(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 20, 2018) — Now that we know what kind of politician Donna Todd Rivers is, the only question remaining if you want her vote is the price.

When Rivers flipped her vote and decided to stick Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski with a needless $74-80 million in new deficit spending, you can’t say she didn’t do her research. After deciding to change her vote on an upgrade to the Pittsfield sewer treatment plant off Holmes Road, she realized that the new work would be needed. Why? The present system, consultants revealed, couldn’t handle a dump as big as the redolent load she pushed out on taxpayers. The stinking pile, however, became perfume to Rivers after she took Ex-Lax in the form of a $75,000-a-year make-work position as country “jobs czar.”

That’s what baldy Adam Hinds, D-Nowhere, called Rivers’ ritzy new toilet squat. Apparently, Hinds either didn’t look at Rivers closely enough … or maybe he looked too closely. Why else did his clothes wrinkle and his watch stop? How else could he not know that DTR is a woman, not a man? Earth to Chrome Dome: a “czar” is the male form. THE PLANET thinks Curley meant “czarina.” The laughable part of DTR’s new toilette is that she gets $75K+bennies for doing not a thing. In Pittsfield, it’s called “work.” In other places, they call it selling out, similar to what a hooker does when she needs quick cash for her next fix, to put it in proper perspective.

There are already a bunch of phony “Let’s Create A Job” offices and agencies in decrepit Berkshire County, all having been stillborn in Pittsfield. Rivers’ has been appointed to head these efforts up and be the point person for these agencies — You know, to handle the avalanche of companies beating down the door to expand in or relocate to Pittsfield. You know, all the many companies that PEDA officials and other say they have “highly interested” but never actually name because they don’t exist. THE PLANET knows, you know, the Man in the Moon knows, Andy Kaufman knows, and Miley Cyrus knows that the only jobs these fake agencies create are con jobs and snow jobs. Invariably, they go to those of both genders ready to don the knee pads and suck enough stuffed sock among the city’s ruling elite.

Incidentally, despite popular conception, the Latin translation for ivectus e penamis is not “Suck My Bellafio.” It’s closer to “Here, just take this job, keep your mouth shut, and flip your vote.” Another untrue rumor is that DTR has been signed by a major production company to star in a new version of “Deep Throat.” She may be curious, but she’s definitely yellow. One more incidental is a comment left on Wednesday’s PLANET. Someone pointed out that $75,000 a year is not that much money. We would agree, but not for a job as superfluous as this. Taxpayers don’t have to pay another another $95,000 a year (including bennies) to get nothing done and have nothing happen.

THE PLANET will eat these words, of course, if the new jobs czar” convinces Ernie the Hot Dog guy to come out of retirement. That’s about the extent of the economic impact of the new jobs czar. Short of that, we warn Rivers to stay the freak out of the freakin’ news. We don’t want to hear it. Especially DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES send out any bullshit press releases from your office, Rivers, or else we might take off the kid gloves and really lay into you.

For that, we won’t wait in line, you worthless piece of … of … of politician.


“Justin Bieber is planning to go on tour in Israel. Haven’t the Jews suffered enough?” — Jon Macks.



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  1. Kleptocrat
    June 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

    Sad so sad Donna.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    June 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Bill Clinton still has not contacted Monica Lewinsky to personally apologize to her for turning the Oval Office into the Oral Office!

    Donald Trump still has not personally apologized to his three wives for openly cheating on each one of them!

    Carmen Massimiano has a bad reputation from his youthful urges towards boys at Camp Russell many years ago. He denied allegations that he fondled a then 7-year-old boy at the Boys Club in the 1970s.

    Angelo Stracuzzi had to resign from Greylock-FCU after it was revealed he got in trouble for trying to sexually exploit teenage boys in Maine.

    None of the above politicians admit to their sexual deviancy. Moreover, they don’t get mental health treatment to change their ways for the better.

    • Jonathan Melle
      June 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

      Yet another case of a sexually deviant political couple!

