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!! PLANET EXCLUSIVE !! MORE INFORMATION SURFACES ON THS TAILGATE … EVIDENCE SUGGESTS HARD-CORE STUDENT DRINKING, LED BY COACHES, DID HAPPEN … SCHOOL DEPARTMENT REMAINS MUM … COMMITTEE MEMBER MEETS WITH DR. NOSEWORTHY … PLANET GIVING AWAY FREE TURKEY DINNERS, SO TELL US WHO COULD USE ONE …plus … MEET AMERICAN HERO WILLIAM BINNEY, THE KNIGHT OF THE KEYBOARD

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, DEC. 7,2012) — The story of the UCONN tailgating party involving Taconic High School senior footballers, the THS football coaching staff, and massive amounts of beer drinking has all but officially been confirmed. THE PLANET has heard from several people who claim knowledge of the situation, and their testimony tells us that the sad incident did take place. If it did not, we challenge the school department, the THS administration, and/or the school committee to tell us it did not, and that the initial report we received from “a THS mom” is in error.

THE PLANET also learned a few more tidbits on this story:

— We learned that two of the students did not participate in the drinking at Tailgate. These two students should be commended for their responsible behavior, and they should be publicly acknowledged.

— THE PLANET also learned that yesterday, a member of the school committee and Dr. Gordon Noseworthy met to discuss the matter. We later heard from former school committeeman Ron Kitterman who says a similar incident came up during his tenure on the school board, and everyone looked the other way. This, of course, cannot be allowed to happen.

NOT THIS TIME.

On behalf of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, who just gave the United Educators of Pittsfield a pay raise of 10% to 16% to teach the little darlings and who for years have put up with one indignity after the other in the administration of Pittsfield public schools, THE PLANET puts forth a few questions:

* THE PLANET wishes to know what THS principal John Vosburgh, Noseworthy, and the seven members of the school committee intend to do about Tailgate? We would add Joe Benjamin, THS vice principal; Pete Falkowski, dean of students; and Dr. N. Tracy Crowe, deputy superintendent to this list.

* Will they investigate?

* If so, will the investigation be aggressive and above-board? How will we know? Who can we trust?

* If they confirm that drinking did take place, will they take appropriate action against the coaching staff and the students who did the drinking?

* Is this sort of thing standard practice at THS for its senior footballers, one of the stupid, meat-headed traditions that often accompany neanderthal programs and assemblies?

A Line Drawn in the Sand

THS Tailgate is a line-in-the-sand issue now. At this address, we have detailed the fraud and corruption that has been allowed to calcify inside the heart and soul of the Pittsfield Public School system by years of poor performance, lack of accountability, and a deadening “hear, see, and speak no evil” policy that’s been in place for at least two decades. We have seen whistle-blowers punished and ostracized. We have seen unprincipled insider trading. We have seen incompetents rewarded and the accomplished held back. On behalf of taxpayers, we say: Enough!

THS Tailgate thus takes on a magnified importance. What will be done? Vosburgh, Noseworthy, and the school committee needs to face the public and tell us one of two things:

(1) This incident did not take place and the reports of it are in error

or

(2) This incident did take place, and here are the consequences we will dish out on the matter.

The policy manual of the PPS  states that “Any student who uses, possesses, distributes, sells, or otherwise furnishes alcoholic beverages … in any of the following circumstances: while on school property, on a school-provided transportation vehicle, at a designated school transportation stop, at a school-sponsored activity which is not on school property, or any activity under the jurisdiction of the school department, shall be referred to the appropriate school administrator for disciplinary action. Such an offense can range from short-term suspension to expulsion. Violations may also constitute a criminal act.”

Do these words mean anything, or are they there as window decorations?

What of the “zero-tolerance” policy? Just a game, or do they mean it?

Their actions will tell all.

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TURKEY GIVEAWAY: GIVE US NAMES OF WORTHY RECIPIENTS

As we remember the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor, THE PLANET repeats the offer of free turkey dinners:

Recently, THE PLANET announced its Turkey of the Year Award. Today, with the help of a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, we want to help him give away three full prepared Christmas dinners. Yes, today, we giveaway real turkeys.

