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THE BIKE MAFIA CHRONICLES: McGEE MUST RESIGN … McGRATH MUST CLARIFY

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 9-11, 2021) — Point 1: Alison McGee, Ms. Walking Conflict of Interest, must resign.

Question 1: Was Jim McGrath blackmailed into supporting the Bike Mafia’s plans to rip up Mother Nature at Springside Park?

Question 2: Does the Parks Commission have unilateral and sole right to approve the bike plans?

Let’s address this triple bill.

POINT 1

McGee is  a member of the Pittsfield School Committee hyping a for-profit, private company — bike-trail building Powder Horn — for the purpose of establishing a commercial complex in one of the last of the city’s natural wonders. If she wants to hustle for Power Horn, she has to quit the school board. If, on the other hand, she wants to retain her school post, she needs to immediately quit the entire Springside Park travesty.

McGee is also duty-bound to reveal the full extent of her involvement with Powder Horn. She claims she is a volunteer. Fine.  Has she received comps and favors beyond cash? If so, what are they? If Powder Horn’s intentions are to expand the bike trails and pump track into condominiums and other tourist attractions at Springside, what will McGee’s compensation be, if any? What, if anything, has been promised?

These questions would have gone away if McGee didn’t hide from THE PLANET‘s inquiries. Her silence, inferentially and circumstantially, has done the speaking for her.

McGee’s conflict of interest is direct and simple.

She is the head of the Berkshire Chapter, NEMBA. She is also a municipal employee.

From Massachusetts General Law, Section 19(d): “Self-dealing and nepotism. Participating as a municipal employee in a matter in which you, your immediate family, your business organization, or your future employer has a financial interest is prohibited.

“A municipal employee may not participate in any particular matter in which he or a member of his immediate family (parents, children, siblings, spouse, and spouse’s parents, children, and siblings) has a financial interest. He also may not participate in any particular matter in which a prospective employer, or a business organization of which he is a director, officer, trustee, or employee has a financial interest. Participation includes discussing as well as voting on a matter, and delegating a matter to someone else.”

McGee has failed to respond to three PLANET requests for answers to the hot questions. She’s hiding and evidently doesn’t  realize that as a city official, she is duty-bound to respond.

When the phone doesn’t ring, we’ll know it’s McGee chickening out of her responsibilities.

———- ooo ———-

QUESTION 1

Did someone threaten parks director McGrath in order to secure his public support for a project he personally disdains? THE PLANET put this question to McGrath. Like McGee, he has ignored three requests for comment.

That’s uncharacteristic for him. In the past, he has responded to our inquiries.

It’s one thing to shut opposition groups out of the process. It’s another thing to duck the only media outlet digging into the muck of this smelly project.

If threats were made, were they about his job? Was he threatened to get fired if he didn’t come out with support? If so, who played hatchet man or ax woman? When was the threat made? Was his support coerced with a “sweetener?” What kind? How much?

As with McGee, we shall let McGrath’s silence speak for itself.

———- ooo ———-

QUESTION 2

The next legal matter on this back-door attempt to destroy the park pertains to the power of the Parks Commission, which has shown every sign of in Power Horn’s front pocket, where pocket pool is an Olympic sport.

Does the Parks Commission have unilateral power to green light this project?

MGL Chap 45, Sec. 5 states:

“Such boards may lay out and improve public parks, make rules for their use and government, appoint all necessary engineers, surveyors, clerks and other officers, including a police force to act in such parks, define their powers and duties and fix their compensation and do all acts needful for the proper execution of their powers and duties. They shall have the authority given to the mayor, aldermen, selectmen, road commissioners and tree warden respectively by section seven of chapter eighty-four and by chapter eighty-seven, in places under their jurisdiction. Subject to appropriation, such boards shall also have the power to conduct park programs and recreation activities at places other than such public parks.”

As you can see, the law  is ambiguous.

  • The law pointed says Park Commissions “may” make the rules for “their use and government.” It doesn’t read “shall,” except for “powers and duties” assumed if they choose jurisdiction.
  • Also, the statute doesn’t address oversight/review by the powers vested in the mayor or council. Either could step in on behalf of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, who are in for a royal screwing if this project comes to fruition.
  • Unilateral action by the Parks Commission without involving public oversight would be actionable. Chief reason: This is an appointed, not elected, board. That’s the smoking gun in Question 2. Commissioners were not elected. They are mayoral appointees. In other words, citizens had no direct say in constituting a board that, in this case, seeks to fast-track a land-grab by outside interests that would compromise a city treasure.

———- ooo ———-

Dr. Mike Vandeman of the Machine-Free Trails Association has studied the effects of mountain biking for 30 years. He is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on the topic. He tells THE PLANET:

“Why would you want to promote an activity that is environmentally (it destroys wildlife habitat), socially (it drives hikers and equestrians off the trails and out of the parks), and medically (it regularly kills, paralyzes, and maims people) destructive? It’s no wonder that the mountain bikers always try to negotiate behind closed doors, in violation of open meetings laws. If there were someone there to tell the truth, no one would ever permit mountain biking in our parks. Since all mountain bikers are capable of walking, and since walking is by far the best way of experiencing nature, there’s no good reason to allow bicycles, or any other machine besides wheelchairs, on any unpaved trail.”

A word to the wise.

Have a great weekend everybody.

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“If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are five Parks Commissioners? — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

Trump is America’s brain.Fox promotes his brain.Fox entertainment watchers learn about brains

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Dan,

Can TSC have a separate section called the looney bin?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I agree MT. The repeated Trump and 1/6/21 posts by TSC are getting tiring. Maybe once in awhile TSC can post about the subject matter and not Trump?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

1/6/2021 is the most important day in American history.A sitting President has his rally attenders attack the capital to stop the cerfication of President elect Biden….A treasonous attack on America and he should be in a military prison awaiting his trial.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

TSC, it was the D-RATS and RINO SWAMPERS ; )

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Who informed you of this lie?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/new-video-black-clad-hoodlums-first-stairs-first-smash-windows-us-capitol-fbi-refuses-look-weird-huh/

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/set-dc-mayor-bowser-nancy-pelosi-turned-national-guard-jan-6-chris-wray-refused-tell-trump-admin-situation/

During his interview, Kash admitted that Mayor Muriel Bowser turned down thousands of National Guard troops at the Capitol on January 6 for political reasons.

Chris Wray’s FBI also refused to notify the Trump administration and his cabinet secretaries that they believed there could be a situation like the mass protests at the Capitol that took place.
Nancy Pelosi also refused the National Guard at the US Capitol due to politics.”

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
Nut
Nut
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

There was never a “Trump administration”, no such thing. It’s a movie, fiction

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

FBI was in on it too TSC

What did Wray, Bowser and Pelosi know — And when did they know it?
And now we know that Chris Wray’s FBI infiltrated the Trump rally and caused violence and mayhem at the US Capitol.”

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Indict the FBI and the itchy trigger finger government murderer. Can’t trust the federal government with guns.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 months ago

FBI murdered Ashli Babbit

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Telling people to peacefully and patrioticly is a high crime.

