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PITTSFIELD CLEANS UP WITH SHARED STREETS & SPACES PROGRAM GRANT

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 25-7, 2020) —  THE PLANET needs help.

We’re trying to figure out why the city won $238,826 in grants from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). On Tuesday , the state approved and funded Pittsfield’s grant application under the Shared Streets and Spaces Program (SS&SP).

The program awarded grants from $5,000 to $300,000, making Pittsfield a recipient of one of the larger grants.

You haven’t heard of this program? Don’t worry. Neither have we.

A press release from the mayor’s office says the program “will support 20 dynamic placemaking projects in the downtown corridor that will enhance mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, integrate additional open and vibrant public spaces for community life, and improve navigation.” (THE PLANET‘s bold face).

We did not make the words up, and we’ll swear to it in any court. “Dynamic” and “vibrant.”

The grant’s timeline requires the work to being immediately and continue through early October.

So far, so good, but here’s where we need help. Can anyone out there explain just what this program is, what’s it’s supposed to do? The city’s language is confusing. The state says the program is designed to implement “improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities.”

From the MDOT website: Types of projects may include:

  • Shared Streets and Spaces: supporting increased rates of walking and/or biking by increasing safety and enabling social distancing.
  • Outdoor Dining and Commerce: calming roadways, modifying sidewalks and streets, and/or repurposing on- or off-street parking to better support curbside/sidewalk/street retail and dining.
  • Better Buses: supporting safer and more reliable bus transit, including expanded bus stops and lanes dedicated for bus travel
  • Safe Routes to School: creating safe routes to schools and other programs for children and youth, including safer walking and biking networks with lowered vehicle speeds.

In August, Belchertown, Brookline, Cambridge, Dighton, Lynn, Salem, Stoneham, Westborough, and Winthrop received SS&SP grants, the largest being Dighton’s $168,242 award. It makes the Pittsfield grant that much more impressive, although one wonders if it also reflects the comparatively poorer state of the city’s downtown. With taxes outta sight, with the homeless starting to freeze in the nightly cold of Springside Park, with so many other problems, we’re trying to understand why the SS&SP program takes priority?

———- ooo ———-

THE PLANET contacted DPW commissioner Ricardo Morales, and he was most forthcoming in responding. Credit where credit is due.

“This money was received by the city under a competitive grant managed by the state,” Morales told THE PLANET. “We presented several projects which received high praise by DOT, resulting in the award.”

Here’s a link to the projects  (https://arcg.is/iSvSn). We recommend you click on that, try to make sense of it, then give us your comments in plain English.

Morales says “these projects are temporary in nature and will be treated as pilot installations to determine how impactful they are — positive or negative — and take action from there to either move to a permanent application or change the setup. With the grant contract, we must have the projects mostly or fully completed by October 9, so we have our schedules full working on this. Otherwise, the money will be taken back for items/projects not completed. The pilots will be installed now and should be left in place for at least a full season before evaluating impact. Some will have to come down for winter operations but we intend on replacing them in the spring. Regardless DOT is requiring a report by the end of December in which the city has to determine initial impact and grade of effectiveness.”

We asked how the program will be evaluated and by whom: “It will be established by city staff, business leaders and representatives, as well as our consultant gathering impact on the public safety, public engagement, placemaking use, and overall business impact.”

Consultant.

Uh oh. How much?

One more “uh oh.” Does this grant have any line print? What, if anything, must the city do for Boston?

THE PLANET wonders if the doubled-parked couch, almost in the driver’s lane on North Street (photo 2) is part of the SS&PS program.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Pittsfield politics loves to take Kapanski Ka$h anyway they can get it, including silly grants from Boston. Matt Kerwood shuffles the Kapanski Ka$h around his various city accounts to build on his +$10 million slush fund. Now do you understand?

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

Going forward who will maintain all this silly crap?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

That’s the part the politicians leave out, always. Which usually means, the taxpayers get stuffed once again.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

They are trying to prepare the Berkshires for the Green New Deal (only if Biden wins) by improving public transportation. Freezing cold winters on public transportation would be the wave of the future for all good far leftists. Inconvenience the public, but protect the climate supposedly. It’s just more excuses for government control over the people and the totalitarian future they are softening us up to accept. Notice the emphasis on safer biking and walking paths which here in the Berkshires will only be usable by most people for 4 or 5 months out of the year.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat,are you a flat earther?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

TSC woke up!

