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NOSEWORTHY’s BABBLED QUOTE ACTUALLY PARTS THE CURTAIN ON A RUDDERLESS SCHOOL DEPARTMENT … THE NOSE SET TO HAND THE BATON TO JAKE LITE ON JULY 1 … plus … PITTSFIELD SUNS LAUNCH YEAR TWO AT BELOVED WAHCONAH PARK

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013) — In our dissection of the school department budget process [see Friday's PLANET], we presented this quote from and THE PLANET‘s analysis of Pittsfield’s outgoing interim school supt. Gordon Noseworthy:

Noseworthy spoke the usual inane bromides in discussing the budget: “We need a vision of excellence with a long-term approach to education.”

What does that babble mean? The school department “needs” “a vision of excellence?” It “needs” “a long-term approach?” I thought those were already in place? Read your own school propaganda, Mr. Super, and you’ll see lots of talk from previous years about “vision” and “excellence” and lots of other buzz words that mean crap and have an equal redolence. Your statement contradicts what your department contends.

The quote reveals volumes in exposing the rhetorical dead-man’s float school department officials use to justify their annual gouging of taxpayers. Note what The Nose says about “vision, excellence, and a long-term approach to education.” He says, “We [the school department and the city] need them.”

“We need them.” That can only mean the city doesn’t presently have them. Amazing, given the nearly bone billion dollars given to the school department in the past 15 years. The Nose’s admission, inadvertent as is might have been, proves that the school department has, these hundreds of millions of dollars later, still no clue on a direction (“vision”) or strategy strategy (“long-term approach”).

If the Nose had the chance to take these words back, we guess he would. Unfortunately, there is no “rewind” button on the reel-to-reel tape of his ersatz uttering. He said it, and there it is. The words amount to an actual admission that most everything up to now in that department has been [PICK ANY OF  THE FOLLOWING YOU THINK MAY APPLY]:

* False

* Fake

* Fraudulent

* Forged

* Feigned

* Spurious

* Counterfeit

* Pseudo

* Sham

* Pretended

* Pretensed

* Contrived

* Affected

* Insincere

* Inauthentic

* A put-on

* All of the above

* None of the above

The Nose also proves THE PLANET’s prescience, since that has been our overall message ever since it became clear that Ed Reform in the state has been all about rewarding the special interests, cheating “The Children,” and robbing taxpayers. We wonder how or if this comment will come into play on Wednesday or Thursday of this week in City Council chambers.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. in chambers, the school committee takes up the school budget. On Thursday, it’s the city council’s chance. Keep your eyes on Our Right Honorable Good Friend, councilor Clairmont. Got that, Lady Behnke?

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HANDING OFF TO McSUPER, A.K.A., “JAKE LITE”

Meanwhile, in the great relay-race to the taxpayer’s wallet, The Nose will be handing off the baton to Jason P. McCandless, ex super of the Lee School Department. Wouldn’t you know it, that McCandless’ nickname is “Jake.” Just a coincidence or another sign that The End Times are nigh?

When Pittsfield finally got rid of the previous Jake, Jake Eberwein III, who landed on his feet at MCLA in what we guess had to be a pre-arranged deal engineered by school prez Dr. Mary Grant, it took the Pittsfield school committee two tries, a lotta money, and a bunch of candidates before picking … another Jake. By the way, you remember Mary Grant. More likely, you don’t. She won herself a prestigious spot on that most do-nothing of boards, the PEDA board, where for the length of her tenure, she attended only one meeting. She was more rarely present in PEDA meetings seen than palm trees in the Antarctic. She got her name on the letterhead, though, and a new line for her resume.

THE PLANET can’t imagine why the PSD hired another “Jake.” Let’s guess. Rhymes with “fake,” perhaps? We can also choose from “ache, bake, Blake (maybe he was an English major), break, cake, crake, drake, flake, lake, make, quake, rake, sake, shake (as in “down”), slake, snake, spake, stake, steak, take, wake, awake, backache, bespake, betake, cornflake, daybreak, keepsake, earache, earthquake, forsake, heartbreak, mandrake, mistake, namesake, opaque, outbreak, partake, retake, snowflake, sweepstake, toothache, bellyache, johnnycake, overtake, patty-cake, and undertake.

With each new super or mayor for that matter, the proper thing is to say, “Let’s give him a chance.” The city, however, has been burned so many times by that approach that now THE PLANET proposes for Jake Lite (or McSuper) a  ”Guilty until proven innocent” stance. Let’s assume the guy’s going to come in having already had the secret-handshakes, the masonic rites, and the “talking to” (in tongues, of course) by the GOB. In other words, let’s assume he’s going to come in with the mission of first perpetuating the status quo and second adding to the Money Grab (bottom line, that means he will grow the school budget, add to staff, and look the other way when the next $9,000 theft of prom money occurs).

Should this approach be incorrect, we shall be pleasantly surprised.