Nut
Nut
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Lol, ridiculous, you’re not serious

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

TSC is a lunatic. His idiotic posting should be limited.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I wish he would invoke his right to remain silent every now and then. In his case instead of a right to an attorney he should have the right to a shrink.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 months ago

It is best to be quiet though people may think you a fool instead of talking/writing which proves TDS is a fool….they’re coming to take me away hee hee ha ha Ho Ho ( not Kamala)

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 months ago

The only group promoting the deep state FBI idea and BLM democrats were responsible for Trump certification rally was Qanon, The Pillow guy and Fox entertainmen until they were sued and they were forced to stop promoting the deception…….What is true is many people still believe Trump was sent by God…..and here you guys are.Fox has done great damage.I see proof of this everyday right here.In some respects its unbelievable and in other ways it is scary .Discernment is a thinking gift of God.Billionaires need you to believe the unbelievable and brainwashing is the process. Who knew so many would succumb to a scam………Trump and family watch the attack on TV and laughed as the police fought to protect our democracy with their lives.I would say many of the attacking force were just ignorant simple minded people who thought the insurection was to save us from the Qanon conspiracy……Wake up fascist are using your racism to overtake a democracy that scares you.Deprogram yourself by turning off the hate messaging that makes Grandma and Grampa afraid.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Where’s your Biden sign Chappy?

Last edited 2 months ago by 12 Gauge
Independent Fact Checker
Independent Fact Checker
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

False information.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

TSC is absolutely correct, but his view gets no respect on this blogsite because the site moderator and most of its participants are MAGA thirty percenters. The rest of the country — 70% — got it right.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Smoke another joint

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 months ago

If you want to, go ahead and smoke one. But it won’t change anything.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

stop smoking

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 months ago

It’s on crack/pcp/meth

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
Dr DoneDeal
Dr DoneDeal
2 months ago

Would they have pushed this this far if they had not already brought McGrath on board? Doubt if they would have risked his last minute disapproval. My guess is they lined up all the ducks that could hamstring it and read them the riot act.
“How do you like working for the city sir? And would you like to continue to do so?”

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Dr DoneDeal
2 months ago

Speak of having the Ducks lined up:

A well known famous person told a politically incorrect ethnic joke…

“How can you tell the Pole at the cockfight?”
“He’s the guy that enters the duck.”
” How can you tell the Italian at the cockfight?”
“He’s the guy that bets on the duck.”
“How can you tell if the mafia is at the cockfight?”
“The duck wins.” Lol

This last part – the duck winning – best sums up the Bike Mafia’s and others influence on this Pump
Track being built.

Salvatore Biko
Salvatore Biko
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Be careful. You might wake up with the front part of a mountain bike in your bed.

Dr DoneDeal
Dr DoneDeal
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Is the local news media also on board or do they just find such things boring? Lots of city bucks flow that way and could be jeopardized I imagine huh?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

If the Parrot is for it it’s bad for the people/citizens

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
2 months ago

Another day. Another humiliation for the DA’s office and the public who voted for Andrea Harrington. This time it’s a white collar criminal offered the opportunity to fully skate with a continuance without a finding over the theft of more than $30k. How many more times does Andrea Harrington have to demonstrate that she is completely lacking in the ability to make the kinds of decisions that are necessary to protect the public and maintain their confidence? This is a public institution. She didn’t steal from someone’s bank account. She stole from the public. It really makes you wonder if Harrington wants to get re-elected. What is law enforcement about if not making people feel safe that this kind of situation will not stand? Or did she even know about this case? Either way you look at it, Harrington is a horrible DA which we knew. Now she is a horrible politician.

Disfunction Junction
Disfunction Junction
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

Don’t upset the thief’s family, are you kidding me.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

If someone went to Left Winged DAs home, and just stole some “stuff”, would they be prosecuted?

How about if they just camped on her property and shit/pizzed on her lawn? Left their 40ozer, had sex with her pets?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

That would be an interesting dynamic, if the “campers,” were “people of color,” (POC). Would Wrong Way welcome them with open arms? I’m betting she would have the local cops and MSP at her doorstep in minutes if that happened.

James
James
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

The Retailer’s Assoc of Mass. has slammed Harrington’s mentor DA Rollins for her “no-prosecute list” that includes shoplifting. Harrington’s family owns a market in West Stockbridge. Any questions?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Can I pizz on her “family market” ( those left WSKBrig long ago) side walk, and steal expensive/overpriced stuff? Then get free ice cream?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Can you put a sign outside. I want to use the new five finger discount that is being offered!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

Did you see the update? The Honorable Paul Vrabel, rejected the plea. His quote, “This sets the bar rather low. So, you have to steal more than $31,000 to get a guilty finding?” “If this is proven…she could face incarceration. But, you’re not recommending it.”

Later in the article, Judge Vrabel further stated, “I simply cannot agree with this. Mark it up for trial.”

Thank you Judge Vrabel for bringing sanity to Wrong Way’s wrong doings. This women embezzled over $30k from her employer and she was going to get a Continued w/out a Finding (CWOF) and a $50 fine????? What? I’ve watched people who shoplifted items that had 1% or less in value to $31k, wind up in jail.

Last edited 2 months ago by Markus Aurelius
Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Good linebacker too

Aerin
Aerin
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

It is truly incredible! Did Harrington approve this and if so based on what rationale?

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

I found the “staying out of trouble for 30 days” to avoid having a criminal record mind boggling.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  LegalEagle
2 months ago

I saw that!!! $50 fine and no time for stealing 30k.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

“Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot, and they make you a King….”

– B. Dylan

On tge Slant
On tge Slant
Reply to  Louie
2 months ago

Let’s get the # of convictions in the Commonwealth accredited to Capeless, in all.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Louie
2 months ago

Blind deaf woman raped and doesn’t want to go through a trial twice. What’s your point about this scumbag?

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Louie
2 months ago

The capeless crusader.
Wanted Bernie Baran on an ankle monitor after he had been proved innocent and released from prison.
Refused to provide protection or a safe house for the three men who were murdered in the triple murder.
Insisted on imposing mandatory minimums even after the feds and every DA in the country were against them.
Oh, and let’s not forget when the woman from Clarksburg went missing, and we knew there had been significant developments, and the careless crusader called a press conference… to announce his retirement.
The guy’s a real peach.

Nut
Nut
2 months ago

Yeah, she’s a skunk

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
2 months ago

This whole scenario says that Mayor Cruella is behind all of this. Will never understand how she got all this power over employees in this poorly run City. She for some reason commands who speaks to the media, most likely threatens them or offers a behind the scenes payout. We all know she commandeers what information is in the Eagle and also on the PPD Daily Crime Log. She tells her puppets who they may speak to in the media. Think back about how Kevin Morandi was chastised because his wife worked for the School System and he was not allowed to vote for any matters pertaining to School Department issues. Why is McGee allowed to carry on? Because she is performing for the Mayor, McGrath is doing the same. Take a look at how Chris Connell was, I feel, illegally lambasted by other Councillors about his residency. Why was this allowed? Because Kevin and Chris always challenged the Mayor. She wanted them gone, unfortunately she got her way again. Yet, take a look at the Yuki Covid mess, look at what she got away with, why, she is a puppet of the Mayor. Have noticed not too many residents have taken out papers for Council seats and many folks are wondering why. Why, I feel the reason is that there are two more years of Mayor Cruella’s reign and they know if they try to work for the taxpayers they will receive the same treatment that Kevin and Chris received. Hopefully Pittsfield survives the next two years.

Coinkydink
Coinkydink
2 months ago

Kristen Sullivan – Laboratory Director / Chief Science Officer – Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory

***********

From the Law Offices of Robert D. Sullivan, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is truly a sad day when I feel ethically obligated to call for the resignation of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Spider
Spider
2 months ago

These allegations (or concerns) about McGee and McGrath are serious. And Dan, you are not the only one to voice them.

