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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL DOESN’T GET THE CLAPP … plus … FORENSIC AUDIT’s ‘WHITE’ WASH

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BY DAN VALENTI

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ADD 1 WEDNESDAY 1:04 p.m.THE PLANET received this announcement from the Pittsfield Police Department:

On Monday May 10, 2021 at 2:23 PM, the Pittsfield Police Department received the report of a suspicious motor vehicle in Blue Anchor Park on upper North Street in Pittsfield, adjacent to Pontoosuc Lake. Initial responding officers determined that the vehicle may have been abandoned, as it was revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle was reported missing out of New York State on May 5, 2021.

Further investigation has led to the belief that it is unlikely that the missing individual left the area by any other means, and that a search of Pontoosuc Lake waters would be required.  Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office resources were requested for the following morning, Tuesday May 11, 2021.  After searching the water for 7 hours, it was determined that additional resources and equipment would be required to continue.  

This morning, the search of Pontoosuc Lake search resumed and will be active until such time that a recovery is made, those involved have reached their daily limitation, or the suspected missing party is located by other means.

We ask that the public avoid the area of Blue Anchor Park and the Pontoosuc Lake boat ramp in order to allow our public safety partners to maneuver freely.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 2021) — Sports fans, THE PLANET alerts you a notice about the Baseball in the Berkshires roadshow, now in its seventh year. The exhibit opens Saturday at the Williamstown Historical Museum with a summer exposition exploring the town’s impact on America’s pastime and how baseball has affected the area.

High School Baseball Doesn’t Get the Clapp — How apropos, given this tidbit from an area business owner who has a long history with the game. And given the fact that yesterday THE PLANET attended the Mt. Greylock @ Wahconah  game at Legion Field in Dalton, where we saw our doppelgänger, the redoubtable Howard “Hawk” Herman of the Eagle, dutifully on the job. Our source, Agent Z-9, writes: “You might want to look into the BS the city is pulling with the high school baseball programs. The season opener between PHS and Taconic, scheduled for Clapp Park pitting two starting pitchers who have committed to playing Division I & Division II college ball, will be played at Reid Middle School because the city is “punishing” the athletic program. The way I hear it, the Clapp Park fence (paid for by donations when they refurbished and renamed the field in honor of Buddy Pellerin) is a bone of contention. The city won’t leave it up year-round due to sledders. But they also don’t want to provide any manpower to put it up before the season opener. So a bunch of parents & players decided to erect the fence. The city jumped in and said it was “unauthorized” so their punishment is that they can’t use the field. Taconic is still under water, so the first PHS/TAC matchup in nearly 2 years was played on a JV field. The people running this city are acting like children.”
THE PLANET thanks our Z-Agent for this report. While we understand the city’s position concerning a rogue fence, the incident nonetheless highlights the lack of planning that affects so many things in Pittsfield. These quality-of-life items — trashy streets, poor maintenance, inadequate street lighting and the rest of it — serve as a report to citizens on both effectiveness and fortitude of local government, which are pushing new lows. The word broadcast by such negligence is “We got ours; the rest of you can fend for yourselves.” Not good enough by a long shot.
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Forensic Schmensic — When THE PLANET posted results of our city council poll, seven of the eight responders favored a forensic audit. Only one did not. Here’s what at-large councilor Pete White said:

I do not support a forensic audit because from the research I have done they are most often used when fraud is suspected. I do not suspect that there is fraud happening in our city departments to warrant this type of audit. I do believe that there are differences of opinions on how city government should operate and use funds.

We have a financial audit done each year that is reviewed by the Council in a joint meeting with the School Committee. The City Council also gets expense reports that are reviewed by the Finance Subcommittee quarterly. Through these two processes the Council has the opportunity to ask questions if something does not look right and needs addressing.

If the cost is not prohibitive I would be interested in information found by an Organizational Study. An organizational study would look at the city’s organizational structure, processes and practices that affect how the city operates. Depending on the cost I would support this type of review for all city departments. I would first want to see the results of past studies done and what suggestions were followed or ignored and why before spending more funds on another study.

