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PLEADING THE FIFTH ON ’100GATE’ … plus … A DONUT STRATEGY WITH NO HOLES

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014) — Picking up the pieces of a busy day, where continents of sand had to wait for the arrival of their king (obligatory cryptic note), THE PLANET shares two nuggets for thought. The first is on our resident tempest and [...]

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COUNCIL PRESIDENT MAZZEO RESPONDS TO TEMPEST OVER 100GATE … ISSUE APPROACHES A HEAD TONIGHT AT COUNCIL MEETING

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014) — Yesterday, we posted on agenda item 11, scheduled for tonight’s meeting of the Pittsfield City Council. In it, Mayor Dan Bianchi will make a presentation on the move of offices from city hall to 100 North St., a move [...]

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MAYOR’s SUSPICIOUS, CLOSED, SECRET ACTIONS RE: ’100GATE’ CONTINUE … CLAIRMONT BLIND-SIDED … LEASE WILL BE SIGNED ON WEDNESDAY, WITH COUNCIL AND CITIZENS SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014) — Tomorrow night, if the center continues to fall apart, our Right Honorable Good Friends on the Pittsfield City Council shall face a tipping point. After this vote, citizens will know where councilors stand: Are they for We The People [...]

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STRANGE DOINGS AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB … NEW DIRECTOR ELICITS GRUMBLINGS, WHILE BOARD CONTINUES ITS SECRECY AND NON-TRANSPARENCY

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 19-21, 2014) — What in the name of Fred Fahey and Jim Mooney is going on at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club? THE PLANET‘s spies, including several sources closely involved at the old brick building on Melville Street  and “a heartbeat [...]

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TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS … plus … THE HUBBUB OVER DATE RAPE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND OTHER GANGSTA-ISMS: ASKING THE QUESTION PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT BUT ARE AFRAID TO ASK

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary Don’t forget to tune in tonight for another thrill-packed adventure of PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION. We will mop the floor with The MOP and perform other astounding feats. Channel 16, tonight, live, 7 to 8 p.m. Replays Friday at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. and [...]

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THE CITY RUNS ON DUNKIN DONUTS … DESPERATE NEED FOR NEW INCOME SOURCES MAKES CAFUA PLAN FOR ST. MARY’S SITE REASONABLE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, SEPT., 17, 2014) — The Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts started out as a one-off in 1950, when Bill Rosenburg opened his shop in Quincy, Mass. Today, the company describes itself as “the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 [...]

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