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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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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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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