The dinners include a 10-12 pound turkey, cooked to perfection; potatoes  (an “e”, Dan Quayle!); gravy; dressing; dinner rolls; and choice of a pumpkin or apple pie. It will all be give and served with love. They will be available for pickup at Price Chopper at Berkshire Crossing.

Our donor says he’s looking for “3 preferably eldery households who might be a little tight this time of year and could use a little rest as well. I’m looking for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski types, you know, those that have worked hard all their lives and played by the rules only to find themselves being punished with high taxes, etc. at this stage of the game.”

If you know of someone who could use this delectable Christmas gift, please respond in one of two ways:

(1) Send an e-mail to danvalenti@verizon.net or (2) Send a postal request to Dan Valenti, c/o Europolis Management, PO Box 1268, Stockbridge, MA 01262. In your communication, state the name, address, and phone number of the person(s) you are nominating, why you think they would appreciate this gift, and your name and contact information. THE PLANET can take nominations through Sunday, Dec. 16.

Please, no jokers. This is a bona fide giveaway meant with all the good wishes of the Christmas season. We want to get these dinners into the hands of three people or families that can use them. Thanks.

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EVERY KEYSTROKE, HARVESTED

When computers first started appearing in the ordinary milieu of everyday life, proponents hailed it as the greatest thing since clumping kitty litter. They would make offices and the workplace paperless and void of people, leaving us with one problem, and that would be to figure out what to do with all the leisure time.

We all know how that turned out. Most every forward and free thinker saw immediately the problems inherent in high technology, many of which had long been before outlines by artists and writers. THE PLANET has long been speaking about and writing on the implications of high technology on our lives. Our themes have included the technological homogenization of cultures, the new tools to brainwash the young (hello, Twitter, video games, texting, and the like), the threats to civil liberties, and the profound ramifications of networking.

As technology progresses to smaller, faster systems with greater storage and retrieval capacities, the threats to privacy have never been greater. Those threats will only increase, thanks to the damning and damnable so-called “national security” legislation ushered in by President George W. Bush in the hysteria following Sept. 11, 2001 and the efforts by the Obama Administration to takes Bush’s handy work and make it much worse. Good gosh, we even live in a “Homeland,” a creepy word with 50 shades of Seig Heil.

William Binney, National Hero

With this, we bring to light the work of whistle blower William Binney, a former employee of the ultra secret domestic spying agency, the National Security Agency (NSA). Binney is an American hero by his principled stance for constitutional government and the fearless manner in which he has spoken out about secrets the U.S. intelligence agency would rather you not know. We hold Binney in the highest esteem, and put him with Julian Assange in that pantheon of courage and greatness whose presence allows a shred of optimism in our technological future.

Binney says that new computer systems have made it possible for the NSA to intercept, copy, and store literallyevery e-mail being sent domestically. The e-mails aren’t being examined first and filtered for content such as terrorism or national security threats, as one would think, but are simply being harvested in bulk for storage.

What purpose would the government have in doing that? Binney answers by saying that the information can be retrieved later, by name and other qualifiers, if the government thinks it has reason to investigate someone. He has used the cases of Generals David Petraeus and John Allen to illustrate the point.

Petraeus and Allen, particularly Allen, had committed no crime, were not charged with any wrongdoing, and were persecuted solely on the basis of private e-mails sent to a private citizen. One could argue that in the case of the CIA director, the government had a legitimate reason for spying on his personal e-mails, to make sure he didn’t pass along classified information. The argument, weak as it is, would not explain going after Allen.

Another argument is that if a person isn’t doing anything wrong or hasn’t anything to hide, they shouldn’t mind the e-mails being confiscated. This line of reasoning reduces to nonsense when one realizes that it will be the central government and not the person being targeted that will define wrongdoing.

That’s the key point here. “Wrongdoing” will not be defined by common norms but by the secret definitions of the National Security State. Talk about your slippery slopes. This domestic spying — made “legal” only because in the government’s eyes, crime is a legal concept and not a moral one — threatens to undermine the pillar of the country itself: constitutional law.

