Thought of the day

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” — PABLO PICASSO, Spanish artist (born 1881, died this date in 1973)

The Greeting

Charlie Diamond, of Watervliet, N.Y., rests in the sunshine on the patio of J.J.’s Lodge at Jiminy Peak on its last day of the season, as temperatures reached into the 60s on Sunday.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Happy Monday, people! If today is the start of your workweek, and you have five long days to go before your next day off, you have my condolences. If you have today off, then hoorah for you; the rest of us will be slaving away.

In education news, the decision to build a new Wahconah Regional High School was affirmed Saturday ... but by only 88 votes.

In lifesucking traffic news, there will be bridge inspections underway Tuesday at sites in Lee and Becket on the Massachusetts Turnpike; motorists beware, and use caution.

In business development news, a number of new projects are being pitched before planners tonight in North Adams, including a small music venue.

In public safety news, the city of Pittsfield will be adding five new firefighters, after they wrapped up training at the state fire academy.

In spineless weasel news, unknown perpetrators vandalized a World War I memorial in Adams; police are looking for leads

In dogwalker news, also in the town of Adams, the subject of canine waste is forcing officialdom's hand.

And for more articles and photos, try these stories below or visit throughout the day for the latest and greatest stories ...

SCHOLARLY EFFORT: The Eagle's Larry Parnass earns himself an O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. 

LOOK AHEAD, PITTSFIELD: Reporter Amanda Drane tells city residents what to expect for the coming week; to find out what's happening in Pittsfield before anyone else, sign up to receive Drane's weekly newsletter.

EARTH ANGELS: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires held its annual Berkshire Earth Expo this weekend.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

Residents approve building new Wahconah Regional by 88 votes

DALTON — Voters on Saturday narrowly backed a plan to build a new Wahconah Regional High School, overcoming concerns about its $41.33 million cost to local taxpayers and paving the way for … more

State sets bridge inspections on eastbound, westbound lanes of I-90

LEE/BECKET — State bridge inspections will be conducted on Interstate 90 on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Monday.The inspections will take place from 6:30 … more

Music venue, small B&B among new developments planned for North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — April has showered the city with a spate of development proposals.From a new music venue on Union Street to a small bed-and-breakfast on Kemp Avenue, the city has received … more

5 academy graduates to join Pittsfield Fire Department

PITTSFIELD — When the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy graduated its latest class Friday, five members of the Pittsfield Fire Department were among the 24 members from across the state.Now, … more

Preponderance of pooch poop in Adams triggers concern, ire

ADAMS — It's a doggone shame — and it's starting to pile up.Town officials are considering a number of options to help curb the problem of dog poop along some of the town's more popular … more

Eagle staffer wins backing for in-depth reporting project

PITTSFIELD — A reporter for The Berkshire Eagle will pursue an in-depth project with local and national relevance, backed by funding from a national fellowship.Larry Parnass, The Eagle's … more

WWI Memorial Park in Adams vandalized

ADAMS — Local authorities are looking for the person who vandalized the World War I Memorial Park on Columbia Street over the weekend.Shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, the Adams Police … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Mayoral contenders, marijuana taxes and a school budget takes shape

Important puzzle pieces could line up this week as more political contenders step up. All incumbent city councilors — except Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell and Councilor At Large Melissa Mazzeo … more

The Weather


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The Learning

At Berkshire Earth Expo, desire to combat climate change is sky high

PITTSFIELD — The sky outside was gray, but the focus inside was completely green.The fourth Berkshire Earth Expo drew hundreds to the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires on Saturday, where … more



Our Opinion: Affordable housing issue can't wait

Access to adequate and affordable housing is as important as education, transportation and the presence of a skilled workforce when it comes to generating and maintaining a robust economy. It is … more

Letter: Movie provides answers to abortion questions

To the editor:Abortion has been legal in our country for 46 years. There are now 788 clinics performing approximately 3,000 abortions every day. Have you ever wondered what happens inside those … more

The Poll

The Landscape

'Five Wise Guys' celebrate life's third act

LENOX — "I've got a tumor in my head."Two men are sitting across from each other, making their way through a crossword puzzle, when one of them reveals this troubling news. He has alluded to … more

'Suffering from Realness' makes you question what is 'real'

NORTH ADAMS — "Doctors say I'm the illest / 'Cause I'm suffering from realness." When Denise Markonish first heard these lines in Jay-Z and Kanye West's 2011 hit, "N----- in Paris," the phrase … more

Berkshire Palate: A casual vibe with modern flavors

WILLIAMSTOWN — At Berkshire Palate, the restaurant business is truly a family affair. While the Brassard family members who own the restaurant have recently hired additional staff for the … more

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The Snap

People carry their skis up to the mountain at Jiminy Peak on their last day of operations for the season, as temperatures reached into the 60s on Sunday.
A man skis down the 180 Trail in a short sleeved tee shirt at Jiminy Peak.

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