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“Any man who has the brains to think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the country is considered a radical by those who are content with stagnation and willing to endure disaster.”  — WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST, American newspaper publisher (1863-1951)

The Greeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Good day, Berkshirites. Today is officially May, which means my quarry of choice — the striped bass, also known as a linesider — has returned to the waters of Rhode Island and Cape Cod. I fish for this species in the dark of night, catching them as they feed within casting distance from shore. For the significant others of those who chase stripers like I do, my condolences; likewise, my sympathies if your spouse chases strippers, but that's something entirely different.

In education news, Berkshire Community College's nursing program has achieved its goal of reaccredidation from a higher-ed governing body.

In Pittsfield, a family remembers the best of Chris Puntin, who was killed over the weekend in a hunting accident in Great Barrington.

Also in Great Barrington, family matters will pull away the new principal after his first year at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

Back in Pittsfield, a city man is acquitted of home invasion charges, which would've sent him to prison for 20 years.

In North Adams, the new police chief is ready to take the reins of the Police Department, which he will do formally today.

In Williamstown, a visit by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito comes with praise for the town's leadership in the development of affordable housing.

And please do read these other fine stories before getting on with your busy day ...

IN MEMORY OF MAIA: A Narragansett, R.I., rescue vessel is named after a Berkshire woman who drowned in 2017.

LOOK TO THE FUTURE: A seriously broken-down bridge in Great Barrington will stay closed until 2023. 

HARM REDUCTION: The Brien Center will serve as a county anchor for an anti-opioid study and addiction reduction effort.

Now, please go to berkshireeagle.com, and order yourself a digital or print subscription. Heck, you can get both!

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Family immerses itself in memories after death of a hunter dedicated to safety

PITTSFIELD — Whether it was working on landscaping at a family home, building a picnic table with his son, or volunteering his time with a school or community group, Chris Puntin was always on … more

National accreditors give BCC nursing program a clean bill of health

PITTSFIELD — The prognosis is good, according to national regulators. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, which is charged with deciding the fate of Berkshire Community … more

Interfaith community event set to combat hate crimes

PITTSFIELD — The Jewish congregations of the Berkshires have announced "An Evening of Unity, Prayer and Call to Action" this Thursday.The event sponsored by the Jewish Federation and its … more

Monument High Principal Douglas Wine to leave after one year for personal reasons

GREAT BARRINGTON — Calling his decision difficult, Douglas Wine announced Tuesday that he is leaving his job as principal of Monument Mountain Regional High School after his first year, citing … more

Pittsfield man found not guilty in armed home invasion

PITTSFIELD — A city man has been found not guilty of a 2016 home invasion and armed assault.Damien Armstrong, 20, was accused of breaking into an Onota Street with two juveniles — all … more

Narragansett, R.I., emergency response vessel dedicated to Berkshire teen who drowned in 2015

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — An emergency response vessel in Narragansett has been dedicated to a Berkshire teen who drowned there in a snorkeling accident … more

In visit, Polito lauds Williamstown for its affordable housing efforts

WILLIAMSTOWN — When it comes to affordable housing, Williamstown is setting a good example.That was the message from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday, during a visit designed to promote the … more

Contract inked, Wood set to take reins as new North Adams police chief

NORTH ADAMS — The city has inked a three-year contract with its new police chief.Jason Wood has agreed to a starting salary of $87,500, locking in the city's top police officer until 2022."I'm … more

Anti-overdose project will propel existing Brien Center work

PITTSFIELD — In the coming weeks, leaders of an $89 million federal project, joined by new allies in Berkshire County, will map logistics for a four-year study on the best ways to treat opioid … more

Great Barrington bridge to remain closed until 2023

GREAT BARRINGTON — A decaying town bridge will remain closed to traffic until the state releases the money to completely replace it in about four years — give or take.The town had planned … more

Pittsfield man charged with using truck to attack woman, children

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of repeatedly ramming his truck into a woman's car on Monday — with her three children inside — has been ordered held without bail.Anthony … more

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A cheesy, puffed casserole that's all about eggs

Despite its name, this "omelet" is nothing like the filling-stuffed egg dish you expect at brunch, nor does it take a day to bake. This cheesy, golden, puffed casserole is all about the eggs, … more

'Children of a Lesser God' playwright Mark Medoff dead at 79

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, N.M. He … more

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