The Greeting

Tuesday, 2-26-2019

Good day, Berkshire County! 

I must say: The weatherpeople said the wind was supposed to die down on Monday at about 7 p.m. In the middle of the night at my house, it was still blowing like crazy. Even this morning, it was still pretty gusty ... and no power, to boot. Suffice it to say, Mrs. Hoffenberg is unimpressed with weather forecasts this season, and at this moment she's probably cursing out the utility. 

In  the news (aside from the Monday wind storm), the Berkshire Mall has lost another two tenants: Victoria's Secret and MasterCuts hair salon.  

Meanwhile, the city of Pittsfield is highlighting a local connection to "The Green Book," the Oscar-garnering film that highlighted (some say ham-handedly) race relations and friendship in an era when segregation was still in full swing.

A West Stockbridge Planning Board member is interested in starting a marijuana farm in town. When he queried the state Ethics Commission about his plan, he learned he will have to resign from the planning panel first.

And the Berkshire District Attorney's Office had to drop a case in which a Pittsfield Auxiliary Police officer overstepped his bounds when he wrongly executed a traffic stop in late 2016. As such, weapons charges against the defendant was dropped.

Please take a gander through our Berkshire News page ... it's all local, all the time.  

FIRE AT SWEET BROOK FARM: At this Williamstown farm, owners lost their main barn, including a maple sugar operation, the farm store, their animals' shelter and most of their farm equipment. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them out. Visit the story for the fundraising link.

OLD PROBLEM MEETS YOUNG PROBLEM SOLVER: A 15-year-old student at Bard College at Simon's Rock has a mass transit plan for South County bus routes, and Great Barrington leaders are liking what he has to say.

WHAT'S BETTER THAN PIZZA?: It's pizza on a deck with river views (and a cold beer)!  Hot Tomatoes is opening its Green River-abutting patio this spring for eat-in service, complete with an open-air beer and wine bar.

NO MORE DRY FISH: Never tried a multicooker? Well, now's your chance. Read this and learn how consistent moisture level, temperature and timing make all the difference with this handy kitchen tool.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

High winds down tree limbs, knock out power across Berkshires

Near-hurricane force winds left some thousands of homes and businesses powerless across the Berkshires on Monday, as emergency responders scrambled to keep up with calls of toppled trees and limbs, … more

Green Book display at Berkshire Athenaeum sheds light on Jim Crow-era travel

PITTSFIELD — Black people were so broadly unwelcome in American businesses in the 1930s that it inspired a guidebook for weary travelers. The book was full of bright spots: places where … more

Brookside School ex-staffer charged with assaulting disabled student

GREAT BARRINGTON — A former employee of a residential school for adolescent boys and girls with disabilities is facing a jury of six trial in Berkshire District Court for what police and school … more

West Stockbridge Planning Board member eyes pot farm plans

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Planning Board member and landscape architect Jon Piasecki is developing plans to start a small marijuana farm behind his barn on Great Barrington … more

Garage heavily damaged in Great Barrington fire

GREAT BARRINGTON — One person was injured Tuesday afternoon as a wind-swept fire destroyed a garage and came close to setting the family home ablaze.At 2:37 p.m, the Great Barrington Fire … more

Teen's seat-of-the-pants effort aims to improve South County bus service

GREAT BARRINGTON — When Tate Coleman moved from New York City to South County, one of the first things he noticed was a lack of public transportation.In fact, before Coleman got involved, there … more

Weapons charges dismissed in Pittsfield shoplifting case

PITTSFIELD — Charges against a city woman, including illegal weapons and ammunition possession, stemming from a 2016 shoplifting arrest were dismissed Friday in Central Berkshire District … more

The Weather


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The Business

Struggling Berkshire Mall losing two more tenants

LANESBOROUGH — The Berkshire Mall lost another national retail chain last week, and a second major store has announced plans to close next week. MasterCuts hair salon closed its outlet last … more

Hot Tomatoes pizzeria to open patio, open-air bar for a slice of 'riverside atmosphere'

WILLIAMSTOWN — Fresh pizza, with a view. Hot Tomatoes, a popular takeout pizza restaurant, is opening its riverside back patio this spring for eat-in service, complete with an open-air beer and … more

The Poll

The Landscape

No more dry or overcooked salmon with a multicooker

Cooking salmon can be intimidating since it overcooks and dries out so easily. But the multicooker makes the process foolproof: The consistent moisture level and temperature, as well as the precise … more

Gina Coleman is feeling optimistic

WILLIAMSTOWN — For a blues singer, Gina Coleman had an awfully bright outlook this past Monday morning. The day before, the Misty Blues frontwoman had seen a rough cut of the Berkshire band's … more

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The Snap

High winds snapped this utility pole and closed a section of Route 8 in Clarksburg on Monday.

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