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!! BULLETIN!! SOURCE SAYS HELEN MOON FIRED BY D.A. … SERVICE NET: SIX-FIGURE $$$ FOR THE BIG SHOTS, PEANUTS FOR THE GRUNTS, SHINOLA FOR THE HOMELESS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1, 11:50 a.m., 7/27/20 — We begin with some late-breaking news. A well-placed and reliable source tells THE PLANET that Helen moon has been fired by district attorney Andrea Harrington. Our sources says it was for due cause — insubordination. We won’t have any other details THE PLANET will share more if it becomes available.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 27, 2020) — In 2014, Massachusetts became one of the first states to develop a program dealing with the increasing numbers of homeless, addicts, mentally ill, and others who had slipped through the crack — THE PLANET‘s “armies of the road.” It used public housing vouchers and federal Medicaid funds to treat this subpopulation. God save us from do-gooders.

The bureaucrats came up with many cute phrases:

  • Housing First
  • Low Barriers to Free Housing
  • Pay for Success
  • Supportive Housing
  • Psycho-social Support Services
  • Positive Social Outcomes
  • Social Impact Bonding

“Clients” do not need to be sober, clean, or stable. They show up, no questions asked, for free housing, education, job training, counseling, health services, social services, and employment.

That’s the way it’s supposed to work “on paper.” In practice, the efforts have worsened the problem. Society would be better off doing nothing.

The euphemisms reduce to the same thing: Taxpayers pay up front.

CUE ServiceNet.

ENTER, SERVICENET, STAGE LEFT.

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The non-profit’s slogan: “Our name says it all.”

It certainly does. Allow THE PLANET to annotate.

ServiceNet began modestly in 1973 as a support group for patients at Northampton State Hospital. Over the years, though, the agency grew, reaching monstrous proportions. ServiceNet’s bread-and-butter comes from the 30 offices it runs in Hamden and Hampshire counties. Worcester county has one facility, as does poor stepsister Pittsfield, which again finds itself in the backwaters.

THE PLANET located and examined ServiceNet’s 2018 tax filings, the most recent on file. The federal form, necessary to quality as a “public charity” for tax purposes, shows an A-list for administrative salaries. Remember, these are salaries of three years ago. They are likely higher by double digits — raises and bonuses, you know, for such a great job these Clara Bartons do for cities such as Pittsfield.

  • Come on down, Susan Stubbs, president & CEO. 2017 salary $202,302 … “other compensation and benefits” $15,241 … total compensation $222,549.
  • Come on down, James Frutkin, senior VP strategy. Salary $141,543 … “other compensation and benefits” $12,829 … total $154,362.
  • Come on down, Abbas Hamdan, senior VP development. Salary $157,837 … other $15,247 … total $178,959.
  • Come on down, Pittsfield’s own Jay Sachetti, VP shelter/substance. Salary $130,059 … other $6,227 … total $136,286.

We could go on and on. ServiceNet boasts six other VPs for a total of nine — as many assistants PSD finance director Kristen Behnke owns! These VPs pulled down 2017 salaries of (“other compensation” in parenthesis):

  • $150,856 ($17,484)
  • $95,439 ($10,604)
  • $107,938 ($11,458)
  • $89,413 ($14,450)
  • $185,719 ($7,261) and
  • $113,427 ($15,584).

Total 2017 compensation for Stubbs and her nine VPs: $1,518,789, an average of $151,879. Add 10% for raises and you’re at almost $1.7 million. ServiceNet employs 1,500. 2017 lists $49,236,184 in salaries and other compensation. When you subtract the 10 mucky-mucks, you have an average remuneration of the grunts at just over $32,000 a year. Think morale is high among the 1,490 yardbirds? They’d make more not working, with COVID pay.

Further investigation reveals how such agencies empty the pockets of taxpayers. ServiceNet Total revenues for 2017 were listed as $64,259,965. A whopping $50,288,553 (almost 80%) came directly front TAXPAYERS, up front.

Almost 77% of ServiceNet’s expenses were for executive salaries and compensation plus peanuts for the trench diggers. Think about that when they left Sachetti hung out to dry trying to explain how “disappearing money” caused the shocking shutdown of SJHS.  Think of these numbers to when you read mayor Linda Tyer’s mealy mouthing about how great everything is.

Remember her comments to THE PLANET?

Thank you for sending along your questions regarding St. Joe’s.  I understand that the closing of St. Joe’s temporary homeless shelter is causing concern.  All of us care deeply about how to best serve vulnerable populations.  From the beginning, St. Joe’s was always intended to be a temporary location for providing adequate social distancing during the COVID-19 surge.  When it closed earlier this week, Barton’s Crossing reopened.  We are extremely grateful for the generosity and swift willingness when we asked the Springfield Diocese if they could provide us with a temporary housing location during the height of COVID-19.  The operation of St. Joe’s was undertaken by ServiceNet’s compassionate and experienced staff and served on average 40 or so people. [Sahcetti told counselors the number was “4 or 5”]. The temporary shelter was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. … There are many examples of how our city, community partners, and residents came together during the COVID-19 surge and this is certainly one of the best.” 

