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“Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.” — ROSALIND RUSSELL, American actress (1911-1976)

The Greeting

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Good morning, citizens of Berkshire County! Lay down your scythes, your smartphones and your ice fishing rods, and gather round, because TheBeat is here, chockful of news stories of matters large and small in the 413.

Today's lineup includes ...

WORKFORCE COACHING: Community partners come together to recommend "success coaches" in Berkshire businesses, who catch workers who might be slipping through the social safety net. 

SCHOOL BOARD UNDER FIRE: The Southern Berkshire Regional School District board has an Open Meeting Law complaint filed against it by a former member and attorney.

CROSSING REHABBED: The roadway has been reconfigured with safety in mind at Route 41 and Dublin Road in Richmond.

FOUND NOT GUILTY: A Great Barrington man with a history of sex assaults on minors was found not guilty Wednesday of groping a man.

VIP SPEAKS TO 413: A former prosecutor addresses the topic of diversity with workers of the Trial Court system.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'Success coaches' pitched to help Berkshire employers keep workers

PITTSFIELD — A local nonprofit wants to help employers in Berkshire County retain workers by bringing "success coaches" into the workplace. That's the goal of the Berkshire Bridges-Working … more

Open Meeting Law complaint further roils Southern Berkshire special education crisis

SHEFFIELD — As promised, a former Southern Berkshire Regional School District official has lodged a complaint with the state alleging that the School Committee held an illegal closed-door … more

With new point person for Koladza Airport hangars plan, Great Barrington residents make their worries heard

GREAT BARRINGTON — While some of the airport's neighbors are even more alarmed by a new plan to build six hangars on the property, they have a fresh new listener to hear their concerns and … more

Student admits to bomb threat at Mount Everett Regional School

SHEFFIELD — A student has admitted to scrawling a bomb threat on a bathroom wall Tuesday at Mount Everett Regional School.Another student reported the threat, prompting an immediate … more

Great Barrington man found not guilty of indecent assault

PITTSFIELD — A Great Barrington man accused of sexually assaulting another man outside a Pittsfield gym was found not guilty Wednesday. Berkshire County jurors deliberated for about two hours … more

Safety upgrade completed at Richmond crossing following crashes

RICHMOND — Sightlines at the accident-prone intersection of Route 41 (State Road) and Dublin Road have been enhanced, after a state Department of Transportation project. The state cut back an … more

Pittsfield: Literature series on Berkshire authors

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires announces a three-part series titled "In the Shadow of Two Great Hills: Literature of the Berkshires," to be held at 10:45 a.m., Mondays, Nov. 4 to 18, at … more


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The Weather

Updated: Halloween storm poised to soak Berkshires; trick-or-treating postponed

No treat but a nasty trick may be in store for Halloween night: A soaking, windy rainstorm is expected to hit the region on Thursday.Anticipating the storm and the possibility of minor flooding and … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Walking wounded search for healing in Dominique Morisseau's 'Pipeline'

LENOX — Nya, an inner city high school English teacher who is at the center of Dominique Morisseau's uneven "Pipeline" — which is being given an uneven production by WAM Theatre at … more

WAM Theatre slates 'Paradise' reading

LENOX — WAM Theatre winds up its 2019 Fresh Takes Reading Series this weekend with Laura Maria Censabella's "Paradise," directed by WAM associate artistic director Talya Kingston, who also … more

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The Snap

Paul Kaplan of Berkshire Bounty delivers a van full of food to the food pantry at South Congregational Church in Pittsfield on Tuesday.

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