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FRIENDS OF SPRINGSIDE PARK WALK-THROUGH, MEETING TOMORROW; FIGHT AGAINST RAPACIOUS, OUTSIDER $400K BIKE PROJECT JUST GETTING STARTED

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1 — This just in from the Pittsfield Police.

Juvenile firearms Offenses 06-30-21

First of Two Parts

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 30, 2021) — It’s hard enough to say good bye to June, and THE PLANET doesn’t mean June Osborn, who should have been on the wall in the first season of TV’s  The Handmaid’s Tale.

That said, we never want to be forced into saying goodbye to our wetlands and woodlands in Berkshire County. These rural enchantments are the Berkshires, not development and not needless projects that cater to a tiny minority.

Cut to the chase: Tomorrow night there’s an informational walk-through-then meeting concerning Springside Park and the proposed mountain bike track that threatens to rip the heart out of this serene and unperturbed sanctuary. Make no mistake and don’t be fooled by the Bike Mafia’s slick presentations as they try to bamboozle elected officials and, once more, screw Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

The Bike Mafia, led by “200 Hours Russo,” has already wrecked downtown North Street. Don’t let them do the same at Springside Park.

State Sen. Chrome Dome walks with loser candidate Joe Kennedy in Springside Park. They are feeding the “houseless” sour milk. Behind, D.A. “Wrong Way” Harrington (behind, yellow top) shows, too, that she “cares.”

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WHO: Friends of Springside Park

WHAT: Walk-through at Springside Park followed by meeting.

WHEN/WHERE: Walk-through 5:30 p.m. … Meeting 7 p.m., Pittsfield Library … Thursday July 1 (tomorrow).

WHY: To preserve both natural beauty and civic sanity.

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Here is a message sent out by the founders of the Friends of Springside Park, Royal Hartigan and Elizabeth Kulas:

We are looking for people who will support our efforts to save Springside Park, a beautiful, unique, 237-acre park that has a diversity of flora, fauna, and terrain, unusual for a park of its size, especially in the midst of our city of Pittsfield, Mass.

There has been a concerted effort by the bike industry, bike associations (IMBA and NEMBA), some local officials, and local bike advocates to invade the park with trails and pump tracks and make it “mountain bike central” for the northeastern u.s. and even the entire country.

The current issue is about springside park and its gift to us as a natural place for all people for over a century. The issue is not about mountain biking, which is legitimate in an appropriate setting, but not at Springside. Despite statements to the contrary, we believe that the mountain biking goal is to take over the entire park.

Please consider coming to the walk-through at the park this Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm, and  the commission meeting at 7 pm at the library. You are encouraged to voice your support for keeping Springside a natural open space for all people, and not for a restricted single interest few.

Springside, back in the day, when city officials gave a hoot.

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Here are two informational packets on Springside Park.

Parks Commission Sub 7-1-21 E Kulas 4.

Parks Commission Sub 7-1-21 E Kulas 3

Each contains some fabulous information on the park, most of which will be news to many of our readers.

As you may recall, THE PLANET  first got on this story in our May 19 edition. The saga has legs, as they say in the business. We certainly hope it doesn’t have wheels.

The bike lobbyists are trying to cower cowardly politicians into producing a triumph for their outside lobby, one that will continue the destruction of the city gem that once was, still partially is, and can fully again be an oasis from the myths and madness occurring daily in the city we love. Now more than ever, we need the sanity provided by places such as Ice Glen, Canoe Meadows, and Springside Park.

The Bike Mafia has raised thousands of dollars to build a hiphop trick-track for a new breed of bikers. These pedalers want to show off their pointless skills with ramps and obstacles. Apparently, judging by their proposal, they have little concern for what and who they destroy in the process of their indulgent, “look at me!” satisfaction.

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By far the most important aspect of the Friends of Springside Park’s message above is the warning on the ultimate plans of the bikers.

Read it again: “Despite statements to the contrary, we believe that the mountain biking goal is to take over the entire park.”

Yeah, and skating too!

If there is even the remotest possibility of this happening, then the current plan of NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) needs to be squashed. Actually, from what we gather, that possibility is not remote. More like a probability if nothing is done to stop it. As Deputy Barney Fife used to say, “Ange, ya gotta nip it in the bud!”

NEMBA intends to raise $400,000 for phase one of this installation and is actively hitting up for donations. They have even announced the company that will build the facility, Powder Horn from Colorado.

What’s actually going on here? And who, if anyone, will secretly profit from a needless project that will destroy so much of the park? These points require a full vetting, given the fact that the NEMBA’s Berkshire Chapter has nine, count ’em, nine mountain bike tracks in its jurisdiction. That’s plenty of space to pedal one’s ass.

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Powder Horn has this on its website:

🚨WE NEED YOUR HELP WESTERN MASS!!🚨

Powder Horn Trail Co., in association with @progressivebikeramps and @velosolutions has been commissioned to create New England’s newest and largest municipal bike park!! This 3-acre facility at Springside Park in Pittsfield, MA would contain a world-champs eligible pump track, multiple skills courses, flow zone, and dual slalom training course!!