You wold do well to perform a Google search on Binney if you are interested in this issue.

Welcome to Amerikant.

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OH, GO INTO THE WEEKEND IN PEACE. GO THERE IS SAFETY. FIND LOVE. MAKE SURE YOU SMILE A LOT. DON’T FORGET WHO YOU ARE AND WHY YOU ARE HERE. HAVE FUN. BE HAPPY.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

59 Responses to “!! PLANET EXCLUSIVE !! MORE INFORMATION SURFACES ON THS TAILGATE … EVIDENCE SUGGESTS HARD-CORE STUDENT DRINKING, LED BY COACHES, DID HAPPEN … SCHOOL DEPARTMENT REMAINS MUM … COMMITTEE MEMBER MEETS WITH DR. NOSEWORTHY … PLANET GIVING AWAY FREE TURKEY DINNERS, SO TELL US WHO COULD USE ONE …plus … MEET AMERICAN HERO WILLIAM BINNEY, THE KNIGHT OF THE KEYBOARD”

  1. taxman
    December 7, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I imagine the PPS authorities will do the same as their predecessor (Jake Eberwein, III) did when an incident of teachers bar-hopping with students on an overseas field trip came to light a few years ago: attempt to cover-up and then do NOTHING.

  2. Susan Moore
    December 7, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    ” How will we know, who will we trust?”

    Today may be one of historical significance for our entire nation but it holds a different type of significance for the Moore Family. A year ago life on Macintosh Drive was normal. Robin and Peter went to work, kids went to school and preparations for Christmas were in full swing. They were a typical middle class family where mom and dad worked hard to give their kids a good life in a safe neighborhood in a nice New England town with a rich history. In 24 hours all of that would change when a neighbor veered out of her lane and mowed my step son down while he was walking the family dog. She left him by the side of the cold dark street to die. It was a miracle that he did not. A year ago today was the last day of a normal life.

    Tom and I have often thought back to that night of December 8th when we called to talk to “the Pittsfield Moores”. If we had not called would Peter have left earlier to walk Toby and been home when Ms. Nilan swerved through the neighborhood? If we had said yes when our grandson asked us if we needed to speak with his dad again, would Peter have started out later and been in a different spot and just watched from a safe spot as her car sped northbound in the southbound lane of Winesap Road.? We can’t go back no matter how much we wish we could. Peter was walking the family dog and Ms. Nilan was driving the family car at the worst possible moments in time. What happened after is unforgiveable. She left him there in the road on a cold winter night with a fractured neck, a broken leg and a traumatic brain injury that has forever changed him.

    It is a testament to little Toby who stayed by his side and kept him warm and to Peter’s incredible inner strength a physical fortitude that he was able to get up and get himself home with all of his broken bones and internal injuries. That he did not succumb to hyperthermia is another miracle. You have probably all seen the photos of the damage his body did to Ms. Nilan’s vehicle as she hit him full force smashing his head through her windshield. But there is no visual evidence of what that cold pavement did to the working of his body and injured brain. He only wanted to get home and be safe in his house. Peter blanked out the entire incident and thought he had avoided getting hit! In the early morning hours when he finally let Robin look at his face she realized that he had not and had him rushed to the hospital. From there the events unfolded. You’ve read it in the Planet on how Ms. Nilan and her father pulled every trick in the book to get her the least consequences for her horrific actions possible. And they have succeeded.

    A year later where are we? You see things differently, you process life differently Peter was able to meet his physical goal of running in the Manchester, CT Thanksgiving Road Race. This is something he has done every year since he first started running with his father in the early 1980s. Toby will now walk down Winesap Road since it has been repaved and Peter’s blood is no longer there for him to see and smell. Robin still has total strangers stopping her in Wal-Mart asking her how Peter and Toby are progressing. The grandchildren are doing better and are not as anxious about moving. They learned a hard lesson in life at a young age. There are people in your very neighborhood who are careless about life and other people’s feelings and existence. They will stop at nothing to protect what they think is rightfully theirs. There are also other people in the neighborhood that will step up and help you when you are in trouble even if they don’t know you. They will shovel your driveway and bring you dinner and offer to help your family any way they can. They too were angry that somebody had violated the feeling of safety and security everyone had enjoyed living there. So many people in Pittsfield and Berkshire County rallied behind the family to show they cared for Peter and Toby. They stood up for what was right and helped to bring order out of chaos, which ruled Macintosh Lane after December 8, 2011.

