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EDGE-JA-MAH-KAY-SHIN IN PITTFELD PUBLIK SKOOLS PT. 2: GOING, GOING, GONE

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Jumpin’ Joe Curtis (Photo: Linked-In)

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS ANS COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 10, 2021) — THE PLANET has heard from exactly no members of the Pittsfield school administration, no members of the school committee, or no new members just elected following Part 1 of this series pulling back the curtain on what passes these days for public “edge-ja-mah-kashun.”

Nobody. Zero. Zilch.

Jumpin’ Joe Curtis. C’mon down!

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Here’s Jumpin’ Joe’s pithy description of himself on his Linked-In page, from which we learn he has a B.A. in elementary education from that “Sorbonne of the West,” Springfield College, and a “Master’s” in administration and supervision” from the University of Phoenix, an online diploma mill.

Joseph Curtis

(He/Him) 

Loyal Pittsfielder, Dad, & Committed to Action that Builds a Promising Future for the Children of Pittsfield

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Curtis: “What, me worry?” (Photo: Berkshire Eagle)

Don’t know about “Phoenix University?” Allow THE PLANET to edge-ju-mah-kate you.

From collegerealitycheck.com:

“It cannot be denied that it is easier to go to an online school than a traditional school. As a matter of fact, the University of Phoenix has a 100% online acceptance rate.

“It means that anyone who applies to it will get admitted. This is provided that they can meet the requirements. Well, it’s not just UoP that has a 100% acceptance rate, but also the majority of online schools.

“This is most likely to be one of the reasons why a lot of employers do not take applicants with online degrees seriously. With 100% acceptance rates, they assume that just about anyone can get a degree online.”

And this from ownyourownfuture.com:

“While it is the largest school of its kind in the US, many people are questioning the fact of whether UoP is a legitimate school.

“That’s because its programs and degrees are said to be not being taken seriously by employers, which is usually the case when a for-profit or online school is involved.”

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This “Loyal Pittsfielder,” who “Builds a Promising Future for the Children of Pittsfield” (don’tcha like the Capital letters, to Make It Sound Important?), was selected in a controversial 4-3 vote by the school committee. The vote saw one member, Dennis Powell, member resign in protest and disgust immediately following the vote. By the stillest of margins, the committee chose Jumpin’ over other clearly more qualified candidates, the best of which was Portia Bonner.

DOCTOR Portia Bonner, with a Ph.D. in curriculum and information from UConn, one of the country’s most respected venues of higher learning. It took her from 1994 to 2001 to earn her doctorate. It took Jumpin’ not even a year to buy his Master’s. In arts or sciences? In what speciality? Joe won’t say.

Jumpin’s Candidacy Controversial from the Start

Here’s a sampling of the quotes THE PLANET gathered from our investigation. These are mostly from teachers, who were outspoken in their criticisms of Curtis:

  • “He’s an autocrat. Doesn’t listen to complaints or visit classrooms. Hides behind his desk [at Mercer] and collects his fat salary.”
  • “He acted like I wasn’t even there and said some things I considered to be sexual harassment. I didn’t appreciate it. When I told him, he just laughed.”
  • Current teacher: “Joe has told us in meetings we are not to complain publicly, either to the school committee [at meetings] or to the press. There was an implicit threat if any of us spoke out.”
  • Teacher who recently left to system to teach in South County: “I had enough. I just worry about the kids and so many good teachers who have no support from up top and are being kicked around and humiliated.”
  • “Selecting Joe [as superintendent] was a joke. Inside the halls, we knew the [school] committee would go through the motions of bringing in other candidates, but we knew Joe had been preordained.”
  • “Morale is at an all-time low.”
  • “We’ve been spit on, kicked, punched, urinated on, hit by thrown objects, cussed out with the filthiest of language. I had a student throw a calculator at me. It hit me in the face.”
  • “There’s a genuine sense of helplessness, dread, and fear.”

The Gang of Three: McCandless, Curtis, and Benhke. (Photo: iBerkshires)

 

“The Whole Process Was Rigged”

From WAMC‘s Josh Landes:

“Dennis Powell abruptly resigned from the committee just after a 4-3 vote to pick interim superintendent Joe Curtis for the job running the county’s largest school district at a virtual meeting.