They should be investigated immediately and if substantiated, the proper actions need to be taken.

But I predict that nothing will happen – as usual

Tzara Pet
Tzara Pet
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Dan,why not ask Chuck about these tactics and procedures. I’d like to know the wetlands laws concerning the Park.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Tzara Pet
2 months ago

If you can navigate the state of mASS, nebulous website, you can find wetland areas.

I just spent some time , getting bullshit.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

why wait Dan?

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Mr. Grarivaltis’ letter was the first one read as part of the public comments.

See: http://www.pittsfieldtv.net/CablecastPublicSite/show/40945?channel=3

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

You don’t need spies, you can attend or watch the video. No one attempted from keeping anyone from speaking. The City of Pittsfield has 3 minute limit for public comments (mentioned at the outset of meetings, see any City of Pittsfield meeting, videos are online). All cities limit public comment times (the proponents too). Proposers, that is, those representing a project do have the ability to go longer, they do every in every city. Its not some conspiracy, its just how the process works, whether you are proposing a commercial building in front of a zoning board or proposing a bike skills park to a parks board.

Joshua is a liar
Joshua is a liar
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Seems they only limited the opposition.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Tzara Pet
2 months ago

MA wetland law: https://www.mass.gov/doc/310-cmr-1000-the-wetlands-protection-act/download

NWI wetland viewer: https://www.fws.gov/wetlands/data/mapper.html

The TL;DR version – The project (which, again, is no larger than a baseball field and now is actually being located in a location of an abandoned baseball field) does not have high enough impacts, wetland or otherwise, to qualify for extra ecological reviews. Additionally, being located in a (previously) active use area means that as an active use (skills parks are active use, while trail access is passive use) means the resulting review would be even less as you are replacing one active use with another.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Mr, Valenti, as you well know I am not a paid representative for Powder Horn, NEMBA or any other trail organization. Not sure why you continue to misrepresent that fact. All the work I do for urban trail access (including hiking access, by the way) I do on a pro bono basis. That includes writing NEPA documents and design work. I do not ask for, nor have I received in past, payments, gifts, etc. for the advocacy I do. Any attempt to suggest otherwise is false.

Because I do not represent Powderhorn or NEMBA, I can make no pledge regarding the skills area at Springside. What I can say is that in discussions/documents I have seen from said parties, there is no phase 2. If another party is suggesting otherwise, it would be incumbent on them to provide evidence of that.

Ms. McGee & Mr. McGrath are their own people and if they are choosing not to talk to you, that is their choice. Given the way you have represented them and misrepresented certain aspects of this project, certainly one can understand why they might be reluctant to talk to you. Assuming (or misrepresenting) aspects of a story and then asking the people you have accused of impropriety to comment afterward isn’t journalism. As an example, above you accuse Mr. McGrath of being bribed in some manner and Ms. McGee of under the table payments, both of which you have no evidence of. Then you suggest that if they don’t contact you, those statements must be true, even when the burden of proof lies with you.

There are answers to all your questions, if you are willing to listen. This is not the worlds first bike skills park, nor the first to be located in or near a natural area, preserves, etc. I’ve sited a few examples before. From preservation groups to local trail organizations that work in state parks, people have had to balance access and nature and they have managed to do it. (Its actually not that hard.) But so long as you are busy shouting “Bike Mafia!” you won’t hear the answer you say you want to hear.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Well, I did email you multiple times about misrepresentations about who I was and why I advocate for what I do. (Short answer: Half-Earth.)

Don’t take this the wrong way, but do you read what you write? Quote from above (regarding Mr. McGrath): “Was his support coerced with a “sweetener?” What kind? How much?” That is the textbook definition of bribery, which is a crime. Again, quoting from above (regarding Ms. McGee): “Has she received comps and favors beyond cash? If so, what are they? …what will McGee’s compensation be, if any? What, if anything, has been promised?” NEMBA is multi-state 501(c)3 with 29 chapters, of which Berkshires is just one. Powderhorn is a contractor hired by the “mothership” of NEMBA to work with the Berkshires chapter. The only way Ms. McGee could receive money via Powderhorn is through kickbacks. Those would be illegal under the table money. Besides the fact that NEMBA bans its board members from making any money via board activities, suggesting she would benefit off of a contractor is suggesting she is committing a crime. You are creating a motte and bailey argument with a negative-positive reinforcement. If they don’t respond to suggestions of a wrongdoing, they must be doing wrong and if someone points out they were accused first before being contacted its, ‘Oh no, how dare you, I just was asking questions’.

Its true, I can only know what NEMBA has told me. But its not as simple as saying, “Oh they are hiding something from you”. I’m not sure how to explain this without this getting long, but I’ll try. There is finite size to bike skills infrastructure, i.e. it can only be so big and work. I’ve seen many commenters (including yourself) conflate bike access on trails with bike skills parks, thinking that “proves” skills parks can get big, or that a skills park isn’t needed. You can have miles of trails, but that is different thing than skills park with different experiences. As, an example for a pump track, one of parts of this proposal, there is limit to how big you can make it based on the linear length between corners. Like it doesn’t work to make it larger than X size. When someone says, “This is really going to be 10 acres and cost a million dollars!,” those of us that know this stuff get out hip boots because its a lot of BS coming from that person.

Lastly, I don’t know if this is a “done deal”. What I do know from my experience working on trail access and my secular job in civil engineering is that the shriller the opposition, the more the elected officials tune out. If an outside person watched the public meetings and comments, read this or other sites, what do you think would they conclude? Likely that one group (the proposers) are fairly professional while another group (the opposition) delves into name calling, conspiracy theories, hyperbole and outright untruths. At the July 1st meeting, some were upset no questions were put forth to any opposition members. But one has to wonder if the commissioners weren’t thinking to themselves, “Lord, we don’t want to hear rambling in some African tongue or the life story of some dead parks official so we’ll ask questions of the people who won’t do that.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Well done Dan.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Firstly, is it bribery, which, you allege, “is a crime” if a DA were to offer a paltry amount of taxpayer hush $$$$$ to someone more rightfully equivalent to that of a delusional street-walker, but who wrongly believes she’s worthy of a Park Ave. penthouse payoff of taxpayer hush $$$$$$$$. And secondly, if said shallow cocotte were to attempt to shake-down a DA for Park Ave prices in the amount of taxpayer hush money $$$$$$$$$$$$$, would that be a crime?

Also is your reference to rambling African tongues meant to be a racist statement?

I hope this serves to explain the distrust of anything and everything that goes on in this corrupt schitt-hole of a city.

Mike Vandeman
Mike Vandeman
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

“I’ve sited a few examples before. From preservation groups to local trail organizations that work in state parks, people have had to balance access and nature and they have managed to do it.” There you go, LYING again. “balance” has a meaning in math, physics, chemistry, and accounting. Elsewhere it has no meaning whatsoever! It’s an empty word – one of the tools of your trade.

Joshua Is A Liar
Joshua Is A Liar
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

This is again a lie. If the complete project were to be looked at it would be REQUIRE a review.

The active use was abandoned, hence any new use would require a review.

You know this yet you lie and continue to lie. The problem is you can repeat your lies all that you want, it doesn’t make them true and one day soon those lies will come back to haunt you in ways you can’t even imagine.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Joshua Is A Liar
2 months ago

If you are claiming this isn’t the complete project, show your work – where/what is the complete project and what proof do you have that there is more coming.

