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BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE’s CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SAT. DEC. 15 @ FIRST UNITED METHODIST … plus … THE WEEKEND EDITION and OPEN LINES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 14-16, 2018) — The perfect Christmas and holiday activity for you, the family, festivity seekers, music lovers, and Beatlemaniacs will take place Saturday (tomorrow, if you’re reading this on Friday) Dec. 15, at the First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. as BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE brings its show home. The church is located on upper Fenn Street, opposite city hall, at the Renne Avenue intersection.

BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE, featuring local guitar and music legends Mick Valenti (of QUARRY, QUICK FOX fame) and Jay Fruet, perform Beatle songs with spectacular, note-for-note reproductions of the Fab Four’s best songs, as heard on their albums. The six-piece, critically acclaimed group will be backed by a chorus on Beatle-related Christmas songs. It promises to be a fabulous, fun show the entire family will enjoy.

THE PLANET simply had to share that plug because, you know, Mick’s our bruv. And if you attend, don’t be surprised if you run into THE PLANET. He may be dressed as Santa, as Brian Epstein … or he may be disguised as … himself!

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Go at it … enjoy BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE tomorrow at 7 p.m. … and have a great weekend, everybody.

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mi
mi
2 years ago

Why are the Buffalo Bills on t v again tommorow, they suck? I might have to watch Gunsmoke reruns.

Moms Mabley
Moms Mabley
2 years ago

The reason I payed pickpocket tax is to possibly have a pickle ball court.

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
2 years ago

Say Wayfair jobs will pay 16 an hour and up. Not. Ad for a company that also lost 151 million in the third quarter. Shows they’re investing. I like that.

Wong
Wong
2 years ago

G man do good on radio. He make sense. Evlee bloody listen

Art Seller
Art Seller
Reply to  Wong
2 years ago

Wong. G Mon tink mayer get job in secretariat pool. Junior grade. May B. Not qwolofied for oter joobz.

mi
mi
Reply to  Art Seller
2 years ago

what up peeps.

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh,Sean Hannity ,9 hours of drive time radio that indoctrinate white male thinking because they are slowing the power of the people in a Capitalist pryrmid scheme that will not give people good retirements and healthcare.Powerful people always have SS,Medicare,and Healthcare on the table to be cut.The people are going to vote in like minded Americans who will sit at the table.Zombie nonwealthy conservatives speak like scientologist cult members.

Fugimoto Hockalugi
Fugimoto Hockalugi
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago
CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
2 years ago

Wonder what Terry’s (super citizens)Take,is on the pickle ball courts that McGrath wants to get Community Preservation Act funds for. Remember it was Terry who coined the phrase, pickpocket tax. Boy, was he right.

Trump Fellas
Trump Fellas
2 years ago

The world is a mess.

Spider
Spider
2 years ago

I’ve heard it all! PICKLEBALL!

This city is in need of so much, and with limited resources. Home owners barely hanging on. I could go on and on.

Will the Parks Commission make the ultimate decision on logistics and financing for all of this? And will the CC have a say in how this money is spent? They should, since they are the ones elected to serve the citizens and not an appointed commission.

Those who are pushing for “pickleball” should establish a go-fund me account or pay for it themselves.

Give me a break!

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Spider
2 years ago

Pickle ball needs a referendum if using taxpayer money. CPA money? Really? What potato head suggested that? Fire his ass.

I thought only Trump was allowed to roll over the people. This mayor does not have that level of superiority to treat us like commoners, but apparently she thinks she does. Some people cannot handle power and it is apparent she is one of them.

Art Seller
Art Seller
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 years ago

Johnny. Dito your comments. The biggest joke ever played 9ut in this city was when tyer best the Gman for mayor in 2015.Everyone has seen him in action these past few months trying to prevent the rate payers from a certain blood bath. If he were elected mayor in 2015 there would have been no new THS. The budget would be down by 21% and anotheb7% in next fiscal year. There would be beat cops in the seaside and morning side area and all cops body cameras. If updates need to be done at water and sewer plants who better to be mayor tan him to address those problems. These are just a few of the thins we would have seen in a Gaetani administration. Never the less the Gman is moving the negatives forward and should be listened to carefully. Why do we have tired in the mayors office?? Simple Special interest boot licker. That’s all she is and doesn’t have a single accomplishment of any significance after warming the seat at city hall for 3 years. Compare her to the Gman and you have no commonality to even speak about.I spoke to Gman today and he says he likes speaking for the tax and ratepayers as their unofficial spokesman. and may decide to become their Official spokesman down the road but his prime objective is to rescue the tax and rate payers from what is being stuffed down their throats by this incompetent mayor and dpw comish tutocy whom the Gman says is not qualified to be comish ad he has no backgrounds. The Gman states if he ever becomes the city boss he will insure that every person holding a city position will need to be fully qualified or out the door they will go like when the Gman had to fire Gerald Doyle senior for massive incompetence. I for one would love to see him as mayor as almost overnight we would see many changes all geared toward helping the taxpayers. This is my hope for sour presently bedraggled city. Heaven Help Us.

