The Greeting

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. If you're reading this, it means you haven't frozen to death. Can't say the same thing for Hoosac Valley High, where pipes froze overnight. Pittsfield Public Schools closed for the day, and most other districts had delays because of the below zero temps.

There were Martin Luther King Jr. events held Monday, and many joined in, despite the frigid weather.

The Berkshire Community College nursing program now has something to crow about, after its nursing students fared well on a state-required examination. 

In Pittsfield, a man was stabbed multiple times, allegedly by a woman who is now in custody.

Affordable housing in Great Barrington just got a shot in the arm from the state: a nearly $1 million grant.

And our weather expert is at it again, this time telling us that there's precipitation and a little warmth (comparatively) on the way.

Enjoy these other fine headlines ...

BONUS DWELLING: Following a national trend, the Williamstown Planning Board is looking at codifying so-called "mother-in-law" apartments. 

APPLYING A LITTLE MORE BASE: A private West Coast equity firm bought a majority stake in Iredale Cosmetics. 

BRING THE HEAT: The Eagle's editorial board asks the governor to fill in the heating assistance financial gap.

SPEAKING OF NATURE: Our columnist Thom Smith explains whether bird seed is helpful or harmful to our feathered friends.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

Correction: Monday's Beat should've stated that the Williams Inn work is new construction.

The News

Cold can't stifle 26th annual MLK Jr. Day of Service

The Berkshire EagleDespite dangerously cold temperatures and a number of event cancellations, more than 200 people turned out around across the Berkshires for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of … more

Tracing the steps of civil rights giants: Du Bois Legacy Festival honors King

GREAT BARRINGTON — Like an arrow, Martin Luther King Jr.'s urgings are still piercing human souls and stirring the question of how to harness the power to make the world more just. Love … more

BCC nursing students exceeded state exam standards in 2018

PITTSFIELD — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has cleared a significant hurdle in its bid to regain full accreditation status.Enough students scored high enough on last year's … more

Woman charged with stabbing man multiple times in chest

PITTSFIELD — A woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly stabbed a man in the chest Monday morning, just steps from North Street, according to Pittsfield police.The incident came … more

Out of the cold, into the rain: Forecasts have temps rising, more precipitation this week for Berkshires

After near-record low temperatures put the Berkshires in the deep freeze early Monday, a brief thaw is expected to bring a welcome respite on Wednesday.The minus 11 reading at Pittsfield Municipal … more

Affordable housing project for Great Barrington brownfield gets $932,000 grant

GREAT BARRINGTON — A long-awaited affordable and low-income housing project slated for a toxic field in the heart of downtown just got another financial boost.The Federal Home Loan Bank of … more

Williamstown Planning Board to hold session on accessory dwelling unit allowance proposal

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Planning Board is seeking as many residents as possible to attend a public information session on a proposed zoning bylaw change that would allow homeowners to create an … more

The Weather


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The Business

Equity firm buys majority share of Iredale Cosmetics to help broaden firm's reach

GREAT BARRINGTON — A private West Coast equity firm has purchased a majority stake in Iredale Cosmetics to guide the natural cosmetics company in an expansion of its e-commerce and retail … more

Heather Boulger | Inside the Job Market: A new year provides new opportunities

PITTSFIELD — The start of a new year always brings the excitement of change, anticipation of new beginnings, and 365 days of untold possibilities.Are you one of the 40 percent of Americans that … more

The View


Our Opinion: Governor must pony up state funds to cover LIHEAP shortfall

The trough of brutally cold air that settled over the Berkshires and the rest of the commonwealth beginning Sunday night should help focus Gov. Charlie Baker's attention on an issue of paramount … more

Dalton Delan | The Unspin Room: Remembering the man, and the meaning

WESTPORT, Conn .— The words are the thing. The extraordinary conjunction of sound and meaning that touches the heart and sears the mind. In relocating the power of the pulpit from the church to … more

Letter: 'Room at the Inn' program can help everyone involved

To the editor:I hail from Memphis, Tenn., a southern city with a huge homeless population. Due to Tennessee's regressive tax system there is little or no money for social services. As such, many … more

The Landscape

Breakfast with The Eagle: 'Capacity building' with Colleen Holmes

Colleen Holmes drives to work listening to business advice. Tips from audiobooks roll in as the road unspools from Springfield to Pittsfield, helping the leader of Berkshire Children and Families oil … more

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Any downside to feeding birds?

Q: You write often about birds and bird feeding, but I don't see anything about the downside, if there are any. And might we be doing more harm than good? Your thoughts, comments? more

The Plan

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Marvin Hooks wears a face mask to protect him from the cold as he walks on North Street in Pittsfield on Monday.

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