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“Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.” — DAVID HUME, Scottish philosopher (1711-1776)

The Greeting

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Happy Tuesday, people of the 413! Today is a regular-strength Tuesday, not to be confused with Fat Tuesday, the feast day before the start of Lent.  

In today's news, a new Pittsfield Police substation has opened; it's being staff by civilian volunteers with police officer assistance.

A Pittsfield driver, who struck and killed a man sitting in the roadway March 31, says he didn't know that he'd hit a person with his car.

Stockbridge has a new fire chief, after the Select Board voted to offer the job to Becket EMT Vincent Garofoli.

A sawed-off shotgun, drugs and ammo will send a 36-year-old man to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Don't forget these other important bits and bytes ...

THIRD PLACE FINISH: Ramblewild takes third in a national USA Today poll on aerial adventure parks.

DU BOIS HONORED: The thinker W.E.B. Du Bois will have Monument Valley Regional Middle School renamed in his honor; residents at town meeting Monday approved the renaming but not without hot debate.

BROOKLYN'S FINEST: No, not the NYPD. It's Brooklyn's Best, a taste of the Big Apple in downtown Pittsfield on North Street.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Police outpost opens in Pittsfield's West Side

PITTSFIELD — A new kind of police hub is officially open for business on Columbus Avenue, and it's just in time for crime's busy season. The West Side Community Outreach Post, 314 Columbus … more

Dalton residents agree to $17.8M spending plan

DALTON — Officials at annual town meeting were peppered Monday with questions about the town's debt picture, as a vote to increase borrowing looms.Residents agreed to spend $17,829,698 to … more

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run told police he hit something, but didn't think it was a person

PITTSFIELD — The driver accused of fatally striking a man on Dalton Avenue in March told police he wasn't aware of what had happened at the time.Robert Johnson, 51, of Pittsfield, said he was … more

New faces win Cheshire, Lenox Select Board seats

Cheshire's Select Board has two new faces with more to come next spring, and Lenox's newest Select Board member won in a landslide.The town elections in those communities highlighted a busy Monday at … more

Pittsfield man off to prison for drugs, weapons possession

PITTSFIELD — A city man was sentenced to up to three years in prison after admitting Thursday to possession of drugs, ammo and weapons including a sawed-off shotgun.Fabien Hernandez, 36, … more

Stockbridge names Becket EMT Vincent Garofoli as new fire chief

STOCKBRIDGE — The Select Board has chosen Richmond native Vincent J. Garofoli as the new fire chief for Stockbridge.Chairman Donald Chabon and Selectman Terry Flynn announced on Monday they … more

WGBY takes a look at repurposing old mills in Berkshires

Here's a WGBY video segment: Connecting Point’s look at the repurposing of old mill buildings in the Berkshires. more

The Weather


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The Business

Lanesborough adventure park gets national recognition

LANESBOROUGH — Ramblewild, the aerial adventure park on Brodie Mountain Road, has been named Third Best Aerial Adventure Park in the U.S. based on a nationwide poll through USA Today's 10 Best … more

The Learning

Great Barrington approves renaming middle school for Du Bois, rejects short-term rental registry

GREAT BARRINGTON — On a cool spring night, many hot buttons were pushed.Residents at annual town meeting Monday approved renaming Monument Valley Regional Middle School after W.E.B. Du Bois, … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park returning to Pittsfield Common in August

Berkshire Eagle staffPITTSFIELD — After a one-year break, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park returns this summer with its fifth free outdoor production on the First Street Common — "Much … more

Brooklyn's best ... in the Berkshires

PITTSFIELD — Red-checkered tablecloths, legs of prosciutto, fresh balls of mozzarella, and all of the makings of Italian antipasti. You might think you were in Little Italy, but you're still in … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Because of the warm weather, professor Eric Doucette holds his "Plants and Society" class outdoors, at the Science Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Monday, the last day of classes.

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