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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