ADD 1 DURING THE WEEK — Lost in the woods. What a feeling. You know the path is close, but where.

First thing. Don’t panic. Second thing. Get your bearings. Third thing: Compose your plan. And you find your way.

The tricky turns of the wilderness in the Canadian Provinces can deliver harsh reproofs, but if one gathers the patterns in the mess of shadows — the color of this creek, the direction east — you realize it is only the heart driven wild. The wild itself will give you everything you need, including comfort. With your guide, you find your way and come into the exhilaration of your affluence, the simple joy of knowing where you are, who you are.

THE PLANET, and you, can easily grasp the metaphor. One can be lost anywhere, and especially in the midst of the familiar. Can find the direction? Torn between possible choices, knowing so much rides on this one or that? The answer: Listen to yourself and no one else, especially the insecure in your life who are sick with desire and jealous of your success. Their defects of character will be their own doom, those of pathetic envy, so give them love.

“Love wakens / through its shadows / which are alive by reason.” — Vachel Lindsey.

———- 000 ———-

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019 & BEYOND THE INFINITE) — Something about a campfire under the night of a star-filled sky. The burning wood lifts up tangy smoke in a kind of sullen art. There is consumption then ash. Later, your clothes smell smoky, and THE PLANET loves how the redolence pairs with a good scotch.

In such times, one can escape time. Day melds into day, and, eschewing the Timex, one finds fun in telling time with the movement of the sun and finding location through the position of the stars, thwarting the belated warnings of civilization and technology. One begins to feel, to breathe, to become fully alive in the harmonics.

In the wild, being versed in the world matters not. You are on nature’s terms. It encourages your “surrender,” to assume a passive stance in following the call of the wild.

As we continue out trek through the northern wilds, we encourage you to have your say and speak your mind on the issues of concern to you. No other local medium awards you this privilege, and this, in the end, shall be the gold medal of this site — not what we have to say but that you had the chance to have your say and said it.

Local, regional, national, international, galactic: If there’s an issue and you have the words, the floor is yours.


“In heaven, all the interesting people are missing”Friedrich Nietzsche.



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  1. ProxyDate
    June 17, 2019 at 9:25 am #

    What happened to the Wayfair jobs?

    Is the Eagle completely under the thumb of the GOB network?
    It seems they are letting Harrington slide, just acting as a press release engine for her office. Same with Tyer.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    June 17, 2019 at 11:16 am #

    Did you know?

    Downtown Pittsfield is a cultural mecca that rivals London, Paris, Manhattan, and L.A.

    PEDA will soon 21 years old this summer, and it is a model of business growth across the globe.

    Silver Lake’s water is so pure and clear of chemicals that next year’s Olympic swimming contests will be held there.

    Pittsfield politics is a textbook case study of good governance with excellent financial management.

    Pittsfield’s public schools are the best in Massachusetts and then nation.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 17, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

      Rumor is it that in honor of the stupendously superb financial management at the PIttsfield city level the Dow Jones is moving to Tyler street as the Cornerstone of a big booming new financial district. Looks like the PEDA site will finally be getting its high rise buildings as the expansion is expected to go intercontinental with a high speed train coming from New York 3 times a day.

      (the local papers knew about this block buster but were planning on a 4th of July bombshell story) sorry guys, guess I just got a big mouth

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

        Maybe Amazon will open a new corporate headquarters in Pittsfield?

    • Spagirl
      June 18, 2019 at 7:30 am #

      And pickleball funds were turned down due to citizens requests, but now are being restored. Peter Marchetti is a guardian angel of all things pickleball.

      • doomiedodger
        June 18, 2019 at 7:49 am #

        Pete is getting even with the taxpayers for not electing him. He is going to drain their pockets as best he can…not going to effect his deep pockets so what does he care?

      • Johnny Absurdo
        June 18, 2019 at 7:55 am #

        Helen Moon was against it before. How did she vote this time? Article seem to go out of its way not to identify who was for or against outside of the main guy pulling for his friends.

  3. CC The Maze Sun
    June 17, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    Life is just a Game! It’s a Maze. The only way out is through the Sun after death. You leave your beast avatar here and fly by night(death) away from here.

    Leave Fear and Love behind. Don’t let them or anyone or anything else stop you from returning Home.

