PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

ADD 1, TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014 — A jury found Scott Muir, a Stockbridge man accused of 19 counts of sexual assault, not guilty on all counts. The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating for 94 minutes.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014) — If you are one of the shrinking few that read The Boring Broadsheet, you’d think the only thing happening in Pittsfield were “Going of of business” ads, obits, lifeless columns that no one reads (talking dogs, the Basses, and the like). Fortunately, you have THE PLANET.

Here are only a few of the stories that the BB is (a) afraid to cover, (b) too disinterested in the public it’s supposed to serve”, or (c) too inept to grasp.

Floor It, Jake —  You remember the fiasco involving the PHS gym floor. Instead of costing the $175,000 promised by the school, it ended up hitting Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski for about $100,000 more than that. What’s a hundred grand among friends? You’ll be pleased to note that on Friday, Jan. 31, the new floor will be put into action with a JV-varsity quadruple header. Rumor has it that Frank Cote, assistant superintendent, will be on hand throw out the first free house.

He Never Returned, and His Fate is Still Unlearned — Mayor Dan Bianchi, a.k.a. Mayor Dudley Do Nothing, has finagled a commitment of another $1 million from PEDA‘s “remaining resources” to act as an incentive for winning a state contract worth $800 million to build new rail cars for the Boston MBTA. Bianchi, a member of the PEDA board, got his colleagues on that august board pumped. We know that because Corydon Thurston, PEDA executive director, said, “We’re pumped about this.” Unlike EV Worldwide, which promised 1,000 manufacturing jobs then took the millions and ran, PEDA promises a piddling 250 jobs. This is all smoke and mirrors, of course, to say nothing of pumps, since everyone east of Rt. 495 knows this contract will go to a company out Boston way. We’ll call this latest chapter, “A Streetcar Named Michael Armitage.” When the railcar deal doesn’t go through, the city might want to name a consultant to keep close eyes on where that $1 million ends up.

Emergency — In Pittsfield, as we all know, it’s not what you know but who you know. For example, the city has contracts with not one but two ambulance services (Action and County). What you might not know is that the Pittsfield Fire Department are first responders and attend every one of the approximately 500 ambulance calls each month. The PFD ranks first in training, response time, and just about every other metric for measuring emergency service. It also has none of the dispatch issues that plague the current system. In the real world, the PFD would be given sole responsibility for ambulance calls. In the Fairyland of Pittsfield, however, lucrative contracts were awarded elsewhere — and it looks like both deals will be renewed. The Ambulance Review Committee (ARC) got out the rubber stamp and sent along a request to Mayor Do Nothing to renew both contracts. The ARC includes the ubiquitous Melissa Mazzeo, Jeff Ferin, Chris Pederson, Lucy Britton, Michael Monti, Ron Hayden, and Colleen Hunter-Mullet. “The [current] system right now is working,” Mazzeo said. Yes, but for whom? On the question of who enforces the contractual obligations of the ambulance services, the ARC seemed baffled. Generally, that’s not good news for The Little Guy.

Ward 3 Follies to Heat Up? — As THE PLANET has explained in priot work, the new city charter makes clear that Ward 3 councilor Nick Caccamo has more questions on his jumpsuit than Frank Gorshin. Under terms of the old city charter, under which Caccamo was elected on Nov. 5 last year, he clearly had the right to serve on the council while keeping his full-time job with the Pittsfield School Department, as long as he dropped one of the salaries. Unfortunately for Caccamo, that charter expired on Nov. 18, the day city clerk  Linda Tyer certified the election results. As of Nov. 18, the new charter went into effect. That bars a city councilor from holding two paid positions with the city. Caccamo must resign either his council seat or his school position. Beyond that question is the matter of his recusal on any matters related to the PSD. That includes any work on the council (the obvious) as well as any work on its subcommittees (the obscure). Council president Melissa Mazzeo has named Caccamo to the following subcommittees: Community and Economic Development, Public Health & Safety, and Public Works. The first two will definitely have business with the schools. Is the city going to endure the mess that may follow if Caccamo does not recuse himself properly each and every time a school matter crosses his proverbial desk? This recusal is not simply a matter of declaration. The state has a proscribed procedure for recusals to be lawful. Has Mazzeo or Caccamo researched that process? Don’t say THE PLANET didn’t want my Right Honorable Good Friends. Our resident prognosticator, Bombo The Great, sees a formal challenge on its way. Can you say, “Can ‘O Worms”?

