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HEY, PSSSSSST! YEAH YOU!! WANNA BUY A MALL, CHEAP?

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 19-21, 2019) — The Town of Lanesboro expressed relief after the sale of the Berkshire Mall. The new owner, Durga Property Holdings, paid back taxes owed by previous owner Mehan Kohanesieh. Win-Win-Win, right? Possibly, and we hope so, but looking deeper into the sale and the principals poses interesting questions.

Perhaps the most prominent puzzler is why anyone would take on this albatross, which would seem more challenging than putting a man on the moon 50 years ago with the computing power of a dime-store calculator. Aside: Kudos to the fabulous moment afforded the world by the crew of Apollo 11 and all the people who got them there and back. THE PLANET remembers well watching Neil Armstrong’s breathtaking first step “for all mankind.” It was the second time Walter Cronkite showed emotion on the air, the first being the somber news delivered to the nation on Nov. 22, 1963.

The Berkshire Mall’s daisy chain of ownership starts with Pyramid Associates, the mausoleum’s builders in 1988. This occurred after Pittsfield’s “leaders” and Special Interests killed the downtown mall even after voters twice approved it in referenda. Pyramid eventually sold to Strategic Associates, who bailed to Kohan Retail Investment group (dba Mehan Kohanesieh), and now to Durga. Each time, the sale price evaporated faster than and ice cube on the surface of Venus, with Durga paying $1 million — three cents on the dollar, maybe if we round it up?

Kohanesieh owns or manages more than two dozen malls (27 as of 2018). Masslive.com calls his record “mixed,” which is a euphemism for, uh, mixed. Online sources reveal his many business aliases: Mike Kohen, Mehan Kohansiek, Mehran Kohansieh, Mehran Kohansiek, and Mehrzad I. Kohansieh. Free advice: If you’re going to use a fake name, pick something ordinary such as Duke Snider. And is there any legitimate reason to use so many fake names?

Here is a listing of Kohanesieh’s “mixed” record (from online sources, primarily Wikipedia):

  • Lost the Jamestown Mall in late 2011 due to foreclosure, but retained some ownership in late 2012. The mall had previously declared bankruptcy in August 2011.
  • After purchasing Woodville Mall in 2009, it was closed in December 2011 by court order, and demolished by Northwood, Ohio in March 2014 due to its poor material condition.
  • Lincoln Mall suffered from serious material condition issues during Kohan’s ownership and in August 2013 went into receivership.
  • Matteson, Illinois took over ownership in June 2014 and it closed in January 2015 after running out of money. At the mall’s closure, Kohan owed more than $10 million in fines and taxes to Matteson.
  • Lincoln Mall was demolished starting in May 2017. During a 2013 police drug search, serious issues were discovered in Northland Mall’s former Kmart that included mold, roof damage, and other major issues. Ownership also owed $141,081.61 in taxes to Nobles County, Minnesota. The mall had serious material condition issues in April 2014 that Worthington, Minnesota took action on. Worthington won a court decision about the former Kmart in June 2014, and demolition began in February 2015.The mall was sold to 7&41 LLC in May 2015.
  • Due to lack of payment on a $300,000 bill, Rotterdam Square Mall lost power on February 12, 2015. The mall was later sold to ViaPort USA for $9.25 million.
  • Since its purchase [by Kohan], Berkshire Mall has suffered from serious tax issues with many payments being missed. Kohan has been taken to court several times over these issues and has narrowly avoided Berkshire’s seizure. Berkshire has also suffered from a series of power outages.
  • Kohan owed $627,789 in property taxes on the Washington Square Mall in 2017, and the mall was put up for tax sale. The mall’s outstanding taxes were paid off in October 2018 for $1.1 million.
  • VF Factory Outlet Mall closed in October 2017.
  • Indian River Mall almost lost power in December 2017 due to unpaid electric bills and bounced checks totaling $428,175. The bill was paid the day electric was to be shutoff.
  • Mayberry Mall was almost closed on February 1, 2018 by local government officials due to roof and mold issues. It was sold to WRS Inc. Real Estate Investments in 2019.
  • In August 2018, Kohan sued Clay, New York for a reduction in the Great Northern Mall’s taxes, while owing $1.53 million to county government.
  • Due to the roof’s poor condition, Effingham City declared Village Square Mall unsafe in August 2018.
  • Due to Kohan not paying Lycoming Mall’s PPL electric bill, it lost power in late August 2018.
  • In September 2018, Southbridge Mall was sued by Cerro Gordo County for $177,324 in back taxes. Those taxes were paid off in December 2018, with three of the previous four checks sent to the county bouncing.
  • Kohan owed around $550,000 on The Orchards Mall in various taxes before its sale in late 2018.
  • Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority placed Lycoming Mall on the February 2019 sheriff’s sale list due to unpaid bills.Kohan made a partial payment to stop the auction.
  • Chapel Hill Mall almost had power disconnected by Ohio Edison due to unpaid bills in April 2019.