Tyer volunteered this cookie-cutter cough instantly after we asked. When we pursued with tougher questions, she went D&D.

  • MAYOR TYER, WHICH LOCAL BUSINESSES RECEIVED PANDEMIC PAYROLL PROTECTION MONEY?
    • No comment
  • MAYOR TYER, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ‘DISAPPEARING MONEY’ CONNECTED TO THE CLOSING OF THE SJHS SHELTER?
    • No comment.

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Homelessness in Pittsfield isn’t about service. It’s about politics.

While the homeless wander throughout the city, let loose by the fakes and phonies, the Susan Stubbs’s and Linda Tyers of the world rest comfortably in good conscience in their $700,000 gates McMansions.

There’s gold in them-thar Berkshire Hills.

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“Nostalgia is memory minus complexity”Janice Turner.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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FeeIancey
FeeIancey
14 days ago

Another excellent narrative Mr. V. The Taconic shell gamers?

Stick Withbagg
Stick Withbagg
14 days ago

There’s big money from that opiate operation.

RN
RN
14 days ago

Oh my are you saying that ServiceNet is a not for profit and not a State or City agency? That by being a not for profit it’s not subject to MA public records requests?!?
That due to the nature of their work they won’t be subject to most other requests due to confidentiality of patient and client records and are only subject to reporting required by the Fed and State which are mostly tax filings and unidentifiable patient/client counts?

Stacey Rossi
Stacey Rossi
Reply to  RN
14 days ago

RN,

Correct. ServiceNet is a not for profit and not a State or City agency. Correct. That by being a private not for profit corporation, it is not subject to MA public records requests.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

FOIA and public records requests, by definition, pertain only to gov’t entities and agencies. If you want to learn about gov’t dealings with private companies, you send an appropriate records request to the relevant gov’t entity. The tax status of the company is completely irrelevant, regardless.

What “other requests,” that they might otherwise be subject to, did you have in mind? Really curious.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
14 days ago

“77% of ServiceNet’s expenses were for salaries & compensation.” That pretty much tells the whole story! A fake nonprofit! What a scam they’ve got going.

Great reporting Dan, this whole story should, once again, point towards the need for a forensic audit of this administration!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
14 days ago

What about non-Veteran Jack Downing’s 6 figure salary and his generous payments to PAC-Man lobbyist Peter Larkin? Instead of caring for Veterans, non-Veteran Jack Downing takes care of himself and his cronies!

Not So Tough
Not So Tough
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Despite who Jack Downing is or is not as a person, what he has done to help the veterans is remarkable! It was also unprecedented and is now a model used throughout the country to help veterans. I am not a big fan of Mr. Downing however I am a fan of people doing things that will help others. He used his political influence to help veterans. He saw a need, he made a plan and he executed that plan. Much more than most of us can say. Who cares if he makes a great salary because of it. Action speaks louder than words and if we all lived by that saying much more change could be made in this city and the world as a whole. Stop complaining and start doing! That goes for all of us!! Myself included.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Not So Tough
13 days ago

I am happy that non-Veteran Jack Downing has done a lot to help the Veterans. I hope his heart is in the right place, despite the tens of thousands of dollars he has paid PAC-Man Lobbyist Peter Larkin and his own lucrative 6 figure salary. It is his not Jack Downing’s fault that his late brother Gerry Downing illegally prosecuted the case against Bernard Baran. It is not Jack Downing’s fault that Gerry Downing illegally withheld exculpatory evidence (audio tape recordings of children) for nearly 2 decades through Gerry Downing’s death in late-2003. The Downing family is one of the Good Old Boys Pittsfield politics families. I don’t trust Jack Downing at all. I am a 100% service connected disabled Veteran, and his reputation and non-Veteran status makes me uncomfortable.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

I smell a story there. Rumor has it Connor Barry was on it like a fly on stink.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Not So Tough
13 days ago

You are right. More people should care and act rather than tear down, bitch and complain.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

North Street is called “Social Services Alley” by day and “the shooting gallery” by night and after hours. Homeless people using Pittsfield parks as toilets. Politicians living in gated communities. Bureaucrats pulling in 6 figure salaries. City Hall and Beacon Hill facing financial insolvency, while state legislative elected officials sit on a 40% pay raise and generous public benefits. Matt Kerwood sitting on an over $10 million slush fund. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski paying for it all. Mayor Linda Tyer’s “No comment!” responses to blogger Dan Valenti. Did I miss anything?

Berl Lingtenne
Berl Lingtenne
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Yeah….the Streets……

Berl Lingtenne
Berl Lingtenne
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

And Parks….just sayin..