Quote from MA Statue Chapter 30, Sec. 61: “All agencies, departments, boards, commissions and authorities of the commonwealth shall review, evaluate, and determine the impact on the natural environment of all works, projects or activities conducted by them and shall use all practicable means and measures to minimize damage to the environment.” Also, “As used in this section and section sixty-two, “damage to the environment” shall mean any destruction, damage or impairment, actual or probable, to any of the natural resources of the commonwealth..”

A baseball diamond (or a regularly mowed field) are not natural environments (and are active use). Even an abandoned active use site would have been altered from a natural state to some other state before abandoning. Additionally, minimum thresholds for impacts requiring a review are available at MA 301 CMR 11:03(1) which are (quoting here): “1. Direct alteration of 50 or more acres of land… 2. Creation of ten or more acres of impervious area… 3. Conversion of land held for natural resources purposes… 4. Conversion of land in active agricultural use to nonagricultural use… 5. Release of an interest in land held for conservation…” Which of these would a 3 acre infrastructure project in a section of a park that was previously altered qualify for?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Josh,

You’re more full of shit than a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Dr DoneDeal
Dr DoneDeal
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

They should be investigated?? Name me one person alive or dead, that has the power to investigate ANYTHING that goes on in Pittsfield, and is not in on the questionable behavior OR petrified to speak up for fear of retaliation. This cabal holds ALL the cards and has no fear that their dealing from the bottom of the deck will ever bite them in the ass. If you are Joe Regular guy in Pittsfield you are merely road kill to them. Get out of their way or get run over. Period.

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Dr DoneDeal
2 months ago

You are so right!

Random Heart Attack, ya ok
Random Heart Attack, ya ok
Reply to  Dr DoneDeal
2 months ago

1. Late Honorable Justice Gants.
2. ” ” Gerard Downing.

Dr DoneDeal
Dr DoneDeal
Reply to  Random Heart Attack, ya ok
2 months ago

Gerald Downing….COME ON DOWWNNNNNN!!!!!

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Dr DoneDeal
2 months ago

You’ll have to settle for bubble head Ben running for governor.

J2S
J2S
2 months ago

I have a feeling the outcome has already been decided and now those in charge and promoting this project are going through the motions.

Hope or already knew Milltown would help with the project?

The project will be paid for by fundraising independent of the city or park, but McGee said they hope local investment group Mill Town Capital will supplement anything they can’t raise.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/63728/Parks-Commission-Walks-Through-Proposed-Pump-Track-
Site.html

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Even kevlar MTB tires don’t deal good with some things…….

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

It would start with a REAL PEACEFUL PEOPLES INSURECTION, by WE of the people, when Lynda/Barry was in the office .

Then , next door, Wynn could could choose his oath, or greed.

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The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I didn’t trust wynn when he was a dirty little boy. And as he got older he only got dirtier. So, please don’t hold your breath waiting for him to do the right thing, because he won’t. It’s not in his nature.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Great point Dan, but as you know some don’t care once elected or appointed about what “We the people” think or want.For example take what the majority of people thought of the biking mess on North Street. They just double down like many other issues.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

The new parking and bike path on North St sure makes navigation of the street’s obstacle course “dynamic”

Triple Net
Triple Net
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Who is business owner’s (Methuselah’s) landlord and what impact would it have on the landlord to shut the establishment down.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Triple Net
2 months ago

Connected landlord would be losing rent , but I believe the GFM $ and Covid $ the business got helped also to cover the rent.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Triple Net
2 months ago

A real shady guy, the landlord.

spotnews
spotnews
2 months ago

Yay let’s make heroin legal.

DA Andrea Harrington
@harringtonforda
·
Jul 8

MA should follow suit. We like to tout our nation-leading healthcare innovation. It’s time to walk the walk.
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Tapestry
@TapestryWMass
· Jul 8
RI Gov. McKee signs legislation allowing safe-injection sites into law https://abs-0.twimg.com/emoji/v2/svg/1f44f.svghttps://providencejournal.com/story/news/2021/07/07/gov-mckee-signs-legislation-allowing-safe-injection-sites-into-law/7891057002/… via @projo

#harmreduction #safesupply #drugpolicy

Ashamed of You
Ashamed of You
Reply to  spotnews
2 months ago

Disgusting if you are able to witness someone IV’ing dope – you should be charged with accessory. SICKENING.

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Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Ashamed of You
2 months ago

So addicts will not only get their dope free but not even have to worry about overdosing (OR THE COPS)? But if you are a person on a limited income and need insulin for your diabetes just to stay alive you must pay through the nose?

Oh, OK that makes sense.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Here’s the kicker about what you posted.

https://www.swfinstitute.org/news/83900/pharma-biden-freezes-trumps-lower-cost-insulin-and-
epinephrine-rule

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

National healthcare…many hands make light work of it.Fox entertainment want to keep the profits in the billionaires hands and so do Trumpers

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

There are so many things I want to write about today. First, Springside Park’s proposed Bike Project is similar to the Berkshire Museum’s sales of tens of millions of dollars in historic artwork. The people of Pittsfield and Berkshire County were against selling the 2 Norman Rockwell paintings and other valuable artwork, but Godfather Jimmy Ruberto, Trippy Country Buffet, and all of the other provincial political Pittsfield insiders supported it. The people of Pittsfield and Berkshire County are against changing Springside Park’s natural beauty into a Bike Park and other development, but the aforementioned incestuous group of Pittsfield’s insiders support it. Second, Smitty Pignatelli is the WORST State Representative in Boston EVER! He has been in office for nearly 20 years now and counting, and he has always openly opposed and voted against Sunshine laws to open Boston’s corrupt sausage making to the public. Smitty Pignatelli voted for House Speakers Tom Finneran and Sal DiMasi, who are both convicted Felons. This past week, Smitty Pignatelli, along with Trippy Country Buffet, Paul Marx, and “the Mayor” John Barrett III, voted against all of the House Rule reform bills that would allow Beacon Hill lawmakers to know what they are voting on at least 48 hours ahead of time, record all committee votes, and reinstate term limits on the Speaker of the House, who currently is Ronny Mariano. Doesn’t Smitty realize that he works for the people and not the top-down and corrupt – sometimes convicted Felons – House Speaker? Smitty Pignatelli wrote op-eds supporting putting a toxic waste dump full of GE’s industrial chemicals in the Town of Lee (Massachusetts), despite the people he represents mostly opposing GE and the corrupt EPA’s horrible settlement. Smitty Pignatelli wrote op-eds stating the facts that Berkshire County has lost huge numbers of population and living wage jobs, which means a shrinking tax base for financially constrained municipalities and public school districts, without looking at himself in the proverbial mirror as a career politician who voted himself huge legislative pay raises and perks. I have nothing but DISGUST for Smitty Pignatelli! He is everything that is wrong with government in one career politician who only enriches himself at the public trough. Third, why cannot Donald Trump’s businesses just pay back the State of New York the nearly $1 million he owes the state in taxes? Doesn’t tax authorities from local, state to federal agencies negotiate with people and businesses who own back taxes or allegedly committed tax fraud? Donald Trump is a multi-billionaire, so his businesses paying back nearly $1 million in owed state taxes would be like someone like me paying back $20 to the state tax agency. I believe the dozens of NY State criminal charges against Trump’s businesses is unnecessary, but it sure looks political to me. Governor Andrew Cuomo made $5 million dollars writing a book where he lied about his role in New York State’s Covid-19 pandemic where tens of thousands of senior citizens needlessly died in nursing homes under Cuomo’s orders. Cuomo also has nearly one dozen women alleging sexual misconduct against him. Yet, New York State is going after Trump, while Cuomo goes uncharged. Fourth, Donald Trump is suing Big Tech’s social media platforms for allegedly violating his right to free speech. From what I understand, Big Tech makes most of its money in Communist China, which invests billions of dollars in Big Tech companies, and also MSM news outlets in the U.S.A. China has a much worse record on human rights violations than Donald Trump, but Big Tech is singling out Donald Trump while raking in billions from China. Fifth, speaking of China, Hunter Biden received $224 million from there, as well as millions of dollars from Russia and Ukraine. Hunter Biden is an accused money launderer of hundreds of millions of foreign dollars from adversarial countries, yet only Donald Trump is facing tax fraud charges. Hunter Biden wrote a book, but unlike Cuomo, Hunter didn’t lie, where Hunter said he used to smoke crack cocaine every 15 minutes, drown himself in alcohol, go to strip club, hire sex workers for sex, and has at least 5 children by at least 3 women, one of whom was a stripper. Joe Biden is proud of his last surviving son, Hunter Biden. In closing, we live in a messed up country where politicians become very wealthy and powerful, go after Donald Trump, but not others worse than him, and Smitty Pignatelli is the poster boy for being an arrogant buffoon who only does DISSERVICES against the people he supposedly represents in Boston’s State House.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