It leads THE PLANET to wonder: How does one make money buying dead-and-dying malls in arrears, pay the back taxes, fork over the purchase price, and begin with near-empty tombs millions down? What’s the trick?

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A records search shows Vemulpanni has been or is registered in Michigan, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Are there others? Even if not, doesn’t three headquarter locations seem as if he doesn’t want people to know where he might be at any given time?

When Vermulapillar was in Michigan, he sued the city of Flint over damage to a building he bought at auction for $500,000.  The city had previously condemned the building and had scheduled it for demolition. Vermulpillar bought the building but, according to the courts, “ran it into the ground.” He then sued Flint, claiming the city’s negligence had caused water damage and loss of tenants. Vermulpillar’s assessor valued the building at $7,338,840. An arbitrator awarded him $6,024,128.10. Was that the motivation all along? Buy cheap, sue, and collect six times your investment?

Flint fought back, taking it to the Michigan State Court of Appeals. How unlike Pittsfield:

VIJAYAKUMAR VEMULAPALLI and SASIKALA VEMULAPALLI, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CITY OF FLINT, Defendant-Appellee.
Court of Appeals of Michigan.
December 22, 2009.

“After considering the parties’ arguments, the circuit court found that the arbitrator did not exceed his powers but expressed dismay at the amount awarded plaintiffs, stating:

“This really is a travesty when a man buys a building for $400,000 and runs it into the ground and then gets an arbitrator’s ruling for millions which the taxpayers are going to pay for. It looks like plaintiff has finally struck the pot of gold. Unfortunately, the taxpayers are in the pot.”

The circuit court affirmed the arbitration order but subsequently granted Flint’s motion for reconsideration. The Michigan Court of Appeals voided the judgment. See, it pays for a city to stick up for taxpayers, the way Pittsfield doesn’t (e.g. the EPA’s questionable $75 million water “upgrade” and the $121 million spent on an unneeded high school).

Vemulapalli appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. On June 3, 2010, the court refused to hear the case:

VEMULAPALLI v. CITY OF FLINT
Docket No. 140494. COA No. 287566.

Vijayakumar VEMULAPALLI and Sasikala Vemulapalli, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. CITY OF FLINT, Defendant-Appellant.
Supreme Court of Michigan.
June 3, 2010.

Order
On order of the Court, the application for leave to appeal the December 22, 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeals is considered, and it is DENIED, because we are not persuaded that the question presented should be reviewed by this Court.

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Yes, the sale was a private transaction. Lanesboro taxpayers were paid the tax arrears, but don’t you have the nagging feeling that there’s an itch somewhere in this body that’s not being scratched.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“We get so used to the stories we tell ourselves. This is why we sometimes need to find ourselves in the stories of others”Leslie Jamison.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Johnny99
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Johnny99

Holy Moly Batman and Robin. This just in:

According to The DEA, From 2006 to 2012 there were 32,603,610 prescription pain pills supplied to Berkshire County, Mass.

According to my research, that works out to around 250 pain pills per man, woman and child.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/dea-pain-pill-database/?utm_term=.b88b5c59a54e&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

How many of these did you choose to pop?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Would be nice to know the names of the local doctors dispensing them. Could BMC please release a list of their doctors by name and how many OxyContin pills each dispensed?

Uh, NO!

Mr. G
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Mr. G

My teeth are just terrible as a result of many factors. Dental work has, on and off over the years, been a significant occurrence in my life. Vicodin has been important in many of those episodes. I did not abuse it. I never became addicted and I dont think I should feel bad for using it responsibly, nor should I be not allowed access to this class of drug “for my own protection.” Nanny state indeed.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Yes, responsible adults should have no problem with opioid pain-killers such as Percocet and Vicodin and their generics, oxycodone/acetaminophen and hydrocodone/acetaminophen.

The pain clinic at BHS is pretty strict–must sign for each script, random urine tests.

