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.

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