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Thought for the day 

“Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.” — MALCOLM FORBES, American publisher (1919-1990)

The Greeting

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Welcome to the start of the week, Berkshire County. It's a short week for me, as I will be charting a course for Block Island, where many behemoth striped bass will be flopping onto the shores, just for yours truly.  At least, that's what I dream about almost every night of the week; here's hoping to dreams coming true.

Until such time of my fishy exploits, we have the news

WIRED ON BROADBAND: A Berkshire legislator's new bill would make it easier for cities and towns to get into the broadband internet business, encouraging competition that could produce faster download speeds. Meanwhile, The Eagle wants to know: How's your internet speed?

PERMIT EXTENDED: A Lenox business that aims to convert a building into an eating-disorder treatment center has its permit extended by the town.

OFFICER OF THE MONTH: A Pittsfield Police officer is recognized for talking a despondent man off some railroad tracks.

WAYFAIR COMING IN HOT: The new Wayfair customer service call center in Pittsfield had a small fire over the weekend.

NEW LIBRARIAN SOUGHT: The Lee Library director is resigning to start his own business in town, and the home of tomes will need a new leader.

I hope this edition of TheBeat has been helpul in directing you to a story that two that you want to read; to help keep TheBeat and The Eagle going, please renew or subscribe today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: A new Massachusetts Turnpike exit won't be built in the Berkshires, but could be built in a neighboring Western Massachusetts county. Friday's Beat subject line was incorrect.

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The News

Lenox ZBA extends permit for eating disorder treatment center plan

LENOX — A proposed residential recovery center for women with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia has won a two-year special permit extension from the town's zoning board.Local … more

Pittsfield mayoral candidates square off at debate

SPRINGFIELD — The race for the city's top job grew more pointed in the first one-on-one debate between Mayor Linda Tyer and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo. Filmed Friday morning at WGBY … more

Pittsfield police honor officer for helping suicidal man in first officer of the month award

PITTSFIELD — A man sitting in a lawn chair on the railroad tracks told Pittsfield Police Officer Chris Arena that he wanted to die, police said of a recent incident.Arena said the man told him … more

Councilors give initial OK on $140,000 for Pittsfield space chamber

PITTSFIELD — Using $140,000 from the city’s Economic Development Fund for a planned aerospace testing chamber would be a sound investment, city councilors agreed Thursday. more

Heating unit catches fire at Wayfair call center

PITTSFIELD — Five days before Wayfair's grand opening, several employees evacuated their office after a heating unit caught fire Saturday afternoon. An employee extinguished the blaze, which … more

Berkshire Health Systems donates mobile outreach unit to Salvation Army

PITTSFIELD — The county's largest employer has given a boost to the Salvation Army's response to disasters from the Berkshires to Boston and beyond.Berkshire Health Systems has donated its … more

Lee Library searching for new leader as director announces resignation

LEE — The Lee Library is looking for a new director.Damon Vorce has informed the library trustees he's resigning, effective in mid-November, to start his own business in Great Barrington, … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Rep. Barrett says lifting line fees would speed municipal broadband, but utilities likely to hang tight to this revenue stream

PITTSFIELD — A Berkshires lawmaker's new bill would make it easier for cities and towns to get into the broadband internet business, encouraging competition that could produce faster download … more

The Eagle wants to know: What's your speed?

As broadband projects advance in rural towns, residents with new fiber-optic service are enjoying some of the fastest internet connections in Berkshire County. But what about connection speeds in … more

Walgreens converting 3 more Rite Aid stores in Berkshire County

Walgreens is currently converting the remaining Rite Aid pharmacies that it owns in Berkshire County to that company's brand, a process that is expected to continue over the next year, according to … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Thom Smith: What about the birds?

One of our favorite birds, the wood thrush is heard far less today than in the 1960s. I remember when Margaret French Cresson befriended me and I was invited to her home to walk through the woods her … more

Create your own picture-perfect cheese plate

When assisting customers putting together a cheese plate, I try to determine what cheeses they like, local and/or imported, what the occasion is, who and what size their audience is, and their … more

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The Plan

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


4 events not to miss this week, Oct. 6 - 12

Join the parade of zombies in downtown PittsfieldThis year marks the 10th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl. On Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., hundreds of zombies will fill the streets and pubs of Downtown … more

The Snap

Ashton Alibozek and his team from the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office compete in the 2019 Humvee Push Challenge to raise money for the Special Olympics of Berkshire County at the Walmart parking lot in North Adams on Saturday.

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