Pat
Pat
14 days ago

If the radical Progressives win in November we can all expect more inequality in this country under the guise of the Progressives being so concerned about equality. Destroying the suburbs is a number one priority so that single family homes would no longer exist, but everyone will be piled on top of each other in public housing because that is so much more fair and big government knows best. Control in the suburbs will be taken over by big government so if you think you don’t have a say now, it will only get worse. Private vehicle confiscation, limited gun ownership to eventual zero gun ownership, police totally transformed which means private paid protection for the wealthy and everyone else needs to call a social worker for protection. Progressive cities are encouraging the public to confront people for so-called minor non-violent crimes instead of calling the police and people are being killed from this potentially dangerous type of confrontation.
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-democrat-sweep-november-destroy-country-liz-peek

Pat
Pat
14 days ago

As bad as Pittsfield is, and it is really bad under Progressive rule, it will only get worse if the radical Progressives take control of the presidency. They want total control over the suburbs and if you think you don’t have a say now, wait until they try to control everything based on their ideas of equality for all. Everything from where you live to the vehicle that you will or will not be able to own.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Exactly! The FBI is about to release a report on how progressives want to take control of all the maple trees in suburban areas so that they can harvest the syrup and use it for nefarious purposes. It will be on the Hannity report today. It is awful I tell ya.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Dude, turn off Fox News and go outside for a walk. Seriously. There’s a whole world out there.

Dina Krol Jr
Dina Krol Jr
13 days ago

Her rabid supporters practically foam at the mouth while they stand in the Pittsfield country club’s main hall. “Four more years!” they excitedly yell. City councilors who work for the DA’s office after merely being a Harrington campaign supporter, jump up and down with glee. Our city is so progressive, we are enlightened, we are woke AF.

Now we’re here. Transparent as a piece of granite, no comment.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Yawn Dan, this is old news

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Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Maggie May
13 days ago

Old news for those in the know.

James
James
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

What does it say about an executive who has to fire their biggest supporter for insubordination? One who has another top employee resign in defiance and blow the whistle for failure to uphold the law? And a retired office manager return to clean up an operations mess that includes failing to pay employees? Toxic comes to mind.

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  James
12 days ago

Incompetent was top for me although biased, dishonest, unprofessional and failure were high. Now that her campaign manager has nothing to good to say perhaps the Eagle will write the truth. Well done, Dan.

Sorrynotsorry
Sorrynotsorry
Reply to  EWendt
12 days ago

Harrington single handedly destroyed the Berkshire DA’s office.They should just close it and forgetaboutit.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Dina Krol Jr
12 days ago

Was Moon fired for her anti police comments? Doesn’t that give you the idea that people in the DAs office shouldn’t be on the council if they can’t act in their conscience for fear of retaliation? I didn’t agree with Moon but wow.
Harrington was very unpopular with the police already so I can see why she wouldn’t like that comment but it definitely doesn’t reflect well on either of them imo. Moon should have resigned when she started working at the DAs office. And Harrington as it seems she is finger pointing. Guiel should resign too.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
13 days ago

So what day did our open and honest mayor say she would tell her taxpaying constituents, who elected her to represent them, what business s she was given their money to? And if she is NOT going to release this information could she tell us why we do not deserve to know and why we should NOT be suspicious of her behavior?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
13 days ago

Along those lines Johnny, I read that the little town of Lee collected almost one million dollars in taxes on their Cannabis sales in the past 12 months. Did your mayor or treasurer say how much they collected on Cannabis sales in Pittsfield and into what account the money might be directed?

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
13 days ago

The accountant for Berkshire Roots and now they have a spot in Boston is none other than, The Barry.

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  juicylucy
13 days ago

Cumby’s Cowboy rides again.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  ad lunam
13 days ago

Love it. He’s HIGH on his horse.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  juicylucy
13 days ago

maybe he has tres huevos

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  ad lunam
13 days ago

Hmmm. The owners of Berkshire Roots hire the Mayor’s husband, but that wouldn’t be a conflict of interest when they go before the city would it?

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

If you read paragraph 9 of the revised Pittsfield city charter it states that, within the confines of Pittsfield city limits there shall heretofore no longer be such a thing as a “conflict of interest.”
Hopefully that clears things up for you Jon.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  juicylucy
13 days ago

And so does this fine gentleman work for an hourly fee or does he take a percentage? And would he be allowed by his wife to share that amount to the Pittsfield taxpayers?

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  juicylucy
13 days ago

I am not the accountant for Berkshire Roots. I have never been paid a penny by them for anything.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  B. Clairmont
13 days ago

in kind payments would work for me

Kuffee Lankx
Kuffee Lankx
Reply to  B. Clairmont
13 days ago

Well you should be,the city going to pot and all.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
13 days ago

Over paid AdminisTRAITORS.

Killed American business, killing American government, killing American education, killing American health care, seems to be killing “non-profit” sector (sic) too.

A “non-profit” with an Administrator/administration is an oxymoron, the two are diametrically opposed.

If 90% of administrators were eliminated, things would still function, but better, much quicker and with less cost.

Major U.S. Research University Discovers New Element!!!!!
 
The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by
investigators at a major U.S. research university. The element,
tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and
thus has an atomic number of 0.
 
However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice
neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic
mass of 312.
 
These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the
continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons. It is
also surrounded by vast quantities of electron-like particles called
peons.
 
Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can
be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in
contact with. According to the discovers, a minute amount of
Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to
complete when it would have normally occurred in less than one
second.
 
Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years,
at which time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a
reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and
assistant vice neutrons exchange places.
 
In fact, Administratium sample’s mass actually INCREASES over
time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably
become neutrons, forming new isotopes.
 
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to
speculate that perhaps Administratium is spontaneously formed
whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This
hypothetical quantity is referred to as “critical morass.”

