A judge has approved a plan for the cash-strapped Berkshire Museum in to sell dozens of pieces of art, including works by Norman Rockwell. The decision Thursday from Justice David Lowy of the state’s highest court has cleared the way for the contentious sale of up to 40 pieces of art at the museum in Pittsfield.

Under an earlier agreement reached between the museum and the Massachusetts attorney general, Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" will be sold to another U.S. museum. Rockwell's sons, who initially opposed the sale, dropped their challenge after it was announced that their fathers painting would remain in public view.

The museum says it will sell the rest of the artwork until it reaches $55 million in proceeds. Museum officials say the sale is the only option it has to keep its doors open.

 

Driver Injured By Falling Tree

A motorist was injured Wednesday night in Pittsfield when high winds blew a large tree onto his vehicle while driving on Holmes Road, according to police.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the tree fell about 8pm in the area of Miss Hall’s School. It apparently struck a utility pole, causing downed wires before striking the man’s 2016 BMW. The driver was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with unknown injuries. They were not believed to be life threatening.

More than 350 customers in the area lost their power, according to a spokesman for Eversource. Holmes Road was closed for several hours while utility crews worked to replace the pole and to repair the affected wires. Power was restored for area residents at about 9:45pm.

 

An Apparent Bullet Through Local Eatery’s Window Investigated

Police in the City of North Adams are investigating a potential shot fired from outside through the window of a Holden Street restaurant on Thursday afternoon.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that according to North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, Public Eat and Drink was closed Thursday, as police determine why what appeared to be a bullet went through the restaurant’s north-facing window.

The incident was first reported shortly before 3pm, and according to police dispatcher logs at around 4:15pm a Public employee called police to report he found what may have been the object that broke the window. The restaurant was closed down as a crime scene about 20 minutes later.