PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012) — My, but how we have kicked the hornet’s nest known as Lenox. Actually, wording it properly, we should say we have kicked the hornet’s neXt in the Town Formerly Know As Lenox. We say “next” because there is more to come. Read on, fellow fellow explorers of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

As for “Lenoxology” being old news, it is. So is the ripoff of taxpayers. And let’s add this: “Lenoxology” will not be a success or a failure. The tourists will come to Lenox or not come independent of the campaign. Those who know of Lenox know. Those who don’t know haven’t been paying attention, nor will they now. Point is, when the numbers are up this season (inevitable, given the lousy numbers last summer), it will be proof positive that the taxpayers spent $56,000 for n-o-t-h-i-n-g.

Face the truth. That’s all we’re saying.

Welcome to Lenoxymoronica

Today, we know the town as Lenoxymoronica. (Fanfare … trumpets … flags … the king’s guard … for a town is renamed!!).

The poor town can’t of late can’t get out of its own way. In this manner,Lenoxymoronica hath run over itself, which is the action equivalent of performing an anatomical impossibility on one’s own body, so pithily phrased in the familiar greeting, “Go f— yourself.”

We ourselves, of course, would never stoop to language of that sort. We don’t clean out such gutters. THE PLANET merely acknowledges that the imperative sentence comes readily to mind when we hear the pathetic bleating of the apologists for “Lenoxology.” These are the geniuses who did not think  a local agency could do the town justice. Funny stuff, since we have one of the top outfits anywhere doing business on Main Street in Lenox. We refer to Winstanley & Associates. There are also other worthy agencies in the area.

THE PLANET understands, of course, that in the hardball world of PR/ad/marketing, the agency business gets as competitive as Al Pacino arm wresting Joe Pesci. Agencies make pitches for business every day, and they often fail to land the account. That’s show biz. However, after one witnessed what Lenoxymoronica got for its $56,000 in taxpayer money — “Lenoxology” — we can only join the chorus of those shaking their heads in … in what, exactly? Outrage? Shame? Embarrassment? Try “all of the above.”

Town officials and anyone who supports this trivialization of a once-great little town have richly deserved the public spanking we have administered. The People have been overwhelmingly in agreement with THE PLANET on this issue. The apologists, having the unenviable task of defending the indefensible, have turned to the “attack the messenger” defense. As anyone knows with any debate experience, and we have plenty, that’s one of the arguments that is the counterfeit of reasoning. When the other side resorts to that, tt always — and few things in life are “always” — indicates your side has won.

As we have flushed them out in the past few days, the defenders of “Lenoxology” have shwon themselves to be captives of their blindness and pride. That’s a deadly combination. It doesn’t bode well for the future of Lenoxymoronica.

The Reviews are In: We The People Can’t Stand ‘Lenoxology’

Here’s a small sampling of “other” comments about the brilliance of the officials responsible for the boondoggle:

Everyone on that Lenox Marketing board should gather in the middle of Main St. They should look North, South, East and West and when they finish, look at each other and say “What the heck is in Lenox that we could possibly sell to outsiders?” and “Why are we calling ourselves “Historic Lenox?” First, anything that is there is so overpriced that only the rich could afford to visit more than one store. The locals know it and shop there only when necessary. And second the only things historic that are open to peruse are so far off the path that you can hardly say they’re in Lenox. Any one the board convinces to visit Lenox will be like the Tanglewood visitors, instead of walking around waiting for the concert to start, they’ll be walking around waiting to get the heck out of there. Frankly the board is just full of whining merchants that really could care less about Lenox and care more about $$. Lee and Dalton have much more to offer than Lenox but their pimp is not the Boring Broadsheet, so no publicity.

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Lenox is no longer a lovely Berkshire village. It is a New York suburb, full of nasty people who think they are better than everyone else. This was very evident [last Christmas]. I had visitors from out of state who went shopping in Lenox. The shopkeeper, upon finding out we were local,gave us a handbill advertising Santa arriving at Lilac Park via fire truck. When asked why it wasn’t more widely advertised, the response was: “We want to keep out the Pittsfield riffraff.” Need I say more? I live in Lenox. My family is the fourth generation to do so. Needless to say, I was terribly embarrassed over these comments. Lenoxology???? Sounds like a disease.

