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DEANGELO WAS AT HELM WHEN KOLBOURNE SCHOOL CLOSED AFTER 65 YEARS FOR WHAT STATE CALLED ‘FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES’ … IS THAT WHY TES GAVE HIM A LIFE RAFT? … BW CASE STRONGLY SUGGEST THE SHEFFIELD SHUFFLER IS A LIAR

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014) — The Kolbourne School operated in good health for almost all of its 65 years, the final 44 of them in New Marlborough in glorious south county.  On June 30, 2012, though, the school closed its doors for good. The [...]

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BUMBLING HRC RIDES AGAIN — A TALE OF INEPTNESS, POLITICAL MUCK … plus … TES NAMES NEW VA DIRECTOR, sans RINGING ENDORSEMENT

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014) —  Of all the underwhelming, useless boards, committees, and commissions in the city of Pittsfield, you would be hard pressed to find a more worthless one than the Human Rights Commission. The HRC was born bad. It’s a pity, because [...]

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ON VETERAN’S DAY, MAYOR OF PITTSFIELD ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION IN NEW CHARGES FILED WITH STATE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2014) — First off, a salute to all veterans on this Armistice Day. THE PLANET shall not mention at cliched’ length the debt we owe to those who served. Suffice it to say that the men and women of the armed [...]

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Hi-HO SILVER (AND GOLD): ‘THE SHEFFIELD SHUFFLER’ RIDES AGAIN

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014) — Was city money used to fund William Monterosso‘s Golden Parachute (said to be in the $150,000 range) following his disgraceful ouster at Berkshire Works? No said Pittsfield’s personnel director. Yes, the state shot back. Both statements cannot be true. [...]

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!BULLETIN! SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE FINDS BIANCH ADMINISTRATION NEGLIGENT IN PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST … ANOTHER PLANET EXCLUSIVE … but first … POETRY WEEKEND: A POEM OF PITTSFIELD YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 7-9, 2014) — In honor of nothing and everything, THE PLANET features the lines of a poem we recently wrote inspired by Percy Shelley‘s “Ode to Liberty.” As with “transparency,” liberty is a concept that TES finds scary and threatening in the [...]

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SO HOW HAS ’100GATE’ WORKED OUT IN ITS EARLY STAGES? THE PLANET, AND THE PLANET ALONE, HAS THE GRIM DETAILS (TAXPAYER SPOILER: DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH)

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014) — So how has the move to 100 North St. worked out? THE PLANET, and only THE PLANET, has the inside scoop. All of the information obtained below was given by city hall sources and confirmed by tenants of 100 [...]

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