Thought of the day

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” — FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, U.S. president (born 1882, died this date in 1945)

The Greeting

Friday, April 12, 2019

Good morning, people of the Berkshires. Ever hear of 70 degrees of separation? Well, tomorrow likely will be 70 degrees warmer than it was just two months ago, when temps still were dipping down near zero.

For our lead story, local Stop & Shop workers continued their picketing and protest today, after their union hit an impasse with the supermarket chain.

The state has begun efforts to shut down the embattled Sweet Brook nursing home in Williamstown, which has been cited for a number of health and safety violations.

And your faithful hilltown reporter (me) was on the scene of a scary-looking car crash in Savoy near the Plainfield line Thursday morning (I was there accidentally ... I was just driving to work).

Our South County reporter Heather Bellow reports on the water worry in Great Barrington, where a boil-water order was just lifted after an E. coli false positive test.

And the state has affirmed the decision of the Stockbridge Conservation Commission to not allow herbicide use on the Stockbridge Bowl, against the wishes of a homewowner association.

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The News

Stop & Shop workers go on strike

Hundreds of unionized Stop & Shop workers walked off the job Thursday, after contentious contract talks broke off with management.Members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1459 … more

State moves to shut down Sweet Brook nursing home

WILLIAMSTOWN — The state Department of Public Health has begun a process to close a Williamstown nursing home with a history of poor care, according to the agency and state Rep. John Barrett … more

Builder seeks to change guilty plea in Greylock conspiracy case

Despite his guilty plea 10 months ago, a Pittsfield builder never intended to defraud the Greylock Federal Credit Union, his attorney says in a new filing.Pierce now seeks to withdraw his plea, a … more

State backs local conservation panel, blocks fluridone use at Stockbridge Bowl

STOCKBRIDGE — In a blow to the 400-member Stockbridge Bowl Association, the state has moved to block a test chemical treatment this spring in a portion of the lake.The Department of … more

Driver escapes serious injury in car accident, fire at Savoy-Plainfield line

SAVOY — A driver escaped serious injury after a car crash and vehicle fire at the Savoy-Plainfield line Thursday morning.Massachusetts State Police from the Cheshire barracks responded to a 911 … more

Boil-water order lifted in Great Barrington, false-positive test at source for E. coli

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town's water department lifted a boil-water order Thursday after five fresh test samples revealed no E. coli bacteria. A routine sample taken Tuesday, indicating the … more

The Weather


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Our Opinion: Cable access channels jeopardized by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission, which was founded in 1934 to regulate the broadcast industry on behalf of the American people, is poised in the Trump era to bestow a gift worth millions upon … more

Dalton Delan | The Unspin Room: Just hang up the phone

WESTPORT, Conn. — The history of blaming the media for the ills of adolescents, let alone society writ large, is long and colorful. Many of us remember being protected from the potential … more

Letter: Metered parking unfair to Nautilus

PITTSFIELD — Let me open by saying we are excited at the realization that finally there will be a new parking lot on Summer Street. We are also very grateful that the schedule has strong … more

The Business

Fairfield Inn project leaders eye May or June opening for Williamstown hotel

WILLIAMSTOWN — After reports of delays and a troubled work site, construction of the Fairfield Inn & Suites appears to be getting closer to the finish line.The project had been expected to … more

Carr Hardware to open new store at Lenox retail complex

LENOX — Carr Hardware, a Berkshire-based retailer with deep roots in the community, is the first business to plant its flag on the expansion and renovation of a revitalized Center at Lenox … more

Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week returns after multiyear hiatus

PITTSFIELD — There might be no better time to grab grub in downtown Pittsfield. This weekend, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will revive a Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week tradition that had … more

The Poll

The Learning

Youth conference lets Berkshire students learn, and teach, myriad life skills

PITTSFIELD — "Building birdhouses, making snow globes, self-defense — that's the kind of stuff you don't learn in school."So says Sara Rawson, a Monument Mountain Regional High School … more

At crossroads of music, March Madness and language, Lenox students have fun while learning French

LENOX — It was a form of musical March Madness, with a French twist. All seventh- through 12th-graders studying French at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took part for the first time in … more

Pittsfield mayor reins in superintendent's plan for cash infusion

PITTSFIELD — Superintendent Jason McCandless shrunk his budget proposal for the next fiscal year after a meeting with City Hall leaders. The budget as presented during a School Committee … more

The Landscape

American Brass Quintet brings a new dimension to Close Encounters With Music

GREAT BARRINGTON — Nary a stringed instrument will be in sight Saturday when the American Brass Quintet makes its debut on the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center stage under the auspices of Close … more

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

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The Plan

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The Snap

Anna Dupont, right, practices kicks with students during a self defense workshop at the 411 in the 413 Youth Conference at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on Thursday.

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