I think the problem comes when people take 2, 3, 4?, or more? pills at a time. Then perhaps mix those with alcohol/THC. And take them repeatedly over the long term.

If I don’t have any pain, or even not that much, the opioids don’t do much if anything.

The school committee
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The school committee

It’s time to ask the condition and the cost associated with problems at the 121 million high school that solved nothing for Pittsfield Where is ex mayor Tyer on the issue.Mayor Mazzeo should soon be asking whats going on there besides a coverup of the great problems there.The schools Department head needs to be grilled on this problem.These people designed a to small gym,cafeteria and auditorium.Where is Bouvier on this ?

B. Clairmont
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B. Clairmont

SC,

Might I remind you that Councilor Mazzeo is and has been all along, on the School Buildings Needs Commission, and not Mayor Tyer.

I believe she was on the design review commit as well, but not 100% sure. I do know that Kathy Amuso and Melissa Mazzeo picked out all the color schemes.

So if you are going to complain about the school design, I believe your bitch is more with Mazzeo than it is with Tyer.

Barry

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Like her or not TSC, she is still the mayor and you should not be referring to her as “ex”, and as I said many times if Mazzeo doesn’t get on the stick she’s going nowhere and all Kalinowski has done is write a letter to the editor and remind me again who else is running??? You might as well get used to “Mayor” Tyer because I don’t see her being beat. I personally couldn’t stand Obama and dislike his wife even more but I still respected the fact he was our president and wished him the best from day one. R E S P E C T for the office.

The school committee
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The school committee

Ex Mayor Tyer needs to address the taxpayers about her 80 million dollar water treatment project and why she demands it be done yesterday.Marchetti also needs to address why he can’t control money.Hes a banker.New Mayor Mazzeo is going to win in a landslide based solely on mismanagement of budgets in her department

pothole
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pothole

What exactly is she running on? She voted to pass budgets made by Mayor Tyer, she has been one the council and has not been able to negotiate well enough with the other council members to get them to understand her point of views and to stop measures that she disagrees with, and to this point I haven’t seen anything except her touting her last name. I am not 100% happy with everything that the current administration ahas done and there have been times that I have called them out on things like the beacon and the garbage issue, but I don’t see what Mrs. Mazzeo is bringing to the table. I would like to hear what makes her different.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

The former Macy’s at Eastfield Mall, Springfield will potentially be turned into a marijuana cultivation/manufacturing facility. Rumor has it that the Berkshire Mall will be turned into an indoor pickleball arena.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Where did you hear that funny rumor, in Westfield?

Scoop Duty
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Scoop Duty

Speaker no f Tyers water plan, was listening to the Stooge crying poverty about his retirement income,my relatives are current making a five hundred a month pension as they retired in the early eighties,….stooges wife alone has to drawing in fifty- sixty….he’s been over all the world has to being doing better than her.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

$55,710.00 for ms stooge in 2018

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

As we move into the technological age where Pluto is out and Nine is in, buying and selling move out of the brick and mortar spaces and into cyber space. We have all returned from a stay on the Moon in the hotel California where mother Mary has stood right in front of us to receive the mark of the beast where no one can buy or sell without incarnating into this beast commerce system. The Game is changing. Buying online started off with no taxes and free shipping but is quickly moving into cash cow status for the governments and once crypto currency is fully established and embraced, technology will change this Game forever. “In the year 5555 Your arms are hanging limp at your sides Your legs not nothing to do Some machine is doing that for you Now it’s been 10,000… Read more »

Ham Anex
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Ham Anex

In the year 2020 if Tyer is in office say goodbye to your money.

Spider
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Spider

Who were the idiots who approved the plans for Taconic?

Areas too small (gym, cafeteria, auditorium, etc.) Numerous other complaints.

I seriously would like to know. It’s a disgrace and we won’t know the cost to the taxpayers until 2020.

Ham Anex
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Ham Anex

There wasn’t any technical expertise on the SBNs committee and there wasn’t any on the sewer and water committee. If we had one person on the council who had technical understanding we would be far better off and we wouldn’t have been taken to the cleaners so many time. At least Mazzeo, Connell and Morandi have been asking the right questions about the wadte water plant and the drinking water plant.

Al Eyoup
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Al Eyoup

Article In The Eagle about wayfair hiring, but nothing in iberkshires?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Looks like the Eagle finally scooped another news source. Kudos to the editor in the newsroom that leaned on his people to get this vital news out in a timely fashion. This should boost sales and fatten some judges wallet.