JM,
Read the article and also saw where TFB voted onetime on requiring a 72 hour rule so they could go over bills before votes. Also, her excuse for not wanting how she voted in committee to be made public, because she wants to explain to her constituents why she voted the way she did.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

She went from backing 72 hrs. to voting on bills to accepting current 48 hours notice. Oh, her bs on not wanting her votes in committee to be public is just so she can spin it when she explains it back here as a vote we should be thankful for.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

We know why she voted the way she did. We have always known from the day she was installed to a position she was not remotely qualified to handle. She is a puppet, installed by puppeteers and she votes according to the way her strings are pulled. She is a governmental joke just like a few other local woman being primed to take over her puppet position. And none of them have any real qualifications either.
But that is our lot in Massachusetts

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

The Massachusetts Legislature just voted against transparency. That tells us all we need to know about these far left progressives.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

Pittsfields Taconic High Baseball team is ranked number 1 in the country of teams that have under 1000 student.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

That’s great, as many strive to have a 100 IQ

M Borelli
M Borelli
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Yeah, that is great. Congrats to The coaches and players for their efforts and bringing another unprecedent State Title to Pittsfield! Way to go guys. My brother was on the Sixty Six Pittsfield High team that won it.

M V B
M V B
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Well if I wasn’t watching the particular inning in which the Braves broke the game open I would have to have had a Jack Buck flashback after Kirk Gibsons home run, he quoted in a Dodgers World Series game,I can’t believe what I just saw’. Howard Herman Eagle sports legend,said it was he craziest inning he’s ever saw. I’d agree it was crazy, but the craziest inning was when my sons little League team was up 14-1 going into the opposing teams last at bat,they preceded to score 14 runs to take a 15 -14 lead. The kicker was in our last at bat we had the bases loaded with no outs and failed to score. I witnessed it and was probably the craziest inning and game I’ve ever saw.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Just like the 1960s

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

Who handles reports of abused elder/disabled persons?

Aerin
Aerin
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

Call police.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Aerin
2 months ago

They won’t help I tried. Who else please ?

They read a story book about visible brises – but…… damn… they are incompetent.

Listen there are real people on the other end of the DPPC failures. Victims. Is anyone listening? For real – there is no help ? I’m asking who else do I call

The audit said FAILURES – so what about those people- who do we call now ?

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Sid Visheus
Sid Visheus
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

800 426 9009 abuse hotline.

Just don't tell them that you know me
Just don't tell them that you know me
Reply to  Sid Visheus
2 months ago

Sham – who else !

Aerin
Aerin
2 months ago

Wait for it, the DA will thrown the embezzlement case ADA under the bus.Seriously what are the bets on how she will wiggle out of this one?

Just don't tell them that you know me
Just don't tell them that you know me
2 months ago

The whole thing is a sham. That mystery is solved thousandfold – are you going to spend your whole lives in wonderment; who, what, where, when, why, how. No. That is not the answer. That is the problem. You don’t need to blame anyone – the whole thing is a shame right – the f* proper channels is a sham. How dumb We The Peole – SPEAK FOR YOURSELVES. Depends on who, what, where, when, why, how WE IS. There is no I in WE,

Thank you – for counting me out. I never wanna be like you. Black is beautiful.

Just don't tell them that you know me
Just don't tell them that you know me

Here @ The Planet I’m not excluded. Thank you.

Chief Hell’n Two Moons
Chief Hell’n Two Moons
2 months ago

Let’s just clarify…

Burn hay = 2 years in prison
Embezzle $30k = $50 fine and a party

She must use her lady parts to vote Democrat. I hope you idiots are enjoying your progressive DA

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Chief Hell’n Two Moons
2 months ago

And that establishes a nice precedent for any bad behavior a forensic audit might reveal. Like in Tunisia or Tibet where they actually do them.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Chief Hell’n Two Moons
2 months ago

I hope everyone who is thinking of committing a crime registers as a Democrat!

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

Please look at the number of Trumpers who are scammers…..
It is off the charts.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

take your meds

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Chief Hell’n Two Moons
2 months ago

Falsely reporting a race hate crime = no charges because an African American committed the crime and refused to cooperate! Harrington’s pathetic response to this alone did more to damage race relations in the Berkshire County than just about anything.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

I agree. It could be confusing to some non racist white people. Does it suggest that white people deserve to be abused in this fashion because we deserve it? Is it possible that this woman’s false accusations, and the DAs blind eye lack of response, pushed a few non racist people closer to being racist because they were so insulted?

Chief hell’n two moons
Chief hell’n two moons
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Harrington’s ethics and common sense are as crooked as her smile

Time to go rob her husbands south county market. I could use a slap on the wrist. (Just joking Andrea. Don’t take it seriously)

Who Dunnit
Who Dunnit
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

And if the crime didn’t happen there’s no victim – the name should be released. The crime of false reporting does not afford privacy to the perpetrator.

Maumausmatter
Maumausmatter
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

Falsely reporting race hate crimes must be a protected African ameriKenya thing. Even the cops are in on this, right up to fabricating their official reports so as to protect the violent ameriKenyas. I only say this because the cops refuse to accurately document violent hate crimes perpetrated by black ameriKenyas. Violent crimes including stalking and violent death threats against white females.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Someone earlier posted about how this has to do with Milltown Capital. There was an Eagle article about Milltown’s ‘philanthropic’ involvement in Springside Park. It makes sense as they own Bosquet. I bet if a person looks at public records the mountain mafia bike people are connected to Milltown and therefor to the Mayor and Bare bare. Ask tbe Mayor what she promised Milltown.
Wait for SC to post about Trump just after this to distract.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Does Milltown have other subsidiary names? Spinoffs?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

Yes

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

The people involved with the bike project for Springside, I believe held or were going to hold some kind of fundraising event at Bosquet for the project. If memory serves me correct it was on a website. I just don’t remember which site.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

It’s a giant unethical ball of yarn.

