Thought of the day

“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon.”  — George Aiken, U.S. senator (1892-1984)

The Greeting

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Good day, sunshines! We have passed the trials of Hump Day and are in the Thursday stretch.

In Berkshire County news, our state legislative delegation is none too pleased with President Trump, Gov. Charlie Baker and expected cuts to LIHEAP, the state's heating aid for low income residents.

In North County news, North Adams Police have a new chief, although he's not a new face. The mayor announced the promotion of Jason Wood, most recently a lieutenant, on Wednesday.

The city also will be keeping its council meetings at 7:30 p.m., after some municipal panelists had pushed to have the meet times set a little earlier in the day.

In South County, there's troubled water in Becket and Great Barrington, where coliform bacteria and E. coli have been detected in local water sources.

In Pittsfield, the Berkshire Innovation Center is looking at an October opening; construction is in full swing.

Visit regularly to keep up with what's happening in your community. If you like what you see, get a digital-plus-Sunday subscription. It's a bargain. 

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

P.S. There's a great event for a great cause taking place soon: The AYJ Fund Wine, Chocolate and Craft Beer Tasting will be held April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams. All proceeds will support children with cancer in our community and beyond. There'll be wine from Balderdash Cellars and Demarsico’s Wine Cellar, craft beers from Bright Ideas, Wandering Star and Shire Breu-Haus, Chocolate Springs chocolates, and desserts from Gimme Some Sugar, and more. To learn more check out AYJ Fund on Facebook or

The News

Berkshire Innovation Center shaping up for completion in October — or sooner

PITTSFIELD — The pieces that make up the puzzle that has been the Berkshire Innovation Center are beginning to "take shape," with the facility on track for a fall opening. And with the … more

Berkshire delegation says Baker's cuts to LIHEAP 'a shock'

NORTH ADAMS — With the Trump administration trying to eliminate federal funding to aid low-income families with the cost of heat, Gov. Charlie Baker has undercut the Legislature's attempt to … more

North Adams selects Lt. Jason Wood as city's new police chief

NORTH ADAMS — The Police Department's second in command will take the reins as chief.Lt. Jason R. Wood has been appointed to succeed outgoing Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio, Mayor Thomas … more

Becket freshwater spring closed after coliform detected

BECKET — The town's freshwater spring has been nourishing locals for about 100 years, but that's over, at least for now. Under orders from the Department of Environmental Protection, the town … more

North Adams City Council nixes earlier meeting time, stays with traditional 7:30 p.m.

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to begin its meetings earlier than the traditional 7:30 p.m. start time.The vote was a rejection of the recommendation by the … more

Group narrowly favors new building for Monument High

GREAT BARRINGTON — A group charged with weighing whether to renovate or build a new high school narrowly leaned toward a new school in an informal vote Tuesday.At a meeting of the Next Steps … more

Jim Shulman | Baby Boomer Memories: Fire alarm boxes once dotted the community

From the earliest days in school, baby boomers were given lessons on what to do to report a fire.Of course … more

Fraud Watch | Some habits and actions enable fraud

With many scams today involving phone calls or the internet, we often forget to consider how our own everyday behavior opens us up to becoming victims of fraud.Today's self-defense tips come from … more

The Weather


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Our Opinion: A successful census is critical to Berkshires

The U.S. Census count is of critical importance, particularly for a region like Berkshire County confronting a decline in population. The census process has become politicized, which makes it even … more

Letter: Welcome signs lead to a strong economy

To the editor:Dear President Trump:I am writing this from a caf with a huge sign that reads "No matter where you're from, we're glad you're our neighbor." It is written in Spanish, English, and … more

Letter: Disappointed by Neal on free tax preparation issue

To the editor:I join many residents of Rep. Richard Neal's congressional district in applauding his actions requesting release of President Trump's tax returns. After all, all presidents previously … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Annette Guerino a mainstay at State Street Tavern

NORTH ADAMS — It's hard to see the walls at the State Street Tavern."Everybody in here has their own picture. Everybody's grandfather has their picture. Everybody's father, son, daughter has … more

5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, April 11-16

Make it a dateEnd your week with some live music by Lita Williams at Hotel on North, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, 297 North St., Pittsfield. HOTELONNORTH.COM more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Plaza Package in Great Barrington has added the option of delivery to its selection. It also has purchased what they call the “boozemobile” to make deliveries.

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