Wither, the Consent Decree Reopener? — When reopening the GE Consent Decree  got red hot for about 15 seconds in the 2011 municipal campaign, Melissa Mazzeo leapt to the Kapanskis defense, promising that if she was re-elected, she would push strongly for the reopener. Well, her election came and went, and outside of a couple tepid e-mails with no followup, MelMaz didn’t come through. Last November, she not only won another election, but she also won — as THE PLANET first predicted — the council presidency. In her new position, with the presidency’s “bullet pulpit,” we wonder if she is still gung ho about pushing for a repoener. THE PLANET put the question to MelMaz, and we shall share her response when we receive it.

10,000 Unanswered Questions — Remember when thieves stole $10,000 in prom money from a teachers locked desk drawer in early June 2011? Funny how that grand larceny magically disappeared, silently into the good night. No internal investigation, no police investigation of any import — like magic, it “just didn’t happen.” Well, THE PLANET says it did happen, and THE PLANET has done some digging. We are far from cracking the mystery, but, if our sources are correct, we’ve learned this much:

* A child of one of the PHS teachers had a master key to the drawer.

* Though the figure of $9,000 has consistently been reported as the amount stolen by other media, we now believe the number is closer to $10,000.

* A PHS teacher (and department head) is contemplating a lawsuit against the PSD in connection with the theft owing to actions taken at the time by then-principal Trevor Benson.

* A source tells us that the vice principal of PHS at the time, Frank “Free House” Cote, was given custody of the security tapes taken that chaotic night, which was also senior night, during which 200 people — not all of them students — rampaged through the PHS halls. During “Prank Night,” a cool $10Gs were lifted from the locked desk. Our source tells us the security tape shows that a child of a school committee member was among the merry panksters. Question: Where are those tapes? Why haven’t they been made public? THE PLANET has triangulated this with a comment made by former school committee chairman Alf Barbalunga. In a public session, Barbalunga cryptically referred to a secret document pertaining to the theft, an “eyes only” type report. Where is that document? What is in it? Does it picture a “smoking gun” or any sort? Will the current superintendent shed clarity on all this?

Coach Bobby B: Is He Being Railroaded Out? — THE PLANET has some pointed questions about the treatment of current PHS baseball coach (and local baseball legend) Bobby Moynihan. Something stinks in the infield, and we’re going to go snooping around. Anyone with information can contact THE PLANET in confidence.

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Each of these seven items has enough material for a full column, and we invite The Boring Broadsheet to use THE PLANET (once again!) as “assignment editor” and feel free to pick any one of these and go with it.

When it doesn’t appear in the paper, we’ll know it was the BB (once again!) not doing its job.


“Now I don’t want this should scare ya, but my bunkmate has malaria. You remember Jeffrey Hardy. They’re about to organize a searching party.”Allan Sherman, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” (1963).




  1. dusty
    January 27, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    I kind of figured the PHS prom money heist involved a relative of some city official. It is how the city operates. If you have ties to the kingpins you get a free pass. One more reason the city will never move forward is because it is rooted in lies and deceit. One wonders just how much goes on that we never hear about if they go to such lengths to protect insiders.

    • Spider
      January 28, 2014 at 6:42 am #

      Regarding the thief of money ($10,000) from PHS, a crime was committed and yet no one has been arrested or charged even though well founded rumors around town say authorities know very well who was involved. And yet this cover up continues.
      At least someone was charged when money went missing from the City Clerk’s office.
      Dan, stay on this!

      • maxwell edison
        January 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

        Are you kidding? This was a valuable life lesson for PHS students – some animals are more equal than others.

