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JOINT STATEMENT OF MAYOR, SUPT., AND D.A. on REID-SPRINGSIDE VIOLENCE A FARCICAL ADMISSION OF FAILURE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

Part Two of Three in a Series

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 3-5, 2019) — THE PLANET can tell you the only reason The Boring Broadsheet ran a story about the out-of-control violence at Reid Middle School and Springside Park is the testimony of outrage published here in the comments section. So much for the “investigative” local daily.

Yes, YOU made a difference.

Your comments after recent PLANET columns forced the issue out in the open, embarrassing Pittsfield officials who would have continued to hide or at least downplay the matter. PLANETEERS forced mayor Linda Tyer, police chief Mike Wynn, and district attorney Andrea Harrington to issue a joint statement last week. The composed-by-committee communique illustrates the reactive nature of these three and their respective offices to a problem that has jumped the banks.

Here is the full text:

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – On Friday, April 26, Mayor Linda Tyer convened an emergency roundtable meeting with the city’s Chief of Police, Michael Wynn; School Superintendent Jason McCandless; and Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington to address the mounting concerns stemming from recent disturbances involving youth in city parks and on school grounds.

“The safety and well-being of our children is priority No. 1. We will not tolerate conduct and behavior that puts the lives of our children and other members of our community in harm’s way. This issue is now at the highest ranks of city, school, and law enforcement officials,” said Mayor Tyer. “We are actively engaging with all parties to identify and implement immediate steps to curtail these disturbing actions that are taking place in our schools and in our public spaces.”

Today, the Pittsfield Police Department has made one arrest in connection with these incidents. In order to avoid compromising this open and ongoing investigation, further information will not be released at this time.

In the wake of school-related activity, which included a fight this past week involving Reid Middle School students off school grounds and after hours, on Thursday, April 25, Superintendent McCandless issued a communication to parents which noted a range of serious consequences for students who engaged in disorderly behavior and/or participated in other supporting capacities.

“We just want to get across that there is nothing more important than the community concern over this activity. Please know that we are full partners with the Pittsfield Police Department, and District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Mayor’s Office. We are working collaboratively to ensure that our students are able to be students and not fear for their safety at school.”

District Attorney Harrington is encouraging individuals who have been impacted by these incidents to contact her Victim Witness Assistance Program at 413-443-5951 or contact BerkshireDA@mass.gov.

“I am actively engaged with Mayor Tyer and Pittsfield Police and I have pledged the full resources of my office to ensure the safety of our children in schools and in the community,” said District Attorney Harrington.

Looking ahead, the following actions will be taken to address this matter:

• School officials will be meeting with the students and families who have been involved in these incidents.
• Pittsfield Police will seize illegally possessed pellet, Airsoft, and BB guns.
• There will be heightened enforcement of the existing Rules and Regulations for city parks.
• A special police detail will be assigned to Reid Middle School for the immediate future.
• Sheriff’s Office will have a mounted patrol at Springside Park (following school dismissal) starting next week.
What to do if your child has an issue:
• Call 911 and file a report with the police department.• Contact your school to inform officials of the situation.
• Contact Victim’s Services at the District Attorney’s Office.

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The statement has brazen punks quaking in their $150 sneakers. You’ll be pleased to know that last night (Wednesday), a “gathering” a dozen+ youths in Springside Park produced threats of “payback” for certain targeted kids at Reid, indicating that gangs are at the bottom of some of what’s going on. Sources tell THE PLANET the “Bible study group” produced a hit list.

The joint statement is not just inadequate. It borders on the confessional. The county’s three top officials admit their failure by cowardly disguising inefficacy as a proactive master stroke. Practically every line rings with self-indictment. Here’s are three favorites:

School officials will be meeting with the students and families who have been involved in these incidents. — School officials will merely “meet” with the troublemakers? That’s it?
• Pittsfield Police will seize illegally possessed pellet, Airsoft, and BB guns. — Why haven’t they been seizing the “illegal” weapons prior to this?
• There will be heightened enforcement of the existing Rules and Regulations for city parks. — A stark admission that the existing regs haven’t meant a thing, something citizens have known forever.

