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“The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.” — JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH, American economist, diplomat and author (1908-2006)

The Greeting

Local law enforcement salute fallen officers during the Police Memorial Day celebration in Pittsfield on the Common on Wednesday. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Pittsfield Police Officer Cheryl Callahan is pictured at right.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Ever take a drink from a hose and get blasted by water? Well, imagine just such a hose, but instead of water, it's news! That's what we have here today: a hose blast of news! Brace yourselves!

On Beacon Hill, lawmakers in the House have passed a measure to ban the use of cellphones for residents behind the wheel.

Back in Pittsfield, we have a Police Department twofer: a story on a recent promotion and awards ceremony for officers and another on an event that honors the sacrifice of peace officers.

There are changes coming to outreach programs in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, but current beneficiaries aren't sure yet what those changes will be.

Mayor Linda Tyer's initial plan for housing rehab in the city has hit some walls with the City Council, but councilors remain interested in pursuing the program, as long as it has a different source of funding.

In an op-ed featured on CNN, the mother of a young woman killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March speaks frankly about failings by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

Overdose deaths are down, but area EMTs say OD call numbers are still steady.

In Lanesborough, there's an election ahead, and candidates are speaking about one of the biggest and least busy businesses in town: the Berkshire Mall.

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The News

Mass. House passes bill to ban drivers from using handheld phones

BOSTON — State representatives invoked the memories of people killed in distracted driving crashes on Wednesday before voting 155-2 to pass a bill banning motorists from using handheld … more

Pittsfield police officers recognized in new annual awards ceremony

PITTSFIELD — From saving babies to making big drug busts, the Pittsfield Police Department's leaders say officers have been busy behind the scenes. During a first-of-its kind awards ceremony on … more

Berkshire students, educators fear changes to DA's Office youth programs

PITTSFIELD — For Ashley Barnes, serving on the Berkshire District Attorney's Youth Advisory Board was so meaningful that she wrote about it in her college and scholarship application essays.The … more

Pittsfield councilors want to explore other ways of funding mayor's housing loan program

PITTSFIELD — The City Council and Mayor Linda Tyer agree on one point: Helping residents repair their homes is a worthy cause.But how to fund the would-be program has become a thorny issue. … more

Mother of Samya Stumo lashes out at Boeing, FAA

The mother of a young Sheffield woman  who was killed in an Ethiopian plane crash in March now is going after the maker of the plane, Boeing, in an op-ed featured on CNN.com today. more

Overdose deaths down statewide, though local EMS says OD calls remain steady

BOSTON — Nearly 500 people are believed to have died from opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of 2019, according to recently released data from the … more

3 injured after box truck collides with tow truck in Sandisfield

SANDISFIELD — Three people were hospitalized Tuesday night — including the town's police chief and his son — after a tractor-trailer collided head-on with a tow truck on Route 8.All … more

Pittsfield's Police Memorial Ceremony honors law enforcement sacrifices

PITTSFIELD — Some say people get into police work for the wrong reasons, said Police Chief Michael Wynn.But most officers are driven by a call to service, he said."They recognize that in all … more

Candidates weigh in on future of Berkshire Mall ahead of Lanesborough election

LANESBOROUGH — The hot topics of the police station and Berkshire Mall are key issues heading into next month's annual town election.On June 18, incumbent Robert Ericson squares off against … more

Town meetings and elections | Spring 2019

Spring town meetings and elections are in full swing. What's your town going to be voting on? Look below, find out town and soak up as much information as you can handle. more

The Weather


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The Learning

Mount Greylock's Mechanical Mounties write the manual for building a better robotics team

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mechanical Mounties went from worst to almost first during their third year competing against larger, well-funded high school robotics teams.The high-tech student squad from … more

The Business

Continued parking woes halt permitting for Proprietor's Lodge

PITTSFIELD — Parking concerns have put on hold plans by the owner of a lakeside restaurant to complete a covered wedding platform at the facility on Pontoosuc Lake.The Proprietor's Lodge, a … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Why buy it, when you can DIY it and take it home?

A family's name on a sign evokes a sense of lineage and, sometimes, offers a glimpse into the characters who belong to that clan. But if you're familiar with boozy crafts gatherings, such a display … more

Shakespeare & Company launching new season with Kenneth Lonergan's 'The Waverly Gallery'

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company opens its 2019 season Memorial Day weekend with Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Waverly Gallery" by Kenneth Lonergan, directed by founding artistic director Tina … more

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The Snap

Police officers are sworn in as sergeants during a Pittsfield Police Department Promotional/Recognition Award Ceremony at Taconic High School in Pittsfield on Wednesday. From left, are Sgts. John P. Murphy III, John Mazzeo, Dave Kirschner, Cheryl Callahan and Jacob Barbour.

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