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“An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.” — SEN. EUGENE McCARTHY (1916-2005)

The Greeting

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Good day, people of the 413. There's more heat today, so stay cool and hydrated.

In the news, emergency responders came to the aid of a teen who fell into a cement reservoir Monday afternoon in Pittsfield.

Environment Massachusetts was in town to honor the city of Pittsfield for its work to bring to fruition a downtown solar array.

A prospective operator for the shuttered Berkshire Carousel has stepped forward.

A private water utility serving 121 homes in Cheshire failed for years to notify customers about troublesome quality tests, and the state Department of Enviropnmental Protection is levying fines against the owner.

And the Pittsfield teen accused of shooting a gun on city streets has been released on bail.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Prospective new operator emerges for shuttered Berkshire Carousel

PITTSFIELD — While watching a ballgame this summer at Wahconah Park, Mayor Linda Tyer turned to a friend and floated an idea.What if the dormant Berkshire Carousel on Center Street moved over … more

Boy rescued after falling into cement reservoir near Springside Park

PITTSFIELD — First responders rescued a teenage boy late Monday afternoon after he fell nearly 30 feet to the bottom of an empty reservoir at the edge of Springside Park.Pittsfield firefighters … more

Environment Massachusetts honors Pittsfield for microgrid exploration

PITTSFIELD — Crickets and other crawling critters creeped up the legs of dignitaries during a news conference Monday morning. Their presence was welcome, Mayor Linda Tyer said with a smile, as … more

Board halts closure of Clarksburg Senior Center

CLARKSBURG — The Clarksburg Senior Center appeared headed for closure, but now the center's board says it will continue operating the facility in hopes of finding a new team to take over the … more

Teen accused in Pittsfield video shooting released with conditions

PITTSFIELD — A city teenager accused of posting video of himself shooting out a moving car has been released on personal recognizance.Javoun Woodson, 18, had been held without bail since being … more

DEP orders private Cheshire water company to address problems

CHESHIRE — The owner of a private water system serving 121 homes in Cheshire failed for years to notify customers about troublesome quality tests, putting infants, children, the elderly and … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Starting early: Social programs boost Berkshire County's future workforce

PITTSFIELD — The future looked bright for high school graduate and Pittsfield native Queenstar Abekah. In the fall, she was headed to Fitchburg State University on a scholarship, where she … more

Breaking the ice: Summer interns, employers, gather for networking session

PITTSFIELD — Allan Gonzalez comes from New Jersey, goes to college in New York and is interning in the Berkshires this summer with General Dynamics Mission Systems. The rising senior at Syracuse … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Channeling LBJ in Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra's complete 'Die Walkure' at Tanglewood

LENOX — Lyndon Johnson would hardly seem in a line of descent from Wagner's Wotan, yet Tanglewood made them brothers under the skin.In a Tanglewood Learning Institute talk, Doris Kearns Goodwin … more

'We're just so much more than Melville'

PITTSFIELD — It's not a towering mansion with a hand-crafted landscape like Edith Wharton's The Mount, and a pool isn't waiting in its shadows as it is at Edna St. Vincent Millay's Steepletop. … more

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The Snap

A crowd gathers around Sam Adams, waiting to be served one of her famous seafood plates at the 46th annual Gather-In at Durant Park in Pittsfield on Saturday.

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