Ordinary citizens, the Mary Jane and Joe Kapanskis, will not be fooled by this lame statement.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites”William Ruckelshaus.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Truth413
Truth413
1 year ago

We elect Harrington and our county goes down the drain.

LoneGunMan
LoneGunMan
Reply to  Truth413
1 year ago

She does great PR and do nothing punches for her political agenda

You’d figure she’d fix her under bite with all those photos

Magoo
Magoo
Reply to  Truth413
1 year ago

It was circling the bowl prior to Ms. Harrington‘s election
But her Office continues the pattern of covering up criminal behavior, most recently Richard Dohoney this past week.
Whom was given substantial evidence of spousal and child abuse covered up by previous administration and detectives attached previously and currently. He just stalls to allow a new fable to be fabricated , like most cases involving gross misconduct and negligence on the part of law-enforcement.

Ms Harrington failing to honor her campaign promises, shows she also lacks the integrity to be district attorney.
Guess it’s time for a new candidate to step forward.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Truth413
1 year ago

Time for the Chief to step down….he is not up to the job!

JoePesci
JoePesci
1 year ago

Same pig, different lipstick.

Hither and Yon
Hither and Yon
1 year ago

Haven’t posted in a while but this school thing has me beside myself. Thank you Planet and DV for exposing this issue which they tried to keep hidden.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 year ago

If I had to walk down North Street at night, I would poop my pants!

Van Lingle Mungo
Van Lingle Mungo
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 year ago

A lot of the people on North St. at night don’t wear pants.

Reignbow
Reignbow
1 year ago

That’s just Lovely Jon.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Dan this is a dog and pony show.The middle school behavior kids will remain in the building with out of control verbal violence and intimidation.Yes the kids are recruiting and making little children pick a color red or blue……This issue should be in the public everyday and that wont happen.Yon is the person most responsible then McCandless .They slow schools enviroment to be toxic.Why we keep an administration that allow this and loses more and more Pittsfield kids is ridicoulous.Jake McCandless would be a great Superintendant of Welsley Ma. Or Newton but not here.

Spagirl
Spagirl
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

The school committee
You’re a citizen who has continuously brought awareness of the issues in this school department. It is astounding that nothing in this administration is addressed. More so, is we have a small number of teenagers out of control inside and outside of the school harrassing and terrorizing innocents. The Police Dept should be suffocating their behaviors. Parents should be brought to court and held accountable. There should be an all court press.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Has one councilor or one committee even made a statement.We kick the can down the road.Moon has plenty to say about the environment, Caccamo White Kroll Rivers Marchetti….Pittsfield does not have one leader who will drive the gang out of town.Its scary business to remove gangs and that’s how those little kids in middle school feel.They are petrified.Jake,Joe,Yon are yapping about high stakes testing that nobody cares about anymore.Yours schools are falling apart for lack of maintaince and the children in them are scared.Safety is your only job.Take the testing and put that where it belongs

LoneGunMan
LoneGunMan
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

Caccamo is too busy playing hipster doofus with Kate up at BaRT

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
Reply to  LoneGunMan
1 year ago

Caccamo is no longer at BArt.

Diet Red
Diet Red
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
1 year ago

No longer at BART but still a hipster doofus.

Spagirl
Spagirl
1 year ago

The current officials need to be voted out. I believe Pittsfield is ready for a town manager. Then there would be accountability. The current school committe, superintendant, and City Council need turnover.

Magoo
Magoo
Reply to  Spagirl
1 year ago

Spa girl
Any change is a good change!

Ms Harrington will be easily defeated on her record of non acomplishments and lack of integrity in keeping her campaign promises.