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Pat is a Trump “disciple” and gets scarier every day. You can see Pats mind is no longer his own.
If Trump loses the election and calls for country wide violence in his name, Pat and others like MT, will become dangerous and a civil war may ensue and last for many years. Picture Lebanon in America with several factions fighting but no one really knowing who the enemy is anymore.
Then picture Vladimir Putin smiling from ear to ear as his ships sail into Boston harbor.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Johnny, look in the mirror. The D-Rats are promoting violence, riots, arson, civil unrest in general, and mayhem throughout the whole USA.

No way I could, or would try to emulate them. I will protect myself, if need be, when the Leftist Loons go bonkers after the election.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat, I think you meant only if Harris wins? No?

McSqueaky Toy
McSqueaky Toy
1 month ago

It’s the where the bums will live.

RN
RN
1 month ago

Parents in GB, West Stockbridge, and Richmond be careful positive tests are up in your community.

PJMH
PJMH
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

RN – any additional details? Live in Richmond w/school at RCS (started onsite this week) and MMRHS (remote one more week, then hybrid). Thanks!

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Only an evil dictator would refuse to accept peaceful transfer of power.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Is it a peaceful transfer of power if nobody knows who won the election because mail-in ballots are being accepted 17 days after the election? The far left is intentionally trying to cause doubt about the election results with the mail-in ballots. Evil dictators take away people’s guns and their rights to free speech.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Lots of evidence of voter fraud already in the primaries. Ballots discarded, found in the dump……. Here in mASSachsetts thousands of ballots have disappeared, but are supposed to have been retained for 22 months by federal law.

California

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/exclusive-california-man-finds-thousands-unopened-ballots-garbage-dumpster-workers-quickly-try-cover-photos/

mASSachusetts

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/election-fraud-democrat-officials-massachusetts-destroy-1-million-ballots-senate-primary/

Wisconson

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mail-absentee-ballots-found-wisconsin-ditch

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Dan, they were ballots for Armed Service.

The Postal Workers Union are totally controlled /run by leftists. They will “lose” things of people with political leaning that they don’t agree with. Few if any in the Armed Services will be voting Jackass.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Some more on PA voting

“Republicans plan to ask the Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots in the key battleground state, teeing up the first test for the Supreme Court since the death of its liberal leader Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The GOP legal strategy, which was revealed in a pair of court documents filed overnight and Tuesday morning, has not been previously reported.

The development comes after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt Republicans a major blow last week in a bitterly partisan election lawsuit that could help determine whether President Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden takes the Keystone State, which Trump won in 2016 by just over 44,000 votes.

The expected petition to the Supreme Court comes just days after Ginsburg’s death from cancer last Friday injected further uncertainty into a chaotic 2020 presidential contest that is on track to be the most intensely litigated election cycle in U.S. history.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/good-news-gop-challenge-pennsylvanias-mail-voting-rulings-supreme-court/

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I have read articles in the last few days where democrats are now pushing for in person voting because ballots are being rejected for not filling them out correctly. So much for them being really concerned on Coivid 19.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

No. 7 of the 9 were marked for Trump. The other two ballots were sealed and not opened. Unknown who they were for. The thought crossed my mind that some Trump supporter could have done this or “found” these ballots as a way of giving credence to Trump’s narrative that the election will be rigged. Trump is hell-bent on destroying our democracy and our environment and a vote for him is a vote to ruin the lives of future generations.

Last edited 1 month ago by Merguez
Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The old fool just woke up. Last post was at 11 o’clock last night.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Thomas More
1 month ago

Oh Tommy Boi……….. can’t tell time anymore? You’re more senile than crooked Joe Biden!

I was out in the woods before the sun came up, bear hunting. No bears this morning. I did some posts about 11 AM when I got home.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

No, sorry, nobody wants to cause doubt about the election results with the mail-in ballots. We just want everyone to vote, that’s all.


Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

So You oppose, what the Democrats/Leftists have been doing since 2016!

Me too!!!

That is great! MAGA!!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trying to portray President Trump as a fascist dictator has been happening since 2016, but they have ramped it up in the last few weeks. Mika and Joe on Good Morning Joe called President Trump a modern day Hitler and fascist about 30 times just in yesterday’s show. Meanwhile they ignore the real dictators on the far left who want a gun grab, who regularly cancel and destroy the careers of those who disagree with them, and want total government control over our country and eventually the world with their one world government. Such stupidity or they are being promised lots of money by the far left if they put down President Trump everyday on all of these far left news channels.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Of course, the real, fundamental problem is Trump’s belief that he cannot possibly lose a fair election. Because this is what he believes, he also believes that if he were to in fact lose, the election cannot have been fair and must have been rigged. There is a true, fundamental problem with these beliefs. 

