The Greeting

Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

Good morning, Berkshires. We're standing on the threshold of 2019. I can only imagine what wonderful things will happen in the coming year.

But this is not an outlet for futurists (except for Amanda Drane's forward-looking Looking Ahead, Pittsfield column)! The news lives in the now. And in the past, too. Enjoy these recent  reports from our intrepid news staff.

NO. 1 BIGGEST AND BEST OF THE YEAR: The Eagle shares its top pick for the most important news story of the year: Andrea Harrington sailing to victory in the race for Berkshire district attorney. 

FRESHMAN REVIEW: Mayor Thomas Bernard looks back over his first year in office.

DEPORTATION THREAT: A longtime Lenox resident faces deportation to Colombia after a notification from the government.

THE SUB SHOP ROBBERIES: Police nab two in connection to a recent holdup at an Angelina's sub shop in Pittsfield; it might be tied to a previous stick-up case of a similar ilk.

SNOW DELAYS: Bousquet, a Berkshire ski and winter fun hotspot, is experiencing delays in opening because of maintenance problems.

10 MORE BIGGIES: You've seen our top 10 stories. But you haven't seen our next biggest 10 stories. Read about them here.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Top stories of 2018: No. 1: Berkshire County's first female DA reaches for 'unity'

PITTSFIELD — When Andrea Harrington announced she'd be running for Berkshire district attorney against longtime prosecutor Paul Caccaviello, it was clear the battle would be uphill, but the … more

Longtime Lenox resident faces deportation to Colombia

Camilo Bermudez was a boy of 4 in his native Colombia when his mother packed him up seeking a new life in the United States, far from their country's endemic violence. Today, almost three decades … more

Two arrested in connection with robbery at Angelina's in Pittsfield

Two people were arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery at Angelina's Sub Shop on West Housatonic Street, according to Pittsfield police. Police are also investigating whether the pair … more

2 Great Barrington Select Board members won't face action from state ethics panel

GREAT BARRINGTON — The State Ethics Commission has told two Select Board members that it does not plan to take any action after they were accused of a conflict of interest in the matter of … more

10 other memorable Berkshire County stories from 2018

PITTSFIELD — It's a wrap. The Top Stories countdown concludes today with a recap of what editors of The Eagle consider to be the most significant story of 2018: the election of Andrea … more

Catching some flak, Naumkeag says it's trying to be `good neighbors'

STOCKBRIDGE — A proposed minor revision to an annual entertainment license for Naumkeag, the historic house museum hosting its first Winterlights holiday display, led to a burst of criticism by … more


The Weather


The Business

Berkshire ski areas enjoy better than expected attendance despite erratic weather

Berkshire ski areas had "better than expected" attendance over the holiday week thanks to plenty of cold and man-made snow leading up to the Christmas break.Given the erratic weather patterns over … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Something has to give with Berkshire Mall

Owner Michael Kohan's acknowledgment that the Berkshire Mall is struggling does not constitute news. Plagued by the departure of retailers large and small, the mall has been struggling for some time … more
COLUMNISTS

Look ahead, Pittsfield: New year, new district attorney

Our district attorney is arguably the most powerful person in Berkshire County, and come Wednesday we'll have a new one.In November, Andrea Harrington handily won the countywide district attorney's … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Afraid to move home because of high rents

To the editor:I read Kristin Palpini's Dec. 2 article regarding affordable housing and found it to be very well-composed. I'm looking to return to Pittsfield after over 20 years, and am horrified at … more


The Score

Late call goes Amherst's way in home loss for Drury ice hockey

NORTH ADAMS — The idea that any team can win on any given night stems from the momentum a team can pick up at just about any point of a game. Whether it is the first two minutes, or the last … more

Roundup: Williams College men's basketball starts season 10-0

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams men will enter 2019 undefeated. The Ephs won their 10th-straight game to start the season with a 75-57 win over Montclair State at home.James Heskett scored 28, … more

The Landscape

This was the best thing I ate in 2018 ...

Around here, we like to remember 2018 the best way possible: through our stomachs.We polled staff members and asked them what was the best thing they ate in a Berkshire County restaurant in 2018. … more

Toast to National Bloody Mary Day at one of these Berkshire spots

Ring in the New Year in style with 2019's first food holiday, National Bloody Mary Day, on Jan. 1. This savory brunch-time drink is popular year-round, and we can see why. The traditional preparation … more



The Plan


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