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“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” — ORSON WELLES (1915-1985)

The Greeting

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

Good day, Berkshires. It's been a busy morning here at Eagle HQ, which is now sharing the same building as Wayfair. The online retail giant is opening today, and with such an event comes lots of dignitaries. Read here to learn about the event, and also read here to understand the concerns about Wayfair's effect on local parking.

In the very, very sad news department, it looks like a nor'easter is ruining my trip to Block Island this weekend. More on that in subsequent editions of TheBeat.

And in the real news

EQUINOX HARVEST: Theory Wellness' plants at a farm in Sheffield are coming due, and we were there to tell the story, in print, photos and video.

SWIFT RESPONSE TO CRISIS: Swift River, a Cummington-based company, has begun outpatient addiction treatment services in Pittsfield.

SCHOOL SHIFT: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will fill the gap in radiology education, which began when Southern Vermont College closed at the end of last semester.

UPTICK IN ATTENDANCE: Tanglewood's attendance numbers are up, in part because of a new array of amenities, classes and buildings.

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The News

Wayfair CEO returns home to celebrate opening of new Pittsfield call center

PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer introduced Wayfair co-founder and CEO Niraj Shah as "our new and old friend," during a ceremony Thursday welcoming the the online … more

Parking near new Wayfair center sparks concerns from Pittsfield councilors

PITTSFIELD — A measure that would allow for free on-street parking near Wayfair on South Church Street sparked debate Tuesday from city councilors, some of whom argued that the move was unfair … more

Inside Equinox Farm's first cannabis harvest

SHEFFIELD — After meandering through rows of Christmas tree-like cannabis plants at Equinox Farm, Matt Gamble of Theory Wellness called a staff member over to one of the stalks and rubbed … more

Swift River opens outpatient addiction treatment center on South Street in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Swift River, an addiction treatment center with a campus in Cummington, is now offering programming in Pittsfield.The center's intensive outpatient program, which opened Wednesday, … more

SVC's radiology program now at MCLA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a teach-out partner for Southern Vermont College following its closure in the spring, has been ensuring that students in SVC's Radiologic … more

Music to its ears: Tanglewood attendance rises for 2019

LENOX — Although concert attendance at Tanglewood this past summer held steady with last year's total, the opening season of the four-building Linde Center for Music and Learning, home of the … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Join the fun ... or get eaten alive at the 10th annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Pittsfield — If you see zombies taking over North Street on Saturday night, don't run. Organizers expect up to 150 biters, ghouls, rotters and walkers to participate in this year's 10th annual … more

Start a love affair with pears

Move aside apples, it's time we give a little love to fall's most underrated fruit — pears. Even though pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber and are packed with nutrients for only 100 … more

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The Plan

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5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Oct. 11-16

ARTTake a lookVisit the open studios of more than 20 artists, including Walt Pasko, Janet Pumphrey and Adrian Holmes, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Begin your tour at TKG Real Estate for a map … more

The Snap

Workers are seen high above the town of Adams on one of the iconic smokestacks in the parking lot of the Berkshire Mill on Wednesday. The two smokestacks are all that remain of the former Berkshire Mills complex with the existing building now being used as commercial and residential space.

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