Thought of the day

“Scratch a pessimist, and you find often a defender of privilege.”  — LORD BEVERIDGE, British economist (1879-1963)


The Greeting

Monday, March 25, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Today, I woke up with my stomach rumbling; I was seriously hungry. My old friend Aris — an acupuncturist and physician's assistant — once told me that to wake with a hungry belly was a good and healthy thing. I'll take it and pass these words of wisdom unto you.

In far less anecdotal news at berkshireeagle.com, we bring you news of a massive overhaul that's going to take place at the Berkshire YMCA.  

We also are following the compelling case of dueling fire ciders: On one side is a small but growing Pittsfield company seeking to defend a trademark that it legally protected seven years ago. On the other are three herbalists who claim the same term is generic and existed long before it was trademarked.

Looking ahead in Pittsfield, we're reporting that Mayor Linda Tyer will announce her intention to run for re-election to the city's highest office. 

We also profile Riverbrook Residence, a home that cultivates richness in the lives of adult women with disabilities.

In Lenox, town meeting will tackle marijuana sales and short-term rentals, two hot-bed issues that has kept the community buzzing for months.

Please check out these other fine stories, photographed and reported by our crack team of journalists.

TRUCKING IN SOME BEVERAGES: The Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals OKs a food truck for a site near the Pittsfield line; the truck will serve specialty teas.

SNIFF IT FIRST: A Williamstown panel wants to know what marijuana plants smell like, so members have asked for a marijuana grower to provide one for a sniff test.

NEVER FORGOTTEN: The remains of a Pittsfield sailor lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, have been positively identified.

REILLY DIES AT 69: Edward M. Reilly, who served three terms as Pittsfield mayor in the 1990s and was known for his love of politics and dedication to the city, has died at age 69.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor



The News

Riverbrook Residence carves rare space for women with disabilities to flourish

STOCKBRIDGE — Esther Greenspan leads a tour of the Riverbrook Residence for women with mental or physical disabilities making sure to point out the most important details. more

Berkshire Family YMCA plans $5M overhaul for historic North Street complex

PITTSFIELD — You wouldn't know the Berkshire Family YMCA was there unless you looked for it.That realization occurred to the organization's president and CEO, Randy Kinnas, one summer day in … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Mayoral campaign kickoff, parking garage demo, and a school budget uptick

Mayor Linda Tyer will announce her re-election campaign this week, sending the city fully into the throes of campaign season. Whether or not she'll face competition remains to be seen. The City … more

Step right up: Lenox zoning board OKs food truck setup on Route 7/20

LENOX — A Pittsfield woman has been cleared to operate a food truck in a vacant lot along the busy Route 7/20 commercial strip near the city line.The business, BrewBerry, will offer a … more

Citizens' Climate Lobby conference will focus on issue updates, advocates' strategies

The annual conference of the Citizens' Climate Lobby's Northeast Region is coming to Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., for the weekend beginning Friday.During the conference, attendees will get … more

Williamstown zoning board wants a whiff before signing off on pot-growing site

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Zoning Board of Appeals wants to smell some weed.One of the requests the board members had for the developer seeking to establish a marijuana-growing facility just off Green … more

Pot, short-term rentals key issues for Lenox annual town meeting

LENOX — Two of the town's most divisive issues — short-term Airbnb rental housing and adult recreational marijuana regulations — are likely to turn the upcoming annual town meeting … more

Remains of Pittsfield sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

In August 1940, a young Pittsfield High School graduate joined the Navy. He never came back. Roman Walter Sadlowski was serving as an electrician's mate, 3rd class, one of 429 crewmen aboard the USS … more

Edward Reilly, former Pittsfield mayor, dies at 69

PITTSFIELD — Edward M. Reilly, who served three terms as Pittsfield mayor in the 1990s and was known for his love of politics and dedication to the city, has died at age 69, city officials … more


The Weather


Obituaries

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The Business

Shire City Herbal's suit over 'fire cider' trademark heads to trial this week

PITTSFIELD — On one side is a small but growing Pittsfield company seeking to defend a trademark that it legally protected seven years ago. On the other are three herbalists who claim the same … more

The Learning

Dalton finance officials oppose new Wahconah, citing cost

DALTON — Finance officials in the town that would pay most for a new Wahconah Regional High School object to the project, questioning its need and cost two weeks ahead of a community vote.The … more

Adams-Cheshire School Committee's spending plan keeps increase under 2%

CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District wants to keep the budget increase below 2 percent for the new fiscal year starting July 1.The School Committee has adopted a $20 million … more


The Poll


The Landscape

Judah Friedlander finds comedy in American exceptionalism

NORTH ADAMS — Deep in his American exceptionalist, "World Champion" persona, Judah Friedlander is staring down an audience member from the Netherlands. Well, you think he might be; with one of … more

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The Snap

CAROLINE BONNIVIER SNYDER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
The youngest racers head up the course made specifically for them during the East Coast Snocross competition held at Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield over the weekend.

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