Our communications with our constituents in multiple ways and the feedback they provide give us valuable information on city services. Following how well the needs and concerns of our constituents are addressed is my preferred way of knowing what needs to be adjusted and addressed within city government. This method also does not tie up more funds in studies that could go directly to the services that effect quality of life for our constituents.

Let’s briefly parse these four paragraphs:

Paragraph 1 — White employs an overgeneralization about the implications of authorizing such an audit. He implies that if he okays this audit,  he suspects fraud. That’s fallacious, however. A forensic audit does not necessarily suggest a suspicion of criminal wrongdoing.

Paragraph 2 — The annual in-house financial audit done each year by the council and school committee cannot provide the assurance of an outside, independent deeper look into the books.

Paragraph 3 — White does not define “prohibitive cost.”

Paragraph 4 — What kinds of “communication” with constituents? Twice a month Zoom meetings that discourage citizen participation? Does he consider the wagon circling and back slapping proper “communication.”

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As usual, THE PLANET solicits your input.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

I, Jonathan Melle, have followed my native hometown’s Pittsfield politics for decades now, and it is always totally predictable. Every fiscal year, Pittsfield politics increases its spending by around 5%, increases its fees way above the rate of inflation, and increases its public debts and other liabilities by tens of millions of dollars. In all the decades I have followed Pittsfield politics, the municipal budget NEVER changes its financially unsustainable trends. Pittsfield Massachusetts has had many decades in a row of population and job loss, but its municipal spending and public debts/liabilities have substantially increased. Pittsfield politics’ financial management ratio is the WORST public management ratio possible. Pittsfield politics is putting the burden of its high spending ways on the backs of the people who can least afford it, including Veterans, Senior Citizens, low to moderate income renters and homeowners, small businesses, and the like. What frustrates me to no end is that Matt Kerwood is always building his huge slush fund city accounts that are estimated to be between $10 million to $15 million, while raising municipal taxes, fees, debts/liabilities to record high levels. To be clear, Pittsfield politics is growing the size of its municipal government and public school district, while the people and taxpayers are shrinking in numbers, and Matt Kerwood is putting their hard earned tax dollars into his excessive reserve accounts to boot. In closing, Matt Kerwood and the Lovely Linda have earned the sarcastic slogan, “Business as usual in Pittsfield politics”!

Proposed FY2022 City Budget.pdf (revize.com)

I am looking over Matt Kerwood and the Lovely Linda’s budget proposal. The following items stands out to me.

* Enterprise funds: Sewer increases by 46.9% & DPU Wastewater increases by 59.5%

* Free Cash decreases by 100%

* OPEB is never funded

* Community Preservation increases by 12.5%

* Predictably for decades on end in Pittsfield politics, All Expenditures increases by 5%

* What is the line item Unclassified and why is it such a large financial number?: $53,306,376

* How does Matt Kerwood know what state aid figures will be when Beacon Hill lawmakers in Boston have yet to negotiate and pass the fiscal year 2022 state budget?

* Pittsfield’s total outstanding direct debt is : $164,606,771, which does NOT include Pittsfield unfunded OPEB liabilities

* Matt Kerwood has not proposed his fiscal year 2022 capital budget yet, which is always well over $10,000,000 per fiscal year

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Where is all the tax $$ going that is collected from the cannabis sales? They took in more than expected.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
1 month ago

Pete White should get a job in Williamsburg as Caccamos assistant. Nick is going to need help since even his new employer says he has little experience for the job. Pete White apparently feels strongly that he knows alot about finances and audits and could help Nick get acclimated. (he could bring his rubber stamp with him)

Core Railed
Core Railed
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

Kufflinks scuffles and shuffles,Scanlon stamps it, the mayor presents it,council puppets approve it. The part that’ stinks other than the giveaways and waste-like water sewer debacle with change orders,to boot,is the massive increase in property assessments.

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

Long Live Hackamo!

