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“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” — From “You Can't Go Home Again” by THOMAS WOLFE (1900-1938)


The Greeting

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

Good day, Beat readers! We had a heck of a preliminary election in Pittsfield on Tuesday, in which mayoral hopeful Melissa Mazzeo was the top vote getter with 2,860 votes, and incumbent Linda Tyer receiving 2,571 votes. They'll proceed to a contest for the top city job on Nov. 5 in the general election.

Also, two pairs of candidates for City Council will also advance to the November election, with three other candidates left by the wayside.

Elsewhere in the county ...

SWEET BROOK PROGRESS: An embattled nursing home in Williamstown is making strides on improving staff morale, which is intended to improve care, its attorney says. 

NATURAL OR FAKE?: That's what Williamstown officials will have to decide for the future athletic fields at Mount Greylock Regional School.

BOARD HAS NO SAY: The state Department of Environmental Protection says that the Great Barrington Conservation Commission has no business weighing in on a permit for a proposed cannabis farm.

THE SKY WILL BE GREEN: The Greensky Bluegrass is returning to Mass MoCA for the FreshGrass festival.

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Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 


 
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The News

Pittsfield mayoral race down to Mazzeo vs. Tyer; preliminary election also narrows council races

PITTSFIELD — Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo and incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer will go head-to-head in the city's mayoral race after a close preliminary election on Tuesday. The election bumped … more

Before administrative magistrate, attorney cites positive changes at Sweet Brook

MALDEN — Staff morale has improved significantly since a temporary management company arrived at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in August, an attorney for the facility told an … more

DEP agrees that Great Barrington Conservation Commission doesn't have authority for pot farm permit

GREAT BARRINGTON — State officials agree that the town's environmental oversight board does not have authority to weigh in on a special permit for a proposed cannabis farm at an industrial site … more

Turf war at Mount Greylock Regional: Natural or artificial athletic field?

WILLIAMSTOWN — With bids about to come in for a $2 million artificial turf playing field at Mount Greylock Regional School, debate continues over its usefulness, cost, and possible health and … more

Williamstown COOL Committee to shed light on new efficient lighting proposal

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown CO2 Lowering Committee is inviting the public to a Street Lighting Listening Session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the new Williamstown Police Department, 825 Simonds … more

Mass. bishops follow pope's lead in calling for 'drastic measures' to fight climate change

BOSTON — The leaders of the four Roman Catholic dioceses in Massachusetts are calling on the faithful to address climate change.In a pastoral letter released Monday, the Most Rev. Mitchell … more

County Fare | Mount Greylock graduate earns award for work with seniors

Brook Masse, a 2019 graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, is one of three New England students to receive a 2019 OMEGA scholarship awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

DEP agrees that Great Barrington Conservation Commission doesn't have authority for pot farm permit

GREAT BARRINGTON — State officials agree that the town's environmental oversight board does not have authority to weigh in on a special permit for a proposed cannabis farm at an industrial site … more

The Poll


The Landscape

Greensky Bluegrass covers more than one patch of musical terrain

NORTH ADAMS — For nearly two decades, Greensky Bluegrass has steadily built a devoted following on the back of its rocking live shows."Our song catalog is enormous, so you can come to a … more

Andrew Bird: A whistler, wordsmith violinist

NORTH ADAMS — Two hallmarks of Andrew Bird's music don't take long to emerge in the singer-songwriter's latest record, "My Finest Work Yet."Five seconds into the album's opening track, … 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

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