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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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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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

Last of listed Berkshire Museum works sell for less than expected

Two Berkshire Museum paintings sold Friday for less than their expected low bids, the last of 22 works removed so far from its collection. A museum spokeswoman said trustees will now decide whether … 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

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

Our Opinion: Opioid crisis takes economic toll as well

The devastating effects of the opioid crisis are all around us. They are manifested in lost and destroyed lives, shattered families, levels of violent and property crimes unknown in Berkshires … more

Our Opinion: Balancing solar energy's strengths, detriments

On Thursday, the Pittsfield Conservation Commission voted unanimously against allowing the construction of a vast solar panel project proposed for the golf course at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club. The … more
COLUMNISTS

Paul Krugman: Why Trump tax cut fizzled with voters

NEW YORK — The Nov. 6 blue wave means that Donald Trump will go into the 2020 election with only one major legislative achievement: a big tax cut for corporations and the wealthy. Still, that … 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
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: WiredWest stands ready to deliver broadband

To the editor:Having been involved with WiredWest since its formation in 2011, I want to add some points to Larry Parnass' Nov. 13 front-page story, "WiredWest reroutes last-mile strategy."Our … more

Letter: Much more we can do to protect ecosystems

To the editor:In recent months, Berkshire County and more specifically Great Barrington have been working and succeeding at the ban of plastic water bottles. Three Monument Mountain students gave a … more

Letter: Gross, unfair slaps at Eagle, Caccaviello backers

To the editor:Subsequent to Election Day 2018, I embarked on a short business trip. The journey was bookended by two letters to the editor: One on the Nov. 10 by Stephanie Boyd and the second on Nov. … more



The Landscape

Move over for the Oscar contenders

We've already seen some Academy Award contenders — "First Man," "A Star is Born," and unless Hollywood has its occasional short-term memory problem — "BlacKkKlansman." Now we'll see the … more

Make your gravy the star of the table

In making an exceptional Thanksgiving meal, gravy is usually hastily prepared in between last-minute bread-baking, poultry resting and finding a few more chairs to squeeze around the table. On our … more


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

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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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