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“Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments.” — ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY (1890-1995)


The Greeting

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Good morning, Beat readers. Summer is flying along, bringing a taste of August weather with it: Get ready for some cool nights — below 60 in some places in the county.

In the news, we report on a fatal car accident that claimed the life of an 84-year-old Richmond man on Wednesday.

The final cleanup of a brownfields site in Great Barrington clears the way for a long-awaited affordable housing complex.

A plan for a new Massachusetts Turnpike interchange was supposed to be ready this spring, but a draft is not yet available.

Ever been mad in a cellphone store? A Monterey man began smashing cellphones in Verizon Wireless in Pittsfield with a chunk of concrete. The alleged perpetrator told police that cellphones cause dementia, and as a result, he dislikes them.

In case you didn't know that the arch at Palace Park is a nod to the old Pittsfield Palace Theater, then this Jim Shulman column is for you.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor


 
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The News

Cleanup permits clear way for Great Barrington affordable housing project

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's been more than 20 years since a local nonprofit bought a downtown brownfield site for $1 in hopes of cleaning it up and building affordable housing.But after a winding … more

Richmond man killed in collision on Route 41

RICHMOND — A Richmond man died Wednesday after the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a collision on Route 41, according to state police.Roland Small, 84, was a passenger in a 2007 Subaru … more

Overdue plan for Pike exit now expected within months

The state team reviewing locations for a new Massachusetts Turnpike interchange is close to producing a draft report, after missing a projected spring delivery.Once the document is in hand, perhaps … more

Police: Man uses concrete to smash cellphones in Pittsfield store

PITTSFIELD — A Monterey man accused of using a hunk of concrete to smash a collection of cellphones because he believed they cause dementia was ordered to undergo an exam to determine if he is … more

Baby Boomer Memories | Palace Park arch commemorates Pittsfield's largest movie house

The Palace Theater, once located at 138 North St., was one of Pittsfield's great movie houses during the baby boom era.The theater had massive red curtains that would open before previews, then close … more

The Weather


Berkshire Business Insider

Eagle featured in WGBY segment

It is not an easy time for the newspaper business: circulation is down and staff layoffs are up.

But, some western Mass newspapers are experiencing a renaissance of sorts.

Ray Hershel explores … more

Seminar in Pittsfield will aim to offer senior tech users peace of mind

PITTSFIELD — Cellphones and tablets empower people to do everything at the push of a button, from ordering takeout to filing taxes. But when that technology is exploited by scammers seeking to … more

Obituaries

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The Learning

Former MCLA coach, athletic director Joe Zavattaro dies at 86

Sean McMahon had trouble searching for the right words when asked about the passing of his former college baseball coach."I think he made me realize that all the hard work would play off, and he … more

The Landscape

Berkshire Comedy Festival: A night of laughter, without the politics

GREAT BARRINGTON — "I'm single and I'm 50, which means I'm ready to cut a deal. That joke basically sums everything I'm going to talk about," said Joe DeVito. DeVito is one of five comedians … more

'Brighton Beach memoirs' offers smiles for a summer night at Oldcastle Theatre Company.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The setting for "Brighton Beach Memoirs," the first of the plays in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical "B" trilogy — "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Biloxi Blues" and … 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

CAROLINE BONNIVIER SNYDER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Steeplecat Nick Caruso pitches during the fifth inning against the Keene Swamp Bats at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams on Wednesday evening.

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