PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012) — THE PLANET continues — along with the Pittsfield Police Department and all the good, honest, decent citizens of Pittsfield — the Hadley Watch in the Nilan-Moore Case. Appellate Judge William P. Hadley of Greenfield (NOT Springfield, as the Boring Broadsheet incorrectly reports) has the case, and until he rules, things pretty much remain at a standstill. Except …

… The Peter Moore REAL Pittsfield Benefit. The gala, under the direction of impresario supreme Andy Poncherello and a host of volunteer help, takes place Sunday, 12:30-5 p.m., Feb. 26, 2012, at Chameleon’s at 1350 East Street, Pittsfield. Acts are being booked, donations from area merchants and businesses are being collected for auction and raffling, and the intention is to fill both performance rooms at Chameleon’s to bursting. There’s a Facebook page for this event. You can access it at this link.

The Peter Moore REAL Pittsfield Benefit event has a dual purpose. First, we aim this event to be a morale and resource booster for Peter Moore and his wonderful family. Second, we want to show the GOBs, the county, and the rest of the world that Pittsfield, Mass., can best be characterized by its honorable and good citizens — the 99% — not a tiny handful of corrupt GOBs.

You can help by posting the word of THE REAL PITTSFIELD event for Peter Moore and Family. Get it on your social networks, tell everyone you know, post flyers, talk it up at the water cooler at work. Filling Chameleon’s from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 will make a huge statement, that the good people of Pittsfield have a heart of gold AND that they are “mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more!”



THE PLANET also heard from a well-placed source requesting anonymity — THE STOOLEY —who shares this information: “The Nilan phone records from the night of the incident show a phone call made to Atty. [Tim] Shugrue [Meredith Nilan’s defense attorney] PRIOR to the call to the police. Interesting, considering Meredith only hit a dog or a deer, eh?”

The source has provided inside information in the past that has proven accurate. On that basis, we pass this latest along, in the interest of total transparency. We have not independently confirmed this information about the phone calls, but we shall continue to try. If anyone has information that would confirm or contradict this, we invite them to send it along to THE PLANET by e-mail. You must include valid contact information.

If what THE STOOLEY reports is factual, it would indicate a high level of concern on the part of the caller. It would be hard to imagine this sequence of calls (first the lawyer, then the police) if a driver had just had a serious impact with a living being and honestly believed it was either “a dog or a deer.” We have heard from several people who have hit deer or dogs with vehicles. Not one called a lawyer before calling police. In fact, not one mentioned even calling a lawyer.



We shall also share an interesting, and in some ways funny, phone call THE PLANET made last week to the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. We called asking for Ashley Sulock, the CC director of marketing and communications.

The most friendliest and pleasant receptionist took my call (what a relief to get a human being and not a machine) and transferred it to Ms. Sulock. THE PLANET identified ourselves and asked of Ms. Sulock had been present at the Berkshire Young Professionals gathering at Allium’s restaurant in Great Barrington on the night of Dec. 8. We have been contacting various members of BYP with the same question: Were you there? What did you see?

It’s amazing how many weren’t there (even a couple who can be seen in one of the Chamber’s own photos from that night!!), don’t remember, or who are “in a meeting” as soon as they know THE PLANET is on the line. Glad to see our young professionals so busy and dedicated to their work.

Before we could say another word, Ms. Sulock said with the rapidity of a Gattlin’ Gun words to the effect of, “I didn’t go to the meeting that night.” She immediately asked if I could hold. After a pause of about 20 seconds, another human being came back on the line. It was not a dog, a deer … nor was it Ashley Sulock. Magically, we were speaking with the Big Guy himself, Chamber CEO and president Mike Supranowicz. Here’s an approximate transcript:

MS: “This is Mike Supranowicz, can I help you?”

PLANET: “I was speaking with Ashley Sulock. Where did she go.”

MS: “She’s not available. Can I help you?”

PLANET: “No, you can’t. I was speaking with Ashley Sulock, and I want her back on the phone.”

