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!BULLETIN! CEO OF BRIEN CENTER RESIGNS!!! … MORE ON THE PEDALS MESS: MEETING PACKS THE HOUSE … BIANCHI ATTENDS AND SCORES A WIN FOR THE PEOPLE … CORYDON GETS THE ‘KRAMDEN “HAMINA-HAMINAS”‘ … THE TRUE REASON FOR THE 8 A.M. STARTING TIME … WARD’S LETTER … plus … INTERVIEW WITH A PLANNER, PT. 1

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

ADD 1, JAN. 6, 2012

THE PLANET received word late this afternoon from a reliable source that Kate Doherty, CEO of the Brien Center, has resigned. We don’t know much more than this. We will say that we have known Katie for many years, and we found her to be exemplary in both personal and professional aspects.

On the surface, this appears to be a huge loss for the Brien Center, which is in the middle of an ambitious refurbishing of the former Mt. Carmel Church on Fenn Street. How Doherty’s resignation impacts the project is unknown at this time, nor are the reasons for her stepping down.

THE PLANET conveys our best wishes to Katie, with the hope that all is well.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012) — Ten people might not sound like much of a crowd, but it’s by far the largest attendance for a PEDA meeting in anyone’s memory. Ten to 12 people showed up, not counting press (Joe Durwin of iBerkshires.com and Tony Dobrowolski of the Boring Broadsheet) or the film crew for PCTV taping. As for press, the PEDA meetings usually go by completely ignored. Former Ward 4 councilor and now citizen activist Mike Ward was among those present.

THE PLANET presents some of the color of the proceedings, based on several reports from Those in The Room (we could not attend this morning, and thus turned to Plan B, which was to tap intelligence from members of the Secret Squadron, including Agent Z-12).

* HIS FREUDIAN SLIP WAS SHOWING — Prior to the meeting, an attendee got into a private back-and-forth with PEDA board chairman Gary Grunin. The person asked Grunin if people would be allowed to speak (PEDA, unlike the city council, does not include public remarks on its agenda). GRUNIN: That’s not what these meetings are for.” Revealing, wouldn’t you say?

* HIS HONOR IS HONORED — Mayor Dan Bianchi attended, as mayor first and citizen second. He is not yet a member of the board. As mayor, he has appointment power to the PEDA board, but all his nominees must get council OK. That is expected to come at the next council meeting in a unanimous vote. Meanwhile, Grunin made a classy gesture by inviting Bianchi to sit at the table with the rest of the board members.

* NOT SIMPLE THERE FOR WINDOW DRESSING — Bianchi listened throughout the meeting, saying little to nothing, until Grunin made a motion to adjourn. Then a most interesting thing happened. Bianchi stopped him and said he had a few questions. As chair, Grunin could have shut the mayor off, but Bianchi’s request caught him unprepared, and Grunin allowed Bianchi to speak (the GOBs won’t like that). For 20 minutes, the mayor and Grunin went back and forth about Waterstone Development‘s proposed Big Box retail shopping center. Said one attendee: “It was the best 20 minutes of board meeting PEDA’s ever seen.” The back and forth elicited much helpful information for the public, and it displayed Bianchi’s command of the subject. It doesn’t look like he’s interested in being a disinterested onlooker. Fasten your seal belt, Corydon.

DOMINO EFFECT — Bianchi spoke up, and it had a salutatory effect on other board members. Three of them spoke up, the first time in memory anyone recalls hearing a peep out of the board. George Whalen, Mike Matthews, and Beth Mitchell got involved. It wasn’t so much WHAT they said but THAT they said. FYI, the board consists of Grunin as chairman, Christina Barrett, Mick Callahan, Peter Fruet, Matthews, Mitchell, and Whaling. Corydon Thurston is PEDA executive director.

ANTS IN HIS PANTS — The presence of the media and a full house (they actually had to bring in two more chairs) seems to rattle Thurston, according to more observer: “He seemed more nervous than usual,” quoth our spy. Perhaps Thurston is starting to realize that he’s not going skating in the park without kneepads and a helmet. Question: Is he ready for Prime Time. How do you think Thurston would answer THE PLANET’s call for a public debate on PEDA, mano-e-mano? We hold it in a public setting, no  notes allowed, and no muzzles present. The honeymoon is over.

