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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — GEORGE ORWELL (Eric Blair), English author (1903-1950)

The Greeting

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Happy Monday, people of the 413 hills. My 24-hour Block Island trip was loaded with camaraderie and laughs, but the fish were scant. Only two little ones for me: about 14 inches long (these are called dinks, shorts, lil' guys, rats, schoolies). I could've stayed in Berkshire for fish that size. They say it's not about the catching ... bah!

Click here for the weather and click here for the full rundown of today's news, or continue reading below for pithy descriptions of the day's best stories: 

SHOTS SPOTTED:  Pittsfield Police are investigating a report of gunshots as a Halloween party was ending at a restaurant on Winter Street.

NORTH ADAMS MAYOR: Two want the seat, but only one will get it. City voters will get to choose between the incumbent who says he has more to do for North Adams — Thomas Bernard — and his challenger — Rachel Branch — a "seasoned citizen" who wants to lend her deep experience to her hometown.

PRESERVE OR BUILD?: Stockbridge wrestles with the conundrum facing all small towns — how much to save of its singular history and how much to develop in the future?

LEE TAXPAYER LOAD LIGHTENED: The tax rate is dropping in Lee, thanks to the biggest rate of growth since the 2008 recession.

NOT LACKING IN HACKING: IT chiefs in Pittsfield and North Adams share their experiences in dealing with electronic threats against their municipal sites.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Stockbridge grapples with balancing economic development, preservation

STOCKBRIDGE — How to change and how much to change — that is the question pinpointed by a planning consultant tapped to help bridge the gap between preservation-minded residents and … more

Police investigating gunshots report on Winter Street in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating shots being fired early Sunday morning outside Jae's #7 restaurant on Winter Street. Around 1 a.m., officers responded to the area for a ShotSpotter … more

McCandless staying put; 'I have a lot of people here that I think the world of'

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless had been getting excited about the change and opportunity that would have come from taking a job on the eastern side of … more

North Adams mayoral race: Challenger Branch takes chance to `stand up'

NORTH ADAMS — Rachel Branch has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of professions, and she wants to bring those experiences and skills to City Hall if she wins the Nov. 5 mayoral … more

Vigilance is name of anti-hacking game in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — In North Adams, where the City Council recently authorized spending $20,000 to update the city's website, the threat of a ransomware attack keeps the director of information … more

`We are not immune': Pittsfield's tech chief works to safeguard city from cyberattacks

PITTSFIELD — When it comes to email "phishing," a kind of covert computer security attack, one Pittsfield official has been known to throw his line in.But when Chief Information Officer Michael … more

Acting on a need: Barrington Stage expands set-production capabilities

PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company has made another move to upgrade its facilities by purchasing a 22,100-square-foot facility on Laurel Street that it plans to turn into a production … more


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Grab a nibble and a beer at The Miller

GREAT BARRINGTON — You don't have to scream to be heard. Nor do you have to break the bank to have a few beers and some sliders engineered by four gentlemen with serious chef chops.The mood is … more

Munoa's howls evoke heritage, affinity for nature

GREAT BARRINGTON — Crows arguing, buzz saws slicing, rattlesnakes slithering, gunshots piercing — the sounds from Janel Munoa's childhood on a Southern California reservation were vital … more

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5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Oct. 24 - 30

Meet the authorBard College at Simon's Rock's Poetry & Fiction Reading Series welcomes Brenda Shaugnessy, author of "The Octopus Museum," 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at … more

The Snap

Harry Potter themed artwork was on display during “A Day at Hogwarts," at the Lenox Public Library on Sunday.

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