The Greeting

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hello, Berkshires! Don't worry about the snow ... it's three weeks until spring. We can do this!

In local news, an Adams couple's two-week trip to Haiti turned into a longer stay as violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters took hold of the country.

Also in Adams, fire officials believe a house fire Saturday might have been intentionally set.

To the north, city officials in North Adams will have to consider doing some work on the Windsor Mill for it to be attractive to a developer; this comes after a would-be buyer backed out and environmental testing was completed.

Pittsfield officials are looking at installing a dog park at Burbank Park, but it might be preceded by a trial run at a softball site on East Street.

We also have a look back at the relationship between Tanglewood and the late pianist, composer and conductor Andre Previn.

Don't miss these other scintillating stories:

GO AHEAD, BE A RUBE: You, too, can be your own Rube Goldberg at the Rockwell Museum, where visitors can get hands on to create their own wacky inventions.

MARINA RE-USE: A 45-unit, luxury townhouse complex is being proposed for a site along the Otis Reservoir where the former J&D Marina once stood.

NO NEW TAX REFUNDS: Some Berkshires taxpayers have been disappointed with their tax refunds this year; that is, if they received a refund at all.

OPEN BOOK: We explore a book by Harold Holzer on the life and art of Daniel Chester French, the famed sculptor of the Lincoln Monument.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Adams couple recounts harrowing escape during violent unrest in Haiti

ADAMS — An Adams couple that was stranded in Haiti last month amid political unrest in the country is back in the Berkshires after making a harrowing escape past armed gunmen and rioters. … more

Fire officials deem suspicious blaze that destroyed Adams house

ADAMS — A possibly deliberately-set fire destroyed a seasonal home near Greylock Glen late Saturday afternoon.Around 4:15 p.m., the Adams Fire Department responded to a blaze at 218 Gould Road, … more

Windsor Mill contaminant report shows impact of past use on development options

NORTH ADAMS — The results of environmental testing at the Windsor Mill on Union Street have forced the city to consider its next steps."It means we have some work to do before we would take … more

Townhouse complex eyed for former J&D Marina site in Otis

OTIS — With a plan that will sound familiar to longtime residents, a 45-unit, luxury townhouse complex is being proposed for construction along the Otis Reservoir where J&D Marina once … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Possible playground for pooches; election season to start simmering

Could Pittsfield be getting a dog park? Some dog owners are chomping at the bit, and we're due for an update this week. The city has loftier plans for a pooch playground at Burbank Park, but as the … more

Rockwell Museum patrons channel their inner Rube Goldberg

STOCKBRIDGE — In a scene of stark contrast to the Americana portraits that hang upstairs, the brightly colored kinetic sculptures that lined tables in the basement of the Norman Rockwell Museum … more

Skinnier IRS refunds disappoint Berkshires taxpayers

The word "refund" came into use a thousand years ago in Middle English to mean "pour back." Well, the spigots have tightened.People in Berkshire County who use IRS income tax withholding as a kind of … more

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Andre Previn had lasting ties with BSO, Tanglewood

BOSTON — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is dedicating a series of Symphony Hall concerts this weekend and in mid-March to the late pianist, composer, conductor Andre Previn who died Thursday at … more

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A young girl practices weaving some yarn during the Clark Art Institute’s First Sunday Free: Hearth and Home event on Sunday. The theme was celebrating all things cozy in the spirit of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ and other heartwarming traditions from around the world. Fiber art materials were available for patrons to create various weaving projects.

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