The Greeting

GILLIAN JONES — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
The Arnolds of East Main Street in North Adams have been decorating their yard for decades, inviting folks to visit their theme park-like display.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018

Sorry for the late Beat, Berkshires! If you've logged on today, you've likely seen some changes to berkshireeagle.com. Some quirks in the changeover has kept this missive from your inbox. Deep and humble apologies. Make sure to email me to let me know what you think of the new look to the website. Your feedback will help drive improvements. 

We'll deliver a news story within the next couple of days that sums up all the new features. In the meantime, enjoy these timely news and feature stories ...

GETTING THE LEDS OUT: Pittsfield will be swapping out its old energy-sucking lightbulbs for brand new low-cost LEDs; that stands for light-emitting diodes, in case you end up on "Jeopardy!" 

LEGEND OF GREYSTONE: The downtown Greystone building has been sold for $2.3 million; the new owners, a pair of investors from  New York, said they aren't planning any major changes, except for some needed upgrading.

A DIFFERENT BRAND OF B&E: Police say a man illegally entered a woman's apartment in  North Adams and changed her cat's litter before being arrested.

ANOTHER DEFENDANT NAMED: A fourth man has been arraigned on charges stemming from the shooting of a 19-year-old Cheshire man at the Ashley Reservoir in August.

FEELING PUNCHY?: Making some special punch for your holiday party will keep you entertaining, instead of pouring drinks, all night.  Check out these new takes on a holiday staple.

CONSOLIDATION IN THE CITY: Mountain One is pulling together its different divisions under one roof in North Adams on Main Street.

WIRED UP, MOSTLY: Egremont is on the cusp of having broadband brought to all corners of the town; however, Charter won't be the provider after the town stepped away from negotiations, determining that the company's offering was not what Egremont was looking for.

I hope you had a happy Hanukkah and Christmas, and I wish the best for the new year,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Closer look might clear Dalton site of environmental problems

DALTON — A bit of digging and probing by an environmental consultant might clear a tract of land in Dalton for wide public use. For months, a team of Dalton volunteers has stood ready to … more

4th defendant named in Ashley Reservoir shooting

PITTSFIELD — A fourth person has been charged in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting and assault that gravely wounded a 19-year-old man who is still recovering from his injuries.Christopher J. … more

Pittsfield joins Dalton in taking leap to LED streetlights

It's light, for less. That's been the argument for years to trade high-pressure sodium streetlights for a penny-pinching light source introduced in the 1960s. In the next three months, Pittsfield … more

New bail for suspect in hit-and-run death of motorcyclist

PITTSFIELD — The suspect who's alleged to have fled a fatal August hit-and-run crash that killed 49-year-old Alan Keefe had new bail set Monday in Berkshire Superior Court.Brian Dillard, 32, … more

Greystone Building sells for $2.3M

PITTSFIELD — Properties in downtown Pittsfield are continuing to attract out-of-state investment.Whaling Properties of Pittsfield has sold the four-story Greystone Building at North Street and … more

Police: Pittsfield man charged after entering woman's apartment, cleaning litter box

NORTH ADAMS — A Pittsfield man allegedly broke into a city woman's apartment and began cleaning it Thursday while in a confused state.Acting on reports that the man had a knife, North Adams … more

A new look, feel for BerkshireEagle.com

PITTSFIELD — BerkshireEagle.com has a different look starting today. We've given ourselves a makeover with an easier-to-read, streamlined appearance. more


The Weather


The Business

Mountain One Bank moves operations to Main Street in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Mountain One Bank is concentrating its operations in renovated office space on Main Street.According to Robert Fraser, president and CEO of Mountain One, nearly 10,000 square feet … more

Egremont looks to fill broadband gap around Fiber Connect service area

EGREMONT — The town is searching for a new internet contractor and service provider after negotiations were terminated with Charter Communications.A new request for proposals seeks two types of … more

The View

OUR OPINION
COLUMNISTS
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Berkshires benefited from Hazzard's work

To the editor:Thank you Berkshire Eagle for the Dec. 21 article "CEO stepping down but not leaving." It reminds us that under Kris Hazzard's 10 years "Leadership the Berkshire United Way has … more


The Landscape

Cheers! Punch up your party with these cocktails

When it comes to welcoming and celebrating the new year, many people have abandoned the large nightclub or community-based club New Year's Eve bash for a quieter, more intimate night at home with … more


The Score



The Plan


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The Snap

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Parishioners form a nativity scene during a night of song and Jazz during a Christmas pageant at Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, Monday.

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