    “One day, you’ll look, to see I’ve gone, but tomorrow may rains so, I’ll follow – The SUN”

    “Get Back, Get Back, Get Back to where you once belonged
    Get Back, Get Back, Get Back to where you once belonged”

    “We’re on our way home…… We’re going Home!”

    We are Stars, Diamonds, Pure Energy Orbs of light.
    This life here is only a Game. We don’t belong here. We never did.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

      a lot to unpack there…probably put together over a bowl of psychedelic mushrooms

      • CC The Maze Sun
        June 18, 2019 at 8:00 am #

        “When the men on the chessboard
        Get up and tell you where to go
        And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
        And your mind is moving low
        Go ask Alice
        I think she’ll know

        When logic and proportion
        Have fallen sloppy dead
        And the White Knight is talking backwards
        And the Red Queen’s off with her head
        Remember what the dormouse said
        Feed your head
        Feed your head“

  4. Pat
    June 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

    Dan V. your description of your vacation sounds so good that I just want to go camping or, at the very least, do a lot of hiking. I will begin on this beautiful day to get outside and enjoy the great weather. I can smell the pine trees already.

    • danvalenti
      June 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

      Thanks! Getting in deep touch with nature is wondrously restorative.

  5. The school committee
    June 17, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    Mr Banker Marchetti cant add so he gave everyone who came before him everything they wanted to spend. Rivers now owes everyone for her job. Moon owes everyone for her fake job.The 25 people who have new positions owe McCandless for their jobs……The landlords on Tyler street owe the druglords of the hood….Tyler street drug addicts have taken over the schools in Pittsfield and they are in charge.Pittsfield sends me the bill.All the leaders of Pittsfield thank each other for a job well done.Cocktails after hearings

    • Rule 27
      June 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      Tyer and Ruberto give money to gobsig landloards. Mom and pop get scraps and have to rent to drug dealers.

  6. Roberto Del Halitoso
    June 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

    Good news. Ken Warren has taken out papers for ward 1. Moon will be toast. Go Mr. Warren.

    • Ted
      June 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

      Was he on the council before?

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        June 17, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

        I don’t think so.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          June 18, 2019 at 6:49 am #

          Ken Warren is a former Berkshire County commissioner, PIttsfield Ward 1 city councilor, and former 2nd Berkshire District state rep. candidate.

          I know this because he’s my former (no pun intended) brother-in-law.

          Go, Ken Warren.

    • JoePesci
      June 17, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

      I don’t know Moon from Adam, but I know this – Warren is an idiot, just ask any attorney in town. She’ll pound him into next week, once people hear him speak.

      Kalinowski has a better chance at being mayor than Kenny Effin Warren has being a councilor

      • Brian C. Marquis
        June 18, 2019 at 6:56 am #

        Be careful, JoePesci, you might be disseminating an untruth.

        Ken Warren’s a lawyer with a legal and social reputation that you could easily damage with such an unverified statement.

        Please take note before you continue down a pathway of financial ruin . . . .

        • Shakes
          June 18, 2019 at 10:35 am #


          You’re an idiot if you think someone calling someone else an idiot on this blog amounts to written defamation.

          • Brian C. Marquis
            June 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

            Clearly, you’re not the sharpest end of any spear, Shakes.

            You’re always late to join our party, as usual. Earlier JoePesci levied an unfounded accusation against Ken Warren. S/he accused Warren of sexually harassing his secretary; and as a punishment, Warren was privately reprimanded by the BBO (you do know what the acronym BBO stands for, right?).

            As the above link indicates, that’s just categorically untrue.

            Are you naturally mean-spirited, or just playing the role? My money’s on the former.

            And that’s the bottom-line!!

          • shakes
            June 20, 2019 at 6:47 am #

            I apologize for not ferreting out a deleted post.

    • The school committee
      June 18, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

      She got what she wanted ,will ride Harrington till shes in the 125k with lots of staff,makes me sick….go Ken warren

      • Hung Wang
        June 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

        I suppose I’ve passed him a hundred times,
        but I always stop for a minute
        And look at his head, that tragic head,
        the head with nobody in it.

      • Ham Anex
        June 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

        Moon is dumber than a bag of granola.

