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!! UPDATED!! BEATLESQUE CONCERT FRIDAY! … plus … SHOCKING QUESTIONS RE: STUCK ELEVATOR HAUNT DEATH OF THS TEACHER

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1, THURSDAY NOV. 21 — Not even the dead are safe in Pittsfield. Last night, a thief or thieves broke into Devaney-Condron Funeral Home on 40 Maplewood Ave., stealing jewelry from the upstairs rooms. Police were called, and they began immediately interviewing the cadavers. The dead men told no tales, we heard. But all seriousness aside, as Steve Allen used to say, this is what “vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative” Pittsfield has come to: Not even the dead are safe.

Amanda Drane of The Boring Broadsheet yesterday interviewed THE PLANET at length for the history of The Great Divide as expressed in the two long-standing and warring political factions that have been jockeying for position for a generation. We gave a lengthy history, going back to the first seeds planted during the disastrous “Urban Renewal” program and up to today’s most recent, and disputed, mayoral election. We shall hold our breath to see what the scribe does to our syllables.

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 20, 2019) — As always THE PLANET has lots to deal with, and in cruel-to-be-kind manner, let’s get at some. First, “the kind.”

THE BEATLES ARE COMING — Next best thing, actually. One of the nation’s top Beatles tribute bands, Berkshire’s own BEATLESQUE, performs in concert Friday Nov. 22 at the First Methodist Church on Fenn Street in Pittsfield, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Opening for BEATLESQUE is FOREVER MAN, an Eric Clapton tribute band. Tickets are available at Wood Brothers and online at helpingfriends.brownpapertickets.com.

BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE, live on stage, this Friday in Pittsfield. Tickets now on sale.

Many remember first seeing The Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964. The band’s two sets  instantly transformed a generation and a nation, and the music still attracts old and young alike. BEATLESQUE captures The Beatles’ studio albums note for note with an accuracy and musicianship that will have you closing your eyes and thinking you’re at the real thing.

Check out the band’s Facebook page for more details. Beatlesque is led by Mick Valenti of QUARRY and QUICK FOX fame, ably backed by a Fab ensemble including Mike Sacco, Jay Fruet, Cliff Ducharme, and a cast of the tightest studio musicians this side of Bear Creek. Mick is an old hand at “Beatling.” In the 1980s, he starred in the role of John Lennon in the nationally touring act “Starting Over.”

Part of the proceeds for the “Helping Friends” show will go to local food pantries.

Now for “the cruel.”

ELEVATOR QUESTIONS — THS special ed teacher Kevin Harrington, 38, died after collapsing in a classroom Nov. 13. Buried in news accounts of the incident is when first responders moved Harrington to a THS elevator, they got stuck for about 10 minutes, an eternity when trying to revive someone who has collapsed. A first responder told THE PLANET the delay was “definitely a factor” in emergency personnel’s inability to get Harrington to the hospital more quickly. It may have cost the man his life.

iBerkshires ignored this aspect of the story. The Boring Broadsheet mentioned the stuck elevator — inadvertently, according to THE PLANET‘s newsroom sources, who said the story was edited “to downplay the elevator incident. [Editors] couldn’t take out the elevator reference altogether, so they did the next best thing.” That was to quote an assistant chief of the Pittsfield Fire Department saying the jammed elevator wasn’t a factor in Harrington’s death. That chief’s statement defies common sense.

Why would the stuck elevator be left out of the story or downplayed?

More ominous stories floating around the THS halls allude to the elevator having “problems” prior to Harrington’s death. A THS teacher, we were told, said that in the weeks before the incident, the elevator “appeared jerky.” Some wouldn’t get on it and took the stairs. Teacher said the problem was reported to the administration. She/he didn’t know by whom but said it was relayed to the THS principal and the superintendent of schools. Is this information correct? Who will investigate? Who will come forward?

