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“There are no strangers here, only friends you have not yet met.”

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, Irish poet (1865-1939)

The Greeting

Third grader Margot Gordon speeds down the giant slip and slide, followed by her father, at Brayton Elementary School during the school's field day on Friday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Good afternoon, Berkshire County.  Enjoy these last days of spring weather because summer is just around the corner.  

The owner of the Berkshire Mall is one step closer to losing the property after missing another tax deadline on Wednesday. 

A woman is suing a Pittsfield police officer and several others claiming that excessive and unnecessary force was used when she was arrested for shoplifting in 2016. 

Mosquitos beware:  The Board of Health agreed Wednesday that the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project can spray proactively to combat breeding.

A Pittsfield woman accused of being forceful with her dog has been summoned to court for one count of cruelty to animals. 

And in Stockbridge,  a Select Board meeting got heated during a debate about changing the board's meeting schedule. 

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Very best,

Jimmy Nesbitt,
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor 

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The News

Federal suit filed in 2016 Pittsfield shoplifting arrest

PITTSFIELD — A woman arrested for shoplifting in 2016 has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that excessive and unnecessary force was used in her arrest and officers attempted to cover up her … more

Woman accused of abusing dog at Pittsfield Common

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield woman is facing a charge of animal abuse after she was observed being forceful with her dog in the Common on Sunday, Pittsfield police said. Police responded to … more

2 injured in Pittsfield wreck

PITTSFIELD — Two men were hospitalized Thursday morning after their cars collided at the intersection of Tyler and First streets. Police and rescuers responded to the intersection around … more

Lanesborough voters OK study on location for police station

LANESBOROUGH — Annual town meeting voters have greenlighted a study that could determine the future home of the local police force.By a near unanimous decision, the gathering Tuesday night at … more

Advanced manufacturing job fair a nuts-and-bolts effort to boost workforce

PITTSFIELD — Brandon Asher previously was employed in the food service industry, which tends to be seasonal. He's looking for a more permanent job.Asher, 25, of Pittsfield, tried his luck … more

Meeting times discussion sparks fiery exchange between Stockbridge Select Board members, residents

STOCKBRIDGE — A move to shift the Select Board's meeting schedule prompted a harsh verbal confrontation Wednesday among members and a handful of citizens attending a rare 7 a.m. board … more

Pittsfield Board of Health OKs proactive mosquito-control spray for flooding events

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project can spray proactively to combat mosquito breeding, the Board of Health agreed on Wednesday. The new protocols, which require a more … more

Mall owner misses tax deadline: town poised to begin tax title process

LANESBOROUGH — The hour of 1 p.m. passed Wednesday with no property tax payment from the Berkshire Mall, pushing the owner a step closer to losing the property. Jodi Hollingsworth, tax … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Honor Roll Sessions gives front row seat to recording process

DALTON — The dusty third floor of The Stationery Factory gives a sneak peek into the recording life of a professional musician — guitars lined up against the wall, notepads and pencils … more

Take 5 with Chris Thile

LENOX — "A Prairie Home Companion" and its successor, "Live from Here," have long been tied to the Midwest. But come September, Chris Thile will be hosting the variety show in New York City … more

'Still I Rise': Art that evokes 'thoughtful experiences'

NORTH ADAMS — In Genevieve Gaignard's portrait, "The 99cent Store," a young woman, dressed in a pink sweatshirt with black kittens on it, jeans with a rip in one knee and white boots stands on … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Work begins to eliminate the accident-prone intersection of the Route 7/20 bypass at Hubbard Street in Lenox on Wednesday.

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