Last edited 13 days ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
13 days ago

This is the future of America, leftist endorsed…….

Take a good look before you vote November. This is all D-, progressive, leftist, socialist, communist, endorsed. Soros helps finance it

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/asked-readers-send-photos-democrat-party-sanctioned-destruction-rioting-community-shocked-sent/

We Asked Our Readers to Send Photos of the Democrat Party Sanctioned Destruction and Rioting in their Community — We Were Shocked at What They Sent In

For weeks now since the death of George Floyd in May Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Marxists and other far left groups with the support of the Democrat Party have been looting, rioting and destroying businesses, homes and public property across America.

The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence and destruction.
The Democrats don’t want you to see the destruction.
On Friday we asked our readers to send photos of the Democrat sanctioned devastation in their communities.
We were overwhelmed with the response…………

Two Cents
Two Cents
13 days ago

What kind of country do we live in now when an elected official is censured for simply voicing a dissenting point of view no matter how unpopular it may be. How can we have a democracy when there is no debate and no opposing position allowed. Is there no longer freedom of speech or did I miss that memo?

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Two Cents
12 days ago

That’s what happens when you have activist nut bags like Jason LaForest and Benjamin Lamb on the council. Ironically, the anti-fascists employ fascist techniques.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
13 days ago

I have a feeling that H. Moon, Director of Special Projects within the Da’s office isn’t going to go out without a bang. It seems her nature.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

How do you mess up a high paying do nothing job? This is going to be like the french revolution where they cut of each other’s heads.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

I’d like to know what the progessive DA has done with releasing hardened criminals, free, after LE does their best to nab them, Moonbats perspective?

What was Moonbats function in the DA office?

Why is Moonbat moot on questions as a city councilor?

RN
RN
13 days ago

Moon got fired for wearing a Hobo Lives Matter shirt to work

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

I thought her boss was an advocate for Hobos. Encouraged and welcomed them to Pittsfield. Kept them from prosecution.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
13 days ago

Only hobos of a certain status.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

Are those the ones that get to camp/shit in BMC parking garage?

Achelem
Achelem
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

Hey, that’s the Planets trademark….
Hobos Lives Matter.

Kuffee Lankx
Kuffee Lankx
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

Didn’t even know the term until a day or two ago on here? Is that true,the tee shirt? Copyright infringement.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

If she wanted to be vindictive she’d have a shirt that says, “John Krols mistress matters” and wear it into the courthouse

RN
RN
13 days ago

Barry the 3am CUMby’s Cowboy has been living a dual life and creating a conflict of interest in his work life and personal life.

RN
RN
13 days ago

Just a warning, Covid cases are spiking. There are at least 11 new positives in Berkshire county. Let’s see if it makes the news.
Some from travelers from FL, NY, and a birthday party at a local beach.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

If you check ma.gov website Pittsfield hasn’t had nearly any Kung Flu in a while.

But do you believe them…..

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

Baystate medical has outbreak of corona virus. 36 cases between patients and staff. Good thing nobody ever travels between Pittsfield and Springfield.
Does Pittsfield do any testing anymore or are we waiting for the shit to hit the fan first?

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

I just posted, but it is awaiting approval, we have a spike too. People from FL, NY, and a birthday party at a city or town beach.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

Please keep us updated. People have been conditioned to believe we are somehow immune here. Like Trump says though. If you don’t test you don’t have cases.

LNL sticallet
LNL sticallet
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

Thanks R N cannot wait. What’s in the Bag?

C Kaygei
C Kaygei
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

Was that on Hancock?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

My relative was tested for COVID-19 recently in Pittsfield. The test result was thankfully negative and it took only 48 hours to get the results.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Glad they are ok. 48 hr turn around is good. MA’s RT level is now way up. I thought I saw it was near CA levels – with out us having that number of cases, just a high rate of increase in cases.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Kermit Frog
12 days ago

That is false. There has not been a “high rate of increase” in MA. The uptick in new cases has been modest, while the rate of hospitalization continues to fall.

Rt is probably the least useful stat there is, since there are obviously problems with its calculation/measurement. According to the published Rt numbers, Texas and Arizona have been the safest places in the country for the last 2 weeks. Or take a look at NY State. Their Rt dipped below 1 on March 22, took a nosedive and stayed at its lowest reading until the end of April. It didn’t reach 1 again until June 8. If you look at daily cases in NY, the trough of its Rt lines up almost perfectly with the worst virus wave – which was the worst virus wave, in the country, at any point.

Rt is a great indicator in theory, but is has almost no predictive value in the case of COVID.

https://rt.live

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Blare
12 days ago

I have looked at that same website. MA was at the bottom (best scenario) and has moved up to the middle, no?

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Kermit Frog
12 days ago

Yes, but my point is that enough states have nonsensical relationships between their Rt number and actual results at any given time, that it’s not a reliable indicator.

RN
RN
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

It depends on where you go. If you use BHS and quest it can be two to four days.

If you use a third party like your doctor it can be two to 5 days.