JIV issued this statement:

“Our students lost a teacher with an infectious optimism, a ready smile, and a constant willingness to help his colleagues and students alike. He was a true champion for all students.  … To know Mr. Harrington was to love and respect him. He taught in the school he graduated from and loved, and he will be deeply missed by his family, his many, many friends, his colleagues, and by the entire Pittsfield community.”

“Mr. Harrington?” Not “Kevin?”

Last name? In formal usage? Nice personal touch, JIV.

Here are the questions that have scared off The BB and iBerkshires:

  • Why did the elevator get stuck?
  • Were there previous problems with the elevator?
  • Is the certificate of occupancy issued for the building valid?
  • Was the certificate issued prematurely to avoid the embarrassment of the $121 million school not opening on time?
  • Who inspected the elevator? When?
  • Is the elevator now in operation?
  • What first-aid did staff and responders perform?
  • Did they use a defibrillator? If not, why not?
  • For how many minutes was the elevator stuck, exactly?
  • Did the delay cost Harrington his life?
  • What was the cause of death?
  • Was there an autopsy?
  • What if any is the liability of the city, the school department, the school committee, Kathy Yon, the THS administration, and the superintendent?
  • Does the family intend legal action?

Perhaps it’s just the smell of Housy swamp gas, but there’s an odor about this story that won’t go away. If anyone out there has more information, THE PLANET is ready to hear it.

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“Is a man’s life worth the issuance of a hasty certificate of occupancy?”Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Hoppy Stinkalisto
Hoppy Stinkalisto
6 months ago

Jim stated there was a snag getting Mr. Harrington to the hospital? A snag? Yeh yeh yeh..

Donna Sewtherson
Donna Sewtherson
6 months ago

Dan,I did a double take the picture of Dr. Natasha, great Dentist by the way,looks like a familiar local politician.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

This week in Pittsfield politics. Melissa Mazzeo alleges ballots were tampered with in an alleged fraudulent election. A beloved teacher dies after getting stuck in the THS elevator in an unpaid for new school building. Drug dealers arrested in heroin bust on Brown Street. A tax hike proposal in the works for next week’s City Council meeting. I wonder what next week will bring? Probably more bad news!!!!

rodent on Dan Kacee
rodent on Dan Kacee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

State police are arresting people. City police cant enforce trespassing.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

Its hard to believe anyone would put themselves in a area where someone could even ask what the heck is anyone doing in this secure area of votes.It means those votes are considered contaminated even if Nothing is wrong with the vote count.If true what the heck was going on?

Foxworth Antelkpornant
Foxworth Antelkpornant
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

How do you know so many thousands voted? Easiest way to rig an election is to take a bunch of votes and pull them out of the stack and manipulate the tally.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
6 months ago

Just one more apparent collaborative coverup in Pittsfield politics. And it is this kind of continual shady behavior that adds to the mayoral election result doubts. Pittsfield has created an undeniable atmosphere of mistrust and so residents are suspicious of everything. And perhaps rightly so as the powers that be are not doing anything to appear more trustworthy.

Johnny99
Johnny99
6 months ago

The new high school was shoved down our throats and sold as a need too good to pass up and the GOBSIGs learned from the civic center flameout not to let the Kapanskis have a say. There is no way in hell they will admit to any problems, and will cover up the truth at all costs, even if the truth is that the man was DOA of the EMS, and a stuck elevator wouldn’t have mattered. They won’t accept responsibility. Personally, I think the new school looks awful and have heard of numerous problems within. And we all know the cafeteria is too small and the auditorium will hold Tyers minions for her state of the city screed, but won’t hold a graduation.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny99
6 months ago

To your last sentence. Is it possible that when they built the auditorium they were just expecting low graduation rates and so a small auditorium would be just fine? They probably used existing Pittsfield statistics and figured half size would do?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
6 months ago

Poorly written stories such as The BIrd Cages story on this never actually said anyone was stuck in the elevator – just says the elevator was stuck. Most likely the decedent died in classroom. Very common to transport dead people and let medical doctor make the call. Defib probably used in classroom. Elevator may have had nothing to do with man dying. Autopsies rarely performed now – system backlogs. In this case one probably was, or will be.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
6 months ago
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Reply to  JoePesci
6 months ago

So was the elevator inspected this year? My sources indicate there is a parent/teacher conference tonight at the school. Who will sneak into the elevator and snap a photo of the inspection certificate and send it to The Planet for posting? Or when word hits the higher ups that The Planet has sent out his Z Agents to investigate, will the elevator be shutdown?