1. Giving a project of a certain $ value out to a contractor without bidding? I think that is a legal issue w/MA law. Legal Eagle please comment.
2. Giving public land to a private enterprise would likely be ultra vires of the Parks Commission – I think. Ditto.
4. Agreeing to go ahead with a project that gives away public property that has nebulous funding for future maintenance? While COP Atty is stoned half the time so didnt catch tbis or anything it doesn’t meet the smell test on any front.
5. Maura Healey and Andrea Harrington: a smart and a dumb attorney oversee the rape of publicly funded resources – over and over and over again. Time for Yoga? Maybe Harrington is stoned all the time? That might explain her performance. Healey is evil.
6. Does Senator Warren read this blog? Ms Warren – you are full of it as you watch your fellow (Western) MA democrats rip off the public. RIP the ‘for the people progressive mantle’ you persisted in ignoring corruption. You are for yourself. Healey that is the same for ypu but x100.
7. Ma voters are fools, but Pittsfield voters deserve what they get as they are the dumbest of the dumb.
8. The Eagle supports corruption, buy the Eagle, write for the Eagle, Advertise in the Eagle – you are supporting a corrupt regime and are no better than your hated Fox news.
9. Look forward to many tax foreclosures for the common people.
10. MOVE!! There are real mafia in Pittsfield. Do not ay your hard earned tax money to criminals you will never try to stop stealing your money. That goes to the school system too – a complete corrupt and unfixable system. Good riddance. Home school, your kids will be happier, safer, smarter and better behaved for your trouble.

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Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Heh. Yes, my point #3 is so profound its in the either.

Maumausmatter
Maumausmatter
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

And if you home school your kids not only will you be able to limit their exposure to their inferiors and junk CRT, you’ll also be able to teach them about Ernst Haeckel and Scientific racism. And so as to stay on topic, that of the destruction of the Springside Park fauna and floral by the Black underhanded Bike Mafia, home schooled youngsters would benefit from the teachings of Carl Linnaeus not only on fauna and floral, but his beliefs on human species.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Maumausmatter
2 months ago

An educated mind should be able to cope with any new theory and make their own opinion.

Audit Torium
Audit Torium
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Even NFPO’s need to be certified to solicit funds. They need to keep records.

Nipples Harrington
Nipples Harrington
2 months ago

Why Andrea Harrington is a racist and a danger to the community.

The Susan B Anthony case, white woman steals over $30k and is offered a deal with a CWOF. What job does Colleen Janz hold? She’s a director for another not-for-profit. Haiti Plunge Inc. Harrington didn’t even include a requirement that Colleen Janz not for in the not for profit sector as part of the plea deal.
Remember Museum Of The Dog and all the controversy, Janz was part of that.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/archives/questions-follow-abrupt-exit-of-north-adams-dog-museum-founder/article_ac30fdc0-43ec-5ab9-9b59-500536d98666.html

Local gangbangers sometimes get jail, albeit short jail sentences.

Harrington doesn’t care about the law, doesn’t care about victims, doesn’t care about justice. She doesn’t even care about her own family, just ask around.
What does she care about? Her ambition.

Also maybe look into donations by the Janz family and close relatives to the DA’s campaign. It’s quite telling.

Berkshire County DA For Sale

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Nipples Harrington
2 months ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

CRT drivel being fed children in Massachusetts grade schools:

“Dozens of School Districts are Using Book that Claims ‘Whiteness’ is the Devil and That White Children Sell Their Soul for “Stolen Land and Stolen Riches”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/dozens-school-districts-teaching-book-claiming-whiteness-devil-white-children-sell-soul-stolen-land-stolen-riches/

https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1413176040613048320/photo/1

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Malcolm XXX
Malcolm XXX
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

The white man is the mischief maker!

MALCOLM X: “Yes, sir, that is what The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us. The white devil’s time is up; it has been up for almost fifty years now. It has taken us that long to get the deaf, dumb, and blind black men in the wilderness of North America to wake up and understand who they are. You see, sir, when a man understands who he is, who God is, who the devil is… then he can pick himself up out of the gutter; he can clean himself up and stand up like a man should before his God. This is why we teach that in order for a man to really understand himself he must be part of a nation; he must have some land of his own, a God of his own, a language of his own. Most of all he must have love and devotion for his own kind.“

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Malcolm XXX
2 months ago

Thank you for teaching.Some are afraid of the truth.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Here you go TSC, DEMOCRATS IN ACTION , make Smitty proud:

https://massresistance.org/docs/issues/fistgate/

“[NOTE: Kevin Jennings, the founder of GLSEN, was appointed by the Obama administration to run the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools in the US Department of Education! GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) is a national homosexual organization that targets children in the public schools, and has formed “gay straight alliance” clubs in schools across the country. Jennings was the Executive Director of GLSEN at the time and was the keynote speaker at this conference!]
Have you wondered what homosexual activists do when they are alone with kids in the tax-funded “gay clubs” in schools and other activities? It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s very disgusting. Now you can hear for yourself.
“Fisting [forcing one’s entire hand into another person’s rectum or vagina] often gets a bad rap….[It’s] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with…[and] to put you into an exploratory mode.”
The above quotation comes from Massachusetts Department of Education employees describing the pleasures of homosexual sex to a group of high school students at a state-sponsored workshop on during GLSEN-Boston’s “TeachOut” Conference on March 25, 2000 held at Tufts University.  Approximately 200 young teens and 300 adults attended the day-long event. Kids were bussed in from high schools across Massachusetts.
We have posted the actual audio recordings of what went on at that March 2000 event. Children as young as 12 were instructed by adults (state employees!) how to perform a range of dangerous and perverted homosexual sex acts.
These included: homosexual oral sex techniques, inserting one’s entire hand in someone else’s rectum, sado-masochism techniques, girls using “dildos” and rubbing their sex organs together, and more.”

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The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

Build the bike track.It sounds like great fun.Just be sure its not built for profit.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Still trying to figure out why they chose Springside Park? Is it so the bikers can be cheered on by the houseless? If I was going to participate in mountain biking I think I would go to a mountain. There is a great old ski hill on Route 9 that is begging for attention from someone, or the old Brodie Mountain. I think these would be better alternatives because the roads around them are wide open and made for biking.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

I just read a letter to the eagle that used every Fox entertainment trigger word which told me how successful Fox Qanon is a imbedding those trigger seeds into the average mans brain so it will be repeated over and over again.Spot the trigger words and I spot a victim of a highly successful billionaires control of people….The control and how it is done is amazing….Rush and Sean are and were paid $80,000,000.00 per year because they are and were the best…..America is very very close to fascism.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Please translate into something coherent.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

If you cant keep up go to fox and as you listen to fox and you are processing what they tell you…..thats it thats whats happening to you.You clicking on fox from the remote.Thats the problem.Hearing the new trigger word.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Translation from gibberish? TSC?

Humorous and you need mental help

Agent 96
Agent 96
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago
Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

They just put a new path on North street near the bike path just for you. It’s called the psychopath.

royal hartigan
royal hartigan
2 months ago

the proposed bike area is only estimated as 1-3 acres (the design implies far more) and in addition, will spread through the entire park, since mountain biking always requires new trails for adventure. the ruse of being a ‘small’ part of the park is a cover strategy by proponents to gain acceptance. once approved it will expand, as we found out with the proposals for tennis courts in 1980 and the golf course in 1990, this latter involving a hidden agenda for condominiums at or near the park to enhance privatization and commercialism of the whole park. there are already numerous mountain bike trails in the park, plus illegal jumps and other trail obstacles causing destruction of terrain, flora, and wildlife habitat. these are documented in our observations and photos. in addition, anything that intrudes on any part of the park, no matter the size or location, affects the whole park; the fragmentation of plant and wildlife habitat from the bike trails is a danger to the park’s natural essence. since there are numerous other alternate sites in pittsfield and throughout berkshire county (at least 9 currently in use in the county), there is no reason for the proposed site to be at springside, which would mean its death as a natural resource. the choice is clear: adventure for the few that already exists elsewhere, or reverence for all living things at springside.