This project is currently under review by the City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, and there are some members of the public who have voiced their opposition. We need YOU to step up, spread the word, and voice your support by emailing the Parks and Rec. clerk at rmanship@cityofpittsfield.org.

With your help, we can make this dream MTB facility a free and amazing reality for all!!!! ⚡️


#ThisIsPowderHorn

Yeah, and this is also Powder Horn and what they did to a mountainside in Killington, VT:

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Already, we have discrepancies.

  • Discrepancy 1 — Local advocates favoring this desecration of Springside call it a one-acre park. Power Horn says three. Which is it?
  • Discrepancy 2 — Notice that on the NEMBA website, Alison McGee, president of the Berkshire Chapter, calls Springside Park “the approved location.” THE PLANET to McGee: Nothing has been approved. You are either misinformed, or you are lying. We don’t see a third possibility. If there is one, we’d love to hear it.
  • Discrepancy 3 — Power Horn calls this future monstrosity “New England’s … largest municipal bike park.” McGee calls it “medium -scale.” Size matters.

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Here’s McGee’s propaganda from her website:

BERKSHIRE NEMBA’S NEWEST PROJECT! BERKSHIRE BIKE SKILLS PARK!

This project is to construct the first professionally built bike skills park in the Western Massachusetts area. The 1+ acre park will include a paved pump track, youth area, jump line, cross country trail, and possibly a dual slalom in order to creatively enhance outdoor recreation in the region.

Springside Park, the approved location, is the city of Pittsfield’s largest park. Although it has beautiful woods and some trails, the park is currently in disrepair and underused. There is a history of negative activity/crime within it and it abuts one of the city’s low-income neighborhoods (walking distance from both a middle school and elementary school). Enhancing the park would open up healthy, safe possibilities for the residents–and youth in particular–of these neighborhoods as it is accessible without car, of high interest, and would be safe and well-constructed. With the addition of the bike park, local bike advocacy groups and programs will be able to increase their events and activities to bring positive recreation events to the community.

Springside Park is already the location of a free weekly mountain bike race series, a girls mountain bike summer camp program (Little Bellas), a practice location for the local NEHSCA youth mountain bike team, and has potential for much more activities linked with the schools and community, especially with more infrastructure in place such as the bike skills park and access enhancements (road and parking, which are proposed to be addressed as part of this project).

There is a very strong community of bike riders in the area and many people visit from surrounding states to ride trails and local downhill park options. The Bike Skills Park will add an additional attraction for people who are familiar with the area and will help bring even more recreation economy support to the region.

In the News:

11/20/2020 iBerkshires- Park Commission Approval

12/4/2020 – Berkshire Eagle – More Pump Track Details

1/8/2021 – iBerkshires – Commission OKs Location

Project Contact: Alison McGee, President of Berkshire NEMBA Chapter

Berkshire Bike Skills Park Facebook Page

Project Overview:

A medium-scale bike skills park, spanning approximately 1 acre and including a pump track and other features designed to grow bike handling skills of riders of all ages. This park would be of a size to draw visiting riders from a wide radius as well as secure and enhance the riding community that already exists in the Berkshires. It would provide an extremely fun, yet safe, recreation option for everyone from toddlers on strider bikes, to BMX riders, to mountain, cyclocross, and road riders, to pro and expert bikers. Materials would be a mix of natural dirt, constructed obstacles, and paved tracks, all integrated with the style and environment of the surrounding park. This is being organized by Berkshire NEMBA, Berkshire Mountain Bike

Did you get her reference to “more recreation economy to support the region.” There you have it: Another dreaded “economic engine.” Every time Pittsfield gets another one touted by The Suits, taxpayers lose money and private interests benefit.

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Finally, you can bet the advocates will have their shills attending the Friends’ walk-through and meeting. THE PLANET asks that anyone who wishes to preserve Springside Park from further destruction and humiliation (home for the “houseless,” anyone?) to attend.

Finally, to Alison McGee: The next time you go to hop on your bike, may the seat is missing.

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“What is a man to do who has tasted how sweet is philosophy and known the folly of the multitude?”Plato, The Republic.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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royal hartigan
royal hartigan
2 months ago

great dan, thanks for supporting springside park as a majestic natural treasure.

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
Reply to  royal hartigan
2 months ago

You folks talk about the park like it’s not full of houseless folks and their waste.

BumJumper
BumJumper
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

Those are the jumps. It’s called Jump a Bum park!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

June 30, 2021

Put the bike project in Barry and the Lovely Linda’s wealthy gated community near the Pittsfield/Hancock border instead of in Springside Park. While you’re at it, put the “houseless” families in Barry and the Lovely Linda’s wealthy gated community, too. While you’re at it, put GE’s proposed toxic waste dump planned for Lee (Massachusetts) in Barry and the Lovely Linda’s wealthy gated community, too. Hell, why not put everything that is wrong with Pittsfield and Berkshire County in Barry and the Lovely Linda’s wealthy gated community?