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
6 months ago

A stuck elevator with no people would have been irrelevant to the story. They could have taken the stairs, and that would have been mentioned if that was the case.

Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Reply to  Auto Phil
6 months ago

Precisely Watson, unless the person was actually stuck in the elevator, yet why wasn’t that clearly stated in the article?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Inspector Gadget
6 months ago

May have been in the original draft but scrubbed when city hall did their mandatory review of all copy before it hits the presses.

Mr. G
Mr. G
Reply to  Auto Phil
6 months ago

I think trying to get a 300 pound man down the stairs on a gurneys is…impractical at best, and certainly a highly unlikely first choice.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  Mr. G
6 months ago

U R right Mr. G. In (antique) EMS parlance it’s called a “tea cup” maneuver. Very dangerous to the patient and extremely dangerous to the EMS crew involved.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Auto Phil
6 months ago

It would not be irrelevant sir, if they were waiting for the elevator for a period of time before the light bulb went on. Every second counts.

The school committee
The school committee
6 months ago

They built Taconic small on purpose so we would never consider consolidation .There are only 1600 high school students 9 to 12.We are paying a ridiculous amount of money to just maintain these 2 structures that could go to taxpayer relief.A five year school building consolidation plan is already 10 years behind.Time to act on the consolidation.

canem bonum
canem bonum
6 months ago

The elevator malfunctioned and that should be investigated. We don’t know if the delay contributed to Mr. Harrington’s death. I think it petty to criticize JIV for referring to Kevin Harrington as Mr. Harrington. From what I have read he was a terrific human being and deserves the respect of the honorific Mister from his students, his colleagues and his bosses. Call me old-fashioned.

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Too many conspiracy theorists on this page.

Lt Colonel Vindman is the ‘whistleblower’. Prove me wrong!

Mike H
Mike H
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Trump finished in about twenty minutes.

Dear Relavant
Dear Relavant
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Nikki Haley is the whistleblower. Nikki Haley will run for President one day.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Dear Relavant
6 months ago

You are error relevant. No way. Whisltleblower name all over the web. Taint Nickie

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Colonel Mustard he is not. The whistleblower said he did not listen in. Vindman did. The whistleblower name was disclosed days ago and a link was provided here. Read the archives.

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
Reply to  Johnny99
6 months ago

Wrong on all accounts!

You do realize the whistleblower complaint is a composite of many participants’ recollections? And you do not know the whistleblower’s true identity.

Is Vindman lying? One can craft a compliant omitting one’s role while casting aspersions through others.

If you believe everything you read online, you’re less than I thought you to be.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Of course I don’t believe everything I read on line, including everything you post, although I give you credit for being first to post here that Mazzeo hired an attorney for possible election issues.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johnny99
6 months ago

The republicans are floating everything to allow this crime

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Mr. Vindman does indeed blow.

canem bonum
canem bonum
Reply to  Hell Toupee
6 months ago

Lt. Colonel Vindman does not “blow.” He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and deserves respect.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  canem bonum
6 months ago

He deserves a court martial for insubordination, leaking & lying.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 months ago

You support the Trump Bribe

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 months ago

He got the money released to the Eukraine

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  canem bonum
6 months ago

His purple heart has nothing to do with this sham inquiry and gives him no credibility. He had the misfortune to be injured in a war zone. Nothing more nothing less.

canem bonum
canem bonum
Reply to  Hell Toupee
6 months ago

What war zone were you in?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

How did you know ?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

Wake up Brian – as others have said, the whistleblowers name has already been revealed. Vindman leaked to the whistleblower and that’s why Nunes’ questioning was shut down yesterday.

