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FROM THE PLANET: WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY, JOYOUS EASTER … NEXT WEEK: MORE ON MONTEROSSO SAGA … PLANET CALLED IT ON SABOURIN (THE FIX WAS IN) … MAYOR SENDS BUS BORROWING BACK TO COUNCIL (COULD SOMEONE HAVE CAVED?) … plus … BIANCHI TO GIVE HIMSELF A HUGE PAY RAISE … TULLY STATEMENT ON BUS VOTE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, EASTER WEEKEND, APRIL 18-20, 2014) — In honor of Good Friday, there will be no “regular” edition of THE PLANET. Instead, we will present a brief look ahead to next week. May we take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a Happy [...]

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PERSONNEL DIRECTOR DeANGELO STRICTLY D&D WHEN IT COMES TO MONTEROSSO … CITY HALL HR DIRECTOR WAS EXEC DIRECTOR OF KOLBOURNE SCHOOL WHEN IT SUDDENLY WENT ‘KAPUT’ … SOURCE SAYS BERKSHIRE WORKS HAD TO CHANGE LOCKS ON DOOR TO KEEP MONTEROSSO OUT AND ENSURE WORKER SAFETY … MAYOR, CITY WILL NOT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014) — Tuesday, we ventured to city hall to see who would fess up to the apparent mess created at Berkshire Works by the necessarily enforced suspension, with pay, of Mayor Dan Bianchi‘s chosen one, the fair-haired William Monterosso. First, let’s [...]

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PITTSFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT IS HIDING DATA, STRAIGHT INFO ON CURRENT BUS FLEET … QUESTION IS, ‘WHY?’ ANSWER (AS IT USUALLY IS): TO KEEP TAXPAYERS BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT … TULLY, MORANDI, J-LO, CLAIRMONT, & KROL COMMENT ON THEIR VOTES

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014) — THE PLANET continues now with one of the most important stories affecting Pittsfield at this time: the vote on school buses. Millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. Interestingly, it’s been a story both distorted and underreported by the [...]

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BERKSHIRE WORKS SOURCES: AFTER LESS THAN THREE MONTHS ON THE JOB, WILLIAM MONTEROSSO IS ON ‘PAID LEAVE.’ WHY, AND IS BIANCHI TRYING TO KEEP THIS HUSH-HUSH?

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY,  APRIL 15, 2014) — What’s going on at Berkshire Works? Sources there and elsewhere say the “new” executive director, on the job for less than three months, is already on leave — with pay, of course. The charges? Multiple allegations of sexual harassment. [...]

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SIMONELLI SHARES FACTS ON SCHOOL BUSES: IT’s MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO PRIVATIZE … TULLY EXPLAINS HER VOTE ON BEHALF OF TAXPAYERS … CACCAMO SAYS HE HASN’T DISENFRANCHISED ANYONE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary [ED NOTE: What's up at Berkshire Works? Has the "new" executive director, William Monterosso, been placed on paid leave after multiple accusations of sexual harassment were reported to Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi and city personnel director John DeAngelo? That's what reliable sources are alleging. You will recall [...]

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CACCAMO MUST GO … SCHOOL BUS VOTE: RIGHT OUTCOME FOR WRONG REASON … BUS BORROWING MAKES NO ECONOMIC SENSE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentaries (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, APRIL 11-13, 2014) — First, let us share a bit of “You Can Take It To The Bank” news, the kind that only THE PLANET seems to be able to learn. A well-placed source tells us that a new director of The [...]

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