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I hear that there is a secret swingers/swappers club in that village of Lenoxlobotomy.

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Lenoxology = Greg Federspiel giving 56K to NY swindlers.

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I guess local marketing firms aren’t good enough for the Lenox “millionaires.” They have turned a lovely old town into a tourist trap. That unfortunately also traps folks who actually live in Lenox.

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Often, when “unknowns” are brought in to help out there is a kickback scheme hiding in the shadows. It is a common political ruse these days, used as cover for white collar crime.

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Dunderheadness of Herculean Dimensions

As you can see from the response to THE PLANET as well as this sampling of comments posted elsewhere, “Lenoxology” was dead on arrival. The conspirators involved in this Guffaw — dunderheadness of an Herculean dimension — had good reason not to involve We The People or listen to their advice when they slammed their handiwork. Kickbacks? We have no evidence of same. On the other hand, we have no proof that the K-word hasn’t been part of the deal all along.  we have none whatsoever, either way.

In a sense, THE PLANET would derive more comfort if it turned out that there was Big Dig-type Funny Business going on with “Lenoxology.” It’s like one can understand when a run-of-the-mill spy sells info for stinking money. When one sells because of zealotry or ideology, now that’s disturbing. At least the stubbornness of its progenitors would have a reasonable explanation, for who cannot understand simple human greed. ‘Tis a temptation that has caught an endless supply of officials, businesspeople, and others placed in positions of trust going back to the beginning of time.

We have been glad to provoke this much-needed discussion, while the town stands on the cusp of another election.



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Muchos gratias.






  1. spectator
    April 27, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I bet some investigation would reveal a personal connection that goes beyond business with Bodden Hamilton and the people who made the decision to hire them. Perhaps a relative interning at BH?

    Looking at BH’s other accounts(Israel, Prudential, Parnership for Drug Free America), I can’t imagine that they would take on a measly $56k for any other reason that doing it as a personal favor for someone.

    • danvalenti
      April 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      True. There’s funny business going on here.

  2. Still wondering
    April 27, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    A big time firm like BH would look at that 56k in the same way a local plumber would look at a leaky faucet job on Elm Street. That is, a waste of the plumbers time and not worth any real expenditure of effort. Both B and the plumber are always on the lookout for the “big account” and wish the local small fry would just stop bothering them.

    • danvalenti
      April 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Excellent point. That paltry sum, $56K, is a giant red flag. No “Big NYC Agency” (woah!) would bother, unless there’s much more to the deal than anyone knows — certainly the taxpaying public knows. PErhaps Federspeil would care to reveal what gives before THE PLANET does it for him? Just a question, as Joe Pinhead would say.

      • Eric Vincelette
        April 28, 2012 at 4:43 am #

        Here is what I know DV…BH did some previous work for a member of the Marketing and Events Committee in Israel and the person was impressed and pleased with their work…that is the extent that I know of any previous relationship BH has with anyone in Town

        • danvalenti
          April 28, 2012 at 8:11 am #

          Israel?! Oy vey. That explains much.

          • Molly
            April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

            What exactly does that explain?

  3. Eric Vincelette
    April 27, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Lenoxology or no Lenoxology, and I’m no marketing expert, Lenox is Still a ” Great Little Town” DV and anyone who says otherwise can ” GO F- themselves…People still know each other in Lenox..Our schools are great schools that produce great students and results..People still look out for People in Lenox DV…Hey look I grew up in Pittsfield and I am the first to criticize either Pittsfield or Lenox when needed, but to say Lenox isn’t still a “Great Little Town” is Bullspit DV. It’d be like saying Stockbridge has lost it’s Smalltown Charm because Nancy Fitz is trying to upgrade The Red Lion. Lenox is trying to evolve and stay ahead of the curve. Our Townsfolk care about Our Town. Come to our Town meeting this coming Wed, it will be packed to the rafters. This is kinda like a situation where I can knock my kid brother but look out if anyone else does.

    • Scott
      April 27, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I live in Pittsfield by dettingers and I usually stay as far south as I can and I always support Loebs when I’m in the area the Italian steak house is good too! Train is coming to tanglewood this year I think I may go. There are a lot of scummy people all over I look at rude new Yorkers the same way as grubby Pittsfield crack heads and I always flip them off in traffic so they feel at home here.

