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"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." — CONFUCIUS

The Greeting

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Postcard of General Electric entrance in Pittsfield, postmarked 1913.

Sept. 2, 2019

Good morning and happy Labor Day to you and yours. I hope those of you who have the day off are enjoying it, and that those of you who are working are not breaking your backs. Don't let the wet weather get you down ... there'll be some sun Tuesday.

Meanwhile, ride out the rain with these stories ...

SUPERVISED INJECTIONS: Medically supervised injection sites for IV drug users is an idea that could save lives. But will the Berkshires get behind such an effort?

OLD SCHOOL, CHANGE OF USE: At the former Searles school in Great Barrington, the owner is envisioning a repurposing of the site but wants to eliminate a restaurant and bar from her plans.

$70M RAISED: The Tanglewood Forever capital campaign has raised more than $70 million.

NO JURISDICTION: The Great Barrington Conservation Commission says a proposed cannabis farm is not under its purview

RACE IN WARD 5: The three candidates vying for a Pittsfield city councilor's seat distinguish themselves from one another in their vision for the city.

NOW HIRING: The new Wayfair call center is filling positions now; our Tony Dobrowolski takes us just outside the interview room.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

From New Marlborough vacation home, 97-year-old recalls life of a WWII bomber

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Martin Biener has seemingly done it all and done it well for decades.The New York City native has crafted furniture, sold cars for a living, flown his own airplane and owned a … more

Supervised injection sites gain favor worldwide. Could they exist in Berkshires?

PITTSFIELD — If drug users could inject themselves under medical supervision and without the threat of getting arrested, it could save lives. But would the community support … more

Hiring underway, construction continues: How Wayfair call center is faring along the way

PITTSFIELD — Philip Lapointe currently works for a burger joint in Pittsfield but has previous experience in sales that he would like to put to good use.So, it's only natural that the … more

'Tanglewood Forever' campaign raises more than $70 million; attendance nears record

LENOX — With the curtain set to fall on the summer concert season after Sunday's concert by country star Reba McEntire, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's "Tanglewood Forever" fundraising campaign … more

Pittsfield City Council Ward 5 hopefuls present plans ahead of preliminary election

PITTSFIELD — Each of the contenders for the City Council's Ward 5 seat view Pittsfield's future through a different set of lenses. The candidates are Patrick Kavey, Jonathan Lothrop and Eugene … more

Spencertown festival speaks volumes to the allure of books

SPENCERTOWN, NY — Every summer for the past 14 years, the Spencertown Academy Arts Center has been transformed into a mecca of new and gently used … more

Work on hotel project at ex-Searles school to begin in spring, minus the restaurant

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a three-year lull, a developer has revived plans to transform a historic downtown school into a hotel.Chrystal Mahida, of Great Barrington, owner of 79 Bridge Street … more

Great Barrington Conservation Commission says pot farm not in its jurisdiction

GREAT BARRINGTON — To the dismay of residents concerned about the water supply, plans for an 80,000-square-foot pot growing and manufacturing business will not be scrutinized by the town's … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Historical look at queer networks in Chicano L.A.

WILLIAMSTOWN — This summer, the buzzing Berkshire cultural season was missing one of its reliable hives. Since June, the Williams College Museum of Art's main galleries have been closed for … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss this week, Sept. 1-7

Head on down to the Blandford FairFrom every corner, there is something for all ages, including a demolition derby, chili competition, truck pulls, entertainment and more at the 152nd Blandford Fair. … more

The Snap

Charles Cohen and his son Miles, 2, find a corner to read in the children’s section at the 14th Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Festival of Books on Saturday. Organizers estimate that around 2,000 visitors will make their way to the three-day event this year, which boasts thousands of donated books for sale, as well as children’s programs and author readings throughout the weekend.

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