The Greeting

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Good morning, Berkshirites! It's another snowy morning in the westernmost hills of Massachusetts, and the weather has more in store for us, heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

We bring you a wide array of stories today, ranging from a missing pair of pugs to the state of homelessness in Berkshire County. Read it all to be in the know ...

HOMELESSNESS IN THE COUNTY: The Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority reports that in the past fiscal year, it helped 2,229 households sliding toward homelessness.

PUBLIC WEIGH-IN: Great Barrington officials will take input tonight on who should be the next town manager.

A JOB FOR ALL: Zip 'N Sort not only moves millions of pieces of mail every year, but it also provides much needed jobs for people with disabilities. Click the link to read the story and see a video.

MISSING FUR BABIES: Two lovely little pugs escaped from their owner in Monterey, and she's pulling out all the stops to find them. 

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Noah Hoffenberg,
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The News

Monterey woman, heart heavy, presses hunt for missing pugs

The APB went out two weeks ago, along with photos now traveling with cops on South County routes.That's an All Pugs Bulletin — and so far, a mysterious disappearance remains unsolved.On the day … more

Zip 'N Sort celebrates 2 decades of empowering people with disabilities through jobs

PITTSFIELD — In 1998, Berkshire County Arc set out to create a mail sorting company that would create jobs for some of the disabled individuals they work with and provide a cost-saving service … more

Residents to weigh in on search for town manager

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Select Board is hosting a community forum Monday to begin the search for the next town manager.The meeting will take place 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Main Street. In addition … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: A time to reflect on downtown foot traffic

Downtown Pittsfield is dotted with quirky storefronts, and many of them are underappreciated. This week, we round the corner on Thanksgiving, the holiday season and Small Business Saturday, and so … more

SUV strikes house in Lenox; no injuries reported

LENOX — Four people escaped injury Saturday morning when an SUV crashed into a home on Pittsfield Road, according to Lenox Fire Chief Chris O'Brien.Around 8:30 a.m., police and rescuers … more

Fighting homelessness in Berkshires remains year-round quest

PITTSFIELD — As snow approached Thursday, those who manage the Barton's Crossing shelter prepared for a busy night of checking in guests and keeping peace in the building's mazelike … more

Regional homelessness by the numbers

A report released Friday by the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness documented aspects of the issue across the region. Among the data in the study:- Number of homeless people counted at … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: Overdue DCR crackdown on deadbeat tenants

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is perennially strapped for money, and it is frustrating that some deep-pocketed corporations are contributing to the problem by not paying … more

Tom Callahan and Jen Ryan: It's time to preserve community preservation

BOSTON — With 60 percent of Massachusetts residents living in a city or town that has adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), you don't have to look far to see its many benefits. One … more

The Landscape

The Score

MIAA State Cross-Country Championships: Seid's All-State run drives Mount Greylock boys to third-place finish

WESTFIELD — Sundays aren't typically a day of business, but the Mount Greylock boys cross-country team had a list of jobs to do on a trip to Westfield State University.Back at Stanley Park for … more

MIAA State Cross-Country Championships: Mount Greylock girls runner-up; Lenox third

WESTFIELD — Hilary Greene has been a cross-country skiing coach for some time, and her Mount Greylock girls Nordic team is a two-time defending state champion in the winter.But 2018 was her … more

The Plan

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The Snap

The start of the boys MIAA Division 2 All-State Boys Cross Country meet at Stanley Park in Westfield on Sunday.

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