The Greeting

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

Greetings, Berkshires, and welcome to your workweek

Today, we have a veritable gaggle of news stories to offer you.

In the breaking news department, we have an announcement from the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, that, despite a strike, essential paratransit services will continue; the BRTA has hired subcontractors to fill in during an impasse in contract negitiations with a drivers union.

And in the big picture department, veteran journalist Kristin Palpini tackles the Berkshire County housing crisis, with a pair of stories that examines cost burdens and low housing stock in the region; part of the fallout:  half of all Berkshires households that rent are burdened by housing costs, meaning their income is going toward rent instead of basic living essentials, such as medicine, clothing and utilities. 

There's also a little Hanukkah miracle in North Adams, in which the city celebrated its first Festival of Lights.

Also in North Adams, the longtime police director, Michael Cozzaglio, is retiring after an action-packed career in law enforcement.

We also have these other real-life tales of heartache and joy ...

PASSENGER KILLED: A Spencer man has died after an auto crash in Lee.

MORE BROWN FROWNS: The Housatonic Water Works will open the floodgates of information for the public related to the brown water that's been ruining lives — and loads of laundry — in this village in Great Barrington.

20 QUESTIONS: Well, it's actually only nine questions, but these queries on the EPA cleanup of the Housatonic River cleanup will sure feel like 20.

GETTING CLEAN:  The town of Stockbridge has tightened up billing practices after what the town attorney has termed an overbilling "scam."

No matter your point of view, the news is guaranteed to have something to get you riled up. Why stew in silence? Share the love with a friend. For a limited time, subscribe for a full year and get an extra subscription to give as a gift. Click here to subscribe today.


Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

Correction: On Friday, TheBeat misspelled the name of the late Lauri Klefos.

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The News

Renters squeezed by high prices, low inventory in Berkshires

The worst place that Sherry Gale has rented in Berkshire County was an apartment on Boylston Street in Pittsfield infested with bedbugs. To deal with the problem, she said, her landlord handed her a … more

Half of Berkshires renters considered 'burdened' by costs

PITTSFIELD — Median monthly rents in Berkshire County ranged from less than $650 to more than $1,000 in 2016, the most recent year for which data are available. In Berkshire County, the median … more

The Weather

The Business

Amid Fire Department billing 'scam,' Stockbridge tweaking purchasing procedures

STOCKBRIDGE — Town government is tightening up on its purchasing procedures in the wake of the recent discovery of a "scam" that resulted in at least $45,000 of overcharges and questionable … more

9 questions about EPA's Housatonic River cleanup talkfest

Before environmentalists joined the closed-door mediation underway over the planned Housatonic River cleanup, some of them wrestled with one price of entry: secrecy. They joined but pestered the … more

The View


Our Opinion: Pelosi, Democrats, must offer a positive vision

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won the nomination of the House Democratic caucus to take over as speaker when newly elected members of Congress are sworn in next January (Eagle, … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Water and sewer rate hikes and a Tyler Street facelift in the making

Some of the best restaurants in town are on Tyler Street, and the central city corridor seems to be on the rise.More businesses are cropping up as developers eye housing developments in the … more

Letter: GB resident questions where taxes for the needy end up

To the editor:Berkshire County has numerous charities, organizations, non-profits and Community Preservation Taxes (CPA) and yet there are more poor, homeless, hungry and needy people than ever. This … more

The Landscape

Through intricate quilts, The Muppets live on in this costume designer's closet

HILLSDALE, N.Y. — With winter arriving early this year, you may have recently found yourself digging through drawers or a closet for that much-needed extra layer of warmth — a sweater, a blanket or, perhaps, a quilt. more

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow recording begins with the rhythm

DALTON — For much of the time he spent recording bass parts for The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow's first full-length album, Pat Sansone sat with a Sharpie tucked between his fingers. As each of the … more

The Score

Williams women's soccer team arrives back in Williamstown with championship hardware in tow

WILLIAMSTOWN — One by one, the newly-minted NCAA Division III women's soccer champions exited the bus in front of Cole Field House. It looked like travel and soccer finally caught up to the … more

Williams College women's soccer team claims second straight NCAA Division III championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. — For the third time in the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament, the fate of Williams College rested on the shoulders of goalkeeper Olivia … more

The Plan

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Buddy, a toy Pomeranian, shows off his Best in Show-winning outfit at the Reindog Parade during the 35th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk on Saturday.

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