SOURCES TELL PLANET WRESTLING GAFFE INVOLVED WRESTLER’S GIRLFRIEND … SHE APPARENTLY TRAVELED ON TEAM BUS TO R.I. MATCH … WAS THERE HANKY-PANKY? WERE DALTON POLICE INVOLVED? … plus … PEDA TRIES ‘FAST ONE’; BB ISN’T THERE, OF COURSE, BUT THE PLANET IS! ANOTHER PLANET EXCLUSIVE BEATS DAILY RAG INTO PULP
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 2014) — One of THE PLANET‘s loyal readers offered this interesting tidbit on “Wrestling Mania,” wherein the Pittsfield School Department saw fit to suspend wrestling coach Matt Chamberlain from his post without giving the taxpaying public a proper reason for the action.
We received this from Thomas More (no, not the author of books on spirituality and not the almost-famous Irish poet; they use two “o”s in the last name). This TM is one of our most attuned readers, ready to tell us what’s wrong with every post we author! Anyway, Thom wrote:
You’re getting closer. Scrap the left behind story. I’m amazed that your wizards haven’t dug it out. It’s a pretty entertaining story but I don’t want to be the one to let it out just in case it never does get out. Some things are perhaps better left to die.
He obviously knows more than he’s telling, but he’s not comfortable sharing it with us. In answer to More’s his last sentence, Joe the Taxpayer retorts: “The truth should never be left for dead.” We’re with Joe the T on this one.
The easy thing would have been for Mr. Moore to spill what he knows, but perhaps he feels comfy thinking he knows something we don’t. Actually, we found out a whole lot more than The Boring Broadsheet did on this story. The BB‘s sports editor, Matt Sprague, was content to report Chamberlain’s suspension but not press the school department flacks for the reason behind the action. Sprague obediently swallowed, unquestioningly, what they fed him. THE PLANET terms that sort of timorous reporting Jell-O Journalism.
THE PLANET has learned more about the Chamberlain situation. More is right, more or less: We can rule out the “leaving the kid behind” story. That leaves us with the “unauthorized person traveling with the wrestling team on the team bus.” THE PLANET thinks we know what our commentator means by “pretty entertaining.”
Our sources are telling us:
* The person who traveled with the wrestling team on its bus taking it to an upcoming match was none other than “the girlfriend of one of the wrestlers.” She hitched transport without permission, our sources say, traveling to and from the team meet in Rhode Island.
* Apparently, word of the stowaway girl being on the bus with the wrestling team got back to one or more of the kids’ parents, and that led to what one source called “the parents freaking out.”
* One source says the Dalton police were notified. Another source thinks but isn’t sure that the police may have driven down to Rhode Island to escort the girl back home.
* This isn’t the first time unauthorized kids were riding the team bus, according to a source, “especially if they have a job to do like keeping the scorebook or something [like that]. The fact that the game was out of state is the big deal, I guess.”
THE PLANET has inquiries into members of the Pittsfield School Committee and Taconic High School principal John Vosburgh. As of press time, we had not heard anything official.
Girlfriend? Team bus full of wrestlers? Out-of-state venue? Has all the elements of ring-a-ding-ding.
MAYOR, PEDA FORCE COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE INTO ‘HURRY UP OFFENSE’
On Tuesday night — the night before Panic in the Year Zero caused by less than a foot of snow … in February … in the Berkshires … causing Pittsfield to Declare A State of Emergency — our Right Honorable Good Friends on the City Council held a subcommittee meeting.
Churchill Cotton chaired a meeting of the Community and Economic Development Subsommittee. Members include Melissa Mazzeo, Nick Caccamo, Lisa Tully, and Jonathan Lothrop. Attending in the peanut gallery, a small but interested group included councilors Barry Clairmont and Chris Connell, plus the omni-present citizen watchdog Terry Kinnas on behalf of We The People.
Before them sat a trio of no less interested parties representing PEDA: Mayor Dan Bianchi, executive director Corydon Thurston, and Doug Clark, the head of the Office of Community Development. THE PLANET scoured PEDA’s website about information of the meeting. Nothing. The latest news release was dated June 26, 2013. This is the agency, that is the mayor, that has made “transparency” a hallmark.
PEDA sent more than 40 pages of documents to councilors late that same morning. The documents only had to do with PEDA’s intention to blow … rather, use … $1 million of taxpayer money in an attempt to land a railcar manufacturing contract from Boston’s MBTA. Councilors, frankly, had little to no time to prepare. That’s the way it happens when the skunks don’t want expenditures of this sort to be done in deliberation. Remember EV Worldwide?
Not much of import happened at the meeting, but there were nuggets there for the careful observer. That would not include The Boring Broadsheet, which apparently does not think a potential $1 million giveaway in taxpayer money is worth sending one of its inkstained wretches — our colleagues! — to the meeting. THE PLANET shall be pleased to note for the record that the ever-intrepid Jonathan Levine from The Pittsfield Gazette attended on behalf of the weekly he publishes.
As we said, nuggets …
First, credit J-Lo for his aggressive questioning of the PEDA Trio (not to be confused with The Nairobi Trio). Lothrop wanted to know what conditions PEDA would impose on any company accepting the $1 million bribe … er, inducement … to build MBTA railcars in The Berkshires. Thoughts of EV Worldwide and Workshop Live! (Dead!) must have flashed through the ether. Councilor-at-large Barry Clairmont also did yeoman’s work in putting to the panel some effective questions.
In the ensuing discussion, it came out that PEDA has no clue as to how many jobs the railcar manufacturing contract would bring locally. What happened to the much-touted 250 jobs? Vanished into thick air. 200 jobs? 150? 100? 10? No one offered an answer, which leads us to wonder: Just how thorough or professional has been PEDA’s due diligence?
We also learned at the meeting the nature of the “fast one” PEDA is trying to pull about the potential jobs themselves. One of the promises given by PEDA is that the jobs would pay a minimum of $35,000 a year. Lothrop’s questions exposed the voodoo math PEDA used to arrive at this number. PEDA was counting benefits as part of the $35,000 compensation. The benefits package is roughly $15,000, and thus PEDA was willing to cave in for jobs paying $20,000 a year. You can flip burgers, butter popcorn, bus tables, and turn down beds for more than that.
Tomorrow, THE PLANET shall explain how PEDA tried to run the “hurry up” offense on the council, but fortunately, there were enough councilors aware of the tactic. That and much more as we wrap up the weekend on the hottest media outlet in the area.
That would be THE PLANET, of course.
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