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“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” — JOHN W. GARDNER, American government official (1912-2002)

The Greeting

Monday, July 22, 2019

Good day, sunshines! Today is your Monday; welcome to it! Get ready for some rain today and tomorrow.

We bring you another newsy volume of TheBeat. For starters, there's a story package on social worker Richard Collins, who works with Pittsfield Police to make sure that the needs of people are addressed during emotional times.

The Eagle also speaks with a filmmaker who documented the life of New England Patriot Julian Edelman. 

Berkshire County came in third in the state for the county with the most opioid prescriptions, according to some recently crunched data.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is going to take his shot at unseating longtime U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield.

And the Cheshire highway chief has resigned. Why? The Eagle asks.

That's right: We cover Cheshire; and Hinsdale and Windsor and Sheffield and Otis. If you like them apples, then please renew or subscribe today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Streetwise clinician helps bring more humane approach to police calls in Berkshires

Heat lightning flashed against the night sky as Richard Collins and three Pittsfield Police officers descended on a Memorial Drive home. The lights were on and the door was ajar.Just inside, … more

Co-responders: A career in crisis work

PITTSFIELD — Richard Collins has worked with the Brien Center's Crisis Team for two decades. Before that, he worked as an emergency room technician in Fort Wayne, Ind. That "wild job" prepared … more

Co-responders: Section 12 in practice

PITTSFIELD — There are two types of Section 12 orders: those empowering first responders to transport a person to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, and those that commit a person to … more

Co-responders: By the numbers

PITTSFIELD — The partnership between Pittsfield Police and the Brien Center has helped 1,636 people to date, Richard Collins said. He estimates that represents about $3 million in diverted … more

DEA data: Berkshire County 3rd highest in state for per-person opioid prescriptions

Drug companies supplied Berkshire County pharmacies and health care practitioners with more than 32 million pain pills from 2006 to 2012, according to recently released Drug Enforcement … more

Holyoke mayor aims to unseat Rep. Neal

BOSTON — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who made history when elected at 22 to lead his home city, will try to make history again by challenging a powerful committee chairman and the dean of the … more

Summer fun at Hijinx in Adams

ADAMS — Three-year-old Zandyr Stimpson eagerly took hold of the long brass nozzle of the Indian Water Tank, used to fight wildfires. The North Adams youngster aimed the nozzle at the small … more

Block Dance on its feet again in Hinsdale

HINSDALE — After a four-year hiatus, a popular, footloose community event returns this weekend to entertain residents and visitors.The Hinsdale Block Dance kicks off 5 p.m. Saturday and runs … more

Cheshire highway chief resigns, declines to say why

CHESHIRE — The Select Board has added searching for a new highway superintendent to its summer to-do list. Road boss Blair Crane notified the board in writing, "with a heavy heart," he will … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

BFAIR buys popular container and redemption center in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Tony Holmes, of Pittsfield, travels by bus to his job at the Northern Berkshire Container Redemption Center. But the long commute doesn't bother him. He likes his job."I have nice … more

Waste firm wants 14.5% increase in what Dalton customers pay

DALTON — Residents of Dalton will pay more than $4 to toss 30-gallon bags of trash, if the company that runs the town's transfer station has its way.With two weeks left in a three-year … more

As costs rise, Elm Court hotel project buys a little time

LENOX — The Zoning Board of Appeals has given developers of the historic Elm Court property breathing room to begin construction of their 112-room hotel, restaurant and spa. The board voted 5-0 … more


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The Landscape

War takes its toll in affecting 'Selling Kabul' at Williamstown Theatre Festival

WILLIAMSTOWN — The setting for Sylvia Khoury's "Selling Kabul" — which wraps up its world premiere run at Williamstown Theatre Festival's Nikos Stage this weekend — is a small, … more

Review: Pursuits of happiness at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — For those of us who grew up in the United States, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the mantra most of us can incant from a young age. How perfect, then, that it's a Brit … more

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The Plan

GET TICKETS HERE: Three experts in climate change will talk about the state of the planet and how to take action on a community level, during an event hosted this month by The Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire Museum. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, climate scientist Kim Cobb and City as Living Laboratory Director Olivia Georgia will participate in a panel discussion July 25 at South Congregational Church.

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


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The Snap

Yahriliz Fernandez, 6, enjoys the sprinkler during the Westside Community Day event held along Robbins Avenue in Pittsfield on Saturday. Behind her are Dignaly Colon, 7, and Yoshua Fernandez, 8.

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