“’I just felt right from the very beginning, that the whole process was rigged,’ said Powell. ‘From the selection of the consultant, from the way the search committee was formed, to Joe Curtis stating that he was not going to run for the position …”

“Describing the process as a waste of the community’s time, Powell says the body tasked with finding a new superintendent was problematic from the get-go.

“’There were people who reported directly to Joe, that was part of that search committee,’ he said.”

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THE PLANET puts some direct questions to Curtis, his staff, and the school committee:

  • What the hell is going on?
  • When are you going to come clean to parents and taxpayers?
  • When are you going to INSIST on serious disciplinary actions when the punks and troublemakers ruin everything for the good kids?
  • When are you going to audit what’s going on in the “special education” area?
  • When are you going to abandon failed, so-called “restorative” methods of addressing misbehavior and begin punishing serious misbehavior?
  • When are you going to enforce the dress code?
  • When will you begin enforcing department “no-tolerance” policies on bullying and drugs?
  • When are you going to show kids that actions have consequences?
  • When are you going to kick out the bad apples?
  • When will you stop favoring the bad actors and ignoring the majority of good kids who want to learn?
  • When will you be accountable to taxpayers, who are footing the blasted wreck?

One last quote from a teacher: “I don’t even know what to say about how bad it is right now. There’s no way to explain it. Kids and too many parents don’t have a clue on how to behave in school.”

The result? Huge staffing problems, frazzled teachers and teaching assistants, and millions of dollars transferred out of the Pittsfield schools through school choice.

Meanwhile, Pittsfield’s political “leaders” keep throwing The Kapanskis money at this abomination, a waste millions of dollars chucked into a sinkhole that makes a tarpit look like taffy.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Gullet Campbull
Gullet Campbull
17 days ago

Now this is investigative journalism !The best……By the time he gets to Phoenix he’ll be rising….

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
17 days ago

November 9, 2021

Hello Patrick Fennell,

I respect you, your political views, and your right to support Donald Trump in politics. However, I could make the same claim(s) that Donald Trump is making. I could say that I should be the sitting U.S. President instead of Joe Biden. I could say that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and stolen from me due to corrupt Democratic Party operatives. I could say that the sky is purple and the seas are pink. I could say that I visited other Planets and Moons in the Solar System and beyond. I could say that I should play basketball for the Boston Celtics. I could say that I am friends with Warren Buffett and that he takes financial advice from me. I could say anything that I want to say within the law because I have the Constitutional entitlement to exercise Free Speech. Whether it is Donald Trump or Jon Melle making claims, either one of us has to prove our claims, such as Donald Trump has had over one year now to prove his claims in a court of law, which has yet to happen. At some point, when a buffoon goes around telling big whopper stories, he or she has to prove that their words are more than hot air.

When politicians speak, they are usually only expelling hot air. Please don’t believe the words that come out of any politician’s mouth. Maryland Ed Markey told the voters in Massachusetts that he is going to save the world from global warming. Over one year later, we will be paying around 60 percent more for home heating this upcoming winter of 2021/2022 than last winter. Elizabeth Warren always says she is taking on Wall Street and fighting for Main Street, yet Wall Street indices are at record highs, while Main Street is at rock bottom. Joe Biden says his most expensive federal spending bills in U.S. history are revenue neutral, but that would be like believing Pigs have Wings and they Fly around Unicorns. Smitty Pignatelli writes lofty op-eds about Berkshire County not receiving enough state aid from Boston, but the truth is that Smitty voted himself a 40 percent legislative pay raise plus public perks in early-2017, along with the other 9 legislative pay raises plus public perks he collected since then. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer tells people that Pittsfield is “Vibrant and Dynamic”, but she really lives in a millionaires-only gated community within feet of the Hancock border. Politicians are full of shit, including Donald Trump!