Sorry iBerkshires…ya blew it this time.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The Eagle and Wayfair are in the same complex. Wayfair rents from the holding company for the Eagle building.

Still wondering
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Still wondering

One thing that will happen for sure is the property will be “depreciated” for tax purposes. This is a sneaky way that landlords use the tax laws to avoid paying federal taxes. Slumlords do it all the time. Look it up.

Bull Durham
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Bull Durham

Dan, I think they should turn the empty mall into a virtual Stamford Links. That dogleg at the Food Court would be challenging.

Drew Z
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Drew Z

Congrats to Larry Hazzard becoming Berkshire Life President.

Cody Yox
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Cody Yox

To me it sounds like corners were cut to come in at budget,anyone think about that? And was the size of the Gym discussed,at all?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

The Berkshire Mall was always a stupid idea! Maybe the Good Old Boys were on to something when they blocked it in Pittsfield!

PEDA was always a stupid idea, too! The Good Old Boys screwed up 21 years ago when PEDA opened as a vacant wasteland.

I disagree with the “Blame Linda” meme. She inherited all of the problems Pittsfield politics has passed.

The lovely Linda Tyer is the best thing to happen to Pittsfield in decades!

Herb Pease
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Herb Pease

She wanted the job. She’s done nothing for Pittsfield. She’ll improve Pittsfield when she leaves office.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

JM – Yes Linda inherited a lot of issues but she has had almost 4 years to rectify at least a few of them. She seems to be oblivious to the fact that many of her Department Heads are not helping her administration. Wynn, Turocy, Kerwood and Ruffer have all hurt her run in office. Not one of them can answer questions from the City Council and if they do answer they pull the blame game. Many of their answers to the City Council are actually pathetically comical. She needs to advise her Department Heads to start performing their jobs to make Pittsfield a cleaner safer City. If they don’t perform, they should be fired. As I have said many times in the past, the Mayor and most of her Department heads would not survive working in the private sector.

B.Clairmont
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B.Clairmont

Mike,

When I was on the Council I would let the department heads know what I thought my questions would be ahead of time so they could gather any necessary materials and be prepared to provide the answers.

The Councilors you refer to never pick up the phone ahead of time to give the department heads the courtesy of a heads up. The department heads are NOT mind readers. Some of the places these councilors take the conversations is way of base and they love to play the “gotcha” card. This is all just politics. Its not about the issue, its about politics and power.

Barry

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

So now you are blaming the Councilors. Just what I said above. The blame game. Department Heads should be prepared to answer questions about their departments, not keep saying “Oh, I left the information on my desk”. I attend meetings and participate on conference calls all week and we are prepared to answer questions. If we don’t have the answer we better find it fast, we don’t say “I don’t remember”.

Dick Flimsy
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Dick Flimsy

Today is the deadline for getting on the ballot. Who turned in enough signatures and for which office.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

The Eagle won’t report on candidates but they posted an article about a nudist colony in Otis in 1933….# news you can use.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

The list is revealed. This article from the Beagle lists those who are in the races.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/candidates-emerge-in-pittsfield-races-as-nomination-deadline-passes,579960

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Mazzeo is just another warm body. But in this case ANYTHING is better than Tyer. She is clearly the MOST incompetent mayor in decades.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The mall is about money laundering, nothing else.
Not sure how paying $600k in back taxes or buying a dilapidated mall for a cool million is money laundering.

Here’s your lesson for the day

https://people.exeter.ac.uk/watupman/undergrad/ron/methods%20and%20stages.htm

From Mars
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From Mars

Hello Planet. I went to HS in Dalton, college in UMASS, and I came back to the Berkshires and I have lived in ward four now for three years, despite my entire family relocating elsewhere. I am 35 with a pretty underwhelming job and single with no kids. I understand my city councilor Connell is being challenged. Unfortunately I know nothing about what the incumbent offers vs the challenger. I do know I don’t want my rent to go up. I do know I don’t want to have to pay for my trash. I do know I want my street’s potholes to get fixed. I do know that I have spent zero time carelessly strolling down north st and venturing in and out of shops since the meters have gone up. I am strictly in and out now at hot harrys or panchos or… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

Mars,
If you are content with being poor in a beautiful area, stay in the Berkshires. If you want to be around people of substance, who have aspirations beyond petty anger and grievances directed against their neighbors, move anywhere else on the planet. This place is insular poison.