WHO’s WHO? AND A SIMPLE SOLUTION — Unlike the protocol of just about every board and every meeting, PEDA does not have name tags for identifying board members. Again, it’s a small thing, but it’s another sign that PEDA wants to do its business out of public scrutiny. Not everyone in the room can recognize faces. They need names. The simple solution is that henceforth, every member of the board should be seated behind a name placard. That’s not asking too much, is it?

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WHAT AN ODD TIME TO HAVE A MEETING

The decision to meet at 8 a.m. began after Bill Hines took over as PEDA exec from Tom Hickey. Under Hickey, meetings were held at a more reasonable 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. One of Hines’ first moves was to move it to 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Here, for the first time, THE PLANET reveals the true reason for the odd starting time. It was to punish the Pittsfield Gazette, the only newspaper or news medium in town that tries to actually cover the news.

In Pittsfield, where political corruption is a way of life, one honestly covers the news by uncovering the poison that usually hides underneath the facade. The Gazette comes out on Thursday. On Wednesday, publisher and editor Jonathan Levine — not well liked by Mayor Jimmy Ruberto and his cohorts — is busier than a horse trader’s mule. He literally doesn’t not have time to cover an 8 a.m. Wednesday meeting and get it into the paper for the next day.  The plotters at PEDA decided that 8 a.m. Wednesday was the perfect time to keep Levine away.

THE PLANET, therefore, makes this request of Bianchi, Thurston, and Grunin: set a new meeting time, preferably in the evening, when people can attend.

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WARD LETTER: ‘PEDA BOARD IS WRONG; MFG. IS NOT DEAD’

THE PLANET received this letter to the editor yesterday from our Right Honorable Good Friend, the former Ward 4 councilor Mike Ward. We print it in its entirety, as written:

I disagree with the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority’s decision to give up on manufacturing and pursue a big box shopping center on the former GE site.  Manufacturing is not dead, as the PEDA board suggests.


 December 30th article on Plasticnews.com features a Pittsfield company called Pittsfield Plastics Engineering.  This company employs 96 people.  They are so busy that they operate three shifts, and they enjoyed a growth in sales of 22% this year.  They produce spools, cores, and bobbins that are sold to customers all over the world.  


A December 29th article in the Berkshire Eagle features a Pittsfield-based pet food company called Whole Life.  The founder of Whole Life started out with a high-end pet supply retail business but saw a greater opportunity in manufacturing.  Whole Life produces freeze dried meat and fish pet treats which are purchased by dog and cat owners all over the world.

These two modest-sized businesses bring new money into the community.  And because of their niche markets, their success is not at the expense of other businesses in the community.  These businesses are therefore are a more desirable form of economic development than big box retail, which literally siphons money out of the community.


I was relieved to read that Mayor Bianchi is also dubious about this ill-conceived change in recruitment strategy by the PEDA board.  I agree with the Mayor that the William Stanley Business Park should be developed gradually and intelligently, with community-building companies like Whole Life and Pittsfield Plastics Engineering.  We’ve worked too hard to settle for less.


Mike Ward
73 Whittier Avenue
Pittsfield

We thank our good friend for his continued involvement in the affairs of a town he obviously loves, and in some ways, we find his involvement as a private citizen more inspirational and effective than when he was one voice in 11.

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The PEDALS development (the PEDA Land Swindle) to create B-level Big Box retail shopping at the PEDA site must be stopped. If PEDA succeeds in unilaterally changing the rules of the game in midstream, with little to no input from anyone outside the boards’s own incestuous bedroom, the action will officially raise the white flag of surrender. The move will be a declaration that the city has give up on reclaiming that site as a productive manufacturing center. Perhaps that’s why Thurston said at one point, “This isn’t a done deal.” Maybe he’s starting to see the light.

It would be tragic, since manufacturing is a viable option. So how does one find manufacturers, bio-tech companies, computer and high tech firms, startups, and existing companies looking either to relocate or expand? There are two simple steps:

(1) First, you DON’T DO what PEDA has done since Day 1: Sit around polishing a barstool in Schwab’s Drugstore waiting for Hollywood to discover you.

(2) You DO develop a financing plan. You DO set up Brownfield Grants. You DO start calling the customers and suppliers of existing companies (the kind you would want to move to PEDA). You DO examine similar-sized markets. You DO make cold calls, and lots of them. You DO attend trade shows. You DO pre-arrange financing with local banks that need to satisfy the community reinvestment act.