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Jerry, the WHOLE DNC, DNC CONGRESS, MULLER, COMEY, ………

Found POTUS exonerated.

NOW they are looking at the : Biden FAMILY/HUNTER, the CLINTON CRIME CARTEL, BARRY SOTERO/HOLDER, various DNC people ( hsummer, ……)……..

How’s that going to go? for democrats>

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

“THE PLANET wonders if the doubled-parked couch, almost in the driver’s lane on North Street (photo 2) is part of the SS&PS program.”

Dan, the city/Tyer wants to draw the bums out of the parks , before winter setts in. I’m sure Mr Tyer/Clairmont will cover the parking fines.

The rest of the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$, NOBODY will know where it goes and to whom.

Maybe a Dentist or Dotties?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

September 24, 2020

Re: Stan Rosenberg is now a Beacon Hill lobbyist

Like Daniel Bosley and Peter Larkin, Stan Rosenberg is yet another retired Beacon Hill lawmaker who collects a taxpayer-funded state pension and is parlaying his name as yet another greedy Beacon Hill registered lobbyist. It must be nice to be a career politician who spends decades doing many disservices against the hard hit taxpaying people of Massachusetts, and now collects a taxpayer-funded state pension, and then goes back to Beacon Hill to shakedown Massachusetts taxpayers for a 6-figure lobbyist income paid for by special and vested interests.

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/09/former-massachusetts-senate-president-stanley-rosenberg-returns-to-beacon-hill-as-lobbyist.html

Jonathan A. Melle

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Surprised? I’m not. These retired politicians have setup Autonomous Zones around state capitals across the country including Washington for themselves full of lobbyists. No one ever clears them out.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Apparently, all Beacon Hill politicians and lobbyists only care about putting more taxpayer dollars into their personal bank accounts. Let’s go down the list with Beacon Hill Lobbyists Daniel Bosley, Peter Larkin, and now Stan Rosenberg. Dan Bosley spent decades as a bureaucratic political hack on Beacon Hill. “Bureaucrat” Bosley is infamously known for slipping a rider into a piece of State House legislation that would have given wealthy multi-national corporations billions of dollars in tax breaks. The Boston Globe derided Dan Bosley’s secretive rider as “The Bosley Amendment”, as it was stealthily proposed without any public hearings, public input, or any other Legislator’s knowledge. Peter Larkin pushed GE’s toxic agenda on Pittsfield (Mass.) and gave Pittsfield the useless and vacant +22-year-old PEDA so-called “business” park. Peter Larkin said that he decided to step down from the State House because he didn’t make enough money as a Pittsfield State Representative in Boston. Peter Larkin did not even live full time in Pittsfield, and he is married to a medical doctor who works at a Worcester hospital. Peter Larkin not only screwed over Pittsfield with the 2000 Consent Decree with GE, but he also bitch-slapped the taxpayers in their collective faces by saying he wanted to by a Lobbyists on Beacon Hill to make more money than he was making as a career politician. Stan Rosenberg spent over 3 decades on Beacon Hill as a State Representative and then a State Senator where he ultimately was elected as the President of the Massachusetts State Senate. He stepped down due to a sexual harassment and related sex scandal caused by his youthful and immature husband. I was watching the Boston news TV station a while back, and the newsman said that Stan Rosenberg resigned so he could receive his state pension without legal challenges. Stan Rosenberg pushed for casino gambling in Massachusetts, which is really yet another form of regressive taxation. In early-2017, the Massachusetts State Legislature’s first vote of their new session was for Speaker for Life Bob DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg to receive a huge pay raise. So what do Dan Bosley, Peter Larkin, and Stan Rosenberg have in common? They all collect a state pension, and work as State House lobbyists to collect their respective 6-figure lobbyist incomes by shaking down Massachusetts taxpayers for their special and vested interest wealthy clients. In closing, taxpayers are always being done many disservices by the likes of Dan Bosley, Peter Larkin, and Stan Rosenberg!

– Jonathan Melle

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Where’s his boy toy? Still in therapy?

TellitLikeItIs
TellitLikeItIs
1 month ago

No doubt the city will give the couch a parking ticket or two- one for parking without using the stupid computer to get a pass, and one for being 10 inches from the curb!

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

City is making safe spaces for all the bums and panhandlers. I say run their asses over!

braintree
braintree
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

These sitting spaces have been used by violent protesters in other cities. Chairs are used to smash windows. Look at the video from Louisville.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  braintree
1 month ago

They should park couches and some lazy boys in front of a gated community. Maybe even throw in some My Pillows?