Good Luck,
B

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

This is useful advice. The truth is that many people living in Pittsfield would pack up and move if they could. But many of these people are trapped elderly just hoping to live out there remaining years in dignity. Hoping they do not lose their homes due to oppressive and ever increasing taxes. They could not afford to move anyway. Many others only stay because of family ties.

With the crime, bad schools and deteriorating infrastructure there is not that much for the city to brag about these days.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

It’s sad how many under employed people there are here – bright people eeking out a living. The goon squad fills the government and schools with their people and it gets more dumb with each inbred generation.
Property taxes are going to be at 10% to fund the school districts and the North Street bs so they can get the votes. There will be 15-20 donor types (if that isn’t the status quo) whose money influences the city and everyone else pays.
To the dude who is paying rent – move!! Hillsborough NC is a progressive town with jobs and decent schools and pretty country side.

Chris Connell
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Chris Connell

Please feel free to call me at 413-822-6008. I will be more than happy to discuss my stand on these issues as well as answer any other questions you may have. Thanks

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Well if you love Da Berkshire but dislike Pissfield, just move to another Berkshire town. Pretty simple

jon doe
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jon doe

The Berkshire are a beautiful area that people from all over come to visit or set up second homes. It has it problems, like most places but that doesn’t change the inherent beauty, the change of seasons, and the mix of nature, culture and the arts that many find appealing. The glass is either half full or half empty. This board often seems populated by bitter, disgruntled people who only see the glass as half empty. From Mars-if you are 35 with an underwelming job I have to wonder what you got your degree in. I interview people with degrees regularly who have no drive or ambition, and quite frankly, seem to have learned very in college. I’m told by people in the HVAC industry that a kid out of high school who knew HVAC could start at $70,000 in the first year. I’m… Read more »

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

If that were true – then the employers could train adults to work this mythical 70k a year jobs. Most of the young people here aren’t afraid to work. They work their balls off for two of three jobs without benefits. The reason they are offering these ‘opportunities’ to high school kids is that they are probably offering jobs that have awful pay and they are treated like indentured servants. Roger Moore could do a film about all the exploited kids working for the harridans and trolls that own business in Great Barrington. I don’t buy there are good jobs here – because if you could train a 17 year old to do them you could train a 30 year old to do them. Hinds always spouts this nonsense and that is what it is. If you have an infilled job for longer than… Read more »

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Look at my misspeak – I meant Michael Moore. Roger Moore made some cool movies as bond not probably down with the struggle.
Also, I think schools and retail in Hillsborough NC are better than here.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pittsfield is in need of somebody who questions budgets.It is not negative to want every dollar we get taxed to be successfully spent.Mayor Tyer has not been able to do that.Mayor Mazzeo inteligence is in her desire to understand spending in the City and is it successful in what it was intended to do.She rattles the Mayors office and when she takes office she will be up to the job of transparency. Pick up the loose broken asphalt in the city streets when your elected Mayor Melissa

Pat
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Pat

Melissa Mazzeo, in true Progressive style, loves high taxes.

The school committee
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The school committee

Republican party is running deficits in order to give wealthy people more cash. Your a republican. You support Trump and all he stands for.Are you a supporter of Russia controlling America from the inside?When your brainwashed and being groomed by a President to do and say things that American citizens find so bizzar we fear another type goverment is being prepared and they need your support.They need your fear and want you scared and when the time comes who knows what Trump will ask of you.

Pat
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Pat

The Russian influence is coming from the far left media which is just how it is in Russia and China where the government controls what the public is allowed to hear. That’s how they keep control of the people.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

This is completely Booooooogus! Yes the trades are good, yes college isn’t for everyone, we need ditch diggers, but no high school kid is going to make $70k a year as an apprentice in HVAC, that’s just a bald-faced lie. I own several businesses and am a partner in two, one being an HVAC company. Our out of tech school grads start at $12-15 an hour, they can make overtime and “emergency call” pay but there’s not one person working for us in HVAC that’s a teen agent making $70k a year and it takes years to get to that. HVAC is great if you plan on owning your own company, as are most of the trades, but you won’t seem $70k for quite some time. I mean I see guys advertising earn $100k in your first year but that be a 60 hour… Read more »

jon doe
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jon doe

Proxy-if you reread my post you will see that I said if a kid out of school “knew” HVAC, ie. was trained in it, they could make $70,000 the first year. Would it include overtime pay? Probably, sure. Making money means working hard, that’s how people get ahead. The days of hiding at the GE are over. The person who told me that had no reason to lie. He was lamenting the lack of qualified applicants, and I heard the same complaint from the owner of another HVAC company, although we didn’t discuss compensation in that conversation. The take aways in my mind are 1.) we should probably offer HVAC at Taconic. And 2.) There are opportunities for people who are willing to work hard and advance. And by the way, most business owners who make in the six figures are working 60 hours… Read more »

