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“Be yourself. The world worships the original.” — INGRID BERGMAN (1915-1982)

The Greeting

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

Good day, Beat readers. Up at the Ashfield bureau, where the air is especially rarified, some leaves are falling. Apparently, the trees didn't get my memo that I'm not permitting summer to end this year. 

In the meantime, the presses at Eagle HQ continue rolling out these stories ...

GOING INTO LABOR DAY: Our veteran newsman Tony Dobrowolski gives us the outlook for traffic, gas prices and top-shelf entertainment for the upcoming holiday weekend.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: A Yonkers, N.Y., woman has been named as the victim of Sunday's fatal shooting in Pittsfield. The Berkshire District Attorney's Office believes that she was not the intended target.

MUSICAL LAWYERS: Last-minute jockeying by an ex-Greylock Federal Credit Union executive is postponing his sentencing.

GOING AWAY FOR A WHILE: A North Adams man will serve up to 6 years in prison for possessing 116 grams of cocaine, 25 grams of heroin and a Glock firearm with ammo.

A DOSE OF TRUTH: Barrington Stage Company is bringing back its production of Jeanne Sakata's "We Hold These Truths," first performed late May/early June at the St. Germain Stage.

MERRY BARD-MAS: There's an engaging production in play at Shakespeare & Company's outdoor Roman Garden Theatre of  "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

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Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor  

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The News

Pittsfield shooting victim identified

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office has identified a New York woman who died of injuries suffered in a Sunday shooting.Stephanie Olivieri, 32, of Yonkers, N.Y., was shot once … more

Labor Day boon for Berkshires: low gas prices, Tanglewood shows

PITTSFIELD — With gas prices on the downswing and the economy still flush, expect plenty of traffic on roadways Labor Day weekend in the Berkshires and the across the state.According to a … more

North Adams man gets up to 6 years in prison for drug trafficking

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man was sentenced to up to six years in prison Tuesday, after he admitted to drug-trafficking and gun charges.Hassan Delia, 30, pleaded guilty to seven counts after … more

Lee woman hurt in crash on Route 7/20 in Lenox

LENOX — A Lee motorist was injured Wednesday morning when her vehicle was struck by an SUV that veered across five lanes of traffic, authorities said.Renee Jakacky, 41, of Summer Street, was … more

Merrick receives high marks for first year leading Lenox schools

LENOX — The first "report card" for school district Superintendent Kimberly Merrick shows generally proficient or exemplary ratings from the graders, along with a handful of "needs improvement" … more

Former Greylock loan exec loses his lawyer, further delaying sentencing in fraud

PITTSFIELD — The truth remains shrouded of what's become of a onetime star loan executive with Greylock Federal Credit Union.Michael DiCenzo stood Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, … more

For some in Cheshire, odor tops list of worries for pot farm plan

CHESHIRE — Dozens of Cheshire residents are raising a big stink over an outdoor marijuana-cultivation farm they expect would ruin their bucolic way of life. About 60 people from throughout the … more

Phyllis McGuire | Life of a dog whisperer

WILLIAMSTOWN — When Heather Jones was 12, she was bitten by her German shepherd.But she did not turn against the dog."I knew it was not a bad dog," said Jones, now 41. "I thought, 'There is a … more

Man held without bail in Adams stabbing

NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is being held without bail after police say he stabbed another man during an altercation Monday night. A dangerousness hearing for Anthony D. Chambers on Wednesday … more

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Theater Review: 'Merry Wives' at play in the gardens of Shakespeare & Company

LENOX — Published in 1602 but believed to have been written several years earlier, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" has long been among Shakespeare's least regarded plays. Theater lore has it that … more

'Hold These Truths' returning to Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company is bringing back its production of Jeanne Sakata's "Hold These Truths," first performed late May/early June at BSC's St. Germain Stage.The … more

Theater Review: Hershey Felder casts a spell as George Gershwin

PITTSFIELD — "It certainly is a magical place, isn't it?"The largely rhetorical question was posed by a very nice woman sitting next to me at Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre. She was … 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

Third-graders get to work in art class on the first day of school at Muddy Brook Elementary in Great Barrington on Wednesday.

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