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Thought for the day 

“Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality?” —  G.E. MOORE, British philospher (1873-1958)


The Greeting

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

Good morning, people of the 413. 

In a forum Monday night, mayoral candidates assailed the incumbent on two of Pittsfield's most visible problems — poor road conditions, and crime and violence.

A West Side neighborhood in Pittsfield might see an exodus of neighbors who are tired of the shooting, fearful that they could become the next victim.

School merger talks are picking up pace in Southern Berkshire, and might result in a co-joined Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire district.

Gruff, gaga, glittery: Those are just a few of the adjectives that reviewer Andrew Pincus throws at us in his essay on "Don Pasquale," now at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

And Pincus also bids a "hail and farewell" to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which played its final show of the season. 

Just for a moment, imagine there's no Eagle in print or digital forms (sung to this song by John Lennon). Here's just a few things you wouldn't know about: 
♦ A town treasurer who allegedly stole thousands of taxpayer dollars;
♦ A city cop who retired with a full load of benefits, even after displaying poor or questionable judgment on the job in a number of instances; 
♦ A megcorporation that's trying to ditch its responsibilities to Berkshire County after dumping its toxic sludge into our water;
♦ The dozens of bridges in the county that are crumbling and deficient;
♦ How incarcerated Berkshire women don't get a fair shake when it comes to staying close to home while locked up;
♦ And that dozens of works of art were sold off to finance a pie-in-the-sky plan devised by a museum director with a track record of failure.

Those, friends, are just a few examples of news stories that might not have been brought out into the light of day had The Eagle not been there. We were there, however, and to continue our work, we need your help.

Please renew, subscribe or consider becoming a Facebook fan subscriber today. Each of these avenues will support us, while supplying you with news, information and entertainment that you can't get anywhere else.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor  


 
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The News

Crime and road conditions at center of Pittsfield mayoral forum

PITTSFIELD — Incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer marched to the beat of her accomplishments during a mayoral forum on Monday, while her three challengers argued for a change in tune.The city's roads are … more

Pittsfield police investigating assault at Cumberland Farms on 1st Street

PITTSFIELD — A man and a woman were seriously injured during a weekend incident at Cumberland Farms. Pittsfield Police Lt. Gary Traversa said the early-morning incident on Sunday at the 1st … more

'Next time it might be me': Pittsfield shooting shakes neighborhood

PITTSFIELD — Some who live in the neighborhood that was shaken by a Sunday morning shooting said the violence there makes them want to move. Apparent bullet holes lined the house at 343 John … more

Woman charged in Asiyanna Jones death faces drug, gun charges from separate incident

PITTSFIELD — More than 3 ounces of cocaine found in a sneaker after a brief police chase in 2017 belonged to a suspect who fled the scene, according to an attorney representing another … more

School merger talks gain steam as Berkshire Hills, Southern Berkshire draft discussion panels

GREAT BARRINGTON — It began in June with a request from one school district to another to talk about consolidating two high schools.And now, less than three months later, eight towns in both … more

NJ man hurt when bike strikes turning vehicle in Lenox

LENOX — A New Jersey man was injured Sunday evening when his motorcycle struck a vehicle that turned into his path on Pittsfield Road (Route 7/20), according to Lenox police.Brian C. Chambers, … more

The Weather


Obituaries

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The Poll


The Landscape

Berkshire Opera Festival's 'Don Pasquale' has some lessons for amorous geezers

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's an opera plot as old as the geezer it mocks: The old boy wants to marry a sweet young thing and winds up making a fool of himself.All in good fun, of course.Donizetti … more

BSO Tanglewood finale: Sorrow and joy

LENOX - The sunshine was bountiful, the crowd spread to the back of the lawn. The conductor was an immigrant from Central America, two of the four singers were black. Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" offered … more

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The Plan

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

 

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

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Hayden Hoffman and Hannah Alsdorf, both 12 and in seventh grade, make greeting posters for new students at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Monday. The students are on the superintendent's council.

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