It was getting a bit awkward and testy … in other words, just the way we like it … just as it usually gets when THE PLANET is on to something good.

MS: “She’s in a meeting with a client right now.” Wow. That sure was a sudden meeting. We asked MS is the typical BYP “networking” event includes drinking and, sometimes, excessive drinking. “Uh, no, I mean that’s not what happens …” We didn’t quite get all of it, since he sounded as garbled as Neil Armstrong telling us about that “one small step for man” from the Land of the Green Cheese.

Anyway, we took advantage of our time with the Prez to ask him about BYP. We learned that not all of the monthly “networking socials” serve alcohol. Only the ones at restaurants. The Dec. 8 meeting was held at a restaurant. LEt’s see: 2+2 = 4, doesn’t it?

We learned that the BYP membership list runs to about 700. We learned that the BYP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chamber. We also learned (this didn’t come from MS but from THE STOOLEY) that the BYP “networkers” have been instructed not to be photographed with drinks in their hand. 

We conducted a cordial interview in which MS said nothing in many words, and we ended asking that Ms. Sulock call us back as soon as she got out of her “meeting.” Needless to say, she didn’t call back. When the phone didn’t ring, I knew it was her.



FYI, BYP had their latest “networking” bash at a local jewelers. The Feb. 1 issue of Berkshire Business News, a Chamber publication that hasn’t mentioned a word about Nilan-Moore, advertised it as “an elegant evening of networking.” Elegant? Was Fred Astaire present? Anyway, there were no reports of alcohol being consumed. Of course, we didn’t ask anyone, so there were no reports of alcohol NOT being consumed. We also didn’t receive any reports of jewel theft, but, again, we didn’t ask.

FYI, on Feb. 28, BYP gathers at Brulee’s Restaurant on North Street for a “Power Hour.” The topic is “Personal Finances.” Sounds like a topic that should interest Meredith Nilan.

If you’re a BYP member, the Power Hour is free. If you’re not, it will cost you $10. They will be on their best behavior that night because — full disclosure and be forewarned! — THE PLANET will be coughing up the ten bucks to send a ringer there and do a little schmoozing (and reporting back later).


Speaking of the Feb. 1 edition of Berkshire Business News, page 10 features photographs taken at the Thursday Jan. 12, BYP “networking” social. It’s amazing: There are eight photos taken involving 24 people, and not one is holding a drink. They aren’t taking any chances: Most of the pictures do not include hands! No hands, no drinks, right?

FACT: Meredith Nilan is not in any of the eight photos. We do see Drew Ritter, Danielle Giulian, Pete White, Michelle Lillie, Ryan Belanger, Heather McDermott, Joe McCauly, Laura Wolf, Amanda Hale, Sarah Weyer, Kristy Livingston, Betsy Stickley, Gina Wagner, Kerry Ryan, Joe Ryan III, Matt Martin, Allison Cook, Jen Bushika, Ron Kelly, Andy Naranjo, Yury Seagull, Victoria Wickles, Lauren Cimini, and Carrie Saldo. Not one drink can be seen! We are so proud of these young people, so high and dry.

Incidentally, the Chamber’s website still has posted photos taken at the Dec. 8 bash at Allium’s, including one with Meredith Nilan. On the BYP site, we read that the group, a “program” of the Berkshire Chamber, is “Designed to address the challenges of forming connections for the next generation.” It certainly worked in the case of Ms. Nilan, who “formed a connection” later that evening with the innocent pedestrian, Peter Moore.

Here’s the BYP Steering Committee as listed on the site:


2012 BYP Steering Committee


Christina Barrett, Berkshire Community College
Ryan Belanger, Ascentek
Erin Carlotto, Legacy Banks
Lauren Cimini, Country Curtains
Jackie Dolan, Michael Wainwright Inc. (Vice Chair)
Brad Felix, Greylock Federal Credit Union (Chair)
Christine Hoyt, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Ronald Kelly
Michelle Lillie, Legacy Banks

Jenine Moro, Pine Cone Hill
Bethany Pelletier, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Dawn Syrko, Crowne Plaza

Incidentally, BYP is open to anyone, of any age, for a mere $25 a year. Visit the Chamber website if you want to join. You can meet the up-and-comers in the area and even, on occasion, famous newsmakers such as Ms. Nilan.



