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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.” — JOAN RIVERS (1933-2014)

The Greeting

Halle Peers, a sophomore, and her family move her gear into her room in the Townhouses at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams on Monday.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

A good Wednesday to you, dear Beat readers! Clouds and sun are expected for the rest of the week. Enjoy it while you can.

Here are the day's top stories ...

PITTSFIELD TRASH PICKUP: The city's contract with Republic Services has been bought by Casella Waste Systems, but no changes in service are expected.

AND OFF THEY GO: Pittsfield Public Schools began its calendar year on Tuesday, and The Eagle was there to capture the excitement.

ASCENDING THE LADDER: Pittsfield Fire Department veteran Tom Sammons has been chosen as the next chief of the department.

NOT SO FAST: Neighborhood opposition has put the brakes on a planned cannabis shop on routes 7 and 20 in Lenox.

MENDING FENCES: A police chase in Pittsfield ended when the suspect crashed his Jeep through a fence at St. Joseph's Church on North Street in Pittsfield; now, the recently rehabbed fence will need even more financial attention to be set right once again.

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The News

Trash collection company buys out Republic Services

PITTSFIELD — A Vermont-based waste collection service has purchased the contract for city trash collection from Republic Services of Cheshire and Albany, N.Y., but residents should not notice … more

Pittsfield schools usher in new academic year

PITTSFIELD — Hands raised and faces squinted with determination Tuesday in Andrew Mickle's fifth grade classroom at Stearns Elementary School.In a nearby second grade classroom, two girls … more

As MCLA's Class of 2023 settles in, a few words of advice - and wisdom

NORTH ADAMS — With the freshman class having just arrived at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for its first few days of classes, school officials and an alumnus keynote speaker … more

Pittsfield poised to name Tom Sammons as next fire chief

PITTSFIELD — Deputy Chief Tom Sammons will be Pittsfield's new fire chief, according to several city sources. Mayor Linda Tyer's office sent out a press release Tuesday confirming the … more

Site for Lenox pot shop draws potential neighbors' opposition

LENOX — Neighborhood opposition to a proposed marijuana shop at the site of Different Drummer's Kitchen on Route 7/20 (Pittsfield Road) appears to have jeopardized the project.Jim Nejaime, … more

Pittsfield church's nearly restored fence damaged during police chase

PITTSFIELD — When, police say, a suspect fleeing from them crashed outside St. Joseph's Church on North Street early Tuesday, he damaged a nearly 150-year-old wrought-iron fence that was being … more

Farley-Bouvier renews push to allow undocumented in state to get driver's license

PITTSFIELD — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier thinks it's important that all motorists in the state are licensed drivers — regardless of immigration status."Having everybody trained, … more

Man arrested on weapons, OUI charges after shots fired in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A man was arrested early Tuesday after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed a Jeep through a fence at St. Joseph Church and hit a tree. Domingo Sobers, … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Off the Shelf with Damon Vorce

When Damon Vorce first took the job as director of The Lee Library in 2016, he realized it wasn't much different from his time running a skate shop. Both locations were filled with eager kids, staff … more

'We're giving life to a T-shirt'

Fall cleaning season is approaching, and Maryam Kamangar wants residents to use more rags — so long as they're from Goodwill.Last September, Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern … 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

Ethan Bishop, 10, helps Gabriella Leach-Hinkley, 10, get her supplies into her desk on the first day of school at Stearns Elementary School in Pittsfield on Tuesday. The fifth-graders are in Andy Mickle’s class.

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