The Greeting

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

Good morning, Berkshires. Today is Cyber Monday. Do you know where your PayPal account is? I do, and it's burning a hole in my e-pocket. 

In this edition of TheBeat, we bring you a report on the Pittsfield Public Schools taking a strong stand against violence, after a recent uptick in student fights on campus.

There's also more commercial marijuana movement in the county, as a moratorium ends in Hinsdale while Lee OKs a plan for its first pot cultivation site.

Blantyre is auctioning off 375 pieces of its history that it says it doesn't need, which also will pay for renovations. Why does that plan sound familiar? Hmm

Please remember to give to The Eagle's Santa Fund, to make sure those in need can have a great Christmas, too. Last year, the fund raised more than $57K, which helped hundreds of Pittsfield-area children. 

But, wait, there's so much more:

THAT DIRTY WATER: Housatonic's water is nasty. Linking it with Great Barrington proper could take years, and residents are upset. 

HOT CUISINE: We had Old Country Buffet; now, in its place will be that Tex-Mex mecca, Chili's. Bon appetit!

HOUSIE WHATSY NEXT?: People have expressed interest in taking over the former Housie Market, but nothing has stuck so far.

SPENDING TIME IN PITTSFIELD: Local folks came to downtown Pittsfield on Saturday's to buy gifts for the holidays and to support local businesses.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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The News

Amid uptick in violence, Pittsfield schools superintendent sends firm message

PITTSFIELD — After a fight broke out between two girls one morning at Taconic High School, several others soon joined in. Before long, a crowd gathered, egging them on as the clash evolved into … more

Chili's opening in Pittsfield next month

PITTSFIELD — A Chili's Grill and Bar will be open soon at Berkshire Crossing. The newly built eatery is scheduled to open in mid- to late December, said Kristen Moore, a spokesperson for … more

After brief ban, Hinsdale prepares to welcome cannabis trade

HINSDALE — Hinsdale could open its doors to cannabis firms by setting rules this week on where and how they operate — and by lifting a moratorium.A special town meeting Wednesday will ask … more

Lee Planning Board OKs site plan for pot-cultivation setup

LEE — The town is a step closer to getting its first cannabis-cultivation business.The Lee Planning Board unanimously has approved the site plan submitted by three Pittsfield brothers to open a … more

Housatonic water system concerns drive report, controversial merger concept

GREAT BARRINGTON — Joining Housatonic's water system with one in Great Barrington could eventually clear its dirty water. But that would take years, and getting Great Barrington residents to go … more

Housie Market owner 'patient' while waiting for right tenant

GREAT BARRINGTON — The former Housie Market space is still in search of its next life, with winter likely to come and go before it reopens."It's a work in progress," said owner Patrick … more

Children's Holiday Extravaganza 'a nice, festive way to start the season'

PITTSFIELD — The annual Children's Holiday Extravaganza held at The Colonial Theatre is a chance for local businesses and volunteers to give back to the community. On the giving end, Berkshire … more

Decking the halls with cards and keepsakes: Hallmark's Gold Crown brand returns to the Berkshires

LEE — A downtown specialty shop has brought a holiday tradition back to the Berkshires.Karen Keenan Gifts & Home has added Hallmark greeting cards and ornaments to its varied selection of … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: Sound strategy to boost local manufacturing

TOG Manufacturing, a North Adams precision parts manufacturer, is poised to increase its workforce from 29 to 57, thanks to negotiations currently underway between the employer and the city (Eagle, … more

Our opinion: Trump war on press is war on Americans

The role of the press in the United States vis a vis those who have been given political power is an adversarial one, in the constructive sense that it exists as a proxy through whom the people are … more

Lauren R. Stevens: Young take lead on climate fight

WILLIAMSTOWN — The 21 young climate heroes who assert that the federal government, by its actions that increase climate change, is depriving them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty … more

Letter: Animosity toward Lach's kills a good business

To the editor:After reading the "Lach's Lounge closed for good" article on The Berkshire Eagle's Facebook page, I could not help but wonder what fine alcohol serving establishment would the next drug … more

Letter: 7 & 23 roundabout is problem, not solution

To the editor:On Tuesday Nov. 20, I attended the meeting at Town Hall in Great Barrington to hear the state DOT representatives give their plan for a new round-about at the intersection of Routes 23 … more

The Landscape

Extra Helping: Recipes for helping friends, family during times of need, celebration

On the day her first cookbook was published, Sheffield author Janet Reich Elsbach blogged, not so much about the book, but on the process of writing. She reminisced about the first time she put her … more

Buy your wreaths for great price, great cause

Tuesday afternoon, while a light snow drifted down outside, it was downright Christmas-y at the North Adams Public School's Greenhouse Program in North Adams.The students and staff members were … more

John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: A time-bending Spanish history lesson and a story of triplets separated at birth

"The Ministry of Time" (Netflix) This unassuming, slightly clunky, but entirely affable and often surprising Spanish science fiction show sits in an unnoticed corner of Netflix, away from most … more

The Score

Nelson Belot Jr. wins Summit Pro title at NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships

Nelson Belot Jr. went to California thinking a win at the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships was a possibility.With some outstanding racing a dash of luck, Belot made the dream a … more

Early deficit to ranked foe does in Williams College men's ice hockey in home opener

WILLIAMSTOWN — It certainly wasn't how the Williams College men's hockey team wanted to finish in its home opener. But Sunday's loss to SUNY-Geneseo gives the Ephs a real measuring stick as … more

Williams College women's basketball flattens Amherst vanquishers

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Five days ago, Eastern Connecticut ended top-ranked Amherst's 68-game winning streak. Sunday afternoon, the Williams women shocked Eastern on its home court.Mikaela Topper … more

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The Snap

Jamie Soha, 2, admires the lights on the Christmas tree at the Adams Town Common during the annual Adams Holly Days event on Sunday, which included a tree-lighting, free carriage rides and a visit from Santa and refreshments.

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