The Greeting

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. This edition of TheBeat is packed with hard-hitting news, so I hope you're ready to read.

Leading the list is a story that not only affects us all, but is also affected by us: recycling. Why are costs going up? Where is all this recycled material going? Read here to find out.

And more tales of neglect at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamstown, as additional former clients step forward to share their horror stories about the elder care and rehab facility.

Patrick Muraca, the Berkshire businessman who took clients for hundreds of thousands of dollars for business ventures that never materialized, will spend more than two years behind bars in a federal correctional facility.

The Rev. Richard J. Ahern, who died in 2001, is not listed as an abusive priest by the Springfield diocese, despite multiple claims that he sexually abused young people. He served in Pittsfield for about six years.

But, wait! There's more:

GROWING POT PRESENCE: Marijuana bylaws and store openings abound in different parts of the county. 

AIRBNB BRINGS BEAUCOUP BUCKS: How much did Airbnb rake in for the county? A whole lot.

MUSEUM OF DOG PLAYS DEAD, FOR REAL: After the abrupt exit of the dog friendly museum in North Adams, former workers say owner David York always worked on a new project before finishing the last; exaggerated his successes; and was constantly worried that city officials or his own employees conspired against him. 

When public officials aren't held to account, it can be like a kid with their parents' credit card. Thankfully, we're here to make sure that doesn't happen. Don't starve the watchdog. Subscribe today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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