  2. billy
    January 27, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    got another big black hole was ridiculous floor being put in City Hall. I believe its a hundred thousand dollars and counting. and it’s still not done. they on this one too

    • scott
      January 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

      Its amazing how a refinish can cost so much. I thought the whole idea of restoring the floors was to save money and preserve the beautiful marble. How do you justify that kind of money for ripping out some old carpet and polishing a soft stone like marble?

  3. billy
    January 27, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    meant own

  4. Nota
    January 27, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    Why are we holding Madame President (Ma) accountable for campaign promises. As former Mayor Ruberto failed to deliver (job Rolodex et al) among other promises. Ma’s charge is to keep the boy’s in good conduct, or else they will face the same punishment as the quorum episode!

    • scott
      January 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      My ward councilor told me anyone who says they will open the consent decree is a liar and is only making the statement for political gain theres no way in hell itll ever be opened.

  5. Pat
    January 27, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Still waiting for the autopsy results from the PHS accident in which 2 men were killed. Also a follow-up on the stabbing victim on Madison Avenue. Is there a violent person still at large? A frightened public would like to know.

    • scott
      January 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

      Pat, the world is full of violent dangerous people always be aware of your surrounding and be prepared for an attack from any direction.

      • Pat
        January 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

        Thanks Scott, but that doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling when I’m walking the streets of the city. There really should be a follow-up to these stories. I mean a person who would do that in the middle of the day should be considered as somebody who is escalating in their degree of boldness to commit a crime in my opinion and it is unlikely that they would just stop unless of course this was an argument between two people who knew each other that turned violent. That would change everything, but again, we don’t know. Don’t you agree that the public should know these details?

        • levitan
          January 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

          Don’t you agree that the public should know these details?

          You need to distinguish between the horror of evil operating on a large scale versus the minutiae of sordidity.

          Hall Trial ties in the negligent DA, Hells Angels, countless conspirators, tangential conspirators, unwitting collaborators, and three butchered men.

          It’s hard for me to see the significance of a car crash that solved numerous unpunished crimes and almost but did not involve any casualties.

          • joetaxpayer
            January 28, 2014 at 10:16 am #

            Lev that’s your opinion, the Hells Angles want nothing to do with Hall and in my opinion had nothing to do with this horrific murders.

          • levitan
            January 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm #


            Hall felt perfectly comfortable, as chief bouncer, hanging around the clubhouse.

            Perhaps, you mean to say that members don’t want [police] to think they wanted them around.

            That sounds much more believable, and it’s a decent compromise.

        • scott
          January 28, 2014 at 4:56 am #

          If you want a warm and fuzzy feeling while you walk down the street try a zippo hand warmer and a .44.

    • levitan
      January 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      I believe the dynamic duo died from complications of a car crash.

      Good riddance, may they find joy and happiness in the Meth Lab in the Sky.

  6. Nota
    January 27, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    What is the conundrum with roads? They look like a Dodge City street after a mudslide. Is this the workings of former mayor Barrett’s plan? Was the salt with dirt to turn into slush a parting gift to taxpayers?

    • danvalenti
      January 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      THE PLANET has been investigating. We’ll have the story this week. The particular salt/sand mix the city ended up with is literally eating away the roads.

  7. Mad Trapper
    January 27, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    1) Consent decree is a FARCE . Plain and simple. We have piles of untreated toxic sludge, Mts Doyle Divlliars and Welch , next to a middle school. MORE WASTE just in SLIVER LAKE than LOVE CANAL. And a half Azzed cleanup of the plant itself and the first 3 miles of river. And how is that cesspool leaching into the “clean” river doing? That is the swamp behind Sabic/Plastics.

    2) I have as much faith in new City Council Prez as Bozo the clown. But more than Incompetent Mayor Bianchi. That says a lot about current state of affairs

    3) How much has Barrett been extorting the city for this year? What does he do? If ANYTHING!

    4) Two dead Gangbangers is a good thing, hope they had insurance so PHS don’t pay.

    Stay warm , Dan

    • scott
      January 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Mad, great post it made my day.