Unless you are an ultra progressive hipster, he will do nothing for you. He fit right in with the la-dee-dah’s at BArT. I wonder what pronouns he proudly uses. Shiz/Shims?

Williamsburg is in for a rude awakening. The people in that town will NOT stand for lackluster performance. They have money and time and will use it.

Guff Links
Guff Links
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

Kufflinks and Scanlon go way back. Kufflinks gets copies of their management letter well before anyone else and then has them edit it to make things look a lot rosier than they are.
He did that in Becket all the time.

Dunb Berg
Dunb Berg
Reply to  Guff Links
1 month ago

Didn’t kufflinks work in Blanford when it went belly up? Before he took the Richmond gig.

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

Pete White has never even pretended to be fiscally prudent for retired taxpayer.Pete just raises everything by 150 bucks per year.Pete just enjoys being a politician.He is the Dan Elias of the city council……Trump commited treason on 1/6/2021.He will never be punished and our Christian right republican party is comfortable with lies.

Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

Pete White has been a dud for years. What’s wrong with you voters in Pittsfield anyway?

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  Phil Atyer
1 month ago

He’s a woke, non-binary, womyn of color. What’s not to vote for? All the criteria are there aside from lady parts to vote with

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Just goes to show how out of touch our city “leaders “ are about everything going on in Pittsfield. It makes you wonder if they are even in Pittsfield because the only one I have seen is Yuki. Why is city hall still closed? Half the population is vaccinated and more are getting their shots every day. If they don’t want to be in the building they can put tents up outside where there is almost no chance of contracting the disease even if you aren’t vaccinated

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Can’t work in you garden if you are sitting at your workplace desk at city hall. But I am not sure the mayor even gives a crap anymore. She seems to be running out the clock. Have any of the councilors weighed in on the road conditions? Are they powerless to get anything done without the mayors approval? Does it make sense to have all these new bike lanes on roads that are pothole death traps? Not quite understanding the mindset here. Are we purposely trying to put people in the hospital? Do they need the business so bad that the city is creating hazards?

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

You would think in an election year when council seats are being contested people would step up their game for the last few months.

I better check facebook to see what Barry and Linda are having for dinner. Someone needs to send them both a humblepie

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  OhMyGod
1 month ago

Was visiting family in Pittsfield last weekend and was stunned by the mess they’ve made of North St., with 2 blocks of bike lanes and confusing parking out from the curb. I was also shocked at all the cameras attached to every traffic light pole downtown. Talk about overkill on surveillance!

Your mayor and city councilors should be ridiculed and thrown out of office!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Cameras everywhere. But nobody knows what the hell goes on in that finance department. That’s what ya call a veritable lock box of secrets and dubious transactions. But the forensic audit will clear all that up.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

While waiting for my first post to make through the filtering system used by the planet I read the local hate rag and lo and behold the hate that is spewed on their pages makes me wonder how they get away with it! I can understand why the elderly population in Berkshire county that only get their information through these types of sources are bigoted and mean spirited. I hope people in Berkshire county recognize how hateful their paper is and throw it away. Be like true scientist and continually explore and question everything to try and find the truth. Look at everything with an open mind, even question your beliefs and where you got them. Look at the prisms involved in everything to see all sides. Well I will end by wishing everyone a wonderful joyous and hopefully open minded kind of day

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Great post SN,
Being truly informed, defends your sanity, and protects you from propaganda, and helps us to make
good decision for ourselves.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

I chucked my subscription to The Left Winged Parrot with the new millennium, 21 years ago.

I don’t miss their leftist drivel and biased “reporting” at all.

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

The fascist news is the propaganda of todays fox viewers.We tell you what to think then you decide

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

No joke. I feel like this country is about to explode and destroy itself from the iside out. Putin is dancing on his bear rug in his gilded underwear.