– Jonathan Melle

Post Script: I wrote Smitty Pignatelli an open letter. I hope to share it with Planet Valenti’s blog readers. Smitty didn’t respond, of course.

June 29, 2021

Hello Lenox State Representative Smitty Pignatelli,

You have been in the Boston State House for nearly 20 years now. You have a college business degree in Finance. You used to work at Lee Bank prior to being a decades-long career politician in Boston. You know a lot about state government and finance. I was wondering if you can answer the Boston Herald letter writer’s question about all of the money grabs by Beacon Hill lawmakers on Massachusetts taxpayers with lousy results. I, too, wonder where does the money go? Perhaps you can vote yourself another 40 percent pay raise, and collect 3 additional legislative pay raises this year of 2021, while voting to raise state taxes on Massachusetts taxpayers. Or maybe you can vote for another two Speakers of the State House of Representatives who end up being convicted Felons. Keep up your work in Boston enriching yourself and your Beacon Hill colleagues on the backs of the taxpayers you do so many disservices against. I hope that you started out your political career decades ago with ideals, but now it is clear that you are part of the corruption in government. When you retire from Beacon Hill with your 6-figure state pension and perks, are you going to follow in Peter Larkin, Dan Bosley and Stan Rosenberg’s footsteps and become yet another highly paid Beacon Hill lobbyist? I hope that the Boston Statehouse will have a Hall of Shame full of pictures of corrupt career politicians and/or greedy lobbyists. They could put a picture of you in the center of the exhibit of all of Beacon Hill’s corrupt politicians screwing over the people and taxpayers of Massachusetts. It should be called “Shitty’s Pig Pen”!

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

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Where does the money go?

What do you get when the Democratically controlled State is in charge? Urban interstate and bridge decay among the highest in the U.S. You also get one of the highest per mile cost of highway maintenance in the country. So, where does all the money go to when hard working individuals are taxed? Now, the millionaires tax is being floated to grab more money. The money from lottery sales, marijuana sales, income tax, sales tax and the whole gambit of assaults on our pocketbooks continues.

— Don Houghton,

Quincy

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Annulgas
Annulgas
2 months ago

Powder Horn, Colorado? Are these folk friends of the mayor? Was this a bid project?

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

35 Fletcher Ct. Breckenridge, CO is a long way from Powder Horn..

Lionel Smiths
Lionel Smiths
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Hyatt Tree Co. from Sheffield, MA also resides in Colorado. The old PCB clean-up contract.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

3 Pheasant Way
Pittsfield MA 01201
Past Addresses: Homes, Rental Properties, businesses, apartments, condos and/or other real estate associated with Barry Clairmont in Pittsfield, MA.35 Pearl St
Pittsfield MA 01201
67 Federal St, Unit 3D
Pittsfield MA 01201
35 Fletcher Ct
Breckenridge CO 80424
Po Box 5615
Breckenridge CO 80424
2210 NE 24th Ave
Cape Coral FL 33909
12 Lillybrook Rd
Pittsfield MA 01201

That help?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Thomas More
2 months ago

And Powder Horn is a long way from Pittsfield but apparently they are the only ones who can do the job?

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Powder Horn Trail Company, who is reportedly on deck for this project, is in New Hampshire.

The Powder Horn Trail Company – Trail Building, Machine Operation

Annulgas
Annulgas
2 months ago

I don’t think there needs to be any “bamboozling of elected officials” in Pittsfield. While most councilors were elected to represent the taxpayers they have shown an unbending willingness to do what the mayor demands of them. Right Yuki? Right Pete? Right Lampiasi?
My guess is these “elected officials” were brought on board some time ago and have neither the courage or integrity to express an original thought. This thing is probably a done deal regardless of any uproar. But I am all for the uproar as I enjoy seeing these pussy politicians get bitch slapped once in a while.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Pete White likes raising taxes.Pete White will never cut taxes.Our councilors are lazy uninteresred in finding out how the budget works,they just say yes.Pete does not know the average SS check is a disgusting 1,300 bucks.That is shameful.Pete will take all of it.The gentrification of Pittsfield has begun and the democrats on the council are forcing poor people to sell their homes and leave town.Ward 3 and 4 run Pittsfield.All alarge councilors positions should be abolished

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Springside Park is close to lots of neighborhoods and the noise from making it a motorized bike park will be deafening to all of the houses near the park. Not to mention the fuel smell and the destruction of the peace and quiet of the park. If there was ever a time that the public needed a local park to be calm and serene to soothe our frazzled nerves, this is that time. We go to the park to hear bird song and the other soothing sounds of nature, but not the revving of engines. You can be sure that the wealthy politicians wouldn’t want all of that noise in their neighborhood. Many of them intentionally live near peaceful hiking trails so they can walk out their door and quietly enjoy the great outdoors.