Free Bird
Free Bird
13 days ago

I don’t know whose idea it was to close the Northampton State Hospital or the one in Belchertown but it seemed to work better than relying on companies such as ServiceNet. Many homeless people simply aren’t capable of managing their own life due to mental illness or addiction problems. Those issues make it challenging for family members or friends to take them in.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
13 days ago

Good work, Danny.

C Kaygei
C Kaygei
Reply to  Jerry Packard
13 days ago

Can someone send the Fleeing Hobo,one of Norman Rockwell’s favorite art works. It depicts a dog biting the ass of a Hobo running. The dog would be the mayor. Put that on a billboard.

C Kaygei
C Kaygei
Reply to  Jerry Packard
13 days ago

Valenti first in on Moon

De Magertd
De Magertd
Reply to  Jerry Packard
13 days ago

Is Lady Helen damaged goods from the Ice Cream remark.

Carlito Toesway
Carlito Toesway
Reply to  Jerry Packard
13 days ago

Valenti first broke the son of Sam Case in the seventies. No rookie here missy.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
13 days ago

Pictures from D-run cities the last 3 months the MSM don’t want you to see.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/asked-readers-send-photos-democrat-party-sanctioned-destruction-rioting-community-shocked-sent/

For weeks now since the death of George Floyd in May Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Marxists and other far left groups with the support of the Democrat Party have been looting, rioting and destroying businesses, homes and public property across America.
The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence and destruction.
The Democrats don’t want you to see the destruction.
On Friday we asked our readers to send photos of the Democrat sanctioned devastation in their communities.
We were overwhelmed with the response………..

…..Antifa, Marxists and Black Lives Matter did this. Democrats sanctioned this. The party of destruction and chaos.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

The D-backed Antifa has upped the ante in Portland. Firebombs were not enough, now they are using IEDs against Law Enforcement.

Welcome to D-utopia, it’s almost Baghdad in the USA now. “Peaceful protests”……..

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/breaking-antifa-throws-appears-bomb-federal-courthouse-video/

“An Antifa militant in Portland threw what appears to be an improvised explosive device at the federal courthouse in Portland on Monday evening.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

D-rats sorry to burst your “peaceful protest” bubble, and the truth hurts so much.

When the Antifa turds come to your house (suburbs and rural are targeted next, they claim) don’t expect LE for help.

Hendrix
Hendrix
13 days ago

I have to tell you, the BLM organization has done a damn good job marketing. You cannot say that you disagree or dislike BLM because you would literally be saying you don’t think Black Lives Matter. Looks like Robert Moulton up in NA resigned not because he doesn’t think black lives matter, but believed the way the group was going about things was wrong. He “gasp” downplayed the seriousness of the Coronavirus. A virus that holds a death rate of 0.2% among children under 17. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a chance for the rest of the woke city council to show what great white people they are, and my god they are about as white as they come.

Thank goodness there are good ones on the council like Lisa Blackmer who said “While I believe that we have a right to free speech, there is nothing that says that speech is free from criticism or consequences. I find Mr. Moulton’s comments calling the Black Lives Matter Movement a Terrorist Organization very offensive and divisive,” wrote Councilor Lisa Blackmer

It was nice to see Lisa so passionate about the movement imagine how shocked I was when I checked out her Facebook page and could not find one person of color! What a racist.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Hendrix
13 days ago

they chant about wanting dead cops now

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

MSM/Democrats don’t want you to see this, reality of “peaceful protests”:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/asked-readers-send-photos-democrat-party-sanctioned-destruction-rioting-community-shocked-sent/

For weeks now since the death of George Floyd in May Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Marxists and other far left groups with the support of the Democrat Party have been looting, rioting and destroying businesses, homes and public property across America.
The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence and destruction.
The Democrats don’t want you to see the destruction.
On Friday we asked our readers to send photos of the Democrat sanctioned devastation in their communities.
We were overwhelmed with the response.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

Thanks Dan,

The MSM won’t cover this and Americans need to know what is going on.

It’s not peaceful and not a protest. It’s a democrat endorsed organized plot of riots and mayhem. The D-mayors endorse this as quite a few D-governors.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

If you look at the picture of that Starbucks, it’s so easy to see the nice apartment buildings above the store. The media is ignoring that fact.

RN
RN
13 days ago

Dan,

There is a story in the failure of the contact tracers at BHS and those working with the Pittsfield board of health.

We’ve had people test positive, they’ve never had a follow-up from any staff at BHS, any contract staff, nor have they ever been contacted by the Pittsfield BoH nor has the BoH forwarded on info appropriately.
I can attest that of patients I know of NONE have received follow up letters, contact tracing, nothing.
This goes back to my claim that the numbers are underreported by BHS to the State.
If you tested positive, by law the State is required to send you a letter. Your local BoH is supposed to as well. It’s not happening meaning the data isn’t getting out

Giddie Co
Giddie Co
Reply to  RN
13 days ago

Defnetly blame the Mayor on this one,hands down.Poor homeless,what about ticks and mosquitos,lice,never mind Covid.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
13 days ago

Thanks, Dan, your last few postings are exactly what Pittsfield needs to hear. I know folks will disagree with me, but you hit the nail on the head. Here’s the important part: you have brains and guts enough to tell us what is really happening in our bucolic community. We should thank thank you.

