday morning, at breakfast, I opened the second section of the paper and I was aghast at the picture of the hanging pig carcasses on the front page of the Berkshires section. What on … more

The Score

Mike Walsh | Top Moment of 2018: Berkshire County involvement in Winter Olympics provided escape from roller coaster year

It's Dec. 31, and I just got off the phone with my parents. One of those conversations had over speakerphone that have allowed me to get through some of the tougher points of 2018.Another family … more

2018 in review: The Top 10 Berkshire County sports stories of the year

It's hard to imagine, but we are officially on to 2019, as New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likes to say. With that, the sports department at The Berkshire Eagle decided to take a look … more

The Landscape

One-pot, stress-free classic chicken pot pie

The delights of classic chicken pot pie are many — from the burnished, flaky crust to the luscious, savory filling.But putting it together can be a chore: Between making pie dough (which often … more

Ugly, but delicious - pickled pepper pull-apart beef

Many people who grew up outside the South think that all Southern food is the same. But this is far from the truth. You can live one county away and your food experience and your definition of … more

The Plan

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The Snap

According to meteorologists, the region has received the least amount of snow in the month of December since 1999. A view from Stratton Road in Williamstown shows the snow poor landscape in early December.

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