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Not motorized, it’s for kids on mountain bikes. Remember to read.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I agree Dan. True, I should have read it all, but I was on my way to work. Aren’t they noisy though?

Lionel Smiths
Lionel Smiths
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

A mountain bike is a pedal bicycle with wider tires than a street bicycle & suspension – not usually motorized.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

The answer to everything on this board is to do nothing and cut corporate taxes and surpress minority voting…….That been America for 40 years.Even democrats got into the act for 30 of those 40 years…..rich got richer and the bottom of the economic pyramid got wider.Fox media became the church of the rich.

Last edited 2 months ago by The school committee
Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Nope. Bike skills parks are built in a way that makes them unusable for motorized vehicles.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

OH, so only kids can use it huh? That is a little better.

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

From the description posted, it doesn’t sound like it’s just for kids. They plan on an area for kids but if their goal is to boost a “recreational economy”, they’re looking for adults to come here.

Pish Posh
Pish Posh
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Learn to read. Mountain bikes dumbass.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pish Posh
2 months ago

I think Pat makes a good point. It will be commotion noise and traffic and probably lights like at bosquet for evening bike riding. On addition to all the noise and disruption for construction.

The political class doesn’t give a hoot about the quality of life for normal people in the COP or Berkshire Co in general.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

The Berkshires are trying to become a recreational destination. Glendale has the Rockwell museum and Pittsfield is building for a healthy family destination vacation spot building for fun and healthy living.It is so easy to be against everthing white men dont think is cool.Example is the skate park that out of town naysayers thought was a disaster.Our kids absolutely love the skateboard park…..Old white male Trumpers want corporate poison dumped in rivers just like when they were kids.For gods sake please open your mind to healthy things Pittsfield is doing…..Im shocked at how short sighted and close minded my over 60 crowd is.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Healthy things are no drugs anywhere, stop the racism of calling people “old white men”, noise control in our cities because excessive noise raises blood pressure and stress levels like with the abuse of fireworks around the 4th of July usually in the poorer neighborhoods since the wealthy neighborhoods don’t want their peaceful holiday barbeques to be spoiled by people setting off bombs in their backyards to supposedly celebrate the 4th of July, and motorized bikes in parks that should be for relaxation to lower blood pressure and promote good health.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Moron? From someone who by the sounds of things spent 3 years of your life in 5th grade…

J2S
J2S
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Pat,
That post was directed at TSC’ s post calling you a moron which is now gone.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

TSC loves fireworks. Reminds him of his acid trips.

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

False information from a fool.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Independent Fact Checker
2 months ago

Your are not a fool

X-Lachs Lounge
X-Lachs Lounge
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Chap 507 is this you?

Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Thanks

Lionel Smiths
Lionel Smiths
2 months ago
The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

The Innovation Center has 11 cars parked outside the 15 million dollar building in the middle of the work day.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Probably a taxpayer funded catered lunch

Ethics
Ethics
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Looks like a trailer house on stilts. Cheap looking building.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Ethics
2 months ago

Both buildings are ugly.Just a nice brick rectangle would be enough.I figure maybe 12 people work in the 15,000,000.00 dollar building.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

They should have used that for the drug rehab. Or at least part of it.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Ethics
2 months ago

Or a collection of shipping containers – that is my impression. And of course they innovate something? Uggh it would be funny but is not. Also, the signs around Silver Lake are kinda scary.

Last edited 2 months ago by Kermit Frog
Lenny
Lenny
2 months ago

Allison McGee, isn’t she a current member of the school committee?

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Lenny
2 months ago

yes

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

On one hand a small bike track wouldnt kill the park’s natural beauty.
On the other, a business based on soliciting donations is shady. Kind of sounds like a non-profit

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

I love the new bike park by PHS, the graffiti just calls out the beauty of the city.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
2 months ago

Will hypodermic needles puncture mountain bike tires?

Ethics
Ethics
2 months ago

Attorney Sullivan/who called for Andrea Harrington’s resignation knows the DA’s office from previous admin.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/28920/Three-New-Berkshire-Assistant-DAs-Appointed.html?ss_id=1679

Nipples Harrington
Nipples Harrington
Reply to  Ethics
2 months ago

We’ll get Nipples out of there and get someone competent in there like this guy.

Ethics
Ethics
Reply to  Nipples Harrington
2 months ago

Can not trust anyone who worked under previous prosecutor. No.

Sure thing
Sure thing
Reply to  Ethics
2 months ago

Wait we are talking about the drunk Bobby Sullivan? Rumor has it he is non stop calling the DA her office and other colleagues then drunk challenging her to a nightly 2 am Facebook debates. Ahh no thanks !

vote
vote
Reply to  Sure thing
2 months ago

Evidence?

vote
vote
Reply to  Sure thing
2 months ago

You lied your way into the job. Stop lying andrea.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  Sure thing
2 months ago

Here we go with the mudslinging accusations.

Bikeless
Bikeless
2 months ago

There’s no reason for this and it goes against the prior master plan for the parks.
This is again a very narrow special interest group with deep pockets trying to leverage grant money into a payday. There’s about a BILLION other places that make more sense.