But at least she is better than
“No probable cause Paul”

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

This reminds me of a few years back when unruly brats were hassling drivers on Crane Ave with by riding their bikes in the middle of the road. In spite of the fact it was reported many times to the PD nothing was done until one was hit and killed. Then of course it was all the drivers fault.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

This school department is a sham and a audit of every budget for the last 20 years is in order.They have a leadership problem in the area of violence in the classrooms,it verbal violence to women and intimidation to men and the the pack leader in the building should be the principles but they pass along to staff that they are to blame.The lip service that Pittsfield School give to taxpayers is disgustig.Yon needs to show Pittsfield that potential violence is always knocking at the door in the middle schools.The teachers union president wont represent the innocent little kids.

doomiedodger
doomiedodger
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

Absolutely an audit. But what mayor or mayoral candidate would advocate for such a thing? It would be political suicide as the school conglomerate pretty much controls the election results. And the last thing they want is outside eyes on the inside of the books. Very Trumpian behavior actually.

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

The Pittsfield School Committee is pathetic. Their biggest concern is a question on the MCAS that may or may not cause confusion for the kids. Meanwhile, kids are living in fear of going to school and being harassed.

All the School Committee and those in charge of the schools in this city care about is a political agenda. Everything else is ignored.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

Sadly true but a hilarious analogy

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 year ago

Yup, but it is Trump who is trying to suppress the press:

https://freebeacon.com/politics/reporter-biden-campaign-physically-blocking-press-from-asking-questions/

Seems the Dems do this kind of thing more often than not.

“Hey, don’t take pictures of Hillary falling down every day.”

Anyone remember when a Martha Coakley staffer actually knocked down a reporter trying to follow her and ask a question? Right there on camera.

As for the Pitts–what else is new?

Last rat to leave the ship, gnaw the rope off.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
1 year ago

I’d like to see some actual attendance records to prove how many kids have been absent in the last couple of weeks surrounding this whole violence issue. Let’s be honest with ourselves – kids will do anything to skip a day of school. If 20 kids were out absent because they were “scared” I’ll bet 2 or 3 were legitimately concerned and the rest just wanted a day off. I’m sure all the A+ students showed up though because their parents aren’t suckers.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 year ago

An anyone smell Restorative Justice, which Tyer bragged about in one of her state of the city addresses?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

Maybe she is talking about her friends church on Tyler street. Did he donate to her campaign?

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

You need McCandless to walk Herberg for 30 days.Todays technology allows him to set up shop there and do his job.They also need .Priciples,vice principles, adjustment councilors to walk walk walk walk their buildings,all day.Principles sit,sit,sit all day long.Mccandless should demand that administrators in the buildings call him when they enter their office.He has cameras all over Herberg so get the principle to put their desks in the hall or lobby.Today

Charlie
Charlie
1 year ago

This is the part where Harrington flip flops from progressive DA to tough on crime “in response to the public.” This type of pandering to remain popular is precisely why the job should never be held by a politician.

LoneGunMan
LoneGunMan
1 year ago

Jay Hamling has taken out papers for Councilor at Large

Jay is a stand up man, fantastic father and husband and one of the smartest people I knew growing up.

He brings a load of common sense and logic. He has my vote and volunteer hours hands down. He’s sick of the state of the city and is a lifelong resident.

VOTE JAY!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  LoneGunMan
1 year ago

He’s got my vote as soon as he says he will cut taxes.If he won’t cut taxes through consolidation of schools there is no reason to logically vote for a replacement.Even the Catholic Church consolidated for the better in Pittsfield.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

1. Forensic audit followed by consolidation and resultant savings. No new positions and plenty eliminated through economies of scale.
2. Eliminate the Restorarive Justice bull crap and expell the riff and the raff.
3. Read my lips – no new taxes. Sell the closed schools to the highest bidder along with some hardly used parks if necessary. Sell the PEDA property too to get some more tax revenue to fix roads, etc. stop paying for the shot spotter.

Ted
Ted
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

No backpacks? Reminds me of the books on the hip look of the 60’s. Perfect target for bullies.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

Dan, there are schools that allow only clear backpacks. Every kid has the same one so I don’t know if the schools supply them or if they get them at a designated place.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  LoneGunMan
1 year ago

LGM
Jay has my vote as well. Where is the local Republican party? Are they still in existence? They are being given a gift in the form of liberal progressives not getting the job done. We need some conservatives running for seats on the CC as well as School Committee.