Tug Miginecutty
Tug Miginecutty
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
13 days ago

Yes Chuck! Is the King Maker back? I can remember the only outspoken news man against the consent decree was Dan.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
13 days ago

Chuck,
I absolutely agree with your post. If people are looking for puff pieces with Unicorns and all rainbows, they might want to go elsewhere. I thank Dan for bringing up and discussing issues that most run away from.

Tug Miginecutty
Tug Miginecutty
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
13 days ago

Dan more than anyone just has plain ‘more balls than anyone’ and is always stepping up to the plate unpaid. The Eagle takes donations and charges for online and Planet beats them at will. I might add for the little guy. Why? Because you can’t buy him. Because he owes the Suits nothing. More importantly he’s never told an untruth.

Tug Miginecutty
Tug Miginecutty
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Weird,Chuck was my idol in politics.

Giddie Co
Giddie Co
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Covid……it’s baaaaaack. Don’t hit even bother opening schools.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Giddie Co
13 days ago

This topic needs to be front and center. This virus can explode overnight and become uncontrollable. That red dot on your forehead means the virus is targeting YOU. Be smart, it is here.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

People over age 35 are being smart. It’s the young people attending COVID-19 parties, hanging out in large groups on beaches and in bars without masks, who are the problem. They obviously were never taught in school to listen to good health advice while they were being trained to be political activists.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Sure is comforting to know that you have been monitoring all 100 million over 35 people in the country. You must be tired from all the running back and forth between states.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
12 days ago

Read the stats online! It’s mainly young people.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
12 days ago

Oh for Pete’s sake, just stop already.

8,536 people in MA have died from COVID.

How many were under 20 years old? 0
Under 30 years old? 16
Under 40? 51
Under 50? 139

Get it? Out of 8,536 deaths, exactly 139 have been individuals under 50 years old.

Don’t know the MA stats for non-COVID pneumonia and non-COVID flu deaths, but the CDC provides them nationally. Again, looking at young people.

Deaths, under 25 years old:
COVID – 226
Pneumonia – 434
Flu – 155 (in an “average” flu season, 500-1,500 victims are under 25)

In a reasonable world, people would acknowledge these stats and recognize what they tell us about COVID. Then we could formulate a plan and move forward accordingly. We know who is at risk. Period. Enough of this mindless hysteria.

Schools need to re-open. Yes, precautions should be taken to minimize risks. Older teachers and/or those with pre-existing conditions should probably avoid the classroom, etc. But schools need to be open.

RN
RN
Reply to  Blare
12 days ago

3am Cowboy

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
13 days ago

Persip Park monument was egged. Was this racist or just the work of bums?

Jaycee D L
Jaycee D L
Reply to  North Street Nomad
13 days ago

Probably just a prank. People are restless. Where were police?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
13 days ago

Something else MSM won’t tell you but the weasels in Congress are contemplating.

Remember Ron Paul? The congressman who ran for President, had his mASSachusetts delegates stolen by Mitt Romney and the RNC? Ron is a patriot.

https://centipedenation.com/transmissions/ron-pauls-warning-of-a-coming-fedcoin-a-new-scheme-for-tyranny-and-poverty/

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute For Peace and Prosperity:
If some Congress members get their way, the Federal Reserve may soon be able to track many of your purchases in real time and share that information with government agencies. This is just one of the problems with the proposed “digital dollar” or “fedcoin.”
Fedcoin was initially included in the first coronavirus spending bill. While the proposal was dropped from the final version of the bill, there is still great interest in fedcoin on Capitol Hill. Some progressives have embraced fedcoin as a way to provide Americans with a “universal basic income.”

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Here we have BerkShares

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Be The Change
12 days ago

you have smitty, tricia ,and hinds

Pretty much useless turds. E-mail any, your beard will be long before You hear from any of them

Lenny
Lenny
13 days ago

North Adams : no politically incorrect speech allowed!

RN
RN
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

No truthful speech allowed. BLM cares about raising money at the death and subjugation of blacks.

Lenny
Lenny
13 days ago

Just reading a letter to the editor written by an Isabelle Kaplan of Pittsfield. She describes “a wall of moms” fending off feds in Portland – what a crock! Ms. Kaplan, turn off CNN and watch some actual footage of the out of control rioting in Portland! While elected Democrat officials take a knee with the protesters and allow the looting, violence and destruction of that city – you should be grateful that the President is concerned enough to send in federal troops to protect the law-abiding citizens. You should be concerned that the DNC has organized and pushed through vote by mail in many states – which has been and will be vote manipulation in order to steal the election!
Open your eyes people!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

The Left Winged Parrot is more full of shit than a Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanks RUTBURG!!!!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Uh, where do you get your Thanksgiving turkey MT? Might want to shop around.

RN
RN
13 days ago

Moon has been dishing on Harrington, Tyer, 3am Cowboy, and some lady who works at BCC.
There’s a recording of the caterwauling on Facebook.

On September 21st, Berkshire Business and Professional Women presents their annual Career Advancement Scholarship Fundraiser on Monday, September 21st at the Balderdash Cellars in neighboring Richmond, Massachusetts. The evening’s highlight will conclude with a special award presented to the county’s District Attorney, Andrea Harrington. The 7 pm event will also be presented virtually via Zoom.

