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
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Neal, Harrington speak at Four Freedoms Coalition event

PITTSFIELD — Time to end fear over immigration and embrace a diverse America.U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., delivered that message to the enthusiastic crowd on Sunday "Celebrating Freedom: … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: The state of the city's finances in spotlight

Has the city brought in new tax dollars over the past year? Has Pittsfield hit any financial snags or windfalls that could shift upcoming budgets?We're already seven months into the fiscal year, … more

Survivor: Sex trafficking is an evil that can be hard to spot, vanquish

GREAT BARRINGTON — As the young child of a prostitute in the Philippines, Jeanet Ingalls became a victim of sex trafficking.And knowing what it's like to be a survivor, she's trying to help … more

Proposed Williamstown zoning rule would allow accessory apartments

WILLIAMSTOWN — Planning Board members want to allow property owners to build accessory apartments with fewer restrictions, they said during a public information session Wednesday.The board is … more

North Adams mayor Bernard bullish heading into State of the City address

NORTH ADAMS — Just 50 days into office, Mayor Thomas Bernard laid out a hopeful vision for the city of North Adams in his first State of the City address.Almost a year later, his enthusiasm has … more

Tres Ninos keeps on truckin' with takeout spot on Marshall St. in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Tres Ninos, part dos, opens in February.Chef and restaurateur Matt Tatro is taking his popular food truck, Tres Ninos, and incorporating it into a bricks-and-mortar space on … more

Call to enforce Lenox zoning bylaw, crack down on Airbnb rejected due to late filing

LENOX — It's too late. That was the unanimous verdict from the Zoning Board of Appeals this past week, responding to an attorney for local innkeepers seeking to reinstate a crackdown on … more

Pittsfield homeless shelter on hunt for new home base

PITTSFIELD — Clothing and toiletries sat in a clear plastic bag beside a bunk bed in the women's area of Barton's Crossing.A hairbrush rested atop a plastic set of drawers in the four-person … more

Pittsfield aims to tighten restrictions on solar developments

PITTSFIELD — Larger-scale solar developments don't belong in residential neighborhoods. That's the thrust of a city ordinance that could take effect this spring.The ordinance, referred to the … more

At trial, tearful testimony about alleged sex assault in 2016

PITTSFIELD — "They simply did not take `no' for an answer." That's what Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano told jurors Friday, during the first day of a trial for two men … more


The Weather


Obituaries

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The Poll


The Landscape

Sign by sign, a sculptor earns his way to creative freedom

ADAMS — Located next to a museum known for its art's abstraction, the new sign above Bright Ideas Brewing offers comfort to those thirsting for something more literal than what's inside the … more

Illuminating the art of Armenian women with Suzi Banks Baum

GREAT BARRINGTON — "I am so often in your seat," Suzi Banks Baum said shortly after sliding into one opposite this reporter at Elixir on Wednesday morning, a pot of tea between us.Conducting … more


The View

OUR OPINION

Berkshire Eagle reader contest: What's your State of the Union?

The 2019 State of the Union address has become a political football while Democrats and Republicans continue their squabbles about the partial government shutdown, border security and plain old … more

How are we doing?

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The Score

'I'm going to play': Hoosac Valley's Alie Mendel opens up about battle with thyroid cancer ahead of team's Coaches vs. Cancer event

Going into her senior year at Hoosac Valley, Alie Mendel was asking herself a question no 17-year-old should have to wonder: "Am I going to die?"Mendel was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer on … more

The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!

 



The Snap

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