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MORE DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP PETER WHITE, HIS MOM, JEAN, AND HER TENANT VICTIM OF THE RECENT HOUSE FIRE — AND WHY YOU SHOULD … EVENT AT CHAMELEON’S TUESDAY DEC. 27 FROM 7-??? … PLANET TO AUCTION OFF TWO PRICELESS TREASURES!!

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By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011) — Peter White? Let me tell you about Peter White.

His mom, Jean, has just lost her home and her beloved pets. It’s right before Christmas. There are questions about an inoperable fire hydrant that might have been a factor in the loss of building and life, questions that have prompted anger in others? So what does this man do?

He sends message on Facebook and to THE PLANET, thanking people for their kindness and reminding them that his mom’s tenant, Charles Ellsworth, who also lost much in the fire, doesn’t have enough money to pay for his moving expenses. THAT, my friends, is Peter White. In the midst of his own personal pain, he reaches out on behalf of others.

Thank You, Peter White, for Your Kind Spirit

Thank you, Peter White, for your kind spirit, which has graced this community for many years. And folks, whatever you can do to support the fundraiser being held for Peter’s mom and her needy ex-tenant, please do so.

Here are the full details, from the Benefit for Pete White and Family Facebook page, as posted by event organizer Andy Poncherello:

On Monday December 19, 2011 Pete White, his Mom, Jean and their tenant Charles Ellsworth, faced a devastating loss due to a fire that not only caused property damage, but also took the lives of Jean’s beloved pets and a lifetime of memories. While no amount of money can replace any type of loss such as this, its a way for the community to rally around two individuals who have done so much for the city without asking for anything in return.

This is a community event that will feature a variety of musical entertainment as well as a raffle of generously donated items from individuals and merchants throughout Pittsfield and beyond!

Suggested donations will begin at $10, but any amount is appreciated and will be accepted.

Thank you to Chameleon’s for hosting and the performers for donating their time to this cause.

Please share this with friends throughout the community, it’s impossible for everyone to know everyone.

Scheduled list of performers (this list is subject to change):

Comedienne Lease Marie DJ Bob Heck DJ Chuck Wright DJ Friz

Between the Banks Dreimz Rebel Alliance

Even the Odds Amerikkan Citizens The Poncherellos

One Bright Day Forever Autumn The Brothers Damaged

Satellite Shine

A fire fund has been established for the victims of the Plunkett Street fire today to assist the two families that were affected by the fire. The gifts will be used to assist Claudia Jean White and Charles Ellsworth whom resided at that residence. People may send gifts to the 25 Plunkett Street Fire Fund c/o The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, PO Box 1076, Pittsfield MA 01202 or visit any of the Pittsfield Coop Branches. The fund is being organized by Tanya Mullin and Peter Marchetti so people may also contact them for more information. Tanya may be be reached at 413-443-5092 and Pete can be reached at 413-212-2163. A benefit will also be held Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Chameleons from 7 pm to ?????

THE PLANET shall be contributing two items for auction:

* A Gift Package of six book by Dan Valenti: Cities Journey, Grapefruit League Roadtrip, TJ: My 26 Years in Baseball (with Yankees star Tommy John), Talking on Air (with Voice of the Red Sox Ken Coleman), Under a Grapefruit Sun (best seller), and Spring’s Third Day. All books are autographed.

* Life on The Planet: Dinner with Dan: You will be bidding on dinner with Dan Valenti. The winner(s) shall have him at their mercy as a captive audience for dinner at one of the city’s fine restaurants. This is your chance to harangue, debate, consort, or otherwise hang out with the man who has been described columnist Felix Carroll of the Albany Times-Union as a “one man mob scene.”

We would now like to post this note from Andy Poncherello, who is organizing and promoting the fundraiser.

Dan, the reason I decided to help Pete, his Mom and Mr. Ellsworth (who I don’t know), is simple. Ever since returning to Pittsfield and reconnecting with Pete, he’s been as supportive as he possibly could with all of my ventures, whether it be the record store or other larger events I was doing around town.

It’s hard to be everywhere all the time, but Pete does a pretty good job showing support wherever he can in Pittsfield and it’s not just about getting votes because if it were, it wouldn’t be sincere. I believe Pete is sincere and he’s showed that to me, which is funny because he’s not even my ward rep, I am in 1 he is in 2, but we live a block away from each other. We know many of the same people and they all seem to be rallying around him in this rather trying time.