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Just another effing waste of my tax dollars!

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Making more room so the beggars can social distance. How nice.

RN
RN
1 month ago

These are just outdoor safe spaces for addicts to shoot up, vagrants to pan handle from, prostitutes to ply their trade.
Any rational adult has abandoned north street as a destination.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

The Progressive Democrats could do something about it, but this is how all Democrat run cities end up. Pittsfield went from a nice quiet family friendly place to live to a drug infested disaster area. Pot shops on every corner, the smell of skunk pot everywhere, nothing family friendly, stores leaving in droves, homeless everywhere, and the job situation worse than ever thanks to Covid-19 paranoia, kids wandering aimlessly due to no school….truly pathetic.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Very well said Pat. What a sad and despicable city The Pitts has become.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I think it’s a by-product of GE and other employers of a large number of people leaving the community and the community not having a back-up plan. My office is on North Street. I agree with you re: skunk smell and panhandlers.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

If this money or most of it does not find its way into the pockets of higher ups in Pittsfields power brokers it will be the exception to common practice. Just try to find any detailed exspenditures a year from now. Nobody knows nuttin.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

This is just a way to get lots of overtime or to direct money to cronies.
Move some money in to the pockets of certain police doing road detail work.

Dustinthe Adoo
Dustinthe Adoo
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Now there is funding from the d a for social and emotional needs for the Children

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Dustinthe Adoo
1 month ago

Doesn’t city hall get a flat 35% administrative fee on such funding?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Nothing happens without someone making some dough off of it. I mean the connected ones.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Dustinthe Adoo
1 month ago

This Critical Race Theory and other such education is a $ money making operation. Seattle hires a pimp at $150 G’s a year to find out what kind of policing is needed there.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Also,
These Critical Race Theory leeches going around scamming ridiculous amounts Of money for “teaching” this crap can go back to dealing blow, carjacking, robbing liquor stores at gun point or whatever it was they were doing before this gig came along… They should be made to reimburse the taxpayers for every dime they made in this
con.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Dustinthe Adoo
1 month ago

The prior DA had a perfectly respectable program in the schools which was axed by “wrong way” and now replaced by this.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

It wasn’t a woke enough program for the current DA. Gotta go full woke.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Yes! Full-woke express!

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Not one word about Hunter Biden for the second day in a row in the Eagle. But, sadly, not on the Drudge Report either. Drudge is officially anti-Trump and pro-Biden.

You’ve got an 87-page US Senate report showing the exact reason Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens, for which asking Trump was impeached–and we all had to go through another Dimorat-induced circus.

Joe Biden lied. John Kerry lied. Obama knew this stuff was going on.

But, no, Trump’s a Russian agent, PUTIN!, prostitutes peeing on the bed. And we have to hear this shit for four effing years–and still hearing it.

Smokescreen.

Another confirmation that there is no such thing as “journalism.” I don’t even see Fox talking about it much. Martha (I think) had Ron Johnson on the other night, but that’s it that I’ve seen.

George Orwell, call you office.

The link again: https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Ukraine%20Report_FINAL.pdf

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Biden family corruption: Money Honey on it yesterday morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgvbZ_8Ip-Q

My post a little while ago has not made it here yet. Hope it will.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Anyone want to bet the Leftist local newspaper don’t cover this?

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/breaking-burisma-investigation-released-within-24-hours-finds-biden-family-guilty-criminal-actions-video/

John Solomon: Here is what the report is likely to reveal.
First — The State Department under Joe Biden and Obama believed Joe Biden was engaging in a conflict of interest.
Second — The State Department detected a $7 million bribe being paid by Burisma, the company that hired Hunter Biden on its board.
Third — There was a pressure campaign inside the Obama State Department and inside the White House invoking Hunter Biden’s name in trying to pressure the US government to make the Burisma corruption allegations go away.
Finally — It wasn’t just the State Department, the Treasury Department flagged several transactions, foreign money flowing into companies connected to Hunter Biden as suspicious transactions.
This ought to be big!”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

They were supposedly so scared of Russia influence, but now hide Biden’s ties to Russia. Chris Wallace needs to ask hard hitting questions of Biden, but Chris leans to the left so not sure how that will work out. Green New Deal questions need to be asked of Joe. Do you support it and what specifically do you support? No more hiding Joe and his radical beliefs.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Joe Biden holds the record in two areas;
1) most corrupt Vice President in U.S. history, and
2) most tired and senile presidential candidate EVA!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Maybe, but Trump holds the record for putting the most children in cages. Even his wife and daughter are proud of that one. They probably fall asleep at night counting children in cages.