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SUNS OPEN UP SEASON TWO

THE PLANET wishes great success to the Pittsfield Suns of the collegiate Futures League. The organization looks to build off the success of last’s years initial campaign. The team managed to squeeze seven soaked innings in for Opening Night this Thursday of last week, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie.

Earlier in the day, we stopped by Beloved Wahconah Park, and as usual, the city maintenance crew had the field in wonderful shape. There’s something about a well-groomed ball field sitting under an early June sun that speaks of a mystery to be.

We gazed at the reddish-brown dirt of the infield, a form of clay, and saw a plane of smoothness begging for a pair of spikes to leaves its tracks, marking that A Ballplayer had been there. We went back in memory to our own playing days, of countless innings enjoyed on lazy summer afternoons, when at Deming Park we would at times actually have to wait to get a field on which to play. We hears echoes of our first major league game, a 1958 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium with our dad, brothers, and Uncle Joe. We remember looking down on the infield from our perch in the first-base-side grandstand, the diamond in a blue haze that seemed to announce the importance of the play.

Generations of the playing fix the stands’ dissolving hold, even now, in our memory.

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“Thus I pacified psyche and kissed her, / And tempted her out of her gloom — / And conquered her scruples and gloom.”Edgar Allan Poe, from “Ulalume: A Ballad”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

 

 

38 Responses to “NOSEWORTHY’s BABBLED QUOTE ACTUALLY PARTS THE CURTAIN ON A RUDDERLESS SCHOOL DEPARTMENT … THE NOSE SET TO HAND THE BATON TO JAKE LITE ON JULY 1 … plus … PITTSFIELD SUNS LAUNCH YEAR TWO AT BELOVED WAHCONAH PARK”

  1. tito
    June 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Wahconah Park is and always will be,,,,,,,,a lake.,,,,

  2. dusty
    June 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    it is a lake but the parking in that lake is free…not much else in Pittsfield is…

  3. GMHeller
    June 11, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    To what do you attribute so much mediocrity at so many levels in Pittsfield City Government?
    It’s not as if these folks are underpaid in any way (in fact one could argue, given so much mediocrity, that these bureaucrats are way overpaid).

  4. FPR
    June 11, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    Wow Dan,

    “One billion dollars given to the school department in the past 15 years”. That a very sobering number.

    “The school department “needs” “a vision of excellence?” It “needs” “a long-term approach?” If you can’t do that with a billion dollars and over a 15 year time frame, then you can’t do it.

    G. Gordon Noseworthy ???

    Dan, you are very good at painting a picture with words.

    Looking forward to watching the city council meeting on Thursday night, although the last time I tried to stream it from the city link website, it was thee worst experience I’ve ever had online, ever. You’d think at least part of this wasted billion dollars could have been spent updating the streaming servers to the 21st century instead of getting quality worse than the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  5. FPR
    June 11, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Just a thought — perhaps some tech savvy individual could post the meeting to youtube shortly after its conclusion.

    That’s what someone does here when a council meeting is over you can see it within an hour on youtube.com.

  6. MrG1188
    June 11, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    While I can understand your approach to the new superintendent, given the past track record, it’s still a very depressing and fatalistic stance. And it would’ve been SO easy for you to go the other way with it too given the juxtaposition of the “clean slate” that the pristine ball field in the sun in early June offers every team. You know Dan, on opening day all records are even and every team has a legitimate shot. Your bitterness, while I’m sure it’s felt on some level by every resident, will consume you if you let it big fella! Why not let the digit counters flip over to zero, enjoy for a minute the optimism a clean slate offers…and put off the potential of another death by a thousand cuts until it starts. Enjoy the sun, the clay, the smell of the grass and the possibility of good things happening that even Mets and Cubs fans afford themselves at the start of a new season!

  7. MrG1188
    June 11, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    While I can understand your approach to the new superintendent, given the past track record, it’s still a very depressing and fatalistic stance. And it would’ve been SO easy for you to go the other way with it too given the juxtaposition of the “clean slate” that the pristine ball field in the sun in early June offers every team. You know Dan, on opening day all records are even and every team has a legitimate shot. Your bitterness, while I’m sure it’s felt on some level by every resident, will consume you if you let it big fella! Why not let the digit counters flip over to zero, enjoy for a minute the optimism a clean slate offers…and put off the potential of another death by a thousand cuts until it starts. Enjoy the sun, the clay, the smell of the grass and the possibility of good things happening that even Mets and Cubs fans afford themselves at the start of a new season!

    • danvalenti
      June 11, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Wonderfully written analogy, MR G! Many thanks.

  8. Still wondering
    June 11, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    We had a really good chance to build a downtown ballpark but no, people decided to get their undies in a knot about a couple of run-down houses on a dead end street.
    Pittsfield deserves what it has. Lake Guzzo will spring eternal.

    • danvalenti
      June 11, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Lake Guzzo — have to admit that’s pretty funny, SW.