    Some other good things occurred. Peter’s brother made time out of his busy life to call him on a regular basis and they have become closer like they used to be years ago before jobs and families and lives in different states took over. Tom made several trips north and was able to be with Peter and his family at critical times. Robin said it was great to have him there that first weekend when it was touch and go with Peter and the decisions about how much surgery he would need and when it would be safe for him to have it. While I stayed here in Florida I did keep track of things on line and formed a wonderful friendship with Nancy, aka Molly, an impassioned contributor to the Planet. We emailed daily, sometimes multiple times a day. I wish I had a chance to meet her in person before she passed away. I confess I do not read the Planet, as much without her spunky insights to topics I really have no other knowledge about. She made them relevant to somebody who lives 1300 miles away.

    And last but certainly not least, Dan Valenti’s battle for all of us with his right to publish the TRUTH. That Ms. Nilan thought she could shut him down because he was the only media source reporting ALL of the facts on this case was the most frightening aspect of all. Dan stood up for himself and for all of us on his Planet and on this planet. Without a free press our freedom is lost and we are doomed. We need sharp eyes and a clear voice to shout out when people in power are abusing the trust with which they have been empowered. Our democracy will tumble to rubble without a free press. While the rest of the Nation looks back on December 7th as a day of historical significance, I will always remember December 8th when Peter was mowed down and the perpetrator tried to silence a reporter’s First Amendment Right to tell the story.

    • Spectator
      December 10, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Any progress with a civil suit?

    • Gene
      December 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Mrs. Moore this is a beautifully written tribute to your son’s courage, his beautfil family, including little Toby, and a fearless journalist who risked a lot to bring to story into the broad daylight so that everyone could see people at their best (Peter, family, and all the strangers who reached out to you and them) and at their worst (the Nilans contempt of human life and human law). Merry Christmas to you, Tom, Peter, Robin, Toby, family, and Dan Valenti. Coal and ashes to the Nilans

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      SUSAN
      Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing, as only a Mother can write. It comes from the heart. THE PLANET shall feature this piece this week in honor of you, Tom, Peter, Robin, and Toby. God bless the Moores and Merry Christmas to them. Pittsfield loves the Moores. We can’t say the same for another clan whose surname begins with the 14th letter of the alphabet, the family that proves their low regard for love and life. THE PLANET loves the Moores!

  3. Scott
    December 7, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I hope Peter is doing good glad he is able to run I think all the time especially this time of year when I’m in the woods a lot hiking how much I would miss not being able to be out there if something were to ever happen to make it physically challenging or impossible for me to walk and get around something I’ll never take for granted. I wish you guys all the best! Legally the Nilans got off but morally they are disturbed individuals. Pure narcissists. I’m glad you all got to see the other side of people with kind words and good gestures in a time of need.

  4. Mike Ward
    December 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    shouldn’t it be “Tailgategate”?

    • Scott
      December 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      He abbreviated it for obvious reasons.

      • Mike Ward
        December 10, 2012 at 9:04 am #

        The choice to abbreviate Tailgategate wasn’t obvious to me, Scott. What about all the yeah yeah’s in The Beatles’ song She Loves You? What about Heller’s character Major Major Major Major in Catch 22? Economy of keystrokes may not be Dan’s only objective.

        • danvalenti
          December 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

          MIKE
          We adore saving keystrokes, since we push so many of them, but we agree with you. Henceforth, this latest scandal is “Tailgate-gate.” Yooda man!

    • Twist
      December 8, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      As interested as I am in the response action of school officials, it is child protective services and the District Attorney who will hold the feet of those responsible closest to any fire…

      Our Massachusetts laws are clear. Providing minors with alcohol carries a 6 month jail sentence, $1000 fine or both. Potentially, that would be for each infraction.