  8. Eugene Smart
    January 27, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    The Coach is caught up in politics. It’s sad for Pittsfield children. All over a former School Committee Member’s kid playing time ,and then getting cut following year. As always i’m Eugene and i’m Smart.

  9. Ron Kitterman
    January 27, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    The odds of picking a perfect final 4 bracket and getting $ 1 billion from Warren Buffett are about equal to charging the person who stole the prom $$. So the intellectual elites would have nothing to do with such drastic measures as cancelling the prom back then so the administration perpetrated the lies and made the truth disappear .

    • Thomas More
      January 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Ron, the odds of winning the billion are better than PEDA getting the subway car order. We will be seriously considered though and will finish a close second like we did with the golf ball factory. We do have room for more Subways.

    • dusty
      January 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      And if somebody knows who did it, was the money even returned or did the person get to keep it because he knew somebody important? I mean do the principal, school committee chairman, mayor and police chief all believe that this person should remain anonymous? And if so could they give an explanation of why? At least? Don’t the voting, tax paying citizens deserve some explanation or should they just shut the hell up and let the city fathers zig zag around them every time one of their friends screws up?

      So, was there a prom and who paid for it if the perp got to keep the money?

  10. Jonathan Melle
    January 27, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Jimmy Ruberto promised jobs. He had a “rolodex” to bring new businesses to Pittsfield. What happened? The opposite happened. Pittsfield and Berkshire County became the #1 place in Massachusetts for job loss during the Ruberto regime. Former Mayor Jimmy Ruberto spent millions of dollars on “the arts” to revitalize North Street. Taxes went up in the name of “sacrifices”. Before Ruberto, there was the worst Mayor in the history of Pittsfield: Gerry Doyle! He bankrupted Pittsfield with millions of dollars still unaccounted for. Doyle signed the flawed “consent decree” that left Pittsfield a toxic waste site filled with cancer causing PCBs that GE’s Jack Welch left behind.

    • Jonathan Melle
      January 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      ALL FACTS – “Remembering Ruberto’s Record on Jobs”
      * On December 8, 2008, Sabic Innovative Plastics laid off 40 of its 300 local employees. On December 11, 2008, KB Toys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in four years with the intention of liquidating the entire company. The 225 full-time employees at KB’s Pittsfield headquarters will all be laid off by May 2009, company officials have said.
      * “Berkshire County unemployment rate soars”, By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, January 28, 2009, Berkshire County’s unemployment rate reached its highest level in 13 years in December…Berkshire County is now outpacing the state.
      * Berkshire County’s unemployment rate hit a 16-year high in 2009. Source: “Berkshire County Unemployment: Job outlook uncertain”, By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, January 3, 2010.
      *”Jobless rate now at 10.4%: Unemployment in Berkshire County is at its highest level since the early 1990s.” By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, March 11, 2010.
      * Berkshire Health Systems, facing a decline in patient visits, told employees on Wednesday it will cut the equivalent of 65 full-time positions.Source: “Berkshire Health Systems shedding jobs” (By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff, June 18, 2009).
      * Berkshire Health Systems, the parent company of Berkshire Medical Center, announced today that 124 full- and part-time employees — or 3.7 percent of the workforce — have received layoff notices. “Berkshire Health Systems announces layoffs.”, By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, August 5, 2010.
      * Berkshire County’s population dropped by more than 5,600 to 129,288 residents between 2000 and 2009, according to the American Community Survey. Pittsfield accounted for almost 2,800 of those departures: There were 45,793 city residents in 2000 compared with 43,000 last year. Source: “Census shows decline in county population”, By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, December 16, 2010.
      “Bump looks to address job losses in Berkshires”
      2/19/2007 , By: Karen Honikel, (Capital News 9 out of Albany, NY covering the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts)
      Governor Deval Patrick’s new Executive Director of Workforce Development isn’t wasting any time getting down to business.
      Former State Representative Suzanne Bump is working to introduce herself to the local business communities and let them know she will make sure the Berkshires are not forgotten on Beacon Hill. She says a major concern right now is addressing the loss of jobs in the Berkshires.
      Currently the Berkshires have the highest rate of job loss in Massachusetts. Bump says this can be changed with the right policies in place. She says she will be meeting with the Governor once a week to work on bringing skilled workers and higher paying jobs into the area.
      Bump says a key part to local job growth and development will be finding a way to keep the younger workers in the Berkshires.
      * Who is hiring in Berkshire County?
      “The Big 10”
      Companies with the greatest number of employees in Berkshire County:
      1. Berkshire Health Systems
      2. Williams College
      3. Pittsfield Public Schools
      4. General Dynamics
      5. Jiminy Peak
      6. Crane & Co.
      7. Northern Berkshire Healthcare
      8. Berkshire County Arc
      9. Brien Center
      10. Canyon Ranch
      Sources: Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and company statements

