The Greeting

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. I have been beset with a man cold. I suffer, and those within earshot also suffer. I don't make up the rules; I merely abide by them. 

As such, I'll keep this short, so I can return to my warm blanky (true); a copy of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (not true); and the TV (also true).

There's news abounding in the Berkshires, especially in the county seat of Pittsfield ...

IT IS LEGALIZED: Pittsfield begins selling recreational marijuana to the masses. 

FATAL ACCIDENT: Police might file charges in the Stockbridge crash that claimed the life of a citizen from Ghana.

BREATH TESTS INADMISSIBLE: Roadside breath tests are inadmissible in Massachusetts courts. That's the old news. The new news is that breath tests conducted at police stations or barracks are now rendered inadmissible, after a recent district court decision. 

MOON, EXTRA BLOODY, PLEASE: A Super Blood Moon is almost upon us ... read here to learn more about it.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Pittsfield marijuana retailer greets politicians ahead of Tuesday rollout

PITTSFIELD — Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz was the honorary first recreational marijuana customer at his city's first shop, but Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said she won't be doing the … more

Charges might be filed in Stockbridge fatal accident

STOCKBRIDGE — A criminal investigation is underway by local police and state police after a two-car collision on Route 7 north of downtown on Friday night. One person, a Pittsfield resident, … more

Berkshire legal experts weigh in: How will new ruling that tosses OUI breath tests affect cases?

PITTSFIELD — Evidence from certain breath-test devices can no longer be used at trial for most drunken-driving cases in Massachusetts, a district court judge ruled last week. In Berkshire … more

Gateway City challenges: Pittsfield mayor asks lawmakers for help aiding neighborhoods

PITTSFIELD — Next month, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer expects to roll out a new approach to revitalizing her city's struggling neighborhoods. But in Boston last week, the mayor was playing the … more

State Auditor's review finds room for improvement at Berkshire District Attorney's Office

PITTSFIELD — An audit of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office requested by the prior administration found the office mostly in compliance, but noted a pair of areas in which it could … more

The Weather


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The View


Our Opinion: Diocese still dodging issue of clergy abuse

The Catholic Church will never succeed in putting its clergy abuse scandals behind it as long as it insists on finding ways to avoid full responsibility. The latest example is the absence of The Rev. … more

James F. Burns: Three empty chairs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gazing out an open sliding-glass door to my left, I can see only clear blue sky and greenish-gray river water. The Suwanee River is well out of its banks, the flood waters … more

Letter: Caregiving undervalued in market economy

To the editor:In his column last Nov. 12, Eagle business editor Tony Dobrowolski shares lessons from his brief interlude home-caring for his wife. His observations reveal a giant black hole in our … more

The Landscape

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: What makes a full moon super?

While the hype will increase this week about the Super Blood Moon eclipse that will begin here at 9:36 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and end at 3:45 a.m. Jan. 21, you may wonder why the … more

'Drawings in imitation of oil paintings ...'

WILLIAMSTOWN — Swirls of black and white chalk weave and blend with strokes of graphite, washes of ink and hints of watercolor and oil to create romantic landscapes filled with rolling hills, … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Eight-year-old Tilly Mullen Colaizzi dances with her twin sister Lola to “I Just Called To Say I Love You” performed by Williams College student musicians during the I/O Festival’s Family Concert I/Out Loud: All Ears, held at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday afternoon. The four-day long annual festival, which is put on by the Williams College Department of Music, focuses on unconventional spaces and modes of performance. This family event incorporates creating live music and discovering new sounds, found both in everyday objects, and uncovering the strange, wonderful noises of the instruments in the orchestra.

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