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

An article in the July 11 Eagle talks about the city plans to ramp up bike travel on the city streets. Bike lanes along Elm, Springside, Williams, Waconah and East streets. I was aghast when I first read this thinking about how dangerous the Pittsfield streets are on a daily basis. I have at least one near miss every time I venture out as there seems to be no rules on the Pittsfield roads. There is all the faded paint from past lane markings. Many or most crosswalks are still not painted. My street still has not even been swept. If I had a family member who thought it was a good idea to ride a bicycle on any Pittsfield road I would sweat bullets every time they left the house on their bike. Would also suggest they have their head checked by a… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

Very well said. Pittsfield allows drivers to break so many safety rules of driving. Bicycling on Pittsfield roads is extremely risky. We need bicycle paths away from the main roads.

The school committee
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The school committee

Bike riders on busy city streets need to slow down with traffic.Bikes in city roads need to use safety 1st.Bikes assume that they are see and they are almost stealth attaining speeds of 30 plus mph.Bikers pass parked cars on Elm as if the whole world knows your on the way.Bikers are not being safe.Bikers believe they are the royalty of transportation and they are going to get injured if they dont get into a single file line.I hear them carrying on a conversation while in traffic…..Bike people are very brazen and unsafe

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I think it would be child abuse to get your kid a bike and send him or her out on Pittsfield streets. I would like a list of every person who plans on riding a bike on Pittsfield streets so that I can take out life insurance policies. Maybe that is what city hall is planning to shore up its unfunded liabilities. No one in their right mind would think this is a good idea. Car insurance rates will probably double now.

Pat
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Pat

Too much money to the schools and not enough to all the other problems in the city. Retail is dead in this area.

The school committee
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The school committee

Tyer did not cut tree branches in the hood,Tyer did not light up the hood and make it safe. Advice to Tyer from here.Youn need to double down on making 1st street the brightest street in Pittsfield.As the tourist drive North to Williamstown they only see a very dark stretch of road .Common is bright,Cumberland is bright,the corner of Tyler is bright so now do your part .Cut tree limbs and install lights.The biggest best crosswalks should be on 1st street…..Light up the hood.Cut tree limbs and light up the hood.

Drew Z
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Drew Z

Agree with doozie,dead on. Only a matter of time before a bicyclist gets mowed down. I’ve saved at least twenty accidents in the last couple years alone,stuff like driving over double lines, passing on the inside of the white line,veering over to avoid getting hit at least ten times.

Thomas-More
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Thomas-More

My suggestion Mars is that you leave for the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee/NC or the hills of Kentucky. If you love it here for the beauty of the Berkshires these places are equally as beautiful. There are plenty of jobs there and the retail districts are so flourishing that even Pat would be happy there. The political leaders are as honest and straight as the day is long. The schools are super and the teachers work 11 hours a day for $13.00 an hour. Unlike here, you can live a very prosperous life and never have to work for it. Most of the people around here who are prosperous worked for what they have rather than consuming themselves with the imaginary gobsigs and suits who they believe are watching their every move.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Maybe the teachers of NC should come here and everyone could be better off!!! They could live like kings for 75k per 8 months of work. We wouldn’t be able to send them home.

The school committee
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The school committee

Mitch Mcconnells Kentucky teachers make 13 bucks.Its about the most heavily fed dependent states.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

thank god this fool is on his way out. McConnel is poison to the democratic process. He acts like a KGB insert.

Shakes
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Shakes

The new mall’s owner has other successes. I’m disappointed the planet only cherry picked controversial incidents. The mall site would be great for an indoor water park/convention center.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Pittsfield politics makes economic matters worse by high taxes, huge municipal debts, corruption, and a distressed economy with scarce living wage jobs.

Pittsfield politics never changes and is always predictable. Taxes increase by 5 percent per fiscal year, the Good Old Boys run the show, and Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski always have to assume the position.

