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Thought of the day

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”  — LOUIS NIZER, American lawyer (1902-1994)


The Greeting

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires! Truth be told, I rarely am raring to go in the morning. I'm rather slow and grumpy, and I feel like I could use a nice spring nap, like one of our region's recently wakened black bears. That's what the six cups of coffee are for.

In the news, a controversial Pittsfield Police officer will retire, after years of trouble that included posing a shoplifting suspect for a picture and roughing up an 88-year-old woman after a case of mistaken identity. 

Also in Pittsfield, the new executive director of the Berkshire Museum, Jeff Rodgers, shares with The Eagle the state of, and his plan for, one of the cultural hubs of the county.

A gravely injured pedestrian prompts Dalton officials to take another look at a dangerous street crossing in town.

An upcoming meeting on the opioid epidemic in rural areas will not be centered around lectures, but rather a give and take about how to deal with the scourge in a region such as ours.

Don't forget to check out these Eagle special sections ...

TOWN MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS | SPRING 2019: Missed the action at Town Hall? Click here to catch up.

SWEET BROOK UNDER FIRE: A North County nursing home is being exposed for neglect and abuse of its most helpless residents.

NEWS SUPPLEMENTS: Check out this assortment of locally flavored magazines, brought to you by The Eagle and its parent company, New England Newspapers Inc.

Stop by at berkshireeagle.com, and pick up a digital+Sunday subscription for you and the kids.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor


 
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The News

Pittsfield officer who was fired, ordered reinstated by court retires, gets back pay

PITTSFIELD — The city has resolved a dispute with an embattled city police officer whose status has been in limbo since he was fired in 2016 for falsifying an arrest report.The state's highest … more

Meeting in Pittsfield to discuss opioid crisis will involve less talk, more give-and-take

PITTSFIELD — Just over 6 percent of Berkshire County residents older than 11 are coping with an opioid use disorder.Statewide, that figure is 4.6 percent, according to data from 2015 — … more

Accident brings call for improved safety at Dalton crosswalk

DALTON — Friends say Sean A. Labonte doesn't remember what happened to him the day he tried to walk across Main Street in late March. Others won't forget. Labonte was struck in a crosswalk near … more

Egremont voters OK new regional district assessment rules, $90K for schoolhouse

EGREMONT — Voters approved a $4.5 million operating budget, $90,000 for improvements for the South Egremont School and proposed changes to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District … more

At second night of annual town meeting, Great Barrington votes again to keep bottle ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — It appears to be the final word, give or take some possible future amendments.Voters on Tuesday, at a second night of annual town meeting, overwhelmingly supported a ban on … more

West Stockbridge voters OK $5.7M budget

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Voters approved 36 of 37 articles and the town's $5.7 million fiscal 2020 spending plan in just under two hours Monday night at annual town meeting. The operating budget … more

Sheffield approves marijuana regulations that include shop limits

SHEFFIELD — The town now has its first set of marijuana regulations that include limiting the number of retail shops to three. Voters at Monday's annual town meeting approved a comprehensive … more

Ex-firefighter pleads guilty to setting Sheffield fire

PITTSFIELD — A former Connecticut firefighter who admitted to being fascinated by fire and watching things burn to relieve stress has been sentenced to probation in connection with a 2016 brush … more

The Weather


Obituaries

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The Business

New leader seeks dialogue to bridge Berkshire Museum's past, future

PITTSFIELD — Now that the controversial art sales have come to a close, the Berkshire Museum team is focusing on infrastructure needs, and repairing relationships with the local and museum … more


The Learning

It's Teacher Appreciation Week: Three educators recognized at MCLA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts celebrated three local educators last Thursday during the ninth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards ceremony, held in the … more

The Poll


The Landscape

Solo voices sounding this summer at The Whit

PITTSFIELD — A Whitney Center for the Arts season of theater performances dedicated to the solo voice — especially the female solo voice — begins June 28-30 … more

Chicken tagine — ready in about an hour

We love the way the liberal warm spices, sweetness, and tart brininess of a tagine enliven workaday chicken, so we set to develop a chicken tagine with depth of flavor — in about an hour.We … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Eric Mabee of Pittsfield putts on fourth hole the during the USGA’s U.S. Open local qualifier at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

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