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."
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Eagle online editor
Correction: On Friday, TheBeat misspelled the name of the late Lauri Klefos.