The Greeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. 

Today, we bring you more details about the house fire in Sheffield, in which five people were found dead.

Impeachment advocate Tom Steyer was in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday, beating his political drum. Our Larry Parnass was there.

Charges leveled by the Attorney General's Office targeted nursing homes in a statement released yesterday, but no Berkshire sites were mentioned, despite serious problems documented by a federal agency.

Three people escaped serious injury in a Pittsfield house fire.

And a Columbine shooting survivor came to Berkshire County to speak at Lee Middle and High School.

Please check out these additional, hand-selected stories:

ROSENBERG ON TRANSIT: Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg issued a pointed message Tuesday at a Springfield event to update the public on a passenger rail study.

SUSPECT HELD: A New York man suspected in the shooting death of a Pittsfield resident will remain behind bars as his case plays out in Superior Court.

ORDERING OUT: A new business aims to keep boarding school students fed, as their existing options are limited.

PLUCK OF THE IRISH: If you want straight drinks and straight talk, then O'Laughlin's Pub might be the haunt for you. Our Ben Cassidy speaks with bartender Nikki Frambach.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

5 found dead after Sheffield fire

SHEFFIELD — A couple and their three young children were found dead Wednesday morning inside a house that was damaged in a fire. The sister of one of the victims confirmed the deaths of Luke … more

Leading voice for impeachment rallies region's Democrats

AGAWAM — He, famously, needs to impeach. They needed to talk. Nearly 200 residents of Western Massachusetts came to a banquet hall that hosts weddings to hear from Tom Steyer, the national … more

Injuries, deaths cited in nursing homes settlement; no Berkshire sites fined

BOSTON — As a result of a multiyear investigation into their systemic failures in care, some of which resulted in injuries or death, seven nursing homes in five counties will have to pay more … more

3 escape Pittsfield house fire

PITTSFIELD — No one was injured in a house fire late Wednesday at 71 Toronita Ave. The fire was reported around 8:25 p.m. at the two-story home, according to the Pittsfield Fire Department. The … more

Pittsfield City Council leaves bag ban on the table

PITTSFIELD — Members of the City Council decided not to take up a proposed bag ban on Tuesday because multiple members of the council were absent. The hour also had advanced to nearly 10 p.m. … more

Columbine shooting survivor tells Lee students: Value yourself, and others

LEE — Rachel Joy Scott was enjoying her lunch outside the library at Columbine High School on a warm spring day in 1999 when shots suddenly rang out.Armed with assault weapons, Columbine … more

Murder suspect held without bail after pleading not guilty in killing of David Green Jr.

PITTSFIELD — A New York man charged in last fall's fatal shooting of David Green Jr. remains held without bail after his arraignment in Berkshire Superior Court.Lance Burke, 40, of the Bronx, … more

Former Senate president prods DOT to expand rail study

SPRINGFIELD — Enough open houses. Hold public hearings.That was former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's pointed message Tuesday, as the state Department of Transportation used … more

Baby Boomer Memories: Pittsfield's forgotten pumping station

In the late 1950s, I was one of 15 Boy Scouts participating in Pittsfield's Boy Scout Government Day. During the day, we got to meet the mayor, visit several city departments and attend a council … more

The Weather


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The Business

Hungry? There's a local app for that: Mom provides food delivery for boarding school students

SHEFFIELD — Not every restaurant in Berkshire County has delivery service, and if you're a student at a boarding school, there's a limit to the number of times that you can be off-campus. Due … more

The Landscape

Straight Up with Nikki Frambach of O'Laughlin's Pub

PITTSFIELD — The curtains form an Irish flag. The door is green. Heck, even some of the taps are green. For O'Laughlin's Pub, St. Patrick's Day doesn't need to be a dressed-up, specials-laden … more

Playwright Lillian Hellman has her say in one-person play at Whitney Center for the Arts

PITTSFIELD — Playwright-screenwriter-memoirist Lillian Hellman reportedly could be tough, witty, outspoken; heroic to some, self-serving and disingenuous to others."(Lillian Hellman) seems to … more

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City leaders say they see renewed economic development on Eagle Street in downtown North Adams, as pictured on Wednesday.

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