Clearly, PEDA — pre- and post- Corydon Thurston —has not done step two while unfortunately doing too much of step one’s opposite. And while looking out for No. 1 by creating a political fiefdom with little to no oversight, the PEDA board has stepped in No. 2. The aroma resembles that of a freshly soled running show stepping into a pile of dog plop.

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Interview with an Urban Planner

THE PLANET recently interviewed a planning expert (by profession, by training, and by education) on the PEDALS deal. We present these excerpts:

THE PLANET: PEDA’s enabling documents had a well-defined list of allowable and prohibited uses. The Big Box retail project, which has secretly been in the works for a year, suddenly produces a prohibited use. Is that legal?

THE PLANNER: I think they can change the uses without necessarily changing the state law that created the Authority, but there is a catch I’ve found.

THE PLANET: What’s the catch? We’d love to hear it.

THE PLANNER: I’m not sure, but the whole issue is really indemnity. If PEDA is allowed to provide indemnity and hold harmless to future tenants, it has to do so within the legislation. If the “I”s aren’t perfectly dotted and the “T”s are not perfectly crossed, future parties may have liability. This law is really very poorly written. It needs a dose of practicality. … When the law is a mess like this, and successor agencies and other components lag, it [makes] any lenders who might consider  finance a project VERY suspicious.

THE PLANET: Why retail?

THE PLANNER: The benefit for retail, or any deal, is that a significant portion of site costs can be monetized and applied to a bank’s lending pro forma (e.g. brownfields credits). In the past, there were what were called “conduit lenders” that provided higher-interest short-term cash that helped make up the downpayment for the loan. After the crash, these conduit lenders went away, making the PEDA’s financial tools even more valuable for ANY kind of development, if only someone there knew how to leverage them.

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WE SHALL STOP OUR INTERVIEW THERE AND PRESENT MORE ON MONDAY’S PLANET. SO NOW STEP OUT INTO THE WEEKEND. BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, AND MAY THE GOOD LORD TAKE A LIKING TO YA’

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL

 

54 Responses to “!BULLETIN! CEO OF BRIEN CENTER RESIGNS!!! … MORE ON THE PEDALS MESS: MEETING PACKS THE HOUSE … BIANCHI ATTENDS AND SCORES A WIN FOR THE PEOPLE … CORYDON GETS THE ‘KRAMDEN “HAMINA-HAMINAS”‘ … THE TRUE REASON FOR THE 8 A.M. STARTING TIME … WARD’S LETTER … plus … INTERVIEW WITH A PLANNER, PT. 1”

  1. Ray Ovac
    January 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    DV, does PEDA hold its meetings weekly?

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      It’s monthly, I think. Those who are certain, please confirm this.

      • Nomad
        January 7, 2012 at 10:46 am #

        It was announced at the end of the meeting that the next meeting will be on February 8th.

        Not sure if the time was mentioned.

  2. Still wondering
    January 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Great piece today, Dan.

    • Hoppity
      January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Agree with this. Worth 10x the price of admission. Cant wait (actually I can) to read the BBs coverage. Tony D is a good reporter dont get me wrong but I think he’s been muzzled.

  3. Steve Wade
    January 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Dan Why would it be better for the Gazette if the meetings were at 3:30pm and not at 8am on Wednsdays? Dan you also failed to tell the people that Gary Grunin is a supporter of Mayor Bianchi. Grunin supported Bianchi in both times he ran for Mayor. Didn’t your spies tell you this? I think thats something your people would want to know.

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      STEVE
      Fair point. What I meant was that the day itself, more than the time, would assure the Gazette could not provide timely coverage.

  4. dusty
    January 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    It is truly heart warming to hear that Dan Bianchi is acting like a leader of the whole community. And Mike Ward as well being an involved citizen. Lord knows there has been a huge void in this areas for way too long. There may be hope on the horizon.

  5. Bull Durham
    January 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Nice piece, Dan. But… as much as the BB is pitiful these days, I would hardly call the Gazette an award-winning piece of journalism.

    And is it really the responsibility of any board to schedule their meetings around Levine’s publishing schedule? If a media outlet is really interested in covering a story and it interferes with their scheduling, they find a way to cover it, just like you did today.

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      BULL
      I wasn’t make any claim about quality journalism, just that the Gazette has shown much more of a tendency than the BB to “go there.” The Gazette covers PEDA but the meeting time makes the news a week old by the time it gets published. Cyberspace is changing all that.

