The Greeting

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

Cold enough, for you? It will be soon, if it's not already.

The polar vortex will be touching us with its icy tendrils by this afternoon, when the temps are expected to be about zero. Good times.

In other news, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal took the gavel as the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Our own Larry Parnass was there, live in D.C.

Police in different parts of the county debunked two false alarms Tuesday: One was a bomb threat, and the other a reported abduction attempt.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and Great Barrington are about to come to terms on the cleanup of a toxic site, at a former dry cleaning business.

Fans of Baba Louie's pizza will be heartened to hear that the beloved eatery will be moving to a better space.

And in Pittsfield, a commemorative beam was installed at the soon-to-be completed Berkshire Innovation Center.

For those who are interested, there are these other exceptional stories ...

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS: The state wants some local feedback on the Route 43 paving plan in Williamstown.

SOUND ADVICE: Make sure to cook this delicious fish dish slow and low.

HACKED TO BITS: Take our poll and let us know if the Facebook-Russian propaganda scandal has affected your news intake.

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The News

After another frigid day, a big plus: Minuses soon will be behind us

That was the temperature at 4:45 a.m. Thursday in Egremont — the coldest spot in the Berkshires, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.Great Barrington wasn't far behind, at … more

Police: There was no abduction attempt in Adams on Monday

NORTH ADAMS — A report of an attempted child abduction in Adams on Monday was investigated and deemed unfounded, according to police.A young person in the Gilead Street neighborhood notified a … more

Sharp exchanges mark Neal's debut as Ways and Means chairman

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal used his first full hearing as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to sell an existing law, a seemingly academic move that nonetheless brought … more

Reid bomb threat deemed false

PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating a bomb threat made to Reid Middle School just before dismissal Tuesday. At about 3 p.m., Sgt. John Mazzeo said that there was no threat to the public. At … more

After conflicting accounts in Pittsfield rape trial, fate now in jury's hands

PITTSFIELD — Whether two Berkshire men forced a woman into having sex against her will is a question now in the hands of a jury.Jacob Hebert and John Jones, both 23, have each pleaded not … more

MassDEP, Great Barrington sign agreement to quicken cleanup of toxic dry cleaning site

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town is one step closer to resolving nagging contamination caused by a long-defunct dry cleaning business on Main Street.The Select Board on Monday cleared the way for a … more

At info session, MassDOT seeks local feedback on repaving plans for Route 43 in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will convene a public information session Wednesday evening for local feedback on plans to repave Route 43 … more


The Weather


Obituaries

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The Business

Baba Louie's Pizza expanding to former Allium space in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Main Street pizzeria famous for its wood-fired sourdough crusts, cramped space and long lines out the door is about to get some breathing room come spring.Baba Louie's … more

Beaming with pride, anticipation at topping-off event at Berkshire Innovation Center

PITTSFIELD — Applause pierced the winter chill early Tuesday as the steel beam was lifted from the ground at the William Stanley Business Park.A crane operator hoisted the beam high and gently … more


The Poll


The Landscape

Go low and slow when making this fish dish

Low and slow is the way to go when it comes to making this yummy fish dish. A low-temperature oven (set to just 300 F) ensures that the fish cooks slowly, without drying out. Crispy, buttery, … more


The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Driver's licenses for undocumented residents

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, has been persistent in her push for legislation allowing undocumented immigrants residing in the state to acquire driver's licenses, … more
YOUR OPINION

Rick Wilcox: Red Lion intersection's long history

STOCKBRIDGE — The 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham authored the principle now called Occam's Razor: "Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate." Latin for … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Sweet Brook provides years of dedicated care

To the editor:I was disappointed reading the reading articles about Sweet Brook Nursing Home. I have been a subscriber for more than 60 years and I can't recall anything so one-sided and hurtful to … more

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The Snap

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Dylan Bradley, 10, examines his fingerprints with a magnifier in a class taught by Jessica Williamson called Homeschool STEAM Winter Program: Forensics. The program is designed specifically for homeschool families.This four-week session dives into the world of scientific investigations and the merging of science and justice using on engineering, art, psychology, entomology, and more.

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