The Greeting

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Hot tamales, it's cold out!  Please keep your kids  dressed properly when sending them off to school (and don't fret if  you can't afford it, because there are options for assistance in the county).

We have another newsy day here at Eagle HQ, bringing you these top stories:

DOWN BUT NOT UP: Taxes are going down in Pittsfield, but property values are up. It kind of makes for a wash, say officials.

NEW SCHOOL BOARD: The transition committee has dissolved and in its place is a brand new board for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.

1 CHARGED, 2 TO GO: One suspect has been charged in the fatal stabbing of a Pittsfield barber; two others await a day in court.

STRIKE ... YER OUT OF A RIDE: The BRTA paratransit drivers might announce a strike.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com

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The News

BRTA paratransit drivers on cusp of potential strike Friday

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County residents who rely on public transportation to get around might want to make alternative plans for Friday morning, as union employees stand poised to strike. On … more

Pittsfield City Council approves tax cut

PITTSFIELD — City councilors Tuesday approved a tax cut proposed by Mayor Linda Tyer, but not without a few jabs."Yes, we are going down," Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell said of the modest tax … more

In trying to beat addiction, many in Berkshires turn to faith-based support

PITTSFIELD — While the number of opioid deaths appears to be trending downward, work remains to be done.And many who suffer addiction in the Berkshires turn to faith-based support.At the … more

Trial begins for man charged with trying to rape woman in her kitchen

PITTSFIELD — "Please don't rape me." That's the plea a woman made in October 2016 while allegedly being assaulted by Joseph A. Stone, according to prosecutors.Stone, 40, is accused of grabbing … more

Governor forwards special warrant to secure return of Pittsfield arson suspect

PITTSFIELD — Gov. Charlie Baker has petitioned the state of Vermont to release a Pittsfield man from custody and allow his return to Massachusetts, where he … more

1 of 3 suspects charged with murder in Pittsfield stabbing death

PITTSFIELD — One of three men accused in the fatal stabbing of William Catalano last month was formally arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday on a lone count of murder.Jason Sefton, … more

New School Committee takes reins on unified Mount Greylock Regional School District

WILLIAMSTOWN — In a newly regionalized school district with a freshly built middle/high school, a brand new School Committee is entering some uncharted territory after the Transition Committee … more



The Weather


The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Worrisome stoppage of bishops' conference

For the Roman Catholic Church in America, this week was to have been a time of self-realization, confrontation and admission of past sins, and the development of concrete action to resurrect an … more
COLUMNISTS

Phyllis McGuire | View from the Village: That time I hosted a dinner party for guests of yore

WILLIAMSTOWN — My imagination took flight the day I listened to a British Radio Drama called "My Dream Dinner Party." It was far from a traditional dinner party; the hostess invited famous … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Lesson of war is that war must end

To the editor:Armistice Day commemorated 100 years since the end of World War I, which was known then as a war to end all wars. A time, 11 a.m., a day, the 11th, and a month, also the 11th, were … more



The Landscape

Happy Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day is Tuesday. And what's not to love? Peanut butter ... fudge ... sweet creaminess melting on your tongue ...According to the National Peanut Board website, ancient … more

Robin Anish | The Table Is Set: Little ones can add to holiday dinner, too

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to let kids share in the making of a meal that brings family and friends together in such a meaningful way. When I was a kid, my job on Thanksgiving was to dress … more


The Score

Pipkins' 36 not enough, as Harvard holds off UMass at Mullins Center

AMHERST — A 36-point night is nothing to take lightly. Normally, it's something to be happy about. Not on this Wednesday night, and certainly not for University of Massachusetts guard Luwane … more

Lenox boys soccer set for MIAA state semifinal rematch with defending champion Bromfield

WESTFIELD — Moments after he helped his team win a second straight Western Massachusetts Division IV title, midfielder Keveen Delgado was asked how much of a possibility he thought this title … more

The Plan


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The Snap

MIKE WALSH — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
On Nov. 11, the Williams women's soccer team defeated Stevens 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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