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“People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.” — MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE, British author and commentator (1903-1990)

The Greeting

Dr. Josh Pacheco of Great Barrington fishes for trout in the Housatonic River on Route 183 in Stockbridge on Thursday. Although Pacheco had a good day, he has nothing to show for it because that area of the river is catch-and-release only.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Welcome, Berkshirites, to the pinch-hit version of The Beat. I'll be filling in for online editor Noah Hoffenberg over the next three days, while Noah is off on a fishing extravaganza.

We get started today in North Adams, where a water main break forced city officials to shut down the eastbound lanes of Main Street. 

In political news, Pittsfield Ward 5 Councilor Donna Rivers announced Friday that she will not seek reelection. 

A blighted property on Tyler Street could finally get a little TLC thanks to a joint effort by the city of Pittsfield and MassDevelopment, the state's development arm.

An investment firm has purchased a residential/commercial building on North Street, increasing its portfolio of downtown properties in Pittsfield. 

A crash Monday night closed a section of South Street. One person suffered injuries that were not life threatening. 

The North Adams City Council is set to vote tonight on Mayor Thomas Bernard's 2020 budget.

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Jimmy Nesbitt,
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor 

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The News

Water main break shuts area of Main Street in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — As the sun set on Monday, the eastbound lanes of Main Street remained closed due to a water main break.Early Monday, the city notified residents that the road will be closed until … more

Pittsfield Councilor Donna Todd Rivers drops reelection bid

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include new candidates in the Ward 5 race.PITTSFIELD — Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers has announced that she no longer aims to keep her … more

City eyes redevelopment of old Hess station on Tyler Street

PITTSFIELD — An unsightly former Hess station built in the 1960s could soon make way for something new. Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer says the city plans to work with … more

South Street shut down after pickup crashes into building

PITTSFIELD — A Lenox woman suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in a crash that shut down South Street for about 30 minutes Monday evening, according to police.Sabrina Salvatore, of … more

North Adams City Council set to vote on mayor's budget

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council's Finance Committee has recommended a raise for Mayor Thomas Bernard, but there's only one problem.There isn't enough time.Raising the mayor's salary requires it … more

Mill Town Capital widens its footprint on North Street

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield-based impact investment firm has increased its portfolio of downtown real estate by purchasing another building in North Street's 400 block.Mill Town Capital, doing … more

'Reap the rewards of your hard work': McCann Tech graduates 14 from postsecondary programs

NORTH ADAMS — A small class brought big spirit Monday night to the gymnasium at McCann Technical School, which graduated 14 students from its various postsecondary programs.From cosmetology to … more

MCLA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference set to kick off

NORTH ADAMS — Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These three words have been prolifically popping up in job titles, office and department names, and professional development programs in higher … more

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The Landscape

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: You'll want to try Icelandic yogurt

I was delighted to read the recent article in The Berkshire Eagle about Gammelgarden Creamery in Pownal, Vt., and very excited to learn than the specialty of the creamery is skyr!I first learned of … more

The Plan

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The Snap

The Capitol Theater Marquee at The Froio Senior Center is once again lighting the city’s downtown landscape Monday.

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