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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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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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.

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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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