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Thought for the day 

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” — JEAN DE LA FONTAINE, French poet (1621-1695)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

They tell me it's Tuesday. I posit that today has a definite Monday feel to it. You decide!

While you debate that internally, here's the news

PITTSFIELD SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Six candidates for the city's top education board shared their views during a forum Monday night.

SEEKING A SAY: A group opposed to horse racing at the fairgrounds is circulating a home rule petition that would give residents the right to weigh in on whether Suffolk Downs can reestablish a track here.

ASIYANNA JONES MURDER: New evidence has been entered into the case that'll determine culpability in the death of a young Pittsfield woman who was gunned down while sitting in a car in 2017.

RECOVERING RIDER: The Dalton motorcyclist hurt in a collision that killed seven of his friends is slowing recovering.

UNDER INVESTIGATION: The Sunday morning crash that killed one man and injured two others is still being investigated, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'Jarheads' rider from Dalton continues long recovery from deadly NH motorcycle crash

PITTSFIELD — Twenty surgeries since June and more ahead. That is life today for Joshua Morin, the Dalton man who used his training as an emergency department nurse to survive a horrific crash … more

DA's office still investigating fatal Cheshire crash

CHESHIRE — It remains unclear whether any of the drivers who survived a three-car collision Sunday morning on Cheshire Road (Route 8) that left one man dead will face charges. A spokesman for the … more

Contenders make case for Pittsfield School Committee

PITTSFIELD — From declining enrollment to staff retention and facilities issues, the district has serious decisions on its plate. As it faces them in the years ahead, they'll do so with the … more

Asiyanna Jones shooting: New evidence emerges in murder case

PITTSFIELD — New evidence has surfaced in the case against one of the three suspects accused in the fatal shooting of Asiyanna Jones, according to an attorney in the case.And the special … more

No bail for arson suspect in North Street fire

PITTSFIELD — A city man was ordered held without bail Monday amid accusations he set fire to a North Street convenience store after he was denied service for being intoxicated.Thomas Roberts, … more

Petition for local referendum on horse racing gains momentum in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — A group opposed to a resurgence of thoroughbred horse racing at the fairgrounds is circulating a home rule petition that would give residents the legal right to weigh in on … more

North Adams City Council: Profiles of five of the candidates

This is the third of three sets of profiles of candidates for North Adams City Council. NORTH ADAMS — Voters in North Adams will fill nine, two-year seats on the City Council in voting Nov. 5. … more


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The Weather

New Series

Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires

These profiles of active, engaged community members who are 65 and better in the Berkshires were created by volunteer writers and photographers who are members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. They represent thousands more in our community who give back in many different ways and transform our perception of older adults. There are many more stories out there — you are encouraged to seek them out. Look for a new profile every Monday on BerkshireEagle.com.


Creative Aging: In the Berkshires, creative aging is for everyone

Marjorie Cohan biked across the state of Missouri on the nation’s longest continuous bike trail this summer. Andy Plumer traveled to Europe and Japan to consult on … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Clark Art Institute's expansive 2020 season includes first-ever outdoor exhibition

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Clark Art Institute will mount its first-ever outdoor exhibition, "Gorund/work," in the summer of 2020. The show will consist of six commissions tuned to … more

Berkshire Symphony takes audience on an American nostalgia trip

WILLIAMSTOWN — Let's remember a time when America was innocent and honest, the Berkshire Symphony seemed to be saying. more

National Arab Orchestra builds a musiocal platform of nuance, grace, and oneness

WILLIAMSTOWN — The strings hold a quiet rhythm and the flute lifts in a long rippling call. The melody line carries clear and strong, Plucked strings take it up, and the music builds, fast and … more

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The Plan

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Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Oct. 17-23

Help out outdoorsJoin Mass Audubon for Pleasant Valley's Volunteer Day and help care for the gardens and trails at the Sanctuary, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Registration … more

The Snap

Donnell Moye and John Brown, not shown, of the building and grounds crew at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, blow leaves into a pile on the lawn in front of Murdock Hall on Monday.

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