      Looking at 3 years, plea down to 3 months– and they will be out in time for next football season. Never again can these adults be allowed to coach children.

      Coaches supplied 3 30 packs of beer.
      At least one bottle of liquor
      Jello shots were shared by other tailgaters close by

      a popular ESPN phrase fits here….. C’mon Man!

      • dusty
        December 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

        i would be surprised to see the DA involve himself with this. He seems very selective in who he chases down and if this coach is of a prominent family he need not lose any sleep over this.

  5. Bain Hater
    December 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Dan Did you call Coach Barbarotta or are you just going on here say?

  6. THS Football Dad
    December 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    The school has determined that the tailgate incident was “not a school sponsored activity” despite the fact that it was organized by the Head Football Coach and his staff .
    CPS was called. They said that they would investigate and per policy they would notify the District Attorney that a crime was alleged. Given the Head Coach is connected to a prominent Berkshire County sports family they will probably try to make this go away quickly.
    Several of the students admitted to drinking and confirmed that at least two students did not drink. I give a lot of credit to two kids withstanding that kind of peer and adult pressure.
    Hopefully the media will focus on the adults because all of the kids were victims.

    • Shell Game
      December 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      “Prominent Berkshire (sports) family” seems to be a recurring theme in these blogs past and present………..

    • Donald
      December 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      What was the crime here? Did the coaches supply the beer? Doesn’t seem like a big deal considering that this will be accepted behavior in less than a year when many if these guys are college freshman. Sounds like a pussification story to me.

      • Dave
        December 8, 2012 at 10:53 am #

        hopefully you are not serious

      • elderfan
        December 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

        are you a player, parent or coach?

  7. Bain hater
    December 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Dan I will say it again did you call coach Barbarotta first to get his version ?

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      BH
      No, I did not call. We do journalism the right way on THE PLANET. We report. We are wide out in the open in terms of “reachability.” If anyone who is mentioned in one of our pieces wants to comment, correct the record, or add to a story, they must call US. Vinnie can call me or reach me any time. We had decades of calling them, only to have them spin, bob, weave, and dance. We are practicing a “New Journalism” here that takes into account, more so than any other source, the nature of journalism, news, and the web. That’s why this site is achieving national recognition.

      • Football Mom
        December 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        Vinny could call you himself, or he could continue to rise above those foolishness and carry his head high like he deserves to. Get real with “this site is getting great recognition”, off of lies and allegations that the people choose to thrive on. People make me sick with how they choose to get off on somebody else’s downfall when it shouldn’t be happening at all.

  8. joetaxpayer
    December 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Sounds like it was not a school sponsored event under the current regulations. Maybe it is time to make some changes to these regulations. Although there appears to be some state laws broken. Nothing will be done, thats how things work in P town.

    • Scott
      December 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      If the kids got the booze on their own from some other person 21 or older connected to the younger crowd then hey what can you do. But if the coaches supplied the beer and or let it happen that’s a responsibility I wouldn’t take. Any adult would be stupid to.

      • Dave
        December 8, 2012 at 11:04 am #

        So the coaches, who know none of these players are of age, have no obligation to stop this from happening?!

        • Scott
          December 8, 2012 at 11:14 am #

          Ummmm duh ya think!

  9. Shell Game
    December 8, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Past Pittsfield sports icons from the Charlie Garivaltis era to the present are notably silent on this “Planet Exclusive” topic. Their leadership and insight might be of value at a time like this.

    • AMBROSE
      December 9, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Best to keep mum on this one Chuck. The PHS football team that played in the fall of 1952 would not be the best to comment on having a splash or two. High school athletes and booze have been synonymous for many years. If there are any alive that read this blog they’ll be holding back smiles from the mention of Joe’s Hotel, Indian Head, Show Boat, Ruby’s, Old Homestead, Hoags Corners, The Red Inn and State Line. New York’s drinking age in that bygone era was 18 while the rest of the northeast was 21. From the Canadian Line to Long Island Sound and from Jersey to Lake Erie every York State border town had its gin mills to satisfy thirsty teens from PA,NJ, CT, MA and VT. Of course the stars of the 30′s, 40′s, and 50′s didn’t bring the coach along.

