The Greeting

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. Man-cold report, Day 4, 10:29 a.m.

I'm feeling a little better, but it's moved into my chest, just like Calvin does to Ryan Reynolds in the space thriller "Life." You can probably find the scene on YouTube.

Up in the North County, a building is on the move, the former Doctors Building, heading to its new home at the Harriman and West Airport in North Adams.

And, if you have an  emergency but can't make a voice call, you're in luck, because Text to 911 is now live across the state.

A Pittsfield man, already facing a rape charge, allegedly assaults another woman twice

Read on, and enjoy these other headlines ...

FIRMING UP GOD'S HOUSE: An architectural firm that specializes in African-American structures will handle the rehab of the Clinton Church Restoration project in Great Barrington. 

DISPLACED RESIDENTS: A fire in Pittsfield forces three from their home on Cherry Street.

THERE'S A STORM BREWING: Eagle weather maven Clarence Fanto is getting excited, and that can mean only one thing: bad weather is on its way. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Former Doctors Building set for move onto North Adams airport

NORTH ADAMS — To those driving on State Road on Thursday morning: Rest assured, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a 1,600-square-foot building shimmying onto the Harriman-and-West … more

Pittsfield fire displaces 3

PITTSFIELD — A house fire Wednesday evening on Cherry Street displaced at least three residents, prompting aid from the American Red Cross. No residents or animals were injured. One resident, … more

Text to 911 now available in Massachusetts

BOSTON — Text to 911 is now available throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts.Text to 911 allows those in an emergency to use their cellphones to contact 911 when they are unable to place … more

Winter storm brewing for Berkshires

Maybe a foot of snow on the ground on Sunday. Maybe a dangerous brew of sleet, freezing rain and snow. Definitely a blast of deepest-freeze air early next week, the harshest winter outbreak of the … more

Pittsfield man already facing rape charge arrested again after allegedly assaulting a woman twice in 10 days

PITTSFIELD — A man who is scheduled to go on trial this week for allegedly raping a woman in 2017 — and recording the attack — has been accused of assaulting another woman twice in … more

African-American architecture firm will mend 'thread' of US culture in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — The mission to restore a historic African-American church building is gaining more steam, with hopes for construction to begin in the spring.Clinton Church Restoration has … more

Trial of Laura Reilly, accused of lying to police in Joanne Ringer probe, delayed again

PITTSFIELD — It will now be at least March until Laura Reilly goes to trial on charges she lied to police investigating the homicide of Joanne "Jo" Ringer, more than two years since her March … more

The Weather


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The Business

Wayfair hit with securities fraud class-action suit

PITTSFIELD — As the city waits for Wayfair to announce the site of its new 300-worker call center in Pittsfield, the online seller of household retail items and three of its officers have been … more

Pittsfield gives green light to marijuana retailer on West Street

PITTSFIELD — A building on West Street could soon be a destination for cannabis connoisseurs.That's what the seasoned cultivators behind Pure Botanicals say. They plan to grow their product in … more

The View


Our Opinion: Big Pharma lawsuit offers opioid insights

The state's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, provides insight into the roots of both the painkiller addiction crisis and the stigma attached to … more

Clellie Lynch: Doves vs. pigeons; more than semantics

EAST CHATHAM , N.Y. — The New Year splashes in, the gusting rain disappointing skiers, skaters and snowman makers. It rains and rains through the night and finally clears in the morning to a … more

Letter: Support study of Pittsfield train link

To the editor:The Train Campaign, a nonprofit advocating for the revivification of passenger rail service to Berkshire County since 2011, is asking for your help. A proposed bill with huge importance … more

The Landscape

Blind Boy Paxton turns back the clock

NORTH ADAMS — With his music career taking off, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has been making about 60 flights per year to shows around the world."I didn't expect to be this comfortable with … more

Rambling Poets find a safe, snug harbor in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — They came with sonnets, haiku, free verses and gratitude."Bless this space for being open again," host Alex Hicks-Courant said during the latest Third Thursday Literary Open Mic … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Photos: Taconic Girls basketball play 'Hamp

The Taconic Girls Basketball team played Northampton at home on Wednesday. more

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