(if in fact they can count)

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Absurdo,
Have you been in a coma for 7 years? Obama built the cages, you fool!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Ahhh, but he didn’t gather up the little kiddies and put them inside like grampa Trump did.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Everybody saw the pictures that the phony media ran of kids in cages pretending it was Trump doing it when the pictures were from the Obama years. Another huge embarrassment for our shameful media.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Um yeah he did. In fact most of the pictures are from Obama era moron.

“ At the height of the controversy over Trump’s zero-tolerance policy at the border, photos that circulated online of children in the enclosures generated great anger. But those photos — by The Associated Press — were taken in 2014 and depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-08-18/ap-fact-check-michelle-obama-and-the-kids-in-cages

Skippola
Skippola
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

William Shirer

Mr. G
Mr. G
1 month ago

The Allen/School streets’ one way conversion is obviously just intended to lay a trap for our current DA!

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
1 month ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Sept 15th EPA hearing on cleanup on the rest of the river.

The EPA should be ashamed of itself.

As should our elected officals, Local State and Federal, Democrats them all. They sold us out as bad as D-Jerry Dolye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMl2K5JtGmM

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Tim Grey of HRI at about 54 minutes is a good place to jump to. Whole hearing is ~ 3 1/2 hours long.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Tim Grey is a megabuffoon.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Hell Toupee
1 month ago

No, he is not. Super intelligent, hard-working man who lives on the Housatonic and who demands GE be held accountable. How about the select-persons striking this agreement in total secrecy- not even discussing it on the record so their constituents could be informed. A total disgrace- with GE buying their cooperation – $ to Towns and $ to Mass Audubon.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Merguez
1 month ago

Lenox and Lee selectmen took the Judas money just like Jerry Doyle did.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Lenox Selectman, nor the boorrish D- Moderator , the “Grinch” , aka “John” , didn’t like the taxpayers vote.

Lenox Town Meeting.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Dina Krol jr
Dina Krol jr
1 month ago

This one is a hoot. Fill parking spaces with “parklets”. Bolt a bunch of plastic bollards all over intersections and force a bike lane in multiple places.

This will greatly improve the lives of the 6 people in Pittsfield who bike to work. This is what happens when a man who idolizes Amsterdam and their bike culture is on our traffic commission. Thanks Nick.

Oh and if you like driving from West st over the bridge to pop out my the Fire Station? Too bad that’s going to be a bike lane / pedestrian space.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It’s perceived as cool. Pittsfield pretends to be Portland, OR.

braintree
braintree
Reply to  Dina Krol jr
1 month ago

Where will the red light district be?

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Discarded mail-in ballots mostly supporting President Trump found abandoned and discarded. What does this mean for the security and integrity of our election process?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

It means that Trumps campaign folk are getting mighty creative. They will be finding discarded ballots everywhere between now and the election. Didja hear about the guy that found one when he cut open his rib-eye steak while on a cruise ship in the Persian Gulf? Another guy had nine of them come up out of a toilet he flushed while visiting Moscow. All Trump votes to.

Gaby Guday
Gaby Guday
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Trumps done only a matter of days. I: gettn* ByeDon calls from Nevada at 9 p m. Bloomberg just gave him a hundred mil.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gaby Guday
1 month ago

Bloomberg is shameful trying to pay people to vote for Joe. How low will these Democrats go? They shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near power with their corrupt antics.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

I know a guy who had a colonoscopy and they found Biden ballots.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

and those suckers are going to be collectors items after the election win or lose.
How is your buddy doing? Any polyps? Any ballots with polyps?

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Does Harris count as a polyp?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

That would be a trollop.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

Ballots harvested?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

It means Trump is right – Democrats trying to steal,election.

James
James
1 month ago

Dumb Social Post of the day goes to Wrong Way Harrington for: “To the victims of homicide in Berkshire County- please know that I am with you.”

Yeah Right
Yeah Right
Reply to  James
1 month ago

James, your obsession with Harrington is really creepy ya need some help man.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Yeah Right
1 month ago

Well, ya gotta admit that sometimes she acts brain dead. Maybe that’s the connection.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Yeah Right
1 month ago

Your repeated obsession with “creepy” indicates probable dementia or maybe OCD.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  James
1 month ago

Is she some sort of ghoul or zombie, the living dead?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That actually seems like a legitimate question MT.