      • levitan
        April 27, 2012 at 10:07 am #

        I don’t suppose that is the reason driving South of Pittsfield is hell?

        • Scott
          April 27, 2012 at 10:48 am #

          it will be for the next few weeks anyways.

          • levitan
            April 27, 2012 at 11:11 am #

            (I was referring to your description of your driving habits.)

      • Molly
        April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

        Scott – your post is a perfect example of why I wish there were a “Like” button! So consider this “liked”!!! 😉

        • Scott
          April 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

          Molly you’re getting it Levitan is not. I grew up in Pittsfield I can’t blame Lenox for not wanting the riff raff from here there. A major part of my income comes from second home owners in the Berkshires at times. We’ve all dealt with rude new yorkers in the Berkshires and hey they don’t call us MassHoles for nothing!

          • Molly
            April 28, 2012 at 10:17 am #

            Do you mean Levitan/Dan Valenti?

          • danvalenti
            April 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

            Care to explain?

          • levitan
            April 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

            Molly you’re getting it Levitan is not.

            Scott, you have yet to get it. I commute daily from north to south, and wonder at the locals in South county flipping me off for slowing down to turn.


            Passive aggressiveness is a sign of emotional weakness.

          • Molly
            April 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

            DV – Please don’t talk to ME about being “Passive Aggressive”. No aggression here at all! Perhaps I need to send you a mirror…

          • danvalenti
            April 30, 2012 at 7:03 am #

            You have me baffled. I don’t recall talking about you being passive-aggressive. You may be laying someone else’s sins upon me, a condition not unfamiliar to me, incidentally.

          • Molly
            April 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

            Scott – I don’t blame Lenox for not wanting Pittsfield’s riff raff either. With all of the money that we’ve spent rebuilding North Street, I won’t walk down North Street at night. Nor will i park my car in any of the garages or lots. But I would feel safe in Lenox! Why would Lenox want to advertise something that would bring in the same riff raff that prevents me and many others from going to our own downtown?

            And yes, I agree, some of the New Yorkers are extremely rude! Not all, but many are. You’re just trying to make them feel at home, as you said! :-)The Lenox businesses cow-tow to them as they want/need their business and so for the most part, they get away with it. And I know that I’d much rather deal with a rude New Yorker than deal with the gangs in Pittsfield’s downtown. And those that own second homes in the Berkshires bring a lot of needed money to local small businesses as well as big bucks in property taxes to Berkshire cities and towns. But when was the last time you heard of a New Yorker buying a second home in Pittsfield? There are a few like lake-front property on Onota Lake, but for the most part, they don’t buy second homes in Pittsfield.

    • danvalenti
      April 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      You’re missing the point. When you say people still look out for people, of course they do. You can say the same for the majority of folks in Pittsfield. The point is the idiots in government. In both towns, they are managing in a vacuum. While it makes more sense for Lenox to fall in love with a recreation-and-resort economy, the actions in Lenoxology, the town’s finances as revealed in the most recent audit (“serious deficiencies”), and issuing loans to private-sector for-profit buck makers (to name but a few examples) makes no sense at all. As you will recall, I moderated a debate in Lenox a year ago. That opened up some channels and conduits for THE PLANET. They report to me now and again. In the subsequent year, the town has soiled the bed. Now you can remain oblivious to that or not, as you wish, but if you — as a prospective town leader — cannot face facts, you only reinforce my arguments. Yes, the town meeting will be packed. Folks still care about each other. Too bad the leadership in your town couldn’t give a f— (one F bomb for one F bomb). D-BOOT! Don’t Become One Of Them. You’re far too smart and have a far better future in store. You’re better than that.

      • Eric Vincelette
        April 28, 2012 at 4:52 am #

        I agree that the Private Loan and the Books not being fully reconcilled were WAY off base and I would never have supported the Loan and would have raised quite an issue with the Books being not up to date. Questions which I did raise anyway behind closed doors. I agree their has been many devisive issues during the past year. Some of which could have been mitigated by different leadership styles and some that could have been avoided if their wasn’t so much of a witch hunt mentality by citizens who if they were really wanting to make a difference SHOULD have been involved in the decision making process as it was going on instead of after the fact.. The Selectboard in Lenox , takes no Stipend or Health Insurance as part of the Gig unlike MANy of their couterparts. And also know that the F- bomb was not directed at you personally, I have way to much respect for you to do that. Just it was aimed at anyone who is dissing the Town that I have chosen to call home and is filled with many good people.

