NILAN-MOORE PRETRIAL HEARING SET FOR WEDNESDAY … TOBY II: KEN RAMSDELL, ON BEHALF OF EVERY DECENT, LAW-ABIDING, TAX-PAYING, HONEST PERSON IN PITTSFIELD STANDS TALL BEFORE PARKS COMMISSION TOMORROW NIGHT … COMMISSIONERS TO HOLD HEARING ON TOBY II DOG WALK … YOUR ATTENDANCE IS REQUESTED IN SHOW OF SUPPORT … PLANET WILL BE COVERING
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD 1 MARCH 19, 2012, LATER IN THE DAY
* BRIDGE UPDATE — We add this item from the Parks Commission agenda tomorrow night (see main post, below), for those who contacted us today: An update on the Lakeway Drive temporary bridge will be presented. It’s item 5c on the agenda.
* ORANGE MAKES A STATEMENT — Our brackets are kicking butt, including the Syracuse-Wisconsin matchup in Boston this coming weekend. The Orange made a huge statement in the second half of their win over KS, scoring 50 points. Scoop Jardine was the man, but THE PLANET says Christmas comes early for the Orange against Wisc.
* NILAN-MOORE PRETRIAL HEARING — The pretrial hearing in the Nilan-Moore Case is set for Wednesday at the Pittsfield courthouse. Still trying to find the correct time, since it appears more than one are hovering. We wonder: Can’t ANYTHING about this case proceed “normally”? We’ll have more tomorrow. Basically, a pre-trial hearing is a procedure conducted within 30 days of an arraignment so that both sides can meet with a judge to discuss protocol for the case. The purpose of a pre-trail hearing: To ensure that the playing field is level, that no one is using improper influence, and to help eliminate the possibility of corruption. As we all know, those possibilities, a reasonable man from Mars would say, are ripe in this particular case.
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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012) — It’s an in-and-out, turned up, Red Cyrkle day today on THE PLANET, with priorities talking to us, each one telling us he or she should be at the head of the line.
“Me, me, choose me!”
Ah, but what’s popularity for, eh? That, and a Sweet 16 date for the Syracuse Orangemen (33-2) in Boston over the weekend!
For now, let us quickly report on our first item: Toby Moore.
TOBY II: Date With Destiny, Tomorrow, 7 p.m., City Hall, Room 203 — We Want YOU!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., city hall, the Parks Commission will hear from petitioner Ken Ramsdell, who has applied for a permit to conduct a dog walk on April 15. We need every able body who can make the meeting at city hall, Room 203, to attend. This will be a show of support for everything that is right about Pittsfield and against a lot of what’s wrong and who’s making it that way.
TOBY II is what we’re calling second attempt at a Toby Moore dog walk in honor of the heroic little dog who probably saved the life of his master, Peter Moore, by refusing to leave him after a hit-and-run driver nearly killed him in a collision on Dec. 8, about 8:15 p.m., on Winesap Road near the mouth of East Street. Meredith Nilan has been charged with two criminal counts by the Pittsfield Police Department in connection with the incident. At her arraignment, her attorney, Tim Shurgrue, entered a please of not guilty. Nilan did not attend that hearing. A pre-trial hearing is slated for Wednesday, March 21, in Pittsfield court.
Toby Moore Dog Walk Hearing Takes on Huge Significance
A reckless driver apparently doesn’t need a permit to run down an innocent pedestrian in the city of Pittsfield and have the case nearly disappear, but God forbid that a group of like-minded citizens wants to walk their dogs in a humanitarian gesture that brings out the best in the good people of Pittsfield. They the riot act is read and the petitioner needs more signatures than did King John at Runnymede.
You’ll recall the first time when Ken Ramsdell wanted to organize a dog walk as the preamble to the Peter Moore Benefit at Chameleon‘s, he got word from the city the Friday afternoon before the appointed Sunday that he would need the dreaded permit, with the long list of signatories. The city said nothing about his plans of the need of paperwork for weeks, but then, at the last second, a “concerned citizen” (unnamed, of course) complained that 4,137 people were invited via Facebook, and the gathering might resemble the drunken fans of a soccer match in Europe.
This last-second need for a permit was, by plan, far too late for Ramsdell to get a permit from the city or notify either the press or aspiring participants of the change. The request for a permit traced back to the Parks Commission. By the oddest of coincidences, Clifford Nilan is a member of that commission. Half the fun of Tuesday’s Parks Commission meeting will be to see if Nilan has the nerve to attend or show his kisser. Of course, he must recuse himself from voting on the matter, for obvious reasons (Anyone want to be he doesn’t recuse himself)?
“I hope as many people as possible attend both the [Parks Commission] meeting and, more importantly, the event [Toby II] on April 15,” Ramsdell tell THE PLANET. “I am also looking for information from all sorts of sources to promote the importance of people’s lives as demonstrated by Toby Moore.” The Sonsini shelter, the Berkshire Humane Society, and Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. would be naturals to get involved.
Ramsdell Knows His Way Around
The Parks Commission picked on the wrong dude. Ken Ramsdell knows more about the working of government and of citizen participation in democracy that probably any person in the city of Pittsfield. You’ll recall it was Ramsdell whose brilliant sleuthing assembled the paper trail that rattled the city government back when Gerry Doyle had David Kiley as a treasurer and Ed Caveney as an insurance guy.
Ramsdell, as cool a customer as you’ll want to meet and as decent a human being, smartly decided to play it their way. He got the forms for Toby II. He spent a laborious day — normally, a work day, mind you, for those who work in the Dreaded Private Sector — getting his form full of autographs from various city department heads. He’s on the Parks Commission agenda.
The Parks Commission meeting will be recorded and cablecast by PCT. After a review of the Feb. 21 meeting minutes, agenda item two deals with three requests for park events. Toby II — officially known as Pittsfield Positive People and Proud Pets — is listed first as (a.) of (a., b., and c.).
All petitioners must be present at the meeting, the agenda sternly intones.
Don’t worry, Our Right honorable Good Friends, the Parks Commissioners, Ramsdell wouldn’t miss it for the world. Rumors are swirling that THE PLANET will also be in attendance. We want you as well. Spread the word. Everybody bring a friend of two. We want to pack Room 203 to overflow in a stand-up for human decency.
WE’VE GOT MORE ON THE WAY FOR A LITTLE BIT LATER, SO KEEP CHECKING BACK. FOR NOW, WE REJECT THOSE WHO DESTROY INNOCENT LIVES FOR THEIR SPORT OR JEST YET CRY IF MAN IS UNHAPPY AND GOD IS UNJUST. WE DON’T NEED THEM!
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.