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“Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.” — BARUCH SPINOZA, Dutch philosopher (1632-1677)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

Dear Berkshires, have you ever heard of trypophobia? It's a disorder in which people become afraid when exposed to visual patterns of small holes, such as honeycomb or a spider's eyes. I learned of this malady only recently, when Apple unveiled its latest iPhone. Its backside is pictured below in this AP photo ...

As much as 16 percent of people are affected by trypophobia, which means that most of us can look at the image above with a sense of fascination and wonder, while a handful are freaking out. Sorry! 

Moving right along, here's the news:

MADAM AMBASSADOR: From humble beginnings in Pittsfield to the hallowed halls in Washington, D.C., Madeleine Kunin has paved the way for women in every post she's held; on Monday night, she spoke with Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran and the public about politics, gender and aging.

CANNABIS CONCERNS: Pittsfield residents who live on Pecks Road are airing some concerns and some applause  regarding the potential smell of cannabis, which might accompany some 100,000 square feet of growing space, if a grower's plan is seen through to completion.

A VERY WAYFAIR WELCOME: The internet retail giant that's setting up a call center in Pittsfield will hold a grand opening in early October.

EVERYBODY KNOWS ONE: Is a friend or family member a bad parent? If The Eagle Facebook page is to be believed, there are hundreds of them in the county. You know who they are: Send them this handy link, so they can begin their education.

TRIAL SET TO COMMENCE: A Pittsfield man facing a murder charge will stand before a jury soon, and prosecutors will have to present their case without a key witness.

The news business ain't what it used to be: No more cigarette smoke plumes in the newsroom (we're probably better off); no more bourbon in the lower desk drawer (that we know of); no more full page ad after full page ad for Macy's, England Bros. or, heck, even the Berkshire Mall (they seem to exist only in megabits and pixels now). 

Today, The Eagle needs your help to keep you informed. Subscribe or renew to keep us producing top-notch journalism every day of the week.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Kunin sees past generational, political divides in Pittsfield talk

PITTSFIELD — One minute, she was praising 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg and ruminating on selfies. The next, she was commending 86-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader … more

Pecks Road neighborhood split on outdoor pot proposal

PITTSFIELD — A proposal for outdoor cannabis cultivation on Pecks Road has divided a neighborhood.The proposed project would be located on a 19-acre parcel at 997 Pecks Road. The cannabis … more

AG Healey visits Drury High as part of Sandy Hook Promise program to make schools safer

NORTH ADAMS — A group of Drury High School student leaders are joining a statewide effort to keep schools safe and improve the well-being of classmates struggling on campus and at home.The … more

Trial set to begin for Pittsfield man charged with murder in 2014 shooting

PITTSFIELD — Prosecutors in the murder trial of a Pittsfield man will likely be without one of their key witnesses after a judge ruled the witness would incriminate himself if he … more

Williamstown: Free speech talk with ACLU activist

Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II professor of law at New York Law School, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and author of the 2018 book "Hate: Why We Should Resist It … more

New Lebanon, N.Y.: Author to speak on parenting book

Local resident and psychologist Adelia Moore will speak about her recently published book, "Being the Grownup: Love, Limits and the Natural Authority of Parenthood," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Wayfair plans Oct. 10 grand opening for Pittsfield customer service center

PITTSFIELD — Wayfair will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Pittsfield customer service center on Oct. 10, the company announced Monday.The grand opening event will take place at 10 … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Mysteries From The Morgue: A forest that Hansel and Gretel would adore

SAVOY — Bent and twisted trees are not an unusual site in Berkshire County, thanks to Natalie Jeremijenko's "Tree Logic" at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The art installation's … more

Review: Brentano String Quartet goes questing at South Mountain

PITTSFIELD — The essence of Beethoven's five late string quartets is a sense of questing. He seems to be scouring the cosmos for the meaning of existence — for God, if you will — as … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss this week

Fun and music for the whole familyBerkshires Jazz will bring five of the most popular regional bands to the stage for Berkshire Jazz Showcase on the Pittsfield Common from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. … more

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The Snap

Eagle File Photo
Berkshire editors and County Commissioners view the proposed Rockwell Road, from the south to the Greylock State Reservation on the Northrup Farm, Lanesborough, June 13, 1906.

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