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“We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.” — CICERO, Roman scholar (106-43 B.C.)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Happy Preliminary Election Day to our Pittsfield friends! This time, you've got a mayor's race with four candidates, plus a passel of candidates for seats in Wards 5 and 6. We wish the candidates well! If you haven't figured out who's who in the races, make a pit stop over at our special preliminary election page (I built it special for you, Pittsfield voters and lookie-loos from neighboring towns).

And, of course, we have these other headlines, most of which you'll find no where else in the world (subscribe today!)  ...

VERY BAD WRECK: Pittsfield first responders aided a motorist whose car collided with a tractor-trailer on West Housatonic Street on Monday afternoon; the motorist, a North Adams man, is in the ICU.

DEALING WITH EXPLOSIVE THREAT: A note about explosives at Family Dollar proved to be bogus, police say.

BOOSTED WITH CASH: A FEMA grant is going to help pay for needed upgrades at the Lee Fire Department.

ROCKWELL KIN NOT ROCKED: Lana Del Rey's latest album colorfully references the name of one of the Berkshires' best known painters, and his granddaughter doesn't mind.

KNIFE-WIELDER ARRESTED: A South Egremont man was arrested in the parking lot of Bogie's Restaurant & Pub after brandishing a knife, assaulting two people, and threatening to slit the owner's throat. 

Listen to me now and believe me later: There is no better place to get the news in Berkshire County than The Berkshire Eagle. Not on TV. Not on the internet. And certainly not from Karen at the corner store. That's a fact. When you subscribe to The Eagle, you get loads of local stories every day of the week, and your subscription money directly goes toward keeping the county covered from Williamstown to Sandisfield and Florida to Mount Washington. Without you and your support, we simply cannot do what do.

Warm regards,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Driver seriously hurt in collision with tractor-trailer in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man was seriously injured Monday morning after his car collided with a tractor-trailer on West Housatonic Street.Louis E. Matney Jr., 38, was heading east in a 2007 … more

Pittsfield preps for Tuesday preliminary

PITTSFIELD — The city collected 246 absentee ballots by the noon deadline on Monday. About 100 more people applied for absentee ballots this year than during the city's last preliminary … more

Woman, 90, injured when car strikes Pittsfield building

PITTSFIELD — A city woman suffered minor injuries Monday after crashing her car into a Dalton Avenue building, according to Pittsfield Police. Muriel Fitzgerald, 90, was driving her 2007 Ford … more

Note about explosives causes disruption at Family Dollar in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — City police responded to Family Dollar on Monday afternoon after a concerning note was discovered on the floor, police say. The note suggested an explosive had been placed … more

Lee Fire Dept. safety tech to get upgrade with FEMA grant funds

LEE — The Lee Fire Department has received nearly $225,000 in federal money to spend on lifesaving equipment.The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, coupled with an $11,235 … more

Man accused of threatening to kill people outside Great Barrington restaurant

GREAT BARRINGTON — A South Egremont man is facing numerous charges after police say he chased, assaulted and threatened to kill people with a knife outside a restaurant Friday night when they … more

With 'first step' toward new public safety complex, Lenox eyes several possible sites

LENOX — A consultant hired by the town is recommending a portion of a farm property on Routes 7 & 20 as the most suitable site for a new $13 million public safety complex housing police, … more

Adams residents can hear about proposed Smart Growth Overlay District at hearing

ADAMS — Town officials will convene a public information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac St., to provide information to the community about the proposed … more

Rockwell grandchild OK with title of Del Rey album

Abigail Rockwell isn't offended by the title of Lana Del Rey's latest album, "Norman F---ing Rockwell.""It's not really about him," Rockwell said Friday, referring to her late grandfather. "It's … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Helping serve health needs of LGBTQ community 'was always on my radar'

PITTSFIELD — Dr. Jeremy Stoepker was only in elementary school when his father, a gay rights activist, was diagnosed with AIDS. Doctors initially told Stoepker's father that he had a year to … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Calidore String Quartet tackle three pieces, three mysteries

PITTSFIELD — Each composition came with a mystery.The Calidore String Quartet returned to South Mountain Concerts on Sunday with a program of Schubert, Ravel and Beethoven. After the heat and … more

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The Plan

4 events not to miss this week, Sept. 15-21

It's Apple Squeeze time!Join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands and performers as Lenox celebrates the apple harvest at the 40th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze. The two-day fall … more
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The Snap

People look at various minerals and other specimens at the annual Northern Berkshire Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at American Legion Post 150 on Saturday. The Gem and Mineral Show was held through Sunday.

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