Let us remember that the Massachusetts law on hit-and-run needs to be changed. Here’s what typically happens elsewhere:

Hit and Run

It is illegal to flee the scene after being involved in a car accident. This offense is referred to as a hit and run. Even if you hit an innate object such as a parked car, a fence or a light pole, you are responsible for contacting the police, filing a report and paying for the damages.

Most hit and run cases are not classified as serious offenses. If serious bodily or property damage occurs, however, the defendant may be charged with a felony.

Hit and Run: Misdemeanor vs. Felony

Hit and run charges may be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of the damage caused and the criminal record of the defendant. If the defendant has a criminal record, his/her sentencing may be enhanced.

  • Misdemeanor charges are typically filed in cases where the offender leaves the scene of a minor traffic accident; the property damage is slight and no bodily injury has occurred.
  • Felony charges may be filed if a hit and run results in serious bodily injury or death.

Hit and Run Punishments & Penalties

Punishments vary depending on whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Sentencing may include, but is not limited to:

  • fines
  • restitution to the victim
  • jail time

No matter how minor your case may seem, it is important to contact a well-qualified Massachusetts criminal attorney to evaluate your case. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to help you fully understand the charges and consequences you may be facing, and to help you plan a course of action.

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Notice the part that says “felony charges can be filed if a hit and run results in serious bodily injury …” This does not appear to be the case in Massachusetts, as others have noted. In Massachusetts, the victim has to die.  It seems an unreasonable threshold, and we urge our state legislators to go to bat for future Peter Moores.

We also found this in the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

Section 26. Every person operating a motor vehicle which is involved in an accident in which any person is killed or injured or in which there is damage in excess of one thousand dollars to any one vehicle or other property shall, within five days after such accident, report in writing to the registrar on a form approved by him and send a copy thereof to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where such accident occurred; provided, however, that such police department shall accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in an accident in which another person has unlawfully left the scene of such accident. Such report shall not be required during the period of incapacity of any person who is physically incapable of making a report. If the operator is not the owner of the vehicle and is physically incapable of making such written report, the owner shall within five days after the accident make such report based on such knowledge as he may have and such information as he can obtain regarding the accident.

The registrar may require any such operator or owner to file a supplementary written report whenever in the opinion of the registrar the original report is insufficient.

The registrar may revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this section.

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Has such a report been filed? Is it a public record? Just more questions in this important case.







  1. Ray Ovac
    February 6, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    What Mike Supranowicz was really saying, DV, reading between he lines, is that the Chamber of Commerce is scared shitless that it is going to be named in a massive civil suit by Peter Moore and Family. You might also want to ask Supranowicz or your sources who is the Chamber’s lawyer or if indeed the Chamber has retained counsel yet?

    • Real Deal 2
      February 6, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      You are 100% correct. Not only BYP, Chamber of Commerce, and the place which served Meredith Nilan. Peter Moore should hire a high priced, top-notch Boston attorney. That attorney should then request all of the records on Cliff Nilan regarding Angeblow. The attorney can than put Cliffy on the stand to discredit him. Like I put in the BE Disquis (before it was yanked down in less than an hour). If the Nilans want to stay off the stand, they would have to cut Moore and check with six zeros behind a double or single digit.

  2. Ray Ovac
    February 6, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Reading between those lines again, perhaps what Supranowicz was also saying, is that Ms. Nilan had had her fair share of alcohol that night.

  3. Shakes His Head
    February 6, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    This exact reason is why I don’t particiapte in a ‘young professionals’ organization where there is no age requirement.

  4. Steve wade
    February 6, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Perhaps he just doesn’t like Dan Valenti and what he has been saying about Pittsfield for all these years.