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
17 days ago

Just for one Goddamn day, on a subject this important, I wish people could either comment on that subject or back off for one or two days.
The mayor, school committee and city council read this and see people are wandering all over the place, talking about things so far away from the school subject. And it looks like only a very few people care about the children or the schools. And they laugh because they know this discussion will fade away by the end of the week, like all the others, and they will continue to operate as if the general populations opinion is meaningless. No wonder the politicians in Pittsfield have such enormous power. The people don’t seem to care which opens the door wide for them to do as they please.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  danvalenti
16 days ago

There is NO ONE TO F-ing CALL

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
17 days ago

You are full of sh#! You’ve sung the praises of Tyer, The Fake Injun Elizabeth Warren and Dementia Joe, yet here you are once again slinging mud at them.
You have no discernment and are just using this blog to promote yourself.

Please, no more pen pal letters!

King Bataan
King Bataan
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
15 days ago

Yes yes yes yes. No more fennel stuff. Pleeeze Jon,pleeeeeze.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
17 days ago

“Politicians are full of shit, including Donald Trump!” – J. Melle

John, I bet your eyes are brown.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
17 days ago

John’s posts dont age well

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mad Trapper
17 days ago

Sarcasm: I am political legend only in my own mind – just like Fuhrer Hitler/Trump – with a shit colored brown shirt and all. I promote myself to get a -16 rating on Planet Valenti’s blog – yeah right. GET REAL!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
16 days ago

You’d be -32, -48,-64…… if we could “vote” multiples like democrats did Nov 3 2020

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
16 days ago

This is a statement from a FOX viewer,now cult with a belief that truth won’t change.Qanon is real only to tell stories to undermine the United States of America

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

Off the meds and on the booze again TSC?

Now how can I be a “Fox viewer”?

I don’t have cable/satellite TV, and CH 23 Albany don’t broadcast a signal strong enough to get here. I do get ABC/CBS, they are in the pocket of the NWO/Leftists. They have a new propaganda platform that runs all times of the day; The National Desk.

Must be Your news favorite show.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

This too is a statement from a Fox viewer TSChapman:

Inflation is at it’s highest in 31 years. Gas prices are up 50% since last year. Just hope and pray we don’t have a harsh winter. With the prices of gas/oil skyrocketing now, can you imagine the cost in late January? The supply chain in the US resembles that of a 3rd world banana republic, while the transportation secretary is on maternity leave. President Brandon Xiden using the spineless Merritt Garland, to weaponize the DOJ and FBI, to go after parents who object at school board meetings allowing: covering up sexual assault by a boy dressed as a girl using the girls restroom (twice), CRT, and their children being indoctrinated by far-left, liberal views. The borders are a free for all. In addition to drugs and sex trafficking victims being smuggled, so are the terrorists planning the next attack on US soil. Leaving Americans behind, all while being humiliated on the worlds stage in Afghanistan.

Do you care to dispute any of this? With facts and sources please. Not your progressive talking points.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
15 days ago

“…while the transportation secretary is on maternity leave…..”

Buttkeg on maternity leave.

That there is precious!!!

This is the it/thing/deviant, that questioned “the manhood of men” for owning a firearm.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
15 days ago

He did have time to come out and tell us all that the roads are racist, tell me we are not in a strange and crazy time

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
17 days ago

JM,
“When politicians speak, they are usually only expelling hot air. Please don’t believe the words that
come out of any politician’s mouth.”

Until election time anyway and then you can believe them, only if the letter D is first.

Hassan Chop
Hassan Chop
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
16 days ago

How many keyboards do you wear out per year?

Vito Andolini
Vito Andolini
Reply to  Hassan Chop
16 days ago

A heck of a lot more than work boots.

Book Learnin
Book Learnin
17 days ago

How many others?

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
17 days ago

I will let Mr. Powell in on a little secret, this is how committee’s in Pittsfield work. The fix is always in but of course it’s not rigged because they had a committee select it. At times these committees meet secretly behind closed doors but the mayor can still deflect any negative pushback. I thought Mr. Powell is a native Pittsfielder. Still think putting camera’s in the classroom would shed some light on things

Phoenix Hizouse
Phoenix Hizouse
17 days ago

Is that also where a medical examiner certificate can be obtained on the quick cheap?

