Local News
Will we get a train to NYC?

Attracting tourism. Promoting relocation. Fostering economic development.To meet those key goals for Berkshire County, the Senate has taken a first step toward a future seasonal passenger rail service between Berkshire County and New York City, said …

Otis awaits bods for broadband buildout

OTIS — This Berkshires town remains at the head of the pack pursuing broadband internet. The first miles of fiber-optic cable may go up on utility poles this fall. "We just keep pushing," said Larry Gould, chairman for the town's Technology …

Edward James Carmel announces run for at-large Pittsfield City Council seat

PITTSFIELD — A representative who knows what life on the streets is like. That's what Edward James Carmel plans to bring to City Council. "The group needs someone like myself, who has been homeless and who has a good sense of what goes on in …

Pittsfield assistant clerk running for city clerk post

PITTSFIELD — The future is now for Michele Cetti, who has decided to run for city clerk. Cetti, who joined the clerk's office in 2010, has been the assistant clerk for registration and elections since 2011.

North Adams City Council to appoint new member

NORTH ADAMS — The next North Adams city councilor won't have to campaign. With Councilor Nancy Bullett formally announcing her resignation this week, the City Council is tasked under the city charter with appointing a replacement — and …

New owner aims to convert former Johnny's Beach Club into tapas restaurant

PITTSFIELD — The new owners of the former Johnny's Beach Club are slowly moving forward with plans to convert the once-troubled Wahconah Street bar into a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar.Wahconah Street LLC, led by Suzanne Chung, expects to …

Top Sport Stories
Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

BOSTON — It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason.After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead …

John Crane helps community through weightlifting

Berkshire County sports notes, May 25

Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final

Local sports
Roundup: Williams women's tennis wins national title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn — The Williams College women's tennis team won its 10th national championship on Wednesday.For the third consecutive season and sixth time all-time, the Ephs met Emory in the final. This time around, Williams pulled out a 5-4 …

Lenox baseball clinches Western Mass. berth with win over Lee

Hadden, Sennett tie for third at MGA Senior Four-Ball Championship

Roundup: Tatro throws no-hitter for McCann Tech baseball

Hoosac Valley, Wahconah, Taconic baseball teams win at Cooperstown Classic

Opinion
Our Opinion: Pittsfield confronts harsh realities of budget process

The Pittsfield budget process has begun, and has been the case for some time, the task is to stretch two little money over too many obligations. That task becomes more challenging with each passing year.Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday presented her …

Our Opinion: Berkshire Bank's Boston presence should pay off

Our Opinion: Common ground may be reached on dental bills

Our Opinion: Anti-hazing effort must be ongoing

Our Opinion: State must insist gas company fix damaged roads

Columnists
Derek Gentile | Why we remember war and sacrifice on Memorial Day

PITTSFIELD — I don't honestly know how many people think about war and loss on Memorial Day weekend, but I do. That's in large part because I've had the considerable privilege over the years to interview veterans of several wars for stories …

Dalton Delan|:The Unspin room: Farewell, sweet dreams, to the circus

Leonard Quart|: Letter From New York: Observations from Washington Square Park

Fraud Watch | Beware! Medicare scams appear on all fronts

Jim Shulman | Sanctuary for summer: Pleasant Valley Camp snipe hunt

Letters
Letter: Pride proclamation is a big step forward

To the editor:Mayor Tyer's proclamation before the City Council Tuesday inviting the people of Pittsfield to celebrate June as LGBTQ Pride Month calls upon the people of Pittsfield to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in favor of equal rights …

Letter: Neglected cemetery needs city's attention

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Supporting education means paying for it, too

Letter: Good Iran agreement is paying dividends

Entertainment
GLAAD gives studios failing grades for LGBTQ representation on screen

The Associated PressLOS ANGELES — The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive.GLAAD's annual study …

PEOPLE: Leslie Odom Jr. headlining Boston Pops festivities; Kevin Spacey takes "House of Cards" to the D.C. Metro; Serena Williams heading for Silicon Valley