      • Jonathan Melle
        January 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

        My negative experiences in Pittsfield:
        * From late-May 2002 through mid-June 2003, or for over one year of my adult life, I looked for a job – any job – in Pittsfield, but no one offered me employment.
        * I was blacklisted from finding a job in Pittsfield by the Nuciforo network. I sent Sheriff Carmen Massimiano a letter, and I heard he threw it in the trash.
        * Pittsfield politics made a statement that no one was going to offer me a job in Pittsfield.
        * I felt I had a better chance winning the Massachusetts State Lottery than finding employment in Pittsfield.
        * I feel that if I lived anywhere else but Pittsfield, I would have been able to find a job.
        * When I was collecting nomination signatures in early-2004, not one of the Pittsfield politicians would sign my papers, including Carmen Massimiano, Peter Larkin, William “Smitty” Pignatelli, and Daniel Bosley of North Adams.
        * On an intellectual level, I found my experiences in Pittsfield interesting. I was blacklisted from employment, and the top-down Pittsfield politicians hated me.
        * Now I read Dan Valenti’s blog, and I read about Pittsfield politics. Pittsfield has one of the worst local economies in the nation, and its political system is corrupt.
        * I am very happy I don’t live in Pittsfield anymore!

        • Jonathan Melle
          January 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

          September 1, 2013

          Re: Andrea Nuciforo


        • Donald
          January 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

          …and I’m glad you left. Keep blaming everyone else.

          • Jonathan Melle
            January 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm #


          • Mad Trapper
            January 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

            Sorry Don,

            Jon has it right on Dirty Andy and his antics

            Will not trust, believe, or vote for the Man

            M T

          • Jonathan Melle
            January 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

            NEWS ARTICLE:

            “Nuciforo faces rough road for Congress seat”
            By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, March 11, 2012


          • Russell Moody
            January 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm #


          • Jonathan Melle
            January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

            It is your Blog, Dan Valenti. I enjoy reading your blog. I also like to comment about Pittsfield politics on your blog.

          • danvalenti
            January 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

            No problem with commenting, JONATHAN. THE PLANET welcomes all points of view, from all sides. You simply have to keep it relevant and cut the rants.

        • levitan
          January 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm #


          Happiness is a pursuit, and only you get to own responsibility for it.

          • mike r
            January 28, 2014 at 9:01 am #

            It may be time to move on Jon. This dialogue is really distracting.

          • danvalenti
            January 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

            MIKE, LEV, et. al.
            As you can see from the two redactions, we had to reel him in. With JM, that can walk the fine line between wanting to give everyone a say and not playing to unhealthy fixations. Perhaps a more stringent tolerance is in order.

  11. Jonathan Melle
    January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Pittsfield politics
    City Council Agenda

  12. ShirleyKnutz
    January 28, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    Well the GOB extends further than Pittsfield. Everyone should go to the Herald and read about the O’brien trial. All jobs in MA are patronage jobs!!! How shady is that?

    • levitan
      January 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      Is that news? The Globe exposed the scandal years ago.

      • danvalenti
        January 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

        It is news. The Globe’s Spotlight Team had an investigative series on the allegations of nepotism and corruption in the probation department, true. This is now the trial stemming from charges against state probation chief O’Brien.