  7. Roberto Del Halitoso
    June 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

    These people donated to Tyer the last few years. Many won’t this cycle.
    Dellea, Eugene
    Callahan, Maurice
    Gordon, Wendy
    Scarafoni, Gary
    Tartell, Jodi
    Passardi, Floyd
    Ruberto, James
    Addy, Courtney
    Bane, Richard
    Barbalunga, Alfred
    Bissell, John
    Burke, Gerald
    Burke, Timothy
    Butler, Jonathan
    Callahan, Joan Gregg
    Carver, Stacey
    Comalli, David
    Comalli, Terrie
    Cusson, Shaun
    Deely, Catherine
    Farley-bouvier, Patricia
    Harris, Allen, Jr.
    Holland, Caroline
    Kahn, Craig
    Kroboth, Amy
    Leach, Charles
    Lipton, Michael
    Macdonald, Michael
    Maguire, Kathleen
    Marchetti, Peter
    Matthews, Michael
    Maxymillian, James
    Maxymillian, Neal
    McGraw, Elizabeth
    Noble, Jeffrey
    Nuciforo, Elena
    Oakes, Stephen
    Petricca, Perri
    Raser, Barton
    Suffish, Timothy
    Tremblay, James
    Casey, Lawrence
    Casey, Pamela
    Aggregated Unitemized Receipts
    Casey, Lawrence
    Casey, Pamela
    Gold, Mark S.
    Bissell, John
    Blodgett, Ruth
    Burke, Gerald
    Butler, Jonathan
    Callahan, James
    Callahan, Joan Gregg
    Callahan, Maurice
    Camploi, Thomas
    Carver, Wende
    Comalli, David
    Committee To Elect Peter T. White
    Cook, C. Jeffrey
    Cook-dubin, Jesse
    Cusson, Shaun
    Dellea, Eugene
    Dinsmore, Gordon
    Downing, John
    Dubendorf, Donald
    Dumont, Susan
    Egan, Dennis, Jr.
    Fitzpatrick, Nancy
    Gazzillo, Lorelei
    Gerard, Jeffrey
    Green, Pamela
    Haddad, George
    Kahn, Craig
    Kennedy, Ellen
    Kiely, Timothy
    Klefos, Lauri
    Laurin, Mary Ann
    Lockridge, Kathleen
    Maguire, Kathleen
    Marchetti, Peter
    Moon, Christopher
    Morin, Michele
    Petrica, Perri
    Phelps, David
    Placido, Mark
    Quinn, Sheri
    Rogers, John
    Scarfoni, Matthew
    Shields, Van
    Simonelli, Anthony
    Soldato, Mick
    Stoddard, Michael
    Supranowicz, Michael
    Taylor, Cynthia
    Taylor, Peter
    Trybus, Lisa
    Tully, Lisa
    Tully, Mark
    Ungewriter, Erin
    Yon, David
    Sakshaug, Thomas
    Casey, Lawrence
    Casey, Pamela
    Marcella, Diane
    Aggregated Unitemized Receipts
    Sherman, Brooks
    77 East Street, Llc
    Bauman, Alan
    Bissell, John
    Bleser, Richard
    Blodgett, Ruth
    Hamel, Thomas
    Hill, Eric
    Hines, William, Jr.
    Kroboth, Amy
    Leach, Charles
    Lipton, Michael
    Lyon, Michael
    Macdonald, Michael
    Nuciforo, Andrea, Jr.
    Petricca, Perri
    Rich, Thomas
    Sakshaug, Kathleen
    Shield, Van
    Tierney, Laurie
    Welch, Thaddeus, III
    Whaling, George
    Yon, David
    Lloyd, David, Jr.
    Daly, Michael
    Kramer, Harold
    Gamache, Paul
    Hunt, Harriet
    Scalise, James II
    Sturgeon, Rose Ann
    Hammerling, Alden
    Algerio, Marriane
    Green, Laurie
    Schaffer, Sharon & Eric
    Stevens, Edwin