Also why didn’t they paint over the dotted lines on north street. The old lanes are still there.

Slick Nick Russo
Slick Nick Russo
Reply to  Bikeless
2 months ago

You beat me to it, isn’t there legislature, or bylaws, or something that stipulates it is illegal to build this? Someone please pass along the proper info. I’m not against bikes, I too bike. But, I a, against hipsters ruining things for personal agendas.

Caccamos bike lanes on Elm St are a safety hazard. Everyone parks in them and I almost saw a poor kid get hit from behind rounding the corner across from the babershop today because everyone drives in it too.

James
James
2 months ago

Kudos on the photo and caption, you had me ROFL, Dan!

Dee Yewmittitee
Dee Yewmittitee
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Stay safe with today’s heat. Check on elderly neighbors. If your neighbor is a gang banger…..let em sweat……just sayin…

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Dee Yewmittitee
2 months ago

If your neighbor is a gang banger there is probably a nice air conditioned room with big screen TVs and snacks at the DAs office. And they may come pick you up and bring you home later.

James
James
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

And give you a nice backpack party favor.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Off topic. There is a Legal Notice – Invitation for Bid from the Mayor’s office today asking for $250,000 to renovate the inside of 21 Eleanor Road. A few months ago there was another bid for $200,000 to renovate the outside. Does anyone know what is so special about this house? When the average cost of homes in that neighbor is just short of $200,000, why is the City investing close to a half a million on this house? Where is this money coming from? Is it a Grant? Or, is it taxpayer’s money? Is the Mayor planning on doing these expensive renovations on the Kapinsk’s house? How about taking this close to a half a million and repair the roads, or clean up the parks? The secret doings of this Administration blow my mind!

Crack House
Crack House
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

This is going to be a placement facility for drug rehab patients. A group home secretly secreted in a neighborhood. Up to 4 junkies with 6 supervisors, 24/7.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Crack House
2 months ago

Why is the city getting involved, isn’t this usually run by the Brien Center? I don’t think the city should be involved in such an endeavor

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

The Brien Center isn’t the only agency in the city running recovery homes. Vertava Health (formerly Swift River) and ALC/Alternative Living Center have recovery homes in Pittsfield

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Do we know who owns that house?

Duh Reeltor
Duh Reeltor
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

M Sciola

Crack House
Crack House
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

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City of Pittsfield. This is a DA/City junkie diversion program.
House is worth $150k, they dump $500k into it to rehab it into a junkie group home.

Krolator
Krolator
Reply to  Crack House
2 months ago

I’m not buying on Eleanor rd. That’s for Dickinson.

Crack House
Crack House
Reply to  Krolator
2 months ago

Wait and see crack baby

Ethics
Ethics
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Were not grants procured for such, specific for addressing the need in Massachusetts for Rehabilitation?

Last edited 2 months ago by Ethics
Crack Baby
Crack Baby
Reply to  Ethics
2 months ago

$500k in grants for a $150k property is absurd.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Crack Baby
2 months ago

How much would it have cost to build new? Follow the money on this one kids. Zero oversight in Pittsfield but “it is the best city in the state to raise your kids”. BARFFF

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
2 months ago

And he said it is a victory for the black community. UH OH!!

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I saw one news report that said Cosby said that. Now other stations are saying he said nothing.

Flat Albert
Flat Albert
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Hey, hey, hey.

Slick Nick Russo
Slick Nick Russo
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

He got off on a technicality. He’s still 100% guilty and admitted, with immunity, that he drugged women. Bravo black community. Win win indeed

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Slick Nick Russo
2 months ago

Has our DA commented on this? Is she happy with his release?

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Regardless of what Andrea Harrington says about “believing women” or any victims, the DA is running a social media campaign that quite clearly shows she is in favor of prison abolition. This week, she is tweeting from prison policy.org. They are part of a network that supports prison abolition pure and simple.

DA Andrea Harrington
@harringtonforda
·
Jun 30

As Pride comes to a close, a critical read on what LGBTQ+ people experience in our justice system. A good reminder that our work continues.
https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2021/03/02/lgbtq/

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

A really simple solution would be to not commit crimes. If you don’t commit crimes, you don’t go to prison.

What a noble idea, huh Wrong Way?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

I will read it.Education is the only way out of the ignorant bully system.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
2 months ago

Wondering – what is there to DO in/at Springside Park?

The only thing we ever did as kids there was drink liquor before the Reid dances.

I remember one old-fashioned playground in the back (closer to the school) and the newer, colorful one on Springside.

What else is there besides trees and homeless people?

Although I don’t care for the 200 hours dude after the North Street disaster, I don’t see using a portion of the park for recreational BMX riding as a bad thing.

This is a BIG DRAW (way more than Spacey Sprockets will ever be able to boast in tourist and spectator impact).