      A former State House legislative aide is suing Stan Rosenberg & his (estranged) husband in a civil suit for sexual abuse by Bryon Hefner! A 16-page lawsuit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday, June 15, 2018, by attorney Mitchell Garabedian on behalf of “John Doe.” Garabedian achieved fame as an advocate for victims of priest sex abuse, winning multimillion-dollar cases against the Catholic Church. Doe’s complaint accuses Hefner of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and Stan Rosenberg of conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. “Defendant Rosenberg provided excuses for Defendant Hefner’s conduct. Defendant Rosenberg claimed that Defendant Hefner’s mental health issues or problems with alcohol excused Defendant Hefner’s conduct,” Garabedian argues in the suit.

      Also, there are four men who’ve criminally accused Bryon Hefner of sexual abuse.

  3. The school committee
    June 20, 2018 at 12:36 am #

    Still sounds like a volunteer position

  4. dusty
    June 20, 2018 at 3:25 am #

    The suggestion that $75,000 is not very much money is relative. Lots of folk in Pittsfield would love to have that “not much money”.

    If anyone has this kind of “not much money” lying around cluttering up their kitchen table please give me a jingle. I make house calls.

    • The school committee
      June 20, 2018 at 5:15 am #

      Behnke has increased her salary by40k per year in recent years and cleaned up her books by reckless buying of items not needed at the end of every year.They spend every nickle approved by city council and police are 150k short.We have a very poor business leader but she’s in charge.Taylor cant believe she works for 130k per year.Her home in the Easter part of the state would be 1/2 A million bucks.Mrs Taylor must to understand we are a very low income area

  5. The school committee
    June 20, 2018 at 3:41 am #

    Trump continues his insane policy of torture to Women and their children as the Trump cult support him in this American policy to scare immigrants away through fear and again torture.There is now a complete understanding of the beginnings of why Germany did what it did,ignoring the evil of their leader

    • Wilson
      June 20, 2018 at 6:07 am #

      Didn’t see hundreds of thousands of Jews so eager to get INTO Germany, Would be better for Hispanics if Trump was half as cruel as the hysterical traitors claim, since after the border collapses America will be another 3rd World country unless MAGA is unleashed to go on the offensive

    • Paul
      June 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      Tsc, torture? Really? Buy a dictionary.

    • 12 Gauge
      June 20, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      Are you drunk or really this stupid?

      • The school committee
        June 21, 2018 at 3:20 am #

        Doing my best to educate those caught in a cult think.

        • 12 Gauge
          June 21, 2018 at 5:49 am #

          It’s obvious that you are the one in a cult. You should get professional help

  6. Mr. G
    June 20, 2018 at 4:50 am #

    Hey Dan, next time don’t be so restrained. Tell us how you really feel and don’t pullany punches. Is she in charge of Berkshire Works now? Or is this another make-work job? You have characterized this perfectly. Do politicians truly have so little respect for their constituents?

    • Mr. G
      June 20, 2018 at 4:53 am #

      Honestly, this shows as much respect as Trump blaming his heinous zero tolerance child caging immigration policy on Democrats. Also a big load of crap and disrespectful to allAmerican voters. But this just shows, the antidote to Trump lunacy is not just more Democrats. We need a new approach!

  7. dusty
    June 20, 2018 at 5:13 am #

    Maybe DTR has a good explanation and will come on here and clear it all up. I would like to hear her side.

    tic tock……

    • U
      June 20, 2018 at 6:05 am #

      Getting a straight answer would be a problem

  8. Spider
    June 20, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Rivers can’t possibly think of running for office again. She is too damaged.

    And the GOB’s don’t need any more votes from her. This one vote will keep them happy for a good long time with all the money that will be passed from hand to hand.

    Good job, Dan!

    • The school committee
      June 21, 2018 at 3:23 am #

      Rivers is not running for office but looking for a job,she must turn this down to prove she is worthy of your tax dollars

      • LoneGunMan
        June 21, 2018 at 5:57 am #

        well she successfully secured one for the next three years.

  9. Pat
    June 20, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    The majority of the children being detained at the border showed up alone with no parents. The rest were with questionable people who may or may not be their actual parents. People who may be just using them to gain entry to the country and who may then abandon or beat or abuse them once they get the entry into the country that they are seeking.

