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“Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.” — CARLOS FUENTES, Mexican author (1928-2012)

The Greeting

Friday, April 26, 2019

Happy Friday, everyone. We should be getting some sun in the mix this weekend, so don't be too bummed about the rain. I, for one, have been pledged by my lady liege to complete the yard cleanup on Sunday.  

In the county seat of Pittsfield, City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo has joined the race for mayor, challenging incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer for the corner office in City Hall. 

A Pittsfield man is recovering after a serious motorcycle crash in Lenox.

And BB-gun threats are riling up the Springside Park neighborhood, where there's been a run of incidents with some young students mimicking violent adult behavior.

Thousands of the faithful are expected to descend upon Southern Berkshire, as the Marian Fathers are hosting a relic from a French saint during the Divine Mercy weekend event.

Brod and Taylor has unleashed a new food dehydrator that eliminates the biggest problem with dehydrators: the bulky size.

And please check out these other top headlines, so you'll know what everyone is buzzing about in Berkshire County ...

BUSINESS LOBBY ON HEALTH CARE: Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a lobbying entity that represents the interests of businesses in the Bay State, is moving to massage the start of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

COMEDIAN ON THE CROSS: Bob Smiley does clean jokes and works his faith in Jesus into his standup routines. 

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The News

Longtime City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo launches bid to unseat mayor

PITTSFIELD — Melissa Mazzeo has spent a decade on the City Council, and now she's setting her sights on City Hall's corner office.Mazzeo, flanked by family and friends, announced her mayoral … more

BB gun-carrying youths cause stir in Springside Park neighborhood

PITTSFIELD — A spate of incidents in and around Springside Park, including menacing behavior by kids armed with BB guns, have residents calling for action by authorities.The incidents, which … more

Pittsfield man recovering from severe injuries after bike crash in Lenox

LENOX — A Pittsfield man is recovering at a Worcester hospital after a motorcycle accident on Saturday left him severely injured and unable to walk. Luke Godfrey, 26, has undergone surgery and … more

Berkshire cities join effort to dramatically cut opioid overdose deaths

Opioid overdose deaths fell by 4 percent last year in Massachusetts, but a new drive involving Berkshire County's two cities seeks to improve on that tenfold. And in just three years. Health … more

Pittsfield man avoids jail time after admitting to lighting pile of shoes on fire

PITTSFIELD — A city man who admitted to setting fire to shoes outside an apartment last April will avoid jail if he stays clear of trouble and meets his probation conditions over the next year … more

North Adams mayor lays out $40M budget plan

NORTH ADAMS — Another year, another "maintenance budget."Mayor Thomas Bernard has introduced a $40.84 million draft city budget proposal that would increase city spending by less than 1 … more

With $6.27M budget plan, Cheshire officials seek to lessen hit to taxpayers

CHESHIRE — Spending in the town is expected to climb about $182,000, or nearly 3 percent, in the coming year.The proposed budget for the fiscal 2020 budget is $6.27 million, but town officials … more

Thousands to gather for Divine Mercy events in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — A devout friend of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception will lead the religious order and estimated 20,000 pilgrims in celebrating Mercy Sunday this weekend. more

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The Business

AIM gearing up for 2021 rollout of Family and Medical Leave Act

PITTSFIELD — As employers prepare for the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act in Massachusetts, the state's largest employer organization is working to make the transition … more

The innovative approach: Local firm creates easy-to-carry food dehydrator

WILLIAMSTOWN — Brod & Taylor, a local company known for its innovative approaches to kitchen matters, has introduced another product designed to overcome issues that are inherent in more … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Bob Smiley's 'Christian' comedy draws laughs without guilt

NORTH ADAMS — Bob Smiley knows that being billed as a "Christian comic" may turn away some potential audience members, but it's a label he wears with pride."A lot of people hear `Christian … more

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The Snap

Robert Unda sautes dandelion greens and watercress in a wok with chili sauce and lemon juice in the kitchen at Kripalu. The site offers lunch for $10 on Wednesdays for Berkshire County residents

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