Tyer Toady
Tyer Toady
Reply to  LoneGunMan
1 year ago

How do we know he’s not a GOBSIG?

Ted
Ted
Reply to  Tyer Toady
1 year ago

Good question. I want a Planet Purity test on this guy.

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
1 year ago

“Andrew” Harrington is a colossal failure.

Brace yourselves for an urgent update . . .

. . . you people voted her into office.

Anybody know if the Williams College sexual assaults issue is still on “Andrew”‘s radar? Exactly!

And that’s the bottom-line!!

Truth4143
Truth4143
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
1 year ago

There is NO case. Between the WC policy and the MA law you can’t do ANYTHING with the WC sexual assault cases. Even AH with her GED in law has figured that out.

Electing AH was a case study on how STUPID voters are.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Truth4143
1 year ago

Stupid is right!

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Truth4143
1 year ago

To what MA law are you referring? Which law allows WC to police itself and prevents the DA from doing “anything” in WC sexual assault cases?

Magoo
Magoo
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
1 year ago

Brian
Ms Harrington is naïve thinking those are covered up the crimes are going to uncover them now, many previous administration loyalists still work in the office.

Richard dahonoy seems to be running interference, as I provided him with a lot of information that he just stalls, seemingly attempting to fabricate another fable.

Ms Harrington wants to remain a viable political candidate she should get busy, caccaveillo served 247 days
A few more 211 s4 letters to mass Supreme Court she may just be unemployed like Shelly Joseph taking Caccaviellos spot asshortest serving da

Mark Tully
Mark Tully
1 year ago

Thanks for the coverage, Dan There is a rash of minors with BB guns shooting at people. The most recent is a shooting in New Hampshire the other day where a teen was shot in the face requiring surgery. This appears to be a growing teen trend. I’m glad that our police department will start to “seize illegally possessed pellet, Airsoft, and BB guns.” I hope they understand that any minor with such a weapon in public is illegally possessing that weapon. Per Mass General Law – Part IV, Title I, Chapter 269, Section 12B, “No minor under the age of eighteen shall have an air rifle or so-called BB gun in his possession while in any place to which the public has a right of access” and “Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred… Read more »

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
Reply to  Mark Tully
1 year ago

M.G.L.A. 269 § 12B § 12B. Air rifles; possession by minors; shooting Currentness No minor under the age of eighteen shall have an air rifle or so-called BB gun in his possession while in any place to which the public has a right of access unless he is accompanied by an adult or unless he is the holder of a sporting or hunting license and has on his person a permit from the chief of police of the town in which he resides granting him the right of such possession. No person shall discharge a BB shot, pellet or other object from an air rifle or so-called BB gun into, from or across any street, alley, public way or railroad or railway right of way, and no minor under the age of eighteen shall discharge a BB shot, pellet or other object from an… Read more »

ProxyDate
ProxyDate
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
1 year ago

Airsoft is not covered under this law.

Canem Bonum
Canem Bonum
Reply to  Mark Tully
1 year ago

You are correct, Mark Tully. Officer Traversa’s comment in the Eagle, if accurately reported, is contrary to the current law. A police officer can certainly arrest a minor in possession of a BB gun in a public place. I wonder aloud if his comment is more in response to the current DA’s practice of doing absolutely nothing when juveniles are brought into juvenile court and thus discouraging police interaction with these cases. The so-called diversion program is non-existent. Juveniles are not arraigned and the DA’s office provides no programs to engage the juveniles in positive activities. The very good juvenile court probation office cannot involve itself because the juvenile’s are not arraigned and therefore not under the control of the court. I have no objection to diversion but there must be programs in place to make it work. So far, absolutely nothing from this… Read more »

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Mr. McCandless has not made one statement to parents about the new changes to stop the verbal violence of Herberg School.Nothing has changed and I suggest everyone remove your kids from Herberg school.He has a very lazy group of administrators who wont come out of their office.Any principle in his or her office should be suspended.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

The Mayor should be walking Herberg School today.The Mayor should be walking Herberg School next week.The mayor as a leader should conduct her business from Herberg to set an example of leadership.The Mayor should do this because its her job to have safe schools.If her Department heads dont know how to lead then show them how to lead.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

Barry says he feels safe on North street. But would he take his kids to Springside Park after school is out without a police escort?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 year ago

And twas it Mayor Hideaway that said crime on North Street was an “abberation”????

