The Greeting

Friday, March 8, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. 

I have heard rumors that it's time the change the clocks.  To this day, the math of how daylight saving time works leaves me flummoxed, with images of clocks and numbers and equations swirling around in my head. More than once, I have been the guy who shows up an hour late or early for work, depending on which time switch is in play. This explains why I embraced words and not math.

Closer to home and all across the world, we are celebrating women today, as it's International Women's Day! We bring you a story on three Berkshire women who do it all, as well as another story on women getting into the political world in Western Massachusetts.

There's also a murder charge for a New York man who's been accused of fatally shooting a man in the neck.

An employee in the Great Barrington treasurer's office is being scrutinized for the alleged theft of town money; The Eagle's Heather Bellow explains.

A longtime civil servant has died: John J. Pignatelli was 95, and he leaves a legacy of service that his son now continues in the Statehouse.

And please do dig in to these other fine articles:

TEACHING THE LITTLE ONES: A new grant in North Adams will expand preschool opportunities in the city.

AN ARTS GET-TOGETHER: A network of middle school students in Northern Berkshire will take part in the Creating a Culture of Respect initiative, which introduces students with exhibits and educators at the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

BARELY WITHOUT A MARKET: Adams residents need only to wait until the end of the month for the new Adams Hometown Market to open.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

On International Women's Day, it's business as usual for three Berkshire moms

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's International Women's Day and the theme is #Balanceforbetter, a campaign about "driving a gender-balanced world."Founded in 1911, the day is meant to celebrate the … more

Women find their footing on Western Mass. political stage

The 2016 election of Donald Trump was an unsettling deja vu for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. The nation's selection of a man who belittles and brags about sexually assaulting women reminded … more

Great Barrington treasurer's office employee under investigation for alleged theft

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town employee is under investigation after an audit revealed that money is missing from the town coffers, according to several sources familiar with the matter.Deborah … more

John J. Pignatelli dies at 95; 'cared deeply' about his Berkshire constituents

LENOX — John J. Pignatelli, a longtime local politician who was regarded as the "ultimate public servant," died Wednesday night surrounded by family. He was 95.Pignatelli, father of state Rep. … more

Select Board OKs dredging plan to fight Stockbridge Bowl weeds

STOCKBRIDGE — The Select Board has approved a plan for limited dredging of Stockbridge Bowl in summer 2020 to fight a weed infestation that is threatening the lake. The board, with support from … more

NY man indicted on murder charge in shooting of Pittsfield man

PITTSFIELD — A Berkshire County grand jury has handed down an indictment on a charge of murder in the shooting death of a city man last November. Lance Burke, 40, of the Bronx, N.Y., was … more

Grant will help add, expand prekindergarten programs in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — The city's prekindergarten offerings are about to expand.North Adams Public Schools announced Wednesday that, with new grant funding in hand, it will launch a full-day … more

The Weather


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The Business

Adams Hometown Market eyes March 29 opening in ex-Big Y spot

ADAMS — The new supermarket moving into the former Big Y site is tentatively planning to open March 29, the company said Thursday. Adams Hometown Market expects to complete the purchase Monday … more

The Learning

Classroom of the Week: Creating a culture of respect through art and middle school

WILLIAMSTOWN — As her classmates began moving on to another exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art, Mount Greylock Regional School seventh-grader Luka Lash-St. John lingered in front of … more

The Poll

The Landscape

WAM's 'Ann' heading for DC, Dallas

LENOX — WAM Theatre's fall 2018 production of "Ann" is hitting the road. more

One actor is his own ensemble in prize-winning drama at Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — One man. Two genders. Two languages. North of 30 characters.For any actor, director and theater company that sounds like a tall order. And because it is indeed one, "I Am My … more

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The Snap

Vinn Martin, 4, plays telephone at Child Care of the Berkshires at Monument Square in North Adams on Thursday. North Adams Public Schools announced that it will launch a full-day prekindergarten program for 3- and 4-year-olds at Brayton Elementary School and collaborate to expand an existing program at Child Care of the Berkshires at Monument Square thanks to a new $285,549 grant to the city from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Officials hope these new, free-of-charge offerings will reel in another 30 students.

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