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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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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

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

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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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