Reignbow
Reignbow
1 year ago

Gangs aren’t afraid of Tyer,Harrington,Bouvier, yon, moon, Rivers, Guile. To name a few,all involved in politics and all on the taxpayer teat. Can you say WHY

Spagirl
Spagirl
1 year ago

This will be a topic that is not going to go away. McCandless, the School Committee, the Mayor, and Chief Wynn need to be held accountable day in and day out. This is going to be an election issue hot button.

Reignbow
Reignbow
Reply to  Spagirl
1 year ago

Kids going nowhere listen to golden flow of locks in the breeze,artsy kids stuff being cool,gangs aren’t
learning and no future here after graduation for a LOT-of them.Kids are talked to on pctv like their stupid,you’re in to music and plays, you’ll be successful,ha.

Kids want more than popsicle giveaways in the summer,they want a future, Gangs will ignore Springside Park law combatants as they know the old Hebert House isn’t really for them.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
1 year ago

When is the first 3rd Thursday? Can kids bring BB guns if they keep them tucked into their pants?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 year ago

Did anyone else see that a federal judge just recently described the MA State police as a ‘criminal enterpirse’ with evidence of a criminal conspiracy in relation to the overtime? The judge asked why RICO charges weren’t filed. That is some serious language.
These guys are going to be busy locking in some pensions gong forward. That might keep them distracted.

Magoo
Magoo
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 year ago

Judge Wolf Rebuked the prosecutors attempted sweeping of Much more serious criminal enterprise, much like what capeless/Caccaviello regime covered up and assisted in case fixing scheme in local courts. Nilan and Hazard hit and runs Williams sexual assault scandal, spousal and child abuse with assistance of Dcf Framing anyone who exposed their wrongdoing With perjured statements by MSP Edward culver , disgraced now retired commander lt Brian Foley( MSP retirees are hard to locate and serve papers) , Michelle mason trooper Gregory Denys and at least secretary sue Morrison. Whom all still work for Ms Harrington. That should clear up Any doubts why ms Harrington isn’t Fufilling her campaign promises , because she scared of the commonwealth. Judge Wolf got news he won’t be ruling on that case until all information is produced, look for a new team of federal prosecutors in Massachusetts very… Read more »

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

If you cant keep kids safe from verbal violence in schools and you can keep teachers safe at work ,nothing else matters.Principle,councilors musty sneaker and walk all day.If you don’t see your school administrators walking in the crowd of students all day ,fire them.When will McCandless tell parents he has ordered principles not to sit and bullshit all day.

Dan Englin
Dan Englin
1 year ago

Authority @safety starts at the traffic stops. Start giving CITATIONS., The South street corridor is a speed trap a mega bucks,start enforcing…..drugs role through that corridor and the same on West Housy, you cut off Springfield and Albany. Start asking public phone calls seriously and put all bolo’s on the airwaves,so the public can help with that also.

Ted
Ted
Reply to  Dan Englin
1 year ago

Does anyone know where you can stream Pittsfield Police, Fire, and EMS radio? It used to be available on the TuneIn app but it no longer works.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Ted
1 year ago
Ted
Ted
Reply to  acheshirecat
1 year ago

Thank you.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 year ago

Anyone see the iberkshires article yesterday about the state grant awarded to the Pitts Public Schools to court black college education students fron N.C.as potential first-year teachers?
Sounds like our schools will hire on the basis of skin color. Anyone have a problem with this?
So if a white teacher with 5 years experience applies for an open teaching position – the black teacher without experience will be given the job?
One of many problems within our school system.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 year ago

Yea, I got a problem with it. The rationale is that the percentage of teachers has to approximate the percentage of students, by race, which is bs. Just because 30 percent of students are persons of color doesn’t mean we need to go above and beyond to hire 30 percent teachers of color. Next thing you know there won’t be any male cops or firemen hired until it’s 50/50.

