DADDY JAKE LANDS ON HIS FEET AT EAGLETON SCHOOL, BUT WAS HE DOUBLE DIPPING AT THE JCR? THE SCANDALS CONTINUE IN THE ONCE-BEATIFUL CITY OF PITTSFIELD … QUICK HITS and SHORT LICKS ADDRESS MANY TOPICS, INCLUDNG BEEPERS AND THE INCOMPETENT BUT UNTOUCHABLE VETERANS AGENT … plus … LETTERS TO THE EDITOR DEAL WITH THE HYPOCRITICAL (NON-CATHOLIC) CLERGY, TAXES, AND RO THE UNTOUCHABLE
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012) — The story begins as so many do, with a dime dropped in the still of the night from someone who knows something. Cyberspace is one of the best innovations yet in terms of its ability to let loose the information on What Really Going On.
We are sorry that the Usual Gang of GOB Idiots, who are used to controlling the flow of information, have been kicked off the top of the Hill, but they must, as The Little Guy has had to do since time immemorial, “suck it up.”
Most stories that come to us this way either prove unsubstantial and not worthy of pursuit or unimportant, even when a source drops a map where the bodies are buried. Others, though, bear fruit, for example, The Great WTBR Flip-Flop Starring Larry Kratka.
Daddy Jake Lands on His Feet, But Was He Double Dipping All Along? If So, Pittsfield Taxpayers Were Again the Suckers
This one has to do with Jake — not the recently departed Boy Jake, who couldn’t contain his emotions when delivering his farewell farewell at the THS graduation. “We love you, Jake,” yelled one obviously impaired little girl, a sentiment shared by incompetents everywhere, including Ro “I am a Lesbian So Get Over It” Frieri, veterans’ agent who has told our loyal men and women in uniform get “Get f—ed,” though not in those words, exactly.
Boy Jake will sure and miraculously land in a good job with good pay for carrying GOB water (does the name Hillcrest ring a bell?), and so has Daddy Jake, who — like his son — hauled more Special Interest water than Gunga Din. We refer to Howard Eberwein II, Big Daddy, who has landed upright in his latest professional digs.
The information has been officially confirmed. The deal is this, dear reader: Don’t tell anyone, because it’s been labeled Top Secret. Guess “They” (as Larry “The Spine” Kratka calls “Them”) don’t know our spies are everywhere. Yeah, we found out.
Daddy Jake is now part of the “administrative team” as director of education at the Eagleton School. Troubled kids sure have made this man’s life sweet.
Eagleton is a “residential and teraputic program for boys nine through 22,” veddy private, veddy beaucoup bucks. Don’t even think about sending your brat there if you have to ask how much it costs to attend the Great Barrington “school” or you can get Pittsfield taxpayers to foot the bill.
The Story Gets Better
The story gets better. It seems that Daddy Jake has been serving at Eagleton for several months or longer! Hmmm, help us with the arithmetic and the physics. Can a man serve two jobs at the same time and still one person be? Wasn’t Daddy only until recently employed by the Sheriff’s Department? You don’t mean to say that he was double dipping? We are shocked, utterly shocked.
On the Eagleton web site, under “Who We Are,” they list key staff members. Eberwein is named. At the bottom of that listing, we read “Created on 02 March 2009.”
That would appear to indicate that Eberwein has been on the Eagleton staff since at least that time. We raise this as a fair question: Has Eberwein been double dipping (JRC head and Eagleton director of education) for more than three years? Is that legal? Can city taxpayers obtain recovery of money paid to the JRC for Eberwein’s salary? Can Sheriff Tom Bowler lend any light on these questions?
The Eagleton e-newsletter of January 2012 announces Daddy Jake, “who prefers to be called Howard,” as a staff member. In listing his career accomplishments, no mention is made of achievements in the line of sexual harassment.
A source from the Pittsfield School Department tells us that under Boy “We Love You” Jake, many students were condemned to the JRC, Housatonic Academy (a Hillcrest school), or Eagleton, for grounds no more substantial than biting off the earser of a No. 2 pencil. There’s money to be made, you see.
