LENOX SELECT BOARD INCUMBENTS FLYNN, McNINCH SELL TAXPAYERS DOWN RIVER ON ‘LENOXOLOGY’ VOTE, plus PLANET SHARES SCOOP ON TV DEBATE, SPICE CLOSING, AND COLONIALS TRYOUTS
BY DAN VALENTI
ADD ONE, 5/6/11
TOXICOLOGY IN LENOXOLOGY; BOARD INCUMBENTS FLYNN, McNINCH SUPPORT COLOSSAL WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY
The town of Lenox, in a 4-to-1 vote by the select board, approved the horrendous marketing slogan developed for the town at a reported cost of anywhere between $58,000 and $300,000 by a Big, Important, NYC Agency. How impressive. What a crock. It’s lame, it’s ridiculous, it’s LENOXOLOGY. Rhymes with TOXICOLOGY.
Kim Flynn and John McNinch, the two incumbents up for re-election, may have sealed their doom in supporting the embarrassment. Free advice to David Roche and Eric Vincelette: Remind everyone between now and election day Monday that the incumbents voted to waste $300 grand after claiming in the debate this week (TV replay schedule below) that the town faced large fiscal issues.
Flynn and McNinch should be pressed to defend their support of “Lenoxology.”
The marketing head of the Big NYC Agency defended the vote with a crockpot of bullshit that was both redolent and steamy, blathering to Clarence Fanto of the BB about “a unique healing treatment for vacationers … resulting in a deep refreshment of the spirit and the feeling of being more centered and alive.” Seriously, we aren’t making that up. Big NYC Agency flack Marty Mitchell actually said that. Mitchell must mean the “deep refreshment of spirit” the Big NYC Agency got when it sucker punched the town for 300 Gs.
McNinch told Fanto, “Lenoxology, just as a word, I didn’t understand it. But reading through it, I loved it. I catches on and starts to flow.” Like the tinkle down the inside of his pants that must of occurred at his excitement of the dynamic word. Flynn offered this brilliant insight: “It makes people ask the question, and isn’t that kind of the point”? She didn’t specify which question. The Planet guesses she means this one: “What kind of shit-shaking operation are you idiots on the board running, anyway”?
Linda Procopio Messana was the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote. Good for her. Bad for the town.
DER WUNDERBARRETT BLITZKREIG CONTINUES
Let’s not pretend Mayor Jimmy Ruberto’s appointment of John Barrett as acting head of Berkshire Creative this is anything other than soft landing to reward a pal. Barrett may work his fanny off or may not. This is nothing more than a make-work job to keep Barrett’s skein at the public trough going. He just finished up a year-and-a-half consultant’s gig for Pittsfield. The beat(ing) of taxpayers goes on.
Did you notice how the Boring Broadsheet stayed away from the story? iBerkshires got the scoop. It went something like this:
(TELEPHONE RINGS IN ANDY MICK’S OFFICE) VOICE FROM CORNER OFFICE: Mick? Here’s the deal. Not a word on the new Barrett gig, understand?
MICK: Y-y-yes. (CLICK)
MICK THEN CALLS THE NEWSROOM WITH THE DIRECTIVE.
Tothe best of The Planet’s knowledge, our Right Honorable Good Friends on the Pittsfield city council didn’t say a peep of protest about the slick move. Melissa Mazzeo’s petition on acting appointments was never brought up. Jonathan Lothrop reportedly ducked a meeting on the issue.
Said one political observer, “The whole thing smells here, and it is not just a coincidence that all these things have fallen in to place like they have.”
To them that has, more will be given. To them that doesn’t have, what little they have will be taken away. Think it’s going to get better. Wait till The Planet presents for bedraggled taxpayers the FY2012 budget, to be sung to the tune of “Screwed Again.”
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, May 6, 2011) — A day away, but still no respite for The Planet, as we were on assignment out Boston way.
Watch for Yourself the Candidates Debate LENOXOLOGY
LENOX TV DEBATE SCHEDULE — Our grilling of Kim Flynn, John McNinch, David Roche, and Eric Vincelette — the four candidates competing for two seats on the five-member selectboard — is as follows:
+ Wed 05/04/11 11:00 PM Channel 18
+ Thu 05/05/11 12:45 PM Channel 18
+ Fri 05/06/11 12:00 PM Channel 18
+ Fri 05/06/11 02:50 PM Channel 18
+ Sat 05/07/11 05:30 AM Channel 18
+ Sat 05/07/11 04:45 PM Channel 18
+ Sun 05/08/11 12:10 AM Channel 18
+ Sun 05/08/11 11:30 AM Channel 18
+ Mon 05/09/11 06:50 AM Channel 18
+ Mon 05/09/11 02:15 PM Channel 18
The Planet’s trademarked “Beer Hall Chat” style debate, which we have perfected and patented, pits candidates against each other in TRUE debate, with a spontaneous moderator (The Planet) floating in and out. It’s the crucible some candidates have ducked. Chris “No Show” Speranzo, the man who plays at being a state rep but doesn’t actually work as one, refused the challenge last year against Green-Rainbow candidate Mark Miller and almost lost. The format as well as The Planet’s role as moderator has itself caused a debate about the debate. The splits are: Valenti was too rough on then candidates, and who’s he to come into OUR town and do this? and Valenti asked great questions that We The People would have asked if we had the chance, and we thank him for the most relevant and informative debate of the three among these candidates.