    Tyer, Linda M.
    Deely, Catherine
    Farkas, Frank
    Krofts, Karen
    Schilling, Gloria
    Comalli, David
    Condaris, Christine
    Sullivan, Erin
    Bookless, Maxine
    Cash Sales At Fundraiser, Cash
    Como, Steven
    Craighead, Ian
    Dejax, Jean-Yves
    Dellea, Dawn
    Diehl, Linda
    Edgerton, Shirley
    Francis, Deborah
    Guernsey, Sherwood
    Guyer, Denis
    Johnson, Pamela
    Kennedy, Ellen
    Labarbera, Sheila
    Marchetti, Peter
    Massari, James
    McGinnis, Mary
    Merriam, Michael
    Milenski, Beverly
    Miller, Katie
    Roman., Reinaldo
    Salatino, Julie
    Sherman, Kevin
    Tully, Lisa
    Yon, Denice
    Blodgett, Ruth
    Clairmont, Brian
    Evenchik, Reba
    Hall, Patricia
    O’brien, Isabel
    Picheny, Steven
    Porter, Randy
    Schmidt, Joy
    Aggregated Unitemized Receipts
    McGinnis, Mary
    Nash, Suzanne
    Crombie, Trevor
    Diehl, Linda
    Zabek, Jennifer
    Herland, Elizabeth
    Meunier, Wayne
    Schilling, Gloria
    Howe, Richard
    Milenski, Beverly
    Ruberto, Linda
    Stevens, Edwin
    Wendling, Nicolene
    Downing, John
    Leppo, Jeffrey
    Simonetta, Patricia
    Dew, John
    Howe, Bridget
    McGinnis, Mary
    Murray, Scott
    Whilden, Megan
    Hines, William
    Kaplan, Ben
    Vincelette, Ozias
    Jones, Raymond
    Lenti, Mauren
    Mcginnis, Mary
    Bookless, Maxine
    Stevens, Edwin
    Auge, Bernard
    Guernsey, Sherwood
    Guyer, Denis
    Hunt, Jeffrey
    Lafayette, Roberta
    McGinnis, Mary
    Moresi, Lorraine
    O’brien, Isabel
    Robitaille, Arthur
    Schmidt, Joy
    Sosa, Darci
    Sturgeon, Rose Ann
    Ticket Sales At Fundraiser, Cash
    Winkles, Joanne
    Frieri, Rosanne
    Bauman, Alan
    Casey, Sean
    Persip, Eleanor
    Addy, Courtney
    Pasko, Walter
    Bosley, Daniel
    Vaughan, Robert
    Mcginnis, Mary
    Powers, Normalyn
    Fiske, Janet
    Milenski, Beverly
    Scarafoni, Gary
    Stokes, Jennifer
    Hodgkins, Judith
    Macdonald, Michael
    Sakshaug, Kathleen
    Cash Sales At Fundraiser, Cash
    Chavarry, Sally
    Citizens For Mike Ward
    Guyer, Denis
    Herrman, Marilyn
    Lombardi, Richard
    Marchetti, Peter
    Massery, John
    Massery, Toni
    McGinnis, Mary
    Simonetta, Patricia
    Weider, Ernest
    Wilusz, James
    Auge, Bernard
    Tierney, Laurie
    Barbalunga, Alf
    Clairmont, Diane
    Cornwell, Lynette
    Engels, Suzanne
    Forsley, Lois
    Merriam, Michael
    Robesch, Louis, Jr.
    Herrman, Marilyn
    Hunt, Jeffrey
    Marchetti, Peter
    Carver, Stacey
    Como, Steven
    Harris, Allen, Jr.
    Keator, George
    Sakshaug, Thomas
    Sibner, Peter
    Barrett, Christina
    Dellea, Dawn
    Hill, Eric
    McGinnis, Mary
    Simonetta, Patricia
    Auge, Bernard
    Casey, Lawrence
    Casey, Pamela
    Casey, Rosemary
    Clairmont, Barry
    Gamache, Paul
    Hughes, Jean
    Moresi, Lorraine
    Pasko, Anne
    Ruberto, James
    Stevens, Edwin
    Yon, Christine
    Yon, Denice

