The Greeting

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires!  It's about T-minus 30 days until our region's maple sugarers fire up their  woodstoves and get the sap boiling. I can almost taste the pancakes now.

Closer to the present day, there might be snow hitting Tuesday, so stay tuned for updates.

In the headlines, Williamstown planners are trying to make it easier to build or add on a "granny flat" to an existing home; these small apartments help towns add to housing stock and diversify and strengthen the local economy.

In an effort to control the construction of solar panels, the city of Pittsfield is beginning to look at keeping large-scale developments out of residential areas. 

Shout Out Loud Productions in Great Barrington is dedicated to helping survivors and raising global awareness of sex trafficking, poverty and abuse. There will be a food-related fundraiser Thursday, when nine county restaurants will donate 20 percent of profits to the group for  training, which will happen only if $10,000 is raised.

North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard will deliver his State of the City address Tuesday, and he says his enthusiasm has not waned.

And, don't forget to dig into these other stories ...

TALKING ABOUT FREEDOM: Area politicians speak about the importance of American diversity. 

HUNTING FOR A NEW HOME: The operators of Barton's Crossing are looking for a new home for the homeless shelter, saying the existing site is not fitting their needs. 

TRES NINOS GETS GROUNDED: The popular food takeout truck is going to set down some roots at a site in North Adams, right down the street from the owner's other restaurant, Grazie.

YOU WANT TO KNOW: The Eagle's Amanda Drane delivers another look ahead for Pittsfield. This weekly column tells you what's happening in City Hall and on the street.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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