Am I unaware of some other magical draw that Springside holds?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

Hiking in the park is the magical draw.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Many nature refuges, natural areas and urban wildernesses have mountain biking trail access in them nationally. That is because the trail standards were unified in 2007. These places have managed to preserve their lands and, in many cases, increase the wildness of those lands.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Springside is magical in the sense that it magically launders money without quarters OR detergent. Not all parks can do that.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Trying to figure out what is next for Springside Park. You have the house that has been constantly renovated for 20+ years, the homeless campground and now the bike extravaganza. How can I forget the softball fields in the corner and the baseball field. With what has happened in Pittsfield recently with donations such as the park and museum why would anyone donate anything!!

Internus
Internus
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

The amount of drugs out of that house by city interns is mind blowing.
One of the interns that now works full time for the city, had her boyfriend living there and supposedly they would deal ecstasy, heroin, and coke.
It was like a god damn pharmacy.
She and her boyfriend allegedly still deal drugs, they just live someplace else now and she’s a full time employee of the city, right Linda? You did a great job hiring her.

Ron Kitterma
Ron Kitterma
2 months ago

a great piece Dan, I drove by the freshly painted skate board park a couple of weeks ago. The city was repainting and resurfacing the whole area. It didn’t take long to graffiti the hell out of it. Pickle ball, bike lanes on North Street and now Mountain Bike trails on Springside. Hopefully we can see a huge turn over in the city council to common sense candidates that can put a halt to this insanity.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Oh Dan you forgot “inclusive.” Remember, Pittsfield is now, “vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive.” You don’t want to leave out the black male, transsexual, who identifies as a Chihuahua, do you?

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Thanks

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

Beacon Hill lawmakers predictably didn’t pass a state budget by the July 1st, 2021 deadline. Are you surprised by this?

Governor Charlie Baker and Beacon Hill lawmakers are sitting on between over $6 billion to $7 billion in slush fund and stimulus fund dollars. Are you surprised by this?

The Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) published an editorial supporting Beacon Hill State House of Representatives rules reforms that all four Berkshire based State Representatives voted against earlier this year of 2021 for their joint rules with the State Senate. The vote on ending secrecy in Boston’s State House of Representatives will happen sometime in the first two weeks of July of 2021. Do you think that Smitty Pignatelli, Tricia Farley Bouvier, Paul Mark, and John Barrett III will change their vote this time around?

I remember reading about rules reform proposals in Smitty’s first term in Boston back in 2003, and even back then Smitty opposed ending secrecy in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Smitty’s first vote that year of 2003 was a vote for Tom Finneran for Speaker. Tom Finneran is now a convicted Felon. Smitty Pignatelli wrote an op-ed in the Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) about the large number of population and job loss over the decades in Berkshire County without taking into account his decades in Boston. Smitty Pignatelli wrote an op-ed supporting GE’s proposal to put a toxic waste dump in Lee (Massachusetts). Smitty Pignatelli voted himself a 40 percent pay raise in early-2017, and he accepted 3 legislative pay raises in the beginning of 2021. Are you surprised by Smitty’s horrible public record of enriching himself while screwing over the taxpayers who pay for his public salary and perks?

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

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

What is the pay of the state reps

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

It depends of the State Reps level of corruption. The more corrupt they are, the more they get in public pay and perks. State Reps on Beacon Hill not only receive 6-figure public pay and generous perks, but then they retire and use their corrupt political connections to make even more money are registered lobbyists on Beacon Hill, which is on top of their taxpayer-funded state pensions and perks. In conclusion, if a State Rep is super corrupt, they can make millions of dollars in public pay and lobbyist salaries over the course of their political careers. I like to write to Beacon Hill State Reps and registered lobbyists about all of their taxpayer-funded pay and perks, and lobbyists salaries they take home over their decades of corrupt public DISSERVICE, but for some reason, none of them respond to my email letters. The political system rewards political corruption and lobbyists’ greed.

SARCASM: I think they should vote themselves more 40 percent legislative pay raises, and I think greedy lobbyists on Beacon Hill should make even more money by screwing over the people and taxpayers of Massachusetts. I think that Beacon Hill lobbyist Dan Bosley should collect another 2 state pensions, and write 1,000 more op-eds in Western Massachusetts newspapers praising K Street’s PAC Man Richie Neal for raking in millions of special interest corporate lobbyist donations per year. I think the retired Beacon Hill Salons should open more marijuana dispensaries and stink up more working class neighborhoods like the one behind Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. If I lived in the Allendale neighborhood in good old Pittsfield, I would look forward to waking up to stinky pot growing smells, sending my children to Allendale Elementary School that abuts 2 of GE’s toxic waste sites full in industrial chemicals, and paying excessive state and local taxes to pay for it all.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

It seems odd that suddenly people are worried about Springside Park. For many years motorcycles and ATV’s have been tearing up the park. Just like they do a St Joe’s Cemetery and so many other areas in Pittsfield. Law enforcement doesn’t bother to do anything about these trespassers. Now bikes without motors are the scurge that has people’s panties in a twist. Classic Pittsfield.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

How about it.These guys dont leave their house.