    • Thomas More
      June 18, 2019 at 12:00 am #

      What’s your point?

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        June 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

        These people donated to Tyer the last few years. Many won’t this cycle.

        • danvalenti
          June 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

          I think the point he is trying to make is that with Mazzeo running, and with no other relevant opposition, many contributor’s to the Tyer Campaign in ’15 will be hedging their bets. Mazzeo is a draw when it comes to raising money locally.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 18, 2019 at 4:31 am #

      Speaking of Ruberto…what has he decided to do with all the money the museum got?

    • Brian C. Marquis
      June 18, 2019 at 6:58 am #

      . . . and you know this how?

      • Thomas More
        June 18, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        google OCPF and every contributor for every candidate or ballot issue is listed and how much they contributed

  8. Johnny Absurdo
    June 18, 2019 at 12:23 am #

    After being voted down the nine lives pickle ball ogre is back. Thanks to the power lobby who will not take no for an answer pickle ball will be shoved down the taxpayers throat.

    Apparently the answer to failing infrastructure is a game that 120 people in Berkshire county find appealing. (or is it another money laundering vehicle?) Follow to see who the contractors are that get the design and build out and then cross check them with political donors.

  9. Crenex
    June 18, 2019 at 4:44 am #

    On the Pickle Ball funding. Can someone explain how Preservation funds are earmarked for courts when they (courts) don’t exist to begin with. Community Preservation? Fix the damn roads!

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 18, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      Mayor Tyer/Trump has her own rules dude. It is called Executive Privilege in Washington and so I assume the same for Tyer/Trump.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      My thoughts exactly, Crenex!
      And will the courts be available to the general public, or will Berkshire Mountain Pickleballers be hogging them? You city taxpayers need answers – many of the pickleballers are from the hilltowns and therefore don’t pay city taxes including the CPA tax! This athletic facility should not be built with city funds only – the PBallers should be doing some fundraising with the city only kicking in a site.

  10. Mr. G
    June 18, 2019 at 6:16 am #

    I have not heard anyone else talk about this, but what was the deal with the beyond-lurid stories, in both the Eagle and the Record a week or so ago, about the Karpanski family murder/suicide/arson? The pull quotes included: “His report says that the cut was “consistent with someone slicing Justine Wilbur’s throat in the most violent and aggressive manner possible.” There were others just as disturbing also framed as quotes from the DA. Why does anyone want to read that? More important, why does the DA feel the necessity to go there, with that level of detail? Its inappropriate and un called for at best. What was her agenda I. Doing that, any thoughts?

    • Agent 86
      June 18, 2019 at 6:59 am #

      She hates men.

    • danvalenti
      June 18, 2019 at 9:13 am #

      MR G
      I didn’t see those stories, so I can’t comment directly. In general, if the descriptions are factual and accurate, they should be included as part of the story. If they are the story itself, I see where you’re going: If that’s the case, then the story should contain an obvious rationale for “lurid.” Again, in general, it would be journalistically suspect to put the most sensational lines in what we in the newsroom used to call “pull quotes.” One obvious justification for doing that, and maybe the only one, would be for shock value, you know, the National Enquirer approach. Newspapers today are in deep trouble. Perhaps the pull quotes fall under the notion of “desperate time produce desperate actions.”

    • ProxyDate
      June 18, 2019 at 9:13 am #

      So here’s the info. They were all murdered, it wasn’t murder suicide.
      The wife was nearly decapitated. She was stabbed in the neck ad the knife was pushed “out and thru” imagine stabbing a person in the neck then “punching” the knife out through their neck.

      Wait and see, this will be a push for more funds for her office for domestic abuse prevention and training.

      • Kermit Frog
        June 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        I would want to know more about their work. There was a point in one article that they had a trained German Shepard outside when their kids played outside. That signals to me some worry about unsavory characters than country living people don’t usually have.
        I’d wonder about business conflicts or money conflicts related to work. Financial records were found in the car – something in the details has me thinking this seems more related to money than passion.

        • Mr. G
          June 19, 2019 at 5:38 am #

          Hey Kermit & Proxy, I was thinking along the same lines. I knew nothing of the trained German Shepard you mention, but when this story first broke I thought, professional hit by someone who wanted to leave zero evidence. Witness protection? Crossed the wrong people? Who knows? I just felt the pull quotes were overkill, no pun intended, especially given that there are still loved ones in the area. And Dan, I also agreed with your last…that it was an effort to sensationalize to sell papers.

          • Blare
            June 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

            Incredibly irresponsible comments. A few points:

            1. They did not have a trained german shepherd, they were in the process of getting one. That, and the reason behind getting the dog were mentioned specifically in a Beagle article back in March: “The family had two small dogs, but Karpinski had arranged to have a German shepherd trained as a guard dog to protect the children when they played outside. “They weren’t used to living in a rural area,” Matthew Kane said. “It was just for their own peace of mind.”
            2. Jennifer Wilbur was an Associate at a patent law firm. Her husband was a patent examiner who worked for himself. These are not high-powered, “important” positions. The idea that they were taken out by a “hit” connected to their professional lives is ridiculous.
            3. The severity of the wound to Jennifer points toward a crime of passion. It points toward rage. It does NOT point toward someone other than Luke Karpanski having committed the crime, exactly the opposite. This is criminology 101.

