The Greeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Good morning, Berkshirites.

Today, more sober news emerging related to the ongoing elder care quagmire at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamstown; Eagle reporting has found that the owners of the nursing home here also have ownership stakes in some 29 other nursing homes in Ohio and New York.  At least nine of these are rated below average or much below average by a federal agency.

More news out of Berkshire Superior Court, where documents describe chaos and panic during the Ashley Reservoir shooting in August that left one young man with serious brain injuries.

In the city of Pittsfield, a panel of city councilors is backing Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to aid homeowners with property fix-ups.

This season's lineup at Proctors Capital Repertory Theatre includes "Disney's Frozen" and "The SpongeBob Musical."

Please enjoy these other fine stories:

MOTEL BUST: Police grabbed up 6,000 bags of heroin, 100 grams of cocaine, nine firearms and thousands of dollars in cash in their pursuit of Edwin Morales. On Friday, they finally caught up with the man.

MUSICAL HONOR: On Saturday, more than 550 public and private school students took the stage at Boston's Symphony Hall to perform in the 67th All-State Music Festival of The Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Our Jenn Smith reports.

BATTLE OVER SHORT-TERM RENTALS: The lines in the sand are being drawn in Great Barrington, where fans and foes of short-term rentals are marshaling their troops.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Nursing home problems for owners of Sweet Brook go beyond Berkshires

WILLIAMSTOWN — The owners of a Williamstown nursing home that recently was identified by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services as a facility with serious issues in care also … more

Panel backs mayor's plan to help homeowners spruce up exteriors

PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to help homeowners with exterior renovations hasn't even launched, and City Hall already is fielding calls from interested participants. more

Feds, local police arrest suspected drug dealer at a hotel in Williamstown

NORTH ADAMS — A man police believe is a major drug supplier to the Northern Berkshires is in custody in Vermont after being arrested Friday at a hotel in Williamstown. more

Unsealed documents reveal chaos, conflicting accounts in shooting at Ashley Reservoir

PITTSFIELD — The night that Nick Carnevale was shot, Kevin Nieves texted his former girlfriend to ask her not to come with Carnevale to the same party he would be attending. more

Opposition brewing as Great Barrington mulls short-term rental regs

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town's short-term rental policy is still a work in progress.But already there are rumblings that town officials are in for a battle if they try to curb what some … more

The Weather


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The Learning

Making the Grade | Another view of education in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

Our local schools are bustling ecosystems fueled by local investments. We drive by school buildings every day. Some of us stop to drop students off or pick them up. We might visit a few times a … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Eggs-actly what you want ...

A friend who has quail brought me some eggs last weekend. She built a pen last summer and promptly installed quail chicks, who have grown. You can now can hear them hoot-hooing quietly when you sit … more

Proctors Collaborative rolls out glittering 2019-20 season at Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — "Disney's Frozen" and "The SpongeBob Musical" will launch their respective national tours in the fall at Proctors. more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Lenox's Mary Elliot stays ahead of Mohawk Trail's Erika Looman during the MIAA X-C Skl Championship at Notchview Reservation in Windsor on Tuesday.

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