The Greeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Good day, Berkshires. According to  widely varying eyewitness reports, this morning's commute was like any other, or it was the worst ever. Because of snowfall accumulation of nothing up to several inches, it really depended on where you live.

Up in  the Hilltowns, my drive in on Route 9 was treacherous. If you were with me in today's traffic jam in Dalton, you have my sympathies. It was horrible.

Elsewhere in the news,  recreational marijuana will be for sale in Pittsfield, at Temescal Wellness, next week, while in South County, Theory Wellness opens Friday

The lawyer for a Pittsfield man expects to use an insanity defense in his arson case.

Also, you'll note that I've added an obituaries link in the newsletter (any day that you and I aren't in them is a good one). 

Please enjoy these other fine bits of reportage:

TENANTS DISPLACED BY FIRE: A raging apartment blaze on Houghton Street in North Adams on Tuesday leaves 11 people without a home. 

COP SHOP TALK: The Pittsfield Police Department held a job fair to let prospective hires know what goes on behind the badge.

NO NIBBLES: A meal program in Dalton has the money to help pay for staffing, but there are no applicants

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

11 people displaced after fire guts North Adams dwelling

NORTH ADAMS — Nearly a dozen people were displaced Tuesday after fire destroyed a Houghton Street apartment building.The multi-unit home appears to be a total loss. No one was injured.The fire … more

Great Barrington expecting a crush for first pot sales in the county on Friday

GREAT BARRINGTON — Town officials and police say they are ready for the throngs that may flock to town Friday and into the weekend for the first recreational cannabis sales in Berkshire … more

Pittsfield store to begin selling recreational marijuana next week

PITTSFIELD — Temescal Wellness announced Tuesday the shop plans to begin selling recreational marijuana early next week. Julia Germaine, corporate development director for Temescal Wellness, … more

Pittsfield police expo gives law enforcement hopefuls a look behind the badge

PITTSFIELD — A police department recruitment expo held Tuesday at Taconic High School offered one-stop shopping for law enforcement hopefuls.About 50 people attended the event, during which … more

Pittsfield arson suspect's lawyer: 'This is an insanity defense, obviously'

PITTSFIELD — As fires began erupting across the city on Sept. 22, police were alerted that Phillip Jordan had made threats he was on a "suicide mission" with the intent of the officers shooting … more

Weather whacks region; minor spinouts, accidents reported

PITTSFIELD — A blast of wet snow that iced up roads and sidewalks caught Berkshire County's commute off-guard this morning. Police scanner chatter from up and down the county talked of numerous … more

The Weather


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The Business

No bites yet on new job at Dalton meal site

DALTON — Despite winning approval to staff up for its twice-weekly meals, the Dalton Senior Center is struggling to find candidates. A job posting on the town's website and notices tacked up … more

County Fare | ECU-Health Care gets new office equipment, courtesy of Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Williamstown's latest community project can be filed under "G" for generous.A week before Christmas, the civic organization delivered six new filing cabinets to ECU-Health Care in … more

The View


Our Opinion: A realistic look at Pittsfield in 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer's annual State of the City address Monday kicks off the Pittsfield election season. The mayor, who will presumably seek a second four-year term this fall, portrayed a city that under … more

Gillian Jones: We must do better by seniors and senior citizens to come

WILLIAMSTOWN — I remember telling a representative with a home health care company that I would put a hospital bed in my living room to take care of my mother before ever putting her in a … more

Letter: Trump pricing out his own wall

To the editor:Has it occurred to President Trump that switching his border wall from concrete to steel will cost more, due to — wait for it — his tariffs on steel?Thom Lipiczky,West … more

The Landscape

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Muskrat tracks and white ermine spotted

Q: In mid-December, I walked the road into Richmond Pond and Camp Russell. It is one of my favorite walks at all seasons. I took a detour off to the left to explore the marsh part of the way down. It … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Pittsfield officer James Parise uses a armored sleeve to do a demonstration with Jango and his handler, officer Nick Sondrini, at Taconic High School during the police expo Tuesday.

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