To illustrate, if you are not doing well in Pittsfield, then you are at or near poverty and rely on social services to subsist. If you are politically connected, you are well taken care of by the G.O.B. It has resulted in many thousands of residents moving away. It has resulted in thousands of living wage jobs being lost over the decades.

PEDA and the Berkshire Mall are examples of post-industrial Pittsfield’s downfall.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The mall is in Lanesborough. Malls all over the country are failing. It’s not a symbol of Pittsfield anything

Peter Harper
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Peter Harper

In the Eagle today. Somebody help me out. The city can delay signing the contract but the people holding the option have to pay $50k?!? I think this thing is bottoms up. Their lawyer and consultant is now in charge of another failure in the making the Innovation Center. NORTH ADAMS — The option that a proposed model railroad museum held to buy the Western Gateway Heritage State Park expired June 30, but the city and museum continue to pursue a deal. “We are negotiating a new contract,” said North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard. “We don’t expect it will be materially different.” The option is one step in the complex process undertaken by Thomas Krens’ Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum to build an 83,000-square-foot museum, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of annual visitors if and when it opens. Bernard… Read more »

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

@ProxyDate: (Sarcasm) – You are right about the Berkshire Mall.

The Pittsfield area is booming with living wage jobs for the working class.

PEDA has dozens of Fortune 500 companies investing in the former GE property.

Oh, and Pigs have Wings and they fly around with Unicorns!

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Malls failing in the Berkshires has nothing to do with the “Berkshires”. It’s a common trend in the US as online sales supersede brick and mortar sales.
Malls close, even in good economic areas.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Does anyone else think it is ironic that Wayfair announced they are hiring for the Pittsfield branch the same day that the City Of Pittsfield nomination papers closed? What a coincidence so that Lovely Linda could toot her horn in the BB. In checking the Wayfair jobs listings I only saw 6 job offerings, all Managers or Supervision. Just wondering how many of the $15.00 an hour jobs (when posted) will be full-time and offering benefits? Also, does anyone know if the PPD has a Traffic Division. I looked on the City of Pittsfield website and it shows Officer Coco (Fired-In Prison) and Officer McIntyre (retired). How many other parts of the website are incorrect? That leaves two officers and how are they suppose to cover all three shifts 24/7? Meanwhile the Pittsfield roads are getting more dangerous by the day. Not having road… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Spot on Merry! Well said.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

July 21, 2019 I have long held a theoretical view about post-industrial communities, like my native hometown of Pittsfield, which in economics is called “Perverse Incentives”. My theory is that post-industrial communities want public money over private sector living wage jobs of the 1950’s and 1960’s. That means that if a family is poor or near poverty, the post-industrial community receives many millions of dollars in public funds for welfare social services programs, poorly performing public schools, disability caseloads, its not-for-profit organizations, and the like. The more family financial insecurity means more money for communities than financially secure families with living wage jobs. The problem with post-industrial communities like Pittsfield (Mass.) that use “perverse incentives” is that poverty begets more poverty for future generations. For example, teen pregnancy and welfare caseloads double the statewide average in Pittsfield. North Street has long been known as… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

Let’s talk about Trump baiting racist instead of his other issue his party planning with Epstien and the minor young teens for 45 year olds.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

I think you mean the Clintons

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

And the plot thickens…..looking at some sealed records that will soon be unsealed. Chelsea Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell were evidently VERY close so close in fact that Chelsea allegedly procured young girls for Maxwell to provide to Epstein. In a series of interview notes, an alleged victim makes the statement that she and her best friend (both 14 at the time) were introduced to Maxwell by Chelsea at a series of private “pool parties” at a Georgetown location while on summer break from Sidwell Friends School. The alleged victim knew, via friends, that if you went to a party at the “old man’s house” sometimes you would see the president (Bill Clinton) and that he and the owner of the house would provide alcohol. The alleged victim remarked that they didn’t have to get preapproved by the secret service, which would happen on other… Read more »

shakes
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shakes

I’m sure that s completely legit. Source Please?

Bucky Wheet
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Bucky Wheet

Proxy get a clue,then a life,three and a half years of trump nonsense vs Clinton’s.

Ben Weldon
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Ben Weldon

A question was posed in the other local paper: If the Pyramid Company had built the mall on North St. , would it have survived? I don’t need to go into all the political reasons Pyramid left Pittsfield.

Planet Valenti