Weak Endworrier
Weak Endworrier
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

This gets a thumbs up?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

The real Russian collusion:

Everybody Colluded with Russia — Except Trump!
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/09/25/everybody-in-washington-was-colluding-with-russia-except-trump/

Read and see links at bottom of the transcript from today’s show.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Obama and his administration, Hillary, all of the swamp was in on this disgraceful attempt to take down a president.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I heard that even the Obamas dog was in on it. They should put an asterisk after Obams presidency.

HEY, will the Mexicans be building Trumps presidential library? And if so, will they be taking money from American military housing money like happened with Trumps wall?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Joe’s got a past full of phoney baloney,
It’s as twisted as a fusilli macaroni.
Oughta see him talk with his hair piece on,
He’s not very lucid, just here and gone.
But Dems love him and he loves thee.
Oh how happy now he can be,
Hunter doin’ nothing for a great big fee.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Well he told Obama and Kerry too
Just exactly what he wanna do.
“I gonna get rich on a flight to Kiev
And watch that cash flow like a sieve.”
‘Cause he love cash and it be free.
Oh how happy now he can be
Hunter makin’ coin so easily.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Uh, you don’t do poetry for a living I hope? Cuz that’s kinda like Walmart door greeter poetry if you ask me.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Animal abuse from a protester riding this poor house on concrete for hours until the horse collapsed and may now have to be destroyed. He was kicking and whipping the horse after it slowed down due to exhaustion.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/census-cowboy-horse-collapse-protest?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200925Trending-CensusCowboyHorse&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Protesters harass elderly couple at an outdoor restaurant. So disrespectful and just plain mean. The swearing is terrible too. What’s with the guy blowing that annoying horn? Democrats want to keep them out of the schools so they can torment people across the country?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVaJSoZeMQg

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Yah somebody was blowing a horn while Trump was giving the country to a Russian. I am upset about that as well and may not sleep well. Darn horn blowers!

Ed Check
Ed Check
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Wow,
How uninformed (or brainwashed) are you.
I guess if you listen to CNN long enough you fulfill the saying of Goebels…tell a lie long enough and people will think its the truth.
I suggest you wake up and get informed, the Democratic party is now Marxist and globalist in everything they do.
From a real Democrat who has seen the truth.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Ed Check
1 month ago

The globalists are using the Marxists to do their dirty work of rioting and destruction so they can keep their hands clean, but they will likely turn on the Marxists when they are done with them because the globalists want total world domination. They have purposely used the far left district attorneys to keep the Marxist and anarchist rioters out of jail and the wealthy globalists bailed out the rest since they aren’t done using them yet as disrupters. The globalists are fooling Americans into believing it’s all about fairness and equality, but the globalists just want massive power for themselves.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Somebody asked you the other day if you were a flat earther. I think you just answered that question. Did mom and dad read you the bed time story where Columbus kept sailing off the end of the ocean?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Last verse of “Joey Moron-ey”:

It’s his one and only, it’s his heart’s desire,
Cash’s the real great lucre, he’s stuck in the mire.
Bidens win when the kid goes abroad,
He something to see, he’s really into fraud.
That’s why Xi loves him and Xi loves Dad
Oh how happy now, he ain’t sad,
That eight figs make him so very glad.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Bennett Walsh and Dr David Clinton indicted by grand jury over Soldiers’s Home deaths. If you read some of the testimony from published reports it’s a good thing they are doing this.

RN
RN
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

The governor and lt governor knew about this as it was becoming a problem. They belong in jail too

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

I was curious your opinion of all this. I doubt they would have done anything if they could have avoided the scrutiny.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

September 26, 2020

Hello Alan Chartock,

I agreed with all of your points in your latest op-ed in the online Berkshire Edge, including your view that it would be wrong for GE to potentially put a toxic waste dump full of industrial PCB chemicals in the Town of Lee (Mass.) The Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) was wrong to praise the horrible 2020 GE settlement with Trump’s corrupt EPA.

GE is settling with Trump’s corrupt EPA, which means that GE is given a license to pollute the environment. If Biden wins, then GE may not be able to put a toxic waste dump in Lee. The fact that the so-called dozen-year-long cleanup project of the polluted Housatonic River will cost $1 billion (Pittsfield’s so-called cleanup project cost $500 million) while GE has not made a financial commitment with Trump’s corrupt EPA makes GE’s promises totally disingenuous. I believe it is wrong that the politicians and bureaucrats ignored people of Berkshire County, who were left out of the negotiations, who mostly oppose Trump’s corrupt EPA and GE’s 2020 settlement. My mom was born and spent a majority of her life in Pittsfield (Mass.), and she had cancer twice in her life (1990, 2006/2007). GE’s chemicals cause cancer in Berkshire County’s residents.