            Please stop the nonsense.

          • Kermit Frog
            June 19, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

            Blare – why are our comments irresponsible and the salacious articles in the Beagle are not? ‘Ongoing investigation no comment could work for a DA press report. They all ran their mouths too much. Where does this info leak from?
            Couples fight over money all the time – and the Beagle article said there were financial records in her car. A trained German Shepard to watch over your kids in the country is a odd, in my opinion, it creates a sense of unsettled ness that isn’t a part of most people’s psychology. And the article said they were from here – so used to the country.
            It is terribly sad and I am sure many would like to remember the good of them.

          • Blare
            June 20, 2019 at 8:16 am #

            Kermit – All of the details of this case are highly disturbing. You may find the details of the manner in which Jennifer was murdered to be “salacious,” but they are important in understanding what happened. The idea that Harrington included these awful details to sell papers or get attention is asinine. And then we have our resident criminologist Proxy draw the precisely wrong conclusion from these details, then inform us that “They were all murdered. It was not a murder-suicide.” Ridiculous.

          • Kermit Frog
            June 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

            I think I said they didn’t need to publish so much graphic detail or release it to the press before they were certain. I stand by that. If they do release this graphic detail it draws attention – i.e Truman Capote type fascination etc. If the details are important to understand, and I’m not sure they are to the public, than people should be free to comment. In respect to the victims families I wish as a general statement that the press and DA refrain from this type of detail to the public.

          • Blare
            June 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

            KF – I don’t disagree with anything in your above post, but the question of how much detail to share with the public is a catch-22. There is no “right” answer. Too few details and people howl about a cover-up, too many details and people say it is inconsiderate to victims’ families, salacious, etc.

          • danvalenti
            June 21, 2019 at 8:28 am #

            Yes. In a sense, you are both correct. This story might have a Pulitzer waiting for the newspaper that TRULY wants to dig. There’s a lot more to it that has been made public. There are also sources with knowledge willing to talk. We’ll leave it at that.

  11. ProxyDate
    June 18, 2019 at 9:16 am #

    It was not murder suicide. The problem is the DA is clueless and has nothing of value to say so she spews sensationalist garbage that will turn into a call for more domestic abuse funding.
    The woman was thisclose to being decapitated

    • Blare
      June 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

      Any chance you were one of the corrupt/incompetent ADA’s who were shown the door when DA Harrington took office? Your speculation about the Karpanski case is disgusting. And flies completely in the face of the facts as they stand.

      • ProxyDate
        June 20, 2019 at 10:29 am #

        No but maybe I know the guy that got fired but she then rehired because he was a complete hack.

  12. James
    June 18, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Proxy is at least half correct, she has no idea what she is doing. She met with the family right away, cried in the meetings. Held a grandstanding press conference with no information, allegedly to stop wild speculation but really to make the story about her. Then she had to spend weeks backtracking while waiting for actual information. In between there was a whirlwind trip to Portugal and we’re right back to where we started.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

      So is the investigation continuing, or has it been written off as a murder/suicide? Any suspects? What did the autopsies & testing reveal? I got the impression that the quick murder/suicide determination was to calm the fears of the general public. Is the FBI involved?

  13. The school committee
    June 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

    Moon Rivers got what they wanted ,will ride Harrington till shes in the 125k with lots of staff,makes me sick….go Ken warren.

  14. Drew Z
    June 19, 2019 at 4:27 am #

    I hope that people continue to swamp at Proprietors, a great venue. The neighborhood should stop crying and let this fine new establishment do business owner that should be given credit for adding to the tax coffers. Collaboration is the key for this vibrant business.

  15. Speed Racer
    June 19, 2019 at 4:36 am #

    In re: BB’s top headline today on crossing the damn street around here.

    How many times have I posted about nut-job walkers, bicyclists, and drivers in here?

    We might start with instruction in the schools about how and when to cross a street and how to ride a bicycle on the streets properly and safely.

    And then instruction in all the group residences down there.

