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Thought for the day 

“Modesty is the highest form of arrogance.” — GERMAN SAYING

The Greeting

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

Greetings, people of the rolling hills. I'm once again reporting from the Ashfield bureau, from where I will work half a day. Still bereft over my canceled fishing trip, I need time to heal the hurt this has caused my heart. Block Island is just that good.

In the news

WAYFAIR FANFARE: A local boy returns to do some good for the city of Pittsfield, as billionaire Niraj Shah shared a podium with state and local leaders to celebrate the opening of his Wayfair call center.

ELM STREET MARKET NO MORE: The Elm Street Market has fallen on hard times, including some corrective visits from the Tri-Town Health Department.

TRANSFER OR RESIGN: Those were the options a Pittsfield school employee was given after she reported her principal was in possession of school property, the plaintiff in a Superior Court case claims.

NEW HOUSING: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and other officials praised the completion of some affordable housing during an unveiling Thursday in Great Barrington.

WANT MORE BSO?: The new offerings at Tanglewood will allow one of the most creative spaces in the Berkshires to operate all year long.

Without a local press, where will you get your Berkshire news? From media in Albany, N.Y., or Springfield? From friends? Co-workers? Do you trust Eugene at the water cooler to factually explain:
* your new tax rate?
* who's suing big pharma over the opioid crisis?
* how your town treasurer got away with embezzlement?
Maybe Eugene really has his finger on the pulse and is good with details. Then again, maybe not.

The Berkshire Eagle's award-winning staff scours the county every day, bringing their talents to bear to let you know what's happening on your street, down the block and in your town hall. We report with fairness, accuracy and truth. That is our sole agenda, on the level, 24-7. Please help us continue our important work by renewing or subscribing to The Berkshire Eagle today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

PS Not so sure that I buy the "Thought for Today" printed above. What do you think? 

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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

Popular Stockbridge market to close

STOCKBRIDGE — The Elm Street Market, once a gathering place for groceries with a popular counter for breakfast and lunch, has fallen on hard times.Rajeev "Raj" Verma, who took over ownership … more

Boots-on-ground initiative in North Adams aims to reduce fire-related deaths

NORTH ADAMS — First responders and volunteers went on the offensive this week to prevent house fires in the city. Red Cross volunteers Suzanne Walker, her husband, Don Caurse, and North Adams … more

Ex-Capeless teacher at whistleblower trial: Unpalatable choice offered

PITTSFIELD — Within a month of notifying technical staff at Capeless Elementary School that Principal Candy Jezewski might know the location of missing equipment, Melissa Fawcett said, she was … more

Council committee OKs tax package for proposed Pittsfield aerospace chamber

PITTSFIELD — A tax incentive proposal for a planned aerospace testing facility won unanimous support from the City Council's Finance Committee on Thursday.Electro Magnetic Applications, or EMA, … more

Kudos from Neal, others for new affordable, modern senior housing in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's bright, modern and the rents are reasonable at a new affordable housing complex for seniors that was unveiled Thursday off South Main Street.And there are still a few … more

BSO withdrawal? Linde Center just might be the ticket for your cultural needs

LENOX — "Winter, spring, summer, fall, all you have to do is call "The Linde Center for Music and Learning, Tanglewood's first year-round facility, is ready to roll with 40 programs, including … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

In Northampton, Paradise City Arts Festival turns 25

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty five years ago, the artists were setting up in a hurricane.Linda Kaye-Moses had come from Pittsfield with her silver pendants, and she was putting up her booth with her … 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

Fall Foliage and rolling hills looking east toward Mount Greylock from Bee Hill Road in Williamstown on Thursday. The peak of foliage is upon us as the Columbus Day weekend approaches.
Construction crews work on the roof of the North Adams Fire Department as seen from the Hadley overpass in North Adams on Wednesday.

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