        • levitan
          January 29, 2014 at 5:19 am #

          Thank you, Dan. I’m assuming the trial stems from the probation department which had been restructured to permit legislatures to create and dispense jobs to reward supporters.

      • ShirleyKnutz
        January 29, 2014 at 4:55 am #

        Of course people should be reading it. It is the first time I can remember that a list of connected people and their jobs were brought into court to show nepotism. The judge in the case may have to recuse themselves. Where is the BB and/or TV news during this. I believe if they start digging and publishing the “little people” of MA may start getting a government that works for them…..nah….I guess I was still dreaming!!!

  13. Sparkie
    January 28, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Come on Mazzeo promised to open the consent decree as a campaign promise. I can hardly believe she would ever say something that would help her get elected and then not do anything afterword. After all we should concentrate on all of her accomplishments over the past 4 years…. ummm you know, ummm we know, ummmm whatnot, ummmm….

    • levitan
      January 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Nice, now do you feel better, Sparkle.

      Curious, did you once post under Sparklestheattackpoodle?

  14. joetaxpayer
    January 28, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    God bless you Pete Seeger! “Waist deep in the Big Muddy and the big fool says to push on. Waist deep in the Big Muddy and the big fool says to push on. Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a tall man’ll be over his head, we’re waist deep in the Big Muddy! And the big fool says push on!” I know Pete wrote this song in the 60’s to protest the war, but could be the anthem for Obama care.? I know we will be waste deep in something tonight, when he opens his mouth.

    • scott
      January 28, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Obama has gotten as much done as Bianchi whats your take on Obamacare MassHealth seems to be working here in Ma it was a republican who signed it into law. I certainly dont want the govt telling me what to eat

  15. joetaxpayer
    January 28, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Really don’t care what party signed what. Affordable Care Act was rushed threw and not even read. It is a total failure, go online see for yourself. People are losing insurance or losing there doctors. Companies are taking away insurance to part-time workers. Not saying something shouldn’t be done.Why not regroup and start over. Don’t forget if your insurance is really good they will be digging in your pocket. The numbers just don’t add up, even using government math.

    • scott
      January 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Yeah it seems like they majorly dropped the ball. To be honest with you i was on commonwealth care which is like mass health for small business you pay in based on income but when I chopped my fingers off i was told i had welfare insurance by the surgeons office and they attempted to get me to pay an unreasonable amount even though the emergency room visit should have been covered. I never really go to the dr but i just wanted your opinion to see what youd say i think personally anytime govt is involved its a recipe for disaster and waste.

  16. scott
    January 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Its a good thing im not a druggie i told them to operate on my hand and fix it if they had it their way they would have doped me up and cut it off to the first knuckle i told him f that noise save as much as you can!

  17. eddiep
    January 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I think for the story about coach Moynihan to claim creditibility, the former school committeeman should be named. Any self centered sob, and maybe gob, that would do this to another human being to satisfy his ego is dirt in my book. I just feel sorry for his children that they are being brought up in this manner.

    • Dave
      January 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Two syllables. 1st shady deal. 2nd picnic pest.
      There’s a riddle for you

    • joetaxpayer
      January 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      My uneducated guess would be Mr. Conant. That is if the allegations are true. He is only former school committee member with a high school student.

  18. Toland
    January 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    It is Mr. Conant.

    • eddiep
      January 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Ok Dan. The ball is in your court now. Where can you take it?

      • danvalenti
        January 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

        We’re going to take it deep. Tune into tomorrow’s PLANET.

    • maxwell edison
      January 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

      But for the grace of God Councilor Conant would be settling all kinds of scores right about now.

      • danvalenti
        January 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

        The voters saw something, didn’t they?

  19. Eugene Smart
    January 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Joe, you are right, and most won’t surprised. Does anyone remember the way he treated the children who went too the Baberuth World Series a couple of years ago .Was upset because family’s used Baberuth name to raise money.This man should be ashamed of himself. I’m Eugene and i’m smart.

    • dusty
      January 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Good old boy through and through. Helped kick Jim Boutons enterprise out as well along with good buddy Nilan. Was on parks commission when they spent most of the Bossidy bucks for stuff he did not donate it for.