M Borelli
M Borelli
Reply to  royal hartigan
2 months ago

Pittsfield Suns can’t play because of a drenched outfield. When are they going to straighten out the parking lot flooding or can they? I’m sick of taking my boat to the games, and more sick of takin* it home because of cancelled games.

M Borelli
M Borelli
Reply to  M Borelli
2 months ago

I do love the Pittsfield kids that are playing for the Suns. Go see a Game!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I remember when the Sox had a farm team here, and as a very youngster, getting to see some of the players that were in the 1967 series (Boomer Scott, Sparky Lyle).

Other greats who played there but not for long were : Reggie Smith, Bill Lee and Carlton Fisk. I’ sure I’m missing some others Dan might recall.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Made me think back to 67 Dan.

Games in daylight when kids were in school or still awake; coming home on the school bus, one kid with an arm and transistor radio hung out the window. Everybody on the bus trying to hear the game…….

Charles
Charles
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I envy

M Borelli
M Borelli
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

We’d visit Chris Colette and Big Jim Russin at there apartment by the former Als Variety on first street. Freddy Wenz used to take us for rides in his blue convertible. The real fun as a spectator-fan was the interaction between Coach Pop (Eddie Pepowski) and George (Boomer) Scott. We oved Wahconah Park as a kid,and I loved the Pittsfield Red Sox.

royal hartigan
royal hartigan
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

great memories – a footnote (no pun intended) about carmen fanzone. not many know he was/is an excellent jazz trumpeter. in the late 1960s or early 1970s i believe, we had a trio playing in the jazz lounge in the basement of the old allen hotel near park square, i believe called the moby dick lounge. in walks carmen after a game at wahconah park, maybe around 11 pm, with his trumpet case and asks to sit in, so we obliged and he sounded great. very humble and quiet but when he soloed you knew he was strong. i have not heard what happened to him but hope he a doing well and still playing.

Carms Trumpet
Carms Trumpet
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Sme serious entertainment for free made my weekend Dan. Royal,thanks for asking him. Remember Carms stay here well.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Dan,

Niece piece, didn’t know Fanzone much at at all.

Could you do that with Yaz or The Splinter?

Zero Guhravitti
Zero Guhravitti
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Bring the splinter back…lol

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

Still is Dan.The quantity is gone but the quality is alive in Pittsfield. Taconic is number 1 in the nation.Thats how good Pittsfield baseball is.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

But You are still NUTS!

royal hartigan
royal hartigan
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

thanks!

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

Pittsfields Taconic Baseball team is number 1 in the country.

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

What about the city?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  North Street Nomad
2 months ago

Great city but the mayor and councilors have turned their back on Seniors trying to pay property tax.Freeze taxes when Seniors turn 66.

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Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

No way they are cutting seniors a break. While they give breaks to the senior millionaire’s business s they feed off the rest of them. Pittsfield govt. has been redesigned to benefit the connected, not as originally set up for all people regular and otherwise.

Right mayor?
By the way just drove by the decaying forested Arace property on outer west Housatonic. Can you just imagine how hard this mayor would come down on any regular person?///

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

For years they never paid taxes on that property. I thought for sure it was going to become a pot place to get all the New Yorkers but I guess I was wrong. Before that I thought the city was going to take it through tax default and use it as the city garage. Guess we will just have to see if it will stay that way for the rest of our lives. It kind of reveals to people entering our city what to expect.

laughingstock
laughingstock
2 months ago

SMH at the Berkshire Eagle again…Three inns make forbes list presented as news links to paid contributor post on Forbes.com. Come on guys! https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/three-berkshire-county-inns-make-forbes-list-for-best-summer-cocktails/article_6f4d3bc2-e1ad-11eb-888b-4b225ea38807.html

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  laughingstock
2 months ago

News left The Eagle with the Miller Family, ain’t been seen since at The Parrot.

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  laughingstock
2 months ago

I’ll try again after 1/2 day…

News left town with the Millers, news has not been printed by The Parrot

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

I have been reading about Mayors of cities seeking citizen input for their 5 year spending plans for the tens of millions of Biden Buck$ direct aid dollars they received to get the money out to the people, agencies and businesses who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic as soon as possible. Is Mayor Linda Tyer doing any of this in Pittsfield politics? I asked blogger Dan Valenti, and he replied to me via email that “typical Pittsfield” has not done anything yet with one-half of the $41.7 million it received in this year in the two year installments. Why not? What will the Lovely Linda’s 5 year spending plan consist of in Pittsfield? What is Matt Kerwood doing with the financial windfall from the Swamp? Also, what is Beacon Hill lawmakers and Governor Baker waiting for with the billions of Biden Buck$? What will Beacon Hill’s 5 year spending plan consist of? Let the Lovely Linda and the corrupt Boston Pols get the ball running to help people, agencies and business for a change!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

What makes you think she’s not asking the citizens for input on what might be the best way to use this money? I’d bet just a certain group of citizens already have an idea of where some of the dough will go because they are in the circle of trust.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

And they might very well be in the circle of where the money goes. But do not think for one minute that L and B are not up all night every night dreaming of where these public dollars will wind up.

CouldhappeninPittsfield
CouldhappeninPittsfield
2 months ago

Is it true that the bike mafia is planning to build a floating dock bike trail from one end of Onota lake to the other, with tunnels that dip below the water and then emerge up to fifteen feet above the water in a myriad of death defying loops? And is it true that all boats will be prohibited from using the lake except on Tuesday nights from 9-11:30?
Is true that the original plan was to drain the lake and build public housing on the lake bed and have all the streets one way and bicycle friendly only? And is it true that a Boston firm has already been contracted to net out all the fish beforehand and move them to Silver lake except for the Zebra mussels which will be donated to communities designated as food deserts?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  CouldhappeninPittsfield
2 months ago

I heard all the low income households around Onota lake are pushing for this to happen.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

The far leftist Marxists are destroying the history of this country on a daily basis. Yesterday they took down a Lewis & Clark statue to continue their mission of rewriting our history to portray America as an evil racist place with white people as the enemy. Obama fully intends to complete the toppling of our government after he bragged that 90% of his people are in the Biden administration and will complete his job of turning us Marxist/Communist. Obama attacks people who think Critical Race Theory will turn everyone against white people even as we are shown examples of exactly how our taxpayer dollars are being used to indoctrinate our children. Obama no longer denies he is Marxist and he doesn’t come our against any of the destruction of our history. He does defend all of his far left agenda to topple our country.
https://nypost.com/2021/07/10/charlottesville-takes-down-sacagawea-statue-after-confederate-removals/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

They are instigating a race war, so they can declare martial law. Then if you don’t have a gun you better run.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

CRT—Isn’t that the BASIC TRAINING COURSE FOR FUTURE BLM AND ANTIFA RIOTING SUPPORTERS???
Just asking!!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

It’s Burn Loot Murder

Maumausmatter
Maumausmatter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

“The Afer or Africanus: black, phlegmatic, relaxed, black, frizzled hair, silky skin, flat nose, tumid lips, females without shame, mammary glands gives milk abundantly, crafty, sly, lazy, cunning, lustful, careless, anoints himself with grease, and governed by caprice.” Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778)

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Teaching CRT and Victimhood is much easier to teach than English, Math, Science, History, Geography, or Civics of course CRT. does not help you all that much in the long
term for something called a JOB.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Keeping young people subservient to big Marxist government is their goal. No questioning of it, no saying it’s not fair that government will own everything and I’m just a renter. “You will own nothing and be happy” is one of their brainwashing sayings, but somebody will own it and those people will have lots of power, but best not to let the indoctrinated youth know that fact.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

I think Pat and Trapper actually believe this stuff.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Show us we’re wrong with actual examples of CRT from the beginning of the course until the end. It starts off good saying racism is bad, but then goes to a place that is all about racism against white people.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

There are scores of examples but no one on this site would accept any of them, because they are being posted by me, a liberal democrat. My examples would be negatively evaluated by the readers of this blog, because Planet bloggers by-and-large decide good and bad based on who says it rather than what it says.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

It’s Marxist bullshit that only an idiot would believe.