Ed Check
Ed Check
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
6 months ago

I don’t think he is the whistle blower, however his testimony has been debunked. He admitted there was no quid pro quo. He also had no knowledge of Burisma payments to Bidens.
He should be charged with treason and leaking confidential material. I am not sure what the globalists promised him, but his military career is over.
He might take that defense minister position in Ukraine. Apparently he was offered it several times.

Donnie Z
Donnie Z
6 months ago

Public lynchng led by Schiff for the President. What’s the difference between Trump asking a favor or city official giving a millionaire carte blanch check for a theatre? And forgiveness

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Donnie Z
6 months ago

There’s a mechanism to remove a crooked POTUS. There is no mechanism to remove a crooked mayor.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  SallySays
6 months ago

#fakenews The Legislature can allow any Massachusetts local government to recall officials.

Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane
6 months ago

I believe Amanda Drane’s piece on Monday the 18th(?) was pretty clear that the patient was stuck in the elevator. And it seems that it took some courage on her part to make sure that stayed in the article.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Ichabod Crane
6 months ago

It’s clear as mud. She never once wrote the patient was in the elevator.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Ichabod Crane
6 months ago

It’s pretty muddy. She never wrote that the patient was stuck in the elevator.

Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane
6 months ago

And I was the first to mention the elevator in here.

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

Will this death make the THS haunted? Dead teacher sightings by students?

Something overlooked in one of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show is the stage was the Sun with arrows pointing into it from all around the Stage. The Exit, Hidden in plain sight:

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CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
Reply to  CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

Good Day, Sunshine I’ll Follow the Sun Here Comes the Sun King Here Comes the Sun “So we sailed into the Sun, til we found a sea of Green” “Look for girl with the Sun in her eyes and she’s gone” “If the Sun has faded away, I’ll try to make it shine…. There is nothing I won’t do” “The Sun is up, the sky is blue, its beautiful and so are you” “Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the Sun” “Everybody had a wet dream, everybody saw the Sun shine… Oh yeah (1), Oh yeah (2), Ohooh Yeah (3)” “When the Sun shines, they slip into the shade, and sip their lemonade, when the Sun shines, when the Sun shines” “Swaying daisies, sing a lazy song beneath the Sun, mother nature’s Sun” “Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering, in the… Read more »

Happiness is a Warm Gun
Happiness is a Warm Gun
Reply to  CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

Dio, he comes from the west.

SallySays
SallySays
6 months ago

Dan, since us Kapanskis paid for the Colonial, why can’t the Berkshire Beatles play there?

Free Bird
Free Bird
6 months ago

Maintenance and inspections of public buildings in Pittsfield has always been questionable. Anyone who has ever been to the basement of Mercer has to wonder how it is deemed suitable for human habitat.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Free Bird
6 months ago

The old moldy shop area at Crosby is a pre school and site for the autistic children with carpets a known health hazzard

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

TSC, is this the same pre-school that had a Democrat parking only sign on its fence a few years back?

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Yes, please do so, there is no ventilation, no elevator, when the sewer backs up it comes up through the drains in the restrooms.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Good luck getting into Mercer. But if you do try not to wake anybody up.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Free Bird
6 months ago

Yet if you are a private business owner and have ever gone through the yearly fire inspection, they will find the dumbest nonsensical reasons to make you fix or change something.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Hendrix
6 months ago

I thought they would have a gym in the basement just like city hall.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
6 months ago

Mazzeo situation. If the precinct totals show a Mazzeo win, but the absentee ballots triggered a Tyer win but there is evidence of tampering with these ballots, what happens? Logically, it would throw all absentee ballots into question and a court could likely throw them all out.

I respect that a lot of this was rumor a week or so ago, but so far, the rumors are turning into facts. Since our inglorious DA Harrington is best buds with Tyer, who would prosecute? A very interesting situation overall.

