By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI NEWS & COMMENTARY
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012) — Many have asked how Toby II turned out. As you likely know, Toby II was the Kirvin Park dog walk organized by Pittsfield citizen Ken Ramsdell to honor cute, little Toby Moore, the pooch hero of the sad events of Dec. 8, 2011, when his master, Peter Moore, was run down and left for dead by a driver that police later charged with criminal activity.
THE PLANET could not attend, since we were hard at work on deadline for stories, but we did receive this report from Ramsdell.
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A good time was had by all who stopped in. The star of the show, Mr. Toby Moore, was present and playful. The Moore family took a walk in their park as a family and enjoyed themselves on a wonderful Berkshire day. Through out the morning some 40-50 people showed up to walk their dogs in the park that they pay for.
It was actually nice to see so many people using the park.
For some unexplained reason the pooper-scooper station was clean out of bags. I guess I should have gone through the gauntlet of the permitting process so the City was aware that we were going to have a dog walk and could have ensured it was replenished before our arrival. I guess it just further proves the process of the permiting isn’t to ensure the parks are stocked and ready. It seems as if the purpose is to ensure the City is aware of who wants to be in the park. The bag issue was overcome thankfully (I had multiple copies of my permit) and a great time was had by all.
Thanks to all that used their park and supported the cause both in person and spirit.
I am looking forward to next week as well at Springside and we do need to have a pick up game of wiffle ball in the park one of these days. I like the idea of THE PLANET and Charlie Garavaltis being captains. Just sayin.
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Ramsdell, who himself became one of the heroes of the ensuing events in the aftermath of Dec. 8, 2011 for undergoing The Ramsdellian Gauntlet (what we call the insane permitting process in the city of Pittsfield), makes a great point here. The permitting process isn’t so much about allowing citizens to enjoy their rights as much as it is a political activity. The city wishes to know who is daring to use their own facilities — kind of like the way certain people like to photograph who shows up at events. Hmmm, you don’t think the GOB has enemy lists, do you?
As for the invitation to be a captain, THE PLANET will accede that right to Charlie Garivaltis, a man who should be the next grand marshal of the Fourth of July Parade. We will try to show up that day, however, to pitch in as one of the grunts. It will all depend on our writing and traveling schedule for the weekend. Wiffle ball? Oh yeah, Babe. We are sooooo THERE!!!
INCIDENT REPORTED AT GREYLOCK BRANCH ON MERRILL ROAD
Americans do not wait well. One of The Professor’s assignments when we are studying description as a rhetorical technique is for students to observe people waiting in line at a bank, the post office, grocery story, ballpark — anywhere where that insufferable activity occurs.
Invariably, they come back with work in hand enlightened about how differently people wait. There are fidgeters, harumphers, stoics, loudmouths, readers, and practically every human reaction under the sun can be seen if you watch and wait long enough.
With that, we present this story, posted as a comment early this morning by periodic contributor Glenn Heller. We have not independently confirmed that this incident took place, although we have no reason to doubt it happened as reported. We have contacted Greylock Federal Credit Union, asking for a comment. We asked if the incident is accurate as reported or, if not, could they correct the record. We shall share what they report.
CUSTOMERS AT MERRILL ROAD GREYLOCK BRANCH ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT STRACUZZI
By GLENN HELLER
Special to PLANET VALENTI
Greylock Federal Credit Union members, still seething over the GFCU board of directors’ lack of transparency regarding former CEO Angelo Stracuzzi’s sudden departure and rumored ‘golden parachute’, vented their displeasure this past Saturday at one of the credit union’s Pittsfield branches.
The following is an eyewitness account of an incident that took place at GFCU’s branch on Merrill Road.
According to the eyewitness, whose name is being withheld upon request:
“I was in the bank and customers in line were getting very annoyed. It was busy and there were only two teller windows open.
“Meanwhile, three employees, two women and a guy with obviously little to do, were fooling around putting up posters and generally clowning around.
“The guy, who’d apparently finished what he was doing, then says to the two women,’What do we do now?’
“Just then, a customers in line, a woman, addressed the three saying,’How about going behind the counter and waiting on people?’
“Another customer in line, a male, spoke up,’As long as it’s question and answer time, can any of you tell me when Greylock Federal Credit Union is going to come clean on Angelo Stracuzzi’s golden parachute? After all, we are all shareholders and deserve to know how our money was spent.’
“The place fell deathly quiet.
“The customer continued,’Oh, and one more question. When did the rest of the board of directors first learn of Mr. Stracuzzi’s legal problems? It seems to me that if they were blindsided and only found out about it at the same time as the rest of us, they would have fired Mr. Stracuzzi and his accomplice Mr. [Clifford] Nilan rather than let them resign with compensation.’
“The room stayed quiet as a church for a long moment as the three decorating employees scurried away like rats without answering.
“Then something unexpected happened. Half, maybe more, of the customers in the bank burst into applause. It was totally spontaneous!
“A teller (not one of the three who’d earlier been decorating) sat down and opened up another window, and everyone in line moved through.
“As he was leaving, I saw at least two customers take the male questioner aside, shake his hand and thank him for speaking up.
“People have NOT forgotten!”
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We thank Heller for sharing that information. If anyone has reason to believe this is not accurate, particularly any Greylock employees, THE PLANET shall only be too glad to include their version of what, if anything, transpired.
ROMNEY NAMES MYERS TO HEAD VP SEARCH
Those who dealt with Mitt Romney when Mr. Mitt governed Massachusetts may remember Beth Myers. Back in the day, she served the governor as chief of staff. Today. she a senior advisor in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama. Romney, sticking with a key member of his team, named Myers to lead the search for the VP part of the national ticket.
Many names are being bandied about, and the speculation is all but worthless. The VP pick almost always involves a name from nowhere (Quayle, Benson, Palin, etc.). Romney hasn’t said when he will announce his choice. It will have to come before the August GOP convention. It will likely be in late June, so the junior member of the ticket can begin stumping that will include the July 4. In the campaign, the VP nominee usually acts as attack dog while the top dog tries to remain “presidential” and above the fray.
Myers has a long history of involvement in public issues and campaigns. In 2008, she was Campaign Manager for Romney’s presidential race and in this year’s campaign serves as a senior adviser. Before that, Myers served as his chief of staff through all four years of the Romney governorship. She previously worked as a litigation associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas, Texas. Starting on the 1980 Reagan campaign, Myers has worked for a slew of candidates. Working for Market Opinion Research, she developed and implemented GOTV campaigns in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Missouri. She was Deputy Campaign Manager for Ray Shamie‘s 1984 US Senate race in Massachusetts and on the 1986 Bill Clements for Governor campaign in Texas. She also spent a stint as chief of staff to Massachusetts State Treasurer Joe Malone, and worked on Malone’s 1998 campaign for governor. Myers graduated from Tufts University and received a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University School of Law. (Source: Washington Post Live)
FEELING SUMMERY AND ALL, WE SAY,
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.