    • GMHeller
      February 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Perhaps, Steve Wade, but he also knows Dan Valenti is a journalist with a daily blog and not being willing to be straightforward makes the fellow look like a horse’s ass — and worse, a horse’s ass with something to hide.
      Another, no doubt, of the Berkshire’s best and brightest — like yourself.

  5. acheshirecat
    February 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I noticed also in the Berkshire Business News that no one was holding a drink. My wife always commented to me after reading an issue of Berkshire Business News that everyone seemed to drink an awful lot, they always showed people with drinks in their hands. (and not just the ones held at restaurants).

  6. GMHeller
    February 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Note that Berkshire Chamber of Commerce officials and its social networking subsidiary, Berkshire Young Professionals, along with the organization’s individual members, rather than ‘fess up and give honest, truthful answers to reasonable, logical questions concerning the Moore Hit-Run in which a BYP member was, by her own admission, involved, instead attempt to stifle free speech, restrain open dialogue, and caution members essentially to “shut up”.
    Wonder how these same people are going to respond if and when they are placed under oath — and the likelihood is that some will be, isn’t it?
    Remember, it’s never the original infraction that is so bad as the cover-up that inevitably follows.
    The Berkshire’s best and brightest are costing themselves their own individual credibility.
    Be honest, folks: Would you trust ANYONE in Berkshire Young Professionals or Berkshire Chamber of Commerce now to do the right thing about ANYTHING?
    This kind of thing does NOT stay local.
    Watch as BYP’ers and BCoC’ers come to the realization that putting BYP or BCoC on resumes becomes a deal-breaker in whatever market any of these people now try to peddle their services.
    Human Resources types do ‘due diligence’ by using Google and other search engines to ferret out negative information about prospective job candidates, and BYP’s and the BCoC’s lame reaction to the Moore Hit-Run indicates a disingenuousness and total lack of personal integrity by members within BYP and BCoC that is already showing-up in Google searches containing the search term BYP or BCoC.
    These Berkshire dilettantes are effectively destroying their own organization by this incredible lack of individual compassion, common decency, and integrity in forthrightly dealing with questions regarding the Moore Hit-Run and fellow BYP’er Meredith Nilan at a time when it really mattered.
    Seriously, ask a top business exec like Jack Welch or Larry Bossidy whether or not either would hire ANY of you BYP’ers now in the wake of the collective wall of silence being put forth by all of you in the Moore Hit-Run?

    • jimbo
      February 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Heller, based on what I’ve read about you, I’m not sure you’re in a position to comment on someone’s integrity or demand someone to ‘fess up and give honest, truthful answers to reasonable, logical questions. Geez, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

      • GMHeller
        February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

        Jimbo, It is not me posting here anonymously, so I’d say I’m still five up on you with regard to integrity, honesty, truth, reason, and logic.
        Jimbo, until you finally have the stones to post your real identity, recommend you stay on topic, that being these despicably gutless so-called ‘Berkshire Young Professionals’ who are proving in the NIlan-Moore hit-run matter to be anything but.

        • danvalenti
          February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

          Point well taken about commenting under one’s real moniker.

      • Steve wade
        February 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

        Jimbo. In regard to Heller. Don’t get in a pissing contest with a skunk.

    • danvalenti
      February 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Love the use of the word “dilettantes” here.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Dan: I’m one of the biggest critics of this Nilan case. I believe its a big cover up and on. However I don’t blame anyone at the BYP. And I don’t blame them for not talking to anyone. None of them were there at the hit and run. Come on lets stay with the hit and run and the Nilan’s handling of it, not people that were not involved.

    • Ray Ovac
      February 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      So you’re saying no one at Allium knew the lady might have been drinking or drunk — umpteen guys in a bar don’t realize a young blond babe is plowed? Puleeeese! Further, how did Meredith Nilan manage to get home to Pittsfield when she couldn’t get 1000 feet from her Winesap Rd. residence without running into another human being? And please don’t suggest the lady was somehow lucky. If she had been drinking, would she not have been more sober at the moment she ran into Moore than when she left Allium 45 minutes or so earlier (assuming she metabolizes alcohol like everyone else)?