      • Bull Durham
        January 9, 2012 at 7:29 am #

        Cyberspace isn’t changing anything for Jonathan. He rarely updates his website, the stories are always old on it. If he wants to compete in the “new world of journalism,” he will need to address that.

  6. joetaxpayer
    January 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Thanks for keeping me informed.Wondering if the board at PEDA is limited to how many members that they have.Would really like them get a few new members or atleast use some local people who have filled vacant land in this city.Why not ask for the help of Tim Newslow who developed numerous industrial properties or Jim Scalise who has done the same.They know what it takes to get the job done.I know they might not want to serve,but maybe use them as consultants.This is to important,not to pull-out all of the stops.I really think the PEDA board under estimated the will of the people of Pittsfield.I for one will not give up hope and if any of those board members have,they should step down.

    • Scott
      January 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      NEVER underestimate the power of the people big gov’t knows this.

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      JOE
      Don’t know off hand on the number of board members. If anyone does, please post. It’s clear, though, that for the most part, PEDA board members have been next-to-useless. Remember Mary Grant from MCLA. She rarely attended the meetings. She’s the poster girl for PEDA Board Arrogance.

      • joetaxpayer
        January 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

        All I am saying is we could use some people on the board that are experienced in developing land.I see that we are missing people in that field.It is time to add some people on the board that know how to develope land.Who ever they may be.

        • Molly
          January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

          So just when, exactly, was Pete Fruet put on the PEDA board? Why such a “cloud” about it?
          From the BB on 01/06/11:
          “Fruet is currently serving on a month-to-month basis since his term expired at the end of 2011. According to Thurston, PEDA’s bylaws limit the board to a maximum of seven members.”

          And from iBerkshires.com on 1/8/11:
          “The mayor is expected to put his nomination to the PEDA board before the City Council later this month. If approved, which sources on the council say is probable, he will replace Peter Fruet, whom James Ruberto appointed to replace him on the board in the final months of his mayoral tenure.”

      • Molly
        January 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

        A total of 7 people. And according to the BB, in order for Bianchi to get himself on the board, Pete Fruet needs to step down. So my question is, “who was very recently appointed on that board to replace Ruberto? And why wasn’t it announced?” Also why wouldn’t they have waited to allow for Bianchi to replace Ruberto? Unbelievable!

        • Molly
          January 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

          BUT, if they can very easily change the Master Plan to allow Retail, they can very easily change it to allow for some good Community people as joetaxpayer suggested…

  7. Joe Durwin
    January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I was a bit disappointed I again missed the chance to meet you, Dan.

    FYI My head count was 6-7 public attendees, not counting the Mayor, myself, Dobrowolski, and Mr. Kinnas behind the camera. Let’s say 6.5 since Josh C. looked only half awake. Still, HUGE attendance for a PEDA meeting.

    Highly interesting meeting, indeed. Check back later on iBerkshires for more on that, and the *absolute exclusive* on the hour+ Q&A meeting between the Board, Ward, and the Mayor that no one else stayed for.

    PS Just my 2 pennies, but – 8AM is really good for me, especially back on the usual Wednesday schedule. Obviously it’s not about my convenience, I’m just sayin.

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      JOE
      Slept in this a.m. my sources said 8-10. I went with the high number.

  8. Concern
    January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Seen somewhere Cliff Nilan,s daughter in hit and run and police covered up. Well heard from a neighbor the following. In deed a hit and run someone badly hurt, with a broken neck. Someone got plate number and Police went to Nilan home. Cliff refused to cooperate with Police w/o search warrant. Police parked right there and obtain a search warrant. That’s all this neighbor knew. Maybe Dan you might check out with Chief Wynn.

    • joetaxpayer
      January 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Thats just Pittsfield being Pittsfield!

    • Jim Gleason
      January 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      The hit and run involving Nilan’s daughter Merideth did happen on Dec. 8th around 8 PM .A man was hurt and she drove away and left him there in the street. All the info you posted is true. Why the cover-up by local news media? They dragged Jim Benlien through the mud but nothing for this.Why?

      • danvalenti
        January 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

        JIM and CONCERN
        We have heard rumors of this. If in fact it happens as you say, there should be no special treatment.

        • ambrose
          January 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

          like the egg in the eye

      • CONCERNED
        January 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

        Doesn’t look like a coverup, article in todays Eagle

        • Jim Gleason
          January 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

          I don’t read the BB. Why, as this happened on Dec. 8th, did it take till now for coverage? Who WAS covering it up until now?

