Stockbridge swamped with 4 lawsuits, driving up demands on budget

Stockbridge swamped with 4 lawsuits, driving up demands on budget

STOCKBRIDGE — With four lawsuits potentially on the table, the town is beefing up its legal budget. The town is presently facing litigation from three parties. The Stockbridge Bowl Association is suing about the use of herbicides, and may be filing another lawsuit. Another party is filing a suit over the denial of a driveway. […]

Stockbridge selectmen oust Fire Chief Cardillo for role in scam; 15 volunteer firefighters resign in protest, return turn-out gear

Stockbridge selectmen oust Fire Chief Cardillo for role in scam; 15 volunteer firefighters resign in protest, return turn-out gear

STOCKBRIDGE — The select board voted to terminate Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo as fire chief, a decision that may have cost the town as dearly as the scam that targeted the fire department. At last count, 15 members of the Stockbridge Fire Department have resigned after the board voted 2-0 on Feb. 5  to remove Cardillo […]

Stockbridge deliberating fate of fire chief at center of scam

Stockbridge deliberating fate of fire chief at center of scam

STOCKBRIDGE — The town provided an update on the status of matters regarding a scam that targeted the fire department, as well as updates on the status of the fire department itself. Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo, select board member, had been placed on paid partial administrative leave as he had been authorizing purchases in relation to […]

Stockbridge’s roundabout plan presented to DOT for discussion

Stockbridge’s roundabout plan presented to DOT for discussion

STOCKBRIDGE — After hearing residents’ opinions on a traffic study designed to solve issues with the Main Street corridor, the select board moved to begin discussions with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on the matter. Town Administrator Danielle Fillio along with traffic engineer Juliet Locke of Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, will present an informal proposal […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Reprimanded for role in discovered $45,000 scam By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — Fire Chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo has been placed on paid partial administrative leave. The announcement came Dec. 19 at the board’s first open meeting since its executive session on Dec. 17 to discuss the personnel matter. Cardillo was reprimanded for his failure to […]

4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

School committee still plans January classes SHEFFIELD — Four of the five towns that make up the Southern Berkshire Regional School District have told the school committee that in no way will they approve letting children back in the Egremont School until it gets a spotless clean bill of health. That was the concerted message […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Cardillo’s fate expected to be announced Dec.17 STOCKBRIDGE — The fate of the town’s fire department leadership is currently uncertain, and will remain that way until Dec. 17. The town’s select board has officially set a date to discuss possible disciplinary action for select board member and fire chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo. “We’ll be having […]

Stockbridge residents ‘walkabout’ researches roundabout

Stockbridge residents ‘walkabout’ researches roundabout

STOCKBRIDGE — Wednesday morning was marked by steady snowfall and freezing temperatures, but it wasn’t enough to prevent residents from attending a walk down Main Street to learn about a new traffic plan. Residents made the trek from Town Hall down to the fire station to meet up with the select board and traffic engineer […]

Stockbridge overpaid $45,000 in supply bills for Fire Department Town Counsel says: Fire Chief Cardillo did not follow established procedures

Stockbridge overpaid $45,000 in supply bills for Fire Department Town Counsel says: Fire Chief Cardillo did not follow established procedures

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — An investigation from town counsel has revealed that the town has lost $45,000 to a scam that has been ongoing since December of 2012. The Fire Department has been receiving supplies from two New York-based companies, Pioneer Products, Inc. and Noble Industrial Supply Corp., without going through the proper channels. […]