The Greeting

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Stay warm today, my friends! That is my wish for you. Temps are going to be brutal, and the wind chill even worse. As we speak, my poor Kia is frozen outside, waiting for a jump-start. Inside, my fingers are cold, curled and immobile (somewhat), like a character in a Jack London novel.

In the news, North Adams will have a new city clerk come Tuesday; fear not, she's a trusted and familiar face around City Hall.

A conundrum for the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, as its new leader, Andrea Harrington, must take a deeper look into questions such as who gets bail, how much it should be and which criminal defendants should remain locked up while their cases are pending. 

The renovations of the Williams Inn are well underway, with an open house  expected on July 4.

And will Stamford, Vt., and Clarksburg, Mass., come together for the children? A feasibility study to find out kicks off this week.

No matter what, we always appreciate our Berkshire road crews during these winter storms.

Don't forget to check our other headlines here ...

NO THREAT TO THE PUBLIC: An Edwards Avenue shooting leaves one man dead over the weekend; Pittsfield police said there's no threat to the general public. 

PEERING INTO THE FUTURE: City Hall reporter Amanda Drane says Pittsfield officials will look at whether 50 percent of new taxes from the city's budding marijuana industry should go toward fixing ailing roads. 

BONA FORTUNA: North Adams' Keith Bona shares some thoughts as he heads into his second year at the top post in the City Council.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Chris Lovern clears his driveway and gets a coating of snow on his jacket for his effort on Daniels Avenue in Pittsfield on Sunday.

Northeast digs out and prepares for bone-chilling cold

There was fair warning that the weather would turn foul.The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories for part or all of at least 15 states from Missouri to Maine ahead of … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: MLK Day events and a flurry of City Council activity

Snow and frigid temperatures will carry us into the week, and a City Council meeting on Tuesday will whip up a flurry of a different kind — the council agenda is packed with new … more

Calls for bail reform pose dilemma for DA's office: liberty vs. safety

PITTSFIELD — Last May, Jason Sefton was arrested after being accused of stabbing a man in the stomach during a dispute. The day after his arrest, he posted the $250 bail set by the clerk and … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Essay Contest: Breaking down walls

Editor's note: Anna Duquette is the winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Essay Contest, sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Bank.My skin is a different color than yours. My eyes a … more

North Adams to get new City Clerk on Tuesday

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council is expected to formally appoint a new City Clerk on Tuesday.At its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday — it is the last for retiring City Clerk Marilyn … more

Keith Bona readies for 2nd year as North Adams City Council president

NORTH ADAMS — Through his first eight terms, Keith Bona was never seriously interested in being City Council president.Now, he's poised for a second consecutive year at the helm.Bona, who was … more

Interstate school district? Stamford, Vt.-Clarksburg feasibility study kicks off this week

CLARKSBURG — Just how difficult would it be to merge two schools, across state lines, into a single district?Residents of Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., are about to find out.On Tuesday, a … more

One man killed in Pittsfield shooting

PITTSFIELD — One man was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting on Edward Avenue. The man's name was not released, pending notification of family. According to a news release from the … more

The Weather


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The Business

At new Williams Inn, prepping for 4th of July open house

WILLIAMSTOWN — The interior of the new Williams Inn is taking shape.With most of the building secure from the elements, workers are concentrating on finishing all the mechanical and networking … more

As storm bears down on Berkshires, road crews prove they're worth their salt

Snowstorms might be old hat for many emergency and highway officials in the Berkshires, but they still call for preparation. In the hours ahead of the arrival Saturday of what is expected to be a … more

The View


Our Opinion: Sports wagering coming: You can bet on it

It wasn't that long ago that the concept of legalized sports betting in Massachusetts was all but inconceivable, but it wasn't that long ago that the arrival of casinos in the state was hard to … more

Lauren R. Stevens: Kids trying to save climate from our mess

WILLIAMSTOWN — Kids these days. Well, for instance, the brave and stalwart 21 youths suing the U.S. government. In Juliana v. U.S. assert that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated … more

Letter: Marijuana coverage is way over the top

To the editor:The Berkshire Eagle's preoccupation with marijuana businesses opening in the county is over the top. Your coverage is giddy and lopsided. Day after day, the front page heralds pot shops … more

The Landscape

When gaming meets art

WILLIAMSTOWN — Five balloon-like pink orbs contrast with blue surrounds. To the right of this composition, three flared bundles of blue, green, yellow and other hues build to a top-left … more

Mysteries from the morgue: A castle in Adams, Sinatra and a mob boss in Hancock

Did you know Adams was once home to a castle?
It was known as Castle Hathconnor (according to the North Adams Transcript or Castle Rathconnor, as named in Adams historian Eugene Michalenko's "Lost … more

Bob Dunn | Game On: Bring back the interactive text adventure

The typical post-holiday gaming release slump affords one the opportunity to chip away at their "pile of shame" — the stack of unplayed or unfinished games most of us have, as well as some … more

The Plan

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People shovel the sidewalks along Spring Street in Williamstown once the snow started to lighten up after one of the heaviest periods of snowfall early Sunday afternoon.

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