    Then community instruction on the streets–set up a tent at the corner of Linden and Center or Maplewood and North or something. Hand out pamphlets, show videos, give live demos.

    Public announcements on the radio, PCTV, and in the BB and Gazette. Maps, diagrams, instructions.


    We need a regular beat cop downtown citing people and showing them how to do it.

    Here’s a primer:

    1. Green light means CARS go.
    2. Red light means WALKERS go, but wait for the crossing sign.
    4. If you ain’t in the crosswalk, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY at any time.

    Thank you.

    • Ted
      June 19, 2019 at 5:38 am #

      Yes! If there is a sidewalk available and you walk in the road anyway you can be arrested per MGL. The police don’t enforce it because of political backlash.

  16. The school committee
    June 19, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    Yon,Tyer,Marchetti are hiding the news about schools. Superintendant Grady in Adams is being told to straighten out her personnel problems up in that district and stop using intimidation.
    In Pittsfield we are again not changing the philosophy of the students from Tyler street drug zone can be reached by inclusion, very old strategy that wont work. Even the state sees Herberg and Pittsfield as the worst schools in New England.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 19, 2019 at 8:37 am #

      Every body in the education and political kickback field knows that if you keep throwing large sums of taxpayer money at a problem uh, uh, ………….

  17. Spider
    June 19, 2019 at 8:58 am #

    The story in today’s BB about the 3 firefighters removed from their jobs because they lied about living in Pittsfield leaves many questions.

    It’s unfortunate that the gentleman who notified the city of these lies had to insist on a further investigation when the first appeal was rejected. This doesn’t make the Personnel Dept. look very good.

    Also, I question why the BB felt it was necessary to name the whistle blower at all. Many stories appear in their paper where names are never given (car accidents, for one)

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 19, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      Yes, and will he be welcomed on the team? Was he purposely pushed back because others were connected? Did personnel know all along the issues?

      Well, It’s Pittsfield folks

      • Spider
        June 19, 2019 at 11:13 am #

        My very questions, Johnny A!

    • The school committee
      June 19, 2019 at 11:30 am #

      That is to intimidate people from coming forward. Its a real strategy in Pittsfield and the reason you can use real names here.The real school community knows that the Tyler street drug zone is producing a new wave of crime for the next 5 years.Pittsfield needs less schools and more police.Tyer said she could get this done on less money.Mazzeo supports everything done by Tyer.

    • acheshirecat
      June 19, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

      Speaking of fireman did the guy Mayor Tyer made a big deal out of, Fred Conyers, ever make it to firefighter. The unions were making a lot of noise because of his troubling background. The Mayor used one of her buzz words, redemption, a lot when talking about him. Never heard if he made it. Would make a great story if he did.

  18. Jonathan Melle
    June 19, 2019 at 11:37 am #

    The lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield, EVER! Linda rulz! Go Linda! 4 more years!

  19. The school committee
    June 19, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    PHS was built for 1500 students and the 1/2 empty building had 650 kids and Marchetti thinks its well run .The only reason Grady in Adams is still there is they dont want to eat another contract. The teachers union will be compensated very well for allowing children to verbally abuse teachers. Cameron,Yon,Mccandless, Curtis know the abuse is happening. The state should be running our Schools.They would be better.

    • acheshirecat
      June 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

      Maybe the teachers should wear body cameras like the police. Then the parents can see how their little darlings act in school.

      • Johnny Absurdo
        June 20, 2019 at 7:09 am #

        That is actually an outstanding idea. Use the money from the expanded shot spotter to fund them. They could actually just buy a couple and rotate them Mr McCandless. (probably get a kickback on the purchase as well if that helps)

      • The school committee
        June 20, 2019 at 7:11 am #

        Good idea,cameras in classrooms at Herberg to be viewed anytime on your phone from home or work just like daycare .Its a public place…..perfect answer. The state gave Herberg 900 k to fix the verbally assaultive kids .The answer according to McCandless ,Yon,Cameron,Marchetti and Tyer is even more more more time learning to kids who are running the show….What a waste.

        • Johnny2Shoes
          June 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm #


          Article cracked me up about the need for more data and how the $ will help to provide more data. They already have that data showing things are out of control there.

  20. Spider
    June 19, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

    Additional questions to the firefighters controversy.