    • danvalenti
      February 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Neither do I “blame anyone at the BYP.” ALso, I share your sentiments in not blaming them for not talking. That’s always a person’s right, and I always respect that. It doesn’t stop me from asking for a comment, though, and it shouldn’t.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    There is no proof she has been drinking, or should I say under the influence, to bring a criminal charge None what so ever. I don’t care if 20 people say she was drunk, no criminal charge can be brought. So lets get off the people at BYP. How about the father cleaning up evidence, where is this investigation going.

    Hear is a thought I heard yesterday from a woman in her late 70″s She says Cliff Nilan worked in the court for many,many years. He has seen all kind of cases. Murder, driving under causing death, A&B, Also Many civil cases involving M/V accidents. She said she is sure he viewed many photo’s of these crimes. So when he seen the car after his daughter came home, with hood dented, a hole the size and shape of a human head, he didn’t think she hit a HUMAN. Why didn’t he call police right away, knowing that someone could be laying seriously injured, or dead in the road. Woildn’t you show the police the car so they would search area for this person. No he doesn’t call,right away and then he tell police they can’t see the car unless they get a search warrant. Boy the elder lady hit the nail right on the head!!!!!!!

    • danvalenti
      February 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you for this and your many helpful posts.

    • Molly
      February 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

      The attitude of most people in Berkshire County is that they “don’t want to get involved” and certainly not publicly, especially with anything like this that is considered a political mess. It is so rampant, that I predict this will be the reason for not a huge turnout at the benefit. Although I certainly hope that is not the case, I’m starting to see it already. People will hear something and then talk about it with close friends or their significant others, and they will gossip about it with co-workers, but when it comes to making their opinion public or publicly showing support, then they “don’t want to get involved”. So it is not surprising that no BYP’ers will comment on this publicly, with any media person – it just won’t happen.

      I disagree with Concerned that if 20 people saw her acting in ways that signified that she was drunk, that that’s not evidence – it is evidence and she could be charged with DUI with that evidence. I do agree, however, that this is not great evidence and it would be a huge mistake to charge her based upon that evidence as the likelihood of getting a jury to believe it beyond a reasonable doubt is not good. In any case, the police should have interviewed each person who attended that BYP event. It will be interesting to see if they did. And if it turns out that 20 people did see her acting in a way that signified she was drunk, then that could play a huge role in any civil suits.

      • four in one
        February 7, 2012 at 7:06 am #

        A civil suit doesn’t require a standard “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It’s an easier standard of “based on a perponderance of evidence.” In that case the testimony would probably have sway.

    • Ray Ovac
      February 7, 2012 at 1:13 am #

      ‘Concerned’, in re CJN, you make good points. Here are some more questions that need answering: if he became aware that his daughter was drunk as a skunk, and once she comes to him in a public place (rumored to be Patrick’s Pub) telling him of the possibility that she hit someone in an accident, does Clifford Nilan have an obligation as an officer of the court to report what he believed was an accident caused by what he believed to be an impaired driver? Or does Nilan’s responsibility as court officer end when he clocks off work? At what point in the day does the father’s responsibility as court officer end — if ever? If the father helped the daughter cover-up evidence of her inebriated state, especially by being the goto guy who fielded phone calls to cops and by contacting FIRST a lawyer BEFORE contacting police, doesn’t that make CJN an accessory to the crime the daughter was plainly attempting to cover-up by her driving off and never being the actual person to contact cops that night? Also, once CJN took on that role of contacting police and acting on behalf of his daughter, what legal responsibilities does he take on by these acts, and also what rights or privileges or benefits of the doubt does he waive in regard to all this, especially given his long experience as a court officer?