        • danvalenti
          April 28, 2012 at 8:11 am #

          Remember, I endorsed you in last year’s election, and I did so because I liked the work you did on the Finance Committee to raise awkward but necessary questions. You were also ahead of the others on the issue of unfunded liabilities, an issue that will ignite someday down the road. I, too, share that mutual respect. You’re a good man, involved in the system, and trying to induce positive change.

        • Molly
          April 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

          I really don’t see the big deal with Lenox spending $56K for advertising. Advetising is very expensive and that’s really not all that much money, from an advertising perspective, to market an entire town. And to a big NYC advertising firm, 56K is nothing! You get what you pay for and for $56K, they got “Lenoxology”. Some people like it and others don’t — it would be that way in Lenox no matter what the slogan was. And actually, the fact that the town leaders wanted to market Lenox is probably a good thing! If they went to Winstanley for this, then there would be an outcry of town leaders funneling town dollars to their friends.

          I think Lenox is a great little town! I also think that there are a few with big megaphones that are never happy and are going to complain no matter what. I was surprised to read about the GOB’s and the shenanigans going on in Becket. I guess it’s everywhere!

  4. Beacon Hill Mob
    April 27, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Lenoxology – Town Mis-Manager and Selectmen, with heads up the toristas rectum

  5. HB2IW4
    April 27, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    So what are you proposing as an idea to raise additional revenue Mr T? Another Property Tax increase?

    • Beacon Hill Mob
      April 27, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      No need for additional revenue, IF the Town stopped it’s FRIVOLOUS SPENDING on tourist agendas and instead focused its finances on items that benefit the Citizens and Town infrastructure.

      Want an example?

      The Selectmen just peed away another $2500 of Taxpayer money, on a “loan” to a FOR PROFIT car show organizer.

      And this is at a time when the Town does not even know how solvent it’s finances are, as Mr Federspiel the Town Mis-Manager, has neglected to balance the books for two years.

      NO Guarantee of repayment and no interest!!!!

      BTW, has Federspiel got the books balanced, YET

      • skier1
        April 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

        It was announced Wednesday night at the BOS meeting that the books were finally reconciled. Just in time for the town meeting next week.

        • danvalenti
          April 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

          Amazing coincidence! I can’t imagine the good people in the town falling for it, though. That town meeting should turn into a roast, if you get my drift.

      • Molly
        April 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

        How is this different than Pittsfield forgiving a $500,000 loan to Barrington Stage? Or the millions that it gave to the Colonial? Those are private businesses (and at that, they don’t even pay taxes as they are both tax exempt). I understand the issue of giving an interest free loan to a private business, but I’m sure that temporary investment will greatly benefit all of the businesses in Lenox as well. Lenox has always been a “tourist destination” — that’s where most of their revenues come from. So what’s the big deal?

    • Scott
      April 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Brilliant HB2IW4! Do you work in gov’t???

      • Eric Vincelette
        April 28, 2012 at 4:53 am #

        I think it was a sarcastic question Scott

        • Scott
          April 28, 2012 at 9:44 am #

          And I gave a sarcastic answer.

  6. Beacon Hill Mob
    April 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    A great comment from an article in the Left Winged Parrot.


    Flynn also reported that the Wall Street Journal is pursuing an article about the town’s “Discover Lenox” and “Lenoxology” marketing campaign, via the Bodden Hamilton firm under contract to the town.

    Article will be titled ” When municipal management goes bad.”

    Fire Federspiel!!

    …when did we vote to pay for events in Lenox?
    Are the selectman allowed to loan money out?
    Bankers? Will there be a loan agreement?
    Can we all now get loans from the town? No interest to boot?

    …again I’ll ask – Who said the selectmen could loan money to a third party?
    I would think this is a breach of fiduciary responsibilty.
    Risk Capital?

    This all from an entity with no proper recoed keeping or managment structure.

    I bet the Journal wants to write an article.

