The Greeting

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Attention, Berkshires! Today is an early dismissal day for many of the county schools. If you haven't heard about that yet, and your child is in the public schools, I hope you left him or her spare key.

Why? Because we're about to get whacked with a little snow, up to 10 inches, according to meteorologists. Pretty sure there'll be some ice mixed in, too.

In other news, there's a plan afoot to build a museum dedicated to trains and architecture in North Adams; it is touted as an employment and cash generator ... up to 2,000 jobs and $180 million into the Berkshires economy. Plus, the new architectural  plans — if brought to fruition — will give parts of the city a very 21st century look and feel.

After a brief foot chase, Pittsfield Police arrested a man and confiscated a gun reported stolen from Georgia.

In Williamstown, a marijuana company is eyeing 20 acres on Blair Road; Massflora wants to use existing barns and a 7,000-square-foot greenhouse that would be built on the parcel.

There's a three-way race for Select Board in Stockbridge, where good times in government are few and far between these days. The former fire chief was fired, and a court case is likely over the planned-and-then-rejected use of herbicides in the Stockbridge Bowl. 

Please enjoy these other true-life stories:

HONORING A LIFE OF SERVICE: The Pittsfield Fire Department names an engine after retired Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro, who stepped down in 2016 because of ALS, or Lou Gherig's disease. 

THE MOST ROMANTIC WINES: The Eagle's wine columnist breaks down some much needed information on getting the right Valentine's Day date-night wine.

POLL OF THE DAY: Will we ever see Donald Trump's tax returns? You be the judge!

TWO SPECIAL REPORTS: Check out The Eagle's two recent special reports, on the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and on Berkshire women in jail.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

P.S. An astute Beat reader from Egremont pointed out that I had substituted the French word Pont for the English word Pond in a photo caption in Monday's newsletter.  We stand corrected (literally: I work at a standing desk).

The News

Through sickness and fire: Pittsfield firefighters honor retired colleague with ALS

PITTSFIELD — Longtime firefighter Mike Polidoro said his team was always ready to head down a dark hallway with him, as he was for them. Now, fellow firefighters stand by his side as he lives … more

Study of architecture, rail museum predicts 2,000 jobs, $180M to economy

WILLIAMSTOWN — A sweeping theme-park-for-art vision of a economic and cultural transformation of the North Berkshire region — 2,000 new jobs and up to $180 million annually added to the … more

Berkshires could see up to 10 inches of snow

A storm forecast to hit the Berkshires on Tuesday could bring sleet and up to 10 inches of snow. The conditions are expected to make road travel treacherous, and some schools were already … more

Police say Pittsfield man arrested after foot chase was carrying stolen gun

PITTSFIELD — A city man faces multiple firearm charges for allegedly toting an apparent stolen handgun in broad daylight. more

Marijuana growing operation eyes 20-acre Blair Road parcel in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A new cash crop may soon arrive in town.A Colorado business owner is proposing to build a marijuana cultivation operation on farmland just off of Green River Road.According to … more

Early dismissals for Tuesday afternoon

The following schools and/or districts have announced early dismissal for Tuesday, because of an impending showstorm.

Adams-Cheshire Regional School DistrictBerkshire Arts and Technology Charter … more

Study to assess North Adams downtown parking needs

NORTH ADAMS — Two hotels under development, a historic theater eyed for reuse, and new stores opening on Eagle Street. As efforts for a revitalized downtown continue, city officials want to … more

The Weather


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Special reports


The Poll

The Landscape

Barrington Stage Company's first new play contest winner set for world premiere this summer

PITTSFIELD — The first grand prize winner of Barrington Stage Company's Bonnie & Terry Burman New Play Award will have its world premiere this summer at BSC's St. Germain Stage.Stacey … more

Jim Nejaime: Wines for a perfect Valentine's Day date night

For your Valentine's eve celebration together, a delicious, perfect wine is required. However, selecting from aisles and racks of mass-produced wines is a daunting task. We have searched the world … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Dicken Crane uses a firewood processor at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton on Monday, The processor will take a full log, move it, cut it to size and split it all from one series of levers. Crane was working in the afternoon to get as much firewood prepared as possible before the snow.

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