Pat
Pat
17 days ago

Do school administrators and politicians think that parents will tolerate the current situation in Pittsfield schools? Just like we have apathy at the polls on election day, are parents going to accept the situation or will they stand up for their children and try to fix the dangerous conditions that are making learning impossible? Look what happened in Virginia when parents took back their schools.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pat
16 days ago

Yes, because they do.

And the parents are often the problem. The rotten apple is the school system. Shut it all down and start over.

It makes me laugh people don’t like some Afghani immigrants in the Pits – they will move here, and their kids will go to school and learn and the parents will work. A freakin revolution in expectations.

Did you see the Berkshire Health Systems is cooking the books? Pittsfield equals serious fraud in almost every capacity. Let’s give the mayor more money to piss away. I hope she ends up her term in prison.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
17 days ago

It seems Mr Curtis has MUCH LESS education than the teachers he treats like serfs, and is a malevolent overlord of.

Perhaps his salary should reflect his meager education and dismal job performance?

It also seems lazy Joe is the root of a hostile work environment (sexual harassment), threats if conditions made public (no free speech in Pittsfield school system), …………

The people who are supposed to represent the people when such chaos results, that is the Mayor and School Committee, are AWOL. That is except to approve mountains of tax money to create more do nothing jobs/positions and “programs” which do nothing for education.

The people of Pittsfield also can be held accountable, the voter apathy/turnout has resulted in a long string of greedy incompetents running the city.

Perhaps this is no wonder as many citizens consider nothing good will result by going to the polls. On a national level Nov 3 2020, we have seen it’s not who you vote for, but who counts the votes.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
17 days ago

This is a bombshell that can’t be ignored. There is a recording? Has it been turned over to the proper authorities? If true, someone needs to do the right thing and step forward with this.

Legal Expert
15 hours ago
Im making this prediction right now. The DA Andrea Harrington and her team of legal know nothings are going to screw up the Nick Carnevale shooting case.
DA Andrea Harrington and Rich Dahoney purposefully told staff to withhold evidence from the defense. They had a number of conferences about the case strategy and Harrington and Dahoney buried evidence that their witness lied. They also withheld some forensic evidence.
Both Harrington and Dahoney are absolutely guilty of trying to subvert justice by withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense.
She’s REALLY screwed up this time, there’s a recording of one of the meetings and you can bet the ADAs are going to roll on their boss.
Here’s hoping both Harrington and Dahoney get disbarred and end up in jail.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  LegalEagle
17 days ago

Sullivan? Brennan?

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
16 days ago

Clearly you are clueless

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
16 days ago

You don’t even know who Sullivan and Brennan are, Bob.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
16 days ago

McDonough you felon you seriously need help

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
16 days ago

Brennan was a great bartender before he became a great lawyer.

S Muraudooer
S Muraudooer
Reply to  LegalEagle
16 days ago

The d a seems to be giving the thugs a better shot at trial or equal footing. See what happens in the baby death case. Looks like a game of blame tag. Won’t fly.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  LegalEagle
16 days ago

Why would they make this poor family wait until March? How long does it take to have a conversation?

Legal Expert
Legal Expert
Reply to  RNtoo
16 days ago

The below is all the excuse wrong way Andrea Harrington needs to pleaded this out. Bets on that she will give a sweetheart plea as she watches the case implode because of what she and Dohoney did.

I really hope that counsel for the defense pushes hard on this. It will end both their dubious legal careers.

Marc said his family had been prepared to “to go through it all again” starting this past Monday, but that didn’t happen.

“We all just want it to be in the past; we want to move forward,” he said.

“We wished that the trial started, and would be over, and then we would have one more.”

S Muraudooer
S Muraudooer
Reply to  RNtoo
16 days ago

She’s giving !att a chance to lose weight to fit into a suit and look presentable.

J2S
J2S
17 days ago

Portia Bonner was overlooked because Joe Curtis could be controlled by the powers to be. They weren’t sure about being able to control an outsider who might have had the children’s best interest in mind before anything else.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  J2S
17 days ago

That is more than likely true. But this problem existed before Curtis. It is deep and wide and tyer is and has been the mayor for a long time while the situation grew much worse. Embedded school committee members are guilty of cheating children of Pittsfield from a decent education. It should bother all their conscientious. Seriously, if they have one.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Fizzlehead
16 days ago

I agree 100% with your post. This article from Dan confirmed why and what is wrong with our local education system and how the powers who control it aren’t really into “It’s for the children “ bs.

