Thought of the day

“The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.” — GRAHAM GREENE, English author (1904-1991)

The Greeting

The William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield is taking shape with the Berkshire Innovation Center adding to the landscape of Mountain One and the solar array as seen on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. I'm on the road today, starting my workday at our hilltown bureau and then heading north to our sister site, the Bennington (Vt.) Banner, to do some web training with our friends to the north.

My career in news began in Bennington, so heading back there every now and then fills me with a good feeling, like a plateful of breakfast staples from the Blue Benn Diner.

At 47, my fits of nostalgia come more frequently; in fact, I smell a poll question coming on! Check back later today at for a new poll. 

For TheBeat's top stories today, we (the editorial "we") have for you a Sandisfield two-fer: in exhibit A, residents are still grappling with the mess left behind two years ago by the Kinder Morgan pipeline installation; and in exhibit B, we explain why town officials are asking if residents will pay $56,000 for a full-time public safety officer who would be on call all day. It's going before town meeting in May.

Our busy reporters also bring you a trifecta of stories out of Pittsfield, where:
♦ the new Pittsfield police panel met for the first time. City Solicitor Steve Pagnotta told members he expects they'll review police matters "both positive and negative";
♦ candidate paperwork is just beginning to show at City Hall; 
♦ and several Berkshire-based groups are joining a nationwide protest Thursday to call on Attorney General William Barr and other elected officials to make public the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Park Square.

In the north county (where I also briefly served with valor at the North Adams Transcript and for the former North County bureau of The Eagle), we have a pair of stories from our reporters stationed there: 
♦ North Adams City Council President Keith Bona does some homework for the panel and finds out why it must sign off on each and every application for a taxi driver licence in the city;
♦ first-graders at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in Adams are learning computer skills. School tech specialist Geoff Kondel says: "When we make the jump from books to computers, we start at a basic level with games like 'Angry Birds.' I'm really surprised how fast they pick it up."

Please check in regularly at, where we've always got a stockpile of articles and photos for you to enjoy ...

HIT-AND-RUN ARREST: Police have identified a Pittsfield man, 51, as the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian early Sunday.

FIGHTING WORDS: On Monday, reps from Berkshire County community TV stations joined their colleagues across the state to hear U.S. Sen. Edward Markey blast an FCC proposal as an "existential threat" to their purpose.

POWER TO THE WOMEN: Read this righteous series on women who made their mark on the world in science, culture and social realms.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The exterior framing of the Berkshire Innovation Center in the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield on Tuesda.y.

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