And what about all the black athletes that are over represented as a percentage of population – should they not be selected even if better than the white person until the teams make up represents the population.

More liberal and progressive bladderdash.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 year ago

Have to bring them from the South because you can’t find enough here, which means they aren’t underrepresented in hiring. The truth is that white children are underrepresented in schools due to high taxes and mismanagement, but a lot of people profit by making the city into a welfare-funded ghetto

EddieP
EddieP
1 year ago

Buy a scanner radio.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
1 year ago

Love the time line on the roundtable by the problem solvers, set up a meeting with the Mayor, Superintendent, and the DA and then send in the Sheriff to put mounted patrols in Springside Park

Robem
Robem
1 year ago

How many male teachers are in the schools?
I checked the web pages of 3 in my area.
Egremont has 3 males, alll custodial.
Williams has 2 or 3 with 1 being a teacher.
Herberg has 5 or 6. Most are in administration.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Robem
1 year ago

Do you think Shirley is working on hiring more male teachers so there is equal representation per the male/female student ratio at the schools? Only if they are black!
If I were applying for a teaching position as a white male with 5 years teaching experience and found out that a black first year teacher from N.C. got the job- I would sue the Pitts Public Schools for discrimination.
Hire on merit, not on race.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Robem
1 year ago

And if any of you have kids in the Pitts schools and are concerned about the decline in the quality of education – please run for a seat on the school committee. Cutler, Taylor, Yon, Powell, Cameron need to be voted out.
I’m moving to a Springfield suburb in 3 months.

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

Don’t forget that the females can identify as males. That should take care of the problem.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

This concern for children’s safety is going to fade very quickly.Pull students from Herberg school until you hear that behavior problems resulting in verbal violence and intimidation of vulnerable children at Herberg are removed for a therapeutic program.Mccandless has not made a statement to the Herberg violence.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Staff absenteeism at Herberg was at record levels.Nothing to see here parents.Shortage of staff creates a safety problem.The Mayor and all his Superintendent should have gone to Herberg yesterday to help cover the kids.Where was the Mayor yesterday?ABSENT staff reached dangerous levels Friday.Where is Teacher Union President on children safety.Where Is The Berkshire Eagle on investigating violence in Pittsfield schools?

de jeur
de jeur
1 year ago

Before the horse flies become a problem have the inmates pick up the clops, or are they just going to compost it in the dump site behind allendale.

Rule 27
Rule 27
Reply to  de jeur
1 year ago

Sounds like a perfect job for Kathy Yon.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

McCandless philosophy is to keep verbal violence by students alive at Herberg School.

Rule 27
Rule 27
1 year ago

Of the five candidates running for mayor which one is best suited to take on the crazyness in the schools?

doomiedodger
doomiedodger
Reply to  Rule 27
1 year ago

Well one of them has been working on it for 3 and a half years and it has only gotten worse. Not naming names so you will have to do some research.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Rule 27
1 year ago

Who are the five?

Rule 27
Rule 27
Reply to  Lenny
1 year ago

Tyer, Mazzeo, Gaetani, Graves and Kalinowski.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Rule 27
1 year ago

Thanks 27. I know nothing about Graves & Kalinowski. Out of the other 3, I would only vote for Mazzeo.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Lenny
1 year ago

Tho I would add that Mazzeo has been on the city council for a long time, and she hasn’t been able to rein in their escalating budget. She also sends at least one of her girls to Miss Halls.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
1 year ago

Both Mazzeo and Tyer are terrible choices. Both love high taxes.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  danvalenti
1 year ago

This is politics not pickle ball. A candidate has to raise and spend money. He or she has to have lawn signs. That’s how voters recognize names. You can’t rely on TV shows or BCC debates.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Ham Anex
1 year ago

HAM, you are correct. Like it or not that’s the way it’s done all over the country. That’s how it works and it ain’t gonna change.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Agent 86
1 year ago