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

Trump buddy Putin is behind the war on race.Trump is trying to tear down our democracy and its working.I dont see any hope as power and money always win.Ask the Russians

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

MSN is a promoter of social agenda and Fox promotes a fascist ex president.They had to be sued to stop lying about voting machines.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Stop spreading the lies…read about Arizona the steal is being exposed, though the sources you read, if you do, won’t write about it

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

How stupid are you?Arizona is being used by racist facist republicans to end American democracy.Rich people are scared of minority voting and its that simple.You dont like blacks voting in massive numbers.You stand with racist.Call racism cheating if it gets you off the hook morally

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Unfortunately for you you are incorrect with all your assertions. Democrats are run by the whiteys and they will stoop lower than anyone to stay in power. People who believe in following the law and making sure everyone follows the law are not racist but Americans. On the other hand the way you write you sound like a very ignorant racist who support criminals

Milt Prune
Milt Prune
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Don’t challenge TSC. He’s a genius.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Unlike CNN who tells you what you should think and won’t let you decide for yourself. Oh, CNN ratings cratering big time. I get more trustworthy news here from the Planet and Planet community than most others places I search or tune into.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

First Dan, want to give kudos to you once again for bringing out the truth about the totally dysfunctional Pittsfield Administration. It is certainly getting worse by the day!

Pertaining to the Clapp Park issue it is a shame. Have noticed since Spring has sprung, that parents are working in ALL the City parks trying their best to ready fields for soccer, lacrosse and baseball. Why are the parents and coaches having to do this? Where are our taxes going? Why is the City adding more parks if they can’t figure out how to take care of the ones we already have? Bottom line, the City Administration does not care about the children in Pittsfield. I live in the neighborhood of Allendale School and shake my head every time I drive by. City paid to put a bunch of new picnic tables out on the PCB ridden yard so kids can safely eat outside due to poor ventilation in the school and concern for COVID. So parents take your pick for your child, Cancer or Covid. The City tore up the street in front of the school months ago due to a water main break, yet they have not repaired the road. Each rainstorm it washes out more. Latest excuse, asphalt plants aren’t open, this is just another Administration lie!

Tried to watch the latest and greatest City Clownsil meeting last night but could not stomach it. There is not one ounce of professionalism. Never seen such a miserable bunch of people, sitting with complete look of disgust on their faces, rolling their eyes at each other, many looking like they have not bathe in days, dogs lying on the bed, spouses putting away laundry in the background, slugging their beverages, talking to other residents in their home not paying a bit of attention to the meeting, playing with their phones, leaving the room, slobbering their dinners, the Mayor keeps lifting her butt cheeks, can’t figure out if she she bored, nervous or maybe she is farting her dinner away or has hemorrhoids from sitting on her butt doing nothing for almost 5 years, or maybe she and Bare Bare can’t afford a comfortable chair. After a full year, Pee Pee Petie still can’t run the call properly, why, is this because he can’t catch on or is he muting and screwing it up on purpose? Bottom line, they are ALL disgusting. If these losers were participating in a private sector ZOOM meeting they would be spoken to about their behavior. If they are that miserable why are they running again? Must be the almost free health care, paycheck for basically doing NOTHING and to feed their egos, because they have not done anything for the taxpayers.

Imagine the thoughts of an owner of a company who is contemplating moving their business to Pittsfield and was watching this “shitshow” from their hotel room, They would exit stage right and hopefully they would not hit a pothole and wreck the tie rods on their car driving on the City streets trying to leave, that’s if they can find the roadway with all the burnt out, missing and knocked down streetlights. City is a MESS!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

MB,
“Sell by” date has come and gone with the excuses to keep the “Zoom It In” council meetings going.

