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“Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.” — JAMES STEPHENS, Irish poet and novelist (1882-1950)

The Greeting

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hello, Berkshires, and welcome to your Tuesday. Tuesdays is very much like Monday, except it has one thing going for it: There's fewer days between us and the weekend.

In the news, the Pittsfield Police Department has hired its first Latina officer, and for her it's a dream come true.

The Berkshire Theatre Group is going to be staging "Shrek." Its version of the play is updated and contains no perjorative slang for transgender people, unlike an earlier version of the play that was performed in Lenox.

A Great Barrington police officer has pleaded not guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

For those of you hoping to be riding on an expanded bike path in the north county sooner than later, you might as well make yourselves comfortable, because it's being pushed back to 2020.

The Eagle Mill in Lee just landed $6 million in tax credits, as the site owners move forward with its redevelopment.

Private employers soon will begin to pay into the fund that supports the state's Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

And  brace yourselves: The owner of the Berkshire Mall is late with his tax payments again.  

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Pittsfield Police hire first Latina officer onto force

PITTSFIELD — Lucia Cabral said she never imagined she'd venture from her tiny hometown in Mexico to the ranks of an American police department. Before she moved to New York at age 12, she said … more

Berkshire Theatre Group's aim with 'Shrek' musical: All the world's an inclusive stage

PITTSFIELD — A derogatory, slang term that was used in a recent school production of "Shrek: The Musical" will not be heard when Berkshire Theatre Group's community production of the show opens … more

Great Barrington police officer pleads not guilty in OUI case

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town police officer accused of driving drunk on the Massachusetts Turnpike last month pleaded not guilty in court Monday.Wearing a blue suit, Daniel Bartini, 26, appeared … more

Deja vu all over again on Berkshire Mall tax debts?

LANESBOROUGH — Though he is routinely late paying taxes, the Berkshire Mall's owner will be treated like anyone in arrears, town officials say.And so on Monday, a "courtesy notice" was being … more

Block party to kick off construction of West Side Riverway Park

PITTSFIELD — The city will break ground on a riverside park on Dewey Avenue this summer, and organizers say that's cause for celebration. Architects … more

North county bike path plan pushed back another year

NORTH ADAMS — Supporters of the proposed bike path connecting North Adams and Williamstown are lamenting another construction delay and looking for answers.After years of planning, … more

The Weather

The Learning

Reid Justice League program fights for youth advocacy, empowerment

PITTSFIELD — Eight excitable eighth-graders sat around a table, tucked within the belly of the library at Reid Middle School. On the projector, they saw photos of post-apartheid South Africa. … more


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The Business

Eagle Mill project gets boost with $6M in federal tax credits

LEE — Eagle Mill developers have secured millions in federal historic tax credits, a potential catalyst to landing the more elusive state historic tax credits for the estimated $60 million … more

What your paycheck can expect from Paid Family and Medical Leave Act kicking in

PITTSFIELD — Come July, employees across the state will begin to notice a dip in their paychecks.That's because the first phase of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act will kick … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Mac-Haydn's 2019 season begins Thursday with 'Camelot'

CHATHAM, N.Y, — The Mac-Haydn Theatre kicks off its 51st season this weekend with the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical, "Camelot," beginning Thursday and running through June 2.This … more

Shaping the exhibition

Follow Leslie Ferrin on social media and you'll notice that she rarely sits still. One day, she's sharing images of new ceramic works at gallery openings in New York City. The next day, she might be … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

A woman sits on a rock face at the summit of Mount Greylock overlooking the town of Adams on Monday. The road opened this weekend, and the lodge is open on weekends through beginning of June when it will open fully for the season. With temperatures reaching nearly 80 in the valley, the temps were about 10 degrees cooler at the summit with windy conditions.
The clouds float by an otherwise bright blue sky at the war memorial monument on Mount Greylock in Adams, which opened for the season this weekend.

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