Donnie Z
Donnie Z
Reply to  Truthsayer
6 months ago

The compliance officer who is the Secretary of State and Gerrys boss oversees any monkey busi ness. We are in good hands. Why would a Tyer considerGerry as one of her Mayors? Unless she knew something we didn’t.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Truthsayer
6 months ago

Harrington doesn’t jail for non violent crimes

Hi Lowtrajectori
Hi Lowtrajectori
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Dan,what would you say if I told you Mazzeo won by five hundred votes?

Anderson williams
Anderson williams
Reply to  Truthsayer
6 months ago

After the recount that group will be 0-4 just can’t take No for an answer. However you will find some way to spin it ” all the Republicans didn’t vote” ” we need a write in” ” We need a recount ” After this charade is over come back here for another crow sandwich.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Truthsayer
6 months ago

We could have an illegitimate mayor. But that assumes she was legitimate before and that might be tough to prove.

Officer Joe Bolton
Officer Joe Bolton
6 months ago

More great reporting from DV and Planet . Friends daughter works at THS and says Mr Harrington and EM team were definitely in elevator and it ws stuck. Confirms around 10 minutes. At the school lots of talk of a coverup.

Phyllis
Phyllis
Reply to  Officer Joe Bolton
6 months ago

A great man lost his life. A family and friends lost a loved one. There shouldn’t be ANY cover ups period. If there was a problem and it cost Mr. Harrington’s life…..own up to it! Either way, clearly there are many issues in this city as we all know. It’s not about politics..it’s the life that is no longer with us. DO THE RIGHT THING. No politics, no cover ups, just make sure that Mr Harrington’s family and friends get the truth. We owe it to Mr Harrington and his family!

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Officer Joe Bolton
6 months ago

Nothing more potent than a body of students protesting for the truth. Probably have a lot more power than a bunch of stupit taxpaying voters

Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane
Reply to  Officer Joe Bolton
6 months ago

Thank you, officer.

Queen Bee
Queen Bee
6 months ago

The THS has been a boondoggle from start. All sorts of problems. That elevator was not working right for at least a couple weeks.

Varabull Lo
Varabull Lo
Reply to  Queen Bee
6 months ago

And another School Bus in an accident today.

Varabull Lo
Varabull Lo
Reply to  Queen Bee
6 months ago

Trump is finally finished,stupid Giuliani.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Varabull Lo
6 months ago

Yup, yup, yup. Donnie all done. What’s this, the fiftieth time?

Judy Vitalinfeau
Judy Vitalinfeau
6 months ago

Dan,who has the security codes to the voting machines!
?

Dr. Darrin Lovejorz
Dr. Darrin Lovejorz
6 months ago

Do ballots have barcodes?This would be meaningful going forward with an investigation. The barcode is what gets tallied,not the paper. Hackers can infiltrate a ballot or marking-device could modify the barcode so it’s data differs from what’s in the printed text. A voter would have no way of spotting it.

Rocks 4 Jocks
Rocks 4 Jocks
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

I use an app called ZipGrade to grade bubble sheets. No bar codes necessary. Scanners could be set up to just read filled in bubbles. If bar codes on ballots it could be for ward identification.
This is just food for thought, I have no firsthand knowledge.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Dr. Darrin Lovejorz
6 months ago

Yeah, they have bar codes for Del Gallo’s and Lach’s

Sondra Lions
Sondra Lions
6 months ago

Dan and Planites and Mazzeo.You will not find a discrepancy in the election ballot count. Look elsewhere.

Warren Musklebergun
Warren Musklebergun
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Just curiosity, and I don’t know.I’m not a computer expert. But is there anyway that a voting machine could switch the name of the candidate when registering the paper vote?