Seventh Planet
Seventh Planet
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Are you and TSC on the same script or do you get meds from the undocumented pharmacy?

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I think you are right and that is why I am so glad they do not live in my neighborhood. They should have SECTION 12 stamped on their foreheads.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Just finished reading another packet of hate from the Beagle. Don’t they understand you catch more with honey than vinegar. If the judge really is interested in making a good paper he should stop following the NYTand WP. I also rode down North St to see what Harold did with his crayon…OMG…WTF….and many more letters!! Who is doing this? Could people sue the city for making a confusing and dangerous roadway? I would have if I had an accident but thankfully there were hardly any other vehicles on the road…and no bicycles. I thought government was for the masses not individuals!

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Maybe they could paint in the lanes.. FOR BICYLCES or FOR CARS?????
Also, DESIGNED BY IDIOTS.

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

Just drove down Pittsfield’s DYNAMIC new North Street. Evidently since yesterday the City must have discovered drivers are “rightfully” confused and were driving as though the street is two lanes both ways. Also, noticed on the PPD police blog last week there were quite a few accidents on North Street. Blog has not been updated in a few days, probably waiting for Mayor’s approval. So now the latest and greatest, the whole street is now decorated on both sides with either an orange cone or barrel about every 250 feet placed in the bike lane. These new decorations look so VIBRANT. Wonder if tourist are taking pictures in front of the cones and barrels. Liked it much better many years back when the street was decorated with artistically painted sheep. How much more INNOVATIVE can this Administration get, and how much more money is going to be wasted?????

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

I guess we’ll just have to imagine what happened on March 6, 2021, June 6, 2021, June 13, 2021, and June 14, 2021 as those dates never made it into the police log. Perhaps a fat pasty rogue was accused of solicitation at Cumbies at 3am.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

A young boy tears down an American flag in a stranger’s yard and his mother seems to think it’s just fine as she doesn’t discipline him. The disturbing messages of those commenting on this incident are from people who think this is just great and the kid should aim to tear down more American flags each day. Others are praising his mother for raising such an anti-American child because America is bad and must suffer the consequences. This fanaticism is out of control.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/american-flag-boy-mother-video?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202021-07-11&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Barack Obama blaming right wing media for stoking division in the country by questioning Critical Race Theory which says that white people living today need to pay for the past. He really needs CRT to be taught. He says we can be proud of our country and not forget the mistakes of our past. Fair enough, but that’s not what he and his followers are doing. They are tearing down statues, they want to get rid of the flag, and even the national anthem. This isn’t being proud of your country. Also it’s so rich that he says the demographics of this country are changing so white people need to wake up to their racism. He and his far leftists are pouring non-white people into the country in an attempt to outnumber white people and he has the nerve to say that. Obama is a real fanatic who has lost his way with his misguided idealism that he wants to use to take down our country.
https://nypost.com/2021/06/08/barack-obama-talks-race-says-siloing-of-media-stokes-us-divisions/

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Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

What about Hillary? What is that bitch saying about stuff?? She is a boogey man too isn’t she? Boooooooo….everything is so scary Mom.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago

H-Beast has a special place in HELL with SLICK Willie.

Dante’s lowest layer

Kicki Daballe
Kicki Daballe
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Italy won Soccer Euro. Championship.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

” I’m the last guy you’d ever imagine coming out in support of reparations for black Americans. But it’s true. I’m going to be the first high-profile conservative to support reparations.

Black Americans deserve reparations. Let’s be honest. Look at their cities in ruins. Black inner cities in America look like Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs hit.

Have you been to any of them lately? Of course not. What sane person would take a chance by driving through the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, or Crown Heights, or Bedford Stuyvesant, or Harlem or the infamous South Bronx? Or how about Chicago’s black South Side? How about virtually all-black inner cities in Detroit; Baltimore; East St Louis; Newark, New Jersey; Oakland, California; Liberty City in Miami; Cleveland; New Orleans, Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta and more. The list goes on and on.

These places are synonymous with murder, violent gangs and violent crime. Black cities and neighborhoods are a war zone. A black-on-black genocide. An American tragedy. Not to mention the drug needles, poop, pee, condoms and garbage that litter their mean and hopeless streets.

Black lives do matter. So, yes, they do deserve reparations.

But who is to blame? It’s sure not white Americans. Most of us have had nothing to do with the decline of black America. The vast majority of white Americans have never done a bad thing to a black person in our lives. We don’t run their cities. We don’t go near their cities. We literally have nothing to do with black America.

And none of us were alive for slavery or the civil war, or Jim Crow. My grandparents came to America in the 1920s. They lived in New York. They experienced their own prejudice and discrimination. My relatives had nothing to do with slavery, racism or any civil rights violations.

So, yes blacks are owed reparations. But who’s to blame? There’s only one common denominator: DEMOCRATS.

The Democratic Party and Democratic politicians are to blame.

It’s the Democratic Party and Democratic politicians who should pay the trillions of dollars. It’s the policies of the Democratic Party that have led to poverty; misery; violent crime through the roof; retail theft on a level never imagined; homelessness; hopelessness; rampant drug dealing and addiction; no fathers in black homes; burned-out buildings; abandoned stores; lack of supermarkets; and streets filled with poop, pee, garbage, condoms and drug needles.

A Republican on the streets of a black inner-city neighborhood is just a rumor. Outside of white cops, no whites go anywhere near those neighborhoods, let alone run them. They are run 100% by Democrats.

So, next time you ask for reparations for black America, start with the DNC. Then knock on the doors of Obama, Biden, Kamala, Hillary, Pelosi and Schumer. For good measure, you might also stop by the offices of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and BLM. What have they ever done for black people? Nothing.

They scream, protest, threaten, intimidate, even inspire hatred, rioting, looting, burning and murder. But when the dollars flow in from guilty white America, corporations, and the federal government, activist leaders like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the founders of BLM get rich. But the black people living in those terrible conditions get little or nothing. Nothing ever changes with Democrats in charge.

And then there’s the teacher’s unions. They get hundreds of billions of federal and local dollars. Black kids get nothing. Nothing ever changes with failing black schools.

So, yes, I vote for reparations. Let the Democratic Party and Democratic politicians pay. Along with the teacher’s unions and BLM. Those are the correct groups to blame. They’re in control. They put you in these terrible circumstances. They should pay the damages.

Democrats owe black America. Democrats should be paying the reparations.”

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