At $100 Grand Per Student, Daddy Jake Ought to Be Worth His Weight in Dung to Eagleton School
“The last number I could find of the number of PPS students attending Eagleton School was between 10-15,” one of our Pittsfield Schools source tells us. “Can you imagine the bill to Pittsfield taxpayers for sending this number of students to Eagleton? Private residential school placement can cost between $80,000 and $100,000 each year, per student. No wonder why Eagleton wants Howie Senior there, and if Howie Junior goes to Hillcrest, the market is closed in Berkshire County for residential school placements.”
Yes, we can imagine. Fifteen times $100,000 is $1.5 million, taxpayers!
Our spies also share a related piece of information. They say that Bill Heaphy is no longer the Taconic boys basketball coach. He is the new head at the JRC. Again, please keep this secret. You’re not supposed to know this.
“A job, again not posted, goes to a GOB,” one source said. The source added that Heaphy’s son, too, works for the Pittsfield School Department, that den of incest, which, if true, comes as no shocker.
Here is the “Administrative Team” as listed on the Eagleton website:
- Executive Director: Bruce Bona Ext.103
- NAPPI President: David Farrell Ext. 189 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program Director: Vickie Shufton Ext.193 email@example.com
- Human Resources: Kathleen Young Ext.196 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Residential Director: Lloyd Johnston Ext.136 email@example.com
- Clinical Director: Maureen Pryjma Ext.114 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Director: Dr. Howard Eberwein Ext.124
- Financial Director: Lori Ann Kueblbeck Ext.103 email@example.com
- Admissions Director: Leo Rosa Ext.107 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marketing Director: Becky Mitchell Ext. 105 email@example.com
Isn’t is odd that Daddy E is only one of two for whom no e-mail address is given, the other being the head of the whole shebang?
QUICK HITS AND TIDY BITS
Whole Cloth — One of the more hysterical accusations hurled at THE PLANET, perhaps ever, was the one made yesterday by a GOB apologist who accused us of “manufacturing the entire ‘TBR incident” to drive traffic on our site. We can only enjoy a good laugh at the charge at its sheer ridiculousness, although we can report that the story has led to a number of new records in terms of traffic volume at THE PLANET.
BEEPER Benefit — “If I was the host of a late-night infomercial on cable TV, this is the point where I would begin to feverishly list off all the benefits of the BYP [Berkshire Young Professionals] card,” gushes Ashley Sulock, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce‘s PR flack. “List off”?
Truly? Anyways, Sulock goes on to “list off” a myriad of benefits. Somehow, she forget to add this one: “Loyalty, or clamming up when the adults tells us to do so after having witnessed an excess of drinking sarsparilla on the night one of our members nearly kills an innocent pedestrian with her daddy’s SUV after one of our Networking Socials.”
How Dry I Am — On the BEEPER page of the June 2012 Chamber publication (page 10 for those keeping scoare at home), we have pictures of the following well-scrubbed faces: Melissa Agosto, Ricardo Morales, Joe Ryan, Kerry Ryan, Michelle Bissell, Allison Chomiere, Ashley Alter, Thomas O’Brien Jr., Christine Hoyt, Ryan Belanger, Jill Brothers, Jackie Dolan, Lauren Cimini, Jill Brothers, Erin Carlotta, Danielle Giulian, Natanya Green, and Joe Solomon. Not one of them is pictured holding a drink. For most, not even their hands are showing. How reassuring.
Ro Ro Ro Your Boat, Gently Down the Stream — Rosanne Frieri, the woman who masquerades as Pittsfield Veterans’ Agent, says on her website that she spends her time “assisting veterans with benefits and services they have so valiantly earned by serving their Country [sic] in time of need.” How sweet. Truth in advertising would require a slight revision: “Ro Frieri spends her time sucking up to political types who will provide her cover for her lack of ability in service to veterans.” Ro is untouchable. She is Woman, hear her roar, and she is a Lesbian, mainstream’s current flavor of the month. Frieri still has not responded to THE PLANET’s request for comment on the WTBR story.