L enny
L enny
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

OPEN CITY HALL COMPLETELY!
RESUME IN-PERSON MEETINGS!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Hope Williamsburg did not hire Nick based on his Zoom performances. Do they know that if they ever go looking for jobs that prospective employers may pull up these meetings to evaluate their professionalism?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

As for the PEE PEE twins, half-wit PEE PEE and oaf Pee Pee, surely they both must have been, and still are, regulars on the short bus. Half-wit PEE PEE’s circuitous reasoning for rejecting an independent forensic audit is what I would expect from a regular on the short bus. Firstly PEE PEE rejects asking for this kind of investigation because it would suggest fraud or something untoward, and/or would suggest that elected regulars on the short bus have not been good honest fiduciaries with the taxpayers money. A concept halfwit PEE PEE rejects and vehemently denies. Apparently half wit PEE PEE’s circuitous reasoning for not supporting an independent look at what’s going on in city hall/school department is if we don’t look for anything untoward, we surely won’t find anything untoward, and if we don’t find anything untoward, because we didn’t look for anything toward, nothing untoward was exposed. Not looking for anything untoward certainly ensured that nothing untoward would be. And isn’t that the whole point of rejecting an independent forensic audit. In closing may I say, GET ON THE BUS HALF-WIT PEE PEE!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

You describe his thought process very well. He could be the city solicitor with that arguement.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 month ago

City needs full management study, which means school department too. City is a mess by any objective measure. And Clapp Park has bums living behind little league field, garbage and booze bottles and old furniture everywhere, and more craters in its driveway than a battlefield.
But it’s all a vibrant and dynamic and collaborative love fest eh Linda?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

There are bums living in the woods behind Price Chopper in Lenox.

Thank the people that work at Beacon Hill for bringing them here under a covid ruse.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The “tony” Town, Lenox. Indigent and impoverished I am planning on moving out of THE CITY, to Tony Lenox.

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

Huh

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

And thank our local leadership for welcoming them in with open arms and not asking any questions other than, how much $ we getting for this?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

There are bums living….I mean working for city hall, ha,ha

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

Ground rule double if a ball lands on a needle

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

The Mayor needs to step in and use common sense and get that fence up 1 month ago.This lack of effort by her is going to cost her 2000 votes in Pittsfield.Maybe they can clean paint and open bathrooms at Belanger track a month ago.Many elderly do physical rehabing at that track.I blame Caccamo on the track.The mayor shoul fire the department head that says no to anything…..Trump insurection was 1/6/2021 the day an American President refused to defend the constitution of the United States along with Fox Media of Billionaires

Dunb Berg
Dunb Berg
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I can’t wait for Tyer and the Stooge to retire.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Funny! When I read any of your posts a certain tune always comes to mind.

Patsy Cline’s Crazy, nothing but crazy

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Trump love reminds me of that too.

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

show us where he touched you, School Committee

Conflict of Interest
Conflict of Interest
Reply to  Teecha Teecha
1 month ago

There is a “high risk” domestic violence task force because some people’s p* is more valuable than others. There is no statute of limitation for sex/labor trafficking a child. You suck at your job. I’m on it.

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

I was thinking the theme to “Looney Tunes,” cartoon.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

This reminds me of TSC
https://youtu.be/_xRCbdFrSSc

Annulgas
Annulgas
1 month ago

Another “look over there, not over here” article in the local paper. Story about how opiod deaths in the state have risen. Instead of citing numbers for Pittsfield, it cites numbers for Bekrshire county. They do the same misdirect for the Covid deaths.
Obviously the city DOES NOT WANT ITS REAL NUMBERS published. Elsewise, they would. More openess and honesty in Pittsfield. I am guessing the real numbers would be too embarrassing and reflect poorly on the city which probably accounts for 95%.

Stugscent
Stugscent
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Speaking of scum wonder how Carm likes hadies.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

That is an excellent subject to delve into Dan as I believe our city and our county is being made destroyed by all of these drugs. The Biden administration and the drug cartels are working together whether knowingly or unknowingly to destroy our country from within. This is happening in Europe also. China used opium to destroy countries in the past. The far left Marxists know they can’t use that drug, but they sure can use others to weaken us.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Sorry, you’ve got it backwards: it was England that used opium to destroy China.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

FDR’s grandpa, Warren Delano was a major dope dealer in China. That’s how that family got rich.

Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Thus the rebirth of the Rolling Stones

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Delano played a part.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Sorry, I knew somebody used opium to destroy countries. It’s the same thing going on now though with drugs being used to destroy a lot of people in this country. It makes it so much easier to take over a country as the far left Marxists want to do.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pat
Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Yeah well enough with the fake news Pat.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Thanks. Please don’t include us liberal democrats with far left Marxists.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

You mean anyone with information such as crackwhore/junkies breaking into homes and destroying property/stealing personal possessions, and the corrupt cops doing nothing about it, including not arrested the malicious violent psychotic pathological liar crackwhore/junkie.

Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

Cabral types

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

See if you an get Pittsfields opiod death numbers. The mayor and local paper do not seem to think you should know how bad it really is in Pittsfield. Either that or they are way too embarrassed to reveal them. I hear the number is quite disturbing.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

While I’m no more a fan of the left-wing Parrot than you are Annu, the truth is that the DPH did not release figures for local communities-except for a few notables that saw either a large increase or decrease. Only county figures were released. Just like COVID data, individual community numbers will likely be released at a later date. All of the released data is available on the DPH web site.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Two Cents
1 month ago

Are you saying the mayor or BHS have no idea how many opiod deaths there are in Pittsfield? And if not, should’nt she want to know? Surely BHS knows how many were pronounced dead in their emergency room.

Junkie For Rent
Junkie For Rent
Reply to  Two Cents
1 month ago

That’s a lie. The city keeps track of its numbers via DPH local reporting. Every opioid death is tracked back to at least the city it happened in. Since a fairly high percentage of these deaths happen to people with “no known address” they should at least report on the “where” of where it happened.

Juan Alvarez
Juan Alvarez
1 month ago

Remember Andrea was going to erase opioid deaths. Up 44% last year. Too busy trying to spin narratives to care about that I guess.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Juan Alvarez
1 month ago

Also currently lots of drugs flowing into the country thanks to the open borders policy of the Biden administration. Drug cartels are celebrating every day for their good fortune of Biden being elected.

Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

What a picture that Parks Committee presents. California looks a little worn don’t yah think? Sick and tired of these retreads.

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

Dumb statement Fox 20 loop.

Aerin
Aerin
Reply to  Juan Alvarez
1 month ago

Harrington spins injection sites because it’s a progressive based on some foreign study. It’s like giving kids alcohol before the prom because “they’re going do it anyway.” I’d like to know what neighborhood will host these sites? Why aren’t we asking for more funds to help with this horrible addiction instead of talking all day about potholes?

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  Juan Alvarez
1 month ago

I’d personally rather slam gallons of heroin than live with the reality of her as my DA any day

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
1 month ago

On the trolling the lake tale, did someone put up posters advertising that if you have a death wish, e.g, suicide, or having your brains blown out in one of Pittsfield’s many violent ghettos, COME TO PITTSFIELD, MA. A REAL SCHITT HOLE in which to spend your last miserable moments. I only ask because last year a Troy man traveled to a motel on West Housatonic Street and attempted suicide by a lethal injection of heroin after the dead body of the 6-year-old son of his girlfriend was found unresponsive in a bathtub of the couple’s apartment. And a man was found dead in Silver Lake last year. Certainly no one that wanted to live would even dip their toe into Silver Lake. Also there have been several women shot to death in Pittsfield while just sitting in their cars, including a 32-year-old woman from Becket. And then there’s that tragic unsolved Plunkett Street Pittsfield, MA death of an 11-year-old child from Florida and the death of the little girl’s drug addled alcoholic suicidal unemployed father, also from Florida.

Phil Atyer
Phil Atyer
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

Children and Famlies Organization. Lame-lame professionals”

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Phil Atyer
1 month ago

If that little 11-year-old girl living with her junkie/alcoholic/suicidal/unemployed father wasn’t DCF’s poster child for at-risk children in Pittsfield, then I don’t know who the f*** is. But then if DCF attended to children who really are being abused,molested,raped, pimped out by the certified foster fathers, or neglected to death in their crib by 600 pounds of certified foster parents they wouldn’t have time to torment innocent babies who are nurtured, loved and adored by their innocent families.