The all-important accolade focuses on Andrea’s tireless efforts in keeping Berkshire county safe and sound as The D-A’s office serves ALL 32 cities and towns in Western Massachusetts and represents the entire Commonwealth with over 7.500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three District Courts, three juvenile courts , Massachusetts Appeals Court and The Supreme Judicial Court. She also checks in once a month with our “main man & “main dad” Jesse Stewart on WSBS’s “Let’s Talk” segment which airs every weekday morning after the 9 am news.

Read More: A Well Deserved Accolade For Berkshire County’s D-A | https://wsbs.com/a-well-deserved-accolade-for-berkshire-countys-d-a/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

wsbs = MSM D-controled media

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

That orgs BOD is lamesville. AH likes to create organizations that them applaud her.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Dan,

What is your take, on the Red Sox and Yankees taking a knee?

I’m appalled and not watching either brotherhood of bums again.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Same here Trap! Done with the nonsense. MLB was slowing down in attendance and viewers and now when things do come back you will see stadiums partially filled more often. Tickets and concession stands will hurt them.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

I’ll refer to the Red Sux and the Stankies hence forward……

Ted, the Babe/George Herman, Lou , and Joe are rolling in their graves

Last edited 12 days ago by Mad Trapper
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Topps has come out with a DR Fauci baseball card and it is outselling Yogi Berra and the Babe. eBay is getting about $150 and more. They are untouchable. Nice to see something good happen to him after the white house crapped all over him while he was just trying to help people with his extensive knowledge on the virus.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
12 days ago

Fauci was hawking Chi-Com medicine , in spite of cheap hydroxchloroquinoline being a better cure.

Fauci is a dirty Chi- Com puppet

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

Let MLB die, and overpaid thugs get a job sweeping floors.

Spider
Spider
12 days ago

The homeless situation in our city has gotten out of control. I have learned that the vast majority are not locals. It’s one thing to take care of our own, but we are making a big mistake taking on this “mess”.

I am disgusted with our city leaders who have done nothing to correct this problem and allows the situation to get worse each day.

They have great plans to help (portable toilets, hand-washing stations, etc.) at a high cost to the taxpayers. Just wait and see how our taxes will increase!

These “non-locals” should be returned to their own cities and dropped off either at one of their social service agencies or their police station and say “they are all yours”.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Spider
12 days ago

This is not just a Pittsfield problem every major city in the US is fighting this. Many many small towns across the country are also facing a growing homeless population. Play the blame game but plenty of “It’s your faul”t to go around

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Maggie May
12 days ago

The problem is mainly in Progressive Democrat run cities. Most cities in California have a homeless problem and so do many in the Northeast. Pittsfield isn’t a large city, but we are a Progressive city with a homeless problem.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

Pat, “Mainly Progressive cities” I could take the 2 minutes to prove to you that is completely false. Do me a favor turn Fox news off for a minute do some research Start with A for Alabama which has some of the worst poverty and homeless communities in the Developed world.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Maggie May
12 days ago

Here’s the thing. Pittsfield never had these problems until the Progressives took control. Certainly we had some homeless, but not the “armies of the road” that we have now. We have lots of extremely low income people in this area and now we have the next step down which is lots of homeless.

RN
RN
Reply to  Maggie May
12 days ago

No most of the homeless now here are her because they were brought in. The mayor almost tripled the homeless population to get fees for administering programs and to line the pockets of certain city employees and her club of the protected.

She also made sure it was done before April 1. She helped bring in homeless as fast as she could to boost the cities homeless numbers in a bid to get more grants for section 8 housing and her group of developer supporters.

The mayor has been mayor for 6 years, the city has gotten way worse under her management. She can’t take credit for the good things without taking blame for the bad.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

What good things?

RN
RN
Reply to  juicylucy
12 days ago

Spaceships and leather seats for $3 million

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

This is happening all over the country, wait until people start getting evicted, you must agree it’s not just Pittsfield this is a failure of the current and past administrations Nationally. Pittsfield is not unique. The blame locally has to also go to our State Reps and Senators. I was listening to Ed Markey talk about every kid should be learning on line during covid. Really Ed so many communities in the Berkshies have garbage internet that is unacceptable for everyone it’s 2020 the Berkshires is the forgotten deadzone for learning and Busisness. We need good jobs here and Politicians who can bring them no more excuses.

RN
RN
Reply to  Maggie May
12 days ago

When you double or triple the problem by your own actions, it’s your fault. Tyer brought these people here for a fast buck and to boost numbers to get aid. She’s building a vibrant and dynamic welfare and sanctuary city.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

RN , I don’t agree with You 100%

But sometimes 100%

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

PITTSFIELD — Ward 1 City Councilor Helen Moon isn’t working as Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s director of special projects anymore, but the circumstances are unclear surrounding her departure from the office of the prosecutor whose successful campaign she managed.

On Tuesday, Moon confirmed that her tenure in the DA’s office ended July 14. She declined to comment further, saying only, “I’m not inclined to speak about it right now.”
Harrington did not respond to a phone call seeking comment placed at her office Tuesday. But, Harrington spokesman Andy McKeever, in an email, expressed pride in Moon’s work during her time as director of special projects.

