The Greeting

Friday, Feb. 7, 2019

Good morning, Berkshirites. It's wet out there, with more ice overnight in the higher elevations. Keep an eye out for slippery spots as the temps begin to drop again.

Today, TheBeat brings you a report of a bust by federal and state authorities, in which an Adams man and a postal worker partner allegedly sold and distributed massive quantities of synthetic marijuana all over the country.

In Pittsfield, town leaders are thinking about using pot taxes to pay for potholes and other roadway fixes.

And in more pot news, Berkshire Roots has been given the green light to open a retail marijuana business at its location on Dalton Avenue. An owner pegs the retail opening within the next 30 days.

While Alford is curbing solar array proliferation, the town of Becket is expanding the options for solar.

And the town of Adams has winnowed its municipal manager candidates to three, including Great Barrington's Jennifer Tabakin; Jay Green, former chief administrative officer in North Adams; and  Steve Neratko, director of economic development in East Dover, Vt. 

Enjoy these other top headlines, too:

OUI-FATALITY SUSPECT RELEASED: A West Stockbridge woman accused in a fatal drunken-driving collision is released on her own recognizance by a Southern Berkshire District Court judge.

ALMOST WIRED: High-speed internet is still a ways off in New Ashford, but the town is holding an informational signup event this weekend.

A FAREWELL DOUGHNUT: Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe is giving away free coffee and doughnuts Saturday morning as a farewell to the Great Barrington community.

GETTING THE LED OUT: Lez Zeppelin ain't no tribute band, says band founder and guitarist Steph Payne.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Federal charges for Adams man in 'massive' synthetic cannabinoid operation

BOSTON — An Adams man was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges that he and a postal worker had been importing, manufacturing and distributing "massive" amounts of synthetic drugs across … more

Pittsfield councilors look to work with mayor on setting aside marijuana taxes for roadwork

PITTSFIELD — It's pothole season, and so the state of city streets is on the minds of many. But city councilors on the Finance Committee decided Thursday there's more than that to consider … more

New Ashford residents can register for high-speed internet at Saturday info meeting

NEW ASHFORD — After seven years of effort, the digital age is about to come to town, bringing high-speed internet to residents for the first time. New Ashford officials are publicizing a sign-up … more

West Stockbridge woman accused in fatal OUI crash out on personal recognizance

GREAT BARRINGTON — The woman accused of driving while drunk and causing the crash that killed a Pittsfield man in December has been ordered not to drive and to submit to random drug and alcohol … more

Here are the 3 finalists vying to be the next Adams town administrator

ADAMS — Three finalists for the town administrator job — two of whom have strong Berkshire ties — are about to start the interview process after search consultant Paradigm … more

Becket loosens restrictions on solar projects with new bylaw

BECKET — The town of Becket is making more room for solar developments in keeping with its status as a green community. A new bylaw sets aside land for large-scale solar projects and … more

North Adams picks familiar face for new business administrator — its current one

NORTH ADAMS — After launching a search for a new business administrator, the city's school district found the perfect fit — its current business administrator.Carrie Burnett, who has … more


The Weather


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The Business

Great Barrington doughnut shop closed; owners to say 'thanks' with free coffee, treat

GREAT BARRINGTON — Just call it going out with a bite. Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe is giving away free coffee and doughnuts Saturday morning as a farewell to the community.The doughnut and … more

The Poll


The Landscape

Pilobolus sees dance through the lens of nature

GREAT BARRINGTON — They swing like saplings — roll and lift and orbit. Six dancers blend into three creatures, four-armed like dancing Shivas. They are wearing spare clothing the colors … more


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A room of flying machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci in a new exhibit that will open Feb. 7 at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

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