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Thought for the day 

“If you believe that life is worth living, then your belief will create the fact.” — ARTHUR MILLER (1915-2005)



The Greeting

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

Hey ho, Berkshires! Are you all in one piece? I was doing some late night Eagling on the web (very different than late night ogling), and the house shook from the so-called bomb-cyclone as it traveled over the Ashfield bureau. Our weather tracker Clarence Fanto was hot on the trail of the nor'easter and delivered this report on the fallout (click here for the the outlook).

In other news, Pittsfield Police officers did some quick work in tracking down a suspect in the blaze that destroyed A-Mart on North Street on Tuesday night.

Jason McCandless, superintendent of the Pittsfield Public Schools, is seeking employment elsewhere.

Great Barrington will mark 50 years of respect for the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite. 

A second Southern Berkshire school district employee is calling foul, coming forth with accusations that school staff are belittling and short-changing special needs student; in one instance, a teacher called a student "retarded."

These are solid news stories. I should know, because I'm a grizzled news veteran. If you love the news, too, then help keep us going. Please renew or subscribe to The Berkshire Eagle today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The Weather

Wind, rain from nor'easter lash Berkshires; power cut as trees take out wires

An intense nor'easter pummeled Berkshire County, Southern Vermont and Eastern New York overnight, dumping more than 3 inches of rain at Pittsfield Municipal Airport. A top wind gust of 48 mph was … more

The News

Police: Arson cause of A-Mart fire in Pittsfield; arrest made

PITTSFIELD — The Tuesday evening fire at A-Mart was intentionally set, according to police. Thomas Roberts, 51, of Pittsfield, was arrested Wednesday and charged with arson in the North … more

Pittsfield schools chief a finalist in eastern Massachusetts superintendent search

PITTSFIELD — Superintendent Jason McCandless could soon take leave of Pittsfield Public Schools, but still he got rave reviews from the School Committee on Wednesday night.During the school … more

Great Barrington to mark 50 years since Du Bois Boyhood Homesite dedication

GREAT BARRINGTON — At the height of the civil rights struggle in 1969, anything honoring scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois wasn't going to be easy.But 50 years later, it's all … more

Jury sides with district in Pittsfield teacher's suit claiming whistleblower retaliation

PITTSFIELD — A former Capeless Elementary School teacher has lost a civil lawsuit in which she claimed that she was retaliated against for whistleblowing by being pushed out of her job.A … more

Second SBRSD whistleblower claims retaliation for complaints, says IEP students 'belittled'

SHEFFIELD — A special education staffer at Mount Everett Regional School is the second this month to accuse administrators of failing to provide services to a number of students with learning … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Jazz up your plans with these date-night ideas

Down County Social Club welcomes jam/rock/psychedelic acoustic duo Gardant for some live music, 8 to 11 p.m., 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield. Don't forget your $10 donation to the artists. … more

BLK FMNNST Loaner Library not your average book club

NORTH ADAMS — At their core, book clubs are about intimacy. In small groups, lit lovers often hole up in bars, libraries and homes, sharing stories, drinks, food. Sometimes, they even talk … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss this week, Oct. 13 - 19

Join in on this Berkshire traditionHike majestic Mount Greylock on Monday, Oct. 14 for the 52nd anniversary Greylock Ramble. This annual event is the ultimate way to experience the Berkshires in … more

The Snap

Bloated and exploded cans of soda and beer litter the ground outside of A-Mart Convenience & Liquor Store on North Street in Pittsfield the morning after a fire tore through the building on Tuesday night.

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