One time when I needed to get my wife to work and I ended up getting her car stuck in the driveway due to the major snow (and illustrious plowing job by city contractors), I couldn’t shovel out the car because my asthma was causing me extreme breathing problems. I went on Facebook and asked if anyone could help get her to work and within 5 minutes, he called me and asked me what time she had to be at BMC. I said 7 and he said “well, I have to be to work at 8, let me take care of the dog, take a shower and I’ll be there in 15 minutes.” He showed up as promised and got her to work for 7:30am on a day where I should’ve gone to the ER myself for breathing.

Things like that and the use of his Triple A one day for a tow are two reasons why I would do whatever I could to help Pete, his Mom and Mr. Ellsworth. Most importantly, Pete’s a bowler and that goes without saying, bowlers help other bowlers 

Without question I called Don at Chameleon’s and asked him if he’d do the benefit and he said absolutely. I have been successful at organizing events (that sometimes could have better success  ) and since this is my strength started working on this benefit event that will include many friends, neighbors and strangers who know of the work Pete and his Mom have done for Pittsfield and will continue to do. 

Let’s Do Our Best to Put a Happy Ending on this Event

At the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, the town of Bedford Falls rallies to save the life of George Bailey. It’s the kind of schmaltzy Hollywood ending, much mocked, that nonetheless plucks the strings of the noblest instincts of the human heart. THE PLANET urges everyone to help right a good ending to this story for Mrs. White, Mr. Ellsworth, and, above all, Peter White, the “George Bailey” of Pittsfield.

We thank everyone who can and will help.

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TOMORROW, WITH THE HELP OF GUEST CORRESPONDENTS JOE PINHEAD, MOLLY, THE STOOLEY, AND PERHAPS A SURPRISE GUEST OR TWO, THE PLANET SHALL GIVE YOU YET ANOTHER STORY THE BB IS TOO AFRAID TO PUBLISH — WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND THE “NEW TENANT (AKA STRIP MALL/SHOPPING CENTER) ON THE PEDA SITE … AND WHY IT’S NOT TIME TO BRING OUT THE DANCING GIRLS OR POP THE CHAMPAGNE. UNTIL SUCH TIME, WE SAY …

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

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Shakes His Head
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Shakes His Head

Thank you for the update, Dan.

Ray Ovac
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Ray Ovac

For those who are interested, the entire list of dry hydrants throughout Pittsfield is supposed to be available via FOIA request to City Hall (or maybe to the Water Dept. or maybe to the Fire Dept.). The Mayor’s got ten days in which to respond. If he doesn’t, the person filing the original request can turn the matter over to the Office of Sec’y of State which then prevails on Hizzoner to release the information.

Re: the White fire: Are the house and its contents covered by fire insurance?

dusty
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dusty

I guess I am not so much interested in the list itself but more as to why they exist in the first place. i knew we had a lot of fake people in Pittsfield but the hydrants were a surprise.

joetaxpayer
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joetaxpayer

Waterstone Retail Development owns 28 shopping centers not including what is in the planning stages.They range in size from 11,000 to 270,000 sq. ft. with 24 under 100,000 sq. ft.and 9 under 50,000.15 of the plazas that they own are anchored by a grocery store.There web site states that they are grocery-anchored.With that being said and the fact that the big-y is dying to get out of there building downtown would not be surprised if Big Y was the anchor or another supermarket chain.

Joe Blow
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Joe Blow

I was under the impression that food was a no go on a toxic waste site….

Joe Pinhead
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Joe Pinhead

Great I raised those questions yesterday on the planet, here’s what I ask; What is the prevailing legal document that details the development of the area? That would be the Master Plan that the public payed dearly for. Has it been amended? Updated to reflect the new desire for retail? If not could it be that others claim they desired to establish retail on the site but didn’t persue based on what is defined in the scope of use as defined by the master plan? Who wants to share an electronic copy of the document for us all to read and review?
Just askin

Molly
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Molly

No can do! The PEDA Master Plan has disappeared from cyber space (along with a few other city documents that I’ve been looking for recently). I found links to it from the PEDA site and the EPA website, but mysteriously, it has disappeared and the links just error-out. As Gomer Pile used to say, “surprise, surprise, surprise!” http://www.peda.cc/properties – Take a look – upper left side, it says, “click here to download the Master Plan 28 MB” Don’t waste your time – it’s not there. BUT – you could go to the website specifically for the “William Stanley Business Park” http://www.williamstanleybp.com/ but I wouldn’t recommend that as there’s next to nothing on this site, either. Under the “Our Mission” tab, you will see: “In keeping with the strategic focus, the park is designed as a campus-like and livable environment in a small city setting”.… Read more »

Joe Pinhead
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Joe Pinhead

🙂
Molly I too looked at those sites and came up empty handed, I did however find it at Glenns link but it is different than he posts.
Please follow this link
http://www.berkshireeagle.blogspot.com/
Thanks Joe Pinhead

Concern
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Concern

Just read plans for Tyler St area. I see nothing at all wrong with. Actually I believe it’s worth exploring. It could help this blight area.

ambrose
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ambrose

hope it includes a pizza emporium

Dave
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Dave

This area needs jobs that will support a family. A 170,000 sq ft retail complex is not what was originally slated foe this site. The last thing we need is more retail.