  9. LP
    February 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I for one think its a proper line of questioning to ask members of BYP is they saw anything unusual that night. Not for the court’s purposes but simply as a way for people who might have seen something to better our understanding of what seems puzzling behavior by both daughter and father. Glad to see the benefit on feb. 26. I will be attending.

    • danvalenti
      February 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Obviously, I agree. The interesting thing about my attempt to interview Ashley Sulock is that the conversation would have ended in two minutes, after she said she did not attend the Dec. 8 BYP gathering. It was the heavy handed action of putting me on hold and bringing in Mike Supranowicz that resulted in today’s coverage. They invited what Wally and Beaver used to call “The Business.”

    February 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Thanks Dan V. these are just my opinions and I respect yours and most others.

  11. Ray Ovac
    February 7, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    DV, I posted this on yesterday’s blog but thought it important enough also to post here. It’s in response to Diogenes and his idea for a ‘dogwalk’ or ‘Take back the night’ type trek over to Winesap from Chameleons sometime during or after the Moore benefit:
    “Diogenes, seeking an official parade or march permit puts city officials squarely in the political bulls-eye on this whole matter, a subject which we already know the GOB’s and the Eagle are plainly trying to cover-up. Once outside of Chameleons, a licensed venue, a large gathering of people parading down the street is likely to need a permit or the cops may have grounds to turn the group around and tell them to go elsewhere or to disperse. Seems to me that a parade permit should at least be requested if there’s any thought whatsoever of the group attending the benefit taking a trek over to Winesap. Given that this whole thing is political dynamite, would city hall dare to refuse such a permit and on what grounds? It would also force the new mayor to take a public stand on an issue about which he has been mighty quiet. Seeking a parade permit is definitely a good way to get this whole matter front and center in the public agenda and to force City officials and the Eagle into the center of this maelstrom.”

    • Scott
      February 7, 2012 at 4:37 am #

      sounds good

    • four in one
      February 7, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      Political dynamite. That’s what this has become. Except this time we might have the means to snip off the fuse.

    • levitan
      February 7, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      Why would you want to embarrass the new Mayor who has his own nest of hornets to clean out?

      I believe you mean well, but this proposal could very well sink him before he even gets established.

      • Ray Ovac
        February 7, 2012 at 8:13 am #

        Levitan, the Nilan Hit-Run is front page top of the fold news in Pittsfield (despite how the Eagle perceives it); the mayor as new as he is can help out, should a parade permit be sought, by simply greasing the wheels to get it approved and not standing in the way of such approval. If he were to say no to a parade permit, would he not be the one responsible for sinking himself in the eyes of the public?
        Also, don’t you think the Mayor owes it to the public to say something given that it’s his police department filing the appeal to Judge Hadley?

        • levitan
          February 7, 2012 at 10:01 am #

          The Mayor won this election by the skin of his teeth and faces obstacles in every department.The forces that almost gave Marchetti the office appear to be very strong and very effective at manipulating the public.

          I’m afraid Bianchi would have to pick his battles very wisely. I don’t see how his contribution of opinion will help the Moores who have a tough fight ahead of them.

          Also, I’m betting that Moore’s best hope for compensation will come from a civil suit. He would be best represented by a lawyer outside of this area with expertise in his injuries.

          • levitan
            February 7, 2012 at 10:02 am #

            last two cents…and a lawyer not beholden to a firm.

          • Ray Ovac
            February 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

            Levitan, if Mayor Bianchi acts like a scared rabbit, he’s going to be treated like a scared rabbit. If he’s scared now to say anything at the start of his term, you think he’s going to get braver as his term progresses and he gets even closer to the next election day? The public respects strength not wimpiness.

  12. dusty
    February 7, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    In a different time and place a DA might have come out to the community and assured them that justice was on the job. It does not happen in Pittsfield because obviously the DA nor anyone else in the court system believes that is happening.