As a side note, didn’t several DCF professional monsters watch two males engage in sordid sex acts behind the Boy’s Club, a place full of young children, allowing this perversion to go on for some time before someone finally called the cops

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

You’ve got it wrong.
The cops know who killed Heather, and they’re not doing anything about it.
Half of Pittsfield knows.
Her father was clean and sober until a nasty piece of work and her wannbe drugs dealer boyfriend schemed there way into his apartment.
They had his bank card and pin number when the cops stopped them trying to enter the apartment after the bodies were found.
They just kept him wasted.
Not the first time this woman has turned up in a crack house with a body either.
But nope, nothing to see here, folks.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

The young girl’s name was Hannah, unless you’re referring to the coverup of another dead 11-year-old child in Pittsfield, MA. which would not surprise me. Are you saying that saying that Hannah was intentionally killed, murdered, and the corrupt PPD are covering this up, and protecting a nasty piece work, a crackhead/crackwhore?, because I would believe that. I’ve always found it hard to believe that no one checked on the well being of this young girl from late June when she was last seen alive, through the entire HOT month of July and into the first HOT week of August when her little rotting corpse was finally discovered rolled up in a carpet. But I did read that while his daughter was rotting away, her father was hospitalized at Jones 3 because he was suicidal. Certainly he had an opportunity to report the death of his daughter to someone instead of leaving her little corpse to rot away. I only see one victim in this tragedy, and it isn’t the father, even if he was manipulated by a nasty piece of work and her drug dealing boyfriend. But without a doubt, I would believe that the cops would protect a nasty piece of work and a drug dealer before they’d protect an innocent child. I’ve also read that the PPD was nasty to the grieving mother of the dead child. She allegedly couldn’t get a straight answer from the cops. The life and the death of this child did not appear to be a priority for the city of Pittsfield, the cops, or DCF. I’ve never seen a protest in Park Square over the death of this young girl. Where was the outrage? I believe the city of Pittsfield/cops/DCF wanted the death of this child to disappear quickly, like it had never happened.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

O’Biden: what a disaster he’s been in only four short months in office!
No wonder he doesn’t hold real press conferences!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/12/ted-cruz-wallops-joe-biden-for-bungling-gas-and-border-crisis-middle-east-war-and-inflation/

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

I’m more worried about the major shortage of brain cells at The White House and what direction we are going.

Agent 86
Agent 86
1 month ago

I happened to be driving on Churchill , almost to the causeway and I noticed about 20 police vehicles parked in a driveway of a house up on the west side of Churchill. They were from different towns. Could this have something to do with the Pontoosuc lake thing?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Don’t let TSC know about it because they will think it’s another peaceful demonstration:)

Hy Uhstovuh
Hy Uhstovuh
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Maybe they were checking Bob Baffartshorse for impurities. You did say Churchill.

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

They allegedly found a body in the water near/at the Rusty Anchor.

Hy Uhstovuh
Hy Uhstovuh
Reply to  Teecha Teecha
1 month ago

What a city?

Thomas Betit
Thomas Betit
1 month ago

Is the city avoiding using Clspp park due to the migration of homeless now encamped ?

Seems council speaks out both sides of its mouth,they were for audit before they were against it.

Any change is a good change, 2022 don’t vote for any incumbents.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

This is what happens when all police are being called racists. The national murder rate in our country has skyrocketed. Police are being ambushed. Our VP Kamala Harris was bailing out violent rioters including ones that attacked federal buildings. Farmers and land owners in South Africa are being murdered after Marxists started the cancel culture in that area. In our country white farmers will not be given bailout money from Biden in his COVID relief package. That is 4 billion dollars unless you happen to be white. White farmers are now suing the government for loan forgiveness. See how the Marxists are pitting us against each other just as was done in South Africa with violent results.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ8YtPuwJnU

J2S
J2S
1 month ago

Don’t tell me that the city doesn’t tune in to the Planet. The Planet and community has been talking about this forever. From I Berkshire , but you know who has been all over this forever.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/64901/Pittsfield-City-Council-Talks-Potholes-Street-Repair-Prioritization.html

