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“If there is no knowledge, there is no understanding; if there is no understanding, there is no knowledge.” — THE TALMUD

The Greeting

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Good morning, Beat readers. It's another newsy day in the 413, and word has it that there's serious heat set to land upon us Wednesday. I, for one, will take it.

Here are The Eagle headlines  ...

Shakespeare & Company has a nice piece of property in Lenox, and the theater group wants its buildings to match. The company wants to partner with a developer to turn the rundown parts of the property into revenue generators.

Pittsfield residents had a chance to mingle with candidates up for office in the coming preliminary election.

There's been a motion to suppress evidence filed in the case of a shooting at the Ashley Reservoir.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College have found praise in the annual summary of top U.S. schools, as measured by U.S. News & World Report.

The town of Lee is showing its togetherness as it rallies behind a young woman who was seriously injured last month in a car-versus-pedestrian accident.

A Sheffield cannabis grower has had its license pulled by the state Cannabis Control Commission after a company principal was charged criminally for illegal cultivation of marijuana at an Attleborough site.

And the town of Lenox has been declared a cultural district, one of five in the Berkshires under the Massachusetts Cultural Council program.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Shakespeare & Company seeks campus development partners

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company is looking for one or more business partners to help develop underutilized and unusable parts of the sprawling campus, which includes at least five derelict … more

Pittsfield residents mingle with candidates during Working Cities mixer

PITTSFIELD — A 10-year-old walked up to mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo with a list of questions."Why are you running?" asked the girl, whose name tag read Markiara. "What do you want to do to … more

Ashley Reservoir shooting: 1 defendant's attorney files motion to suppress some evidence

PITTSFIELD — The defense attorney for one of the men charged in the shooting and assault of Nick Carnevale last summer is seeking to have evidence against his client suppressed before … more

MCLA, Williams again score high marks with US News & World Report

NORTH ADAMS — Two Northern Berkshire colleges have landed in the top tiers of U.S. News & World Report's rankings of colleges and universities released on Monday.For the second consecutive … more

After young woman is struck by a car, Lee residents show 'they look out for one another'

LEE — When calamity strikes in Lee, the whole town acts like a great big family and comes together to help.And most recently, this loving impulse has flowed gifts and prayers toward the … more

Celebration marks designation of Lenox as Cultural District

LENOX — In his lifetime, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli has seen tremendous change in downtown Lenox. When he was a boy, he recalls, the downtown consisted of a car dealership, two gas … more

State regulators pull plug on Sheffield cannabis licensee

BOSTON — State cannabis regulators halted all business of a licensee that has locations in Sheffield and Attleboro as they investigate an owner who "allegedly conspired to evade Commonwealth … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

NerdWallet: #CoupleGoals start with a money summit

Spreadsheets and savings goals aren't sexy. That's probably why great love stories, when retold, don't delve into household finances. But money is a central part of any relationship. And how you deal … more

Thursday lecture to explore effect of new tech on politics

WILLIAMSTOWN - Digital technology's influence on politics is the topic of an upcoming lecture Sept. 12 at Williams College '62 Center for Theatre & Dance, 880 Main St., Williamstown.

The lecture, … more

The Poll

The Landscape

What's worth standing in line for at The Big E this year?

SPRINGFIELD — Over the past decade, the Big E's food vendors have become known for concocting crazy food offerings for fair goers.First there was the "Craz-E Burger," a bacon cheeseburger with … more

Romanticism times three at South Mountain

PITTSFIELD — Time ran backward at South Mountain, starting at the end of the romantic period and ending in its middle.In Sunday's opening concert of its 101st season, the chamber music series … more

Our reviews: 'The Last Year of the War'

The Book: "The Last Year of the War" by Susan Meissner
Publisher: Berkley; 1st Edition edition (March 19, 2019)
The Synopsis: Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa 14-year-old in 1943 — aware of the war … more

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The Plan

4 events not to miss this week, Sept. 8-14

Get your funk onDon't miss your chance to see Jen Durkin and The Business at The Garage (in the Colonial Theatre Lobby) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Durkin has been selling out clubs and making … more
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The Snap

Children play in the playground at the Youth Center Inc. at the former Cheshire Elementary School in Cheshire. The Youth Center Inc. moved to Cheshire from Adams in late August and opened Aug. 26. According to Executive Director Sonia DiSanti, the new larger location has doubled the size of the center with classrooms in a wing of the former school. The program serves about 45 children in their after-school program and about 10 to 15 children in its drop-in program.

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