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“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” —  JOSEPH FORT NEWTON, American clergyman (1876-1950)

The Greeting

The cutting garden on display at Springside Park in Pittsfield on Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. I'm back in the saddle for a day (vacation interruptus) to bring you today's Beat.

In our top story, Stockbridge is trying to envision itself diversifying to break away from solely a tourist economy. 

A Dalton man is suing a Pittsfield Police officer after being sent to the hospital from a severe beating in 2016. 

Doctors soon will try to wake a young Lee woman from a coma; she was badly injured after being struck by a car and underwent emergency brain surgery.

On Sunday, The Eagle visited Springside Park and talked with people about the green space in the heart of Pittsfield.

And we also have a full plate of Berkshire Business Insider stories, including a profile of Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum; a nonprofit agency that provides skills in construction; and a primer on the new and improved Williams Inn.

These are the stories of Berkshire County. Get them every day, by renewing or subscribing to The Berkshire Eagle.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Stockbridge's dilemma: Diversify local economy without too much change

STOCKBRIDGE — How to revitalize the local economy to reduce dependence on tourism in a town where some want to remain firmly rooted in artist Norman Rockwell's memorable landscape?That's the … more

Pittsfield School Committee OKs spending plan for new $1.3M in state funds for schools

PITTSFIELD — A new spending plan unanimously approved by the School Committee on Monday makes way for an expansion of the district's alternative education program on Eagle Street.School leaders … more

Dalton man sues Pittsfield over officer's alleged off-duty attack

SPRINGFIELD — A Dalton man who was allegedly assaulted by an off-duty Pittsfield police officer and another man in 2016 has filed a federal lawsuit in the case.The suit, which was filed July 2 … more

After 19-year-old Lee woman hit by car, family and community rally for her recovery

LEE — This time last week, Khali Zabian was winding up her summer job in Great Barrington and getting ready to go back to college.Then came the accident that caused injuries so severe that she … more

Special election to decide new Cheshire Select Board seats

CHESHIRE — Voters will decide tonight who gets to sit in the fourth and fifth chairs of the newly expanded Select Board. Michael "Mickey" Biagini Jr., E. Richard Scholz and Ronald DeAngelis are … more

Tales of a wild place: On summer Sunday, people reflect on Springside Park's unmet potential

PITTSFIELD — This critter wasn't in the brochure. The white chicken that ran in front of Amy Baczek and her dog Samson in Springside Park isn't one of the species listed in a handy pamphlet … more

Golf to return to former Pontoosuc Country Club

PITTSFIELD — A smaller-course version of Pontoosuc Lake Country Club will soon return to form. Property owner Jeff Moxon said the embattled golf course — previously 18 holes — will … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Longtime nonprofit creator of housing opens construction trades training program, one of just 3 in US

PITTSFIELD — For a decade, land in a Pittsfield neighborhood donated to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity awaited its future, as volunteers with the nonprofit busied themselves with other … more

Executive Spotlight: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO

Laurie Norton Moffatt was majoring in art history at Connecticut College in 1977 when she did a summer internship at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. She didn't know much about one of … more

Williams Inn, a new, $32 million hotel, will open this week

WILLIAMSTOWN — It's just about time.With the former Williams Inn having closed July 31, the new Williams Inn is set to open Thursday with fewer rooms and more amenities, including brilliant … more

Discovery Days connects girls with female business leaders

West Stockbridge native Sophia Tenuta has always had a mind for business, ever since she was a little girl watching her parents cook for the restaurant they once owned."We had a patron chef who would … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Hamilton rival, Aaron Burr, shares spotlight in hit musical, coming to Proctors

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The musical "Hamilton" made a heroic figure of what had been a neglected and overlooked founding father of our country.Alexander Hamilton was a Revolutionary War hero. After … more

Graham dancers popping up Sunday at Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Clark Art Institute will host a special pop-up performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, at various locations in and around the Clark's reflecting … more

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The Snap

Wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi shows the audience a saw-whet owl during a birds of prey demonstration at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge on Friday.

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