    • Still Wondering
      June 20, 2018 at 7:36 am #

      The Dims think they have found a winning issue leading up to the mid-term elections. What they forget is that except for internet junkies, the rest of the country is out enjoying the summer and not thinking about politics.
      In Washington, they call summertime the “political silly season”.

      • Pat
        June 20, 2018 at 8:22 am #

        True. The housing being used for the children, which the left is calling Nazi concentration camps, is the same housing that was used by Obama for these children.

        • dusty
          June 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

          Yah Pat. Makes ya wonder why all these republicans got all upset over nothing. Even O’reilly and Geraldo who love Trump like their own mother turned on him but they are just Stupit stupit

          • Pat
            June 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Sorry Dusty, but there is no intelligence behind any of the decisions being made on illegal immigration. President Trump signing an executive order to allow families to stay together when entering the country will just encourage huge numbers of people to make sure they show up at the border with children.

            The word will get out just bring children with you and you’ll get in. This is not going to end well for children or for this country. Kids will be kidnapped, abused, and used by bad people to get access to this country. Not to mention that we can’t find jobs and housing for the people who live here already.

          • Shakey Shakey
            June 21, 2018 at 6:07 am #

            Pat, children are vile disgusting creatures. You are insane if you think immigrants will subject
            themselves to the responsibility of dragging random children across Latin America then legally turn themselves in at the border for processing.

  10. LoneGunMan
    June 20, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    That was probably the most brutal post I’ve seen to date. Kids gloves or not, I’m sure Dan has said worse things directed at better people

    • danvalenti
      June 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

      Next time THE PLANET has to deal with her, the kid gloves come off.

  11. NIB
    June 20, 2018 at 9:19 am #

    DTR is a prime example of everything that is wrong with gov’t and people.

  12. H
    June 20, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Let’s hope hinds fails on the new York train route, think of the crud it’ll bring here.

  13. Cos
    June 20, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    did anyone hear the planet on the Kroll show today . The planet played Karol like a fiddle the host played along for a little while, until he gave up his innuendo, which was talking about the planets blogfrom a former mayor, planet stayed the course of coarse and didn’t talk politics,what he did say on today’s blog is very telling.Mr. Gaetani has her number also Dan, and at the next council meeting she should realize that the authoritative figure of the water debate will not be a debate but a thrashing rivers better bring her a a a a game or a diaper.

    • danvalenti
      June 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

      We had a good time with JK this a.m.

  14. Halo
    June 20, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    What is strong maiden name, just curious?

  15. V P of Lurning
    June 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Gaetani News our tonight channell 1301 at six

    • danvalenti
      June 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

      Should be a good one.

  16. May Hemm
    June 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Rivers needs specialty items, glasses,desiigner clothes nails,hairdo, these items don’t come cheap. But the most important of them all, is the medical, it isn’t cheap.

    Where have you gone Chuck Garavaltis? One of the finest men Pittsfield has ever produced, just thinking about you, my friend.

    • danvalenti
      June 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      THE PLANET mentioned the great CHUCK G. on the air today, calling him the best pure hitter to come out of Pittsfield baseball. Second, Tommy Grieve.

  17. dusty
    June 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Pat can you answer me one question with a straight face please? WHERE ARE THE GIRLS? Where is Donald hiding the teenage girls and why is he not letting any reporters see inside of any of the gulags? What is he afraid of? What is he hiding?

    Just one straight answer Pat…just one from your own head not Hannity’s.

    • Pat
      June 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      Hiding teenage girls? What?!? Stop listening to the nonsense from the crazies on the far radical left who have taken over MSNBC and CNN.

      Who knows who was bringing these teenage girls to our borders. Rapists maybe. Smugglers? Criminals? People who were beating them up along the way to the border and just using them to get into this country and some pretending to be their parents. We have no idea who they are when they arrive at our border. I heard one border agent talking about the unbelievable condition of children being dropped off at our borders; many alone and with no parents.

      • dusty
        June 21, 2018 at 1:22 am #

        You did not answer. You completely avoided my question as I knew you would. Pivot, spin and deflection are the tools of Trump to baffle and confuse his base. He is a cult leader and you are one of his blind followers. You need an intervention.