Parkin
Parkin
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

Whataboutism

It’s that they are going to spend a solid million to do this, then not take care of it. It’s lipstick on a pig.

They are on version what? Three of the skate park, needles, drug dealing, trash, graffiti, and a shooting. All at a “safe space”.

We don’t need that kind of safe space.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Obstacle courses of human waste and sleeping houseless, how lovely. Also, how many manbuns will then get city employment to run this money leech? The city cant afford it, but that won’t stop this admin.

Btw, Trump Org folks indicted in NY for circumstances similar to Berkshire Arc malfeasance. As usual, the ‘Homorable’ Maura Healey asleep at the switch.

Junki Livin
Junki Livin
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Breckinridge Co.it’s at least a coincidence Dan? Get the spies out on this one.And what is that mess on upper north going into Wahconah?…….

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Is the new megabuck dog park up at Onota lake finished yet? I have been telling my Great Dane about this place and he is anxious to get up their and take the first shit.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Fizzle, make sure you buy him some boots so he doesn’t step on any used needles. Last time I was there I ended up having to pick up my dog and carry her back to the car due to so many used needles all over the place.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Donald Trump at the border yesterday was asking a good question. Are the Democrats incompetent in their handling of the border or do they intentionally want open borders? I think it’s both. They are incompetent, but they do want millions flooding into the country.

Inn Cumming
Inn Cumming
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

My niece is a judge in summit county where Breckinridge is. Does that mean she knows the dough boy,no,and neither do I. Maybe this outfit is nationally known for this type of design? I believe one of the dough boys neighbors is from n h where the powder outfit is from? That doesn’t mean he’s remotely involved does it.

Settin Up
Settin Up
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

It is a very very narrow coincidence. This dough boy could have leaked the info by just conversation. This seems like more of a coincidence…..NOT
Dan,the A Team needs to be brought in on this one?!

Wong Hoax
Wong Hoax
2 months ago

Another fake outrage letter.

So these people claim they received a letter because they put up a Black Lives Matter flag and a Pride flag.

There are tens of thousands of those flags, signs, posters, all over berkshire county and beyond. Have we heard this before?

In one of the most liberal towns in Berkshire County, out of all the people in Berkshire County, these are the people who get an anonymous letter?

It’s interesting the police can’t find anything because there’s no return address, yeah unless the alleged criminal tells the cops where they live, the police can’t find them.
All that tells me, the cops aren’t interested because they already know what we know. It’s a hoax.

I can’t wait to hear that they have a go fund me page, a book to sell, a consulting gig to sell, or something like that.
I like how they throw the locals under the bus, for added flavor.

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Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Wong Hoax
2 months ago

The Eagle could not wait to fan the racist flames. If they can find a spark they will try to stir up the crazies.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

They are just taking cue from Xiden/Harris and Barry Sotero. They are ruining the country and have only the “evil, racist, white male, cops,” to fall back on.

The problem, people who didn’t obey the law before, certainly do not now. Want proof: Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, San Fran, Los Angeles…..etc.

What’s the common denominator amongst all?

Ethics
Ethics
Reply to  Wong Hoax
2 months ago

But, did you die ? If this didn’t happen 3x or lead to death/serious bodily injury, how is it even news ? It ain’t even a crime.

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Settin Up
Settin Up
Reply to  Wong Hoax
2 months ago

They didn’t sign the letter Paul?

Port-a-potty
Port-a-potty
Reply to  Wong Hoax
2 months ago

Who are these couples colleagues.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Wong Hoax
2 months ago

Probably sent the letters to themselves. Attention seeking liberal hoaxers.

News Reader
News Reader
2 months ago

The Eagle is looking for more handouts from the government and that seems like a very dangerous thing.

The fourth estate is supposed to be independent, it’s supposed to lack bias, it’s supposed to be truthful. Now we all know the Berkshire Eagle is none of those things but doling out tax payer money to for profit news agencies seems like a very very slippery slope to full on government run news agencies and propaganda.
We’ve seen it with big tech wielding it’s power and acting as a censorship arm of the DNC and Biden administration. We watched the quash all the bad press about Biden’s financial dealings with his son Hunter. We watched MSM and big tech kill stories about the wuhan virus, anyone that claimed that the virus came from a lab was labeled a racist, xenophobe, or a crackpot.
So what’s the solution? Does it seem like giving money to news organization via the whim of the party in charge is a good idea?
No. Just look at what that’s done to NPR, an ultra left wing propaganda machine.

All that giving news orgs taxpayer money would do is make those news orgs more susceptible to printing propaganda.

Maybe a better idea, let them figure out how to survive on their own. If they can’t adapt to the changing markets, maybe they need to fail.

Like the Eagle. They don’t know yet that anyone can read their online version for free, at any time. Years on it’s still free access all the time if you know how and it’s nothing complicated. It’s a simple trick.

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I once gave you a stick of gum.

