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Thought for the day 

“There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe. I don’t subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially — sorry it’s a cliche — a rough draft of history. Some days it’s reassuring, some days it’s absolutely destructive. — PETER JENNINGS, journalist and news anchor (1938-2005)

The Greeting

Gene Clark and Juanita Poissant of Hawley fish in the Cheshire Reservoir off Farnams Road on Tuesday.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. We're chugging along into August, typically the time of year when the air begins its shift from humid to dry, warm to cool, and thousands of our noses twitch, itch and sneeze as all the pollen in the Northeast seems to settle in our fair county.

In between fistfuls of Kleenex, we have the news ...

Local law enforcement and the citizenry joined together for fun, while taking a stand against crime. 

A Berkshire jury has decided that a man didn't assault Pittsfield Police officers in a case from 2017.

There's more Pittsfield parking action, as well; a panel of city councilors is going to recommend some easing of parking rules at the Columbus Avenue municipal lot.

A Southfield man has pleaded not guilty to striking a motorcyclist with his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

An upcoming ruling from the Federal Communications Commission could affect local cable access channels, our Clarence Fanto reports.

And we might be looking at some lightning today, so take care out there.

Please remember to subscribe or renew your subscription to The Eagle today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

During National Night Out, 'It's important to communicate with the community'

NORTH ADAMS — Williamstown and North Adams police joined thousands of police departments across the country Tuesday in marking the 36th National Night Out event.In North Adams, is was a … more

Jury: No assault of Pittsfield officers during in-home arrest in 2017

PITTSFIELD — A city man has been acquitted of assaulting police officers and resisting arrest during a 2017 incident stemming from a family argument in his own home.Christopher Esperanza, 21, … 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

Southfield man pleads not guilty to OUI motor vehicle homicide in Superior Court

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man accused of being under the influence when his truck struck and killed a Connecticut motorcyclist was arraigned Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.Kristopher H. … more

Judge mulls bail reduction for suspect in Ashley Reservoir shooting

PITTSFIELD — A judge is deciding whether to reduce bail for one of the suspects accused in the near-fatal shooting of Nick Carnevale last August.During a bail hearing Tuesday in Berkshire … more

FCC ruling could threaten public access channels

A federal ruling limiting franchise fees that cities and towns can charge cable companies might jeopardize or even kill local public access channels that provide TV and online coverage of meetings … more

Route 8 in Cheshire shut down after tractor-trailer knocks down wires

CHESHIRE — A portion of Route 8 was closed Tuesday afternoon while crews repaired utility wires that were torn down by a passing tractor-trailer. State Police were called for assistance in … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Braise Worthy: Slow-cooked foods, slower way of life

Years ago, Jeffrey Blaugrund and his wife were living in New York City, coming to the Berkshires on weekends. Like anyone might, Blaugrund found it hard to trek back into the concrete jungle — … more

O'Connell returns to Berkshires in WTF's 'Before the Meeting'

WILLIAMSTOWN — It doesn't take long for Deirdre O'Connell to think of a lasting influence from her youth in Pittsfield community theaters."Bob Boland," the 1971 Taconic High School graduate … more

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The Plan

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


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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

Kids took over the pristine grounds for a day of activities and music during the annual Tanglewood Family Fun Fest in Lenox.


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