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The Greeting

Friday, March 22, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. I'm reporting today from our hilltown bureau (also known as my house), and it's snowing up here, so I'm going to keep this Beat nice and tight. You never know when the mud and/or snow will come to life and knock out internet and power.

At on this fine morning, we speak with friends, family and others who share remembrances of Samya Stumo, who lost her life in the Ethiopian jetliner crash just over a week ago. 

And Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center's funding is in a state of "immediate jeopardy" while it attempts to address ongoing violations; some residents are already being placed elsewhere.

The Morningside neighborhood of Pittsfield has something to crow about, now that the Tyler Street Lab has been rehabbed; a launch party for the new community hub kicks off 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

And please do peruse these other fine stories.

MANY HATS IN THE RING: About 17 applicants are seeking to land the Stockbridge fire chief job, a position recently lost by Selectman Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo.

ON THE UP: Williams College sees a small increase in admissions, acceptances.

HANDED OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES: Taxi licenses in North Adams might soon fall under the auspices of the Police Department.

LINING UP: Center at Lenox developers say at  least two retail lease agreements have been signed for the former Price Chopper space.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

Ethiopia plane crash victim, a Sheffield native, was 'bright, shining star'

SHEFFIELD — In her short life, Samya Stumo's spirit of caring stretched across the world and had already made a big difference.Those who knew Stumo said her altruistic nature and deep care for … more

Post-inspection, Sweet Brook again on cusp of losing federal funding

WILLIAMSTOWN — Despite recent claims of improvements at the facility, a Williamstown nursing home once again is on track to lose its federal funding after an unfavorable inspection this month, … more

40 under Forty event shows there's a fountain of youth in Berkshires

PITTSFIELD — Billy Keane is a travelin' man at work and play.The broker and co-owner of Jan Perry Realty and Associates in Pittsfield spends plenty of time on the road trying to close real … more

Applicants pour in for Stockbridge fire chief position

STOCKBRIDGE — The opening for a new fire chief in town is attracting an outpouring of applicants — 17 so far.The search that began two weeks ago has yielded three applications from … more

Williams applications, admissions up slightly; about 550 expected for Class of 2023

WILLIAMSTOWN — More than 1,200 applicants were accepted to attend Williams College as part of the Class of 2023, a slight increase from last year. Most students received their acceptances … more

Tyler Street Lab looks to nurture Morningside successes

PITTSFIELD — Tyler Street is under development, and an emerging initiative aims to help residents grow alongside it.Tyler Street Lab, newly furnished with a storefront at 730 Tyler St., … more

North Adams City Council weighs leaving taxi licensing to police to 'streamline' process

NORTH ADAMS — Why are applications from prospective taxi drivers coming before the City Council?That was the question posed by Councilor Jason LaForest at a City Council meeting earlier this … more

The Weather


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The Business

Center at Lenox developers say tenants are lining up ahead of planned renovations

LENOX — Developers proposing a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion in the Center at Lenox complex off Route 7/20 already have signed lease agreements with two retail … more

Customers need not apply, as Berkshire Mall remains dark Thursday

LANESBOROUGH — One after another, shoppers arriving Thursday morning at the Berkshire Mall assumed the position: Hands cupped around their eyes to peer into the darkened space.They did it on … more

The Learning

Classroom of the Week | Taking on a new composition, measure by measure

LEE — Hanging between the marching band banners displayed at the back of Joanne Nelson-Unczur's room is a poster that reads, "The bigger the challenge the greater the opportunity."It's a motto … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Opioid crisis fuels new play by Berkshires native Patrick Toole

GREAT BARRINGTON — "You Are Not Alone," a new play about addiction, recovery, and the opioid crisis by Patrick Toole, will be performed March 28-April 6 at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting of … more

Lillian Hellman has her say, and then some, in 'Lillian' at The Whit

PITTSFIELD — Playwright William Luce has fashioned a successful career writing one-person plays about notable figures in the arts — poet Emily Dickinson ("Belle of Amherst"), actor John … more

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