MORE INFORMATION ON TAILGATE-GATE … WHAT WAS COACH BARBAROTTA’s ROLE IN THE ALLEGED BOOZE FEST? WHERE IS THE COMMENTARY FROM NOSEWORTHY? BARBALUNGA? SCHOOL COMMITTEE? THE MATTER HAS THE STENCH OF VOMIT-AND-BOOZE … plus … WHY DID BARBALUNGA DENY THE APPLICATION OF THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR PITTSFIELD SCHOOL SUPT.? WHAT IS HE AFRAID OF IN THE CASE OF CHRISTINE CHANNING WILSON?
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012) — Tailgate, or, if you prefer Taligate-gate continues to occupy much conversation around the water coolers and subterranean corridors of the bedraggled city of Pittsfield, and rightly so. The Pittsfield Public School system makes much of its zero-tolerance policy on alcohol and drugs. The PPS is so serious about it that, as everyone knows, virtually any middle- and high-schooler has E-Z access to a variety of drugs (heroin, crack, grass, meth, etc.) and booze. If you gave a kid an assignment to come to class the next day with a quantity of crack or some other substance, they would deliver an A+ performance.
Give them liberty, or give them meth!
A Serious Joke
The fact of the matter is, like so much of the business of what passes for quality education in Pittsfield, the enforcement of the policy amounts to a serious joke, one without a punchline, except for the many lives ruined by the indifference from the people in power, the Suits. Officials will trot out a glorified PR stunt such as the D.A.R.E. program. It gives them good headlines and puff pieces in mainstream media such as the Boring Broadsheet, but it does nothing (and some experts argue it has actually increased drug experimentation on the part of young people) to keep kids away from substances they cannot handle.
What Was the Role of the Head Coach?
The Taconic High School head football coach, Vinnie Barbarotta, double dips as a city employee (painter, maintenance department) and head football coach (does he receive a salary or stipend for this? Presumably so). What was his role, exactly, in the presence of alcohol and drinking by high school senior footballers? What did he do? What didn’t he do? What did he know? What didn’t he know? Did he encourage or discourage this? Should any of this be a consideration in terms of his employment by the city? Because he comes from what one reader calls “a prominent local sports family,” does that make him automatically immune from consequences?
We don’t know, but we can say that it would not surprise us in the least, since that is the way of things in the den of corruption known as local politics: The GOBs and Vested Interests get taken care of, while the taxpayers get screwed. The Nilans of the world walk, while the Kapanskis take up their burden.
“The blooming bastards.” as Col. Mustard so elegantly telegramed today.
THE PLANET knows that’s true. You know that’s true. They know that’s true.
Other questions abound: Was the trip to the UCONN game a school-sponsored activity or not? What defines that? Who will say, definitively? One would think, along the norms of common sense, that a coaching staff taking senior footballers to a college football game would qualify as a “school-sponsored event.”
Were waivers signed? Did parents know what was going to happen? What were the liabilities in the event the drinking led to tragedy? Were taxpayers on the hook? Why have the interested parties been silent? Where are the statements of Barbarotta? The school committee? Doctor Noseworthy? Chairman Barbalunga?
When will this bullspit stop? When will We The People finally step up and, in an act of defiance and revolution, take back THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT?
Information from a Well-Placed Flounder
We also share this information, from a well-place, inside source who has knowledge of the situation:
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It’s important to note that not all of the coaches participated. Bill Garvey was not involved, did not attend and would not condone this behavior. He works as an assistant to Barbarotta for football. Garvey does not even take the stipend for coaching football (at least in the past.) He is also the Head coach of the Taconic Lacrosse team. This may also be true of other coaches on the staff.
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If this information is accurate, as we have reason to believe, THE PLANET applauds coach Bill Garvey and the two students who said “no.” They should be rewarded. We want more MEN like Mr. Garvey. We want fewer of the enablers who know their own name. The rest of this story still stinks with the stench of vomit and alcohol.