Mazzeo already has a web site, signs and a campaign office on Elm Street near Elm Street Hardware.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 year ago

Crosby and Morningside seem to roll in with about 30/40% of the kids being competent in math and reading. That is a disgrace. Williams and Ergemeint do much better. Silvio Conte is also significantly better than Crosby and Morningside. Perhaps if those schools are shut and those kids brought to a better school the better school results would go down too. I don’t know. I can imagine kids being pretty unsettled if by the time they get to middle school they realize they don’t know anything, can’t do their homework and feel lost. The disaster of these schools is ignored because the teachers union is a voting block hornets nest. There would be more fights in the street if a journalist pushed to follow the data in why these kids are pushed forward when they keep failing. But this time it would be the… Read more »

doomiedodger
doomiedodger
1 year ago

According to one news source the police got one 18 year old guy called “Nibs” who was supposedly the ringleader to all the Springside/Reid commotion.. So we had one 18 year old macho clown trying to form a little army of kids to raise havoc? Is this a thing now?

Where else can you find just one person using his position of power to corrupt people and cause chaos? Think hard.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 year ago

May 4, 2019

Re: My open letter to Congress members Annie Kuster, Maggie Hassan, and Jeanne Shaheen, and President Trump

Where do you stand on the 3 medical marijuana bills in Congress for Veterans? I believe that Veterans should be equal under federal law. However, there are conflicting laws about marijuana. While some state governments allow marijuana, the federal government doesn’t allow it under law. I believe that if Veterans do not have the same rights as civilians, then the federal government should change the laws on marijuana so that everyone is equal again under the law. I believe that Veterans should have equal access to medical marijuana from the VA in states like New Hampshire where medical marijuana is equal.

– Jonathan A. Melle

Rule 27
Rule 27
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 year ago

You might want to try medical Metamucil.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Mccandless leads a department full of bad leaders with a bad philosophy tha holds bad behavior above good behavior.Its a system that has Yon and Taylor thanking him and he thanks the teacher and they in turn thank him back and they all are in awe of the job they do.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Trump hates himself and he leads people that hate themselves.

X-Lachs Lounge
X-Lachs Lounge
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

Could you explain and give a few examples?

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

So McCandless says taxpayers do have an appetite for spending even more money on school buildings.Taxpayers are on a diet so that the school departments appetite for spending can be met.Some glutinous behavior cant stop unless they have an intervention by the city council president.Marchetti,Caccamo,White,Moon,Rivers need to be asked who is it they believe is paying for everything.We certainly have alot of folks with money on our council.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 year ago

Covanta selling out now that city gave them over a half mil to shore up their business – new owner has no comment on future operations – BB headline lies, and Tyer claims no layoffs – completely misleading as new owner refused to comment at this time. This city is a ship of fools.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/no-closure-or-layoffs-expected-if-pittsfield-waste-to-energy-plant-sale-goes-through,572405

Diggney
Diggney
1 year ago

The 550 g was to keep jobs there with no future commitment,sell or not,give the money back out of these sale proceeds, that would be only fair.Another Tyredbad deal.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Give the money back,museum should give money back,shaker village redirected the funds on they lied to Pittsfield so give the money back

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  The school committee
1 year ago

Shaker Village shook Pittsfield for 5 hundred grand. No kickbacks were recorded in the books.

I am voting for the candidate who publishes a list of all PIttsfield business getting TIFs past and present. Why is this info top secret anyway? Is city hall embarrassed for helping millionaires with hard earned taxpayer money? Sure looks that way but if anyone knows where the TIF emails are we would love to see them.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

The school committee does not understand any of the positions they vote for,its always yes.

The school committee
The school committee
1 year ago

Trump support of Puttin is a mystery to the American people,Trumps behavior is pro Puttin.Puttin is Trump Daddy.Trump voters are on board with Puttins control of Trump.Democrats letting Trump control them.America is at a tipping point.I don’t blame Trump I blame power and wealth control of Trump and the lemmings that are needed to succeed in our demise