Lenny
Lenny
16 days ago

Wow, I knew Curtis wasn’t a brain surgeon, but didn’t realize his “masters” was an on-line diploma.

The emperor has no clothes!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
16 days ago

Why do you think he got the job?

Dumb people are easier to control.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
16 days ago

Spent over 35 years in the corporate world. The motto was always ” Screw Up, Move Up”. When the top person is totally clueless of what is going on, the last person they want in the chain of command is someone that is more intelligent then they are. These people to not want their authority challenged. This definitely applies to the current Administration of the City of Pittsfield. This is the very reason that Tyer pushed so hard for Curtis to become Superintendent. He will abide by her rules, such as do not speak to the press, and make sure the school’s image is Innovative, Dynamic and Vibrant.

Personally know many former PPS teachers that have either retired or moved to another district and many spoke of issues with Curtis. They found him to be very condescending, arrogant and demeaning. These personality traits are also found in many of the City Of Pittsfield Administration, including the Mayor, members of the City Council and School board. When you have folks running a City that walk around acting like their sh** don’t stink, no wonder the City is going down the sewer drain.

Calvin Day Oure
Calvin Day Oure
Reply to  Merry & Bright
16 days ago

And you thought Kufflinks looked dumb I. That tuxedo?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
16 days ago

I have to apologize to Dennis Powell. I figured he was upset, because a person of color was not chosen, and that being her only qualification. But upon reviewing all the facts and circumstances, he was right and the “leaders” of Pittsfield (including myself) were wrong. I apologize Dennis.

I believe JS2 hit the nail on the head. The real reason Jumpin Joe was chosen and not Portia Bonner, they can control Jumpin Joe. Linda tells Joe to jump, he asks how high. I don’t believe Portia would have played ball. At least not like Joe does.

I believe Portia probably came across as a strong, independent, woman. That doesn’t translate well to Linda and crew. They wanted a spineless, company man, who will tow the line. Jumpin Joe was it.

The result: failing schools, teachers leaving for other districts, students opting out of PPS, and out of control classrooms. It just screams vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive, doesn’t it? Great work Dan!!

On the legal front, Wrong Way’s office screwed the Carnevale case up big time. Judge Agostini all but said so. The states key witness was involved in a home invasion/robbery and Wrong Way’s office, (1) didn’t charge him-which shows inexperience on her part, (2) She should have charged him to have the pending criminal charges hanging over her head, (3) it shows a jury that she (WW) might have given this person a break for cooperating, but doesn’t absolve them of their pending charges, (3) it would have shown defense the prosecutors case is on the up and up, and ready for trial.

Wrong Way’s office tried to hide all these facts from defense. They knew their witness is a dirtbag. Instead of being upfront with it and deal with it head on like experienced litigants, they tried to hide and obscure the facts from defense.

Of course Wrong Ways boy toy, Andy, blamed the defense. Does this office ever take fault in anything?

Andrea, I know you read this, so I’m going to give you some free $hithouse legal advice. Instead of touring the county talking about your crusade for victims, how about just showing us results and quit messing up. Remember, talk is cheap and action speaks louder than words.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
16 days ago

Powell is nothing more than a democrat hack and a quitter. Why didn’t you. Stay and fight Dennis? You were a Tyer ass kisser and you just spouted democrat talking points. You really didn’t give a rat’s ass about kids of any color. The entire school committee is a bunch of woke jokes. There might be one or two who know better but they’re more concerned about what the woke phonies think.