      • Shell Game
        December 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

        Who brought who along???????? Also, what coach/adult “worth their salt” would condone/witness teenage drinking?

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      SG
      I ALWAYS — always — welcome the input of my sage elders, and Mr. Garivaltis is second to none.

  10. Richard
    December 8, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    In todays Eagle some are calling for a city manager that is not the right direction replacing some on the council is. At the beginning it look like they were going to do the people’s business but as of late it looks like they some are on a personal attack to get some people in trouble. Let’s get back to keeping taxes lower and cutting cost. Right know the way the economy is we are only going to get a few new business to come heir face it. Spend your time on how to educate the work force. This population is older and just trying to get by the way things are heir in Pittsfield.
    Dec 8th

    • Mark Smith
      December 8, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      I agree Richard,
      As the Eagle stated “Ward 1 Councilor Christine A. Yon said a professional city manager hired by the council, with a mayor who is a member and chairman of the council, is worth considering.” Sounds to me like an appointment of someone not accountable to the voting public who will then oversee department heads not accountable to the public. These department heads will then manage departments not accountable to the public. This gang of 4 on the council scares me.

      • Dave
        December 8, 2012 at 11:06 am #

        Maybe Councilor Yon has a relative in need of employment.

    • Blind Justice
      December 8, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Please take Federspiel from POOR TAXPAYERS in Lenox!!!

      He will fit in with the Pittsfield Weasels just fine!!! How much can Lenox pay you?????

  11. Blind Justice
    December 8, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Hey Dan, the Left Winged Parrot ran an article on the Drunken THS coaches.

    Good Job!!!!

    • Scott
      December 8, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Notice how they tip toe’d around implicating the actual coaches. This will be swept under the rug.

      • Dave
        December 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

        typical BB in depth reporting. No names of who the chaperone were.I’m sure that would have taken too much effort. As far as the “it wasn’t a school function” excuse, if the chaperones were aware of the activities, or worse supplied the booze, they should at least not be allowed to coach anymore if tghey were coaches. Sadly the 2 that were not drinking will probably face a worse fate than anyone else.

    • Gene
      December 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Yes, agree with BJ, if it wasn’t for Dan, the BB wouldn’t have touched this. There are so many stories of this type (Dan exposes, BB acknowledges including the Nilan-Moore case). We thank God for The Planet.

      • danvalenti
        December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

        GENE
        Many thanks.

  12. Pat
    December 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Very moving letter from Susan Moore. Hope Peter is doing better, but I know things are never the same after a serious accident. My husband had a serious accident involving being hit by a drunk driver. This story was also typical of Berkshire County. The drunk driver was a prominent citizen of Berkshire County and unbelievably the police who were called to the scene knew the drunk driver and actually were blaming my husband for causing the accident while my husband had a terrible concussion and was pretty much out of it at the time. There was no doubt who was at fault from this accident as my husband was attempting to make a left turn and the drunk driver chose that moment to pass my husband’s car going extremely fast.

    • dusty
      December 9, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      Your story is not hard to believe. Did you ever get it resolved?

    • Scott
      December 9, 2012 at 6:30 am #

      Yeah my wife’s cousin was hit on rt. 20 by a detectives wife high on prescription medication while crossing the street to get on the school bus. Her name was Anita Kalinowski this happened long ago. You guessed it no charges were ever filed.

  13. Mr. X
    December 9, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Remember when those who knew what Jerry Sandusky was doing looked the other way… so kids drinking beer at a college football game when they will be donig the same thing a year later without their coaches you should look the other way? Donald, how much is crack going for nowadays cause you’re obviously smoking it. Hopefully you’re not a parent, more like one the the kids involved just trying to justify you’re actions. If you are one of the kids understandable, if you really are a parent, very very sad.

    • Vin
      December 9, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Are you comparing child molestation to kids drinking? Mr. X, maybe you can answer your own question on the price of crack.