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Israel is on the brink of war, but Progressives do not like Biden’s response. They want our ally Israel to suffer it seems. Omarr and her far left cronies do not want us to support Israel just as the radical Islamists are against Israel.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Evidently since Park Commission Chairman Tony Demartino’s son no longer plays baseball for Taconic High School he could care less about the condition of the City’s athletic fields. Currently his son is excelling at baseball in college. Wonder how Tony would have felt as a parent when his son was being scouted out by colleges for a baseball scholarship and had to play on a JV field. Bet he would not have liked it at all! Guess he no longer cares as he no longer needs the fields, maybe he should step down as a member of the Park Commission.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

Thank you for sharing your email letter about PAC Man Richie Neal proudly saying that he gave Williams College a $4.2 million stimulus check, despite the fact that Williams College has a multi-billion-dollar slush fund (or endowment). I enjoy reading your political views about Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Beacon Hill, and Swamp politics. I agree with you that all of the ruling elites from Great Barrington on down to the Swamp do nothing but disservices to little guys like you and me.

Senator Ed Markey is critical of Israel, but now Israel is being bombarded with Hamas’ missiles from Palestine, but we are not hearing from the U.S. Senator from Chevy Chase, Maryland who, like Billionaire John Forbes Kerry, spews useless hot air about the Green New Deal and climate change, while the U.S.A. is the number 2 polluter of greenhouse gasses in the World behind China. I do not understand what Joe Biden is doing other than having the highest inflation rate in 13 years, which is far worse than any federal tax on the working class.

I have been reading letters to the Editor of the Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) from citizens and political candidates in Lee Massachusetts about the corrupt EPA and heavily indebted GE’s plan to put a toxic waste dump there. The people who live in Lee and Lenoxdale mostly oppose the horrible settlement, but the ruling elites, including Chrome Down and Smitty Pignatelli, along with PAC Man Richie Neal, are still screwing the people over. If I lived in Lee or Lenoxdale, and my property value plummeted from a toxic waste dump in my neighborhood, I would ask the ruling elites to pay me for my financial losses, but when my telephone doesn’t ring, I would know I received yet another disservice from my corrupt politicians who only answer their telephones for greedy lobbyists.

Lastly, I agree with you about protesting Great Barrington renaming their middle school after registered Communist W.E.B. DuBois, who was friends with Stalin, who killed millions more innocent people than Hitler. We should never forget our history, especially now when the ruling elites and corporate elites are profiting off of the inequitable K-shaped recovery/recession we are in. If one studied history 100 years ago from 2021, he or she would find parallels to current events. When the World was in crisis with economic inequality, huge public debts, rising inflation, and political instability 100 years ago, Adolf Hitler rose to power, and we all know what followed: The Holocaust, World War 2, and then Stalin wanting to control all of Europe during the Cold War where the World was on the brink of being nuked for decades on end.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

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Representative Neil has failed miserably to help veterans, elderly, working poor, small businesses, students, and disabled. The good news he has gone out of his way to give a relief check to Williams College for 4.2 million dollars. Williams College has an endowment 0f $2,749,653,000.00, tuition is $55, 450.00 and the average professor makes $150,000.00 a year with benefits. Williams College is literally worth BILLIONS and Richie Neal is proud to buy them lunch on out tab. What a guy. Of Course the rest of the MA delegation helped as well.

The same delegation that stiffed millions of veterans, workers, small businesses, elderly and disabled had to move aside so a billionaire coult get a big check. Will BIll Gates be getting Food Stamps next, will the Beacon Hill Gang get new electric cars to sit around the State House to steal our money too?

To those that vote for Richie Pac Man Neal, thanks for nothing!

To Richie, &%&$()#@*(&^%$#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is very easy to HATE Congress. Guys like Richie Neal, Liz Warren and Ed Markey from MD make it too easy to hate the Swamp!

Patrick Fennell

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