Vito Andolini
Vito Andolini
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
16 days ago

MB,
I also think the non hire of Portia Bonner shows just how much BS is being thrown around about diversity being a concern for the mayor and everyone else involved. The creation of a job for someone to run the diversity office was just to appease the minorities in our area and nothing more. I also think that the powers to be worried that, if they disagreed with anything Portia Bonner was doing had she been hired , it would have been difficult to be seen trying to question or make it hard for a strong independent minority person who might not have played ball to get rid of. So the choice was easy! Joey Reliable because they could count on him.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
15 days ago

Rich is not a great lawyer but he’s not corrupt, in my opinion. Wrong Way, maybe, she is so dumb and arrogant it is hard to tell the difference.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Kermit Frog
15 days ago

He is more than a little ethically challenged.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  LegalEagle
15 days ago

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but I am sorry to hear that. There are prob 3-4 local attys that aren’t ethically challenged and they prob don’t get any work because they wouldn’t be able to carry out their clients instructions.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

Portia Bonner was nothing but trouble. I’m glad she didn’t get the job. Just Google her name and you’ll see all the issues she had in other districts. Don’t take my word for it, Google her. Go on now, do it.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

It would be interesting if the planet was able to contact this woman. Maybe she would have been great for Pittsfield. Maybe not but who really trusts the judgement of the school committee. Things under Cutly Joe aren’t working so well,

J2S
J2S
Reply to  12 Gauge
15 days ago

12 G,
Her working out or not was what I was trying to spit out. Compared to Joe Reliable it might have been the better choice of what was offered. As someone posted, the mayor and her search committee just went through the motions of looking for someone to fill the position when they had already made the decision to hire Joe Phoenix.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

The old retribution response by Pittsfield politics: SMEAR anyone who doesn’t kiss the dirty behinds of Mayor Linda Tyer and her LEVEL 5 School Committee! Portia Bonner is fortunate not to have experienced it.

S. T. F. U.
S. T. F. U.
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
16 days ago

Don’t you mean lovely?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

John, you had your nose far up her butt for many years.

Did she end up smearing you with poop while you were there?

Zer Premium
Zer Premium
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

That doesn’t mean everything is ok here either. Just don’t take the elevator.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
15 days ago

What’s the worse thing you found on her. Post it.

Lenny
Lenny
16 days ago

Knife confiscated from Taconic student this afternoon.
How about hiring a full-time resource officer at that hot mess of a school?

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
Reply to  Lenny
16 days ago

How about charging him and expelling him permanently? Enough!

Zer Premium
Zer Premium
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
16 days ago

Wasn’t there a knifing on cherry st a few days ago?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Zer Premium
15 days ago

and you won’t read about the muggins either…don’t want the tourists to know about the muggings

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
16 days ago

Yep

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  Lenny
16 days ago

Curtis was pissed off because the knife was sharper then him.

Plusium
Plusium
Reply to  Dynamic Vibrator
16 days ago

Looks like your article the other day DaN has payed the price.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Lenny
16 days ago

Maybe it’s time for metal detectors and pat downs!! If I still had kids in the PPS and would go virtual or school choice, although I hear other schools are having their own set of problems. But maybe Clueless Joe could give a kid a reference to Phoenix and they could just skip HS

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

Hey Merry and Bright, go read page B1 of the Eagle today. Get your facts straight before you spew misinformation. Your posts are mostly conjecture and out right lies.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
15 days ago

Mr. Worldwide – You have a real problem!! Evidently you were totally fixed on my post for almost a week now. If you had the intelligence to read further you would have seen that another poster relayed the information about Modern and Magnus moving to me and I immediately thanked them. Excuse me for wondering where this business went! Maybe my post finally opened the eyes of the Berkshire Eagle so they finally did a story! You seem to have a very unhealthy obsession with my posts.

GTFO
GTFO
16 days ago

https://www.wwlp.com/news/i-team/berkshire-da-fentanyl-causing-rise-in-opioid-overdose-deaths/

Fourty
Fucking
Four
Percent

Send out a press release ASSHOLES**FENTANYL is causing a rise in opioid overdose deaths**

N O S H I T SHIRLOCK WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ARE YOU JUST GETTING THIS

J2S
J2S
Reply to  GTFO
15 days ago

She has been on a self promotion tour and can’t be bothered with the real happenings around here. Of course when she gets the memo about this she will push consumption sites even more.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  GTFO
15 days ago

Funny how when you do find some scare discussion of drug related deaths in Pittsfield, no real numbers are given. “there were x more than three years ago” “narcan saved 22.8 percent” ” 21 more than the first quarter of the year of the oxen”.
The Eagle is apparently NOT ALLOWED to discuss how utterly horrific the overdose deaths in Pittsfield are. How about a detailed story giving all pertinent number of overdoses, deaths, time periods etc. (like a real newspaper) Maybe if people had some inkling of just how bad things are they would be more careful. But I guess you are not going to LOVEPITTSFIELD if you see the reality. And this mayor is an expert at keeping things out of the limelight and she has the right people and department heads to help her do it.
Has there been any drug overdose deaths in a local school that we do not know about?

