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"Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation." — DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, American biographer, historian and political commentator (born Jan. 4, 1943)

The Greeting

Cousins Brooke Gould, 8, left, and Gia Vivaldi, 6, relax against Giselle, Gould’s brown Swiss cow, in the cow barn at the 2019 Cummington Fair on Saturday.

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

Good morning, Beat readers. 

Today, The Eagle brings you profiles of the four candidates for mayor of the city of Pittsfield: Scott Graves, Karen Kalinowsky, Melissa Mazzeo and incumbent Linda Tyer

There's been a shooting in Pittsfield; it occurred in the early morning hours Sunday on Columbus Avenue, and one victim was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.

A Pittsfield Police officer's lawyers want his assault and battery case moved to a different county.

The little town of Sandisfield is about to sign an agreement with Charter Communications, despite some concerns about what kind of broadband technology will be installed in the area. 

Bells rang in Stockbridge and around the nation at 3 p.m. Sunday in remembrance of when the first African slaves arrived in the former British colonies in 1619.

In Great Barrington, the potential smell of cannabis spurred many residents to come out to question the town and developers on a pending marijuana farm off Van Deusenville Road.

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The News

Stockbridge church bell joins nationwide peal marking 400 years since arrival of enslaved Africans

STOCKBRIDGE — Precisely at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the bell at St. Paul's Episcopal Church rang out for four minutes, one minute for each century to mark the roots of slavery in our country. more

There's a hunger to be Pittsfield's mayor, and the table is set for four

PITTSFIELD — The race is on for City Hall's corner office. Incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer faces three challengers — Scott Graves, Karen Kalinowsky and Melissa Mazzeo. During sit-down … more

One wounded in Pittsfield shooting, officials say

PITTSFIELD — One person was shot early Sunday in an incident on Columbus Avenue, authorities said. Gunfire was reported about 3:22 a.m. in the area of 347 Columbus Ave. where responding city … more

Potential neighbors raise a stink over pot-growing proposal for Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Cannabis growers and town officials say it is industry in an industrial zone. But people who live in the neighborhood don't feel good about it.And the growers say the place … more

Defense seeks trial outside Berkshire County for Pittsfield officer, other man charged with assault

PITTSFIELD — Attorneys for the two men, including a suspended city police officer, accused of assaulting a Dalton man in July 2016 and trying to cover it up are seeking to have their upcoming … more

Sandisfield on cusp of broadband deal with Charter amid tech concerns

SANDISFIELD — Despite some concerns, the town appears to be on the cusp of signing off on plans for a long-awaited broadband network. The town Select Board, if at least two out of its three … more

West Stockbridge to repave Swamp Road, and try to take on all roads, despite expense

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Swamp Road takes a beating every day from traffic, especially tractor-trailers.Sewer and water mains beneath it speed the deterioration of the pavement. And every eight to 10 … more

A death brings tears, and reminiscences of 'a beautiful soul'

PITTSFIELD — It seemed like every time Jose Bruno Santiago made strides to improve his life, a new challenge would present itself.Despite his struggles, though, the 33-year-old rarely was … more

Cheshire Planning Board to hear proposal for outdoor pot farm

CHESHIRE — A controversial outdoor marijuana farm that some residents have fretted about for months finally will get public scrutiny next week before the Cheshire Planning Board.Stafford Green … more

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The Landscape

An afternoon in the kitchen with Ruth Reichl

SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Ruth Reichl — former Gourmet magazine editor-in-chief, restaurant critic for The New York Times and food editor of The Los Angeles Times — has seen food trends … more

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Time to get out the canning, preserving supplies

I don't know if there will be a hot time in the old town tonight, but there certainly is a hot time in the Kujawski kitchen, the heat being generated by pots of boiling water. No, we're not trying to … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss, Aug. 25-31

Get your fill of garlic next weekendJoin garlic-lovers from throughout the country as they come to enjoy the quintessential Vermont garlic festival, now on it's 24th year. Southern Vermont Garlic … more

The Snap

A reflection in the hub cap of a 1960 Chevy Impala owned by Rich Lanshran of Lanesborough; it was on display at Motorama, an annual car show, in downtown North Adams on Sunday.

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