        By the way…where are the girls Pat? I don’t care where they are from or if they are illegal, they do not deserve this. This cannot be good. Heard many of them have been transported to New York City. Why Pat?

        • Still Wondering
          June 21, 2018 at 5:17 am #

          Dusty, its time for your meds.

  18. h
    June 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    Girl they say you’re getting married they say you’re getting married this time is not for sure bud listen

  19. The school committee
    June 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Pat,how long ha ve you been waiting for a President this immoral.

    • Still Wondering
      June 21, 2018 at 5:18 am #

      How about Obama telling the DOJ to “stand down” regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election?

      • NIB
        June 21, 2018 at 10:42 am #

        Isn’t is funny how the liberal news networks are under reporting or not reporting that at all.

  20. mi
    June 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Let’s hope super citizen is watching the Mularchy at the Finance Committee Meeting tonight?

  21. h
    June 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    Snow Job. Two million for salt in 2017? About a million off. 1.9 next year? 700g a few years ago?

    • dusty
      June 21, 2018 at 1:23 am #

      Can you say Forensic Audit?

  22. Halo
    June 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    Do it differently next year, concerning budgeting?, quote from Mel Mazzeo? Didn’t we hear that from a previous City Councilor at nauseum, then she quit. Why dose the City Council have computers if they can’t get info during a meeting from City Hall desk drawer?

    Chuck V hit the nail on the head, what a joke.

  23. The school committee
    June 21, 2018 at 3:31 am #

    Rush Limbaugh to his credit brainwashed an entire group of men in their cars during the 90s and they will grow old with this buffoon in charge of their brain,add 4 more hours of Hannity and 3 more hours of Glenn Beck and your brain is mush……those 3 are worth a 1/2 A billion…….Ten hours a day…….Ten hours a day

    • Still Wondering
      June 21, 2018 at 5:19 am #

      Just look at what ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBC have done to YOURS!

  24. dusty
    June 21, 2018 at 4:09 am #

    1/2 billion not counting what Putin is funneling to them for turning our country upside down.

  25. The school committee
    June 21, 2018 at 4:50 am #

    Media is angry white man talk radio,everyone else I is busy working or raising kids.Republicans are afraid of journalist reporting on the detention facilities.Regressives dont want anyone to cover this scandle…..this is why Trump hates journalist shedding light on anything Trump.

    • Pat
      June 21, 2018 at 5:55 am #

      Try to find another issue to win on in November School Committee. Democrats are far from innocent in the illegal immigration debate. They have no plan except for open borders allowing everyone in with no background or disease checks which is a recipe for disaster. They have more concern for illegal immigrants than for law abiding citizens.

      • dusty
        June 21, 2018 at 7:22 am #

        Are you not even curious where Trump is hiding all those young girls Pat? Do you not even care about children anymore since your brain was co-opted by Trump?

        • Pat
          June 21, 2018 at 7:51 am #

          Paranoia Dusty?

          • dusty
            June 21, 2018 at 9:14 am #

            Evasive Pat?

            Now I am believing that you have lost your heart and that you truly do not care about children.

  26. H
    June 21, 2018 at 5:50 am #

    Trump would have never run for President unless billions weren’t involved for himself,Never. During the campaign he received billions in ad advertisement for his brand name,T R U M P. But I guess all the red neck,out of work and haters knew this. More people in the United States History were killed in one day on his watch, one day.

    Fact,not fake.

    • Pat
      June 21, 2018 at 6:23 am #

      Progressives show more concern for illegal immigrants and their problems while out of work white Americans are portrayed as deplorable rednecks who hate everyone. Is it any wonder so many people have lost all respect for the far left agenda?

      • dusty
        June 21, 2018 at 7:25 am #

        I lost respect for people who do not care about helpless children. For me that is about as low as you can go. Worst human rights violation in American history and it was Trumps idea. Even the elephants that Don jr. likes to kill treat their young better.

        • Pat
          June 21, 2018 at 7:49 am #

          Obama was keeping kids in cages. No outrage then Dusty.

