The Greeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

'Snowbody knows the winter I've seen, snowbody knows my sorrow.'  I think the song goes something like that. If you shoveled and snowblowed like I did this morning, then you might be humming that tune, too.

We're off to a serious start for this winter (and it's not even technically winter yet). Overnight, parts of the Berkshires received upward of 14 inches of snow to as little as an inch in low-lying areas. 

North County schools started out the day by calling two-hour delays, but after seeing snowfall totals and receiving reports from the Hilltowns, most called it a snow day by early morning.

Meanwhile, there have been a few slip-n-slide motor vehicle collisions and spinouts, but all in all, the authorities aren't yet overwhelmed with emergency calls. Click this link to visit our Accuweather page, which is constantly updated.

And since Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are done, that must mean it's time for Giving Tuesday. Luckily for you,  we have The Eagle's Santa Fund, which helps hundreds of Pittsfield-area children to have a happy holiday season.

Meanwhile, read these local stories to maintain dominance at the water cooler:

CHANGES AT THE TOP:  Berkshire Bank, "America's most exciting bank," just got really exciting in its executive ranks, as Michael Daly steps down as CEO of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, the bank's parent company.

HARD TIME: A Pittsfield man will spend up to five years in prison for brutally beating a woman and breaking her eye socket.

TIME TO TALK TRAUMA: A workshop helps teach educators how to handle trauma in the classroom.

THE BURDEN OF BUSINESSES: Mayor Thomas Bernard's tax plan for North Adams would place a record-setting tax levy on city businesses.

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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The News

Berkshire Bank has a new CEO as Michael Daly steps down

PITTSFIELD — Michael P. Daly has stepped down as president, CEO and director of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Berkshire Bank's holding company, the financial institution announced on … more

Snow hits Berkshire hilltowns, Vermont hard; more to come

An overnight storm dropped up to 14 inches of wet, dense snow across the region, from Berkshire County to the Green Mountains of Vermont — and there's more to come, according to the National … more

Pittsfield's new Homeless Prevention Committee outlines early goals

PITTSFIELD — To better help homeless people, the city and service providers need to improve the lines of communication.That was the conclusion Monday of members of a new committee charged with … more

Pittsfield man gets 5 years in prison for beating woman

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of brutally beating a woman and breaking her eye socket has been sentenced to up to five years in state prison.Garrett Vil, 27, was found guilty in Berkshire … more

Workshop shows Berkshire educators effects of trauma in classrooms, how to handle them

LENOX — Against the backdrop of a serene undersea mural, more than 100 local educators crammed into a room to talk about a far less cheerful subject of how childhood trauma plays out in their … more

Pittsfield Fire Dept. quickly knocks down Second St. fire

PITTSFIELD — A Second Street apartment complex was briefly evacuated Monday afternoon as firefighters quickly doused a small fire in a vacant unit.No one was injured in the fire or the … more

North Adams tax plan would place heavier burden on businesses

NORTH ADAMS — Businesses will likely bear the brunt of this year's increases in taxes.In a tax classification hearing on Tuesday, the City Council will decide how it wants to raise $17.65 … more


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The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: School violence problem is a community issue

While society at large is an incubator for stresses and conflicts that could lead to violence, schools are often the crucible where such violence is acted out. So far this school year, at least nine … more
COLUMNISTS

Gillian Jones: Being a good caregiver means caring for yourself

NORTH ADAMS — The most important trait in being a good, healthy caregiver is first taking proper care of yourself.It's like the analogy of being a passenger in a plane that is experiencing … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Flag-hugging phony has no respect for military

To the editor:Hard to figure out on what to cover. So many rants on Twitter. Too many inane, insane or off-the-wall Looney Tunes remarks.Mr. Hugh The Flag Phony, Mr. Everything for our brave troops … 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

A reflective, homemade breakfast with Matthew Penn

STOCKBRIDGE — When the world is too much for him, stage and TV director Matthew Penn finds shelter riding his tractor, tending to the leaf-carpeted, wooded acreage, complete with two large … more


The Score

Taconic basketball opens winter sports season in Berkshire County on brand new court

PITTSFIELD — After claiming the program's first Western Massachusetts championship since 1977, getting to lace up in a brand new gymnasium could seem like a reward for the returning members of … more


The Plan


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The Snap

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
The Taconic Braves had their first day of basketball practice Monday. This photo shows the JV players in drills.

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