The Greeting

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

Good day, Berkshirites.  Now is the time to head to the market to purchase bread, milk and butter. Why? You know.

In other news, our state legislative delegation met with the public to lay out their agenda for the coming House and Senate sessions. It was state Rep. "Smitty" Pignatelli who intoned what to expect for the year: "We are outnumbered from the day we enter the building."

The North Adams Police Department nixes the use of the state civil service exam as a requirement to apply to be an officer; doing so will increase the applicant pool.

Also in North Adams, tonight's planned State of the City address by Mayor Thomas Bernard has been rescheduled to Thursday. 

Windsor's stewards of history are thin in ranks, and they're looking for new members.

Read on: There's more ...

DEVELOPER SUED: Two Great Barrington homeowners have filed a lawsuit and appeal against members of the Planning Board and the developer of a proposed Manville Street rental complex. 

YOUR STATE OF THE UNION: What's your view for where the U.S. is and where it should be going? 

SPEAKING IN SIGN LANGUAGE: Brent Whitney is the man behind some of the artistic signs spotted at Berkshire businesses.

THE PULL OF THE VORTEX: Well, the polar vortex has meteorologists and reporters buzzing across the whole country, including our own Clarence Fanto, who gives the latest breakdown on the coming snowstorm and bitter cold.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Updated: Berkshires brace for snow, more brutal cold

A storm gathering strength over the Great Lakes as it heads toward western New England is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of snow on Berkshire County between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday.The … more

North Adams Police Dept. ready to begin hiring after state OKs nixing Civil Service

NORTH ADAMS — Officers wanted. That's the message from the North Adams Police Department, which is moving forward with its own hiring process after it was exempted from the requirements of … more

Hinds, Farley-Bouvier and Pignatelli outline legislative priorities

PITTSFIELD — Sometimes it feels like policies important to Berkshire County move slowly, said State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli. And it's because there are far more elected representatives from out … more

At Pittsfield rape trial, prosecution grills 2 defendants over testimony

PITTSFIELD — Jacob Hebert told jurors on Monday that he and a woman he is accused of raping had consensual sex, and that the woman also initiated sex with his friend.Taking the stand in his own … more

Great Barrington homeowners sue developer, planners over rental complex plan

GREAT BARRINGTON — Two Manville Street homeowners who have already appealed the town Select Board's decision allow a rental complex to be built on the dead-end street have also now filed a … more

North Adams State of the City address postponed because of weather

NORTH ADAMS — Mayor Thomas Bernard has postponed his State of the City address, which had been scheduled for Tuesday night.The city will, at least according to the forecasts for Tuesday … more

Probation for Great Barrington woman whose dogs died in hot car

GREAT BARRINGTON — A woman facing animal cruelty charges after two dogs died of heatstroke in her car was given one year of probation, her case having been continued without a finding.At a Jan. … more

Windsor's history stewards seek to rekindle connection with town's past

WINDSOR — Faced with flagging volunteer help and needs of its aging buildings, the Windsor Historical Commission is at one of those moments. A historical moment, perhaps. "We're at a real … more

The Weather


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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

New winter film series a mini BIFF

GREAT BARRINGTON — This weekend, a flurry of film-industry folk will descend on Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Berkshire International Film Festival Artistic Director Kelley … more

The View


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

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The Snap

A crew from the city water department works on fixing a broken water line on East Street in Pittsfield on Tuesday.

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