The Greeting

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

Good day to you, proud members of the 413. 

Today, I bring you a gaggle of stories from across the county.

In the North County, North Adams is looking to slow things down a bit on some major thoroughfares where speedy driving has gotten out of control.

In the central area of the county, Pittsfield's school superintendent is questioning the safety of lunchtime dismissal for students, a longtime tradition at the city high school.

In South County, Fairview Hospital — along with Berkshire Medical Center — is trying to keep the flu from entering its building, by asking those who are infected to avoid entering the hospital to visit patients.

The Eagle Mill developers have their local permits in hand, and now they're trying to land some tax credits from the state to ease the cost burden of the redevelopment project.

And one person was killed and four were injured in a pair of separate crashes Thursday in New Ashford and Hancock.

Eagle journalists also were busy gathering the necessary information for these other stories.

NEED MORE HOUSING: Leaders in Lenox want to encourage new growth in town. If you're a builder, make sure your plans include new housing units, because the housing stock in town is lacking. 

ONE MORE STRIKE AND YER OUT!: Hinsdale officials have warned Dan Duquette, owner of Duquette Sports Academy, that he must upgrade conditions at his baseball camp; the facility on Michaels Road must show for a full month that it meets all state regulations before it will be granted a permit to conduct business.

WTBR IS BACK: For those of you who have been pining for live broadcasts from 89.7 on the FM dial, have no fear. WTBR went live in its new home at Pittsfield Community Television on Thursday.

CALL HIM MR. THREE-POINTER: On Thursday night, Taconic hoopster Quincy Davis helped the Monument Mountain boys roll to a 77-45 win over the Spartans.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Pittsfield superintendent questions long-standing open lunch policy amid public safety concerns

PITTSFIELD — Teenagers descend upon the East Street neighborhood each day at lunchtime, free to roam for 34 minutes and dine at neighboring eateries. But for those 32 minutes, school … more

Lenox message to would-be developer: Build housing

LENOX — Have land, will sell or maybe even donate.But only to a developer who guarantees an unspecified number of "affordable-rate" and "market-rate" rental or ownership apartments to help … more

Pivotal steps ahead for planned Eagle Mill project in Lee

LEE — With local approvals in hand, developers of the former Eagle Mill have moved into the critical state-funding phase of their $60 million project.In the coming weeks, Mill Renaissance LLC … more

1 killed, 4 injured in separate Berkshire County accidents

One man was killed Thursday night and four people were injured in separate crashes in Berkshire County. Just after 7 p.m., state police and local … more

Berkshire hospitals restricting visitors to stop spread of flu

As flu season reaches its peak, Berkshire hospitals have implemented visitor restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading. Starting on Thursday, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital are … more

Hinsdale officials caution Duquette Sports Academy over permit

HINSDALE — A summer sports program in Hinsdale owned by a famous baseball manager will get a close look before it is allowed to house campers this year.The town's Board of Health has warned Dan … more

North Adams City Council eyes lower speed limits for downtown streets

NORTH ADAMS — New year, new speed limit?Councilor Benjamin Lamb is proposing that the city adopt new ordinances that would reduce the speed limit on busy downtown streets."My hope is that in … more


The Weather


The Business

For WTBR, to air is ... divine

The community radio station aired its first live program Thursday from a new studio at Pittsfield Community Television on Federico Drive. Local radio personality Bill Sturgeon hosted the hourlong … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Harrington begins new era as DA

The theme of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's swearing in ceremony Wednesday was "Unity," and it was encouraging to see the large crowd at the Berkshire Museum united in support of the … more
COLUMNISTS

Dalton Delan | The Unspin Room: Put screen genie back in bottle

WESTPORT, Conn. —In discussions about the so-called "digital divide" between the haves and the have nots, the common wisdom is that we need to get more computers and internet access into the … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Individual 1 should heed Rules of Civility

To the editor:Individual 1 should heed the advice of President 1. George Washington wrote, and abided by, more than a hundred Rules of Civility. Even though written more than 2 1/2 centuries ago, … more


The Score

Quincy Davis has career shooting night as Taconic boys down Monument Mountain

PITTSFIELD — Some days, the basketball hoop seems like it's as big as a large oil drum. Some days, it looks like a tea cup. Thursday night, Taconic's Quincy Davis and the Monument Mountain boys … more

Roundup: Lee boys basketball tops Mount Everett

LEE — The Lee boys basketball team started off 2019 on a high note, recording a 62-41 win over South County rival Mount Everett at home.Myles Whitney-Nason went for 19 points in the win — … more

Roundup: Wahconah, Mount Anthony swimming earn sweeps

PITTSFIELD — The Wahconah swim teams opened up the new year by defending their home water.The Warriors swept a swim meet against visiting Hudson. The boys claimed an 83-20 victory, while the … more


The Landscape

Bundle up, trim those shears: it's pruning season

Winter is here, but don't curl up beside the fire just yet, because this is the best season for pruning most deciduous trees and shrubs. In part, this is a matter of visibility. With the foliage … more

A look at classical music in 2018

You've heard about "the cloud." Of all the music I heard during 2018, a piece that touched the clouds stays with me more than any other.I'm talking about Beethoven's String Quartet, Opus 131, in … more

The Plan


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The Snap

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Pittsfield School Superintendent Jake McCandless smile during the first few minutes on the Air at WTBR in the new PCTV location Thursday.

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