!!UPDATE!! MORE ON ‘THE OFFICIAL TOBY MOORE DOG WALK’ … REAL PITTSFIELD BENEFIT FOR PETER MOORE AND FAMILY A HUGE SUCCESS … DAYLONG EVENTS PACKS CHAMELEON’S WITH CARING AND COMPASSION … THE REAL PITTSFIELD STEPS FORWARD
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD #1 FEB. 27, 2012 LATER THAT AFTERNOON
Our main posting today concerned the Peter Moore Benefit that took place yesterday. Please scroll down for that.
Two, Count ‘em, Two Toby Moore Dog Walks
We now want to say more about the Toby Moore Dog Walks. Notice the use of the plural: “walks.” There are two walks. One was conducted yesterday. That was the unofficial, impromptu dog walk (read details about that below). The second is The Official Toby Moore Dog Walk, which — if the Parks Commission approves the permit — will take place April 15. If the Parks Commission, which includes Clifford Nilan, does not approve, THE PLANET will personally foment revolution in the Land of Benigno Numine. In that case, there won’t be an ash upon a cinder left standing in Pittsfield.
The Official Toby Moore Dog Walk, to take place to honor the most famous dog in Berkshire County for his heroism on the night of Dec. 8, 2011, was necessitated by a single complaint of an anonymous “concerned citizen” that 4,177 dog walkers had been invited. The city then rained bureaucrats upon the dog-walk organizer, Ken Ramsdell, in for form of official demands that he obtain “the proper permits.” From Linda Tyer to Deanna Ruffer, they were all good soldiers, taking up the Nuremberg Defense for having to lean on Ramsdell. They were all simply following orders.
Ramsdell, being a good citizen, complied. He personally walked his dog yesterday at Kirvin Park, as did 19 other pooch owners. Our spies who were there told us that everyone who attended, including Capt. Tom Moore (ret., Hartford police Department) and Toby, has a good time enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and a chance for people to express (a) their concern for Peter Moore and (b)to tell the city what they could do with their demand for a permit. No cops showed up, and if truth be told (don’t tell anyone you heard this here), but the Pittsfield Police Department would not have shown up even if 4,177 dog owners did. We got that one on what we can call Good Word.
Toby Leaves Editorial Comment in Kirvin Park
Toby, in case you didn’t see the video, posted his own editorial comment on how the city of Pittsfield officialy handled the first dog walk and also on the Nilan-Moore Case.
Toby’s comments can be seen here. You’ll have to put up with a commercial first, but what Toby has to say is priceless and can stand as the most trenchant comment on the behavior of Meredith and Clifford Nilan in this instance:
The Wheels of the Gods Grind Slowly but Exceedingly Well
Today, Ramsdell told us he intends to go to City Hall for procedural matters pertaining to The Official Toby Moore Dog Walk. Ramsdell says he wants to have the event on April because (1) It will raise awareness of the importance for responsible pet ownership, (2) to celebrate National Pet Month, (3) it’s tax day and a good one for We The People to be able to enjoy on of THEIR public parks, (4) It’s close to Patriots’ Day when people celebrate revolution, and (5) It’s spring time, always a good time to do anything outdoors.
As for his meeting with the Parks Commission (John Herman, chair; Nilan; Simon Muir; Michelle Matthews; and Tony DeMartino), Ramsdell said, “We’re going to follow procedures. We intend to be on the agenda that night, as we are hoping for public support.”
According to the city’s website, the Parks Commission meets the third Thursday of each month in Room 203 at city hall. That would make the next meeting March 20. When Ramsdell appears to state his case, we’re hope to pack the place and force the meeting into council chambers to accommodate the crowd. For now, folks, keep March 20 circled on your calendars as the day Toby Moore Gets His Day (because we know that every dog has one).
THE PLANET expects Nilan to recuse himself from participating in the discussion on the Toby Walk for obvious reasons. We suggest sending for first assistant clerk magistrate Nathan Byrnes to be brought in to sit in his place. We hear Byrnes is impartial and can be relied upon as a neutral observer when it comes to deciding matters involving the Nilans.
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012) — A huge success.
That’s what we can call Sunday’s REAL Pittsfield Benefit for Peter Moore and Family. Up to 300 people packed Chameleon’s nightclub at 1350 East St. in Pittsfield to show their support for the victim of a callous hit-and-run driver, who nearly killed him then drove off and left him for dead.
Their presence made a statement about the REAL Pittsfield and the good people who live there. Peter Moore, the innocent victim, attended, as did his father, Tom, and many other members of the family. Toby Moore, the heroic little dog that stayed with his master, Peter, for several long, cold, dark hours on the fateful night of Dec. 8, 2011, earlier that day attended an informal dog walk at Kirvin Park.