“We are proud of the work she did during her time here. Our community should be tremendously grateful to her for that work. We are looking forward to seeing what Councilor Moon accomplishes as she continues to serve on the City Council,” he said.

“We cannot comment any further on a personnel matter,” his email concluded.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THESE ADS

Moon served as Harrington’s campaign manager during her successful bid for office in 2018, when the attorney from Richmond mounted a progressive campaign against Paul Caccaviello, the county’s incumbent top prosecutor. Harrington narrowly beat out Caccaviello in the Democratic primary in September that year, then staved off a write-in campaign from him in the November general election.

After her election, Harrington hired Moon to the $70,000-per-year position of director of special projects. Moon, along with Ward 6 City Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi, were among 14 new hires Harrington brought on to work in the office after her inauguration in early 2019.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADVERTISEMENT

Moon served as master of ceremonies at Harrington’s swearing-in ceremony.

Moon said Tuesday that she will continue working per diem as a nurse at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington and at the Elizabeth Freeman Center, where she sits on the board.

Trust me on this you DO NOT want Moon as your nurse, ever.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
12 days ago

Left Winged Parrot Drivel, brought to you by the Rutburg

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Spider
12 days ago

There is that saying “you made your own bed, now you have to sleep in it”. Problem is, Mayor Linda Tyer made this bed with taking monies for outside homeless folks and she is silent about where the money went. Now us hard working taxpayers are the ones that basically get shafted into sleeping in her mess. Meanwhile she is hiding in her gated community drinking wine with her cowboy husband. Don’t forget to pay your tax increase next week so we can pay for the mess she created!!

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Merry & Bright
12 days ago

To quote her face book page at one time before she moved into THE McMANSION in Pittsfield ‘s only gated community, she was drinking scrumptious wine at her $72,000 abode on Ventura Avenue at her fire pit. She even posted a picture with her feet up and the scrumptious glass of wine.

Pat
Pat
12 days ago

Shifty Jerry Nadler accusing AG Barr of doing everything that the Obama administration was doing to President Trump. Nadler and his corrupt group of far left Democrats do this all the time. Accuse others of everything they have been doing. Disgusting!!!

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

Jerry the “myth “ Nadler is projecting. I believe this circus is to discredit Barr because of what might come out from Durham investigation. Washington needs to be flushed a few times to make sure the waste (politicians) goes down. Both sides at that.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
12 days ago

None of the motor mouth Democrats are letting Barr even answer a question claiming the lame excuse that they don’t have much time for their questions. Obviously, they aren’t even asking questions. The Democrats are making speeches. It got so bad that AG Barr had to use time from a Republican question to answer the Democrat question since they would just cut off his reply and try to score far left talking points.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

Yup! I want to know why media outlets decided to cut away when showing the riots was going on and then coming back afterwards.

RN
RN
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

Two patients from the encampment. They say that most of them living in the encampment and parks are not from here.

I was told a very long and specific story about how they came her because of the Covid Hilton, were told by health officials they would have until the end of September to stay, seek housing and assistance from the city, or be given transportation back to where they wanted to in MA or given transportation up to $500 to a family members house.
They were Vert very very specific about this and it’s something I’ve heard before.
Both patients said they were at St Joes and were told it was closing weeks before. That many, upon hearing of the pending closing left but left their things. They were testing where they could stay, some left town, others found the park and came back and told others.
There was some sort of bed check procedure or attendance. If you weren’t there for three checks (three days) you weren’t allowed back. A number of people left their stuff, then tried going back weeks later, not being allowed in and their stuff was gone. Everyone I’ve talked to was clear on the rules. They said that they were all given a set of rules and signed papers saying they knew the rules on intake.
No drugs, pets, weapons, fighting, sexual aggression, alcohol, smoking.
Some people got kicked out for that, some for lack of hygiene. ( people that would piss in the halls or shit and smear it around got the boot)
Most were mental patients or the chronically high.

There’s a real problem because some of these homeless are dangerous. They’ve spit encampments because there’s a couple who rob and force the others to give up panhandling money.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

Wow! Doctor treated over 300 COVID-19 patients with Hydroxychloroquine and they all survived.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

President of Hong Kong shuts down country for three weeks saving a hundred thousand lives. Did not need Hydroxychloroquine because they got out in front of virus. Listened to experts trained in contagious viruses instead of acting like he knew more than them. What a concept!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
12 days ago

President Trump saved over a million lives, but I don’t hear any praise for him. President Trump is right about Hydrochloroquine. Hong Kong is used to all of the viruses floating over from China and a lot closer to the action so they received early warning of what was happening in China. Our country did not. Europe did not. Hong Kong is on the front lines of China’s negligence to protect other people if it was negligence and not intentional.

Charlotendon
Charlotendon
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

What color were the eggs.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

Hey Pat, you might want to watch this video. It will never be shown on Fox. The doctor you are referencing and that Trump spoke of is a nut job who thinks demons have sex with women while they sleep and impregnates them. But hey, you go ahead an d believe what you like.https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/07/29/donald-trump-coronavirus-doctor-kth-sot-vpx-ac360.cnn