The Greeting

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Great news, Berkshires! I have acclimated to the bone-rattling cold, and I hope the same holds true for you. 

In breaking news, Spectrum says it won't be supplying Western Massachusetts news to Western Massachusetts, and certainly not for free. Because it says we're part of New York. Go figure.

In no-so-great news, those Berkshirites who rely on heating assistance to make it through the winter just got word that the state is receiving about $11 million less than it did last year for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  State Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, and state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, say they expect additional aid, but they don't know how much or when.

In business news, the Berkshire Innovation Center dodged a bullet recently, as its steel purchases for construction of the business incubation center occurred before the Trump-era tariffs kicked in. 

Sandisfield, meanwhile, is on track to hire a new roads chief, after its previous highway boss left in a cloud of theft accusations.

The city of North Adams will continue its talks to decide how much autonomy a public arts comission should have.

Pittsfield Police report that it — along with other nearby agencies — conducted a monthlong sweep in the city for drugs, criminals and traffic offenders. The effort yielded a bounty of tickets, summonses, confiscations and arrests.

And in other gripping Berkshire County news ... 

RISING TIDE OF HERBICIDE?: The Stockbridge Bowl Association wants to use herbicides, among other measures, to control the Eurasian milfoil that's choking out the state-owned lake. The rub: No one in town government and no townspeople have any interest in changing town practices, namely not using chemicals in the water body.

SMITTY'S WORKIN' ON THE RAILROAD: Our very own state representative, William "Smitty" Pignatelli, has been named to a state railway commission studying east-west rail service in the Bay State.

MITSKI? HERE?: She's only the hottest thing on the indie music scene, and she's coming to Mass MoCA.

SPEEDO READING: Our crack sports department gives you the lowdown on what to expect for this year's swim season.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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