          • CONCERNED
            January 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

            don’t know Jim. Maybe no one was covering it up maybe Eagle didn’t hear about it till now. As far as Police surely no cover up. If they were they would have never gotten a search warrant

          • Molly
            January 8, 2012 at 12:06 am #

            I put the following comment on The Eagle’s comment page, in reply to another comment. And they WILL NOT publish my comment!!!

            From Berkshire Eagle Comments (Disqus):
            Mrksmith1967 1 comment
            Thank you for finally reporting this event that has been discussed ad nauseam on Topix. I had the impression that the Eagle was part of the cover up, but this article has changed my mind. One thing, however, obviously the Eagle was aware of this incident since Dec. 15th’s front page photo of Mr. Moore in the hospital. Why did it take several weeks to produce a story? This delay was hurting the newspaper’s reputation.

            My attempted response, that the Moderator will not approve (but I can post other comments on other topics!) is as follows:

            And still is as this article gave little information and with the information that it did give, you don’t see how this is being spinned in favor of Meredith & Cliff Nilan?? “She did everything right…” — bull. You hit someone in your car hard enough to come through your windshield and you don’t know where it happened? And Cliffy calls the police to report she hit a dog or a deer to “cover their as*” at a location that wasn’t even near accurate, knowing that the police were likely too busy to respond to a deer being hit that was, by then, not anywhere around. “But they did call the police – they did everything right!” More slimy Pittsfield politics that The Eagle is, yet again, printing what they’re told to print and WHEN. Yet they continue to struggle with “why” they continue losing readership. Hello???

  9. Ray Ovac
    January 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    DV, this is off-topic but of interest in re Berkshire Health Systems, Inc. and the research you did this past December.
    The BB yesterday ran an article concerning the difficulty recruiting new physicians to open practices in Berkshire County.
    A fellow identifying himself as a BHS exec and using the nom de plume ‘Reality’ (and writing in a manner identical to ‘Steven Colbert’) is posting snarky responses to comments unflattering to BHS.
    Link: ‘South County primary care practices merge with medical centers’ by Amanda Korman, Berkshire Eagle Staff.
    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_19677581

    • danvalenti
      January 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      RAYKOVIC
      Curious, as Commander Whitehead used to say about Shweppes.

  10. rick
    January 7, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    i don’t see the big deal with peda , all they are doing is showing they are not capable to run the org. so i think they all resign and we move on. kind of simple isn’t it. who pays people to throw in the towel, i’m sorry pittsfield does. we need competitive people to sell that project and pittsfield. not mediocrity… thank you mr.bianchi for staying on top of the peda issue. peda boys should wake up, do what they were hired to do or move on. why take on a high profile job and come up with a big box store. might as well put a big dollar store up and call it a day. man , is this the best we have, if so we are screwed, here we need good paying jobs, or at the least a decent paying job and they come up with this…… signed…. disgusted.

  11. CONCERNED
    January 7, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Interesting on CEO stepping down, Is Mr. Burke involved with Brien Center ?? Have seen him and ex Mayor Ruberto together lot in last month or so,

  12. Gene
    January 7, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    The Brien situation is curious to me. I think there’s a lot of politics going on. Agree with Planet’s assessment of Ms. Doherty, a visionary who wanted whats best for people. There’s something rotten again in Pittsfield.

  13. Mike Ward
    January 7, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Credit Councilor Morandi for attending the PEDA board meeting too.

  14. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    January 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Valenti, the Pied Piper, strikes again. He writes column after column blasting the wise move by PEDA to bring an exciting retail complex to the site. He goes on the air, whipping up frenzy. He gets Mike Ward to sponsor a petition against the shopping. He gets Bianchi’s ear and tells him he must attend the meeting. Ever compliant to what Valenti wants Bianchi goes. The PEDA board made a big mistake allowing Bianchi to sit with them, since he isn’t even a member. They Valenti whips up another batch of hysteria and gets too many of the wrong people in the room, who only want to stand in the way of progress. Lovers of negativism. Valenti’s pawns. And ask Valenti why he’s in NH this weekend hudding with [REDACTED] Mitt Romney.

    • Monitor
      January 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      Chances are good that DV is in NH huddling with his boyfriend, Mitt because Mitt has a platform and a plausible election possibility. [REDACTED]. What exactly do you believe about Pittsfield ?

