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Thought of the day

“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.” — SAUL BELLOW, Canadian-American writer (born this date in 1915, died 2005)

The Greeting

Visitors swing high on a ride at the annual Dalton Carnival at the Dalton American Legion on Saturday.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Happy Monday, 413, and a very special Beat howdy-do to my daughter, Siddha, who turns 11 today. Happy birthday, little buddy! 

This special edition of TheBeat pulls together several Eagle news arteries, so much so that it's like getting two Beats in one.

We help roll out a new Eagle section, called the Berkshire Business Insider. Just like we did with Landscapes, our revamped arts and culture section, The Eagle is pumping up our business news coverage. We've doubled-down and will be unloading this heavy duty section every Sunday in print and digital. This week's inaugural section includes stories on:
• The short-term prospects for employment in Berkshire County;
• What to expect when you're expecting scaffolding in front of your shop;
• A new dog obedience school in Northern Berkshire;
• The CEO and founding director of Multicultural BRIDGE, Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant;
• Some tips on how to land that summer job, as described by the director of the Berkshire Regional Employment Board; 
• A conversation with Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center;
• And area business events and promotions, and much more.

We also have another Mall Stall dispatch from Eagle investigations editor Larry Parnass, who's visiting Berkshire Mall sister sites across the U.S. So far, what we're hearing is sounding awfully familiar.

'Tis also the season for commencement exercises. Visit our special page to find your child's school.

If you're a town meeting or election buff, you're in luck. We have dozens of stories on all the municipal action, here.

And, last but certainly not least, we have our usual Monday coverage, including articles covering a $50 million rehab at Elm Court that's been pushed back; a boy struck by a car in Dalton;  composting at the North Adams Farmers Market; Girl Scouts join Boy Scouts; and a 5-year sentence for a man guilty in a hit-and-run fatality case. Plus lots more.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

$50M Elm Court renovation pushed to 2020

STOCKBRIDGE — The $50 million renovation at the 1886 Elm Court mansion expected to begin this spring now has been pushed off until next year.This week, resort developer Front Yard LLC asked the … more

Boy avoids injury when hit by car

DALTON — A 9-year-old boy escaped serious injury after a car struck him in a downtown crosswalk over the weekend. Several eyewitness told police that around 8;30 p.m. on Saturday, the boy did … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Trash talk, election shifts and a final budget vote

New caps on curbside trash are up for discussion this week, and the future of the city's solid waste management to boot. The city's Resource Recovery Committee reconvenes at 6 p.m. Thursday in City … more

North Adams Farmers Market launching composting program

NORTH ADAMS — The scraps of produce grown in the Northern Berkshires could soon return to the soil from whence it came.The North Adams Farmers Market is launching with a new twist this year … more

Sandisfield seeks Charter negotiations after Crocker plan fails

SANDISFIELD — A long and twisting path to broadband might soon be coming to an end for one of the last Berkshire County towns without high-speed internet — or at least a plan to build a … more

Due diligence done, Pittsfield councilors to take final budget votes Tuesday

PITTSFIELD — With a detailed once-over in the books, the City Council is scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday on city spending for the upcoming fiscal year.During their Tuesday meeting, … more

Girls joining Boy Scouts offers a 'feeling of completion'

PITTSFIELD — Lily Smith is a Scout through and through. The 14-year-old has been a Brownie, a Junior and a Cadette with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, eager to earn badges, … more

Driver in 2017 fatal Pittsfield hit-and-run given up to 5 years in state prison

PITTSFIELD — Jerry Scott told the man convicted this week of leaving the scene of his brother's fatal hit-and-run accident that while he wasn't yet ready to forgive him, his brother might have … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Welcome to Berkshire Business Insider

Greetings, and welcome to the new and expanded Berkshire Eagle Sunday business section, the Berkshire Business Insider. more

Surviving scaffolding: How to cope with construction

After years of hosting pop-up shows, the nomadic artist collective Common Folk raised enough money to settle down in retail space along Main Street featuring two display windows for local art. Day one was great; day two, the restoration began. more

Obedience training for your fur baby and you, in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Education is key for any youngster, even those fur-bearing young ones that we keep as pets. Education for people navigating puppyhood, and those seeking adult doggie classes, is … more

Too good to be true? Avoid 'limited time offer' scam

Too good to be true: Remember this as one of the most accurate comments ever made regarding scams. Con artists rely on our naivete and attraction to promises of free goods or product offers that … more

Short-term projected job gains and losses

Careers with high wages are among some of the fastest-growing jobs in Berkshire County, according to state market projections.Among the top 10 jobs that are expected to see the highest percentage of … more

Help Wanted: Seasonal outdoor and more jobs at Catamount

Five or so full- and part-time summer jobs, including adventure park monitors and hosts, sales associates, zip line guides, and Berkshire River Outfitters guides and livery operators.

Inside the Job Market: In tight economy, youth need to stand out among peers

PITTSFIELD — When I was growing up, everyone in my neighborhood had a summer job. It meant independence and extra money in your pocket. It was the first time many of us learned about the … more

Sit back, relax and enjoy an ice cream with ... Mahaiwe's Beryl Jolly

Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, got her start answering phones on Broadway.After graduating from Brandeis University with a bachelor of arts … more

Promotions in Berkshire County

Lee Bank, Sotheby's and Greylock Federal Credit Union announce promotions, sales benchmarks. more

Mall Stall: A special web series examining the Berkshire Mall owner’s troubled retail empire

A clean slate at former mall site, but for what?

They came. They conversed. They clicked.
Not their heels, like Dorothy in that movie, but with the same hope. more

The Poll

How are we doing?

We'd love your feedback on the newsletter. Email your thoughts and suggestions to nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com.

The Landscape

Pride in the Berkshires: A snapshot of our LGBTQ community

In honor of Pride Month, we've asked members of the Berkshire County LGBTQ community to share their stories in an effort to give a small snapshot of the lives of our neighbors, co-workers, family … more

Barrington Public Theater: A new theater company in town

GREAT BARRINGTON — Homegrown theater is finding fertile ground in South County.To the ranks of Mixed Company, GhostLit Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab and two offshoots — … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Visitors get a view from the top on the carousel at the Dalton Carnival at the Dalton American Legion.

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