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Thought for the day 

“In an age of multiple and massive innovations, obsolescence becomes the major obsession.” — MARSHALL McLUHAN, Canadian communications theorist (1911-1980)

The Greeting

A crowd gathers to hear Foxwarren perform at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams on Saturday.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. I have returned from vacation. The last two days of my time off consisted of installing laminate flooring in two Hoffenberg bedrooms. The stuff we bought came from Germany, and I'm fairly convinced that it was part of a Hessian revenge plot for losing World War II. 

We have a packed Beat for you, and we'll lead off with some good news: namely, the weather. It sure is purty out there!

In our top story, a Berkshire Medical Center program is helping people with spinal cord injuries to walk again.

The Solid Sound Festival was held this past weekend, and it drew in very healthy crowds, even with a spot of stormy weather that blew in Sunday.

Developers of the gilded Elm Court have received the nod from Stockbridge, which granted a necessary extension of the special permit from 2014. 

There's a fungus among us ... at least those of us in Great Barrington, where a favorite sycamore is ailing from a fungus called sycamore anthracnose.

Speaking of Great Barrington, if you're out on the roads tonight, be aware that there will be some road line painting going on under the cover of darkness (really the only time that roadwork should be done, I say).

And performer Josh Groban tells us why Tanglewood holds a special place in his heart.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Robotic exoskeleton upgrades physical therapy, patient outlooks at BMC

PITTSFIELD — Terry Robbins suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury during a car crash on his way to the Vietnam War in 1967. At first, he was able to get around with the assistance of a … more

Solid Sound weathers storm, doesn't miss a beat

NORTH ADAMS — A small, but potentially dangerous thunderstorm on midday Sunday knocked out power in North Adams and chased thousands of concertgoers inside.The National Weather Service office … more

Stockbridge Select Board OKs extension of Elm Court special permit amid project delays

STOCKBRIDGE — The long-delayed Elm Court renovation and expansion into a 112-room hotel, restaurant and spa has a longer lease on life thanks to another one-year extension of the project's … more

Williamstown planner floats design contest for downtown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A member of the Planning Board is seeking public support for a plan he says could bring fresh ideas into the conversation about downtown zoning and how to bring in more residents … more

Future musicians sound first notes at Tanglewood Learning Institute's instrument playground

LENOX — Two-year-old Leo Sulzberg is a budding musical prodigy.The little tyke already plays the ukulele, a talent he inherited from his mother, who began playing four years ago."He's always … more

Historic sycamore on Route 7 in Great Barrington isn't dying - it has a fungus

GREAT BARRINGTON — The condition of a 200-year-old American sycamore tree is worrying many Berkshire County motorists traveling along Route 7.And they are taking their concerns about the … more

Exploring police work in Pittsfield: Program offers pathway for youths

PITTSFIELD — Police Officer Brenna Dorr stepped toward one of her trainees, stopping when their faces were just 2 feet apart."I'm flagging you down; I'm the victim of a crime," she said to … more

Red Lion Inn owner a 'partner' in sizable hotel renovation in Springfield

STOCKBRIDGE — Main Street Hospitality Group has become involved in another lodging project outside the Berkshires, this time as the "operating partner" for a restored 19th-century hotel in … more

$454,000 in state grants pave way for trail upgrades in Berkshires

Local bikers, hikers and snowmobilers will have better trails to traverse, thanks to nearly half a million dollars in state grants. Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation … more

Parking will be restricted as Great Barrington begins nighttime line painting of roads

GREAT BARRINGTON — Line painting on freshly paved downtown streets will begin Monday night and continue Tuesday.Because work will be done overnight, the town will restrict on-street parking … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Does the Berkshires have what it takes to be an innovation hub like Seattle and Boston?

When people think of the Berkshires, they tend to focus on the region's natural beauty, arts and culture, fresh food and outdoor fun. Soon innovation could be added to the list.

FraudWatch: Summertime scams to avoid

Summer is an opportunity for relaxation and distraction — which is exactly what con artists and scammers are anticipating … more

Champagne and French Fries: Luxuriating in the Berkshires is for everyone

She was frosting my face like a wedding cake and I sank into that deep state only pampering induces ... more

The Poll

The Learning

Classroom of the Week | Through 'wit, hard work, passion and inspiration,' Berkshire middle school students find success at science fairs

You can ask any local middle school science fair students about their projects. But please, don't ask them if they're building a volcano, or a rocket or a model airplane. "We're all out here doing … more

How are we doing?

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

The Landscape

Why Tanglewood is one of Josh Groban's 'favorite places to be of all time'

LENOX — Josh Groban's baritone has been known to indulge in melancholy, pulling legions of Grobanites' heartstrings. But when the 38-year-old singer was composing "Bridges," his latest album of … more

Jeff Tweedy on the festival that defines Wilco's current state

NORTH ADAMS — Since its November release, Jeff Tweedy's memoir, "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)," has drawn widespread acclaim for its unsparing examination of his childhood, his clashes with … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Two-year-old Leo Sulzberg of Santa Barbara, Calif., tries out the flute during the instrument playground at the Volpe Family Studio at the Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood on Sunday.

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