Andrea Harrington got caught for speeding in the State of New York. Due to an unpaid speeding ticket, her license was suspended. She was then pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one way street in Pittsfield. Her political enemies made a big deal out of a trivial oversight. She should have said she was wrong, and that she she should uphold the law as Berkshire County’s District Attorney. In the end, she did not do anything that bad to be excessively criticized, but her misguided response was the bigger mistake.

Donald Trump should say that if the voters oust him and Biden wins the 2020 presidential election, he will step down when his term in the Oval Office ends. If Donald Trump loses and refuses to give up power, then he would be committing a criminal act of treason against the United States of America. This is a no brainer. If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge, then Trump’s indirect influence in federal government will last decades. The U.S. Supreme Court would have 6 conservatives and 3 liberals (7 Catholics and 2 Jewish Jurists).

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Hillary and the globalists are the ones urging Joe Biden not to concede the election Jonathan. They are the ones who will have riots in the streets, as they have been doing all summer, if they do not win. They are the poor losers just as they were in 2016 and have done nothing but whine and scheme about removing President Trump since that time. Get your facts straight and stop listening to the far left indoctrination news stations which is most of them.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

The Democrats are the one who don’t Believe in a peaceful transition of power. Look at what President Trump has put up with. The left have become nothing more than a bunch of violent screaming communists. We have money for springside house but not the homeless camp in the same park…..leftists are so compassionate!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Joe Blow
1 month ago

Wait until Trump nominee is announced for Justice Stephen Breyer in Trumps second term. Breyer is next to retire. Talk about burning down the house.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

JM,
How would you feel if you had been elected to office when you were wanting to run and had gotten elected, and then you find out you lost because of unfair election nonsense . You wouldn’t have contested the results?

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

jon, you’re delusional.

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

For ethical and professional reasons alone, Chartock should recuse himself from any further journalistic commentary about his “friend the DA.” Why not also mention she has not paid her taxes for years in the town of Richmond? Or should she be allowed to skate on that one since she “didn’t know? ” Then again, maybe it would be too “embarrassing?”

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Brilliant Daniel. He kowtowed big time to Ruberto. when jimmy ran for mayor. Look what “the arts and culture” have brought to the our city. He lives in G.B. and “the city” is full of homeless, poverty and seniors struggling to survive. This once great city, full of corruption it seems is on the eve of destruction.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  EWendt
1 month ago

Chartock, WHO funds him? NPR!!!!

Get rid of the snake by cutting off the neck!!!!!

RN
RN
1 month ago

They have these in Manchester VT. It’s a big joke. The paint fades quickly, people pull into the bike lanes.
In North Hampton the have this too. Huge waste of money. Just adds more spots for bums to hang out.

Dump Tower
Dump Tower
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Looks like the Cell Tower is a go. Way to go offials.And now some is building on Hancock road? Just a matter of time a major accident on that narrow road. Believe me. The Road is to narrow to begin with. Why was there a party at Camp Winadu last night and fireworks? Free fishing in New York today.
That’s it.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Take that money and put it to good use. Hire a couple of people and a van to drive the streets picking up trash. If they want to really do somethng that will benefit the city as a whole that would make more sense. Use the goddamn CPA money if ya have to but do something. Even the homeless people are embarrassed. Hire a couple of them and it would be a win win. The city is a freaking pigsty mayor Tyer. And it is YOUR pigsty.

Peggie Flattenore
Peggie Flattenore
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

True Absurdo. The streets are lined with gutter garbage with garbage littered along storm grates and islands. The picture the Planet showed was kind, as there is much worse,all over. Those damn sweepers are not good either,they leave dust in the air do not clean the sewer grates and litter the road with metal objects,like nails,bolts and tire flatterers. It is ablight problem Mayor. And before winter even starts tell these plow jockeys including those massive state powers to keep off the lawns.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Pittsfield would rather have someone who lives in a van down by the river.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

They could be real life PCB monitors. Check their blood every 6 months and make GE pay for it.

GE is bound to monitor PCBs in the river/environment. Forever, ask Jerry Doyle……whoops he’s dead.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The Bar Stool Mayor Linda’s Mentor.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  juicylucy
1 month ago

You’ve looked up at the ate/stool too many times, Wans’t me pooping on You. Was Barry there?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
1 month ago

Chris Farley, The man who lived in a van down by the river. Funny skit on SNL when it was somewhat still decent.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

“Take that money and put it to good use. Hire a couple of people and a van to drive the streets picking up trash. If they want to really do somethng that will benefit the city as a whole that would make more sense. Use the goddamn CPA money if ya have to but do something. Even the homeless people are embarrassed. Hire a couple of them and it would be a win win. The city is a freaking pigsty mayor Tyer. And it is YOUR pigsty.”