    • Luxor Rex
      April 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Beacom Hill great e-mail. We didn’t vote to pay for events! Selectmen should be fired for this despicable loan as you say to a for-profit biz. Federspiel = recent audit shows serious problems with the finances. Eric Vincelete failed candidate now playing both sides, he must be thinking of running for something. What a wuss.
      WSJ should write an article on how the town has sunk to the level of the obnoxious NYC Certain Types who think they own us . Town doesn’t caer about the people anymore just about them rich —–.

      • Scott
        April 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

        There are a lot of people who benefit from the city traffic coming here.

        • Luxor Rex
          April 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

          And many many more who dont.

          • Scott
            April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

            So business is bad for the Berkshires? Whether you work in a restaurant or in the trades and merchants everyone profits in a way from tourist ans seasonal residents.

          • danvalenti
            April 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

            Yes, lots of jobs are created, but they are generally low-wage, few-to-no-benefits type work. The compensation for service-type jobs in a recreation and resort economy do not allow people to raise families, buy homes, put down roots. They are generally filled by students, seniors who have to keep working to survive, illegals, and that sort. The preponderance of these jobs will doom the Berkshires the an R&R economy, and that’s a loser. Back in the Day, those jobs were ancillary and actually a sign of health. Remember, there were 20,000+ good-pay/good-benefits manufacturing jobs (GE, Beloit-Jones, Eaton, Crane, Sprague, the textile mills, the paper industry). THAT was the economy. Arts and tourism make great supporting actors but lousy stars in local economies.

        • Beacon Hill Mob
          April 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

          There is a LOT of NEGLECT of Town services for Lenox Citizens due to the siphoning of tax dollars for tourist interests, due to “city traffic”.

          If the road does not carry “city traffic” to Tanglewood it won’t get paved until the holes will swallow a Subaru, and then a shabby job will be done. No brick pavers for Lenox Dale or North Lenox!!!

          The “city traffic” uses up our already over burdened water and sewer systems.

          When will some tax money get spent on upgrading these systems? Or will we just wait until the pipes start bursting?

          What if Pittsfield can no longer supply the Town with water, due insufficient output of the Towns system?

          For that matter why is the Town supplying a tourist trap in Stockbridge with water, Kripalu?

          The shops that residents nor longer patronize, and close up for 6 months of the year, in the hysterical district will benefit.

          As will the motels and hotels that the residents never stay in. They do provide lots of low paying service jobs, but these are mostly for non-residents or renters, as you can’t afford a home in Town at these rates of pay.

          Speaking of which, if this tourist economy is so good, why is the Town nearly broke, with an under funded pension system for Town workers? And struggling to pay for basic health insurance for the same workers. Is Mr. Federspiel under the same retirement plan?

          Lastly, Town residents just love breathing the fumes from and traffic jams caused by,”city traffic”,

          • Scott
            April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

            Move I guess it’s been a tourist driven area for a while now.

          • joetaxpayer
            April 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

            Drive through Lenox Dale every day, roads are fine.Stop your bitching,most roads to tanglewood are state roads, which are usally taken good care of.RELAX about city traffic it does not exsist in the Berkshires,you must get out more.

      • Eric Vincelette
        April 28, 2012 at 4:40 am #

        @ Luxor…What two sides am I playing? I’m not running for anything actually. I’m no huge fan of Lenoxology or the chaos that it has caused up til this point. WHat makes a failed candidate sir? I’m pretty proud of the fact that in part to my driving some issues we were able to establish and fund, this year also, an OPEB Trust fund to the tune of $250k plus and have talked about more ways to do so in the future. Our Town employees also have adjusted their contributions to Health Insurance, again saving the town money, a big discussion on the Finance COmmittee. We also just recently shot down a proposal to put Wind Turbines atop Lenox Mtn…So what YOU see as a “failed candidate” is me seeing someone just becoming more well rounded, educated and involved. How many committees and boards do you sit on or volunteer your time too, I’d be interested to know. Who is the WUss now my mysterious poster? And since you brought up my “failed” candidacy, WHO did you vote for last election, especially since you paint yourself as a Non Vested interest voter?
        PS…And there is NO way I would have voted for a Loan to the Car SHow..I’m interested to see your response

  7. tito
    April 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Creative overtime.

  8. Jeff
    April 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I fail to see why Lenox taxpayers are subsidizing the marketing of Lenox for the benefit of innkeepers, shops and restaurants. I couldn’t agree more with BHM…. There are plenty of areas in town that could and should get tax dollars before throwing it into a rat hole like that Lenoxology bullshit!

