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Thought for the day 

“To go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.” — HANNAH ARENDT, German-born American philosopher and historian (1906-1975)

The Greeting

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Good day, Berkshires. 

We have breaking news out of Pittsfield this morning, where there was a serious motorcycle accident. The story is here, and it'll be updated later today.

There's change afoot in North Adams at the former Hub, which will reopen soon as the Capitol Restaurant. Expect some staff and menu changes, say the owners.

If you've just eaten or are about to eat, then check in a few hours later to read about the problem with baby wipes in Great Barrington's wastewater system.

There are also more official complaints flying in Stockbridge, where a Select Board member has been accused by a peer of falling afoul of the state's Open Meeting Law.

We've got some fish taco action, and some "Full Monty" action at Capitol Repertory Theatre. 

There's much more to be found. When you subscribe, we put the Berkshires at your fingertips.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Pittsfield man killed in motorcycle crash on West Housatonic Street

PITTSFIELD — A city man was killed Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a Jeep in a crash that closed West Housatonic Street for much of the day, … more

Stockbridge selectman claims 'clear violation' of Open Meeting Law, asks for probe in complaint to AG

STOCKBRIDGE — Select Board member Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo has opened a new front in his legal tussle with his colleagues on the board.In a complaint filed with State Attorney General Maura … more

Dalton sets wheels turning on 2020 road repairs

DALTON — If you live in Dalton, you really don't want to see your street on this list. Then again, it might come as a relief.The town's highway boss has teed up a list of streets most in need … more

Pittsfield parade organizers reach $85k goal, ensuring a future for 4th of July tradition

PITTSFIELD — The city's Fourth of July Parade will march into next year, despite funding woes flagged earlier this year.Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said in March that if the … more

Great Barrington losing the war on wipes

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's been about two years since town officials warned residents not to flush baby wipes, grease and other inappropriate things down the toilet. But the costly problem that … more

New barbecue spot on Main St. in North Adams? `Capitol' idea, says couple

NORTH ADAMS — With an eye toward sharing their catered barbecue offerings with a wider audience, Mark Meehan and his wife, Debra Morandi, are bringing a new menu, new look and an old name to … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Executive spotlight: Connie Flynn of ZenQuest Martial Arts

LENOX — Since November, Connie Flynn, owner of ZenQuest Martial Arts Center in Lenox, earned a seventh-degree black belt in karate and a black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu.That would be enough … more

Gas prices not expected to slow Berkshire tourism

A recent explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, the biggest facility of its kind on the East Coast, has triggered concern that gas prices are set to rise in the Berkshires and … more

State greenlights Lee pot shop for sales

LEE — The town's first pot shop is authorized to begin selling marijuana to adults for recreational use on Friday, according to the state's Cannabis Control Commission.But that news came in the … more

The Poll

The Learning

New peer-run PHS group gives students a space to agree to disagree

PITTSFIELD — Is it possible to have a civil discussion with differing views on hot-button topics like racism, abortion and homophobia?The answer is yes, and a group of students at Pittsfield … more

How are we doing?

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The Landscape

Fish tacos are a light and fresh surfside treat

A surfside treat, California fish tacos feature battered and fried crispy white fish and sprightly pickled vegetables. When done right, they are light and fresh, with a lively mix of textures and … more

Actress gets her 'turn' in Capital Rep's 'The Full Monty'

ALBANY, N.Y. — If you are an actress and want to steal the musical, "The Full Monty," the role to play is Jeanette Burmeister. She's the acerbic pianist accompanist who rehearses with the six … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

A construction worker is seen amid a web of steel beams and cranes on the construction site of the Science Center North Addition on the Williams College campus as seen from Hoxsey Street on Monday. The north addition will replace the Bronfman Science Center.

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