‘Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski’ Were Well Represented
“It was a good time had by all,” said Ken Ramsdell, community activist who is behind the Official Toby Moore Dog Walk, now rescheduled for April 15 (more on that later in this post). “Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski packed the building,” he said, referring to THE PLANET‘s mythic “ordinary, good, and decent” couple who make up the vast majority of Pittsfield.
These are precisely the people, of course, who feel steamrolled from both sides: from above, the tiny few known as the GOBs, who make large salaries, wield power, often abuse that power, and live by two sets of rules — one for them and one for the rest of the peeps; and from below, by the drifters, the drug users, the drug pushers, the criminals, the welfare moms, the deadbeats, those who have fallen through the cracks, and the “gimme” crowd that expects the world to provide them a living while they sit on their kiesters and live off the gravy train.
Of the second group, THE PLANET says little, except that the members of the group increasingly have eaten into the peace of mind and resources of what used to be the productive, law-abiding middle class in the city of Pittsfield. Of the first group, the GOBs, a couple of comments must be made.
We saw this group in operation in the aftermath of Meredith Nilan‘s near killing of Peter Moore on Dec. 8, and what appears to have been the coverup attempted to first hide the incident and second, when this website exposed what appears to be The Fix, of the attempts at damage control. That included bringing in a ringer magistrate, Nathan Byrnes, who found “insufficient evidence” for the Nilan-Moore Case to go to trial. This unbelievable determination came after a secret show-cause hearing that kept out the press, the public, Moore, and Moore’s attorney. It was after that secret hearing that the outrage of entire community caught fire. It may prove to be the GOBs big mistake and an action that blows open a whole lot more than the Nilan-Moore Case.
The Pittsfield Police Department, which had originally brought criminal charges against Nilan, appealed Byrnes’ decision. Greenfield Appellate Judge William Hadley, working out of Springfield, overturned Byrnes’ ruling, essentially and skipping the legalese finding if ridiculous. Nilan is scheduled for arraignment this week, on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
One aside: There needs to be a finding on who recommended Nathan Byrnes for the job of filling in for Berkshire County magistrate Christopher “No Show” Speranzo. That, we trust, will come out in a criminal trial. If it does not, for whatever reason, the District Attorney needs to investigate this, independently.
Plenty of People, Businesses to Thank for Answering the Call
Back to the Peter Moore Benefit: There are too many people to individually thank, but we must thank organizer Andy Poncherello, who responded to THE PLANET’s call for the fund-raiser. We ourselves acted upon a suggestion to conduct a fund-raiser from a reader of this website. THE PLANET went with this as a suggestion, and that same say, Poncherello responded. Andy Poncherello is the REAL Pittsfield.
We thank the owners of Chameleon’s nighclub, for making their facility available. We thank Ken Ramsdell, who organized the Toby Moore Dog Walk (the informal one and the official one to occur on April 15). We thank Tom and Susan Moore, Peter’s wonderful mom and dad, and all the members of the Moore family. We thank Peter’s coworkers from Berkshire Health Systems, who showed up in support on Sunday. We thank all the businesses who donated items or services, including Mazzeo’s Restaurant, the Red Lion Inn, the East Side Cafe, and THE PLANET’s book publishers ( Viking-Penguin, Bantam Books, and Planet Media Books). Finally, we thank our good friend and colleague Derek Gentile, who story (with photos) ran today in the Berkshire Eagle. Every once once in awhile, the newspaper reverts to respectability, and one of those times is when Derek Gentile’s byline is on a story.
The GOBs pretty much stayed away from the benefit on Sunday, although Mayor Dan Bianchi was conspicuously absent. It would have been a grand gesture by the mayor to have attended, but he will have another chance at the Official Toby Moore Dog Walk on April 15. The only city councilor that we know for sure attended was Melissa Mazzeo. If others attended, we are not aware.
“It was a good, respectful day,” said Ramsdell. “There was no Nilan bashing. There was only retrospective thinking and lots of positive energy going forward, wishing Mr. Moore the best today and in the future with his recovery. The good people of Pittsfield showed their care and compassion.”
WE SHALL POST THIS NOW. LATER TODAY, WE WIL RETURN WIL MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICIAL TOBY MOORE DOG WALK AND A FEW OTHER ITEMS RELATED TO LIFE IN THE ORBIT OF THE PLANET. KEEP CHECKING. WE’VE GOT A HUM DINGER OR TWO IN THE HOPPER.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.