The Greeting

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Good morning, news lovers! We've got another action-packed newsletter in store for you, with articles that run the gamut from driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants to the tax-taking of a local rod and gun club.

In breaking news, we've got flooding on Pittsfield streets.

Also in Pittsfield, the former Notre Dame Church has been bought by the Al-Khalil Cultural Center.

In Becket, a much-beloved freshwater spring is going to be shut down after orders from the state and a failed town vote to preserve it.

Two institutions of higher learning — Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — have been lauded for implementing gender equity in pay, admissions and hiring.

New Marlborough has inked a deal with Charter, but broadband service remains two years away.

And, please enjoy these other fine stories ...

PICKY CHICOPEE MAN: This 33-year-old allegedly harassed a female Amtrak passenger, and then resisted and fought with police. Later, he picked the lock on his shackles and bolted from the Pittsfield police in another failed bid for freedom. 

NO NEED TO WRITE A HEADLINE FOR THIS ONE: Weekly cornhole tournaments began in fall 2017 at the Knox Trail Inn after a group of five locals bought and renovated the restaurant earlier that year. 

A SHOT FOR BCC'S NURSING PROGRAM: The Eagle editorial board praises the community college's high marks in a recent state nursing exam.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Former Notre Dame Church in Pittsfield sold to Al-Khalil Cultural Center

PITTSFIELD — The former Notre Dame Church on Melville Street has a new owner.Noted Berkshire textile artist Crispina ffrench, and her husband, Christopher Swindlehurst, of Becket, recently sold … more

Support for Becket spring runs dry as voters opt to close freshwater source

BECKET — A long-standing spring on Route 20 is slated to be decommissioned. Becket voters decided against saving one of the last freshwater springs in the region on Tuesday, during their … more

BCC, MCLA get high marks for gender parity in Eos Foundation report

NORTH ADAMS — An independent report from the Eos Foundation on gender equality in Massachusetts colleges and universities has ranked Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of … more

West Stockbridge to take Sportsmen's Club after nonpayment of taxes

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The town collector will be taking the West Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club property Friday because of nonpayment of about $49,500 in taxes.The club, which was founded in 1972 on … more

Driver's license bill for Massachusetts wouldn't penalize applicants based on immigration status

BOSTON — Regardless of their immigration status, everyone in Massachusetts should have access to a driver's license, according to state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who introduced legislation … more

Police say man arrested on train picked his shackle lock, escaped before being apprehended again

PITTSFIELD — A Chicopee man is facing multiple charges, including assaulting a police officer, after causing a disruption on an Amtrak train and twice struggling with officers trying to take … more

New Marlborough inks network deal with Charter, looking to bridge 'digital divide'

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Broadband service is about two years away.That's how long it will take for Charter Communications to ramp up the network now that a long-awaited deal has been signed with the … more

Outgoing North Adams city clerk lauded for years of service

NORTH ADAMS — It was, to say the least, an emotional night for City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau.Tributes poured in to the retiring clerk during Tuesday's City Council meeting, where five council … more

Longtime Cheshire selectwoman won't seek another term

CHESHIRE — A 30-year veteran of the Select Board is calling it a career.Chairwoman Carol Francesconi says she won't seek another three-year term when the annual town election rolls around on … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

In East Otis, the night comes alive with the sounds of cornhole

EAST OTIS — Thump, thump, thump.Kernel-filled bags were landing en masse atop wooden Knox Trail Inn boards on a recent Wednesday night. With six pairs alternating tosses across the room and … more

Four New England premieres slated for Chester Theatre Company's 2019 season

Berkshire Eagle staffCHESTER — Chester Theatre Company's 30th anniversary season will feature four New England premieres, beginning with one by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, whose plays … more

Robin Anish | The Table Is Set: Warm up with a hearty steak and ale pie

I've always had an affinity for the cheery, almost poetic rhythm of the Scottish dialect, so I was thrilled to meet a friend of my son who was visiting from Scotland recently. I couldn't help but … more

The View


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

The Plan

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The Snap

Christie Kaiser and her son Jeremiah, 3, check out a variety of specimens from the museum collection at the Berkshire Museum on Wednesday.

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