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Thought for the day 

“The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.” — E.V. LUCAS, English author and critic (1868-1938)

The Greeting

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Good day, Beat readers. A question from me to you: Do you think landscaping crews should park their trucks and trailers in the street while they work, or should they park in the driveways of their clients? Let me know what you think.

Meanwhile, back in The Eagle newsroom ...

The city of Pittsfield is trying to straighten out the scene at Springside Park, the recent site of a teenager's 30-foot fall into an old concrete basin, as well as dealing with the threat of gangs, vandalism and the flashing of BB guns (which look an awful lot like real guns).

The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington is feeling a little down in the dumps after a vandal left a load of trash on the property, with a wink and a nod to Arlo Guthrie. 

The Berkshire Athenaeum is receiving special recognition for its resources and dedication to one-time Berkshire resident and American literary master Herman Melville. 

A Pittsfield man is facing robbery charges after allegedly trying to rip off an Alltown convenience store.

And the search for a new schools chief for Adams-Cheshire is now down to three finalists.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

At Guthrie Center, illegal trash lands with a nod to history

GREAT BARRINGTON — The dumpster is filled to the brim. Beside it rests a dirty couch with weeds growing between the cushions. On it hangs a sign: "Officer Obie told me to do it." The trash was … more

After boy's fall, Pittsfield officials to take care of reservoir risk 'once and for all' by filling it in

PITTSFIELD — City officials plan to level and fill in a defunct concrete reservoir that a teenager fell into on Monday.Workers using heavy equipment will knock down the above-ground portion of … more

Berkshire Athenaeum to receive Literary Landmark status on Herman Melville's 200th birthday

PITTSFIELD — On the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth, the city's public library on Thursday will be designated a Literary Landmark under the auspices of the American Library … more

Youth issues plague Pittsfield's summer playground program at Springside Park

PITTSFIELD — More BB gun and vandalism incidents stymied summer fun in Springside Park in recent weeks.Though Mayor Linda Tyer said the city's playground program still thrives, it was forced to … more

Search for Adams-Cheshire superintendent narrowed to 3 finalists

CHESHIRE — Three public school principals, all Berkshire residents, are the finalists vying to be the next top educator for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.The superintendent search … more

Pittsfield man arrested in unarmed robbery of Alltown convenience store

PITTSFIELD — A 19-year-old city man was charged with unarmed robbery and two related charges after he was arrested early Tuesday morning following a disturbance at a downtown convenience … more

Solarize Mass Plus offers solar incentives to North Adams, Williamstown residents

North Adams and Williamstown have been selected to participate in the 2019 Solarize Mass Plus program to promote the adoption of clean energy technologies, which this year will allow the inclusion of … more

Motorcyclist injured in wreck near Pittsfield airport

PITTSFIELD — A motorcyclist was injured Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident near the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The man, 67, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

As senior living site, 89 South St. 'getting back to what it was'

PITTSFIELD — When Berkshire Place built its new $10 million facility at the site of the former St. Teresa's Church five years ago, the plans for its former location at 89 South St. were … more

Familiar faces back at Paddy's Pub in Dalton

DALTON — A landmark Dalton bar is back in familiar hands and will reopen soon, as its owners hurry to retain employees after a surprise closing by another operator.Richard Callahan and Roberta … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Review: Dancing on the precipice of survival in 'The Children' at Shakespeare & Company

LENOX — Lucy Kirkwood's masterly, chilling play, "The Children" — which is being given a competent if less-than-chilling production at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein … more

A toast to avocados on National Avocado Day

Whether you love them or you hate them, avocados are everywhere these days. They've flooded restaurant menus and supermarket produce aisles and become a food fad. They're popping up in salads, on … more

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The Snap

Pedestrians walk past this bed of sunflowers and other wildflowers, which forms a wall along the front yard of 831 Massachusetts Ave. in North Adams.

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