  9. joetaxpayer
    April 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Jeff, who do they think they are Pittsfields downtown Inc.

    • Beacon Hill Mob
      April 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Hey Joe, why did Holmes Rd have huge potholes for 4 consecutive years, and was only keep passable by hodge podge patchwork?

      Broken asphalt from the patch work was dumped on residents lawns.

      The Town finally paved it, but did nothing to address the poor drainage that was caused by the curbing the Town installed the last time the road was paved. Water runs for hundreds of yards down the street with no place to go. This gets real fun when temperatures allow things to freeze.

      Also, crumbling culverts and toppling guard rails were never even touched on the last round of paving.

      Will we have to wait 8 more years for the Town to fix these? While the Town spends money like a drunken sailor on shore leave to attract tourists.

      • levitan
        April 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

        The town of Lenox is now responsible for repairing potholes on Pittsfield’s share of Holmes Road?

        • Beacon Hill Mob
          April 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

          Pittsfield section though longer, was never neglected for the length of time as Leinox’s section of Holmes Rd.

          And I bet the Pittsfield DPW didn’t throw refuse from pothole repair onto residents lawns, like happened to me, in Lenox.

          • levitan
            April 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

            Pittsfield section though longer, was never neglected for the length of time as Leinox’s section of Holmes Rd.


            Holmes Road was repaved in one fell swoop. The end section is and was in good condition, and you should be delighted not to have to endure another 4 months of no-driving on Holmes.

            Meanwhile, let’s not get into a “my pothole is bigger than your pothole’ ad hominem argument, ok?

    • danvalenti
      April 28, 2012 at 8:13 am #


  10. Scott
    April 28, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    I don’t agree Dan you’re only considering the the low paying positions in the fields you described. The owners of those business’s are profiting nicely. I love painting for big city people who own second homes here because they always pay real good and never have a problem getting paid. Those same people shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants and spend money at other places. I do agree however that a strictly arts based economy isn’t going to help we need real jobs. But tell me this Maxymillion does every construction job are his guys all making enough to live the American dream as you describe it? I think the fairness of money distribution is a whole other debate.

    • danvalenti
      April 28, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Good points, Scott.

  11. Scott
    April 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    levitan it’s blinker (count to three) then brake hope that helps.

    • levitan
      April 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm #


      Here’s the point – I’ll spell it out for you. The summers become unpleasant on account of locals, such as you described yourself, flippin’ off drivers who catch their attention the wrong way.

      At least you seem to have a policy for flipping people off, I hope it brings you happiness.

      • Molly
        April 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

        Oh please – I’m sure they are more than accustomed to that and as Scott said, he’s just making them feel at home! There are a lot of New Yorker’s who think they own the entire road and drive as such. So if they don’t want the locals ire, then don’t drive like you’re the only one using the road. And if they’re that arrogant that they still think they’re the only ones on the road, then they deserve it.

        • Scott
          April 30, 2012 at 4:14 am #

          Yes there is that side of it. I guess I’ll have to be more obvious the next time I’m trying to use satire. I have driven in the city before and that was the experience I had but I guess not ALL NY’s are like that.

      • Scott
        April 30, 2012 at 4:10 am #

        Levitan, everything I said was a joke because as I post here with my real name and a link to my website in traffic I am driving a commercial vehicle with my company on the side. I am a very transparent person I don’t go through life bullying poor city folk. Besides as I said I love the second home owners and tourist I profit off them as many others do.

        • levitan
          April 30, 2012 at 6:12 am #

          I just fear that perhaps you mistake me or other drivers who do not measure up for out of town traffic.

          Everything that I write is a joke too. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t mean it.

  12. joetaxpayer
    April 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Big raid at city bars in Pittsfield friday night,some city employees caught in the sting.Anyone hear about this?

    • danvalenti
      April 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Heard whispers about this. Anyone with info, you are welcome to send along, privately or otherwise (

    • Scott
      April 30, 2012 at 4:10 am #

      Man the one night I don’t turn the scanner on!

      • Steve Wade
        April 30, 2012 at 5:20 am #


  13. Ray Ovac
    April 30, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    DV, is this week’s Nilan hearing open to the public; what is the purpose of this particular hearing; and who is the presiding judge?