Mr. G
Mr. G
2 years ago

For y’all’s edification and entertainment on a rainy Sunday. This article is not a political thing, at least not the start. I post it because it gives real perspective on today’s real social divide. It is rural/smalltown America that is suffering JUST like Pittsfield. This gives some perspective into how and why: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/14/opinion/rural-america-trump-decline.html?fbclid=IwAR2TYcNX88YxYY6_0ZESHZ2-WUzDr_YrtGTengEB-N5hZjhpMMNvVJQ5LIQ

May Hemm
May Hemm
2 years ago

Conservation means just that, conserve what we already have as in landmarks and such. Just like the Springside House,garbage if you ask me,it wasn’t important enough to take care of before,why do anything with it now, especially with any C P A TAXpayer money.And pickleball can eat my shorts anyway………just sayin

It used to be Dave, do you want to play a round of golf,or Cindy,tennis anyone, or Mohamood,play some Hoops,never heard, hey Roosevelt, care for a game of Pickleball down at Pitt Park.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  May Hemm
2 years ago

Good one, May. I’d love to see them try to put this crap at Pitt Park. Or any other park. Haven’t you guys ruined enough of our parks? Parks used to be for our kids. Whatever happened to prioritizing children for parks?

h
h
2 years ago

Lol. Pitt Park? That ain’t going happen.

u
u
2 years ago

Who determines where funds go.

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
2 years ago

Pickle ball is easily confused with pocket pool.

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  Milt Plum
2 years ago

The Y has a pocket pool court. Come down and play.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Milt Plum
2 years ago

There’s one big difference, Milt. Pickle ball needs a consultant, park space, big study that will require money – yours, by the way. That you’ll be taxed on. Pickle ball requires city officials (some) to make these momentous decisions. Pocket pool is free that anyone can play -well 50% of the population anyway.

Trump Fellas
Trump Fellas
2 years ago

No C P A for that joke.

Unwanted Carl
Unwanted Carl
2 years ago

And a dumpster,you fool. And don’t throw anything in it,I sleep there.

Honest Earl's Downtown Dumpster
Honest Earl's Downtown Dumpster
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

The dumpster knows all.

Joe Pinhead
Joe Pinhead
2 years ago

Just wondering the over all impression of the presentation given by Gaetani to either or both the PWC or the CC?
Thanks for sharing the links Don’t be

Just sayin

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

The biggest news of the week is Trump,republican Attorneys General lawsuiting The Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional with Trump voters supporting this issue.Trump voters want high union wages and taxpayer paid state or mini healthcare as the only kick in 20% and Trump voters want 80% retirements and they are right to want it.The college system is good employment and retirement.Then Trump supporter want to cut AS and Medicare…..They are true republicans ,selfish but true republicans

Fugimoto Hockalugi
Fugimoto Hockalugi
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago
amandaWell
amandaWell
2 years ago

I’ve seen some really awful City a Councilors but this Council collectively take the cake. Let’s do my the final report card, end of year.

Krol A
Moon F-
White D –
Persip F –
Rivers D+
Mazzeo A+
Connell A
Morandi A +
Caccamo A+
Simonelli A+
Marchetti B

Joe Pinhead
Joe Pinhead
Reply to  amandaWell
2 years ago

Thanks amandawell What would you give Gaetani for a grade on his presentation and interaction with the Council?

TIA

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  amandaWell
2 years ago

Caccamo is F .He does not meet the standard as a decision maker.I think he needs to have some skin in the game of taxpayer.Does Moon own a home?Acc and Moon like recycling as I do but as a environmentalist they should be talking about Allendales. Ongoing into the school building and Mold at Crosby 2nf floor outside under Fasia boards….Look up how deadly mold is.The coordinator was informed of mold years ago at Crosby,the administrator are required to have safe healthy schools.The school store profits could pay for MOLD remodel at Crosby under the punctured roof where water leaks into dark areas

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

Also,the Bossidy money has really been great for our kids playing ball as they have much improved fields which have been notoriously awlful in Pittsfield for at least 50 years,The play equipment is really safe and of high quality.Basketball courts are really great. Mr Bossidy can be very proud of his investment.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

What !!! Who the heck is this person of last two posts? First of all you talk about mold at Crosby. Are you sure it is not asbestos? Check 1980 school committee race for answer to this.

Secondly, you mention the $1,000,000.00 donation for “improvement and preservation of playing fields”. The money was squandered. Did you know $65,ooo.oo was spent on consultants? Did you know $120,456.oo was spent and had to be returned to the account because money was spent on crap items unrelated to donors request? Did you know money spent on parks have since been done over for other purposes? What a boondoggle.

If by play equipment you mean the climb on and crawl through fun areas for youngsters, you are correct. They are safe and high quality. Did you know special approval for this was given by the donor because it did not fit into donors original request of “improvement and preservation of playing fields”.

Careful what you say if you don’t know what you are talking about. I’m beginning to wish I had followed through on my long ago thought to ask for a forensic audit.

Art Seller
Art Seller
2 years ago

Moon stating I am having a rough time voting to save the taxpayer ,50 million dollas she voted to not save the taxpayer 50 million dollars. You can’t make this stuff up. She was mad that people were criticizing her for not trying to save 50 million. What do you expect moonshot!!!. She definetly has to be voted out in next election. She does everything except represent the taxpayer. Tutocy also made a fool of himself over the two days the Gman and Justin gave their presentations. The Gman said the clean water act was going to be suspended and it has. The city now needs to do what Gman and Justin are saying. They represent us saving 50 million. That’s your savings rate payers.This is a no brained. As Connell said the only ones whiting their pants in this project are the consultants They are scared silly of the Gman and rightfully so. This is a whole new ball game for the wizard and he will shift into over drive now. Long live the wizard.

Joe Pinhead
Joe Pinhead
Reply to  Art Seller
2 years ago

Thanks Art but I don’t think your opinion could be characterized as objective.

Art that isn’t a dig or a slam but you have to admit your to deeply invested to give it an objective review

Just sayin

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

There is a handicap accessible playground on springside by the little league field thats fantastic.