What Are We Not Getting? — Frieri has this on her website, lifted verbatim:
We provide services related to processing VA claims including VA pensions, rehabilitation, counseling related to employment, copies of discharges as well as a variety of other areas. Weddings At Rosanne M. Frieri Photography, we have a great philosophy. You Create the Moment…We Capture the Memories. That’s what we will do. Tell us how you want your special day to be remembered.
Smooth, isn’t it? One can say with respect to Bill Sturgeon, tireless advocate for veterans, She Created the Moment, and THE PLANET Captured the Memories. Frieri lists her “current city” as “Albany, NY.” What? She doesn’t even live in Pittsfield? In her listing of contributors to her failed campaign for state rep we find one “Pamela Malumphy, 16 Wellesley St., Pittsfield, $100.”
“Are you kidding me,” THE STOOLEY writes. “A lousy hundred bucks is all Pummelin’ Pam could throw down the drain for the politically correct lesbian woman candidate? What is Massachusetts coming to?”
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE PLANET has received several Letters to the Editor. Let is share some of them in an attempt to whittle down the pile:
Tax Increase on ‘Poor People’ Unconscionable
This is a response to the writers of the letter to the editor [in the Berkshire Eagle] on “Death by a thousand cuts for schools.” [The writers were members of the Christian, non-Catholic clergy]
Pittsfield is a relatively poor community with 55 % of the children on free or reduced lunch. (The FEDS just ordered us to raise our lunch prices). Yet you are proposing to raise property taxes on these poor people. You do not pay any property taxes, as you are non-profits. So I have three suggestions:
1. A local school tax on all non-profits at the rate equal to the full amount of the cost associated with the schools.
2. If you truly believe that the one million is needed then please make a dedicated donation in that amount to the school department for the next fiscal year.
3. Have all your organizations provide unlimited pre-school enrollment so that the public schools can reduce costs in an area of education that was totally private before.
The writer is a member of the Pittsfield School Committee.
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This is an open letter sent to THE PLANET addressed to Mayor Dan Bianchi:
‘How Do These People Sleep At Night?”
I approve your decision to make certain cuts to the public school budget as well as others that you see fit. Today’s article published by the Berkshire Eagle with former Mayor Ruberto’s opinion on taxes and how you could just raise the property tax because we’re already paying under state averages sickens me, and it’s the exact type of attitude and direction we need to move city gov’t away from.
I believe the Eagle writes these articles not as informational but to sway public opinion and make your job tougher. Personally I do not send my children to Pittsfield public schools and the 150 people the superintendent gathered do not reflect the views of the majority of tax payers in this city. Throwing money at education is not the answer to make it better. You make education better by holding teachers and the administration accountable and by encouraging parental involvement.
Also their story on the radio show couldn’t be farther from the truth. How do these people sleep at night? Someone asked you yesterday if you were on acid but anyone who believes the crap the Eagle spews must be on drugs.
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Finally, we received this from a husband and wife team that obviously pays attention to what’s going on in Pittsfield. They also obviously have the ability to reflect thoughtfully on the dreadful situation:
Ro Frieri: ‘An Attitude of Entitlement’
Comments: Hi Dan,
After reading today’s Eagle article on Bill Sturgeon, we immediately consulted The Planet. As expected, The Planet shed ample light on Ro Frieri, showing us who she really is (or isn’t!). She was at GE when I worked there, always the same attitude as today: one of entitlement. We are so sick of local politics and The Planet hits the mark. Tim met Bill in cardiac rehab a few years back, and we both liked him immediately. Sharp, savvy, and kind guy. I will spare you Timothy’s real comments about Pittsfield!
Anyway, what can be done to oust someone so incompetent? No wonder Pittsfield contines to erode on all fronts…the sad part is that so many deserving people, like our local vets, have to pay such a price. Abominable.
We thanks all our letter writers. THE PLANET invites letters from all parts of the political and social spectrum.
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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.