  14. Joe Blow
    April 30, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Word on the street is drug raids at local businesses this weekend. Not a peep from the Berkshire Eagle..why?

    • danvalenti
      April 30, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      Good question, Joe. Could be it doesn’t fit into their “rah-rah zis-boom-bah” agenda, you know, the one that puts advertisers ahead of readers.

      • spectator
        April 30, 2012 at 8:35 am #

        what advertisers? the eagle is a barren wasteland of an advertising medium. Even most of the ads on their website are from ad networks.

  15. Beacon Hill Mob
    April 30, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    levitan April 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    ” Popppycock!

    Holmes Road was repaved in one fell swoop. The end section is and was in good condition, and you should be delighted not to have to endure another 4 months of no-driving on Holmes.”

    You need a lesson in local geography.

    The last 0.65 miles of Holmes Rd is in Lenox. The city/town line is at 42 24 22N 73 15 25 W, just south of the southern border of the old Chapman Farm

    Pittsfield has NEVER paved the Lenox section and vice versa, further the whole length has never been paved at once.

    My point was never who has the bigger pot holes,

    it is that the Town services to CITIZENS suffer due to the undue influence of the Torista Lobby and the shiphoning of Taxpayer dollars to fund their agendas.

    • Beacon Hill Mob
      April 30, 2012 at 7:17 am #


      • levitan
        April 30, 2012 at 7:56 am #

        Having driven Holmes Road on a daily basis in it’s entirety for 4 years, I have developed an indigenous knowledge of the terrain. I can sense geological deformities even before they are noticed by organic chemists and sociologists living in ivory towers. Your numerical coordinates will not get you through the wilderness, so you should trust my intuition.

        During those terrible times, I can attest that the entire road was not paved until the summer of 2011 (in your calendar) at which time the entire road was in serious need of detour on account of heavy equipment lying around everywhere.

        • levitan
          April 30, 2012 at 7:58 am #


          I don’t suppose Nejaimes and Family Footwear would like to have lost the traffic from Chapman Road just to satisfy a sense of entitlement to asphalt from disgruntled Lenoxologists.

          • Beacon Hill Mob
            April 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

            I see the word “entitlement” coming from the one born with a silver/golden spoon in his mouth.

            Is Holmes Rd there to serve Nejames??? OR THE CITIZENS THAT LIVE ON IT???

            If it languished in disrepair for YEARS, who is to blame?

            a) the taxpayers who live there

            b) the Town Govenment sprucing up things for tourist season in the hysterical district/roads to TW

            A polite answer?

            Without the smokescreens Town Government has been blowing us from greedy minds, and foul sub gastrointestinal places for years now.

            I am NOT a Lenoxologist, but You sure are!!

          • Beacon Hill Mob
            April 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

            Well spoken, as a POLITICIAN!!!

            Want to see pictures that Chronology the degradation of Holmes Rd? Year by year, with frozen water running to Pittsfield, ¼ mile? I’ll make a PowerPoint presentation and bring it to a Selectman’s meeting.

            You will make a Monkey of your DPW engineers, whom were told of this drainage problem when they installed curbing, with no drainage years ago…..; Lenoxology!

            Does this road make code with NO DRAINAGE?

        • Beacon Hill Mob
          April 30, 2012 at 8:26 am #

          The Lenox portion of the road was paved 2010.

          I guess your chronology and intuition needs work too,as your timeline is off and you can’t seem to tell where Lenox ends and Pittsfield begins.

          As far as getting lost, a compass suits me fine, never needed a GPS.

          Never been in an “Ivory Tower”, but I bet the Torista Lobby will want to build one with taxpayer money.

          • levitan
            April 30, 2012 at 9:45 am #


            I’m not handy with Western chronology, but I still think you’re blowing smoke up our a$$es.

  16. Beacon Hill Mob
    April 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    You only care about your a$$ets.

    Not Lenox Taxpayers

  17. Beacon Hill Mob
    April 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    O’h Yes!!!

    If angry Lenox Citizens could blow “smoke”, you would be gone on the next cloud.

    • levitan
      May 1, 2012 at 6:22 am #


      I’d try to anwer you, but I can’t seem to get a word in edgewise as you have fallen into an argument with yourself and sorry to say, you are not making a lot of sense.