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“There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.” — JAMES THURBER, American author and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The Greeting

A woman approaches the polling booths at the Community Center in Cheshire to vote in the Select Board race on Tuesday.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

Happy hump day, Berkshire County.  I'm filling in the rest of the week for Noah  Hoffenberg, who is probably off fishing at one of our fine New England lakes. 

We have lots of news for you today: In Pittsfield, the City Council has approved a plan for how to spend the extra $1.3 million in state school funds it got this year. 

Two candidates running for the expanded Cheshire Select Board cruised to victory Tuesday night. 

A truck driver was injured Tuesday in a wreck on the Massachusetts Turnpike near Lee. 

A fundraiser on Thursday will benefit a Pittsfield nonprofit that helps people with mobility problems improve their independence and quality of life.

And no, this is not a joke: The new owner of the Berkshire Mall has missed his first tax payment for the fiscal year. 

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

Very best,

Jimmy Nesbitt 
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor  

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The News

Truck driver injured in wreck on Mass Turnpike near Lee

LEE — The driver of a dump truck was injured Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle jumped two guardrails on the Massachusetts Turnpike and struck at least one … more

Pittsfield City Council approves spending plan for additional $1.3M in state school funds

PITTSFIELD — The city will use new state funds to expand an alternative education program on Eagle Street after a unanimous City Council vote on Tuesday. The newly approved school spending plan … more

New owner of Berkshire Mall misses first tax payment of fiscal year

LANESBOROUGH — In late June, an Ohio businessman gladdened hearts in Town Hall here when he paid off nearly $1 million in property taxes owned by the Berkshire Mall.Today, not so much. Durga … more

New Jersey woman who fell 75 feet off Squaw Peak in fair condition

GREAT BARRINGTON — A New Jersey woman who survived a 75-foot fall off a Monument Mountain cliff Saturday is recovering from multiple fractures at Albany Medical Center in New York, where she … more

How a Pittsfield woman's cancer battle is helping scores across Berkshires

PITTSFIELD — The story of how an 87-year-old man helped his disabled wife live at home by carrying her up a flight of stairs was enough to motivate Howard Kent to want to help others who … more

Francesconi, DeAngelis easily win seats on expanded Cheshire Select Board

CHESHIRE — Michelle Francesconi and Ronald DeAngelis scored decisive victories during Tuesday's special election to formally expand the Select Board to five members.Francesconi defeated … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Relaunch of The Five Chairs in Lenox ends in lawsuit for unpaid rent, expenses

LENOX — After shuttering in 2016, The Five Chairs on Route 7/20 was renovated and relaunched this winter under new management. The restaurant closed just months later due to the difficulty management had attracting the right staff and a large enough customer base to maintain the restaurant. more

BFAIR seeks medical and shared-living staff

The following is based on an interview with Berkshire Family and Iindividual Resources' Vice President of Human Resources Michelle Baity and recruiter Laura Baran on open positions at the … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Melting Pot of Cultures: One chicken; two dishes

One of the most interesting aspects of food is how much it can tell you about a land, a culture and a person. It's the reason I seek out restaurants specializing in multi-cultural foods and why I do … more

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Recipe fit for all those tomatoes

In a recent column about my staycation in July, during which I primarily floated in the pool and read, and thought about times and people gone by, I mentioned a dessert my now-late friend, Silvia … more

How are we doing?

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The Plan

The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation | An Evening with the Critics: Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle

The Eagle has partnered with Berkshire Theatre Group to bring together two longtime critics for a robust discussion about the state of theater and the role criticism today. Tickets are still available. Get them here

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The Snap

A woman strolls past the First Congregational Church in Adams on Park Street on Tuesday.

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