The Greeting

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Good day to you, Berkshires. I'm reporting again from deep in the Hilltowns, where sasquatch sightings are more common than decent internet and cell connections.

Nevertheless, the news stops for no one! On that note, we have a very newsy Friday for you.

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is speaking up about what it sees as the contract impasse with some of its drivers. Our own Dick Lindsey explains here.

Meanwhile, the 21st century arrives at Berkshire Medical Center with bells and whistles, as the hospital unveils its new surgical and exoskeleton robotics gear. Yes, I said exoskeleton. 

North Adams is still trying to figure out how to get out from under a dark cloud of wrong numbers. In this case, it's not phone calls, but rather how the city got tagged as the most crime-addled place in the state.

And, as with every day, there's more .... 

TAKE A LITTLE OFF THE TOP: An arbitrator cuts $4 million off a penalty to be paid by the Massachusetts Technology Corp.; it now has to pay $8.4 million in damages and costs for losses experienced by its broadband operator, Axia NetMedia Corp.

A HARD PASS: Great Barrington says "no thanks" to an opportunity to preserve  65 acres near Monument Mountain Regional High School.

FOUNTS OF OPTIMISM: The Eagle's Conversation Series returns with everyone's favorite mayors, Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Thomas Bernard of North Adams. The news: They're optimistic about their "transitional" cities.

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



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