Thought of the day

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” — Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941)

The Greeting

The rising waxing moon is seen past some bare branches in the town of Adams on Monday. The full moon is on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dear Berkshires. I hope this latest edition of TheBeat finds you safe, happy and healthy.

At Lake Onota Village, the residents are still reeling from losing three people to a mobile home fire. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims' family.

The new federal tax law has some Berkshire residents scurrying to local tax preparation offices for free help.

The Berkshire district attorney has confirmed that there was "overwhelming evidence" that the murder-suicide in Sheffield last week was indeed carried out by Luke Karpinski. 

A W.E.B. Du Bois scholar will speak in Great Barrington, the town where the pivotal writer once lived.

And one of the past suggestions for Berkshire Mall re-use is now up for consideration: A marijuana chocolatier is interested in beginning cultivation and manufacturing there.

Please stop by and check out these other stories, too:

SELF-DEFENSE CLAIMED: The woman arrested for a stabbing is claiming that it was self defense; her boyfriend, the original victim, might be charged.

SEVEN HILLS OF LENOX: An inn is getting a makeover in the run up to tourist season.

LAYOFFS IN THE WORKS: Berkshire Bank is laying off an unknown number of positions, saying that they're redundant as a result of a pending merger.

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The News

Fatal Lake Onota Village fire leaves a community 'devastated'

PITTSFIELD — Herika Carvalho-Galusha said she awoke to the sound of screams early Saturday morning. The fire from her neighbor's trailer crackled loudly, blazing red in between her window … more

DA believes Karpinski killed family before setting fire to their Sheffield home

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office on Monday confirmed the use of accelerants to start last week's fire in Sheffield, and reinforced — in stronger terms — its … more

Tax law changes send more people in search of free help

PITTSFIELD — More residents of the Berkshires are seeking free help preparing their income tax returns, driven in part by uncertainty over what's new this year.With four weeks to go before a … more

Adams man charged with dealing heroin

NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is accused of selling narcotics from an apartment on Union Street in North Adams, where police said they found him in possession of more than 19 grams of heroin … more

Pittsfield woman claims self-defense in stabbing; victim might be charged

PITTSFIELD — "I never wanted to hurt anyone; I just didn't want to get hurt myself."That's what Tina M. Provost said during her dangerousness hearing on Monday regarding the stabbing of a … more

Great Barrington: Du Bois scholar to deliver lecture

The W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee will host a free talk, "Resisting Repression: W.E.B. Du Bois's Relationship to Cold War Surveillance," by Phillip Luke Sinitiere, professor of history at the … more

The Weather


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The Business

Brooklyn chocolatier eyes space in Berkshire Mall to grow marijuana

LANESBOROUGH — A New York City-based chocolatier is eyeing the former J.C. Penney space at the Berkshire Mall as the possible home for a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility.The … more

'Job redundancies' cause Berkshire Bank to cut staff

PITTSFIELD — Because of its pending merger with SI Financial Group of Windham, Conn., Berkshire Bank is eliminating positions throughout the bank's footprint … more

Restoration effort aims to give new life to Seven Hills ahead of tourism season

LENOX — One of the town's oldest estates with a storied history of hosting visitors, including celebrity musicians, is undergoing a major makeover in time for the busy tourism and wedding … more

The Learning

Little 'drama' queens and kings get schooled by theater pros

PITTSFIELD — If Barrington Stage Company leaders want to attract younger, more diverse audiences, then they have to meet and teach youth what theater is all about. So this winter the BSC … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Skip delivery tonight and make skillet pizza

Making pizza at home is gratifying, and it almost always tastes better than what you can get from delivery. But achieving a pizza with a crisp crust in the home oven can also be a real challenge.You … more

Keeping a pot roast simple is the best

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is sometimes best. We started with a chuck-eye roast, a well-marbled cut that is great for braising. Splitting the roast in two allowed us to trim excess … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

The Kyundong University Taekwondo Demonstration Team, from South Korea, visited Allendale Elementary School in Pittsfield for show of skill, Monday. The team also visited Morningside School. Both schools work with Master Son of U.S. Taekwondo in Pittsfield to learn about the sport and the educational values of taekwondo. The demonstration is sponsored by the World Taekwondo Education Foundation.
A student from Kyundong University breaks five boards in one move in a demonstration.
The Kyundong University Taekwondo Demonstration Team, from South Korea, visited Allendale Elementary School in Pittsfield for show of skill.

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