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“A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.” — FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER, German author (1759-1805)

The Greeting

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

Happy Friday, people. Today is the gateway to your weekend and some free time (unless you're scheduled to work on Saturday and Sunday). Enjoy your time off!

Meanwhile, in the news ...

Legislation that would end thoroughbred horse racing in the commonwealth has stalled on Beacon Hill, giving proponents and opponents in Great Barrington more time to weigh in; representatives from Suffolk Downs racecourse have been eyeing the town fairgrounds for a resurgence of racing and betting.

A former counselor at Camp Greylock for Boys has been arrested on sex crime charges, and an ESPN special will detail how this one-time Olympian allegedly molested dozens of young men and boys, from his time at the camp in the late 1970s and at the several jobs he's held since then.

The town of Adams is awash in angry rhetoric, as factions clash over whether the Mother Town will be welcoming to new residents who might be challenged financially or have disabilties.

It's a turf war of sorts, as the subject of artificial turf has spurred some dividing lines in Williamstown.

Cheshire won't be without a road boss for long, as town leaders have appointed an interim leader to the post.

And a North Adams man has found himself tangled up in the justice system, after he was caught in possession of hundreds of baggies of heroin and rock cocaine.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Stalled horse racing bill gives Great Barrington more time to weigh in

GREAT BARRINGTON — A horse racing bill that is stirring worry in town is now on hold in a committee, after two lawmakers asked their colleagues for a pause.The Legislature's August recess also … more

Community roiled after deep disagreements at Adams redistricting hearing

ADAMS — Disturbing behavior at a Monday night Planning Board meeting sparked outrage online and defense of the community as a whole from town officials on Thursday.The hearing was regarding a … more

Boatload of issues on agenda for Stockbridge Bowl Association annual meeting

STOCKBRIDGE — A health checkup for the state-owned Stockbridge Bowl is on the agenda for the annual meeting of the association representing lake-area property owners and users of one of the … more

Pair, including North Adams man, face drug trafficking charges

A traffic stop in Greenfield on Wednesday led to the arrest of two men, including one from the Berkshires, on drug trafficking charges.Daniel Angove, 35, of North Adams, was driving a Chevrolet Cruz … more

Turf war: Backers, opponents of artificial athletic field at Mount Greylock face off

WILLIAMSTOWN — The two teams squared off on either side of an artificial turf field.But this turf field hasn't been built yet: It has been proposed for installation as the new Mount Greylock … more

Cheshire taps crew foreman as interim highway chief

CHESHIRE — The Select Board has hired from within to fill the post of interim highway superintendent.By a 2-0 vote on Tuesday, the board appointed Jason Hoellerich, a foreman and longtime … more

Great Barrington to issue third request for proposals for Housatonic School

GREAT BARRINGTON — Calls for a "reboot" of the town's approach to getting the blighted centerpiece of Housatonic back on the tax rolls has led to a decision to issue what will be a third call … more

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The Landscape

Take away the big issues and find a love story in 'Tell Me That I'm Crazy' at Williamstown Theatre Festival

WILLIAMSTOWN — Playwright Sharyn Rothstein has subtitled her overwrought new play, "Tell Me I'm Not Crazy," "a marriage play." As long as it stays that way, it's a reasonably engaging work, … more

The pendulum of heritage leaves its mark in 'If I Forget' at Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — The swinging pendulum of heritage has been known to pull certain generations closer to the past and distance others from its grasp. In Steven Levenson's "If I Forget," that … more

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The Snap

Photos: Best of the Berkshires 2019

Hundreds of people attend the annual Best of the Berkshires at The Stationary Factory in Dalton on Thursday.


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