    If the third firefighter accused of lying about his residency (Lucas Perry) does not have to resign (the Civil Service Commission upheld a city decision). WHY?

    Any answers out there?

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

      Is former firefighter Amuso related to former councilor Kathleen Amuso?

    • ProxyDate
      June 20, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      So all three lied about their residency. The two that were fired still lived outside of Pittsfield.
      The one that stayed moved to Pittsfield a few months after getting the job. He is a current resident of Pittsfield.
      All they did to him was make him lose a year of seniority.
      What kind of scumbag are you that you lie about residency.

      • Spider
        June 20, 2019 at 11:41 am #

        I wonder how many others have lied about their residency. I am sure these men are not the only ones.

        It seems the hiring practices at City Hall leave much to be desired.

  21. doomiedodger
    June 20, 2019 at 1:43 am #

    There is a lengthy article in the Eagle today discussing its own trials and tribulations. Its owners discuss how they are dedicated to making the paper a success story and what they are doing to achieve this.

    And I wholeheartedly agree that what they have done has made the paper a much better product, though the bar was set pretty low as its predecessor was an absolute joke.

    But in their deep dive into how to make the paper more appealing they seem to totally miss that they need to be a friend to their subscribers. A trustworthy friend. But by aligning themselves with city hall, and promoting their every dubious expenditure, and every dubious policy, they do a disservice to their customers. And in my opinion, this is why they will never be what a newspaper should be, an objective overseer of government as to how it effects the citizenry. The bias is glaring and perhaps fatal.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

      The Berkshire Eagle continues to spiral downwards. It sucks more than it did 5 years ago. Saw my sister’s Sunday Eagle – they now publish it using a larger typeface and huge pictures just to eat up space. It’s pathetic!

      • danvalenti
        June 21, 2019 at 8:24 am #

        Agreed, Mr. F. The paper doesn’t have much longer, if rumors from the newsroom can be believed. Two years tops. The only thing that could save it is content. There must be a switch from the safe power-puff stories to a truly investigatory approach, one that is aggressive and rattles the “right” people. Don’t see that happening with the current leadership.

  22. Trump Train
    June 20, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    Berkshire Eagle article…Herbert middle school gets $900,000 grant from state to improve results.

    Have no fear, all problems will be solved. Everyone knows throwing more money at the schools is the answer.

    • Spagirl
      June 20, 2019 at 9:41 am #

      Herberg is performing in the lowest 3% in the entire State of Massachusetts on MCA’s. These kids have not been learning and that could precede Herberg. Mr. McCandless and his Adminstrative staff’s salaries should be based on these numbers!!!

      • Johnny Absurd
        June 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

        Does this mean Herberg, located in the wealthier section of the city, is doing worse than Reid? Will Reid be getting any money? How much if any of this money will actually make it to the problem and not be sucked up in “administrative costs”?

        Will any of this money leak its way to pickleball for connected enthusiasts?

        • Johnny Absurd
          June 20, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

          Also, much of this stuff seems like it could have been done without one added nickel. McCandless should be embarrassed and perhaps even think about resigning.

          This topic needs a lot more public discussion. Finally an admission that our schools are failing and an explanation as to why school personnel send there children out of town. Perhaps throwing an extra million or three dollars at the schools every year is not the answer????

        • Two Cents
          June 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

          As always, the money will go to hire another 3 special assistants to the assistant assistant Superintendents. When the grant is up, the city will take over their salaries and pension liabilities.

  23. Drew Z
    June 20, 2019 at 10:53 am #

    Why is theState feeding the Pig? Could it be the James Taylor connection? What else could it be?

  24. ProxyDate
    June 20, 2019 at 11:10 am #

    Some real trouble brewing in Adams – Cheshire school district over a bunch of allegedly hacked emails.
    It’s gonna get expensive.

  25. Herb Pease
    June 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    Where has Barry Claremont been?

  26. Agent 86
    June 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    He’s away at Pickle ball training camp.

    • Johnny Absurd
      June 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

      Will he be the commissioner? Will the position of Pickleball commissioner be an elected one or will the mayor appoint someone? I hope he does a better job of filling the potholes in the pickleball court than the mayor does filling road holes. Will there be fights over court times like there were fights over the boys club hockey rink ice time?

  27. Agent 86
    June 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    After a nationwide search for the best candidate he will be appointed.