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Fizzlehead
15 days ago

These are the figures that the Commonwealth are stating. Please read the foot notes some dates are calculated other Death Certificates yet to be confirmed.
opioid-related-overdose-deaths-by-county-nov-2021.pdf | Mass.gov

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  the 5th Dentist
15 days ago

I want to know how many drug related deaths in Berkshire county/and Pittsfield separately in the years 2020 and 2021. Could the mayor please release this ultra secret information or should I try to get it from BMC?

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Fizzlehead
15 days ago

Fizzle,
I do as well Look at the foot notes in the link “Data for 2017 to 2020 deaths are preliminary and subject to updates. Case reviews of deaths are evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis. A large number of death certificates have yet to be assigned final cause of death codes. 2017 to 2020 counts are based on the estimates rather than confirmed cases. Data updated on 10/7/2021”
No final cause to how many deaths in 2017 for example? I am not trying to downplay the significant impacts of a loved one passing it is tragic to so many involved. However if the Commonwealth, its agents and other State actors, or other community advocates are truly interested in both the impacts and in effecting change they would publish the numbers. You may recall a bunch of news outlets published daily numbers during the pandemic. While I am not advocating for a daily body count I am going to say a responsible journalist is going to provide numbers to support the claims so that those that read the article can contrast and compare as they deem appropriate and relevant in their terms.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
15 days ago

Anybody who dies since 2020, cause is listed as Covid-19

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  GTFO
15 days ago

Dan has been so patiently waiting for his engraved invitation to Andrea’s House of Smack on North.

Joke of the day
Joke of the day
Reply to  laughingstock
15 days ago

He got the invitation but he went the wrong way

Maumausmatter
Maumausmatter
Reply to  GTFO
15 days ago

Did bad juju catch up with a convicted drug dealer/pusherman, recently accused of selling heroin/crack, allegedly laced with FENTANYL, that allegedly is killing off lowlife junkie crackheads?

I’m your mama, I’m your daddy
I’m that nigga in the alley
I’m your doctor when in need
Want some coke? Have some weed
You know me, I’m your friend
Your main boy, thick and thin

I’m your pusherman
I’m your pusherman

Ain’t I clean, bad machine
Super cool, super mean
Dealin good, for The Man
Superfly here I stand
Secret stash, heavy bread
Baddest bitches in the bed

I’m your pusherman
I’m your pusherman
I’m your pusherman

Silent life of crime
A man of odd circumstances
A victim of the ghetto demands
Feed me money for style
And I’ll let you trip for a while
Insecure from the past
How long can a good thing last
No, no, no

Heavy mind, every sign
Makin money all the time
My LD and just me
For all junkies to see
Ghetto Prince is my thing
Making love’s how I swing

I’m your pusherman
I’m your pusherman

Two bags, please
For a generous fee…

I’m your mama, I’m your daddy
I’m that nigga in the alley……

Maumausmatter
Maumausmatter
Reply to  GTFO
15 days ago

TAINTED ILLICIT DRUGS sold by your friendly convicted drug pusherbusinessman. SHOCKING!

The school committee
The school committee
16 days ago

School choice left urban schools in the dust MCAS is always lower in urban schools for reasons which if you dont know you will never know.Then of course is the ridiculous chase to show good ratings always based on DATA that needs kids in the building or the DATA will be lower.The conservatives had a plan 30 years ago to destroy public ed.You guys wanted the public money to go private profit.These are the results of just another fake problem of the wealthy destroying everything to get their hands on the cash……Those that support what the wealthy do are the problem……What happens when you hire a DATA guy is Joe.Massimiano and Eberwien brought Pittsfield.ma to another level of bullshit…..You need to hire leaders in Education not impersonal numbers guys….Keep business money America away from public ed.Massamiano got 10 million bucks to spend and they spent it…..There is an audit waiting to happen.Where did that money go….nobody knows…let’s find out and it will open a can of worms.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

That last superintendent burned rubber all the way up route 8 getting the hell out of Pittsfield. No way he was hanging around the Pittsfield shit show one day longer than he had to. Get a few drinks in that guy and interview him and see what bubbles up out of him.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

Psssttt…….TSC the causative is 60 years of liberal educatoin administrators and liberal education policies.