This is the type of situation that, in years past, before this website, would have been quietly swept under the rug. There is, though, one huge change in the dynamics: “They” no longer control the flow of information, which has the GOB and the Vested Interests terrified, defensive, and on the run. It won’t amount to squat, in the long run, as long as people fall to apathy and let these scoundrels commit theft in broad daylight.
The game is slowly changing. Anyone with knowledge and access to a computer is now a PLANET source, and many are sharing what they know. The Little Guy is still getting run over, but at least now, good, honest, and involved citizens can say, “THE PLANET told you so.”
THE PLANET is present everywhere, through, our vast network of spies, Z-Agents, Secret Squadron members, and assorted informants, STOOLEYs, and Gumshoes. We have our agents in the most intimate places of power. We shall report.
The line is drawn.
CHAIRMAN BARBALUNGA DEEP-SIXES WILSON APPICATION
The inept Pittsfield School Committee is in its second stab at finding a successor to Jake “The Snake” Eberwein III as Pittsfield School superintendent. Super Jake fulfilled the Insiders’ dream to a tee for a PPS boss: He had a connected family, he was compliant, he would not rock the boat, and he would be a willing confederate in the effort to perpetuate the myth of accomplishment in a rapidly decaying school district.
Enter Christine Canning Wilson. She is an internationally respected expert in education. She has more letters after her name than a bowl of Campbell’s alphabet soup. She has the reputation as a no-nonsense, sharp-as-a-razor educator, precisely the kind that could get the Pittsfield schools singing arias. All things being equal, a school district as desperate as the PPS would grovel to get such a person.
She’s Eminently Qualified, so Naturally, the School Committee Goon Wants No Part of Her
In a previous employment in the Pittsfield schools, Wilson sided with taxpayers, her “big mistake,” as one member of the school department establishment put it to us. She blew the whistle on the corruption she saw. For that reason, the Pittsfield School Committee wants no part of her. She’s too smart, too able, too capable, too honest, and doesn’t possess the “Roll over and play dead” compliance that the GOBs want in their next superintendent. Is that the reason school board chairman Alf Barbalunga has refused to let Wilson’s application for superintendent to be entered in the mix.
On Nov. 19, 2012, Wilson sent the following letter to the Pittsfield School Committee. In another exclusive, THE PLANET publishes it here, for the first time anywhere. Remember: THEY don’t want you to see this. She wrote:
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She heard nothing. On Dec. 6, Channing wrote this reminder to the school committee:
Finally, THE PLANET obtained through a confidential source the reply of the school committee to Ms. Wilson’s attorney, Michael Hinckley of Donvan and O’Connor, sent through the committee’s attorney, hired gun Russell Dupere, Esq. :
This means that a most qualified individual — and likely the most qualified person to have applied for the job — will not even get five seconds before the Goon Squad.
When THE PLANET had a two-hour lunch sit-down with Barbalunga months ago (at the fabulous Red Lion Inn), we told him we’d call them as we saw them. Alf said he would want it no other way. We remind him of that now. [CORRECTION: We initially reported that THE PLANET picked up the tab. That is incorrect. Barbalunga paid for the meal and left the tip. We add this in the interest of accuracy and for the record. That being said, we have bought many a meal for many a public figure, and made a hasty assumption that we did so for Alf, who is a "pick up the tab" kind of guy, which THE PLANET respects]. If there is another reason why the school committee can’t take her application, the public needs to know what that is.
Folks, here’s the real deal, one that the BB or no other local media source will tell you about the Pittsfield Public School system: There are too many people riding the gravy train for a reform superintendent to come in and clean house. Barbalunga and the majority of the committee don’t have the stones to stand up for the Little Guy here, the Mary Jane and Joe Kapanskis, who, though they no longer have children in the public schools, continue to be robbed blind by those who would nefariously act in their name.
LIFE WITH BASKETBALL STOMACH ISN’T WHAT IT SHOULD BE. NOT THAT IT EVER WAS. NOT THAT IT EVER IS,. NOT THAT IT EVER WAS.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.