      Flew pretty much under the radar but was a vote the GOB could count on both on the parks commission and school committee.

      • danvalenti
        January 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

        Nilan and Conant: WIthout them, the city would possibly have had a new stadium, the civic authority would never have been advanced, and the city would have been spared a civil war that reverberates to this day.

  20. Sparkie
    January 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Everyone please watch the City Council meeting tonight at 7 PM. Our right honorable good friends or better put the Bianchi & Mazzeo rubber stamp machine is giving away 1 million of the tax payers dollars without any explanation by Mayor Danny Do-Little.

    • outfox
      January 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      There’s a council meeting on the same night as the State of the State and State of the Union addresses??! Diabolical strategy to slip in unpopular changes or just myopia?

      How does Gov. Patrick expect out of sate drivers to use the new all electronic tolling? What if after a year of unemployment I have a promising job interview in another part of the state and can scrape together the money for the tolls but not the transponder? Western Mass., past Springfield, as usual goes unmentioned by the governor.

      • eddiep
        January 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

        The transponder itself is free. You just load money on your account and the tolls deduct from the account. I think it takes 20.00 to start up.

        • outfox
          January 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

          So in my hypothetical scenario of traveling to say, Worcester, for an interview, if I have $20, in this economy I’d spend $6 and change round trip for tolls, $10 for parking, $2 for a coffee on the road (I packed my own lunch) but with the new toll system I have no options, it sounds like. And traveler’s from out of state, will we be hijacking them for $20 to traverse our state? Honestly, like the CharlieCard, this is the cart before the horse. Yes, we will need transportation to the jobs, but hey, Gov. Patrick, show us the jobs and we’ll be clamoring for transponder only tolls and CharlieCards.

          • levitan
            January 29, 2014 at 5:24 am #

            Actually, I’m perfectly happy hijacking out of staters. Too many of them. I opened my cabinet door last night and a swarm of them spilled out. Gave one a decent thrashing and he promised to go home.

  21. amandaWell
    January 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Council Grades January 28
    Madame President Mazzeo–A
    Lothrop–Consider This–D

    • danvalenti
      January 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      A most generous report card. I’m sure their parents won’t mind signing this one.

    • Sparkie
      January 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Krol A

      Caccamo A good job on agenda

      Amuso – D would someone tell her to knock off the shout outs not on the school committee anymore

      Sim- C not sure what he voted for on cable comm

      Maz- D two more procedural gaffs and counting

      Connell – F why don’t we give more money away for something we know anything about

      Lothrop A – Do not wave rule 38 and give Mayor Danny Do- little a chance to waste 1M. See city hall floors and spectrum

      Tully D- Did you not hear the lies from Clark the first time.

      Clairmont A- No wavering rule 38 but make Do- Little abide by the rules

      Morandi-F No clue. Maz and the Mayor forgot to tell you what to say.

      • danvalenti
        January 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

        Appreciate the council score cards. Hope you guys keep doing it! It’s informative and fun to read.

  22. amandaWell
    January 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    The Planet is a Scholar of the highest magnitude!

  23. Jonathan Melle
    January 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm #


  24. Billy
    January 29, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    Lol. Morandi is a parrot he calls up the mayor agrees with Mel maz. Then she throws him as scooby treat

  25. joetaxpayer
    January 29, 2014 at 6:47 am #

    Jonathan want a cracker?

  26. levitan
    January 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Meanwhile, in an office far away, bureaucrats are plotting to build 1,000 wind turbines on the Berkshire ridges. They declared that land as prime target ostensibly uninhabited and unused.

    Monday evening, 100 men and women, well heeled and not spoke passionately and angrily trying to convince them that they exist and they live in those hills.

    • levitan
      January 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      I fear the ‘green’ agenda far more than the procedural gaffes of a city council.

    • danvalenti
      January 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      I’m with you on the GREEN fad, LEV. It has become a “Flavor of the Month” having more to do with politics than with conservation or sound energy policy.