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“Cheer up! The worst is yet to come!” — PHILANDER CHASE JOHNSON, American author (1866-1939)

The Greeting

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Happy Monday, people. Welcome to the first day of your workweek. To keep you in the know at the water cooler and elsewhere, here are our top stories ...

In a talk Sunday, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said she's working toward changing a criminal justice system that isn't designed to help provide medical treatment to those with a substance use disorder.

Also on Sunday, The Eagle visited a number of businesses, finding store managers and owners pleased with the boost in profits because of the statewide tax-free weekend.

After plans for a remodel startled some citizens, Lenox is now looking at extra protections for its oldest buildings.

A South Egremont teen recounts for us his efforts to help a woman who fell off a cliff at Squaw Mountain.

About 225 people came out Friday night to hear critics from The Berkshire Eagle and The New York Times discuss how they tackle the work of being an arts critic.

Jim Nejaime, the owner of the Spirited wine and liquor store, has decided to change the location of his proposed cannabis business.

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Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor  

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The News

Berkshire DA, Brien Center medical director talk fighting opioid crisis

LENOX — Treat medically, not criminally, people with a substance use disorder.The county's top law enforcement official and a leading local mental health expert delivered that message Sunday … more

'I'm a new person': Year after shooting, Nick Carnevale, family find their footing

CHESHIRE — A nurse squeezed Cara Carnevale's hand and told her "to say what I needed to say" to her teenage son while there were still signs of life. She told him to fight.Her husband, Marc … more

'Definitely brings in business': Berkshire businesses pleased with tax-free weekend turnout

Berkshire consumers were snapping up quality furniture, kayaks, bicycles, gas grills, even ski boots as they took advantage of the annual sales tax-free weekend in Massachusetts.Several retailers The … more

Lenox eyes protections for older residences

LENOX — If you buy a house that's at least 75 years old and plan to tear it down, you might have to wait up to 18 months for a demolition permit, if a proposed bylaw wins Select Board … more

As a life hung in the balance, South Egremont teen went out on a limb to help

GREAT BARRINGTON — Henry Grant was hiking on Monument Mountain with his mother last weekend when he heard someone falling off a cliff.First, there was a scuffing sound, like someone tripping on … more

Critics explain art of their craft at Eagle Conversation Series

STOCKBRIDGE — As soon as three months after "Hamilton" premiered on Broadway, New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley would meet 10-year-olds who already knew every lyric from the show. … more

With eye on Lenox's first retail pot shop, businessman looks to change its location

LENOX — A change in plans for a businessman aiming to open the town's first marijuana store could spell the end of a popular retail purveyor of fine cookware. Jim Nejaime, the owner of the … more

Adams-Cheshire committee likely on cusp of picking new schools chief — again

CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee likely will pick a new superintendent next week from two candidates who would be committed to the job. more

At Otis church, neighbors lament (not so) joyful noise

OTIS — Outdoor services at a local church have prompted concerns by neighbors who complain that the music is too loud — and sometimes at an ungodly hour.Church officials, though, dispute … more

Pittsfield armed with more money as it readies to remove Mill Street Dam

PITTSFIELD — Work on the Mill Street Dam is now scheduled to start next week, with about $1 million more tacked onto the price tag.This year, the project cost was estimated at $1.9 million. But … more

New $75,000 grant for historic African American church in Great Barrington moves project forward

GREAT BARRINGTON — A group working to turn a historic African American church building into a cultural and heritage center largely devoted to the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois received yet another … more

4-H Youth Fair: By kids for kids

PITTSFIELD — From the art and animals, to the entertainment and vendors, the annual 4-H Youth Fair is run by kids. On Saturday, more than 50 students showed off their talents at the 4-H … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Only in My Dreams has kits for all occasions

EGREMONT — Event planner Oskar Hallig knows there's potential for something to go wrong at every party, gala or gathering. So, he comes prepared.A few years ago, Hallig and the team at Only in … more

Executive Spotlight: Edward Forfa, CEO Berkshire Place

Edward Forfa has worked at Berkshire Place, a senior health care community in Pittsfield, for two decades, the past 15 as executive director. Under his tenure, the nonprofit with roots dating to the … more

Heather Boulger: Vacation benefits you and your boss

Are you one of the many American workers with unused vacation time at the end of the year? If so, you are in good company. There are actually 708 million unclaimed vacation days each year … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Theater review: Miranda sets a high bar with 'Hamilton'

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — "Sometimes, the right person tells the right story at the right moment, and through a combination of luck and design, a creative expression gains new force. Spark, tinder, … more

Bringing Joseph Pilates' memory - and studio - back to Becket

BECKET — A spring-loaded Bednasium leans against a back wall in the studio. An upside-down Reformer is covered in the garage. And black-and-white, step-by-step exercise posters are all over the … more

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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

Theater critics Ben Brantley of New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle will shed light on how critics think and work, how the role of a critic has evolved and how critics handle criticism.  Tickets are still available. Get them here

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4 events not to miss, Aug. 18-24

Longing for cotton candy, fried dough and fun rides? The 151st Annual Cummington Fair will be held Thursday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington. Thursday: Gates open at … more

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


The Snap

Sunflowers, vegetables and other flowers are in their glory at the Canoe Meadows Community Garden in Pittsfield on Friday.

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