  9. tito
    June 11, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    ,,,,,,,,,,,Rumors were John Kerry was to throw out the first pitch this year, he cancelled when told he couldn’t dock his yacht in the parking lot,,,,,go figure,,,,

  10. Bill V
    June 11, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Dan, was there a Doreen Wade press conference yesterday? Will she be speaking tonight?

    • danvalenti
      June 11, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      BILL
      There was no press conference. WOrd I got was that Mr. Singleton, head of the local NAACP, was unavailable. Ms. Wade told me last night she still intends to speak at the council meeting tonight.

      • Joe Blow
        June 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

        I missed the public comment section. Did she speak?

        • danvalenti
          June 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

          JOE
          Yes, she did. Nothing dramatic. THE PLANET will have some syllables on it tomorrow.

  11. The Kraken
    June 11, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Baseball will never be the same here. The demographics have changed too much. If the ballpark would have been built, it would have been a failure and we’d be taxed even more. You see, welfare recipients, unwed mothers, and drug dealers/users just are not big baseball fans.
    The fact that no team has been successful since the PMets left, is clear evidence the market for baseball just isn’t here anymore.
    Pittsfield market analysis = baseball is nearly dead here.

    • debbie
      June 12, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Baseball will never be dead here! Just need to put a little twist on it. They need to have a ” give back to fans night” free admission and half price for food…….as a thank for supporting us. People in this economy like to get something for nothing. Let’s see if the turn out is better if its free. If so there’s the problem.

      • Wilson
        June 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

        Darn, I was hoping the “twist” was going to be a lingerie league

  12. joetaxpayer
    June 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Was a big fan of building a new stadium. Just thought it would have been more than just a baseball park. That’s over and done, time to move on and support what we have. I do agree if it was built affiliated baseball would have already move out. The average attendance has jump dramatically and Pittsfield doesn’t have the population to meet those numbers. Go Suns!

  13. joetaxpayer
    June 11, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Just wondering where Mr Noseworthy get his numbers to make the statement that Pittsfield spends less per pupil than most of state. If he said this it must be true, not! Something tells me he might have manipulated these figures.

    • Gene
      June 11, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Mr Noseworthy “nose” enough to manipulate figures. I notice that when someone in his position (Jake used to do the same) shares figures like that they never share how they were derived. Please city council and school committee finally–finally- reel in the monster PSD budget.

    • dusty
      June 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Just because the Pittsfield school system might be a tad less dysfunctional than the rest of Massachusetts does not mean we are getting good value for our dollar. All it means is that the folk east of us is probably getting an even bigger shaft than we are. If the people at Mercer are so proud of their numbers then let them display them all (as in ALL) for the public to see. Let Barry come in and see the actual books.

    • MrG1188
      June 12, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      The problem with a city/town district, as opposed to a regional district, is that a LOT of the real costs are buried elsewhere in the municipal budget. For example, employee insurance for district employees in a regional budget is part of the equation. In Pittsfield (and the other town districts) insurance is a town cost, not a district cost…even though obviously it really is a “district” expense. Same, I believe, with custodial costs, at least in Pittsfield, transportation and lots of other stuff. So…if Mr. (is it Dr.?) Noseworthy is basing his per-pupil spending on JUST the budget numbers the district presents he could be right. But if the real costs were added in, I doubt it

  14. Demitrius T. Gladiator
    June 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    The last thing the PSD would want is for Barry to come in and see the actual books. But its a great idea.

  15. Joe Blow
    June 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Can anyone tell me if there is a line item budget available to the public?

  16. joetaxpayer
    June 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    There is a line item budget in this weeks Gazette. Only municipal budget no school department. We spend a boat load of money on overtime. Why can’t we use part time employees? There’s got to be a way to cut that number down.

    • Joe Blow
      June 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Thank’s for the info…I would think the school budget should be public as well.

      • debbie
        June 12, 2013 at 10:53 am #

        Why isn’t it public?

    • danvalenti
      June 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      JOE
      The OT budget is a killer.

  17. FPR
    June 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Clairmont – no show? WTF?

    • B. Clairmont
      June 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      I had a commitment I had to keep. Sorry, sometimes life interferes with the day and night job. Beside, is there something you consider extremely important on tonight’s agenda? Medical pot dispensary? The other 17 items will only take 15 minutes.

      I’ll be there Thursday for the school budget.

      Barry.

      • FPR
        June 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

        No problem, thanks.

        • B. Clairmont
          June 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

          Thanks for understanding.

  18. FPR
    June 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    On the city link live web broadcast:

    If you stream the mms feed with windows media player and adjust your settings to 60 second buffer (on windows 7), the audio streams just fine in real time. Video streaming is a lost cause.

  19. Shakes His Head
    June 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I think we can have better journalism without calling names or making childish rhymes.

  20. tito
    June 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    ,,,,,,,Ward 2 councilor Kevin Morandi states that the William Stanley business Park is ready to erupt. Is there something under the ground that we don’t know about? Kevin,,,,,,

    • danvalenti
      June 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Erupt with what? Black gold? Texas tea? Oil, that is.