    • charley
      February 7, 2012 at 5:45 am #

      You obviously have no understanding of the DA’s job which is to prosecute crimes, not grandstand in the neighborhood. Anyone can look this up on yahoo. They are the people’s lawyer, they present facts in court. You know what else would have happened in a different time and place? People would not be always pointing the finger at those doing something about violence against others instead of at the perpetrators. The DA is doing his job. Call his office and ask him whatever you want but stop posting your BS here.

      • danvalenti
        February 7, 2012 at 7:11 am #

        Appreciate your comments here.

        • charley
          February 7, 2012 at 11:04 am #

          The constant whining about public relations when criminals are being tried and sentenced on behalf of victims and their families just gets really old. I may have to sign off for the sake of my blood pressure.

      • levitan
        February 7, 2012 at 7:19 am #


        I am suspicious of DA’s who grandstand on public cases. We have seen it happen with Capeless on the Baran pardon and Coakley on numerous occasions. It’s a mark of politicization of the office, and I agree with your opinion.

        I certainly hope Capeless is doing his job.

      • Ray Ovac
        February 7, 2012 at 7:27 am #

        Charley ol’ boy, don’t take out on Dusty the failure of District Attorney David Capeless to maintain a strong public persona on matters of importance to THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HIM IN OFFICE!
        Dusty is exactly right, part of the DA’s job is to “come out to the community and assure them that justice is on the job.” Your guy, Capeless is not doing that with regard to the Nilan Hit-Run matter. Further, your guy Capeless has not answered reasonable questions being asked by the public regarding this case. Such as: Exactly who was it who made the decision to import Mag. Byrnes to preside at the Nilan show-cause hearing? What was DA Capeless’ specific advice to Magistrate Byrnes in re holding a closed hearing?
        What was Capeless’ advice to Mag. Byrnes in re allowing Cliff Nilan, the father of defendant Meredith Nilan, to attend the hearing, but not the attorney for the hit-run victim, nor the victim himself, nor his family members?
        Charley, as with any other elected official, part of that official’s job is to keep constituents appraised and updated on matters of great import to the public such as would convince that public that this public official is doing that for which he was elected and doing the job right.
        It’s plain from Dusty’s comment and from the comments of plenty of well-meaning others on PlanetValenti and Topix that in matters of public relations, this DA’s job performance in re the Nilan hit-run matter has been incredibly lackluster — and that’s putting a shine on it. Please take this message back to your buddy Capeless, and let him cogitate on it for a bit and also on any political future he thinks he has. If enough people from Berkshire County write to the Governor’s Council, there won’t ever EVER be a Judge David Capeless presiding over anything in Massachusetts. Take that message to your buddy.

      • Scott
        February 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

        Yeah like when he prosecuted Adam Hall and prevented three people from being murdered?

    • Shakes His Head
      February 7, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      The DA had no problem torching the paternts of the unfortunate teen death a couple of weeks ago, during the investigation still I do believe.

  13. levitan
    February 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Ray – I couldn’t respond directly to your comment, but I don’t see any evidence Bianchi is running scared at all. He’s addressing the PEDA debacle and reviewing past appointments to the City staff. What may appear to be wimpy behavior is more likely a careful strategy.

    Consider Spitzer from NYS. He went into the Governor’s mansion with the intention to split skulls and made a royal ass of himself in record time, and the public soon discovered he was weak and poorly managed.

  14. richard hurts
    February 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Where did my earlier comment go? I’m being censored. How is this any different than the eagle which mr. Valentie loathes.

    • Scott
      February 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      If DV is blocking you it’s because you’re saying something really stupid and retarded that has nothing to add to the conversation.

  15. Hearse Driver
    February 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    ok so last week there was a shooting and stabbing in Pittsfield and the Bianchi administration hasnt done anything about crime like he promised in the campaign. [REDACTED]

    • Scott
      February 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      How is the new mayor going to stop drug soaked losers from trying to kill each other over drugs or baby mommy drama? Plus let’s give him a chance crime only increased in the greatest little city under the former mayors reign.

  16. richard hurts
    February 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Or something he doesnt like, stupid comments alone obviously are not enough to get one censored