          • NIB
            June 21, 2018 at 8:41 am #

            Pat, in all fairness I believe it happened alot less under Obama. The zero tolerance policy has led to more arrests which led to more children being separated. Obama’s catch and release policy basically just sent the kids back to Mexico so they could try to cross again.
            US. immigration laws and policies are a mess and both parties are to blame. And both parties need to get off their partisan asses and get something done.

          • Still Wondering
            June 22, 2018 at 5:49 am #

            Isn’t it amazing the contortions a liberal will make in order to protect their worldview?

  27. U
    June 21, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Is it time for the Generalissimo. Maybe a revisit to Hess Forest and an overall view of the City and maybe a Walking Dead interview or two, or six. Dan, I have a prop A trump wig (red) for you, that would be hilarious.

    • danvalenti
      June 21, 2018 at 7:01 am #

      Hmmmm, U. Yez got THE PLANET thinking. I’ll pass word along to THE GENERALISSIMO’s “People” and see if the message gets through.

      • mi
        June 21, 2018 at 10:24 am #

        We will provide security if you need it, just hollar.The Generaal, truly, a man of the people,for the people.

  28. Shakey Shakey
    June 21, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    The Berkshire Regional Employment Board, a component of the One Berkshire initiative, is laughable. There is an amazing amount of data out there on the unemployed. The survey DTR made duplicates information and effort, not to mention is unprofessional and not statistically significant.

    The Berkshires need help with employment, no doubt. But throwing money at a local untrained political hack is not the way to do it. Honestly, it is disgraceful. If you want to see the lack of professionalism from BREB, check out their recently completed Berkshire Employment Blueprint at the link above.

    For the amount of salaries and resources at BREB,they should be able to make a document into a .pdf without scanning it crooked. It is professionally embarrassing work product.

    • danvalenti
      June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am #

      Thanks for the trenchant analysis. Everything you say is spot on.

    • NIB
      June 21, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      This is what happens when the main requirement to be hired for a job in Pittsfield is that you are one of the connected.

  29. H
    June 21, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Seen that shaky, good observation. Was thinking the same thing. It is amazing how bureaucracies are created. Time for the Generaal.

  30. Wilson
    June 21, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    Now they made a “deal” to keep the sales tax rollback off the ballot. The whole state is rotten to the core

  31. Pat
    June 21, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    So glad President Trump cancelled the Congressional picnic that was to happen today. Lawmakers are upset. Should we cry for them? They did absolutely nothing about the problems on the border that they were complaining about all week. It is fitting punishment for them. Democrats just wanted to put down Trump and would take absolutely no action. So much for caring for the children. So glad their precious picnic was cancelled. Couldn’t have happened to a more unpleasant group of people. SMALL GOVERNMENT.

    • NIB
      June 21, 2018 at 8:34 am #

      This whole DTR fiasco is certainly an argument for smaller govt.

    • dusty
      June 21, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      Why are you obfuscating again Pat? Nobody was going to go to that picnic and Trump was going to be embarrAssed AGAIN. And you are right about Trey Gowdy…and Nunez and Ryan and O’Connell. very unpleasant and useless legislators

      • Pat
        June 21, 2018 at 10:49 am #

        The picnic is not just any picnic like the average person would have with some hot dogs, hamburgs and salads. This picnic turns the White House grounds into a midway. No expense is spared. Congress and their families are invited. So, yeah, they are very upset about its cancellation.

        The Democrats share the majority of the blame for refusing to sign any legislation after creating a huge scene all week.

  32. Bozz Tweeter
    June 21, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Until the “BIC” is built why doesn’t DTR occupy the vacant, taxpayer remodeled, former Nuclea offices in the GE donated PEDA building on Kellogg St. ?
    Whatever happened to Pat Muraca the chosen savior of Pittsfield economic development ? Latest charges swept under the carpet perhaps ?

  33. h
    June 21, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    Don’t worry about Rivers, Gaetani has her in his sights on her water sewer flip flop votes,and is currently investigating that situation.

  34. Cosbies
    June 21, 2018 at 9:21 am #

    Gaetani has fried much bigger fish than the Flip Flop.He’ll dismantle the project for sure if he finds out Deeva sold out her vote to The Mayor. Is Pecks road being done over again? Thought they did that road,hmmmm?