Kids should be learning reading writing and math. Not twisted gender fluidity, CRT, liberal mantras,…………..

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
15 days ago

FOX informed

The school committee
The school committee
16 days ago

Take the challenge and walk away from FOX and in 30 days your life will change and the poison will melt away.You are addicted to the chemical change you get in you brain.White America is in the middle of a psychological experiment.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

I can be respectful, but I don’t have to pretend someone’s mental illness is normal.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  J2S
15 days ago

Fox News is outright propaganda. The only sane voice on that channel is Chris Wallace.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
15 days ago

McDonough you really have no clue. Fox is the only real network. Stop acting like the entitled felon you are

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
15 days ago

Cult

Plusium
Plusium
Reply to  J2S
15 days ago

Kufflinks looked a little gaunt. And of course didn’t have the answer to the question? What would 1 percent mean off the tax rate? From what I calculated it would go from 5.1 to 3.8. That’s significant if I’m correct.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Plusium
15 days ago

He is having PSTD worrying about a potential forensic audit that the mayor is bringing in.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

TS Cuckoo man speaks

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  12 Gauge
15 days ago

I watch him for 4 years

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  The school committee
15 days ago

Im going to say it…you’re a fool. The only point you’ve made ever is to prove that we need to focus more on mental health issues in this city

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

I don’t know who is worse: Slush Fund Kufflinks Matt Kerwood or Williamsburg Nicholas Caccamo! Matt Kerwood wants to use Pittsfield politics’ “Free Cash” to add to his multimillion dollar Slush Funds, while Nicholas Caccamo argues that items are going up in cost with the 30-year-high U.S. inflation makes Pittsfield’s decades-long always predictable 5% municipal budget hike necessary for City Hall to meet is financial obligations. Kerwood and Caccamo’s points of view on raising the city’s tax rate by 5% counter each other because Matt Kerwood already has his multimillion dollar Slush Funds and he is easily able to pay the bills for Pittsfield politics. At least Nicholas Caccamo will be living full time in Williamsburg soon, while Kufflinks Kerwood unfortunately will still be at the public trough at Pittsfield Massachusetts’ City Hall – or bottomless public money “Pitt”!

In attempt to control increases, Pittsfield city council hits pause on tax rate vote | WAMC

Plusium
Plusium
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

You were t there the other night,I was. And it’s not 5% it 5.1. What’s an integer between friends.

Ageless Lee
Ageless Lee
Reply to  Plusium
15 days ago

Backslapping at new ymca still 4 million short. Thank the tax payers not the bureaucrats.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Plusium
15 days ago

I was there in spirit only. I live in Southern New Hampshire. I still love my native hometown of Pittsfield Massachusetts. Happy Veterans Day!

Ageless Lee
Ageless Lee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

We currently have a Love Fest

San Swallowdomigo
San Swallowdomigo
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

Community of Love. Meetings at 3 a m Cumby’s. Be there Jon.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

Since Caccamo doesn’t own a house should he even be allowed to vote on raising our taxes? That’s BS

Last edited 15 days ago by Jumpin Joe Curtis
Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
15 days ago

Great thread running right now on Pittsfield school bullying. PITTSFIELD SENTINEL

https://www.facebook.com/groups/863624800737630/?hoisted_section_header_type=recently_seen&multi_permalinks=1313968129036626

San Swallowdomigo
San Swallowdomigo
Reply to  Fizzlehead
15 days ago

Isn’t that where the planet read the fetynal death story?

King Bataan
King Bataan
Reply to  Fizzlehead
15 days ago

Sentinel ain’t bad. Planet like.