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Thought for the day 

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” — LUCILLE BALL, American actress-comedian (born this date in 1911, died 1989)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

Good morning, Beatniks. More heat today, but there'll be a break in the weather starting tomorrow when some August chill settles in for a spell.

Elsewhere, in the news ...

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is investing $6 million to upgrade its dining hall and athletic complex.

A federal judge has ruled that a case about nuts can move forward against the company that owns  the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort.

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has indicated that it's ready to hear out the neighboring Berkshire Hills School District regarding a partnership.

Towns that are upgrading to fiber-optic lines now have an incentive from the state to keep the buildout's momentum going.

Pittsfield parking has remained on the lips of city councilors, who last night in a subcommittee decided to recommend a window of free parking at the Columbus Street lot. 

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'Life-changing for the entire campus': MCLA finishing upgrades to dining, fitness buildings

NORTH ADAMS — With the fall semester fast approaching, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts crews are racing to finish an upgrade to the dining hall in Amsler Campus Center before hundreds of … more

Southern Berkshire signals readiness to talk about schools merger with Berkshire Hills

SHEFFIELD — Just one week ago, it didn't look like town and school officials could ever agree to sit down for serious talks about the possibility of consolidating two neighboring regional high … more

Stockbridge Bowl Association president knocks town's harvester use in combating Eurasian milfoil

STOCKBRIDGE — Harvesters that chop away at weeds infesting Stockbridge Bowl might actually be making matters worse, according to the president of a group representing lakeside property … more

Federal judge allows Canyon Ranch food allergy lawsuit to proceed

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the company that owns the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Lenox alleging a guest was served a dish containing nuts despite … more

State sweetens deal for towns building own fiber networks

WINDSOR — From state offices in Boston, the unexpected cost Windsor faced, in its quest to build a fiber-optic network, might seem paltry. After all, $450,000 represents just more than one … more

Pittsfield councilors vote to keep Columbus Avenue lot meters, but reassess city's parking plan

PITTSFIELD — City administrators believe that its "on-demand" parking management plan has been successful in increasing turnover of on-street spots. Still, the Rules and Ordinance committee … more

The Weather


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The Poll

Berkshire Business Insider

Lottery scams: If you didn't enter, you didn't win

Congratulations! You just won the 2019 Publishers' Clearing House grand prize. The call seemed real. The caller provided a callback number, email address, and even a website to the skeptical winner. … more

New administrator for Craneville Place

Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center has hired Christina "Tina" Rootes-Hunter as the company's administrator. Rootes-Hunter … more

Shabby chic and boutique in North Adams

No two rooms are alike, making for a special overnight stay. more

The Landscape

The Scene | 'New Horizon' helps Naumkeag's Garden Party reach new heights

STOCKBRIDGE — All eyes were on "New Horizon" artist Doug Aitken's mirrorlike, 100-foot-tall Mylar mobile sculpture during Naumkeag's annual Garden Party on July 27. The mobile sculpture — … more

Coming of age the hard way in 'On the Exhale' at Chester Theatre Company

CHESTER — Martin Zimmerman's "On the Exhale" is about a female liberal college professor's coming of age in the worst possible way — the violent death of her second grader son.Set in a … more

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Performances Not to Miss: Out of the Mainstream II

This is part of a weekly series of columns devoted to a brief look ahead at the weekend's principal Tanglewood concerts.Two weekends ago, Tanglewood focused on composers from outside the … more

The Snap

Photos: Cone with a Cop

Cone With A Cop at The Common on First Street in Pittsfield was created to help form healthy and positive relationships between Law Enforcement and city youth. more

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