The Greeting

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Good day, Berkshires. I hope none of you pulled your backs today, with the heavy snow and all. 

The storm didn't hit as hard as predicted, but I suppose it's silly to complain about that. I saw a meme earlier this week, which explains the weather phenomena that we experience here in New England. It made me chuckle ... I hope it does the same for you.

Of course, I've already started with mud season in the hills.

In more important matters, Eagle reporter Haven Orecchio-Egresitz has been covering the town of Otis, where a hometown applicant for police officer has a domestic violence arrest hanging over his candidacy; the town's Select Board chairman says he's "like super qualified" for the post.  

The Rockwell "Four Freedom's" tour is now in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, was spotted mugging for the cameras with Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Albany, N.Y.

The city of Pittsfield also landed a $124,000 grant to assist in keeping kids out of gangs. According to a report in today's Eagle, there are 200 gang members younger than 25 in Pittsfield, said Jon Schnauber, executive director of Pittsfield Community Connection.

Don't forget to check out these other stories:

TO THE RESCUE: There's a new collaboration of more than 20 organizations — congregations, government agencies and offices of elected officials — that have joined forces to assist families looking to rebuild after disasters like fires or flooding. 

PACKER HONORED: Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, has been honored with The Shakespeare Theatre Association's Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award. 

IN A WORD: UMA: Uma Thurman, of "Kill Bill" fame, is one of the many special guests at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2019.

TWO SPECIAL REPORTS: If you haven't seen them yet, take a look at our special coverage of Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and Berkshire women in jail.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Storm lacks a big punch, but inconveniences abound

The snow totals might be nothing for the record books, but the latest winter storm in the Berkshires made for hazardous driving with the potential for power outages.The poor travel conditions forced … more

Otis officer candidate was arrested on domestic violence charge; case was dismissed

OTIS — A former full-time Cape Cod police officer and crisis negotiator, who left the job after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in 2016, is one of five finalists for a part-time … more

As Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' roll into DC, Neal opens dialogue on the art

WASHINGTON — The works of Norman Rockwell show an America that is striving to be better — and America isn't done striving. So says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, who was preparing … more

Gang-diversion effort in Pittsfield gets a $124,000 boost

PITTSFIELD — They are city kids from broken families, worrying about their next meal and which friends' couch they're crashing on tonight. Those are the young people in Pittsfield at risk of … more

Groups unite on Pittsfield Emergency Recovery Committee to better aid post-crisis families

PITTSFIELD — When a disaster strikes a local family, the first 48 hours are often filled with support from emergency responders, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.But then … more

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The Landscape

Uma Thurman highlights a 2019 Williamstown Theatre Festival season

WILLIAMSTOWN — Golden Globe winner and Academy, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Uma Thurman will star in a new translation of Henrik Ibsen's 1881 drama, "Ghosts," this summer as … more

Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer wins prestigious lifetime achievement award

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, has been honored with The Shakespeare Theatre Association's Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award. She received … more

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The Snap

A look at the wiring above the ceiling tile at the Lanesborough Police Department. The building housing the Lanesborough Police Department was built in 1827 and is a collection of makeshift updates that no longer serve the function of the department.

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