Tune in and decide for yourself.
Another One Bites the Dust
THE SPICE ON JAE’S SPICE — The Planet heard about this about a week ago and new Jae’s was closing. There were some late attempts to forestall this move, but events cascaded beyond good keeping. The revolving door that is the former Besse-Clarke’s will be opening next week under a different name and management, the Jae’s part of it. The new hash house will be called Spice Dragon.
If this were our money, The Planet would drop the Spice name. Been there, done that, twice, and both times “Spice” has flopped. The Planet admires spunk as much as anybody, but we don’t care for hanging on to losing investments. To succeed, Spice Dragon will have to realize that, despite all the hokum on the fictitious “renaissance” of downtown Pittsfield, the city is still “blue collar” at the backbone.
The Planet wishes Jae Chung well. He is a great chef. We hope he has learned from this experience and apply the lessons in his new place.
The Shabu part of the building it will remain dark. Since investing untold millions into the building to create an upscale restaurant in the downtown, building co-owner couldn’t make the math work, not even with the generous tax breaks she got from the city … that is, from taxpayers. Brothers Huy and Phang Huynh, who own, at restaurant on toney Railroad Street in Great Barrington, will soon find that downtown Pittsfield is not Railroad Street. They are served well, though, by having at least some Pittsfield experience, with Dragon Streakhouse, practically out of town on outer West Housatonic Street. Hope the brothers Huynh have a lot of bicarbonate of soda on hand.
COLONIALS’ TRYOUTS TOMORROW, SUNDAY at BELOVED WAHCONAH PARK (BWP)
HORSEHIDE HEAVEN — At last, the sound of bat hitting ball and ball popping glove will be heard tomorrow and Sunday at Beloved Wahconah Park (BWP), as the Pittsfield Colonials welcome ballplayers to their two-day tryout camp.
Manager Jamie Keefe tells The Planet that 90 ballplayers from around the country have pre-registered, most of them with professional or big-time college experience. There will be lots of players who were signed by major league organizations and released, many as high as Double A.
“The nice part of a tryout camp is that you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Keefe said. We’re going to look at everybody and make our evaluations. You always hope to find a diamond in the rough somewhere. That’s what we hope is going to happen. We’ve received lots of information about these guys, from the pre-registration, and there’s going to be what looks like real talent showing up, guys with Double A experience. It’s a great situation.”
Camp both days begins at 10 a.m. The purpose of the camp is to fill the remainder of the Colonials’ 22-man roster. Be sure that there will be spots up for grabs. The pressure will be intense on these hopefuls, the odds against then, but some will be invited to spring training, which begins on Monday. Most of the veteran ballplayers returning this season are in town and some will be on hand for a workout.
BCC FALLS DOWN ON FALL
Nobody’s Fault … Right.
Out where The Planet teaches at Berkshire Community College, an 18-year-old student, according to the Boring Broadsheet, fell 15 feet down a hole “when the metal grate covering the shaft he was resting on gave way, sending him to the bottom of the concrete hole.”
Christina Barrett, BCC’s PR flack, said “neither the victim nor BCC appears at fault.” She told Dick Lindsay the fall was an accident. Let’s see if we get this straight. The kid’s standing on a metal grate covering a 15-foot pit. The kid doesn’t weigh 900 pounds. The grate breaks. BCC is not at fault. Something doesn’t compute here. Sounds like Barrett was doing early damage control. There are workplace safety rules about the safety and strength of materials guarding or covering hazardous sites. And she says non one is at fault. The grate decided to break itself and forget to ask the kid to step away. Oh, that’s it. Can you say, OSHA investigation?
GOTTA GO. LOTS OF SYLLABLES TO SPEAK AND WRITE TODAY. SOME BIG DOINGS WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY ON THE PLANET (MAYBE) LATER TODAY AND TOMORROW. KEEP CHECKING. WE MAY BE POSTING LATE INTO THE NIGHT.
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LOVE TO ALL.