The Greeting

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

It's Black Friday. Over at the Berkshire Mall, the big sales day might not be what it once was. While it has been struggling to survive with the loss of its anchor stores, Santa will still be there two weekends this season. 

Elsewhere in the county, the season of giving thanks fell upon us yesterday, timed with very low temperatures (minus 8 this morning atop Windsor Mountain). The Berkshires responded with its characteristic Yankee warmth: Some cooked a holiday meal for those in need, while others delivered them to oldsters who don't leave their homes anymore.

Some folks kept warm by running the annual Turkey Trot in Adams; while others got hot under the collar because of a plan to build a rotary where a challenging intersection is now.

And, since it's Black Friday, what better way to celebrate than by reading  about your uber-wealthy neighbors. Eagle investigations editor Larry Parnass takes a look at some Department of Revenue figures, which show that 100 of your Berkshire neighbors make $1 million or more a year. Keep that in mind while you're in the checkout line today.

And here's a few top stories:

FRIGHT NIGHT: A city man is facing kidnapping and assault charges after he subjected a woman to a harrowing night of abuse, according to court documents. 

MOST MEALS EVER: Pittsfield's Christian Center tops its previous records for most Thanksgiving meals delivered to those in need, with 415 served.

WHO KNEW?: The Berkshires has its very own theater critics' association. Did you know that? Me neither. Hmm. Our own theater critic Jeffrey Borak never mentioned this association to me, although his critiques are featured on the group's website. Nevertheless, the association released its yearly list of award-winning shows. Read about it here.

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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The News

Christian Center in Pittsfield delivers largest number of Thanksgiving meals ever

PITTSFIELD — Thanksgiving dinner on Robbins Avenue was sort of a family affair Thursday.It was a family of friends and neighbors leaning on each other and celebrating friendship.About 100 … more

Pittsfield man charged with domestic assault, kidnapping

PITTSFIELD — A city man faces charges of domestic assault and kidnapping after allegedly forcing his way into a woman's car, holding her against her will and driving off at speeds of up to 80 … more

100 households in Berkshire County reported $1M incomes

PITTSFIELD — Not just a cool million. Make that $100 million. And just for starters. Exactly 100 residents of Berkshire County filed income tax returns for 2016 reporting adjusted gross income … more

Cold doesn't seem to ruffle many feathers at Adams Turkey Trot

ADAMS — Eight degrees.That was the temperature, in Fahrenheit, as racers bundled up to the starting line on Summer Street shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.But the bitter cold only fuels the … more

Cleanup of Stockbridge Motors likely to occur 'with little or no town expense'

STOCKBRIDGE — The state is poised for a major environmental cleanup at a long-shuttered service station on Route 7 (East Street) just north of downtown."We're getting Stockbridge Motors cleaned … more
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OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Backing small retailers is just good business

Over time, small retail stores have experienced their share of economic challenges — wars, depressions, the disappearance of American manufacturing jobs and the rise of big-box stores, to name … more
COLUMNISTS

Donald Morrison: Down for the (re)-count

MIAMI — Since the disputed presidential election of 2000 — remember those hanging chads? — Florida has been showing the world how not to hold elections. The recent midterms appeared to … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Angry and entitled need to lighten up

To the editor:I have a simple story that I believe is the perfect example of the mean-spirited, intolerant tone we are finding every day in this country.I have had a home in Hancock for 35 years. I … more


The Landscape

Meet The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow's newest member, a 1980s 24-track Studer

DALTON — "This is amazing."David Tanklefsky had just entered the third-floor storage room at The Stationery Factory where he and the rest of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow would begin recording … more

Preproduction house calls and brainstorming

WASHINGTON — On a chilly Friday night in mid-October, a group of adults lounged in a rustic Berkshire home, pizza boxes open on the kitchen table, beer and whiskey at the ready. A couple of … more


The Score

Dominic DeFelice finding success on the diamond at McGill University

In his baseball career, Dominic DeFelice has been a Western Massachusetts high school champion and a state runner-up. None of that could have foretold his baseball future. As a third-year student at … more

College Roundup: MCLA women's basketball stays hot; Williams men roll over Trailblazers

NORTH ADAMS — For the first time in six years, the MCLA women's basketball team has started its season with a 3-1 record.The Trailblazers held visiting Mount Holyoke to 13 points in the second … more

College Roundup: MCLA names softball coaches; Najimy, Richardson earn collegiate honors

NORTH ADAMS — A pair of former Hoosac Valley High School softball standouts will share the coaching chores at MCLA this spring.Ashley Ciepiela and Amanda Meczywor have been named interim … more

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Matt Boillat and his daughter Emma, 3, are bundled up against the bitter cold as they wait for Santa Claus at the city's annual tree lighting at Monument Square in North Adams on Wednesday.

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