The Greeting

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Dear Berkshirites,

Today, I'm relying on Hilltown internet, so I'll keep this on point just in case the system crashes.

I've got stories on the human fallout from the paratransit strike within the Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority.

There's also practical info for Pittsfield: your proposed water and sewer rates. Click here to learn more.

Early snow means business for the Berkshires, and our own Scott Stafford surveyed the region to see how recreation and tourism dollars are flowing in.

Bad news for those who loved eating at Allium: It's closing after a 12-year run. But something tells me that another fine eatery will be on the horizon for this entrepreneurial owner.

Gailanne Carriddi gave a lot to this community as a civil servant, and even after her death, she continues to give. Read about how, here.


IN AND OUT AND THEN IN AGAIN: Ed St. John IV will succeed Mark Webber as the Cheshire town administrator, albeit on an interim basis. St. John quit the board to make a try for the job, was somewhat rebuffed, pulled himself from consideration and now has the job. Thankfully, reporter Dick Lindsay explains all.

STOKED ON SPECIAL ED: Morningside Community School Principal Jenny Stokes is taking charge of special education in Pittsfield schools. 

PAPERS, PLEASE: After investigating a complaint that Monterey election workers improperly asked residents to present their IDs upon voting, the state found that, ultimately, no one was turned away, harmed or fouled.

The truth is hard to find, but with our holiday special, both you and a friend can stay in-the-know. Subscribe or renew today and you'll get an extra subscription to give as a gift. Click here to start now.


Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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The News

Disruptions irk riders on second day of BRTA strike

PITTSFIELD — On the second day of a drivers strike, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority ran a limited bus schedule Tuesday, and patience ran thin among riders who rely on the … more

Pittsfield City Council recommends water and sewer rate increases

PITTSFIELD — In separate split votes, the City Council preliminary approved water and sewer rate increases. As proposed, the typical Pittsfield homeowner could see their water and sewer bills … more

Adams-to-Williamstown bike path gets $210,000 boost from Cariddi estate

NORTH ADAMS — Former state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi was a yearslong champion of a bike path in North Adams.More than a year after her death, Cariddi is still contributing to the effort.On Tuesday, … more

Cheshire Select Board reaches deal, selects St. John as interim town administrator

CHESHIRE — After a month of divisive, sometimes tense debate, the Select Board has finally chosen a new town administrator.Pending successful negotiations, the current two-member board Tuesday … more

Stokes leaving Morningside principal post to head up special education in Pittsfield schools

PITTSFIELD — Morningside Community School Principal Jenny Stokes is taking charge of special education in city schools at an important time for the district. Stokes told The Eagle she looks … more

The Weather

The Business

Allium, a Great Barrington farm-to-table mecca, to close

GREAT BARRINGTON — For the patrons of Allium Restaurant + Bar, the next drink might be bittersweet; the next meal — their last. At least here.The Railroad Street farm-to-table icon will … more

Early cold, snow spark demand for cross-country skiing, equipment

WINDSOR — In the last few days of November, the trees and trails around Notchview, the Nordic ski area off Route 9, were covered in freshly fallen snow, and there was a 14-inch base calling out … more

The View


Our Opinion: Moratoriums have limits

By rejecting requests by Natick, Plymouth and Rochester to extend their moratoriums on marijuana sales, Attorney General Maura Healey put towns in Massachusetts on notice … more

From the Editor's Desk: Come to a sit-down with the mayors

Mayors Linda Tyer and Thomas W. Bernard lead the county's largest communities: Combined, their municipalities of Pittsfield and North Adams, respectively, account for nearly half (46 percent) of the … more

Letter: Improve pay for BRTA paratransit drivers

To the editor:I support the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority paratransit work stoppage. I know firsthand what these drivers do in a day as I am a regular user of paratransit services. I see … more

The Landscape

Cookie of the Week: Chocolate gingerbread cookies

Our second recipe is from Jennifer Huberdeau, editor of UpCountry Magazine. These chocolate gingerbread cookies are simple to make, but require the baker to make sure they only cool on the pan for no … more

James and Jerome's "Piano Tales" span time and cultures

NORTH ADAMS — James Harrison Monaco describes his "Piano Tales" performances with Jerome Ellis as "hyper-literary, live-music story spectacles for the theater." They are also experiences in time travel.

The Score

Holy Cross comes back to beat UMass men's basketball at Mullins Center

AMHERST — It doesn't get any easier from here for the University of Massachusetts basketball team. Maybe that was why head coach Matt McCall seemed so disappointed after Wednesday's loss to … more

Williams College women's basketball gets by Berkshire County rival MCLA

NORTH ADAMS — Seven games into its 2018 campaign, the Williams women's basketball team has found an identity as a group that competes hard every day and on every play, according to head coach … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Dessa Boinay, 3, right, and Amelia Prew, 2, learn to drum during a five-session-long program of nature stories through dancing, drumming, and singing at the Lenox Library.

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