Muckray Kerr
Muckray Kerr
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Dan, do you think J Lo should do a recount? The rumor was his phone was burning off the hook for him to run,only to get pummeled by 500 votes? It just doesn’t JIV? Anyway, Lo is relegated to Class
Conservation Commision

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Sondra Lions
6 months ago

If absentee ballots were opened before election day, Mazzeo votes replaced with Tyer votes, placed in new envelopes to be counted on election day, this would have zero impact on ballot count. It would impact the final result. Respectfully, I doubt Mazzeo would pursue this if there wasn’t something already in hand that indicates tampering may have occurred. As indicated by Dan in his response to a prior comment of mine, this is almost certainly headed to Superior Court.

BTW, if absentee ballots were altered in favor of Tyer, nothing prevented the individual(s) making the changes from also altering votes for other candidates to create a Tyer-friendly council, school committee, etc.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Truthsayer
6 months ago

Everyone knows that’s what happened. The election winners always just order an extra sleeve of ballots and bundles of extra absentee ballot envelopes from the printing company and fill them out at campaign HQ. easy-peasey Cant believe its taken all you this long to figure this scam out.

The school committee
The school committee
6 months ago

How could seasoned veteran people on election night be found in a restricted area? Why would they not say to each other we cant be here.This must be just rumor. What the hell is wrong here.Boston..New York Albany this news would be everywhere on TV and a reporter doing stories everyday. ….You go from this to the Trump plot against Biden

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
6 months ago

My condolences to Kevin and his family. JIV is a toad and probably never even met Kevin.

If Harrington’s wife is smart, she will launch a lawsuit against the city and the school department. That 10 minutes absolutely was the difference between life and death. Yon and the rest of the School Committee/administration have blood on their hands.

Not like they would care, they are all corrupt, some of them felons too

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
6 months ago

JJC Brilliant.

Dave Wiechecki
Dave Wiechecki
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
6 months ago

Your first comment is cruel and uncalled for. Although Dr. McCandless agonized far too long on difficult business decisions (in my opinion), in my years in the Pittsfield Public Schools, I found him to be an excellent people person.
In his many visits to PHS, he knew everyone there, always making time to say hello or see how you were doing.
I am sure he did know Kevin Harrington. This comment is just unfounded.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  Dave Wiechecki
6 months ago

I object, Your Honor, calls for speculation!

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
6 months ago

https://archive.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2007/10/04/student_takes_his_c_to_federal_court/

Too bad we all can’t fight the good fight… I mean, whine when we aren’t given praise for mediocre work. I wonder if Brian has to inform all the parents in the neighborhood that he’s within 200 ft of their kids. Intellectual’s don’t pull C-‘s in their bachelor studies. Paralegals don’t usually pass off as legal experts. Then you have “Brain” as he likes to refer to himself…

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
6 months ago

He is cuckoo.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
6 months ago

Deval Patrick cancelled a campaign event Wed. at Morehouse College, as only two students showed up. He’s off to a roaring start!
Just one more Dem nutjob who doesn’t have a chance at beating Trump.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 months ago

It is a very Bainful start for Deval, Wonder how Joe feels about Obama now that he wanted Deval to run?

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
6 months ago

BIDEN/PATRICK 2020

The school committee
The school committee
6 months ago

UPdate…Herberg School and the new fake behavior policy have created an atmosphere of change.Every kid wants to change their school so they can feel safe.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

can you post link to restorative justice policy?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Another store closing on Lovely Linda’s vibrant and dynamic North Street. Jim’s House of Shoes closing after 73 years in business. Can’t help but wonder if Lovely Linda’s parking meter debacle is the cause of the closing? The new beautiful Columbus Avenue parking lot is usually empty. Once again this administration could care less about the businesses that have been around Pittsfield for years. Guess her great Red Carpet Committee can only be given to her rich friends. If you are ever bored, take a drive on North Street and the new up and coming vibrant Tyler Street and count the empty store fronts! On a positive note maybe the new NASA Space Capsule will have stores and restaurants in it?

Co Manderville
Co Manderville
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Yeah,the capsule. One big microwave. Radiant!

