The Greeting

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

Good morning, 413. I was right about the Hilltown mudfest. My poor little Kia looks like one of the pigs from Holiday Brook Farm ... spackled with a fresh layer of brown.

The daytime warmth will continue through Friday, and on Saturday the temps will be back down near freezing.

Our top story today comes out of Stockbridge, where about a dozen firefighters have resigned en masse after the termination of former Fire Chief Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo, who was fired for ordering tens of thousands of dollars-worth of supplies that the department didn't need.

Massachusetts State Police will begin wearing body cameras, a move that's echoing across the commonwealth.

The sentencing for an ex-Greylock Federal Credit Union loan officer has been postponed yet again; his guilty plea was five years ago.

And it's jail time for a North Adams man who accidentally texted a police officer to set up a drug deal for Ritalin.

Don't forget to check out these other stories, too:

A VOTE IN FAVOR: The Dalton Select Board votes 4-1 in favor of building a new Wahconah Regional High School.

KEEPING ALFORD THE WAY IT IS: Town leaders implement rules governing the installation of solar arrays, so that the town can maintain its Berkshires character.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Pittsfield Police are looking for your help in solving an attempted armed robbery at the Lipton Mart on West Housatonic Street.

OUT-OF-TOWNERS: The $61.4 million wastewater treatment plant will be built by a firm with offices in Methuen and Plaistow, N.H.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Stockbridge fire chief given boot; 12 volunteers resign en masse

STOCKBRIDGE — The Select Board has terminated embattled Fire Chief Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo, leaving the town's volunteer fire department in apparent … more

Massachusetts State Police body cam pilot program seen as 'a win-win'

BOSTON — The national movement to equip officers with body cameras is working its way to Western Massachusetts.Massachusetts State Police announced Monday that the agency will join Boston … more

Sheffield calls for more volunteer firefighters

SHEFFIELD — The town's volunteer Fire Department is looking for new members.The department has about 27 members, but a significant number are nearing retirement age. The average years served on … more

Top Dalton board backs building a new Wahconah, but in split vote

DALTON — Can Dalton afford it? That was the question everyone was asking Monday in the Select Board's standing room-only meeting space, about a high-stakes school building project."We have … more

Sentencing repeatedly postponed for former Greylock loan officer

PITTSFIELD — When he pleaded guilty five years ago to defrauding a local credit union, Michael Dicenzo agreed to pay back a lot of money.But nearly a decade after he left Greylock Federal … more

Methuen Construction takes bid for Pittsfield's $61.4 million wastewater treatment project

PITTSFIELD — Prep work for a $61.4 million infrastructure project on Holmes Road is happening on time and at a lower cost than originally anticipated, officials say.The city awarded the … more

Effort underway in Great Barrington to rename middle school for Du Bois

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's yet another move to bring a native son's legacy home after a long exile born from a lingering Cold War hysteria. A citizen's petition filed with Town Hall last month is … more

Man who accidentally texted officer about drug deal gets two years in jail

PITTSFIELD — An unlucky wrong number ultimately landed a North Adams man in jail for two years after pleading guilty to drug charges Monday.Christopher Letalien, 34, admitted to unwittingly … more

Alford voters approve solar laws to curb disruptive solar installations

ALFORD — Town residents last month overwhelmingly approved a new bylaw aimed at keeping solar installations from dealing aesthetic blows to residents who live in this rolling countryside.As of … more

Pittfield police seek help finding suspect in armed robbery try

PITTSFIELD — Police are asking for the public to help identify a man who tried to rob a West Housatonic convenience store clerk at gunpoint last week.The clerk at Lipton Mart called police … more

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The Landscape

Classic French soup celebrates seasonal vegetables

Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs.Celebrating colorful, early-summer … more

Ready to mix — and master — it up

Six weeks ago, members of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow were working through the overdubbing process and preparing to perform songs from their first full-length album in front of a Berkshire audience. … more

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Pittsfield firefighters John Couper and Steve Papa test the ladder on truck 2 at Burbank Park before their shift, Monday. Truck 2 is kept at the central fire station and testing it before every shift in normal procedure.

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