  35. Spider
    June 21, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    I haven’t spoken to one person who is not in disbelief at the Rivers job. This has gone way beyond giving jobs to your friends.

    Shouldn’t this have come under some kind of “checks and balances”. Who or what group actually offered her the job? And without advertising it? And where is the outcry from our minority groups?

    Dan, do you know?

    • danvalenti
      June 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      I do not know the exact sequence of events. Haven’t had time to explore. If THOSE WHO KNOW wish to drop a dime, THE PLANET is always in biz, 24-7.

      • Spider
        June 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

        Thank you, Dan. I know you will follow this to the end!

  36. UAlbany
    June 21, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Bravo DV Bravo – most honest reporting on an issue in Pittsfield since the last time you told it like it is…

    • danvalenti
      June 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Appreciate the feedback. To you and all who got to me on this issue, many thanks. Your hearts are in the right place. To bad pols such as DTR has removed your wallets from THEIR right place, which should be in YOUR pockets, not hers.

  37. May Hemm
    June 21, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Valenti is right up there with Ted Williams when it comes,To Perfection.

  38. Jonathan Melle
    June 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    We all saw DTR’s plum. BUT, it was you don’t see behind closed doors is what is really corrupt. HOWEVER, over the years, Pittsfield politics has become obvious! If you are part of the Good Old Boys club, you will be well taken care of in Pittsfield!

  39. Shelly Liver
    June 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    Wasn’t she hired in April?

  40. Chuck Garivaltis
    June 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    Couple of nice pieces about me in this column. Thanks, Dan and May. Baseball was extra special in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. There were many championship parades welcoming Pittsfield athletes home after winning a major American championship in some far off city. I remember, as do many of former teammates, riding on a fire engine with bells ringing going down former retail and business district of North Street. That’s between Maplewood Ave. and Park Square for those who forgot, or never knew, this was Berkshires major retail area. It was a booming area with 6 movie houses, maybe 10 restaurants, hotels, including a Sheraton, and, hold on now, free parking. I won’t touch upon why this changed. It wasn’t all because of time marching on.

    May, loved comment on “CG where have you gone”?. I’m here, May, and I know for sure I don’t belong in rarified company of song that asks, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio,” I’m here, and watching where Pittsfield is going. One comment to this, May, I’m worried. I think we all are.

    Thanks for nice comments Dan and May. Talk to you soon.

    One more thing. Very much enjoyed Howard Herman’s Eagle story about Berkshire baseball. Our kids are as good as any in Mass., that’s for sure. I do want to comment on Pittsfield baseball. We are back as one of the best. Here’s my opinion.:
    we have players who would have played for St. Joe’s High School. This is a huge benefit for Pittsfield and Taconic High Schools.

  41. h
    June 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

    Players (my favorites from foregone years,Chuck certainly would have been at the top) Imean, anyone who played against Jim Browm and an Alou Brother..a little younger than those days,anyway some of the athletes I was able to see whether it was one game or many, and I have many on the list.

    Here are my favorites not in order,Frank Scago,Ray Woitkowski, Doug Shepherd,Dave Southard, Dick Faulkenbush, Mark Belanger, Paul Pierce,Willie Woodson,Jake McNiece,Cedric Rose, Anton Lazits, Timmy Kearns,(Kearns was the best in my era) Rick Lisi,Tony Simonelli,Tony Gibson,Paul Metallo, Jackie Clark. The best of them all, and although he wasn’t my favorite, was Belanger (thank God he went to the Orioles) he might have been a better basketball player than baseball.

    • danvalenti
      June 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

      I’d add Tommy Grieve, Gene Hermanski, Donnie Morehead, Larry Bossidy, Touchdown, Tony Ferdyn. For my money, Chuck Garivaltis was and still is the best pure hitter ever to come out of Pittsfield.

  42. Jon Reid
    June 23, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    DTR got herself a radio gig years ago to keep her name up front. She ran several times for the Pittsfield City Council until she finally met with success. She is nothing, if not persistent. Her future…TBD.