1) You won’t get a PITTSfield city job, unless You are connected to 70 Allen St, and a piglet on the Sows teat.

2) The Mama Sow don’t care about the pigpen, as long as the little piggies keep getting fed by taxpayers. The other Animals roaming about, are of no concern, be they feral, rabid, or predatory.

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Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

So pay them with gift cards to one of her favorite pot stores. Or Dotties or Yukis. Are Dotties and Yuki getting “parkets” for their business s?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

The Dalton ave Pot store is connected to John Melle’s good friend, Nuciforo. He fast tracked it.

RayDanNtion
RayDanNtion
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That building on Dalton ave will be a homeless shelter one day. And it looks ridiculous.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Yell them Andy sent You!!!

You won’t get $#!T

Andy and friends in BAASSTUN, get $$$$$$

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Let me understand this. The Mayor feels it is going to be “Vibrant” and “Dynamic” (VD) by adding barriers and cones to the scenery in Pottsfield. I have been mentioning for at least a couple of years that the Mayor needs to take a ride around and see all the orange cones, barrels and defaced barriers around the WHOLE City. Most of the cones and barrels have been on the roadside for years. Just take a look at the “VD” barriers by the Hess Forest. The Mayor wants people to congregate in these areas yet our City Council is still hiding in their attics and City Hall is basically still closed. Is there going to be walking police presence near these new “relaxations zones”. Bet not, as there have been several incidences lately that the PPD have had to rely on back-up from Lenox, Dalton, Lanesboro because the crime in City is utilizing all the PPD. The City is also constantly relying on these same town’s ambulances to assist residents. Is the Mayor concerned or better yet even aware of this lack of service to the taxpayers. Wondering does the City pay these towns for their services? How long before these towns get fed up with serving the City instead of their own towns? What if something happens in their own town and they can’t respond? Does the Mayor realize that there is a City beyond the NOT “VD” North Street? While driving North Street this past Friday morning the only “VD” scenery was one of Pottsfield’s finest urinating in one of the flower pots. This latest “grant” is such a waste of taxpayers monies especially when the City can’t pay for their cafeteria workers, road signage, remove garbage in the streets, hire enough police officers, paint lines in the road and on and on. Time for the Mayor and CC to come out of hiding and take a tour of the City, do their jobs they were elected to do. Wish we could vote them ALL out this November!

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/59270/Pittsfield-Resident-Tapped-to-Holyoke-Soldiers-Home-Board-of-Trustees.html

Adams Hinds directly related to Soldiers Home malfeasance. What’s up Dan, why no story?

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Mario Coumo, D- New York

F @@#$er killed more in NY than the whole USA

Killed grandmas ans Grandpas in nursing homes, Mario D-NY was fine with that!!!!!

Mario put infected D-thugs into nursing homes, on purpose, they even did elderabuse!!!

Thanks Mario

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

D-s refute me

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That was back when everyone was trying to figure out what was going on. Since then his numbers and mthods are better by far than any other state in the country. Check that out before ya start blathering please. Florida and Texas, refused to learn from the New York miscues and are still dying in droves every day. But better your states people are dying than making Donnie upset. The sycophants are killing there own taxpayers by the thousands just to make Donnie smile. Go figger

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Wrong.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

SOB , Mario Cuomo, put known infected people in nursing homes/elderly, for MARIOS PROFIT. Mario had connections……..$$$$$$$$…. Lot$

Those were the MOST LIABLE PEOPLE TO COVID.

Sick D-Denocrat Mario Cuomo Knew that, he ca#hed in.

Mario should be in jail for elder abuse/ MURDERING ELDERS

Think about that, Democrat?

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

F U , don’t do that often, but YOU got the award, Johnny!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Calm down a bit.

Got Some water….?

WTF is up with You?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I don’t know the Cuomo details but the Soldiers Home was outrageous. If I read the reports correctly the management actually hid PPE from staff. There was incredible malfeasance. The board is now in full on CYA mode. If Walsh was found to only be allowed to be fired by the trustees (per recent judge ruling) and they didn’t ever fire him then what gives? And as Hinds installed some of the trustees then he should answer to the public. We talk here a lot about all the hopeless and useless appointments that go hand in hand with our corrupt local government but here that corruption ended up killing a large number of people.