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Thought of the day

“Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.” — NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, Italian political philosopher (born this date in 1469, died 1527)


The Greeting

Friday, May 3, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires, and welcome to your Friday.  It's not sunny out, so we'll all have to let our inner sunshine glow to brighten up the day! Who's with me? *crickets chirping*

On the homefront, I patched my pipe, no problem. Our investigations editor, Larry Parnass (also my neighbor and friend), confirmed what my wife and I had suspected: Acidic water is breaking down our water pipes from the inside out. Sounds promising.

On the news front, the Berkshire Mall yet again has missed another tax deadline. The mall's owner earned a four-fecta for not paying his tax bill on time for every quarter in this fiscal year. 

On the anti-hate front, an interfaith gathering Thursday evening denounced bigotry and promoted doing good deeds to counter the world's intolerance and hatred.

On the North Adams front, the city is instituting a spending freeze so it can clear the books for the year.

On the Stop & Shop front, unionized workers have reached a deal with their company after the longest strike in the market's history.

On the affordable housing front, a plan to bring in some affordable housing failed at a town meeting in Lenox on Thursday.

And please enjoy these other stories before you head back to the grindstone ...

THROWN OFF THE TRAIL?: A pair of recorded jailhouse phone calls are calling evidence into question in a murder trial, a defense attorney contends.

AFTER CARE PLANNED: If County Ambulance aids someone in the throes of an overdose, the agency wants to connect with the person the next day, to offer recovery services information.

THE SPEED OF SCIENCE: At Morningside Community School, these kids are getting science that travels at the speed of light. Almost.

Head on over the mountain to berkshireeagle.com, where getting a digital+Sunday deal is as easy as 1-2-3.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor


 
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The News

Message at Pittsfield event denouncing hate crimes: 'We are in this together'

PITTSFIELD — To deal with hate crimes, violence shouldn't beget violence — doing good deeds is seen as a better solution. Local clergy delivered that message Thursday night to about 140 … more

Affordable housing proposal fails at Lenox annual town meeting

LENOX — Voters turned down an affordable housing proposal and approved a narrow path for marijuana businesses to operate in the town. more

Attorney: Inmate's call may have misled police about shooter in 2017 Pittsfield killing

PITTSFIELD — Information contained in two recorded phone calls might call into question the identification of the suspect in the July 2017 shooting death of Paul Henry.In a motion to suppress … more

North Adams institutes spending freeze

NORTH ADAMS — The city has instituted a spending freeze across all departments.Facing projected overruns in two main areas, the city hopes an all-encompassing freeze on nonemergency spending … more

Lanesborough Select Board reverses course, supports police station study

LANESBOROUGH — The Select Board now backs a feasibility study of multiple sites for a police station, which two board members had called "a waste of money." Pending annual town meeting … more

County Ambulance looks to launch overdose follow-up program

PITTSFIELD — The 24-hour window after an overdose presents an opportunity to encourage recovery. So says Brian Andrews, president of County Ambulance.And this summer, he wants to launch a new … more

Union workers finalize contract with Stop & Shop

Unionized workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Western Massachusetts have ratified a new three-year contract that includes higher wages and continued access to affordable health benefits, … more

The Weather


Obituaries

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The Business

4th missed tax payment deadline in a row for Berkshire Mall owner

LANESBOROUGH — Another deadline, another missed property tax payment for the Berkshire Mall. Town officials Thursday sent the owner of the mall a demand notice for back taxes after he missed … more


The Learning

Classroom of the Week | Science program comes alive at Morningside Community School

PITTSFIELD — Sue Garcia sees her fifth-grade science students only about 90 minutes a week, so she works to make every minute count. "I show them videos and music about science, then they work … more

The Poll


The Landscape

When it comes to making theater, unpredictability reigns at The Hat Factory

GREAT BARRINGTON — When The Hat Factory member Tom Truss describes the initial moments of the theater company's improvisational performances, he turns to the athletic arena."It's like going to … more

Barrington Stage plans a weekend of play readings

Berkshire Eagle staffPITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company is presenting The PlayWorks Weekend, a staged reading series of new plays, May 10-12, at the St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St.The plays … more

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The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!

 

 
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The Snap

Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle
Danielle Klebes paints a mural on a wall on Marshall Street in North Adams as part of the O+ Festival, which is taking place next weekend in the city. She has been working on the mural since Wednesday. The mural is one of two commissioned for the festival.

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