Jeff C
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Jeff C

It wouldn’t be a grocery store. The Consent Decree and DEDA the City signed with GE does not allow for any food service operation to be built on the property. No grocery store, no food packaging, no fast food restaurants. Actually in the DEDA and Consent decree there are several types of businesses that are not allowed to be built on the property which may be one of the many reasons it’s taken so long to find any viable tenets. Although two very lengthy documents, give them both a read. You’ll find out alot of intersting things. Several different types of businesses could never be located on that propert i.e. school, sports stadium, park, food service, medical production. Probably because of Health concerns. Its more likely to be a Christmas Tree Shop. If you look at market studies and what types of shops Pittsfield… Read more »

Mike Ward
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Mike Ward

Actually, it’s not better than nothing. It’s worse than nothing.

Dave Martindale
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Dave Martindale

I’m with Mike. There is a limited amount of space in this area that is suitable for manufacturing. To consume that space with retail space is far worse than doing nothing.

There is ample empty retail space. Why bring more retail to the area and stress the businesses already here.

This is no more than another terrible compromise that is not good for Pittsfield.

We need jobs that will support a family.

Dave G
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Dave G

Dave
If the g.e. site is not developed by a certain time does’nt the property revert to g.e.

joetaxpayer
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joetaxpayer

Agree, with you Mike.Hopefully some day the economy will rebound.There is only so much industrial land in the city.This project will waste 16 acres of prime land.We must be ready if there is a chance of landing a new bussiness or a local bussiness looking to expand.

Judas Priest
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Judas Priest

Agree with you Mike, they raise hopes for a “big announcement” then this?

pjmh
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pjmh

Obviously, the PEDA site is an absolute wreck. IMO, shocking that anyone would want to work here, but stranger things have happened. This area can’t support the “Tier 1” retail stores so alas, some ole’ shite…

joetaxpayer
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joetaxpayer

They are always away around this things,thats what lawyers are for.At one point a school was slated to go on the site and a park is scheduled to be built around silver lake.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Molly,
You’re in luck!
Here’s a link to the 63-page PDF file containing PEDA’s so-called Master Plan.
Hope this helps.
SEE:
http: // berkshireeagle.blogspot .com/2011/12/pittsfield-economic-development.html

Joe Pinhead
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Joe Pinhead

Thanks Mr. Heller
🙂

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Joe Pinhead and Molly,
In addition to a thorough review of the Master Plan, it might pay as well to review the original enabling legislation.
Both documents are lengthy, but there has got to be a reason the people at PEDA and City Hall who make the decisions decided to decommission PEDA’s link to the Master Plan thereby preventing the general public access to the document. Links don’t decommission by themselves.
Here is a link to the Enabling Legislation which created PEDA in 1998:
http: // http://www.berkshireeagle.blogspot .com/2011/03/pittsfield-economic-development.html
Hint: To make the link work, remove the 3 extra blank spaces added to enable it to be posted here sans ‘moderation’.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Also, here’s another link to the Enabling Legislation, but this one connects directly to the Legislature’s Web site.
The relevant text starts at Section 2 (in bold):
http: // http://www.malegislature .gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/1998/Chapter486

CONCERNED
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CONCERNED

Well welcome back GMHeller. Where have you been??

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Cayman Islands.

Molly
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Molly

THANK YOU, HELLER!!!!!! Welcome back!!!! 🙂

Ray Ovac
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Ray Ovac

DV, the first day Dan Bianchi is in office, he should make it a point to be seen going around to each of the closed fire hydrants throughout the city — all twenty of them — along with the heads of the departments involved: fire, water, public utilities, and public works. He should bring the list and ask a single question while standing in front of each hydrant for all the neighborhood to see. The question: Right now, give me a date certain when this hydrant will be repaired or replaced?

joetaxpayer
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joetaxpayer

All hydrants that are dry should be painted balck until they are fixed.When they are repaired paint them yellow.Keep this process at all times.Seems like a simple solution

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