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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Patricia Alden, 83, of Lee

Mrs. Alden worked in administration at the Eagleton School for 25 years, retiring in 2007.

Carl R. ‘Smitty’ Smith, 72, of Great Barrington, counselor at Eagleton School

Carl proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, serving in London, Otis Air Force Base, California and Alaska.

Bits & Bytes: Renewable energy fair; ‘The Government Inspector;’ Will Evans, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at the Colonial; Fairview’s Monster Dash; Mill Pond School open...

The Children’s Study Home will celebrate the opening of its Berkshire campus, located at the site of the former Eagleton School, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Mill Pond, special needs day school, to lease former Eagleton School campus

Mill Pond is a day program for students who have average or above average intelligence but can’t function in a traditional setting due to social or emotional difficulty and various other challenges.

$10 million lawsuit filed against former Eagleton director Bruce Bona, 7 staff members

“Often in these cases, most typically there is one rogue employee and others who should have done a better job supervising. Most concerning here is that this is more widespread.” --- Boston-based attorney Daniel Heffernan, representing six former students suing the former Eagleton School

Former Eagleton School administrator charged with misleading police 

James Yeaman’s arraignment comes on the heels of Monday’s arraignment in Southern Berkshire District Court of 9 more former employees.

Nine more Eagleton School staffers charged with abuse, intimidation

Police describe widespread eye-poking, fingers twisted until breaking, lacerations from slamming heads and throwing, bone-breaking punches, pinching, cutting, and other injuries, much of it done while the victims were held in restraints. So far, 16 former Eagleton School employees face criminal charges.

Grand jury indicts 4 more former Eagleton School employees on multiple abuse charges

It is unclear whether criminal charges are forthcoming against Executive Director Bruce Bona or former Program Director James Yeaman.

Two Eagleton School employees arraigned on further charges of abuse, witness intimidation

The Eagleton School in Great Barrington was shut down after its licenses were revoked over what the state said was a systemic culture of staff abuse of students and subsequent cover-ups of that abuse.

Eagleton School closes after licenses revoked; students being relocated

The State found a systemic culture of staff abuse of the school’s disabled male students and subsequent cover-ups of that abuse. The school’s 40 acres of land and buildings on Route 23 near the Monterey border are for sale.

State revokes Eagleton School licenses; school to shut down

The “Order to Protect Children” that will revoke the private school’s residential group care licenses noted that since sanctions were imposed on the school on February 17, Early Education and Care (EEC) learned of numerous violations of the sanctions, including more abuse and neglect.

State report charges Eagleton School administration with ‘systemic’ cover-up of abuse of students  

“Over the past three months, there appears to have been a conscious decision by Eagleton’s administration not to report the scope and extent of residents’ injuries to the EEC and other state agencies to avoid investigation.” --- Department of Early Education and Care report on abuses of students at Eagleton School

State places Eagleton School on probation; 9 staff members reportedly fired

“Fundamental and grave concerns about health and safety and regulatory compliance at Eagleton School compromise the program's ability to provide a safe, healthy, and appropriate educational environment.” --- Assessment by the state Department of Early and Secondary Education

Inside Eagleton School: Refuge for psychologically disabled youth

Eagleton “is really the last stop” for boys and young men who have been through a number of other settings that didn’t work. -- Eric MacLeish, attorney for Eagleton School

Responding to charges of abuse of students, Eagleton School fires 5 staff members

“Our students have always been, and remain, our primary concern. We are doing everything possible to ensure the continuation of their quality education and care.” -- Bruce Bona, Eagleton founder and executive director

Former Eagleton employee deplores uninformed criticism of school

In her letter to the editor, Tess Hutchinson writes: "I will tell you one thing, if you think pulling kids from Eagleton and sending them to their home states and home facilities would be 'keeping them safe,' you're sorely confused." 
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