Ed Check
Ed Check
Reply to  Co Manderville
6 months ago

Can that Spacely Sprockets device cook thanksgiving turkey for the double dipping, EBT crowd? If so, it will all be worth the $150+K the Kapanski’s are kicking in for “economic development “.

Brace for impact!!!

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

I’m sure the general lack of commercial success of North Street plays its part. But from what I remember it’s been a family store for a very long time, and I think the remaining family is getting older or already moved away.

The amount of empty store front space on North Street is disgraceful. Blocks of completely empty stores, dirty windows, old signage. It’s pathetic. I don’t think it’s ever coming back.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if Panchos was next on that end of “Upstreet.”

Further down, the Indian Restaurant is moving to the Cavalier building at 75 North, so that will be vacant. On that particular block I think the only other places left are AdLib and the nail salon/tailor shop. At least three empty storefronts plus the soon to be vacant Indian space.

We’ll always have K’s Merchandise though! At least that has survived all these years!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Auto Phil
6 months ago

I believe they are rehabbing and moving tennants out.Big money coming for high end rentals.Not all 2nd homeowners want fo live in Stockbridge.They want to live by theaters. Tbe Barrington is a 1st class venue with a wide NY audience

canem bonum
canem bonum
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

School Committee is right. The owners are rehabbing and moving out tenants. As to fantasy about NYC people wanting a condo or apartment on North Street? Uhm. Spend some time on the corner of Columbus and North – not uplifting.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Pittsfield’s a dying city and has been for 30 plus years. City needs to accept that it aint what it once was, and act accordingly – we’re a poor city, not like Lenox or Stockbridge, or Great Barrington, and we should forget about pissing the rest of the so called economic development GE cash, which really means Give it to the Elite (GE), on the GOBSIGs like movie theaters, Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Musueum, who went on to sell the Rockwells, etc. We need a people’s mayor, not a GOBSIG one.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny99
6 months ago

If you are on a fixed income or even middle class with one income you are screwed in Pittsfield. The whole tax burden is on your back unless you have the proper city hall connection. Let us call this city what it is. An emerging collaborative ghetto.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

Re: Open letter to blogger Dan Valenti 21.Nov.2019 I enjoy reading your blog about Pittsfield politics. I have followed Pittsfield politics for decades, as well as listened to and read your words for a long time. Your commentary is valuable because you tell it like it is instead of the fluff propaganda by the Berkshire Eagle and political insiders. I believe you should write your own essay about the two warring political factions that goes back generations in Pittsfield politics. The Berkshire Eagle’s Amanda Drane is a great journalist in her own right, but I would like to read about it from your own viewpoint. From what I understand, in the 1960’s, Remo Del Gallo started a political machine that has lived on through Gerry Doyle, Jimmy Ruberto, and now the lovely Linda Tyer. But, in the 1980’s, Anne Everest Wojtkowski started her own… Read more »

Gored Andhowe
Gored Andhowe
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

Dan I don’t think you are a big hockey fan,so, last night I’m watching a game where the referee got hit in the face by a hockey puck. Why aren’t referees required to wear a face mask? The Ref was cut but ok.

Walter Crankkight
Walter Crankkight
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

Jon,you’ve stated this over and over about the political machines and about the classier than you, Valenti. Don’t you think the reason we read and like Valenti is the same reasons you give? It’s comes over as all about you.

Jamel,I z
Jamel,I z
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Drane couldn’t interview a pie.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Jamel,I z
6 months ago

She doesn’t have the crust.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
6 months ago

The police let it slip that the dead people all voted for Tyer.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
6 months ago

Biden, in Democratic debate, says you have to ‘keep punching’ to address domestic violence

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Ham Anex
6 months ago

What a fool. Add that to his long list of gaffes. Dementia has set in.

Big Dick Sahkor
Big Dick Sahkor
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 months ago

The whistleblower is a Stormy Daniels.

Straitnsimple
Straitnsimple
6 months ago

Pittsfields a zoo.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
6 months ago

Syracuse hate crimes hoax or real?