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“Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.” — ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, Russian author (1918-2008)

The Greeting

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, visitors and staff at the Norman Rockwell Museum made a human peace sign in conjunction with the exhibition "Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated."

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

Dearest Berkshire readers, I bid you a good morning. Here at Eagle HQ in sunny downtown Pittsfield, the halls are buzzing with fresh news. Speaking of buzz, I also saw a buzzard circling above our building this morning on South Church Street ... here's hoping that's no metaphor for the current fiscal year!

And in the news

Two Southern Berkshire communities are urging their leaders to address problems with speeding in their towns; two recent traffic fatalities have added fuel to the concerns.

A Northern Berkshire man was arrested and charged with breaking and entering after he allegedly put raw chicken and its accompanying juice in the truck of a perceived rival.

In Pittsfield, Ward 5 and 6 City Council candidates shared their views with the public Monday night in a forum for voters.

A local man has been chosen to be the next leader of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. 

And a Superior Court judge will allow a pair of defendants to have access to some of their alleged victim's records, but not all. One of those defendants is a Pittsfield Police officer.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor  

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The News

Across South County, residents sound alarm to officials on 'dangerous' roads

In two different towns last week, people bemoaned the same problem: speeding on backcountry roads, on tight residential streets and through villages and towns.Residents in Great Barrington and West … more

Pittsfield Ward 5, Ward 6 City Council candidates hash out differences in debates

PITTSFIELD — During the first debate of the city's election season on Monday, ward candidates said they've heard complaints about taxes, trash and crime.City Council hopefuls in wards 5 and 6 … more

Adams-Cheshire School Committee taps Crosby Elementary principal as new superintendent

CHESHIRE — An Adams man with a well-rounded resume as a public school educator is the next superintendent for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.By a 6-0 vote, the district's School … more

Windsor moves to strengthen new cannabis bylaw

WINDSOR — When 28 Windsor residents showed up last year to set rules for cannabis businesses, the bylaw they created left an opening wide enough to drive a greenhouse through. At least one with … more

'Can't recycle our way out': Ex-EPA official picks apart the plastic problem at forum

PITTSFIELD — A former Environmental Protection Agency official has set her sights against the "plastics trifecta" by starting a national initiative to end plastics pollution in oceans, streams … more

North Adams street reopened after tractor-trailer clips utility pole

NORTH ADAMS — River Street from Freeman Avenue to the Eagle Street intersection was closed for more than three hours Monday afternoon after a utility pole was damaged in a motor vehicle … more

Judge allows defendants' access to some, but not all, records of beating victim

PITTSFIELD — A judge has ruled that defense attorneys for a city police officer and another man accused in an violent assault can have access to the victim's medical records. However, a request … more

Man arrested for breaking and entering after vengeful incident with raw chicken

ADAMS — A man was arrested late Saturday night after an alleged breaking and entering case that included the sabotaging of a pickup truck with raw chicken.Jacob Levesque, 32, was arraigned … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Ice Cream With ... Ricki Tigert Helfer, former FDIC chair and international financial force

LENOX — Ricki Tigert Helfer, the first woman to run the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a former U.S. attorney for international finance at the Federal Reserve and current vice president of … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Video: A Tour of Ron Kujawski's Garden

Tour "Garden Journal" columnist Ron Kujawski's garden. more

Two faces of romanticism at Tanglewood

LENOX — It's one of music's great stories of love and friendship. When Brahms introduced himself to Schumann, Schumann welcomed him into his home and became Brahms' champion. When Schumann grew … more

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The Snap

Pat O’Donnell draws a mural at the Norman Rockwell Museum featuring the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge on Friday. Sesame Street is featured in the exhibition "Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated."

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