      • ambrose
        January 8, 2012 at 7:34 am #

        Dan has long been the voice of the ‘little guy’. Mary and Joe K. That’s why he’s in N.H. Because Mitt’s main interest in running for prez is to help the ‘little guy’.

        • Steve Wade
          January 8, 2012 at 9:02 am #

          Ambrose are you serious? Ask the former employees of KB Toys if Mitt helped them when his Company Bain Capital ripped apart KB and then closed its doors!

    • Mike Ward
      January 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      PB — You may be excited about the prospect of another shopping center in Pittsfield — and that’s your right — but that doesn’t qualify it as a wise move by PEDA. The issue is not just “Should we have another shopping center in Pittsfield?” The real question is “Should we use up our prime industrial-zoned land to have another shopping center in Pittsfield?” The answer to that second question should come from city-wide planning, research, and analysis. So far, I have seen no evidence that this is what happened. The sudden change in the type of tenants being sought for the William Stanley Business Park appears to be an insular decision made by the PEDA board after being wooed by Waterstone. And I for one am not OK with having an out-of-town developer driving my city’s urban planning decisions.

  15. Demitrius T. Gladiator
    January 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    PB is trying to change the subject again. I think Dan has said taht PB is a collection of GOBs assigned to harrass etc. So what if he’s writing for a man who has a shot to be the next president. That’s actually something honorable. I would like to thank Mike Ward for staying involved. He represented me in 4 and once helped me out. Good man. Brien Center makes me wonder especially with the articles on Planet about non-profits.

  16. Richard
    January 8, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I would like to know how much money the PEDA board makes and how many hours they work in a week. I think weather or not there will be a shopping center should be put to the voters just as the school issue should have been put to the voters.

  17. Hurdygurdy Man
    January 8, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    The BB has cooperated in the Meredith Nilan coverup. The BB rode the PEDA bandwagon and it was only this websites coverage of what it calls the PEDA land swindle that they sent a reporter to the FRiday meeting. The BB has covered up for every GOB swindle, swindler, and act of corruption (Stracuzzi, Doyle, EV, Civic Authority etc). The paper is good for fishwrap and little else. Thank God we have at least one open forum here on the Planet.

  18. CONCERNED
    January 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    If the following is true puts whole different slant on Nilan story. Did he tell Police accident was at a different location than it was. Second is it true he and others went to the real scene of accident and swept up glass and other evidence ??? If these facts are true than Mr. Big shot should be charged criminally!!!!!!!!

    • New to PV
      January 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I too, heard from sources, that Nilan indeed cleaned up the accident scene prior to the arrival of the police.

      • Boom
        January 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

        But he left a “large amount of blood” behind. C’mon.

    • Boom
      January 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Concerned: did I miss something in that article. Where did it say “he and others went to the real scene of accident and swept up glass and other evidence”?

      • Ray Ovac
        January 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

        When The Eagle reporter wrote, “They (The Nilans) scoured the scene looking for any evidence ….”, perhaps he was tongue in cheek being accurate to a fault and sending readers a message between the lines. Maybe in fact The Nilans did ‘scour’ the real scene of the accident — in order to clean up every last bit of evidence that might connect Clifford Nilan’s SUV to the hit-and-run of Peter Moore. One would think the hole in the windshield matching the head of the accident victim would be enough to persuade anyone!

      • New to PV
        January 9, 2012 at 6:49 am #

        Boom, you’re expecting the Eagle to report that Nilan cleaned up the accident scene? If you want to find out what really happened you won’t do so reading about it in the article. A bit tough to inconspicuously clean blood out of the pavement. Except for the blood, the accident sight was cleaned up; all traces to Nilan’s car removed.

    • Ray Ovac
      January 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      If any of these allegations is accurate, it would mean an officer of the court (which is what any probation officer is) not only destroyed evidence but obstructed justice.
      Oh wait, this is Berkshire County so all of that is alright as long as it’s being done by GOB’s.

      • danvalenti
        January 9, 2012 at 7:40 am #

        RAYKOVIC
        Funny, sad, and true at the same time. If the allegations are accurate, it does appear an officer tampered with evidence. In the county seat, court officers loyal to the GOB are EXPECTED to do such.

  19. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    January 9, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    can’t open todays post DV…

  20. Concern
    January 9, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Boom. I heard from a neighbor at the scene that they cleaned it up. I did not read it in the Eagle. But since that information came forward maybe the Eagle should go to that neighborhood and talk to them.

    • Boom
      January 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      Thanks. Just wondering where that came from.