Don't Stand So Close To Me
Don't Stand So Close To Me
2 months ago

What is the connection between Gwen Hampton-VanSant and Simon’s Rock & This school – does she teach at both ?

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/great-barrington-prep-school-to-reboot-as-claims-of-past-abuse-continue-to-haunt/article_e028fe5a-c7c0-11eb-9db8-1bff2b8c20eb.html

Fraud Detector
Fraud Detector
Reply to  Don't Stand So Close To Me
2 months ago

She’s the Shirley Edgerton, I mean Al Sharpton, I mean Alan Chartock, of south county nfp scams.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Fraud Detector
2 months ago

So, in other words, give or take a few years, this will be in-debt, shuttered, and financially mismanaged?

The clock has begun……

James
James
2 months ago

And you get a backpack, and you get a backpack!!!

Juvenile arrested in Pittsfield parking garage with loaded gun

PITTSFIELD — A juvenile arrested with a loaded firearm at the McKay Street parking garage Tuesday is being held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing, according to police.
Pittsfield Police said in a statement that an officer responding to a noise complaint at the garage at 5:25 a.m. encountered three juvenile males “loitering” on the top-level parking deck.
The officer received “limited cooperation” from one of the juveniles who was inside a vehicle, then saw something that made him think one of the youths might possess a weapon, according to a statement Wednesday afternoon from Lt. Gary Traversa.
After a backup officer arrived, police found a firearm in the juvenile’s waistband, Traversa said.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/juvenile-arrested-in-pittsfield-parking-garage-with-loaded-gun/article_5cc51676-d9e4-11eb-9184-9f7ab681ba2f.html#tncms-source=infinity-scroll-summary-latest

Nonsense Technology
Nonsense Technology
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Common man,it was only a loaded hand gun. Shot Spotter would have eventually picked up on it.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Gun possession not a violent crime. Harrington will let em skate

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Johnny99
2 months ago

There was also heroin thrown but PPD figures why bother charging them.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  laughingstock
2 months ago

So since when is throwing heroin a criminal offense?

Junkie Tran
Junkie Tran
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

The fact that you possessed it, in order to throw it, is the crime

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Johnny99
2 months ago

Given the poor education level in Pittsfield perhaps the kid thought he was in Texas and perfectly legal.

Nonsense Technology
Nonsense Technology
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Especiall6 with the latest heat- wave…..just sayin…

Rabbit hunter
Rabbit hunter
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Was it a bolt action 22 with a scope?

J2S
J2S
2 months ago

I’m wondering if an environmental impact study was done for the area they want the track to go? I mean the EPA has made sure tunnels under highways were built so turtles could use them. Many projects big and small across the country are held up or not allowed for possible endangerment of nature.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

If the opposing group (s) called in state and federal agencies to see if the local commission was correct ,it might be helpful. Also there are many environmental activists out there who might bring more attention to the project so one might get done. Personally I think it’s a done deal.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Per the NEPA and the MEPA, there is minimum size required to trigger reviews for projects. This project is well under them.

Also, though Dan Valenti fudges a lot on this and tries to claim is hard to understand, the total size of the impact area is less than standard baseball diamond or soccer field. Its about 1 acre of active use impacts (in a currently active use area) and about 2 acres of secondary impacts, all passive use in nature (in a currently passive use area). Somehow I doubt anyone would be throwing a fit about a baseball diamond or soccer field, which means this isn’t about impacts.

Agent 86
Agent 86
2 months ago

Yuki still looking for signatures on her nomination papers. Will she make it or make it fake it?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

She could probably get a few from the folk on the licensing board.

Atheory Tubeaginwith
Atheory Tubeaginwith
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

Hold a dance a thon on the bar,that’ll bring em out.

Jello Brand Rapist
Jello Brand Rapist
2 months ago

So the most recent Cosby verdict is the correct one.
A deal was stuck with a prosecutor, a judge signed off on that deal.
Part of that deal gave immunity for testimony that was used in a civil suit.

Without that deal in place, Cosby would have walked back then. He also would have won any civil suit, because the only real evidence presented at trial was the deposition he provided under the immunity deal.

If you’re given a deal, and the prosecutor and/or a judge signs off on it. That’s the deal.
The fact that the most recent prosecutor used a sealed deposition to convict Cosby was wrong. It undermines the judicial system if deals made can be undone by the next prosecutor.

Does Cosby belong in jail? Absolutely. She they have prosecuted him using the sealed depo? No. Now Cosby is going to walk, as he should, and more than likely he’s going to win millions in a civil suit, and the DA that did went to trial will probably face censure and possibly disbarment. He may also face criminal charges as he abused the authority of his office. He may also be personally liable for damages as he violated the civil rights of Dr. Cosby.

In legal circles around here we would call that a Harrington Maneuver. Doing something do stupid it violates the laws and ethics of your office.

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
Reply to  Jello Brand Rapist
2 months ago

Thank you.

Flat Albert
Flat Albert
Reply to  Jello Brand Rapist
2 months ago

Hey, hey, hey.