The Greeting

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. The snow never truly stopped falling at my house, and the roads were slick during my commute. As I passed through Windsor, the bare trees were shimmering, coated in ice. 

In local news, teenager Ruby Merritt has raised enough money to purchase 400 blankets for area homeless; she's a senior at the Berkshire School.

Sheffield Police are looking into another claim of sexual abuse from a student at the former Sheffield Center School.

There are also some cool ice sculptures that will be spotted in downtown Pittsfield. They're part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival, which runs through Feb. 24.  

Remember Fanny Farmer chocolates? How about the company store that used to be downtown in the city of Pittsfield? Our own Jim Shulman takes us back.

And the state Bureau of Substance Addiction Services awarded the Brien Center $600,000 over two years to hire a nurse, program supervisor, clinician and recovery coach to serve the area's homeless populations. 

Also, please enjoy these other fine stories:

BRING THE HEAT: Habaneros add some powerful heat to this pork taco dish. 

BREAKFAST WITH THE EAGLE: We sit, eat and chat with the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development director, Jennifer Glockner. 

SPECIAL REPORT: The Eagle Eye Team focuses its sights on gender-based inequity in the housing of incarcerated residents of Berkshire County.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Teen raises money to donate 400 blankets for Pittsfield's homeless

PITTSFIELD — One Berkshire School student hopes her efforts help the city's homeless sleep a little more soundly this season. Ruby Merritt, 18, has raised enough money to purchase 400 … more

As state opioid-related deaths drop, lives still 'being devastated' in Berkshires

While opioid-related deaths in the state have declined for two years in a row, drug use still is devastating families throughout Berkshire County, addiction specialists warn.Opioid-related deaths in … more

Lenox committee wades into Sawmill housing proposals, hears resident concerns

LENOX — A town committee has begun its review of two proposals for mixed housing developments on a town-owned parcel off the Route 7/20 bypass. During its first meeting Monday night, members of … more

North Adams seeks local business input on where to site an outdoor theater

NORTH ADAMS — City officials are continuing to study the potential for an outdoor theater in North Adams.In partnership with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, the city is now reaching … more

Baby Boomer Memories: Fanny Farmer was a Valentine's Day favorite

Valentine's Day was always a special day when we were kids in the 1950s. But because we had to attend school Feb. 14, I realized early on that it was not an official holiday.Historically, Valentine's … more

Added money from state will help Brien Center expand outreach services

PITTSFIELD — With the addition of four new staff members, the Brien Center will be expanding its outreach services to homeless individuals, those transitioning out of jail, and overdose … more

Chips off the old block result in ice art gracing downtown Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Catch 'em while they last: three ice sculptures in downtown Pittsfield. more

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The Landscape

No room for 'Debbie Downers' at Jennifer Glockner's positive table

PITTSFIELD — "I always come in and say, `I'm going to try something else. I'm going to try something else,' and I never do," Jennifer Glockner said before placing her usual Naked Burrito Bowl … more

Habanero sauce kicks up pork tacos

In Mexico, the dish known as cochinita pibil is made by rubbing a whole suckling pig with warm spices and juice from bitter oranges, then wrapping it in banana leaves and slowly pit-roasting it until … more

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People watch Wednesday as Peter Vacchina creates an ice sculpture, with a Valentine’s Day theme in front of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, using a special tool fashioned by his brother. Vacchina and Robert Markey are creating a total of three ice sculptures in downtown Pittsfield as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Festival.

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