  14. Pat
    December 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    The case was not resolved. It happened when my husband was in his early 20′s and his family didn’t pursue charges against the driver or any monetary compensation despite the fact that my husband did become disabled from the accident although it took several years for that to happen permanently. Many of the more serious problems from the accident such as fibromylagia which in my husband’s case became severely debilitating did not set in right way. His concussion was very severe and he did experience serious black outs months after the accident and had to eventually quit going to college as the accident gave him mental and physical problems.

  15. Mr. X
    December 10, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Hey Vin, seriously? I absolutely am not comparing the 2. Obviously they are 2 things that are big time way different crimes. It’s about principle and doing the right thing. When people see something that is wrong, they need to speak up and not look the other way. That’s the principle and doing the right thing. Obviously you missed that. I’m sure those coaches are nice guys and would do the whole thing over again much differently. They made some bad decisions. Man up, tell the truth, take your punishment and life goes on.

  16. Stanly
    December 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Dan,just a note.Coach Barbarotta,and our Mayor ,are related.So im sure this will be swept firmly under the rug.Also 2 of the Coaches work for the City of Pittsfield.

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      S
      Related? How so? Please be specific.

  17. KRC
    December 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    All I have to say on this issue is how dare you guys!!!! I’ve known the coaching staff you are referring to for a very long time, and all of these gentlemen are stand up guys!!!! How dare you take allegations and here says, for total truth and by the way, calling CPS is a joke!!! None of these grown men would ever condone teenage drinking or anything of that nature, and If any of you knew them PERSONALLY, you all would know this as well!

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      KRC
      Thank you for your point of view. The “guys” dare because there appears to be truth in the comments of drinking by high schoolers with the knowledge of their superiors on the coaching staff. By the way, what is “CPS”? I am not familiar with that acronym.

      • LV
        December 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        Child Protective Services.

        • danvalenti
          December 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

          Thank you, LV

  18. Football Mom
    December 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I’m really not sure where to begin, which absolutely ridiculous comment to start with first!
    First and foremost, the mayor is not related to any of the coaches so get your facts straight before you speak on a matter you know nothing about.
    As for Taconic football dad, I truly don’t have words for YOU! continuing to spread ludicrous rumors about false accusations about your own child’s team?!! Espn does say it best, C’MON MAN!!
    For the rest worth “preaching” to, the horrific folk behind these accusations are bad people, with nothing better to do than take a wonderful thing and try their best to ruin it.
    FACT: half of the football team gave a half effort throughout the season and walked away before the final game, leaving all coaches in utter disgust. The WONDERFUL COACHES of Taconic football rewarded the hard working players by taking them to a college football game, where shockingly enough there were college students drinking while tailgating a football game! Coaches working hard to supply food in the minimal time given to tailgate, resolved the “high school students getting alcohol from other college students” issue quick and in a hurry!
    Any one of you that truly believes they condoned, never mind supplied the alcohol are out of your minds and need to find a hobby!!!!!
    Talk about ruining something good

    • Ed Shepardson
      December 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      If what you say is true, and I am hoping it is, why don’t you use your real name?

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      FM
      If half of the team quit, that is on the coaching staff. Coaches find ways to motivate their roster. They earn the respect of their troops. This, from what you say, did not happen. The kids are the blame, true, but the coaches have the buck, and it stops with them.

  19. Football Mom
    December 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Valid point Ed, but honestly.. Everyone else that used their name and gave nothing but false information, was believed. I don’t feel like putting my name out there is necessary, just know that I speak nothing but the truth. I couldn’t possibly have a more accurate stand point, that should be enough.. In reality, people will believe what they want to believe, so my name wouldn’t make a difference.

    • danvalenti
      December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      FM
      Thank you for your input. I would submit, however, that your name would make a difference. Stating a “truth” for the public record with your name attached is an altogether different affair than submitting an anonymous piece.

  20. Football Mom
    December 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Submitting my name will only open doors to point more fingers and pass more judgement, such as I only said what I said because of who I am. No thanks. People will believe what they want no matter What, so believe my words, or don’t.

  21. Sad :(
    December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    this whole THS thing is sad …

  22. Football Mom
    December 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    It really is…