Thought of the day

“The only graceful way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved.”  — RUSSELL LYNES, American writer (1910-1991)

The Greeting

The city parking garage between Columbus and Summer streets is nearly gone as crews from J.H. Maxymillian Inc. dismantle the structure. This view is looking south from Berkshire Nautilus with The Eagle's drone, Friday.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Good day, sunshines! It's time to rise and greet the new day! We had a little bit of snow up in the hills last night ... pshaw, I say, pshaw!

In the news, Stop & Shop workers continue their strike even as negoitations resume on contract talks. Our Dick Lindsay reports.

Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo is suing his former employer — the town of Stockbridge — after he was ousted from his job as fire chief for buying supplies that the Fire Department didn't need.

Southern Vermont College's loss is North Adams' gain, as the city scoops up the longtime librarian to run the North Adams Public Library.

Also in North Adams, the city is dropping the winter parking ban a little bit early this year, and the change will extend to future years, as well. 

In Pittsfield, some fans of the game of pickleball want a place to play at Springside Park; others feel the money could be spent elsewhere.

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The News

Talks resume as Stop & Shop strike enters 5th day

Union leaders and management are back at the bargaining table as striking Stop & Shop workers continued to walk a picket line for a fifth day. Negotiations resumed over the weekend and continued … more

Some sour on pickleball plan for Springside Park

PITTSFIELD — A pickleball project at Springside Park has served up a volley of opposing wills.On one side, the city sits ready to execute a $350,000 pickleball facility for a group of residents … more

Stockbridge ex-fire chief sues to be reinstated

STOCKBRIDGE — Arguing that the town and two Select Board members violated his First Amendment rights through political discrimination and retaliation, dismissed Fire Chief Ernest "Chuckie" … more

North Adams Public Library hires new director

NORTH ADAMS — The city will find a silver lining in the closure of nearby Southern Vermont College.Sarah Sanfilippo, the Bennington, Vt., college's director of library services for more than 15 … more

Trial opens for Pittsfield man accused of raping girl

PITTSFIELD — Prosecutors allege a Pittsfield man took advantage of a vulnerable teen girl who wanted attention and sexually assaulted her over a two-and-a-half year period.The attorney for Omar … more

North Adams lifts winter parking ban early

NORTH ADAMS — The clouds have parted, the snow has melted, and the parking ban has been lifted.The city has lifted its winter parking ban — the annual curse of every resident-motorist … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Don't throw away those onion tops!

Be careful! Deer ticks abound! Take precautions! (I think I just used up my monthly allowance of exclamation points.) Not to sound too gloomy, but all predictions I've seen indicate the deer tick … more

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Pesticides cited in amphibian deaths

Q: I read your article, "Watch for salamanders, frogs on roads," The Berkshire Eagle, April 7, and I have a question: Do lawn pesticides harm amphibians? My reason for asking is this: When we moved … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Scott Stafford — The Berkshire Eagle
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Carina Thompson, left, and Jose Scharon work on clearing the trail for the Frisbee golf course at Windsor Lake during the MCLA Day of Service on Saturday.

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