Dustin Hoffman shines his light at Cannes

"Pirates" franchise moves into unchartered waters

Kidman says she's ready to break boundaries

Local News

Long-time donor wins Berkshire United Way car

PITTSFIELD — Dorothy Anderson, a committed Berkshire United Way donor for nearly 40 years, won the Berkshire United Way car on May 11 at Johnson Dealerships.The 2017 Ford Fiesta was sponsored by Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit …

Man wants human trafficking trial dismissed

PITTSFIELD — A judge is considering whether to drop human trafficking charges against a New York man, accused of luring two women to the area under false pretenses and selling them for sex.

Hinds' amendment to create a 'workforce alignment czar' added to state budget

Call it a good first effort. In his maiden speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, made a pitch for funding in the state budget to create a new position to help link businesses to workers in Western Mass.

Lee vet will don his uniform for 1st time in 47 years to marshal Memorial Day Parade

LEE — Jeff Simmons couldn't wait to don civilian clothes when he landed on American soil in January 1970 after a year of fighting in Southeast Asia For the first time in 47 years, the Vietnam veteran with three bronze stars to his name will proudly wear his Army uniform Monday as grand marshal of the Lee Memorial Day Parade.

Berkshire Landscapes Podcast: Preview of the Berkshire Eagle's new arts and lifestyle section

There's something new in the Sunday edition of the Berkshire Eagle!

Join Berkshire Eagle Editor Kevin Moran and Feature Editor Lindsey Hollenbaugh as they discuss "Berkshire Landscapes," the new art and lifestyle section debuting this Sunday. Find out why you'll want to set aside some time, grab a cup of coffee and dive into this section full of features focused on art, lifestyle, food, and more. 

Lifestyles

Backyard flights of fancy: Hobbits, dragons, pirates, oh my!

Many a kid (and grown-up) has dreamed of having a magical playhouse. If you've got more cash than carpentry skills, there are creative entepreneurs who specialize in bringing those storybook flights of fancy alive with Hobbit holes, treehouses, …

Try these extreme hot dogs

Memorial Day, typically, is the official kick off to the summer grilling season. Last year, Berkshire Eagle staff members — armed with bottles of antacids — bravely volunteered to taste test four "extreme burgers," ultimately endorsing a …

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME: 'You just have to keep going'

In 1981, Alexandra Lloyd was a 25-year-old opera singer."One day, it was just 'ah-ah'" she said, motioning to her throat. And that was only the beginning. In 1995, her hands stopped functioning properly. At the time, she was a massage therapist. In …

The Scene | Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner shines light on Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — In her moving, honest and inspirational speech, The Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner guest speaker, Amy Alexander, spoke in memory of her father when she quoted Norman Vincent Peale, the American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking: “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Summer-flowering bulbs add color to garden

The abrupt change in weather this past week was welcomed but was it too abrupt? I suppose it depends on whether you prefer wearing woolies or wearing shorts and T-shirt. As far as plant life is concerned, I don't see any serious effect right now …
The Arts

Mass MoCA takes the Cake

NORTH ADAMS — John McCrae, the lead singer and founder of the alt-rock band Cake, conceded in a phone interview that the group's iconic sound did not manifest itself right away. No," he said, with a short laugh. "It took a while. Be grateful …

12th annual BIFF is ready to unreel

Movies often speak to the trials and tribulations of our times. Movies often provide an escape from the trials and tribulations of our times as well. Finding a balance between those two roles during these turbulent times was one of the challenges …

Let the guitar rock your world at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — The guitar may well be the best-known, most familiar instrument in the world. Now, a new exhibit opening Friday at the Berkshire Museum, goes behind the sounds and shapes that have bound the guitar and all its forms — …
Podcast: A Brief History of Mass MoCA
S01 Episode 19: A brief history of Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson discusses the museum’s rich history, the institution’s impact on the regional economy and the future of Mass MoCA following the opening of Building 6 at the sprawling complex of former mill buildings in North Adams.

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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