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

The News

Sandisfield road still a mess more than 2 years after pipeline build

SANDISFIELD — After the pipeline company chip-sealed a road torn up by its trucks during construction, people thought the turbulence of the project was behind them.But for those who live on or … more

EMT shortage in Sandisfield prompts call for public safety officer

SANDISFIELD — If you live in Sandisfield and need an ambulance during the day, you might have to wait for one from another town.That's because state law requires two emergency medical … more

Picking up support: Markey blasts FCC proposal that would hurt community TV stations

BOSTON —  Community television operators across the state are picking up political support as they await the outcome of a proposed rule change that could put their ability to broadcast … more

Members roll up sleeves at first meeting of new Pittsfield police panel

PITTSFIELD — It's going to be "labor-intensive," city leaders warned members of the new Police Advisory and Review Board. Eight individuals of the 11-member committee held their first meeting … more

Pittsfield protest planned to spur release of Mueller report findings

Several Berkshire County groups are joining a nationwide protest Thursday to call on Attorney General William Barr and other elected officials to make the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's … more

North Adams council president clarifies board's role in granting taxi licenses

NORTH ADAMS — It was over before it really began.City Council President Keith Bona had asked the council last month to investigate why it reviews and signs off on each and every application for … more

The Weather


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The Learning

Book series helps Adams youngsters learn computer basics, bolster science lab dream

ADAMS — Without even realizing it, first-graders at Hoosac Valley Elementary School are learning basic computer skills.First-grade teacher April Mazzeo has had her students read the "Hello … more

Stockbridge psychologist honored for paper, career in psychoanalysis

NEW YORK — A longtime Stockbridge psychologist was honored Tuesday at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, where he presented a paper that linked the roots of psychoanalysis to … more

School costs, and young families, on decline in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — As the year-round population of young families continues to decline, fewer Stockbridge students are attending the Berkshire Hills Regional School District in Great Barrington.The … more



Francis Moriarty: A new Red Scare over China?

WILLIAMSTOWN — This column has previously warned that Americans' growing worry of China's rising economic strength, armed might and global projection of power could ignite a new "Red Scare" … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Meatless stew with an Ethiopian flair

A confession: This is kind of a vegetarian version of my favorite column recipe ever, a spiced lamb and chickpea stew. As I prepare to get married in September, I've been trying to bring my cooking … more

Cantilena Chamber Choir presents Baltimore singers in rescheduled MLK weekend concert Saturday

LENOX — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a Martin Luther King weekend Psalms and Spirituals open sing 5 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St. This concert is rescheduled from … more

A chicken dish flavored with sweet, nutty garlic

Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often … more

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