The Greeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Today is another warm one; some areas of the county are experiencing a 60-degree temperature change from just a few days ago, when the polar vortex descended upon us. If you're a Hilltowner, be ready for some early mud.

In this edition of TheBeat, I invite you again to check out Sent Away, The Eagle's latest investigative foray in the basic inequities found in female incarceration in Western Massachusetts.

Please enjoy these other fine pieces, as well:

ALMOST BAGGED: A Pittsfield panel has recommended to the City Council a ban on single-use plastic bags.

PITCHING FOR GRANTS: Funded by HUD and issued by state agencies, Community Development Block Grants are available again to Berkshire County homeowners, towns, cities and social service agencies. The county received more than $3 million from the program last year.

NIGHTTIME RIDES: The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has added Berkshire Crossing to its pilot program for the limited evening service. The added stops to the temporary route begins Feb. 11.

TO THE RESCUE: Kids get to learn search-and-rescue techniques at Notchview, in this story shared with us by our friends at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

IT'S WORKING OUT JUST FINE: Lanesborough's agreement with County Ambulance is working out, town leaders say.

BECKET'S TOP JOB FILLED: William Caldwell started working as the Becket town administrator on Monday. Caldwell, 29, left his teaching post at Athol High School.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

With subcommittee green light, ban on single-use plastic bags heads to full Pittsfield City Council

PITTSFIELD — Single-use plastic bags could soon go by the wayside in Pittsfield. The City Council's Committee on Ordinances and Rules voted unanimously on Monday to recommend a ban on thin-film … more

Lanesborough Select Board finds town's collaboration with County Ambulance healthy so far

LANESBOROUGH — County Ambulance seems to be doing well as the town's primary EMS responder, according to the Select Board. A month into a three-year agreement with Lanesborough, Chairman John … more

BRTA adds Berkshire Crossing to night service trial run

PITTSFIELD — Night shoppers and workers at the Berkshire Crossing plaza now have "B" bus service to get them there.The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has added the Hubbard Avenue retail … more

5th pot shop shows interest in Great Barrington as Brooklyn entrepreneur eyes South Main St. spot

GREAT BARRINGTON — We've got one open in the north, and three planned for downtown.Now a fifth marijuana retailer is staking claim to the south.Community Growth Partners plans to open its shop … more

Communities polishing their pitches for Community Development Block Grants

Be on the lookout for a public hearing coming to a town near you — there potentially is millions of dollars in grants and loans available to local homeowners for rehabilitation projects, and a … more

Becket gets new town administrator

BECKET — Becket has a new permanent leader after nearly a year with one on loan. William Caldwell, 29, started working as the town administrator on Monday. Caldwell left his teaching post at … more

Man sentenced in reckless driving incident that prompted police shooting

PITTSFIELD — A man who police say nearly ran an officer over with his car was found guilty of reckless driving on Monday, but not the assault and battery charges officers say he deserved.Mark … more

Search and rescue teaches kids self-reliance at Notchview Junior Ski Patrol

WINDSOR — Sitting on the carpet in the cozy front room of the Notchview Reservation ski lodge, Carlea Manley, 10, repeats the question everyone around her is asking: "Can you show me with one … more

The Weather


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Sent Away | A Berkshire Eagle Eye Team special report

Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle
An inmate makes a phone call in the common area of her housing unit at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee. All phone calls made by inmates are monitored and might be recorded and cost 12 cents per minute.

The Poll

The Landscape

A love letter, of sorts, to short stories

LENOX — As a child, Brendan Mathews read encyclopedia entries for fun, taking a particular interest in less renowned figures."Each of them got their moment. You got these really exciting … more

Bob Dunn | Game On: We've come so far ... but have we?

As both a video game and comic fan, last year's "Spider-Man" for the PS4 was one of my most anticipated games since I first saw it announced in 2016 and it did not disappoint.Developer Insomniac … more

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The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


The Snap

Pittsfield’s Isaac Boyd competes in the boys 200 IM at the Berkshire County Individuals swim meet at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington.

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