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“Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?” — PHILIP G. HAMERTON, English artist and essayist (1834-1894)


The Greeting

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dear Beat readers, I'm wondering: If you're a fan of TheBeat, does that make you a Beat-nik? I say an enthusiastic "Yes!"

Bad news on the Hoffenberg homefront ... we've got a burst pipe in our basement, and it looks like it's been leaking for a while (I'm basing that soley on the size and quantity of the fungi now growing on our floor beams).

So, I've got to run back home to play plumber. But before I take off, here's a wrapup on today's news:

SEX ABUSE AT SWEET BROOK: The first cases of reported abuse were bad; these are worse. The embattled nursing home now has been cited in a new federal report, and it highlights repeated and ongoing incidents of sexual assault by people suffering from dementia. 

ONE-MAN CRIME WAVE: Those aren't our words; rather, it's a Superior Court judge speaking about a defendant.

ATHLETES AMONG US: The champions took their marks Wednesday during the 40th Special Olympics Monument Games, having fun and building meaningful relationships.

MCAS PROBLEM: The Pittsfield School Committee is taking aim at an MCAS test question that encouraged students to put themselves in the mind of a slave owner.

MORE VEGGIES FOR MANY FORKS: Many Forks Farm lands a $4,070 grant to help with its drainage and sustainability efforts in Clarksburg.

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: Suzanne Merritt, president of Lenox Fit, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Woman Small Business Owner of the Year for Massachusetts.

Please visit berkshireeagle.com every day for the latest news in the Berkshires and beyond. We've got a digital+Sunday deal that you're going to love.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: Maia Stanton, of Great Barrington and New Marlborough, died in 2015. The year of her death was incorrect in Wednesday’s Beat. 


 
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The News

Federal report: Sexual abuse occurred at Sweet Brook among cognitively impaired residents

WILLIAMSTOWN — As the Sweet Brook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center fights to keep its state license, a newly released federal report details alleged sexual abuse in recent months involving … more

At Special Olympics Monument Games, hugs, high-fives and a field of dreams

GREAT BARRINGTON — Mat Mikulski ran in place to limber up for the standing jump at the 40th Special Olympics Monument Games.Then, the 16-year-old student from Lenox Memorial Middle and High … more

'One-man crime wave' headed to jail for string of break-ins

PITTSFIELD — A city man, described by a judge Tuesday as a "one-man crime wave," was sentenced to four years in jail after admitting to break-ins and burglaries involving thousands of dollars … more

MCAS question troubles Pittsfield School Committee

PITTSFIELD — School Committee members said they plan to write to the state about a problematic question on the MCAS exam 10th-graders took earlier this spring. Empathizing with fringe views has … more

North Adams man allegedly stabbed man twice in the back

NORTH ADAMS — A city man was held without bail after he pleaded not guilty to stabbing another man during a dispute Tuesday.Rahsaan Montgomery, 40, allegedly twice stabbed a man during an … more

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The Business

Lenox Fit owner's sweat equity earns U.S. Small Business Administration honor

LENOX — Suzanne Merritt, president of Lenox Fit, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Woman Small Business Owner of the Year for Massachusetts.Merritt, who purchased the gym … more

Clarksburg farm plans drainage, sustainability upgrades with grant funds

CLARKSBURG — At Many Forks Farm, every new year seemed to bring more water.Now, with $4,070 of grant funding in hand, the River Road vegetable and herb grower will embark on a project that aims … more


The Poll


The Landscape

'SNL' writer Sam Jay stands up for her own comedy Sunday in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — In a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch, a software engineer (John Mulaney) is dancing to the "Cha Cha Slide" at a wedding with his girlfriend (Ego Nwodim). It's her cousin's … more

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The Snap

Steve Sears
In wake of this past week's news, Steve Sears of Dalton sent us this photo he took and writes: "2017, a view from inside Notre Dame at the crossing looking southwest at the stained glass window through the transept. I believe this was protected from being damaged the fire."
Paula Froehlich Perry
Paula Froehlich Perry‎ sent us this photo on March 20 of the "Super Worm Equinox Moon over Holiday Inn & Suites, Pittsfield."

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